By Rod Guajardo Daily Journal TUPELO – Though 13 candidates have announced intentions to seek Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. Congress, only two candidates have officially qualified. District Attorney Trent Kelly of Saltillo and Oxford attorney Quentin Whitwell were the only candidates to officially qualify with the Secretary of State’s office in […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The efforts of Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Speaker Philip Gunn and Gov. Phil Bryant to pass a tax cut during the 2015 legislative session appear to have died a quiet and uneventful death Friday. Friday was the deadline to reconsider the vote by which the House […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – It’s now likely that Mississippians will soon no longer have to get inspection stickers for their vehicles. The state House on Thursday approved 112-7 and sent to Gov. Phil Bryant legislation that would eliminate the program. The effective date would be July 1, and Rep. Steve […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Glenn McCullough Jr., the former mayor of Tupelo and chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority, is one step away from confirmation for a post on the Board of Trustees of state Institutions of Higher Learning. McCullough’s nomination was approved Thursday by the Senate Universities and Colleges […]


By Rod Guajardo Daily Journal TUPELO – Barry Strevel, an Amory businessman running for Mississippi’s District 7 Senate seat, emphasized education and job creation during his campaign announcement Thursday. Strevel, a Republican, is challenging incumbent and longtime Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, for the seat in the Nov. 3 general election. “The district has got to […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – House Democrats on Wednesday blocked the $555-million tax cut proposed by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves after nearly three hours of debate. The bill would have divided tax cuts nearly equally between businesses and on individuals’ personal income. The vote on the proposal was 67-52, but it […]

By Rod Guajardo Daily Journal TUPELO – A Tupelo dentist and a Columbus businessman on Wednesday entered the race for the 1st Congressional District seat, both placing job creation and financial security as top issues of their campaigns. Ed Holliday, a Tupelo dentist, author and radio talk show host, announced his candidacy in front of […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation initiated by the CREATE Foundation allowing school districts of innovation to be developed was sent to Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday. The Senate passed the proposal without a dissenting vote. It passed the House earlier in the session. The legislation is one of the recommendations […]

JACKSON (AP) – Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker says he will vote against the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the nation’s next attorney general. Senate Democrats blocked legislation Tuesday to help the victims of human trafficking amid a partisan dispute over abortion that threatens to sink the once-uncontroversial measure. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has […]