Around the South for Oct. 25: MS, AL & AR

 

Mississippi: Thompson warns of civil war. “Trump supporters have begun raising the possibility of a civil war or race war in the event Trump is defeated,” US Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, reported Jackson’s WAPT-TV. Thompson, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Homeland Security, noted that anti-government militia groups have grown by one-third since 2015 ……. Alabama: Roby catches flak after withdrawing support from Trump. “I cannot look my children in the eye … and justify a vote for a man who promotes and boasts about sexually assaulting women,” Roby told a Republican Women’s Club, reports the Dothan Eagle. In response, club officer Linda Overton said, “I am livid. Most of us have children. You have to pull your big girl pants up sometimes and get behind our candidate and support our country.” Club members applauded Overton ……. Arkansas: Hutchinson returns from China. Avoiding the heated atmosphere of the current political season, Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) led a trade mission to China. In his latest newsletter, he reported that he signed an agreement for Suzhou Tianyuan Garments Company to operate a facility in Little Rock that “will result in the creation of 400 new jobs and an investment of $20 million.” He also promoted Arkansas’s agricultural exports to Chinese officials …….