By Steve Peoples Associated Press WASHINGTON – Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has created an exploratory committee to run for president, becoming the first high-profile Republican candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential contest. Carson, the only African-American expected to enter the race, rose to national prominence after criticizing President Barack Obama’s health care law at […]

Daily Journal Itawamba County prosecutor Chip Mills has declared his intent to run in the 1st District U.S. House special election on May 12. He is the fourth candidate to enter the race for the seat vacated when Rep. Alan Nunnelee, a Republican from Tupelo, died Feb. 6 after a battle with cancer. “Washington is […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, defended a House proposal to eliminate the state income tax, which accounts for nearly one-third of the state general fund revenue, as a responsible plan that will not force large cuts in the budget. “The important thing here is there is never […]

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 […]


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 […]