Around the South for May 23: OK, NC & TN


Oklahoma: Fallin vetoes abortion bill. Gov. Mary Fallin (R), a sometimes-mentioned possibility as a running mate for Donald Trump, Friday vetoed a bill that would have made it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion. Fallin, who noted in her veto message that she had signed “no less than 18” pro-life measures, called this legislation ambiguous and vague ……. North Carolina: Lake opposes death penalty. I. Beverly Lake (R), a former chief justice of Tar Heel state’s Supreme Court, wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post explaining why he had changed his position from for to against the death penalty. “After decades of experience with the law, I have seen too much, and what I have seen has impacted by perspective.” Lake, scion of a conservative North Carolina family, signed a call from eleven former state Supreme Court justices opposing the death penalty. Former justices from Florida, Georgia, Louisiana,Mississippi and Tennessee were among the signers …….. Tennessee: Corker calls death of Taliban leader “an important victory.” US Sen. Bob Corker (R), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement on the apparent (since verified) death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour. Corker called it “welcome news,” adding, “I am thankful for the work our military and intelligence communities are doing to bring justice to those responsible for spreading evil.” …….