By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – A state lawmaker who lost a contentious U.S. Senate primary last year said Thursday that he wants Mississippi to have a closed primary system that requires voters to register by party, but he thinks the lieutenant governor is blocking the way. Senate Elections Committee Chairman Chris McDaniel, […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – An 27-member advisory commission will advise the state Board of Education on developing academic standards for the Mississippi school districts under legislation that passed the Senate Education Committee on Thursday. The Mississippi Commission on College and Career Readiness will have until July 1, 2016, to make […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation is pending before the Mississippi House that would prevent the attorney general from filing lawsuits, such as the multi-billion dollar lawsuit against the tobacco companies in the 1990s, without gaining the approval of at least two other statewide officials. House Judiciary A Chair Mark Baker, […]

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney answers a question after his lecture to the student body and guests at Mississippi State University on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Romney joked about his time as a candidate and addressed a number of world issues including terrorism, world economy and domestically "the need for strong American leadership," and job creation for Americans. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By Bill Barrow Associated Press STARKVILLE – Mitt Romney sounds like a presidential candidate. Except when he doesn’t. Greeted as a celebrity here Wednesday in the heart of the Republican Deep South, the GOP’s 2012 nominee – who still says he’s mulling another bid in 2016 – talked to Mississippi State University students like a […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Jim Newman has joined Mark Prince as a candidate for open House District 17, which represents the southwest portion of Lee County. Brian Aldridge, a Republican finishing his third term as the District 17 representative, has announced he will not seek re-election. Newman, a 73-year-old Tupelo retiree who […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – With troubles at a large public hospital creating political waves on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, lawmakers are trying to make the affairs of hospitals and their pension systems more open. The full House passed a bill Wednesday to require some public pension systems to report their financial status […]

JACKSON (AP) – Assistant teachers could see a $1,000 pay raise under a plan moving forward in the House. The House Education Committee approved House Bill 582 Wednesday, which would raise the employees’ yearly salary to $14,000 a year from $13,000 a year. The committee originally considered a $500 increase, but agreed on $1,000. With […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – On a day that a returning special-needs scholarship bill cleared its first legislative hurdle, Rep. Nick Bain, D-Corinth, introduced another proposal to provide help with the education of special-needs children. Bain said Tuesday his proposal would provide transparency in terms of funding for special education students […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – First-time candidate David McRae says he’s challenging Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch in this year’s Republican primary. McRae is 34-year-old attorney from Ridgeland. He’s part of the family that founded the former McRae’s department stores in Mississippi, and his campaign logo resembles the store signs. He says Tuesday […]