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By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Sen. Nancy Collins, R-Tupelo, told the Senate her new proposal “to send a message to Iran” will not have any impact on Toyota and its manufacturing plant in Blue Springs. Collins’ new Iran Divestment Act was passed Wednesday morning 35-11 after about one hour of debate […]

Tim Ford’s speakership had its rocky moments during his first term presiding over the Mississippi House of Representatives. In separate interviews through the years, both Ford and his successor as speaker, Billy McCoy, D-Rienzi, relayed essentially the same story. The rowdiness and dissension among many of the so-called rebels who were responsible for the downfall […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Opponents of the requirement that students pass four subject area tests in order to graduate from high school may have lost the legislative battle but won the war. House-passed legislation that would have eliminated the graduation requirement of passing subject area tests in algebra 1, English […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Students are still going to have to pass a reading test in the third grade to advance. Legislation that would have delayed full enactment of the third-grade reading gate for a year died Tuesday in the Senate Education Committee. Senate Education Chair Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, did […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation remained alive Tuesday that supporters say would send a message that Mississippi supports the effort of Israel to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The Senate Finance Committee passed it Tuesday, the final day for general bills to clear committees. The bill would prohibit […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, defended a House proposal to eliminate the state income tax, which accounts for nearly one-third of the state general fund revenue, as a responsible plan that will not force large cuts in the budget. “The important thing here is there is never […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation is alive to provide $1 million to continue upgrades at the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum and to provide $655,000 to aid with construction of Vietnam Veterans Wall and other displays at Veterans Park. The two projects, officials say, will strengthen Tupelo’s efforts to attract […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Former House Speaker Tim Ford, a Baldwyn native, known for his ability to build coalitions that enabled him to govern an often-raucous Mississippi House for four terms, died early Friday night at a home he owned in Oxford. Ford, 63, now a Jackson attorney, died from […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Republicans and Democrats will begin nearly even in terms of uncontested races as they battle for control of the Mississippi House of Representatives. Friday was the qualifying deadline for the state’s Aug. 4 party primaries and Nov. 3 general election. According to preliminary data gathered from […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The field of candidates running in the May 12 1st District U.S. House special election continues to change. District Attorney Trent Kelly of Saltillo on Thursday became the latest elected official to announce his intention to seek the seat. Oxford attorney Quentin Whitwell, who previously served […]