Around the South for July 1: FL, SC, & TX

Florida: Jeb says flag is racist. Speaking to a group of manufacturing plant workers in West Columbia, SC, Jeb Bush answered a question about the Confederate flag by saying he had taken it down in his state. “The symbols that have divided the South in many ways, the symbols that were used in most modern history – perhaps, not at the beginning of the time – the symbols were racist,” reported the Washington Post. Earlier in the day, Bush had a private meeting with religious leaders in Charleston, SC ……. South Carolina: Thurmond makes national news. Sen. Paul Thurmond (R) was pictured on the front page of yesterday’s Washington Post, along with a portrait of his father, the late US Sen. Strom Thurmond (R), hanging on the wall behind him. The focus of the story was the younger Thurmond’s decision to support the removal of the Confederate flag from the state Capitol grounds …… Texas: Supremes focus on Lone Star issues. The US Supreme Court announced two rulings of national significance that began in Texas. First, the court blocked temporarily the state’s restrictive laws on abortion clinics pending a possible future ruling on the state laws’ constitutionality. Second, the court agreed to hear a case about racial considerations in university admissions. The suit was brought by a white student contending she was denied admission to the University of Texas because of her race …….