Around the South for May 28: KY, TX & SC

Kentucky: Beshear leading trade mission to Canada.  Gov. Steve Beshear (D) is visiting the nation’s neighbor to the north this week, along with a group of a dozen or more small businesses from the Bluegrass State. Beshear said that the trip’s purpose is to “help Kentuckycompanies establish relationships and lay the groundwork for potential deals that will help them take their products and services global,” reported ……. Texas: Open-carry moves forward. The state Senate passed legislation allowing licensed open carry of hand guns, after it adopted a fiercely debated amendment that would prohibit a police officer from asking someone visibly carrying a gun if he or she is licensed to do so. The amendment was backed by an odd-coalition of Tea Partiers and Democrats, Without the amendment, said state Sen. Rodney Ellis (D), an African American, “[S]omeone who looks like me is more likely to get stopped,” reported Channel 5, NBC DFW. The measure goes next to the House, which has already passed a similar bill. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has said he will sign it ……. South Carolina: Haley hit for appearance at prayer rally. Gov. Nikki Haley (R), a Methodist, will speak to a major Christian prayer gathering at the North Charleston Coliseum on June 13, but not without criticism, reports Greenville Online.  Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the Secular Humanists of the Low Country have objected, as it appears to be a government endorsement of Christianity. Haley’s office responded that she welcomes folks “of old backgrounds and faiths to join her.” …….