By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Roughly 20 percent of Mississippi legislative seats will turn over to a different person when the four-year term begins in January, with new members bringing fresh perspectives. Here are five things to know about the incoming group of senators and representatives, with a quick disclaimer – because […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Even with state revenue collections sluggish, raising the specter of mid-year cuts to state agency budgets, Mississippi’s political leadership apparently is still eyeing possible tax cuts during the 2016 session. Both Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who presides over the Senate, indicated in […]

By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal TUPELO – Maj. Jay Patton, operation supervisor and pilot at the Army Aviation Support Facility, began flying the AH-64 – known as the Apache – in 2012 after learning about its sophisticated technology. Sen. Roger Wicker visited the facility on Tuesday to emphasize the importance of keeping the 13 Apache […]

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal TUPELO – Jon Meacham, signing copies Tuesday morning of his new book, “Destiny and Power/The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush,” at Reed’s GumTree Bookstore, said the first Bush president is a “much more complicated man” than many perceive, and could be described as “Mr. Rogers trying to be […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Even after two Mississippi legislative candidates drew straws to break a tied election, the state House of Representatives will have final say over who will serve the next four years. Democratic Rep. Bo Eaton, a 20-year incumbent from Taylorsville, drew a long green straw on Friday in […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Marked for death by Republicans, Democrat Cecil Brown may end up playing a critical role when he takes up his new post as public service commissioner representing the Central District. Four years ago, the Democrat was dethroned from his perch as chairman of the House Education Committee and […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant and state economist Darrin Webb both said last week it is hard to explain why state income tax revenue continues to grow, but sales tax revenue is sluggish. After all, if there is more income to tax, it stands to reason people would […]


By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Republicans’ super majority in the Mississippi House has been thwarted – at least for now – by incumbent Rep. Bo Eaton’s good fortune of drawing the long straw Friday to break the tie for the District 79 House seat. Eaton of Taylorsville, a five-term incumbent, […]

By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal TUPELO – Congressman Trent Kelly’s first 100 days in office often felt like 10 years, sometimes 10 minutes. At the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum on Friday, Kelly spoke about his first days in office at Wake Up! Tupelo hosted by Community Development Foundation. “It’s been such an invigorating process,” […]