Arkansas: Pryor in hot water over ‘entitlement’ comment. In a televised interview, US Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) said that his opponent’s military service is “part of that sense of entitlement that he gives off is that, almost like, I served my country, let me into the Senate.” A spokesman for the campaign of US Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR), a decorated Army veteran with combat service in Afghanistan and Iraq and Pryor’s challenger, responded that Pryor’s comment “is a sad display of arrogance from a career politician who has been seeking office for more that two decades and an insult to everyone who has served.” And Garry Stubblefield, a former Navy SEAL who heads Special Operations for America, said that Pryor “should be ashamed of himself. He revealed a shocking disdain toward veterans when he dismissed [Cotton’s] military service.”
Georgia: Lewis leads civil rights pilgrimage. US Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) led a group of current and past lawmakers on a tour of Deep South sites associated with the civil rights movement of the mid-1960s. The group included US Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Gregg Harper (R-MS), former Gov. William Winter (D-MS), former US Rep. Chip Pickering (R-MS) and former Jackson Mayor Leslie B. McLemore (D). The visit included stops at the Money, MS, store where Emmett Till allegedly whistled at a white woman, which led to his murder, and the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL, where Lewis and others were beaten by law enforcement officers.
South Carolina: Haley wants to link food stamps and looking for a job. Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) has dropped an earlier proposal to combat obesity by barring the use of food stamps to buy candy and similar products, but has a new idea. If the federal government approves it, a pilot program in three high fat, high unemployment counties will require food stamp recipients to prove they are looking for a job, reports The Augusta Chronicle. Advocates for the poor are opposing the idea.