Around the South for Apr. 11: FL, LA & OK

Alabama: Bentley resigns; jailed. Gov. Robert Bentley (R) resigned following being jailed in the Montgomery County jail on charges of campaign finance violations. Impeachment proceedings had begun in the state House of Representatives, but are now moot ……. Louisiana: Edwards opens legislative session. Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) in his opening address yesterday urged lawmakers to address the structural problems in the state’s budget, reports The Advocate. “I refuse to allow governing the state of Louisiana to look anything like what’s going on in Washington,” he said, later adding, “We cannot continue down the path we are currently on. It’s unsustainable for our state.” ……. Oklahoma. Lamb files “State of Organization.” Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb (R) has officially submitted his “Oklahomans for Lamb, 2018” as a first step toward launching a run for governor next year. “I am strongly considering a run for governor in 2018, and this document allows me to initiate the process of establishing a campaign organization,” Lamb said, as reported in The McCarville Report …….