Some in GOP form Miss. Senate conservative group

By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

JACKSON — Eleven of the 32 Republicans in the Mississippi Senate say they’re forming a conservative coalition to help evaluate bills.

In announcing their plan Tuesday, they say they’re not disgruntled. They also say they’re inviting others to join, but it’s unclear whether that will happen.

The coalition has eight freshmen and three senators who have served longer but were not appointed to top leadership posts by Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

The coalition chairman is second-term Sen. Chris McDaniel, of Ellisville, who’s often mentioned as a potential candidate for statewide office such as U.S. senator.

Republican Sen. Terry Burton, of Newton, says he won’t join the coalition because he doesn’t like it when lawmakers break into cliques. Burton is in his sixth term and is an ally of Reeves.