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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, saying Mississippi’s attorney general should be more active in fighting public corruption and should do […]

POPLARVILLE (AP) – Poplarville attorney Martin T. Smith, who served 20 years in the state Senate and 30 years as lawyer for Pearl River Community College Board of Trustees, has died at his home. He was 80. Pearl River Community College announced Smith died Thursday. Funeral arrangements are pending. Smith also worked as attorney for […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The field of candidates running in the May 12 1st District U.S. House special election continues to change. District Attorney Trent Kelly of Saltillo on Thursday became the latest elected official to announce his intention to seek the seat. Oxford attorney Quentin Whitwell, who previously served […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Two of the hot-button education measures of the 2015 legislative session are heading to the House floor for consideration. The issues, providing scholarships or vouchers for special-needs children to pursue private education options and making possible changes to the education standards adopted by the state Board […]

By Kevin McGill Associated Press Two Mississippi Supreme Court justices said Thursday that the court should find the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional and not wait for a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. Their 26-page statement, written by Justice Leslie D. King and joined by Justice James Kitchens, was attached to an order […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – One of the plaintiffs who filed a federal lawsuit challenging Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage is running for state auditor. Jocelyn Pritchett of Jackson sent an advisory Thursday saying she will announce her candidacy Friday at the state Capitol. Pritchett goes by her nickname, Joce. She is […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – District Attorney Trent Kelly of Saltillo has become the latest elected official to announce his intention to seek the 1st District U.S. House seat. Kelly, a Republican, is in his first term as district attorney. “My top priority is a continued focus on jobs and building […]

JACKSON (AP) – Chris McDaniel, a tea party-backed Republican who lost a U.S. Senate race last year, says he’s seeking re-election to the Mississippi Legislature. The 43-year-old attorney from Ellisville said Thursday that he will run for a third term in state Senate. He’s the first candidate in District 42, entirely in Jones County. Friday […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The state House voted 83-32 Wednesday to phase out the state income tax, which provides about 30 percent of the Mississippi general fund revenue. “I am so proud of the House members who stepped up to support such a transformative income tax cut proposal,” House Speaker […]