Around the South for Mar. 23: GA, TX & Gays

Georgia: Isakson defends his climate change views. An op-ed by two Democratic senators implied that US Sen. Johnny Isakson (R) was unfamiliar with the Coca-Cola Company’s efforts to reduce its carbon emissions. In response, Isakson cited frequent briefings from Coke on its environmental record, reports He added, “I don’t believe climate change is a religion. I think it’s a science … I’m the first person to tell you we should reduce our carbon footprint.” ……. Texas: Perry holds his own in home-state fundraising. Former Gov. Rick Perry (R), a likely presidential candidate, has locked down some major Lone Star fundraisers, according to the Wall Street Journal. Beginning March 30, Perry will hold fundraisers in five Texas cities. His finance committee includes major money moguls, such as Red McCombs (media); John Paul DeJoria (hair-products and tequila); Morris Foster (ex-ExxonMobil executive); and Peter Holt (San Antonio Spurs) ……. Gay population: Where do Dixie’s gays live? According to a nationwide survey by Gallup, two metropolitan areas in the South are in the top ten of fifty in folks who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Austin, Texas, ranks 3rd with 5.3%, and New Orleans 4th, with 5.1%. Seven cities in the bottom ten, with the lowest share of gays, are from the South: Birmingham, Memphis, Raleigh, Houston, Oklahoma City, Richmond and Nashville …….