Around the South for Mar. 6: MS, TX & GA

Mississippi: Cochran resigning. US Sen. Thad Cochran (R), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced yesterday that he will retire from the Senate effective April 1. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) praised Cochran, saying that “he knows the difference between making a fuss and making a difference.” Cochran’s resignation paves the way for a special election in November and for Gov. Phil Bryant (R) to appoint an interim senator. State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) announced last week he would run against US Sen. Roger Wicker (R), but he may switch to the vacant seat rather than challenge an incumbent. Others are also expected to run for the seat ……. Texas: Candidates stick close to Trump. In the Republican congressional primaries today, candidates are trying to sound like hardcore Trumpians. This is especially true, says the Washington Post, in the 21st District where there is an 18-candidate primary to succeed retiring US Rep. Lamar Smith (R). One contender, state Rep. Jason Isaac (R), says his message is “Make America Like Texas.” ……. Georgia: Deal signs tax reform bill, minus a goodie for Delta Airlines. The tax reform legislation signed by Gov. Nathan Deal (R) last Friday cost Delta Airlines, which has its hub in Atlanta, $50 million because the measure did not include a jet-fuel tax exemption that was in the bill previously, reports the Washington Times. The omission was in response to the airline’s discontinuing its partnership with the National Rifle Association. Delta’s CEO insisted there are no hard feelings. Sure …….