JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a hearing in a lawsuit to block a Mississippi abortion law that bans the procedure after 6 weeks (all times local):
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the funeral of a police officer killed in Mississippi (all times local):
One of Mississippi's top elected officials says a police officer...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Second-term Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves continues to have the strongest fundraising effort among the candidates running for Mississippi governor, according to new finance...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on Mississippi campaign fundraising (all times local):
A new finance report shows Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood has nearly $1.2...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi Supreme Court chief justice has collected more than $580,000 in his run for governor.
Republican Bill Waller Jr. raised the money in two months...
Mississippi candidates seek cash as deadline approaches
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Candidates for Mississippi governor are asking supporters for cash as another campaign finance reporting deadline approaches.
PEARL, Miss. (AP) — Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves set the tone in his race for Mississippi governor Monday evening, telling supporters at a campaign event: "The radical liberals have taken aim...
PEARL, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on Republican Tate Reeves' campaign "kick-off rally" (all times local):
Republican Tate Reeves is telling supporters in his race for...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Republican candidate for Mississippi governor says someone broke into his truck and stole campaign files while he was at an event.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — One of Mississippi's statewide teacher organizations asked supporters Thursday if they're interested in protests over teacher pay and Republican education policies, even...
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Two of the three Republican candidates for Mississippi governor agreed on many points during the first debate of the 2019 campaign season, each saying he would make a...
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a Republican gubernatorial debate in Mississippi (all times local):
Two of the three Republicans running for Mississippi governor say...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A provision to increase funding by $2 million for Mississippi students with special education needs to attend private schools survived despite a last-ditch attempt to block...
Top Mississippi lawmakers agree on $1,500 teacher raise
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Leaders in the Mississippi Legislature answered the biggest question of their election-year session Wednesday night, agreeing to give public school teachers a $1,500-a-year...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — House Speaker Philip Gunn said Monday that Mississippi public school teachers are likely to get a one-time raise of $1,000 in the coming year.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Numbers alone show that Republicans are likely to maintain control of the Mississippi Legislature in the coming term.
Democrats are running for only slightly more than...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The top of the ticket for Mississippi's 2019 statewide election could feature the most competitive governor's race since 2003, but a dearth of strong Democratic candidates...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Here are the major-party and independent candidates running for statewide offices in Mississippi this year, according to the state Democratic and Republican parties and the...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Hood is proposing to eliminate Mississippi's sales tax on groceries and require lawmakers to be subject to state open records law as...
Former chief justice Waller to run for Mississippi governor
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Retired state Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller Jr. confirmed Wednesday that he plans to run for Mississippi governor as a Republican, telling WJTV-TV that he plans to qualify before the March 1 deadline and will formally announce plans then. The Clarion Ledger first reported Waller's plans.
2 Mississippi governor candidates: No blackface or KKK robes
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two top candidates for Mississippi governor say they have never worn blackface or costumes such as Ku Klux Klan uniforms.
Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves responded to reporters' questions Tuesday, a day after Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood did so. Both are white, and they are running in a state with a 38 percent black population. They have raised more money than other candidates this year in the open race for governor.
Hood: GOP control hurts ‘working people’ in Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood said Monday that if he's elected governor, he wants the state to expand Medicaid, put more money into early childhood education and reduce taxes on groceries.
"The working people have been kicked to the curb. They're not in the back rooms when the deals are made at the Legislature," Hood said Monday at a public affairs forum in Jackson.
Mississippi lt. gov took part in Confederate frat parties
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — While in college in the 1990s, Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves took part in his fraternity's Old South parties. And at such Kappa Alpha parties, members often wore Confederate costumes, a common practice among chapters in the South at the time.
A yearbook photo from Reeves' time in the fraternity shows members dressed in Confederate outfits.
Top Republican outraises top Dem for Mississippi governor
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Republican lieutenant governor has raised far more money than the Democratic attorney general in the open race for Mississippi governor.
Candidates had a Thursday deadline to report how much money their campaigns collected and spent during 2018.
Longtime Mississippi Sen. Burton has stroke, Reeves says
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A longtime Mississippi lawmaker who recently stepped down from a leadership post has had a stroke.
Republican Sen. Terry Burton of Newton was hospitalized Thursday and his family is requesting privacy, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said in a statement.
"Please join me and Elee in praying for Sen. Burton and his family," Reeves said.
As proponents rally, Mississippi school choice outlook murky
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — It's unclear whether Mississippi lawmakers will seek to expand charter schools or public subsidies for private schools in the current legislative session, even as proponents held a rally Tuesday to press for action.
Reeves: Strong revenue no reason to ‘spend, spend, spend’
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that Mississippi tax collections are better than expected for the first half of the budget year, but he said that doesn't mean the state should spend more money.
Mississippi could see push-pull on Medicaid expansion
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Just as the leader of Mississippi's Medicaid program cracked open the door Monday to the idea of expanding health coverage to some of the state's uninsured residents, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves seemed to slam it shut.
Medicaid Director Drew Snyder told House Appropriations Committee members Monday that the agency continues to hear from hospitals about how many patients don't have insurance. He said it is looking at ways to address that.
Republican Delbert Hosemann in race for lieutenant governor
RICHLAND, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's third-term Republican secretary of state says he's running for lieutenant governor.
Delbert Hosemann is announcing his candidacy at several events around the state this week, including one Wednesday at a tractor-trailer driving school in the Jackson suburb of Richland.
GOP gov candidate Foster pushes a type of Medicaid expansion
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Republican running for Mississippi governor is advocating a type of Medicaid expansion.
First-term state Rep. Robert Foster of Hernando said Tuesday he thinks working people added to Medicaid should be required to pay something for coverage. Mississippi would need federal permission for such a system.
"We need people to get a job and then give them a hand up rather than a handout," Foster said.
The Latest: Burton resigns as Mississippi Senate pro tem
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the beginning of the 2019 session of the Mississippi Legislature (all times local):
The president pro tempore of the Mississippi Senate is resigning his leadership role, weeks after being charged with second-offense drunken driving.
Republican Terry Burton of Newton announced his decision in a speech to colleagues Tuesday, moments after the beginning of the 2019 legislative session.
Republican lt. governor enters Mississippi governor’s race
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Second-term Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves entered the Mississippi governor's race Thursday, saying he wants to protect taxpayers and oppose the values of "Hollywood and Washington, D.C."
Reeves, 44, of Flowood, filed qualifying papers at the state Republican Party headquarters, ending months of speculation about his plans.
The Latest: GOP’s Reeves files for Mississippi governor
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on candidates in the 2019 Mississippi governor's race (all times local):
Mississippi Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has filed to run for governor.
The 44-year-old Reeves submitted qualifying papers Thursday at the state Republican headquarters.
The current governor, Republican Phil Bryant, cannot seek a third term.
Candidates start qualifying for 2019 Mississippi elections
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Candidates are starting to file for statewide and regional offices and legislative seats in Mississippi.
Wednesday was the first day to submit qualifying papers. The deadline to enter races is March 1. Party primaries are in August and the general election is in November.
Five of the eight statewide offices will not have incumbents running, which means 2019 will be the biggest turnover year for Mississippi's top political offices in at least a generation.
Mississippi senator’s arrest could create leadership fight
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A leadership showdown is developing in the Mississippi Senate after its second-ranking official was arrested this week for the third time on suspicion of drunken driving.
Republican Terry Burton, the Senate president pro tempore, issued a statement Friday apologizing for causing "embarrassment" to friends, family and colleagues, including Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Burton said he would consider professional counseling.
The Latest: Mississippi senator faces pressure after arrest
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a Mississippi lawmaker's drunken driving arrest (all times local):
Mississippi's lieutenant governor is urging a state senator to resign from a leadership position after the senator's third arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.
Laura Hipp, spokeswoman for Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, says Friday that Reeves has made clear to Senate President Pro Tempore Terry Burton that he believes Burton "should relinquish his leadership post."
GOP lawmaker could enter 2019 Mississippi governor’s race
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A first-term Republican Mississippi lawmaker who's known for excoriating "liberals" on social media says he will announce next week whether he's running for governor in 2019.
Rep. Robert Foster of Hernando posted a Facebook video Saturday saying he has been calling state leaders to ask what they think of him running for governor. He issued invitations Wednesday for some sort of announcement next Tuesday.
Governor and lieutenant governor call for teacher pay raises
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's governor and lieutenant governor said Thursday that they will support teacher pay raises in the 2019 legislative session, months before state elections, although they didn't provide a specific proposal.
Oxford High Schooler to serve 4 months in DC as Senate page
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Oxford High School student Addison Murphey will experience the nation's capital up close beginning next week.
Murphey, a junior at OHS, is one of 30 students from across the United States that will serve as a page for a U.S. Senator in the upcoming legislative session.
Hood: Secrecy in road inquiry won’t withstand legal order
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's attorney general says that as he investigates whether Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves improperly pushed a $2 million road, lawmakers may not be able to cite rules that allow secret records.
Jim Hood told the Clarion Ledger on Thursday that such rules would not hold up under a court order or subpoena.
Mississippi Senate leader signals deal likely on road money
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's lieutenant governor said Monday that he's ready to accept most of the transportation funding proposals championed by leaders of the state House. That makes an agreement more likely during a special session that Gov. Phil Bryant has said he wants to begin on Thursday.
The Latest: House speaker says he won’t block lottery
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a special session of the Mississippi Legislature to discuss transportation (all times local):
Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn says he won't block a proposal from the lottery from passing his chamber "if the votes are there" among Republicans.
Bryant says special session for roads and bridges coming
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — There may not be a deal yet on transportation funding among legislative leaders, but Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he's ready to call lawmakers back into session.
Clay Chandler, a spokesman for the Republican Bryant, said the governor intends to start the special session next week. An official document setting a start date of next Thursday could come Friday.
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — Two likely candidates for Mississippi governor in 2019 exchanged verbal jabs Wednesday at one of the state's biggest annual gatherings.
Speaking at the Neshoba County Fair, Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Mississippi is thriving under GOP leadership, while Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood said the state economy is faltering as Republicans give tax cuts to out-of-state corporations.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday that a state agency director is backing off of accusations that Reeves and his staff used political pressure to push a highway project near his home.
However, a letter from Department of Transportation director Melinda McGrath said Reeves' staff took the "highly unusual step" of communicating directly with utility providers about the project.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi attorney general said Wednesday he's investigating a $2 million road that was planned to connect a suburban Jackson shopping center to two gated neighborhoods, including one where the lieutenant governor lives.
The investigation creates a potential clash between Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Both men are expected to run for governor in 2019.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he did not pressure the Mississippi Department of Transportation to build a $2 million road near his gated neighborhood.