Around the South for Aug. 3: VA, TX & OK


Virginia: Kaine stumps on home turf. US Sen. Tim Kaine (D), now the Democratic nominee for vice-president, made a campaign stop Monday in his old stomping ground of Richmond. Speaking to a crowd of 2,500 at Huguenot High School, Kaine proclaimed “It’s great to be home,” reported the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Noting that Virginia has not produced a president since 1845, he said that slavery, segregation and resistance to school integration isolated the state. “That’s why we went in the tank.” Kaine left Virginia to campaign in Florida and North Carolina, two other important swing states in the South ……. Texas: Abbott praises Khan. “The service and devotion of Gold Star families to America cannot be questioned,” Gov. Greg Abbott, a conservative Republican, said in a statement, reports The Texas Tribune. “Captain [Humayun] Khan, like many heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice, will be forever remembered for their service in protecting the freedoms we cherish in America.” …….Oklahoma: Fallin considers special session. After budget cuts in two agencies left $140.8 million in the state’s kitty, Gov. Mary Fallin (R) said last week that she is considering calling a special session, reports the Tulsa World. “With this available money, I am again asking lawmakers to … [provide] a raise for every teacher for this state.” …….