Around the South for Jul. 21: TX, GA & VA

 

Texas: Bush fears GOP’s future. Former President George W. Bush, at a reunion of his White House staff in April, told a group of them, “I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president,” reports Politico. At that point, the nomination battle had narrowed to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, neither a palatable choice for the Bush family ……. Georgia: Deal pitches prison reform. Gov. Nathan Deal (R), speaking at aUS Justice Action Network Panel at the Republican convention, touted his state’s new incarceration policies. “We’re not … the lock’em up, throw away the key type,” he said, reported the Atlanta Journal and Constitution ……. Virginia: State high court to rule on voting rights. The state Supreme Court has heard arguments for and against Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) executive order restoring voting rights to convicted felons who have served their sentences, reports the Washington Post. The GOP believes McAuliffe’s order was designed to help Hillary Clinton carry Virginia this November …….