Around the South for Jan. 18: NC, OK & TN


North Carolina: Cooper talking HB2 repeal with GOP lawmakers. Speaking at a Charlotte YMCA’s annual Martin Luther King breakfast, Gov. Roy Cooper (D) said he’s been in contact with state Senate leader Phil Berger (R) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R) about repealing the state’s controversial law requiring transgendered people to use the restroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate. “We’ve had it out,” Cooper said, reported the News & Observer; “A couple of times we’ve talked. They certainly do want to move forward in some way.” ……. Oklahoma: GOP voter registration gaining. In its annual voter registration count, the Oklahoma State Election Board reported that Republicans now account for 45.8% of registered voters, up from 44.5% last year. Democrats now have 39.4%, down from 42% last year, says The McCarville Report ……. Tennessee: Haslam, legislature focus on gasoline taxes & spending cuts. The big speculation in Nashville nowadays, reports The Tennessee Journal, is how big an increase in the gasoline tax will Gov. Bill Haslam (R) propose? And what spending cuts will he suggest to make the transaction “revenue neutral,” as he says he wants to do. Stay tuned …….