By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – In a game of escalating tax-cut proposals, House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, will propose the biggest so far: a $1.7 billion phaseout of Mississippi’s state personal income tax over more than a decade, a top legislator said late Monday. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jeff Smith, R-Columbus, […]

JACKSON (AP) – The Mississippi Senate has approved an early draft of part of the state budget. But there’s much more work to be done. Senators on Monday passed more than 50 budget bills, sending those to the House for more work. The House took similar action on a different set of budget bills last […]

By Jack Elliott Jr. Associated Press JACKSON – The Mississippi Association of Supervisors is rallying the rank and file to oppose several bills making their way through the 2015 Legislature. Among them are bills to boost the salaries of court reporters, constables and sheriffs. The association considers them unfunded mandates. All appear to have overwhelming […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – If legislators are going to pass a broad-based tax cut during the 2015 session, at least one chamber must vote on a proposal by Wednesday. That is likely to occur since Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who presides over the Senate, has proposed a $380 million tax […]

Legislation is pending during the current session of the Mississippi Legislature to establish what has become known as a SEC, or Southeastern Conference, election primary. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who oversees elections in Mississippi, answered three questions about the SEC primary for 2016 with the Daily Journal’s Bobby Harrison. And, by the way, it […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Attorney General Jim Hood, Mississippi’s sole statewide elected Democrat, quietly qualified to seek re-election Friday. Hood did not make any announcements when he qualified for re-election – as is the custom with statewide officials. Instead, he simply announced his re-election bid by answering a reporter’s question. […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau Guntown Alderman Chad McMahan is seeking the District 6 state Senate post currently held by Nancy Collins, R-Tupelo. Collins and McMahan, also a Republican, will square off in the Aug. 4 primary. In a news release, McMahan said, “I have decided to offer myself to the people of […]

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Vicki Slater of Jackson announces in Tupelo on Thursday that she will run for governor in 2015.

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Jackson attorney Vicki Slater on Thursday became the first female gubernatorial candidate in Mississippi in more than a generation. Slater, 58, the mother of six and grandmother of five, announced her candidacy as a Democrat first in Jackson and later in Tupelo. Former Lt. Gov. Evelyn Gandy ran […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant has not given any indication of when he plans to call a special election to fill the District 1 U.S. House post left vacant by the death of incumbent Alan Nunnelee on Feb. 6. But one potential candidate for the post has taken […]