Bobby Harrison

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I work out of the Mississippi Capitol, covering state government and politics for the Daily Journal.

Stories Written by Bobby Harrison

Nov. 18, 2006, Arkansas defeated Mississippi State 28-14. That was the last college football game I saw in person, though, my lovely wife Jill will attest to the fact I have seen many since then from the comfort of the recliner. It was a good one even though the home Bulldogs lost. We got to […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – A bill passed in 2011 to amend the Mississippi Accountability and Transparency Act is the reason legislative leaders had to make public the contract entered into with New Jersey-based EdBuild, a nonprofit educational consulting firm. The legislative leadership, led by House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, and […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The north entrance of the Mississippi Capitol, one of only two public entrances to the building, will be closed for an estimated one year. The closure will have the most impact during the upcoming three-month regular legislative session beginning in early January when visitation to the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Sitting in his fifth floor corner office overlooking the slow moving Interstate traffic snaking through Jackson on a weekday afternoon, Chris Gillard is a long way from his childhood in Tupelo. As director of the Mississippi Highway Patrol, he oversees the state’s most visible and, perhaps, […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Second-term Gov. Phil Bryant apparently is not giving up on a goal he made in his first inaugural address in January 2012 – to merge some of the state’s many boards and commissions. The Republican governor revived his goal of merging some of the more than […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Some teachers and other staff in A and B schools, as well as in improving schools, could be getting a pay raise during the 2017 legislative session. The School Recognition Program is part of the 2014 legislation that gave teachers a $2,500 across-the-board pay increase over […]

To quote Tupelo’s own Elvis Presley, the undisputed king of rock’n’roll, “we can’t build our dreams on suspicious minds.” And currently there are a lot of “suspicious minds” in the education community in terms of the efforts of the legislative leadership, namely House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, to revamp or rewrite […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Communities hoping to improve the literacy of their citizens can now turn to a statewide organization for help. Mississippi will become a Campaign for Grade-Level Reading state – joining more than 40 states and almost 300 communities across the nation in the private-public collaborative to improve […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper lamented Monday that the election recount being initiated by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is an effort by Democrats “to portray this as an illegitimate outcome of the election.” The Republican Harper of Rankin County, who has represented Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Even though members of the Legislative Budget Committee have revised the official estimate for revenue collections upward for the current fiscal year, they actually believe less will be collected in state tax revenue. Their official revision, made earlier this month, is for the state to collect […]