Few people know that no law or constitutional provision gives the lieutenant governor his key powers – to appoint Senate committee members, the committee chairmen and which bills any given committee will consider. As any experienced legislative observer knows, committees are the graveyard for hundreds of bills every year. Consequently, Mississippi’s lieutenant governor (some states […]

Will the GOP finally confront Obama? The number 4 has been in the news of late. The first instance is in 6 1/2 years in office President Obama has vetoed only four bills. You have to go back to the 1840s to find a president serving a full term who vetoed fewer bills. What does […]

Are the prekindergarten children you know enrolled in a structured learning program?

Earlier this week, the Daily Journal began 15 consecutive days of articles about Mississippi’s 2015 elections, the statewide campaign with an Aug. 4 primary in both major parties. The Daily Journal’s coverage will consist of reporting on all the races in Lee County, legislative offices across the region, plus contested races for state-level district offices […]

Effective with fiscal year 2007, the Legislature shall fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program,” reads Section 37-151-6 of the Mississippi Code. That’s it. That is all it says. It is no doubt one of the shortest and most straightforward sections of Mississippi law. There is a lengthy editor’s note telling what would happen in […]

Donald Trump can’t help himself. Nor can we. The “worse” he gets, it seems, the better we like it. Watching Trump is so deliciously awful, we don’t hang on every word. We hang on the edge of our seats waiting for the next word. Whatever will this man say next? Trump’s list of quotables is […]

Exception taken to Foster’s column My grandmother, Phyllis Harper, was a Daily Journal employee for many years, wearing lots of different hats during her time there. I’m especially glad to have clippings of several of her columns, because now that she’s gone from us, they provide brief glimpses of the world she lived in as […]

Do you plan to vote in the Aug. 4 primary elections?

Have you followed debate about fully funding the MAEP?