By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – It’s election year, and Mississippi policymakers are engaged in an escalating debate over who can offer the biggest, juiciest tax cut. The resolution is weeks away, with legislators facing a late March deadline to agree on tax and spending plans. It’s not clear what sort of tax […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – A move to eliminate the $5 vehicle inspection sticker has been approved by the Mississippi Senate, and approval by the House is expected. The legislation, pushed by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves as part of his legislative agenda, is welcome by many who think there is little need for […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – A memorial service is set for former Mississippi House Speaker Tim Ford, who died of a heart attack Friday in Oxford. He was 63. The Balch & Bingham law firm, where Ford was a partner, announced Sunday that visitation is 3-5 p.m. Monday and 9-11 a.m. Tuesday […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation is alive to provide $1 million to continue upgrades at the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum and to provide $655,000 to aid with construction of Vietnam Veterans Wall and other displays at Veterans Park. The two projects, officials say, will strengthen Tupelo’s efforts to attract […]

FORD

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Former House Speaker Tim Ford, a Baldwyn native, known for his ability to build coalitions that enabled him to govern an often-raucous Mississippi House for four terms, died early Friday night at a home he owned in Oxford. Ford, 63, now a Jackson attorney, died from […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County Circuit Clerk’s office was hopping Friday as 10 candidates waited until the final day to qualify. “We had people coming in all day,” said Deputy Circuit Clerk Dawn Coon. “We even had a handful wait until the late minute.” The late-comers helped fill out two […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Republicans and Democrats will begin nearly even in terms of uncontested races as they battle for control of the Mississippi House of Representatives. Friday was the qualifying deadline for the state’s Aug. 4 party primaries and Nov. 3 general election. According to preliminary data gathered from […]

HURST

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Mike Hurst, stepping down from his role as a federal prosecutor, is running as a Republican against Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood. The 39-year-old Madison resident qualified Friday to seek the Republican nomination with his wife, Celeste, at his side. He told reporters at Republican Party headquarters that […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Democrat Joce Pritchett of Jackson said Friday that she’s running for Mississippi state auditor because she wants to fight corruption and hold officials accountable for how they spend tax dollars. “In recent years, we have seen scandal after scandal in our counties and our state agencies because […]