Around the South for Jun. 20: SC, VA & SBC


South Carolina: Gowdy may toss hot potato. US Rep. Trey Gowdy (R), newly installed chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and a former state and federal prosecutor, may decide not to investigate the Trump Administration, but to leave that to special counsel Robert Mueller, reports the Washington Post ……. Virginia: Democrats hold unity rally. Defeated gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello joined Saturday with Ralph Northam, the man who defeated him in the primary, at the party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. Perriello pledged to work hard for a Northam victory this fall, in sharp contrast to GOP second-place finisher Corey Stewart, who is withholding his full commitment to Republican nominee Ed Gillespie ……. Southern Baptist Convention: Dixie’s biggest denomination condemns alt-right. After considerable controversy, Southern Baptists made clear their opposition to the white nationalist alt-right movement. The motion was introduced by Dwight McKissic, an African-American pastor from Arlington, TX. After passage of the motion, the 5,000 delegates gave a standing ovation …….