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  GOP candidates for Arkansas governor react to Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ entrance into race

“Her pledge to ban sanctuary cities would have been a great line in a speech in 2019, but not in 2021," said her opponent Lt. Governor Tim Griffin.

Hyde-Smith tweets Biden admin. killed ‘thousands of American jobs’ after Keystone pipeline halted

  President Biden proposes sweeping immigration reform bill

  Immigration advocates looking forward to positive change with Biden’s executive orders

  Mid-South Congress members, governors react to Biden-Harris inauguration

  Black Mid-South leaders inspired by VP Kamala Harris’ new role in the White House

  New bill would pull funding from Tennessee schools that don’t return to the classroom

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  Shelby County considers barring Trump’s name from appearing on buildings, other sites

  SCS 5th graders react to VP Kamala Harris taking office

Tennessee town lowers flags in response to Biden inauguration

  3 from the Mid-South pardoned by President Trump

  Gov. Lee issues new executive order lifting some restrictions on social gatherings, sporting event attendance

  Special legislative session begins in Tenn. to address learning loss, other issues caused by pandemic

  TSU, JSU bands to participate in event leading to Biden inauguration

Tennessee State University’s Aristocrat of Bands and Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of the South Marching Band will be featured in a virtual event leading up to the presidential inauguration on Wednesday.

  Fight for $15: Memphis fast-food workers push for minimum wage increase

Friday, fast-food workers across the country made a call to action by staging a strike.

Tennessee governor faces criticism for approach to virus

As Tennessee has fueled one of the nation’s worst COVID-19 surges for weeks, Gov. Bill Lee’s approach hasn’t strayed much from how he and several fellow Republican governors battling similar spikes have long approached the virus.

  Memphis man arrested in connection with riots at US Capitol

A Memphis resident was arrested for federal offenses allegedly committed at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

  Tennessee governor signs Medicaid block grant waiver

  Tenn. Congressman Steve Cohen introduces $15 minimum wage bill

Mississippi National Guard activated for presidential inauguration

Arkansas sends National Guardsmen to Biden inauguration

  Mid-South lawmakers split on Trump’s second impeachment

  Mid-South lawmakers cast votes on impeachment of President Trump

  Tennessee congressman delivers fiery speech during Trump impeachment debate

With 30 seconds to speak, Cohen cited the first impeachment, last week’s Capitol riot and his concerns for future violence.

Justin Timberlake to perform during Biden inauguration special

Timberlake will perform a new song called “Better Days" during a 90-minute inauguration special Jan. 20.

Federal appeals court puts 2 Arkansas abortion restrictions on hold

This week a federal appeals court put two Arkansas abortion restrictions on hold.

Arkansas governor says he wants Trump administration to end

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he wants President Donald Trump’s administration to end, but the Republican isn’t joining calls for Trump’s resignation or impeachment.

  Hunt for people involved in Capitol riot moves closer to Mid-South

An Arkansas man who went viral after being photographed sitting in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office chair during Wednesday’s Capitol siege was arrested Friday.

  FBI searches homes, offices of state Republicans as part of investigation into Glen Casada’s office

House Speaker Cameron Sexton provided details in a news conference late Friday morning saying the searches are part of an ongoing investigation connected to former House Speaker Glen Casada’s office.

Effort in Arkansas to enact hate crimes law in jeopardy

An effort to enact a hate crimes law in Arkansas is in jeopardy, despite a push by the state’s popular Republican governor and major corporations.

Medical marijuana initiative continues to be challenged in state supreme court

Madison mayor seeks to have Initiative 65A tossed.

Tennessee congressman introducing resolution to abolish Electoral College

A news release from his office calls the Electoral College an “archaic institution” that has in the last two decades twice given the White House to a candidate who did not win the popular vote, “defeating the will of the American people.”

Gov. Bill Lee speaks with media following Capitol riot, COVID-19 vaccines rollout Tenn.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee plans to address the state on Friday morning.

  Tennessee congressman among lawmakers calling for 25th Amendment

Representative Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, signed that letter along with 20 other lawmakers, but he said he doesn’t expect much will come of it.

  Tennessee senators release joint statement after withdrawing objection to Biden’s win following Capitol siege

“We watched in horror as rioters breached the security of both Houses of Congress and inflicted significant property damage upon those historical halls."

  “This needs to end!” National Civil Rights Museum reacts to riots at Capitol Hill

The National Civil Rights Museum has released a statement after a pro-Tump mob stormed Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

  Lawmakers finish out the day’s business after chaos on Capitol Hill

The Capitol is reported to be secure, according to reports from officials but one woman was fatally shot during the chaos.

Protesters gather outside Arkansas State Capitol in support of Pres. Trump

About 200 to 300 people gathered Wednesday morning to support President Donald Trump, according to a report from content partner KARK.

Sen. Hyde-Smith joined 5 Senate Republicans in favor of rejecting Arizona’s electoral votes

Senator Roger Wicker joined 92 other United States senators who voted “no” on challenging Arizona’s election results.

  Mid-South lawmakers condemn violence after Trump supporters storm Capitol Hill

Local lawmakers are reacting as Trump supporters storm the United States Capitol in D.C.

Trump video removed from Twitter, Facebook

Trump calls for peace amid protests, decries election results

Memphis Trump supporters hold ‘Stop the Steal’ rally as Congress meets to certify Biden’s victory

Mid-South Trump supporters are gathering in Memphis as Congress meets to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Sen. Bill Hagerty discusses Electoral College certification

A group of Republicans, allied with President Donald Trump, pledged to object when Congress meets to certify the electoral college results.

Thousands cheer Trump at rally protesting election results

Several thousand protesters cheered President Donald Trump and his baseless claims of election fraud at a rally near the White House on Wednesday ahead of Congress’ vote to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Tennessee state legislators file bill to ban residency requirements for first responders

Legislators say the bill is a matter of public safety and it would allow departments to recruit top tier first responder candidates regardless of where they live, effectively addressing Tennessee’s deficit of police officers.

Cindy Hyde-Smith sworn into 117th Congress during ceremony

Vice President Mike Pence officiated during the ceremony marking the start of the 117th Congress.

Federal judge dismisses suit against Vice President Pence

The suit was an attempt to overturn 2020 election results.

  Shelby Co. health officials continue to fight pandemic in new year

New Year’s Eve celebrations looked a lot different than in years past, but Shelby County health leaders were cracking down on large gatherings as they continue to administer the vaccine on New Year’s Day.

  Tennessee Mayors keep pushing for state-wide mask mandate

In Tennessee, there is not a statewide mask mandate, but that has not stopped some Mid-South Mayors from taking matters into their own hands.

  Local leaders make plea to stop violence in the new year

Local leaders are calling for a city-wide 30-day non-violence challenge for the start of the New Year.

  Mississippi’s 2021 legislative session schedule in question

COVID-19 could delay much of the 2021 legislative session.

  Trump signs COVID-19 relief bill

President Trump's refusal to sign a COVID-19 relief bill could leave thousands of Mid-Southerners without a life preserver in the new year.

  Mid-South mayors warn families to avoid large gathering during holidays

For many Christians, attending church on Christmas Eve is a holiday tradition; however, this year, that will look different for many amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Reeves declares Dec. 20 a day of ‘prayer, humility and fasting’

Reeves call on a day of prayer, fasting and humility

U.S. senators pay tribute to fallen Helena-West Helena police officer

Officer Travis Wallace was shot and killed while trying to apprehend a suspect in a shooting that happened on Sunday, Nov. 8.

Reeves ready to take vaccine, but doesn’t want to be accused of ‘cutting in line’

Tuesday morning, Reeves wrote on Facebook that many “skeptics” have been asking him why he has yet to take the vaccine.

Mid-South AGs throw support behind Texas lawsuit challenging election results in battleground states

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit claims election results in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Michigan are unlawful and wants the Electoral College votes set aside.

Attorney breaks down U.S. House vote on decriminalizing marijuana

Historic news coming down from Washington, D.C. Friday, the House of Representatives voted to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.

  Retiring U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander reflects on his time in politics

Retiring U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander says our divided America needs more unity and less partisanship.

  VP Mike Pence discusses COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan in Memphis: ‘Help is on the way’

Vice President Mike Pence is set to make a stop in the Bluff City on Thursday afternoon.

  Early voting for Collierville run-off election ends Dec. 3

December 3 is the last day for Collierville residents to vote early in the run-off election for two aldermen positions.

Mississippi election results are certified, gov. says

Governor Tate Reeves says the election results in Mississippi are now certified.

Sen. Lamar Alexander says Trump administration should work with Biden’s transition team

“If there is any chance whatsoever that Joe Biden will be the next president...the Trump Administration should provide the Biden team with all transition materials, resources, and meetings necessary to ensure a smooth transition so that both sides are ready on day one."

Officials: Hand tally of presidential race finds new ballots in one county

Roughly 2,500 ballots that were not counted in one Georgia county have been found during the statewide hand-count audit.

  ‘Congress 101’ underway for class of incoming U.S. representatives, senators

Senator-elect Bill Hagerty, R-Tennessee, is stepping in to replace longtime Tennessee public servant Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, who did not seek reelection.

  Miss. Gov. calls for $3M to protect children from ‘far-left socialist teachings’

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is calling for a shift in the way American history is taught in Mississippi.

NBC News projects Biden wins Georgia, Trump wins North Carolina

According to NBC’s projected electoral count, Biden has 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232. It’s the same spread from the 2016 election when Trump defeated Hillary Clinton 306 to 232.

Fmr. Mississippi governor slams state representative who wanted to ‘succeed from the union'

“Your ideas are as awful as your spelling.”

Fake Parler account of Miss. governor causes online controversy

NBC reports that Parler is a social media platform that is becoming increasingly popular among conservatives as an outlet to voice their concerns.

Miss. Rep. apologizes for comment suggesting Mississippi should ‘succeed from the union’

He is apologizing for what he calls a lack of judgement.

  Money to support Trump court fight could flow to president

The unusual way the Trump campaign is divvying up the contributions has drawn scrutiny from election watchdogs, who say Trump and his family are poised to financially benefit from the arrangement.

Tennessee governor not recognizing Joe Biden as president-elect

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he isn’t ready to recognize Joe Biden as the president-elect, joining a growing list of Republican leaders who say they are waiting on the outcome of various vote recounts and legal challenges.

  ‘I just felt this immense wave of relief;’ Some Mississippians relieved, others concerned with outcome of presidential election

As of now, Biden’s inauguration is expected to take place January 20th, 2021.

Miss. Republican leadership in Washington issue call for transparency in election count

Trump has pointed to delays in processing the vote in some states to allege with no evidence that there was fraud and to argue that his rival was trying to seize power.

Mississippi’s Washington Republicans support Trump’s efforts to contest election

President Trump has accused Democrats of trying to “rig" the election, although he has provided no proof or evidence to back his claim.

Morgan Freeman ‘glad’ Mississippi is flying its new flag ‘proudly’

Morgan Freeman has given his approval of Mississippi’s new flag.

Gov. Reeves rebukes idea of early, mail-in voting in Mississippi: ‘Too much chaos’

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves shut down the idea of no-excuse early voting in a social media post Thursday.

  A closer look at electoral votes: Battleground states still tabulating in a count to the finish

Tonight former Vice President Joe Biden is on the cusp of the necessary 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.

  Election leaves a nation divided; expert gives advice on how to cope

Poll workers worked in teams of two, one Democrat and one Republican. They then had to do something that this nation has struggled with: agree on something.

  Rural, urban divide leading to further political politicization, analysts say

All three Mid-South states were fast sweeps for President Donald Trump and Republicans on Tuesday night.

  Supporters ‘thrilled’ after Mississippi approves medical marijuana

Mississippi voters approved a ballot measure Tuesday night to legalize medical marijuana.