By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Holly Springs attorney Shirley Byers, who is in a runoff for District 3 circuit judge, was sanctioned by the Mississippi Supreme Court for actions during her tenure as a circuit judge in the Delta in the 1990s. Byers received national attention for ordering the arrest of […]

JACKSON (AP) – Gov. Phil Bryant has chosen a new state banking commissioner to succeed one who left more than a month ago. Charlotte Corley of Madison has already begun working as commissioner, and will need to be confirmed by the state Senate during the 2015 legislative session. In announcing the nomination Monday, Bryant says […]

JACKSON (AP) – Gov. Phil Bryant is in Israel to speak at the 3rd International Conference on Homeland Security. The website for Israel HLS 2014 shows Bryant is the only U.S. governor speaking at the conference, which started Sunday and runs through Tuesday. Bryant took part in a panel discussion Monday about information management and […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Tupelo is optimistic that the newly elected Republican Senate majority can achieve significant accomplishments in the new term, working with Democratic President Barack Obama. Wicker, a Republican first elected in a special election in November 2008 and re-elected in 2012 to […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove says if the Legislature did not want to fully fund local school districts it should have changed the law that mandates it. Musgrove, who is suing the state on behalf of local school districts to recoup money they were underfunded since 2008 […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – When legislative leaders and Gov. Phil Bryant meet Monday to adopt an estimate of money available to budget during the 2015 session, they will do so with the knowledge that revenue collections for October were $10.7 million, or 2.3 percent, below the estimate. For the current […]

JACKSON (AP) – A federal judge will hear arguments next week in a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage. A hearing before U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday in Jackson. The lawsuit was filed Oct. 20 by Campaign for Southern Equality and two lesbian couples. Rebecca “Becky” Bickett […]

By Donna Cassata Associated Press WASHINGTON – Republicans’ resounding victory gives them an opportunity to push legislation that’s been bottled up in the Democratic Senate, from targeting elements of President Barack Obama’s health care law to constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to rolling back environmental regulations. Democrats suffered a drubbing in Tuesday’s midterm elections, […]

Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., center, salutes his supporters at his victory party on Tuesday in Jackson after he won re-election to his seventh term. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – After winning a chaotic Republican primary earlier this year, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran cruised to a seventh term with 60 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s general election. That’s similar to the wide margins Cochran enjoyed in most of his previous campaigns for re-election. He carried 58 […]