Politics

2024 ticket? Trump says he would consider Gov. DeSantis for VP if he ran again

Miss. congressional leaders react to Biden’s first address to Congress

Hyde-Smith bill would give 18-year-olds the right to buy handguns under federal law

  White wins Democratic nomination for Hattiesburg mayor in runoff

  Nobles beats incumbent Moore to win Petal’s Ward 3 alderman seat

Decision 2021: What to know ahead of Tuesday’s runoffs

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  Voter information and fellowship rally held in Laurel

  Hattiesburg mayoral candidates make pitch to voters ahead of Democratic runoff

  Petal Ward 3 candidates make their case ahead of runoff

Reeves uses baseball to compare Miss. COVID-19 restrictions

Miss. Supreme Court to hear challenge to Initiative 65 Wed.

Sen. McDaniel says ‘to hell with the NCAA’ after potential boycott over trans legislation

  Magee ‘elated’ to win Democratic nomination in Laurel primary

Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee will face three independent challengers in the general election.

  Absentee votes partially to blame for delay in Laurel results

Voters in the city of Laurel waited nearly four hours after polls closed Tuesday to receive any results from the municipal primary election.

  Jackson County sheriff announces campaign for Congress

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell announced his campaign for U.S. Congress in Mississippi’s Fourth Congressional District Wednesday.

Tony Ducker declared mayor-elect of Petal

Tony Ducker has been declared mayor-elect of The Friendly City.

Magee wins Democratic nomination for Laurel mayor

Petal mayoral race too close to call

Decision 2021: Polls close for municipal primaries

Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus applauds MLB’s opposition of Georgia voting law

  Roll2ThePolls providing free rides for Forrest, Lamar county voters

Thursday is the last day of legislative session in Mississippi

  Three organizations team up to host political forum in Hattiesburg

The forum was a chance for candidates running in the mayoral and city council races in Hattiesburg to speak to voters.

‘No thank you, Mr. President’: Gov. Reeves says Miss. will not reinstate mask mandate

Gov. Tate Reeves is saying “no thank you” after President Joe Biden recently urged governors to reinstate their mask mandates.

  Hattiesburg candidates forum set for Tuesday night

The forum will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center in downtown Hattiesburg.

Bill allowing home delivery of alcoholic beverages on its way to the governor’s desk

Bill spells out requirements for allowing home delivery of alcohol.

  Miss. lawmakers continue discussions on income tax reform

Gov. Tate Reeves has been urging income tax reform for the state, but lawmakers are at a stalemate trying to determine the next move.

  ‘We can do better’: Sen. Hyde-Smith’s Sunday voting comments spark controversy

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is receiving backlash after making comments defending the recent attempts to ban Sunday voting in Georgia.

Hyde-Smith, Cruz among senators headed to southern border as crisis persists

The senators will travel to McAllen, Texas for briefings and tours Thursday and Friday.

  New federal incentives boost Medicaid expansion talks in Mississippi

Medicaid expansion hasn't gotten any traction in Mississippi. But new federal incentives seem to be increasing the talks about how the state could benefit.

  Senate approves bill allowing Petal sales tax referendum

Petal residents may soon get the chance to vote on a proposed 3% sales tax increase on restaurants in the city.

  Virtual forum held for Laurel city council candidates

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Laurel Alumnae chapter hosted a non-partisan virtual candidates forum Tuesday night.

  Petal mayoral candidates make pitch to voters at forum

Four candidates, each Republican, are hoping to get Petal’s top job.

Virtual forum for Laurel candidates to be held Tuesday night

The Laurel Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is hosting the non-partisan event.

  Local leaders disagree on best way to handle flood of immigrants at U.S.-Mexico border

Currently the border is closed but the United States says it will not expel unaccompanied minors.

  Two City Council candidates running in Hattiesburg’s Ward 5

The primary election will be on April 6.

  Laurel mayoral candidate kicks off campaign with rally

A Laurel mayoral candidate kicked off her campaign Thursday night with a rally at Pinehurst Park.

Miss. one of 21 GOP-led states suing Biden over Keystone XL rejection

The lawsuit claims the president did not have the authority to revoke a permit for the pipeline.

  House revives tax reform plan after the original bill dies in Senate

This plan seeks to phase out the income tax, reduce the grocery tax and raise the sales tax.

  Miss. tax reform bill faces deadline Tuesday

A bill that would phase out the state income tax is approaching a Tuesday deadline in the Mississippi Senate.

  Meet the candidates facing off in Hattiesburg’s Ward 2 primary

Three democrats vie for the party nomination in the primary election.

  Which bills are still in play at the State Capitol after the latest deadlines?

The legislature's focus is narrowing as more deadlines pass.

Senate revives medical marijuana proposal after House allows original bill to die

The legislature’s attempt at a back-up medical marijuana program appeared to have died Wednesday but was revived late in the day.

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith supports bill making Daylight Saving Time permanent

Daylight Savings Time could become permanent in the United States.

Legislature passes bill easing requirements for pseudoephedrine

The bill allows you to buy medicine like Claritin-D or others containing pseudoephedrine and ephedrine without a prescription.

Hattiesburg City Council candidate arrested on warrant for false pretenses

The Forrest County Sheriff’s Office arrested a candidate for Hattiesburg City Council Monday evening.

  Sen. Hyde-Smith reflects on being first woman to represent Miss. in US Congress

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith became the first woman to represent Mississippi in the U.S. Congress in 2018.

  Faith leaders and Working Together Mississippi call for action on Medicaid expansion

Working Together Mississippi is starting the work of educating the community on the reasons state leaders should expand healthcare access.

Candidate who triggered ethics investigation says Palazzo should resign from Congress

The man who sparked an ethics investigation of Congressman Steve Palazzo is calling on Palazzo to resign immediately.

  Four candidates vying for Hattiesburg mayor in upcoming election

Four candidates are running for Mayor of Hattiesburg this year.

Gov. Reeves will sign bill to ‘protect girls’ from transgender athletes

The Human Rights Campaign believes the law will immediately end up in a court battle.

‘Neanderthal thinking’: Reeves, Biden at odds over COVID restrictions

President Joe Biden and Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves are at odds over COVID-19 restrictions.

Hattiesburg resident challenges council candidate’s qualifications to run

A Democratic candidate’s qualifications to run for City Council in the April primary are being challenged by a resident of the Ward he seeks to represent.

Hattiesburg councilman challenges candidate’s eligibility in municipal election

A Hattiesburg City Councilman filed a petition Friday challenging the qualifications of a Democratic candidate for Ward 1 in the upcoming municipal election.

Rep. Steven Palazzo accused of 3 ethics violations, according to findings detailed in report

Mississippi Rep. Steven Palazzo committed three ethics violations, according to the findings of a report by the Office of Congressional Ethics.

  Chief: Capitol assault much bigger than intel suggested

Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman denied that law enforcement failed to take seriously warnings of violence before the Jan. 6 insurrection.

  Bill could expand services provided by optometrists in Miss.

House Bill 1302 partly aims to allow optometrists to perform more procedures and prescribe more medications.

State taxes could be a thing of the past under new bill

The bill is now in the hands of the House for a vote.

  Proposed bill calls for vote on gas tax increase

A proposed bill in the Mississippi state legislature could raise taxes on gasoline and diesel if passed by voters.

  Community reacts to Hattiesburg municipal precinct changes

The Hattiesburg City Council voted last week to change the locations of three municipal voting precincts.

Bill would ban twice impeached presidents from being buried at Arlington

The move is seemingly directed at former President Donald Trump, who is the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

Hyde-Smith joins bill ensuring sports teams are based on ‘reproductive biology’

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith has co-signed a bill which she says would “protect athletic opportunities for female athletes.”

  Three Hattiesburg municipal voting precincts moved

The municipal primary will take place on April 6 followed by the general election on June 8.

Sen. Hyde-Smith releases statement on impeachment acquittal vote

The U.S. Senate acquitted him on a 57-43 vote Saturday evening.

Alternative medical marijuana bill cleared by Senate early Friday, headed to House

Senate approved Senate Bill 2765 by a 30-19 vote.

Bill to crack down on street racing approved by Senate, now heads to House

If passed, the bill gives state troopers the authority to patrol interstate corridors anywhere in Mississippi.

  Miss. secretary of state encourages participation in municipal elections

Secretary of State Michael Watson says municipal elections have the most immediate impact on your everyday life on the local level.

Sen. Hyde-Smith doesn’t believe evidence presented links Trump to Capitol insurrection

Neither Hyde-Smith nor Wicker consider this second impeachment trial constitutional.

Bill to remove inactive voters makes progress

The bill passed 36-16 Wednesday with Republicans supporting it and Democrats voting against it.

Poll shows Miss. voters approve of Reeves, disapprove of Biden, oppose Trump conviction

A total of 625 registered Mississippi voters were interviewed live by telephone statewide.

  Sec. of State Watson speaks to Jones County GOP Women

Watson addressed a monthly luncheon for the organization at the Laurel Country Club.

Bill to amend state’s three-strikes rules passes House

Habitual offender law passes the state House

Lynn Fitch adds name to chorus of AGs asking Biden to resume Keystone XL Pipeline

In a letter sent to the President, the AGs call Biden decision to end the constriction of the 1,700 mile pipeline “rushed."

Wicker and Hyde-Smith vote to end impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump

Trump is the first president to face impeachment charges after leaving office.

Mississippi bill could help inmates during pregnancy, birth

After an inmate gives birth, the baby could remain with her three days.

  Waynesboro municipal election primaries canceled

Each candidate will be on the general election ballot with no party affiliation denoted.

Biden’s dilemma in virus aid fight: Go big or go bipartisan

The president’s bipartisan bona fides have been a defining feature of his long political career.

  Miss. Senate passes bill that would make it easier to buy drugs containing pseudoephedrine

Currently, drugs containing certain quantities of pseudoephedrine are available only by prescription.

  AG’s ‘last-minute’ opinion on candidate residency requirements leaves election officials puzzled

“It’s not a good look. It certainly isn’t a good look when there’s chaos around elections."

Candidates file to run in Hattiesburg municipal election

Seven candidates have filed to run for Hattiesburg mayor, with another 12 filing to run for city council seats in Hattiesburg’s five wards.