Around the South for Jul. 12: MS, NC & VA


Mississippi: Bryant to appeal ruling on religious freedom act. After a federal judge blocked the state law allowing businesses to refuse service to gay persons based on “sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions,” Gov. Phil Bryant (R) announced last week that he would appeal the judge’s ruling. State Attorney General Jim Hood (D) said he was uncertain whether his office would purse an appeal, reported On Top Magazine ……. North Carolina: Tillis visits Tennessee. US Sen. Thom Tillis (R) visited his mother in his childhood hometown of Nashville last week and while there, also stopped by the VA Hospital in Clarksville. While praising the hospital, he urged the VA find a way to resume taking new patients at the crowded facility, reported The Tennessean. Tillis also lamented the alarming suicide risks among veterans, saying “That’s an area where the VA has to do some work.” ……. Virginia: McAuliffe orders electronic voter registration. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) says the Department of Motor Vehicles will change its outmoded paper-based voter registration system with an electronic one. The move is expected to expedite registration, eliminating inconvenient delays for voters. Unlike most of the governor’s voting law revisions, this one has not met with criticism from Republican legislators, reports the Washington Post …….