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 […]


Last week, state Republican leaders announced that a New Jersey company had been hired to revamp Mississippi’s education funding formula. On this episode, Bobby Harrison addresses the move, which has given Democrats pause but has support of the state’s superintendents.

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi lawmakers are demonstrating that in public policy, you are what you read – or what you hear. Groups appointed by the Republican leadership have been meeting in recent weeks to discuss budgets and taxes. The groups are bipartisan but mostly Republican, reflecting the conservative GOP supermajorities […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said efforts to revamp Mississippi’s school funding formula will not be a backdoor attempt to expand the state’s charter school laws. “What we have done on charter schools is what we are going to do,” Gunn said, adding he wants to […]


By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Mississippi Association of School Superintendents, who often have been on the opposite and losing end of confrontations with legislative leaders, announced support for legislative plans to “modernize” the state’s school funding formula. “The future of the students we serve is too important to continue haggling […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – Mississippi’s congressional delegations remains supportive of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump even as some Republicans elsewhere in the nation have dropped endorsements or scaled back support. U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., spoke Thursday night at a rally supporting Trump in Tupelo’s Fairpark downtown. Despite some Republicans wavering in […]