Arkansas: Boozman recovering. US Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) is in the hospital in northwest Arkansas after surgery to repair a tear in his aorta. Boozman, 63, was hospitalized Tuesday after suffering pain in his chest and shoulder. His doctors report they are pleased with his progress, reports Arkansasnews.com.
Florida: Clawson wins US House nomination. Curt Clawson, a former basketball player for Purdue University and a former CEO for an automotive wheel manufacturer, won the GOP primary for former US Rep. Trey Radel’s (R) congressional seat. With no runoff required, Clawson, who had Tea Party support, received 38% of the vote, followed by state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto with 26%, former state Rep. Paige Kreegel with 25% and Michael Dreikorn with 11%. Clawson, a self-funder, easily outspent the other candidates.
Radel resigned following a guilty plea for cocaine possession.
Alabama: Sewell critical of Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling. US Rep. Terri Sewell (R-AL), probably reflecting the views of many African Americans, took issue with the US Supreme Court’s decision upholding the right of Michigan voters to ban affirmative action based on race in college admissions. Noting that she was “a direct beneficiary” of affirmative action, Sewell in a statement said, “I am disappointed in the Court for turning a blind eye to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination once again.”