Evans and tractor try to pull US House seat from GOP’s Guest
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Michael Ted Evans is out on his tractor, appealing to the rural people of Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District to consider voting for a Democrat.
But it's not clear that will be enough. The state representative from Preston faces longtime District Attorney Michael Guest, whose district in the Jackson suburbs of Rankin and Madison counties powered the Republican to victory in a competitive GOP nomination contest.
Rep. Harper donating papers to Mississippi State University
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Republican congressman is donating his papers to Mississippi State University as he prepares to wrap up a decade in office.
U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper is signing a donor agreement Friday with the university's president, Mark Keenum, during a ceremony on campus in Starkville. The U.S. House majority leader, Kevin McCarthy of California, is scheduled to speak.
Louisiana congressman helps raise money for Mississippi GOP
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana is helping fellow Republicans in neighboring Mississippi raise money for this November's elections.
Scalise, a potential candidate for U.S. House speaker if Republicans maintain their majority, spoke Monday in Jackson to a Republican luncheon.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is endorsing a prosecutor in a Republican congressional runoff.
Hughes seeks to push past Guest in congressional GOP runoff
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A candidate is aiming for a come-from-behind victory in a June 26 Republican primary runoff for a congressional seat in Mississippi.
Whit Hughes received 22 percent of the vote in a six-person race June 5, while the leader, Michael Guest, received 45 percent. They are running in the heavily Republican 3rd District in the central part of the state, where the current GOP congressman, Gregg Harper, is not seeking re-election.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on Mississippi primaries for U.S. House and Senate (all times local):
A district attorney and a former state development executive will meet in a runoff for the Republican nomination for an open congressional seat
Michael Guest and Whit Hughes led the vote-getters Tuesday in the Republican contest in Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District.
Crowded GOP primary for open US House seat in Mississippi
LAKE, Miss. (AP) — Casually dressed on a warm spring evening, potential voters piled fried catfish onto paper plates and settled onto rows of white folding chairs inside a community center in central Mississippi. The hum of traffic from nearby Interstate 20 could be heard each time someone opened a glass door by the gravel parking lot.
Mississippi sees low number of requests for absentee ballots
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's top elections official said Tuesday that a "disappointing" number of absentee ballots have been requested for the June 5 party primaries for U.S. House and Senate.
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said in a state with 1.8 million registered voters, only about 6,000 people have requested absentee ballots.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a congressional investigation into the opioid epidemic (all times local):
Lawmakers of both parties say wholesale drug distributors missed signs of suspicious prescription opioids sales in West Virginia.
The state has been ravaged by overdose deaths after hundreds of millions of the potentially addictive pills were sold.
Mississippi GOP hopefuls decry federal spending, regulations
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans running for an open congressional seat in Mississippi are advocating cuts in federal spending and regulations.
The six GOP candidates in the 3rd District spoke Wednesday night in Jackson at a forum sponsored by Americans For Prosperity, a group promoting free markets and limited government.
6 GOP congressional candidates express loyalty to Trump
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Six Republican candidates for an open congressional seat in Mississippi are saying they will be loyal to President Donald Trump.
The 3rd District candidates spoke Monday in Starkville at a forum sponsored by the Oktibbeha County Republican Party, the Commercial Dispatch reported.
Rushdie to highlight 2018 Mississippi Book Festival
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Indian novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie is among the authors invited to speak at this year's Mississippi Book Festival.
Rushdie, whose novel "The Satanic Verses" provoked protests from Muslims around the world and death threats against him, is scheduled to visit Mississippi's "literary lawn party" Aug. 18 at the state Capitol.
Organizers say Rushdie's lecture will highlight his "own start in the writing game."
Mississippi candidates qualify for midterm federal elections
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Slates of candidates are set for U.S. House and Senate in Mississippi, with Democrats running in every contest and Republicans running in all but one. The races attracting the most activity are for a House seat without an incumbent and a Senate seat held by the same Republican for a decade.
Thursday was the candidates' qualifying deadline for the midterm congressional elections. Party primaries are June 5, with runoffs June 26. The general election is Nov. 6.
Candidate says he will push for prosperity in Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi native who worked in international finance said Wednesday that he is running for Congress because he wants to bring "a new era of wealth and prosperity" to the state.
Perry Parker of Seminary is one of five Republicans running in the 3rd District, which makes a diagonal across the central part of the state from Natchez to Starkville.
Republican Rep. Gregg Harper is not seeking re-election, saying 10 years in Congress is enough.
2 women file to run for congressional seat in Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A state lawmaker and a business executive are the latest to enter the Republican primary for an open congressional seat in Mississippi.
Sally Doty is an attorney from Brookhaven and has served in the state Senate since 2012. Morgan Dunn is managing director of Vestra LLC, a health care consulting firm in Magee. The two women filed qualifying papers Monday to run in central Mississippi's 3rd District.
US House candidate touts small government, ‘family values’
BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi prosecutor said Thursday that he is running for Congress because he believes in safe communities, limited government and "traditional family values."
Michael Guest spoke to more than 200 people in his hometown of Brandon. The crowd in the Rankin County circuit courtroom included more than three dozen uniformed law enforcement officers.
District attorney running for House seat in Mississippi
BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A district attorney says he is running for an open U.S. House seat in Mississippi.
Michael Guest tells the Clarion Ledger that he is running in the 3rd District congressional race.
GOP chair of House Administration Committee won’t run again
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Republican congressional chairman who pushed for stronger anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training in the U.S. House said Thursday that he won't seek re-election this year.
Rep. Gregg Harper of Mississippi was first elected in 2008. He said in a statement that he never intended to make a career in Congress, and "10 years will be long enough."
The Latest: House panel to hold hearing on sexual harassment
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment allegations on Capitol Hill (all times local):
The House Administration Committee says it will hold a hearing as part of its review of House policies and training to combat sexual harassment.
Mississippi Book Festival celebrates writing and reading
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Richard Ford and Greg Iles are among the authors invited to speak at the Mississippi Book Festival.
The event takes place Saturday in and around the state Capitol in Jackson, and promoters call it a "literary lawn party."
This is the third year for the festival , which drew hundreds of spectators in 2015 and 2016.
Gunman missed Mississippi rep before shooting Scalise
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Texas congressman said a gunman first fired shots at Mississippi Rep. Trent Kelly and missed before shooting a Louisiana congressman while the Republicans practiced for a charity baseball game in a Washington suburb.
Rep. Joe Barton of Texas was at the practice Wednesday morning and witnessed the shootings that wounded Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and several others in Alexandria, Virginia.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's entire congressional delegation is supporting a request for federal disaster aid after an outbreak of tornadoes.
Gov. Phil Bryant submitted the request to President Donald Trump last week.
Twenty-nine tornadoes were confirmed to have hit the state April 30. One man died, and 20 counties reported damage.
Mississippi congressmen decline forum invites
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi congressional delegation will not attend public forums set up by constituents in Northeast Mississippi.
The Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2nVjieM ) that citizens organized forums in Oxford and Starkville during the two weeks of congressional recess and sent out invites. The organizers are called Indivisible Golden Triangle and bill themselves as a resistance movement against President Donald Trump.
House IT workers targeted in investigation for alleged theft
WASHINGTON (AP) — House technology workers are being investigated by the U.S. Capitol Police for alleged theft, two members of Congress said Friday.
An internal probe prompted by "suspicious activity" found that "a number of House policies and procedures had been violated," Reps. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., and Robert Brady, D-Pa., said in a statement. They said the workers' access to the House computer system has been blocked.
Mississippi’s Harper named chair of House Admin Committee
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Rep. Gregg Harper of Mississippi has been named chairman of U.S. House Administration Committee.
He was selected for the post by Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Harper is the only one of Mississippi's four U.S. House members to hold a chairmanship.
$250K grant to help with Wilkinson County flood recovery
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — State and federal officials say a $250,000 grant will help people in southwestern Mississippi repair homes damaged by flooding in mid-August.
Three homes were destroyed, 23 had major damage and 58 others had minor damage in Wilkinson County. Most were in the town of Crosby.
The damage fell short of the threshold for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.