By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – Absentee voting is now underway for a runoff election to select a state Supreme Court justice. Residents of northern Mississippi will choose on Nov. 29 between John Brady and Robert “Bobby” Chamberlin to fill a seat on the state’s highest court. Brady is an attorney with the firm […]

By Kate Royals Mississippi Today JACKSON – National open government and public records experts say a policy adopted by the state lawmakers this week keeping all legislative contracts secret from the public makes the state an exception to the rule. “With regard to general procurement law, this would be an extreme outlier,” Emily Shaw, a […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – A vast majority of citizens speaking at a public hearing Thursday on the possible revamp of the funding formula that provides state funds to local school districts said the issue is not the formula, but is legislators not properly funding the formula. They also questioned what […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – Mayor Jason Shelton plans to seek re-election during next year’s municipal elections and will host a fundraiser tonight. “I’m proud of the accomplishments of this administration. I’m proud of the positive differences that have been achieved in Tupelo in this term,” Shelton said. “Hopefully the accomplishments will put […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant is placing a priority on restoring state reserve funds in his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1. The second-term Republican governor broke with the tradition of holding a news conference to release his budget proposal and did so […]

BILOXI (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is walking back speculation that he might consider a job in the Trump administration. The Sun Herald reports that Bryant said Tuesday in Biloxi that he has “the best job in the world.” He also said: “I’m going to be governor as long as my term lasts.” Republican […]

By Kate Royals Mississippi Today JACKSON – Faced with a public records request from Mississippi Today for the state’s contract with EdBuild, a legislative committee voted Tuesday to adopt a new policy mandating that all contracts it approves be confidential. The House Management Committee, which approves contracts entered into by the House of Representatives, voted […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislative leaders have increased the revenue estimate $69.7 million for the current fiscal year and $104.9 million or 1.8 percent for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1. The action, taken Monday morning, is a crucial first step in developing a budget for the upcoming […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – A one-hour public meeting will be hosted this week at the state Capitol to garner input on the plan of House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to rewrite the state’s school funding formula. A joint statement from Gunn, R-Clinton, and the Republican Reeves, […]