By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – In order to speed vote times, Lee County election officials will deploy new technology during the Nov. 8 presidential election. At the request of Circuit Clerk Camille Roberts, paper poll books will be phased out in favor of electronic poll books. These electronic poll books are already on […]


Since Mississippi began requiring recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (formerly known as welfare) to pass a drug test, the change has not led to anyone receiving treatment. On today’s episode of Capitol View, Bobby Harrison talks about the impact of the change that was enacted in 2014. He also looks at […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – An effort to change or rewrite Mississippi’s school funding formula kicks off in earnest this week as representatives of EdBuild arrive in Jackson. House and Senate leaders hired the New Jersey nonprofit to advise them on possible changes to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. There are lots of […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – The race to replace a retiring state Supreme Court justice has generated about $160,000 in campaign spending and brought in a donation by a former governor. Northern Mississippi is represented by District 3 on the state’s Supreme Court. Four candidates are seeking the office currently held by the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – No Mississippian applying for assistance through the Temporary Aid For Needy Families program has undergone treatment since the state enacted a drug testing protocol in August 2014. During that time period, according to information compiled by the Mississippi Department of Human Services, 56 people have been […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – Recent campaign finance reports show U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Saltillo, has spent about $80,000 on his re-election campaign over the last three months. The incumbent congressman of Mississippi’s 1st District ended September with about $152,000 in cash reserves. Kelly faces Democratic challenger Jacob Owens on November’s ballot. Owens’ […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – A day after defending the integrity of the state election process, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann reaffirmed that steps constantly are being taken to ensure information on Mississippi’s registered voters is not stolen. In a news release, Hosemann said Thursday the Statewide Electronic Management System, which […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Despite talk of fraud and rigged elections on the national level, Mississippi officials say voters should have confidence in the integrity of state elections. “The election will be fair,” said Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has repeatedly raised the specter […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislators, school officials and others worked for more than two years to enact into law the Mississippi Adequate Education Program that dramatically changed the method the state used to fund local school districts. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, the primary author of the MAEP legislation and the […]