By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau PHILADELPHIA – Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Tim Johnson sang “How Great Thou Art” accompanied by members of his family during political speakings Wednesday at the Neshoba County Fair. Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, the man Johnson is trying to upend, did not sing, but did bring his wife […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Both Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves are expected to cruise to victory on Tuesday in their party primary re-election efforts. The two Republican incumbents face token opposition at best and will be heavy favorites for re-election in the November general election against Democratic […]


By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – First-term House District 19 Rep. Randy Boyd of Mantachie is being challenged in the Republican Party primary on Tuesday by Mooreville Middle School teacher Peggy Schumpert Hussey. Boyd, a licensed forester and land surveyor, said he believes the future is improving for the state. “We have […]

JACKSON (AP) – Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is calling for an investigation of some election literature that has been mailed before the Tuesday primary election. Hosemann, in a Wednesday news conference, says in the cases brought to his attention, some people appear to have broken a state law that bars anonymous mailers. He says […]


By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal JACKSON – The political spotlight in the 2015 race for Transportation Commissioner in the Northern District shines brightest on the contested Republican primary in Aug. 4 voting. Incumbent Commissioner Mike Tagert, Starkville, is running for re-election against GOP opponent Jimmie Mills, Tupelo, an engineer who formerly headed the Tombigbee River […]


By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau TUPELO – Lee County’s House District 17 features the only legislative race in Northeast Mississippi where an incumbent is not seeking re-election. Brian Aldridge, R-Tupelo, who has represented the District since 2004, opted not to run this year. Four candidates, two Democrats and two Republicans, are vying to […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Five of Mississippi’s 82 counties are reporting high rates of absentee voting, the state’s top elections official said Tuesday. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said about 5 percent to 6 percent of voters usually cast absentee ballots. Hosemann said the rate so far this year is nearly […]

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District 17 candidate Jim Newman, from left, Charles Penson, Shane Aguirre and Mark Prince, stand as they each introduce themselves at the Parents for Public Education Forum on Monday night at the Lee County Library in Tupelo.

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal TUPELO – The four candidates vying for the House District 17 seat spoke on a number of education-related topics ranging from Initiative 42 to the prospect of mandatory kindergarten attendance during a forum Monday night at the Lee County Library. The House 17 candidates include Democrats Jim Newman and Charles […]


By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Jimmy Wayne Russell is hoping the second time is the charm as he squares off against first-time candidate Lauren Childers in the Democratic primary for the House District 3 post. The winner of the Aug. 4 primary will face Republican incumbent William Tracy Arnold of Booneville […]