(CNN) – While some Republican incumbents with primary challengers are trying to woo conservatives, Sen. Thad Cochran says he's not too familiar with the tea party.
"The tea party is something I don't really know a lot about," the six-term senator from Mississippi told reporters. "It's a free country. We have open opportunities for people to participate in the election process."
(CNN) - Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi, will run for a seventh term next year, his spokesman Chris Gallegos confirmed to CNN.
Until Friday, it was unclear whether the longtime Senator would try to keep his seat. Cochran, who turns 76 on Saturday, already faces a primary challenger in conservative state Senator Chris McDaniel.
(CNN) – With the Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday on the Voting Rights Act, Mississippi and Texas announced they're ready to move forward with their controversial voter identification laws.
Eleven states in the past two years have approved laws that would require voters to show identification at voting booths. But Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act required some of those states with a history of voter discrimination to get "precleared" by the federal government before making any changes to voting laws.
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(CNN) – The recently renewed debate over working mothers gained more traction Tuesday when a Republican governor suggested the country’s education problems were the result of both parents holding jobs.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, speaking at a Washington Post education forum, seemed to anticipate the backlash his comments may spark, but proceeded anyway after being asked why America’s schools had fallen behind compared to other countries.
(CNN) – A dust mask linked to 41-year-old Mississippi man James Everett Dutschke, among other samples, tested positive for ricin, according to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday.
Federal authorities arrested Dutschke on Saturday on charges of possessing and using ricin in connection with letters sent to, among others, President Barack Obama.FULL STORY
Oxford, Mississippi (CNN) - Was it a tiff between an Elvis impersonator and a martial arts instructor in the birthplace of the King that caused headlines around the world?
We may find out Monday when a former tae kwon do instructor from Tupelo, Mississippi, appears in court, accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and others.FULL STORY
(CNN) - FBI agents on Wednesday searched the former martial arts studio of a Tupelo man in connection with the investigation into ricin-tainted letters sent to President Barack Obama and other officials, the man's lawyer, Lori Basham, told CNN.
Agents in hazardous materials suits had searched James Everett Dutschke's home on Tuesday, the same day prosecutors dropped charges against the man arrested last week on suspicion of sending the letters.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Charges were dismissed Tuesday against a Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and others by the U.S. Attorney, who said "new information" has been uncovered.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Super size? Yes, please, say Mississippi lawmakers.
The same day a judge blocked a ban on the sale of large, sugary drinks in New York City, senators in Mississippi approved, by a 50-1 vote, a bill that would prevent similar efforts in their state.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn has invited gunmakers such as Colt to relocate to his state from others including Connecticut, where firearms have been a controversial issue since a school shooting there last December left 20 students and six adults dead.
The gun industry in Connecticut is being attacked and "demonized" because of national politics, Gunn said in a letter this week to Colt's Manufacturing Company CEO Dennis Veilleux.FULL STORY