By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – A status hearing in Chris McDaniel’s legal challenge of his loss in the Republican U.S. Senate primary is scheduled for Wednesday morning in Jones County Circuit Court in Laurel. Then, less than a week later on Tuesday, the state Elections Commission is scheduled to meet to […]

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Mayor Jason Shelton received national attention recently on cable news network MSNBC, which identified the first-term elected official as one of four rising stars to watch in state politics. The left-leaning cable news network mentioned the Democratic mayor in one of a continuous series of political profiles of […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi children would not lose welfare if a parent’s benefits are cut off because of positive tests for illegal drugs, according to rules set by the state Department of Human Services. The state’s welfare drug-testing law was supposed to take effect July 1, but it was delayed […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – No politician talked much about tax cuts during his or her official speech late last month at the Neshoba County Fair. But perhaps the biggest news that came out of the event is that a tax cut will be seriously considered during the 2015 legislative session […]

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Seven Ward 3 residents filed paperwork by 5 p.m. Friday to appear on the ballot for a nonpartisan, special election in less than three weeks. Two new candidates today joined five others in hopes of representing the City Council seat vacated by Jim Newell, who moved to Saltillo […]

Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – State Sen. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville, who is being cursed by some and praised by others for filing a challenge to the June 24 Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate he lost to incumbent Thad Cochran, would not say Friday whether he will endorse Cochran should […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann will ask the 2015 Legislature to look at a broad range of election issues, ranging from open primaries to early voting and online voter registration. “We anticipate a healthy discussion,” said the second-term Republican. Hosemann, speaking with the Daily Journal editorial […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Chris McDaniel sent out an email Wednesday afternoon, saying a court challenge is still coming to the June 24 U.S. Senate Republican primary runoff he lost to incumbent Thad Cochran. McDaniel was expected to file the challenge Wednesday, but late in the day it was reported […]

By JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON – Saying a Sunday lightning strike disabled its lawyers’ computers, the state of Mississippi requested and was granted an extra day to ask the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision that struck down a law that would have closed Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. A […]