Former House lawmakers join Washington lobbying firm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The former New York congressman unseated by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is going to work for a powerhouse lobbying firm.
Squire Patton Boggs announced Tuesday that Joseph Crowley has joined its global public policy practice. Crowley chaired the House Democratic Caucus and was once considered a possible successor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before losing to Ocasio-Cortez in New York's Democratic congressional primary.
Moss Point superintendent gets 3-year contract extension
MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — The top administrator of a south Mississippi school district is getting a contract extension.
The Mississippi Press reports the Moss Point school board has approved three more years for Superintendent Shannon Vincent-Raymond. She says the district is "striving for growth" and working to improve its rating by the Mississippi Department of Education.
Israelis tickled by Sacha Baron Cohen’s grotesque caricature
JERUSALEM (AP) — Sacha Baron Cohen is at it again. After tapping into his familiarity with Israel and his fluency in Hebrew to shape previous eccentric personas such as Borat and Bruno, the Jewish comedian has created his most stereotypical Israeli character yet — a grotesque, faux counterterrorism instructor in his new Showtime series "Who is America?"
Review: Sacha Baron Cohen back with old style, same results
NEW YORK (AP) — The provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen has rebooted his ambush chat show and before any judgment is made about the wisdom of that decision, you have to admire the sheer perseverance of not only the host but also his so-called guests.
Fifteen years after the British comedian leapt to America as an unknown cultural trip-wire to punk everyone from Donald Trump to Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, he's still befuddling folks who should really know better.
Cochran donating papers to University of Mississippi
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Retired U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran will donate his papers to the University of Mississippi.
Cochran, who holds both undergraduate and law degrees from Ole Miss, was first elected to the U.S. House in 1972 and to the Senate in 1978.
The university says Cochran's donation will include 3,500 linear feet (1,000 meters) of documents and nearly 6 terabytes of digital files.
Wicker faces winner of Dem runoff in Mississippi Senate race
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi easily won a Republican primary Tuesday, months after being endorsed by President Donald Trump and the same day Trump tweeted that the legislator "has my total support!"
Wicker served nearly 13 years in the U.S. House before then-Gov. Haley Barbour appointed him to the Senate in late 2007 when fellow Republican Trent Lott resigned. Wicker's opponent in the November race isn't decided, as the Democratic primary heads to a June runoff.
Elvis cousin says he won’t run for US Senate in Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A distant cousin of Elvis Presley who might have been Democrats' strongest contender for U.S. Senate in heavily Republican Mississippi says he won't run this year.
Brandon Presley is a public service commissioner. He said Thursday a Senate race would take him away from important issues as a utility regulator, including efforts to expand high-speed internet access to rural areas.
Republican wins Mississippi House seat in special election
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — An open seat in the Mississippi House remains in Republican control after a special election to replace a representative who became the mayor of Hattiesburg.
Missy Warren McGee, a one-time legislative aide to former Sen. Trent Lott, defeated social worker Kathryn Rehner in Tuesday's runoff in House District 102 in Forrest and Lamar counties. Neither candidate had any previous electoral experience.
OXFORD — Next year’s U.S. Senate election in Mississippi may double as a referendum on the state flag. Incumbent Sen. Roger Wicker and looming challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel have taken opposite positions and both know the flag is red meat. It may arouse a go-to-the-polls passion among the public which, despite constant pandering by cable news, is overwhelmingly apathetic when it comes to actual voting. After the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last week, Wicker calmly said it was clearly...
SUMRALL, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's largest solar power installation is now making electricity.
Mississippi Power Co. is contracted to buy electricity for 25 years from the $100 million Lamar County facility, owned by D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments.
Leaders of D.E. Shaw and Mississippi Power, as well as former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, gathered Friday to dedicate the 600-acre facility, which began sending electricity to the grid last week.
Bryant nominates GOP lawmaker for Workers Comp Commission
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is nominating a longtime Republican lawmaker to serve on the three-member Workers Compensation Commission.
Rep. Mark Formby of Picayune has served in the House since 1993.
If the 60-year-old is confirmed to the commission, he would resign the District 108 House seat and Bryant would set a special election to represent the Pearl River County district.
59 years after pledge, Ole Miss fraternity initiates man, 76
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A story of friendship and brotherhood that began at Ole Miss almost six decades ago came full circle when Oxford's Ed Meek was initiated into a student fraternity on campus.
The 76-year-old Meek was initiated into Sigma Nu, a fraternity he briefly pledged as a freshman at Ole Miss in 1958, with encouragement of the late state senator George Payne Cossar, before dropping out weeks later due to cost.