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 […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – State Sen. Nancy Collins, R-Tupelo, has become the second state legislator in as many days to announce her candidacy for the 1st District U.S. House post. Collins will be vying in a May 12 special election to succeed Alan Nunnelee, a Tupelo Republican, who died after […]

Backed by members of the House Republican Caucus, House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, outlines a proposed individual tax elimination during a news conference at the Capitol in Jackson on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – House Republicans, led by Speaker Philip Gunn of Clinton, are proposing to phase out the Mississippi income tax – the state’s second largest source of revenue. The proposal, which House leaders said would take an estimated $1.38 billion, or 30 percent of revenue out of the […]