Turner to try again on state contracts review bill

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Rep. Jerry Turner, R-Baldwyn, isn’t saying “I told you so.” But long...

JACKSON (AP) – During the first four months of Mississippi’s new welfare drug testing law, 3,656 people have applied for welfare, 38 of them have been tested for drugs and two tested positive. A state advocate for low-income children tells The Clarion-Ledger that the low numbers indicate that the program is a waste of money. […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Three federal appeals court judges will hear arguments next month about Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday set the Mississippi arguments for Jan. 9 in New Orleans. That’s the same day and place that the same panel of judges […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant has joined the lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to block President Barack Obama’s executive action that stops the deportation of a large number of undocumented immigrants. According to various media reports, 17 states are part of Abbott’s lawsuit, claiming the […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Same-sex marriages won’t be allowed in Mississippi while the state defends its gay-marriage ban, a federal appeals court said Thursday. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Nov. 25 overturned Mississippi’s definition of marriage as being only between a man and a woman, but he put his own […]

Associated Press WASHINGTON – Former Senate Republican leader Trent Lott is urging today’s GOP leaders to co-opt staunchly conservative freshmen if possible and to marginalize the rest in order to ease congressional gridlock. Lott tells reporters that Republican House and Senate leaders should immediately embrace new members before they can drift toward the right flank […]

By Will Weissert Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas – Texas is leading a 17-state coalition suing over President Barack Obama’s recently announced executive actions on immigration, arguing in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that the move “tramples” key portions of the U.S. Constitution. Many top Republicans have denounced Obama’s unilateral move, which was designed to spare as […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi should change its academic goals even if the public schools superintendent wants to stick with the Common Core standards that have been put in place over the past several years, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Tuesday. “What the superintendent needs to understand is that she’s not […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal JACKSON – Two Northeast Mississippi House members have been appointed to a board that works to improve the state’s workforce. House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, announced he has appointed Reps. Donnie Bell, R-Fulton, and Jerry Turner, R-Baldwyn, to the state Workforce Investment Board. “Workforce development is one of the most […]

By Bobby Harrison and Chris Kieffer Daily Journal JACKSON – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves wants to scrap the Common Core academic standards that Mississippi educators have been working to enact since 2010. Reeves, the first-term Republican lieutenant governor, announced at the Mississippi State University Stennis Institute/Capitol press corps luncheon Monday that he wants a task […]