By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – After double checking the tallies from three problem boxes, the unofficial returns put incumbent Sadie Holland back on the Lee County Justice Court bench over challenger Phyllis Maharrey Dye by 66 votes. The Lee County Election Commission on Friday re-scanned ballots from three precincts – Tupelo 1, […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Four lesbian couples pressed a federal judge on Friday to overturn Mississippi’s last-in-the-nation ban on allowing same-sex couples to adopt, but lawyers for the state argued the lawsuit should be tossed out. Plaintiffs want U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan III to issue a preliminary injunction allowing members of […]


State Rep. Jody Steverson of Ripley confirmed Thursday morning he is switching parties, possibly giving Republicans the three-fifth super majority they were hoping to obtain in Tuesday’s elections.

By Jeff Amy and Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – A narrowly divided Mississippi Supreme Court has voted to allow a lesbian couple to seek a divorce. The ruling Thursday was 5-4, but two justices questioned the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, suggesting that decision has no constitutional basis. In 2013, DeSoto […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Tuesday’s defeat of the citizen-sponsored Initiative 42 will not stop the effort to obtain full funding of public education, its supporters said Wednesday. Michael Rejebian and Jonathan Compretta, the co-chairs of the Initiative 42 campaign, urged the newly elected Legislature to take into account the wishes […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – House Speaker Philip Gunn, emboldened after increasing his Republican majority in Tuesday’s elections, was openly campaigning Wednesday for a Democrat to switch parties to give him “a super majority” for the next legislative term. A super majority would be a three-fifths majority or 74 members of […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – When Sadie Holland went to bed Tuesday night, she was trailing by 63 votes in the Lee County Justice Court Judge 3 race. Wednesday morning, she had a 57-vote lead over Phyllis Maharrey Dye. “We are not certain what happened,” said Circuit Clerk Joyce Loftin. “When we were […]

OCEAN SPRINGS (AP) – While he supports removing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum said it will continue to fly on the Starkville campus. “The state flag of Mississippi is just that – it is the state flag of our state,” Keenum said after addressing a group […]

JACKSON (AP) — Mississippi voters rejected any change to the state constitution to bolster public school funding, defeating Initiative 42 on Tuesday.