By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – No members of the state’s congressional delegation plan to attend a pair of public forums this week organized by Northeast Mississippi constituents. The U.S. Congress is in the midst of a two-week work period, which typically means more visibility from senators and representatives in their home districts and […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Transportation is claiming that road construction projects could be delayed and the costs of those projects to taxpayers could be increased if Gov. Phil Bryant waits too long to call a special session to fund the agency. Melinda McGrath, MDOT’s executive director, […]

By Adam Armour Itawamba Times Seven Itawamba County officials elected as Democrats have switched, mid-term, to the Republican Party. On the county courthouse steps in Fulton on Thursday morning, representatives of the state GOP announced that Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson, supervisors Charles Horn, Steve Johnson and Steve Moore, constables Terry Johnson and Doug Lesley, […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation was quietly signed into law earlier this month by Gov. Phil Bryant requiring all passengers, those in the front and back seats, to wear a seat belt. When the new law goes into effect on July 1, Mississippi will become the 19th state, plus the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, a Tupelo Republican, said Tuesday he believes the Appalachian Regional Commission, which encompasses much of Northeast Mississippi, can be saved even though President Donald Trump proposes eliminating the economic development program. Wicker, speaking at the Mississippi State University Stennis Institute of Government/capitol […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation that would prohibit politicians from using their campaign finance funds for personal use was signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant Tuesday in his state Capitol office. When the 2017 session began in January, the bill was labeled as a priority by both House Speaker […]

JACKSON (AP) – Sen. Roger Wicker is praising fellow Republicans for blocking Democrats’ ability to filibuster judicial nominations. Wicker spoke at a press forum Tuesday in his home state of Mississippi. He said when he left the U.S. Capitol for a few days last Friday, he did it with a spring in his step because […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Everyone agrees that Gov. Phil Bryant will call a special session before July 1 to take up three appropriations bills that died during the just-completed 2017 regular session. But could a lottery also be on the agenda when the Republican governor calls the special session? Clay […]

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Mississippi finally got some good news on revenue collections in March, as they were up 12.5 percent over projections. That breaks a negative trend – for now. On this episode of Capitol View, Bobby Harrison examines the numbers, plus he look at use tax collections and government buildings named after area legislators.