By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The House chamber where Tim Ford cemented his legacy in Mississippi politics took time from the hustle and bustle of meeting legislative deadlines Thursday afternoon to remember the second-longest-serving speaker in state history. Current House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said it was only fitting to conduct […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – The Rev. C.L. Bryant, a nationally renowned black conservative, will speak at the Lee County Library on Monday night at 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by FreedomWorks, a national organization dedicated to small government principles, and the Lee County Republican Club, the event is free and open to the public. Doors open at […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Wealthy people would be allowed to put some property in trust for up to 360 years in Mississippi, under a bill that advanced another step Thursday in the state Senate. Current Mississippi law allows trusts to last about 90 years. The trusts allow people to protect assets […]

Daily Journal Tupelo attorney Greg Pirkle on Wednesday announced his candidacy for the open 1st District congressional seat, casting himself as a political outsider who would work hard to “fix the mess we’re in.” “Nobody is happy that we are having this election in the first place, but as career politicians started jumping in, I […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation remained alive Tuesday that supporters say would send a message that Mississippi supports the effort of Israel to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The Senate Finance Committee passed it Tuesday, the final day for general bills to clear committees. The bill would prohibit […]

By Jay Reeves Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama’s stand against same-sex marriage regained ground Wednesday after the state’s highest court ruled that its ban remains legal, despite federal court pressure to begin issuing licenses to gays and lesbians. The Alabama Supreme Court ordered county probate judges to uphold the state ban pending a final […]

JACKSON (AP) – Restaurants and package stores that sell alcohol in Mississippi could get a tax break, if the governor agrees. The House on Wednesday sent Senate Bill 2207 to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. It proposes wiping out a $225 tax on every purchase of alcohol over $5,000 from the state alcohol warehouse in Madison. […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Opponents of the requirement that students pass four subject area tests in order to graduate from high school may have lost the legislative battle but won the war. House-passed legislation that would have eliminated the graduation requirement of passing subject area tests in algebra 1, English […]

Kathy Ford hugs friends and family after the memorial service for her husband in Paris-Yates Chapel.

By Errol Castens Oxford Citizen Former Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives Tim Ford was remembered Tuesday as a man of faith, humor, power and compassion. The 63-year-old Lee County native, Jackson attorney and part-time Oxford resident died Friday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi after collapsing at his Oxford home. A capacity crowd of […]