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SCOTUS announces it will take up Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban

If Roe v. Wade were overturned, Mississippi has trigger language in the law that would make all abortions illegal.

Philip Gunn: I support special session to protect initiative process in Mississippi

Reeves praises SCOTUS decision to hear Mississippi abortion ban case

  Campaign to put Medicaid expansion on the ballot officially launches

Miss. House Minority Leader: People shouldn’t be blamed for taking advantage of extra fed. benefits

  Gov. Reeves announces Miss. will opt out of pandemic unemployment benefits

  New ballot initiative could bring early voting to Mississippi

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  Gautier mayoral race heats up ahead of the general election

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

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

  Kenny Holloway wins Ocean Springs mayoral election

Two more council races decided after Gulfport primary runoff election

  Billy Knight secures Democratic nomination for Moss Point mayor

D’Iberville Ward 4 latest office to have a clear winner in municipal elections

Gerald Burdine was elected Ward 4 councilman in Tuesday’s runoff, securing 159 votes over his opponent Travis Burke’s 143.

8 votes determine winner of Long Beach primary runoff for Ward 6

The lone primary runoff election in Long Beach was too close, but one candidate managed to edge out the other to become the next Ward 6 alderman.

Hyde-Smith co-sponsors bill to relax age restrictions on handgun purchases

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) was a co-sponsor of a bill to alter age requirement on handgun purchases.

Polls now open across South Mississippi for municipal runoff election

The polls are now open across South Mississippi as candidates face-off in the runoff election.

  Ocean Springs’ mayoral candidates make final push ahead of Tuesday runoff

  Moss Point Democratic mayoral candidates push campaign efforts leading up to runoff election

  Remaining democratic mayoral candidates ramp up campaigns for Moss Point seat

  Mississippians react to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

Brett Favre weighs in on Chauvin verdict during podcast

  Ocean Springs mayoral candidates gear up for primary runoff election

Mississippi doc: No link between politics, vaccine hesitancy

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs says he talks with equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans who are unsure about getting vaccinated.

  Gulfport mayoral opponents differ on proposed road’s impact

When rain falls in North Gulfport, it eventually flows into Turkey Creek. Much of the land surrounding the creek is wetlands and any new development in the area worries residents.

  Mississippi official defends own comment about ‘woke’ voters

Mississippi’s top elections official says he thinks people are doing a “hatchet job” on him because he made comments in a television interview about “woke” and “uninformed” voters on college campuses.

  Mississippi Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Initiative 65 challenge

The ballot initiative process that got medical marijuana on the ballot and eventually in the state constitution is in question.

  U.S. Department of Commerce investing $2,000,000 in South Mississippi tourism

The tourism industry is set to get its own shot in the arm after COVID-19. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration is awarding $2,000,000 of CARES Act Recovery Assistance Grant money to Coastal Mississippi.

Reeves pokes fun at Biden’s ‘Neanderthal’ comment as state’s virus cases continue downward trend

It’s been over a month since President Joe Biden called Mississippi’s elimination of the mask mandate akin to “Neanderthal thinking.”

  Medicaid expansion ballot initiative groundwork underway in Mississippi

Medicaid expansion may be a decision left up to Mississippi voters in 2022.

  SOS Michael Watson under fire for voter registration comments made on WLOX

The spotlight is on his March 26th comments about college students and whether they should be automatically registered to vote.

  Knight, Anderson edge closer to mayoral office as they head to a runoff in Moss Point

With all but one office contested and only three incumbents running opposed, Moss Point will be seeing a lot of new faces in leadership this summer.

Leadership in three wards to be decided in Biloxi general election

A few more races will be decided on June 8's general election before Biloxi's leadership is solidified.

‘Boots’ Diaz heads to D’Iberville general election for Ward 3 seat

After an election season of suits and appeals, incumbent Craig “Boots” Diaz is one step closer to retaining the Ward 3 seat in D’Iberville.

Poplarville mayoral race heads to runoff

Poplarville voters will head to the polls again in three weeks to decide on the city’s new mayor.

Three ward races decided, mayoral race to be decided in general election

Three races were decided in Gautier during Tuesday’s primary municipal elections.

Familiar faces to lead Bay St. Louis after primary election results

A new face will represent Ward 4 in the Bay St. Louis City Council after Tuesday’s primary municipal election.

  Ocean Springs mayoral race, Ward 3 election head to runoff

The race to see who will be the next mayor of Ocean Springs has now been narrowed down to two candidates.

New faces elected to Pascagoula city offices

New faces will be representing Pascagoula after Tuesday’s primaries in the 2021 municipal election.

  Hewes heads to Gulfport general election, two wards head to runoff

Billy Hewes will face off against the Democratic candidate Howard Page to lead the city of Gulfport for the next four years.

  Bass reelected as Long Beach mayor, McGoey and McNally head to runoff

George Bass will continue to serve as mayor of Long Beach after securing 79% of the vote in the municipal primary election.

  Rafferty wins mayoral primary, faces two others in Pass Christian general election

The race to see who will be Pass Christian's next mayor is now down to three candidates who will face off in the general election.

Jackson County sheriff set to announce run for Congress

On Wednesday, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell plans to announce his campaign for U.S. Congress in Mississippi’s 4th District.

  Polls now open for municipal elections: See South Mississippi candidates, polling places, and more

Here’s a look at who all is running in each city, as well as where to cast your vote.

  Reeves shares opinion of vaccine passports on CNN

The governor spoke to CNN Sunday saying Americans should decide what’s best for their families.

  Mississippi congressmen face challenges with border crisis

In March alone, U.S. agents along the southern border carried out approximately 170,000 total apprehensions, which is a 70% increase from the previous month.

  Mississippi Republicans speak out against Biden’s infrastructure plan

Mississippi’s top Republicans say the president’s plan will hurt more than it helps.

  Moss Point mayoral candidates make final campaign events before primary election

In less than three days, Moss Point residents will narrow down their list of mayoral candidates who are hoping to run the city. Due to a tumultuous year Moss Point has endured, some candidates said this is a crucial election for the future direction of the city.

  Mississippi lawmakers wrap up 2021 legislative session

The legislature called it quits on the 2021 session Thursday morning.

  Concerned families help push Perpetual Care Cemetery bill through the Senate

After years of disarray and poor conditions at a Jackson County cemetery, families are now hopeful that action will be taken to maintain upkeep for the final resting place where many of their loved ones are buried.

  Thursday is the last day of legislative session in Mississippi

Today is the last day of the legislative session as state lawmakers are wrapping up their work at the capitol.

‘You are you, no matter who you choose to be’: What many Mississippians don’t know about being transgender

With a new law set to go in effect this year, trans people and medical professionals in Mississippi are debunking common misconceptions about being transgender that many may not be aware of.

  Lawmakers work out details of various bills as session enters final week

Lawmakers are in the final days of the 2021 legislative session but some loose ends are still getting tied up.

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.

  ‘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.

  National Equal Pay Day supporters and critics speak out on wages

According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, women have worked 81 days to earn what a man did last year in the U.S.

Hyde-Smith: Mississippians don’t vote on Sundays because that’s the Sabbath

A Mississippi senator trended online Wednesday after defending a bill which would have prevented the citizens of Georgia from early voting on Sundays.

  Moss Point mayoral candidates speak at public forum

Candidates running for mayor in Moss Point gathered Tuesday evening to discuss the issues they hope to tackle in the River City if elected.

  Mississippi legislature passes first TANF increase in more than 20 years

Lawmakers approve first TANF increase in Mississippi in more than 20 years.

City council candidate appeals judge’s ruling in D’Iberville municipal election

A city council candidate in D’Iberville is appealing a judge’s decision to allow another candidate’s name to appear on the ballot in the municipal election next month.

  Public forum brings together candidates from Biloxi, D’Iberville in effort to reach voters

The municipal primary elections are just weeks away and candidates across the Gulf Coast are stepping up their campaigns to reach voters.

Lt. Gov. touts bills on their way to the governor’s desk

One bill would make it easier for licensed professionals moving into the Magnolia State.

  Lt. Governor discusses federal relief package

As lawmakers enter the final days of the legislative session--they're also considering the budget impacts of the federal coronavirus relief dollars.

Teacher pay raise much-needed in Mississippi, say educators

Teachers in Mississippi will soon be seeing an increase in salary and in their starting wage thanks to a bill that was passed by state lawmakers on Thursday.

Wicker, Hyde-Smith join in letter claiming Biden border wall proclamation illegal

Wicker, Hyde-Smith claim Biden's decision to halt border wall construction illegal.

  Arizona senator defends bipartisan effort with Sen.Wicker to fund independent restaurants

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema defended Wicker and his work on pushing the legislation through in Tuesday’s Zoom call.

  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.

Long Beach hosts political forum for municipal candidates

Mississippi’s April primaries are coming up, and Long Beach candidates had the opportunity to state their cases Saturday as a crowd watched the political debate.

  Medical marijuana supporters skeptical about legislative changes to Initiative 65

Initiative 65 backers have concerns with an alternate plan being pushed through the senate.

  Ocean Springs mayoral candidates speak at public forum

The public forum gave candidates running for office in the Discovery City a chance to talk about their platforms.

  New circuit court judge sworn in for 2nd District

Many friends and family, including Gov. Tate Reeves gathered for the swearing in ceremony for Randi Peresich Mueller.

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

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

  Gov. Reeves signs bill banning trans athletes from school sports

It’s called the Mississippi Fairness Act.

Members of the Clergy and Working Together Mississippi deliver letters in support of Medicaid expansion

Members of the clergy and supporters of Working Together Mississippi say now is the time to expand Medicaid to help those who are suffering and in need of healthcare.

Mississippi bill headed to Gov. Reeves could improve municipalities’ credit ratings

A bill which could improve municipalities’ credit ratings is going to Governor Tate Reeves for final approval.

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.

Wicker praises COVID relief despite voting against it

Wicker authored the RESTAURANTS Act, alongside Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), which will provide $28.6 billion for restaurants that have struggled to keep business during the pandemic.

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

Daylight Savings Time could become permanent in the United States.

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.

Wicker, Hyde-Smith decry Senate’s decision to exclude pro-life amendments from relief bill

Hyde-Smith, Wicker wanted pro-life amendment included in relief bill.