Around the South for May 4: TN, TX & VA

Tennessee: Haslam bows right and left. Gov. Bill Haslam (R) last week signed legislation that would allow permit holders to carry guns in public parks, even if local ordinances prohibit them. The measure was opposed by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, reports the Sun Times Network. But he also promised to sign a measure allowing the use of cannabis (marijuana) oil to be used for medical reasons ……. Texas: Perry prepared, will decide in 30 days. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) told WIS reporter Will Whitson in Columbia, SC, that the gaffes that plagued his presidential campaign four years ago would not be a problem this year. “This time, I knew three years ago, that if I were going to be a candidate, then I needed to go and prepare, and prepare with great focus and discipline. I did that so if, in 30 days or so, when the decision is made, that’s not going to be a consideration,” reports …….Virginia: McAuliffe raising money for Democrats. To bring in cash for his own political action committee and for the coffers of the Democratic Governors Association, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) traveled over the weekend to gatherings in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, reports the Washington Post. Early last week, while he was on other business in California, he also managed to make several fundraising pitches …….