By Steve Peoples Associated Press WASHINGTON – After a three-week flirtation with a new campaign for the White House, Mitt Romney announced Friday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016. “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The House, by an overwhelming 116-3 margin, passed legislation Thursday that would prohibit the state from using the controversial PARCC tests to assess Mississippi public school students after the current school year. The state Board of Education already has voted to reopen the process of selecting […]

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

By Riley Manning Daily Journal As rumblings emerge of Sen. Marco Rubio making moves toward a run at the presidency, there’s a Northeast Mississippi face on the senator’s campaign team. Amory native Anna Rogers, finance director for American Crossroads, will spearhead the fundraising efforts for Rubio’s run. The 2004 Amory high grad said the job […]

By Josh Lederman and Andrew Taylor Associated Press WASHINGTON – Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control. Obama’s proposed $74 billion […]

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 – 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 […]