Around the South for Apr. 13: NC, OK & VA


North Carolina: Legislature passes new elections board law. The General Assembly, controlled by the GOP, passed a bill that would merge the state elections and ethics boards. The new board would have eight members, four nominated by each party, effectively lessening Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s current control of the board; Cooper has vowed to veto the legislation, reports the News & Observer …….Oklahoma: Watts sues Feed the Children. Former US Rep. and football star J. C. Watts (R) is suing Feed the Children, contending he was fired as the group’s CEO illegally after he reported “irregularities” in the organization’s practices to the Oklahoma state Attorney General, reported Roll Call. Watts contended the board only wanted him to raise money “and did not want any interference” with the running of the organization ……. Virginia: Comstock draws another challenger. Army veteran, West Point graduate and Rhodes Scholar Daniel Helmer announced this week that he will run for the Democratic nomination to oppose second-term US Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) in 2018. Helmer said he has already raised $120,000, reports the Washington Post. At least six other Democrats are also likely contenders for the 10th District (Fairfax County, etc.) seat, which Hillary Clinton easily carried last year …….