Tennessee: State House elects first Black minority leader. State Democrats in Tennessee made history Monday, selecting state Rep. Karen Camper (D-Memphis) as the first African American minority leader in state history. Camper replaces Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley), who did not run for re-election. Republicans hold a 73-26 supermajority in the House. Texas: O’Rourke calls for Confederate plaque removal. Outgoing U.S. Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) may have lose his bid for the U.S. Senate, but he’s not going away quietly. The Democratic darling is now calling for the removal of a Confederate plaque at the Texas State Capitol that claims that slavery was not the main underlying cause for the Civil War. He lends weight to a brewing controversy that will have to be settled in the Republican-majority state legislature. Alabama: Byrne weighs Senate run. U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) is considering running for Senate against incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (D) in 2020, and isn’t being shy about it. He met with former Senator and Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week to ask for advice, and possibly to gauge whether Sessions may be planning a campaign of his own in two years.