By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – A task force designed to look for ways to regulate and perhaps tax the burgeoning fantasy sports industry in Mississippi hosted its first meeting Thursday with the goal of having a final report completed by Oct. 15. The task force was developed during the 2016 legislative […]

By Kathleen Hennessey and Calvin Woodward Associated Press CLEVELAND – The art of the coronation has taken something of a beating at the Republican National Convention. Nevertheless, Donald Trump now has the crown – and a final chance to summon unity from the party’s restive ranks in the ritual’s closing days. The roll call of […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The nine members of the Mississippi Supreme Court, the state’s highest court, dressed in their ceremonial robe, sitting in their ornate courtroom, heard nearly two hours of oral arguments Tuesday about an alleged “demon chipmunk.” Multiple justices referenced “the demon chipmunk” as they heard arguments about […]

By Erica Werner and Scott Bauer Associated Press CLEVELAND – The Trump campaign on Tuesday dismissed criticism that Melania Trump directly lifted two passages nearly word-for-word from the speech that first lady Michelle Obama delivered in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention, calling the complaints “just absurd.” Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort insisted no mistakes […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Rep. Jay Hughes, D-Oxford, said he got the idea for the two-day education conference he will host Friday and Saturday in Jackson while observing the work of the House Education Committee this past session. “It came about while in the Education Committee watching six or seven […]


State leaders are hopeful that “working groups” being formed to study taxes and spending can benefit Mississippi’s infrastructure program. Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison discusses how a revenue stream might be found to improve roads and bridges around the state. Also, Bobby looks at Attorney General Jim Hood’s decision to no longer defense the controversial […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – The political debate about charter schools has been rumbling for years in the Mississippi Capitol and in the broader forum of public opinion. Now, a lawsuit is moving the fight into a Hinds County chancery courtroom. Charter schools receive taxpayer money but, unlike most public schools, they’re […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Various groups working on a comprehensive plan to improve the state’s roads and bridges are hoping Speaker Philip Gunn’s proposal to form “working groups” to study and make suggestions on Mississippi’s taxing and spending practices revitalizes their effort. “We’re not going to give up on this. […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – When the national GOP convention begins Monday, several Lee County Republicans will be among the 2,472 delegates from across the country in attendance. The four-day convention will last until Thursday and delegates are expected to formally nominate Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for president. Local GOP leader […]