Latest Mississippi state government News

Mississippi felons push court to restore voting rights

Dec. 3, 2019 5:11 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man at the center of a Mississippi case aimed at restoring the voting rights of felons said Tuesday that he is fighting on behalf of everyone like him who "made a mistake in life." Dennis Hopkins spoke after judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard arguments in...

The Latest: Felons push court to restore voting rights

Dec. 3, 2019 2:18 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on court case seeking to restore voting rights to Mississippi felons (all times local): 1:15 p.m. A key advocate for restoring voting rights to felons in Mississippi says he’s fighting to restore his rights as a “human being.” Dennis Hopkins spoke after...

Report: Mississippi laws cause ‘extreme’ prison sentences

Nov. 19, 2019 3:59 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s habitual offender laws are causing “extreme” prison sentences that are disproportionally affecting African American men and are costing the state millions of dollars for decades of incarceration, according to a new report by a nonprofit advocacy...

Democrat Mike Espy starts 2020 US Senate bid in Mississippi

Nov. 12, 2019 6:51 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Democrat Mike Espy announced Tuesday that he's running again for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith, setting up a 2020 rematch of a race that churned up the state's painful racist history. "I can and will do a better job for the people of Mississippi...

House Democrat criticizes Mississippi chicken plant raids

Nov. 7, 2019 5:11 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — It's "disappointing" that President Donald Trump's administration is selectively enforcing laws to apprehend immigrant workers who are in the U.S. illegally but not prosecute employers, a U.S. House committee chairman said Thursday. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and House...

Republican wins competitive race for Mississippi governor

Nov. 6, 2019 1:18 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans strengthened their dominance in Mississippi by keeping the governorship and picking up the last remaining statewide office that has been held by a Democrat. Second-term Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday defeated fourth-term Attorney General Jim Hood in the...

Republican Lt. Gov. Reeves wins Mississippi governor's race

Nov. 6, 2019 12:38 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans are keeping their hold on the governorship in Mississippi, despite facing the best-funded Democrat to run for the position in more than a decade. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday defeated Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and two candidates who ran low-budget campaigns....

The Latest: Democrat concedes Mississippi governor's race

Nov. 6, 2019 12:09 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the Mississippi election (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Democrat Jim Hood is conceding the Mississippi governor's race and thanking people for letting him serve four terms as attorney general. Hood was defeated Tuesday by Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in the open race...

Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves wins race for Mississippi governor, retains GOP's longtime hold on the seat.

Nov. 5, 2019 11:28 PM EST
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves wins race for Mississippi governor, retains GOP's longtime hold on the seat.

Pence rallies for Mississippi GOP governor candidate

Nov. 4, 2019 6:04 PM EST

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence campaigned Monday in Mississippi for the Republican nominee for governor, who's in a tight race with the state's best-funded Democratic nominee in nearly a generation. "Mississippi and America need Tate Reeves to be the next governor of the great state of...