Around the South for Jan. 5: OK, NC & AR


Oklahoma: Pruitt, et al, top Democratic targets. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) has listed Sooner State Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R), along with seven other cabinet-level nominees, as the likely subjects of intensive confirmation hearings, reports  Pruitt, named by President-elect Donald Trump to be chief administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has opposed many of the regulations that Democrats strongly favor ……. North Carolina: Democrats recruiting 2017 candidates. Assuming a Republican appeal to the US Supreme Court to overturn a federal court ruling isn’t successful, the legislature will have to redraw both state House and Senate districts by March 15. As a result, although the new district lines aren’t set yet, Tar Heel Democrats have launched the “Pipeline Project” to have prospective candidates ready to run in November of this year. The goal, reports the News & Observer, is to break the GOP’s veto-proof majority in at least one chamber, more likely the House ……. Arkansas: Medical pot to be big business. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission has set the license fee to grow medical marijuana in the state at $100,000, on top of an initial application fee of $15,000, reports ArkansasOnline. In addition, growers must post a $1 million bond or have $500,000 in cash …….