Around the South for Oct. 4: MS, AL & TX

Mississippi: Bryant open to a lottery. Gov. Phil Bryant (R) has become the first Magnolia State governor in 26 years to say he could consider a state lottery. Since Gov. Ray Mabus (D) advocated a lottery in 1990 and lost his reelection battle, no governor has endorsed a state lottery. In a note yesterday to a Clarion-Ledger columnist, Bryant said he would not want to dedicate the lottery proceeds to education only, but to the state’s coffers generally. “Our children’s future should not be left to a game of chance.” ……. Alabama: Bentley forms gaming council. In response to whether electronic bingo operations in two counties are legal, Gov. Robert Bentley (R) announced yesterday that he is forming a seven-member council, appointed by himself, the state’s attorney general and state legislative leaders, to study the enforcement of Alabama’s gambling laws. He added that it is “safe to say” that there will be no raids on the operations in the two affected counties, reports the Montgomery Advertiser ……. Texas: Kinky for The Donald. Singer/songwriter Kinky Friedman, who ran an independent race for governor of Texas in 2006, endorsed Donald Trump for president, reports “Who’s to say that maybe this guy has some real guts, maybe he makes the right call,” adding “Jesus rode into town on a jackass.”  Friedman said Clinton won’t change Washington .…….