Around the South for Feb. 6: MS, LA & AL


Mississippi: Bryant “not interested” in Cochran seat. When Gov. Phil Bryant (R) came to Washington for the State of the Union, both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump spoke with him about appointing himself to the Senate seat of Thad Cochran (R), 80, in the event the ailing lawmaker decides to retire. But sources close to Bryant, reports the Clarion-Ledger, say the governor is not interested in going to Washington. McConnell and Trump are worried that state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), a hard-right maverick, might win the seat, causing trouble for the GOP in the Senate and the White House ……. Louisiana: Edwards most popular Democrat. Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) got the highest favorable rating among the nation’s Democratic governors. The Morning Consult quarterly survey showed a positive rating for Edwards of 56%, compared with a negative rating of 27%. Meanwhile, in the latest campaign finance report, Edwards had more than $5 million on hand for an expected reelection bid in 2019 ……. Alabama: Ivey third most popular governor. The Morning Consult showed that Gov. Kay Ivey (R), with an approval rating of 64%, ranks third in popularity among the nation’s governors. Ivey came in behind Maryland’s Larry Hogan (R) at 66% and Massachusetts’s Charlie Baker (R), with 69% …….