Around the South for February 26th, 2015: AL, OK & VA

Alabama: Sewell went home again. US Rep. Terri Sewell (D) addressed student audiences – mostly African-Americans – in Selma and Birmingham to commemorate Black History Month and so they could see “congresswomen look like me,” reported Roll Call. The first black valedictorian at Selma High School, a graduate of Princeton with a master’s degree from Oxford and a law degree from Harvard, Sewell went back to Alabama, becoming the first black woman elected to Congress from the state in 2010. She commented that she got along with the rest of the delegation – all Republicans – by focusing on “the 5 percent” we agree on ……. Oklahoma: Lankford says ISIS “within Islam.” Returning from a fact-finding trip to the Middle East, freshman US Sen. James Lankford (R) told Tulsa’s KOTV that while ISIS may not be part of Islam’s mainstream, “It is definitely within Islam,” reports the Tulsa World. He also said the US should “aggressively go after” ISIS ……. Virginia: Northam will run for governor. Granted the race for the Old Dominion’s governor is more than two years away, but Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) told the Washington Post that he was “planning to run for governor,” something he has been informing prominent Democrats in the state, including term-limited Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), for the past few weeks. Northam is “a Virginia Military Institute graduate, Gulf War veteran and pediatric neurologist who hunts, fishes and speaks with the folksy drawl of an Eastern Shore native,” says the Post …….