Around the South for Sep. 29: VA, OK & AR

 

Virginia: Warner endorses Clinton. Former US Sen. John Warner (R) yesterday morning said at a campaign event in Northern Virginia that he would cast his ballot for Hillary Clinton. Warner appeared with fellow Virginian and Clinton running mate Tim Kaine (D), whom he called “a beautiful man, inside and out.” Referring to Monday’s debate, Warner said, “Candidate Clinton maintained that composure,” reported CBS News. “The other candidate, in my opinion, did not.” ……. Oklahoma: Lankford promotes racial healing. In July, US Sen. James Lankford (R), along with US Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), who is black, issued a call for Americans to invite people of another race to dinner, reports The Oklahoman. Lankford doesn’t want churches to set up the dinners. “I’d rather have people have that uncomfortable moment of thinking, ‘I don’t know who I would invite.’ If we could get people to have that uncomfortable moment, I think we’re taking a good step to realize, ‘I don’t have relationships like that’ and ask the question: Why?” ……. Arkansas: Police drop charges against black lawmaker. On Monday, state Rep. John Walker (D), who is African-American, and attorney Omavi Kushukuru taped a police traffic stop in downtown Little Rock. When police thought the two men had gotten too close to the arrest scene, they charged them with obstructing governmental operations, reported the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The next day, police dropped the charges against Walker, but kept those against Kushukuru …….