By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal TUPELO – Amid the smell of fried chicken and blueberry doughnuts, more than 500 people rallied in the Connie’s Chicken parking lot Tuesday to hear U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, give a speech about igniting the conservative fire. The humidity blazed on, but Cruz supporters waved hand flags printed with […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Educators said Tuesday they were told by legislative leaders that their local school districts would be fully funded by this school year. Instead, Pearl Superintendent Raymond Morgigno said, the Legislature came “within an ant’s eyeball” of phasing in a tax break of $550 million or higher […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The first of eight public hearings designed to educate voters on competing education initiatives will be held today in Jackson. One of the public hearings is slated for Monday at the Link Centre in Tupelo. All eight hearings across the state will begin at 5:30 p.m. […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County Democratic Party executive committee will meet Saturday, Aug. 22 to select someone to run for Justice Court judge. Incumbent Rickey Thompson pulled in 55 percent of the District 4 vote in last Tuesday’s five-person primary. Two days later, the Mississippi Supreme Court, which had previously […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz will visit Tupelo today as part of his southern bus tour. Cruz will visit the parking lot of Connie’s Chicken at 9 a.m. The junior senator from Texas was among the 10 Republicans chosen to participate in last week’s debate. The conservative also is scheduled to […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Party primary elections on Tuesday led to the defeat of one Northeast Mississippi incumbent legislator and set the stage for what are expected to be many contested House and Senate November general election tilts. State Sen. Nancy Collins of Tupelo, seeking her second full term in […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove is asking a Hinds County chancery judge to reconsider his decision to rebuke efforts to force the state to fully fund local school districts. Musgrove entered a motion recently asking Hinds County Chancellor William Singletary to reverse his decision rejecting the former […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – After two days of rain, a slew of former candidates are looking forward to a dry weekend. It will give them a chance to remove their political signs to conform with local ordinances. Most cities give people five to 10 days to remove the signs once the person […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The head of the state retirement system said the 1,000 Mississippians who retired from state and local government jobs, and from local schools districts, universities and community colleges, between April 1 and June 30 should not have to wait until the next calendar year to start […]