Around the South for Apr. 18: AR, OK & TN

Arkansas: Cotton delivers GOP address. “This parade of concessions must stop,” US Sen. Tom Cotton (R) said in the Republicans’ weekly radio address. “And if the Obama Administration won’t act, the Congress – under Republican leadership – will.” Cotton advocated renewing the “Iran Sanctions Act.” …….

Oklahoma: Lawmakers react to Fallin budget. After Gov. Mary Fallin (R) called for holding the line on expenditures for prisons and education, plus borrowing $600 million for other budget items, legislative leaders in both parties reacted negatively. “She apparently thinks you can borrow your way out of debt,” said House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D). “Let’s be careful and don’t overextend ourselves,” said Senate resident Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R) …….

Tennessee: Haslam vetoes Bible bill. Acting on his doubts expressed earlier, Gov. Bill Haslam (R) vetoed legislation that would make the Bible Tennessee’s official state book. Lawmakers can override the governor’s veto by a simple majority …….