Geoff Pender: Rumors, drinks swirl at Neshoba County Fair

The Neshoba County Fair’s old-timey political stumping Wednesday and Thursday mark the official start of Political Speculation and Rumor Season, lead-up to next year’s federal and 2015 statewide elections.

Hundreds of political observers, media, lobbyists, government staffers and candidate supporters will gather around Founder’s Square, sweat like crazy and listen to the state’s top politicians speak. Then they’ll go gossip and speculate late into the night, in some cases over an adult beverage or three, about who might do what next in Mississippi politics.

It’s time-honored tradition for the Political Chattering Class, at “Mississippi’s Giant House Party,” established in 1889.

Clarion Ledger