Around the South for Sept. 21: VA, OK & FL


Virginia: Abortion clinic rules eased. Fulfilling a campaign promise made by Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), the Virginia Board of Health repealed some of the strict rules for abortion clinics adopted under a board previously dominated by appointees of former Gov. Bob McDonnell (R). Clinics will no longer have to meet building codes and other regulations that apply to hospitals. The move was praised by McAuliffe and pro-choice groups, but criticized by pro-life organizations, reports the Washington Post ……. Oklahoma: Democrat wins in GOP state house district. In a special election to fill a vacancy left by the death of a Republican lawmaker in the state House of Representatives, Democrat Cyndi Munson defeated Republican Chip Carter by 2,640 votes (54%) to 2,268 (46%), reported Given that Republicans accounted for 54% of the turnout, some GOPers voted for Munson. The Oklahoma House will now have 30 Democrats to 71 Republicans ……. Florida: Scott polls close to Nelson. If Gov. Rick Scott (R) challenges US Sen. Bill Nelson (D) in 2018, it could be a close race. According to a poll by Public Policy Polling (D), Nelson leads in a hypothetical matchup, with 46% to Scott’s 42% …….