Around the South for Apr. 24: AR, FL & SC

Arkansas: Executions begin. Two more executions are scheduled for today in Arkansas, the second and third this month. On Friday, the State of Arkansas executed Ledell Reese, using a combination of lethal drugs. Reese was convicted of the murder of Debra Reese some 20 years ago, reported the New York Times. This was the first execution in the state since 2005 ……. Florida: Senator resigns after racial/sexual slurs. State Sen. Frank Artiles (R-Miami-Dade) resigned his position Friday after coming under major fire for referring to African-American colleague Audrey Gibson (D) as a “n-word.” He also referred to her as a “bitch” and called Senate President Joe Negron (R) a “pussy,” reported the Miami Herald. The diatribe took place Monday night at Tallahassee’s prestigious Governor’s Club, a tony hangout for lawmakers, lobbyists and other members of the state’s political elite ……. South Carolina: McMaster uses Rotary Club test. Gov. Henry McMaster (R) last week ordered his 17 cabinet members to present proposals to reduce regulations costly to business by the end of the year and post them on the internet. He urged them to evaluate suggestions by using the Rotary Club test that emphasizes truth, fairness, goodwill and beneficence to all. State Democratic chairman Jaime Harrison called use of the test “sophomoric.” …….