Around the South for Jul. 6: AR, GA & VA


Arkansas: Little Rock copes with crime wave. The 25 people shot in a Little Rock club days ago is the latest and most disturbing of the mounting evidence that the state’s capital is going through what many urban areas experience. It was “like a damn movie,” said a survivor, and the third mass shooting in the state this year, reports the Washington Post. The city has had 29 homicides this year, compared with 15 by the same time last year ……. Georgia: Isakson, Perdue push for healthcare changes. Although US Sens. Johnny Isakson (R) and David Perdue (R) are not swing votes on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate healthcare bill, the two are still negotiating to obtain changes favorable to the Peach State, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Political Insider. These include making more funds available to hospitals and doctors who treat poor people ……. Virginia: Adams hopes for changes on Supreme Court. Speaking to a Tea Party group, John Adams, the GOP’s candidate for state attorney general this November, said there were only two ways to reverse the high court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage: Either secede from the union – “and that did not work well 150 years ago” – or give the court a “big makeover.” Adams, who once clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas, said he was optimistic about the latter solution, reports the Washington Post …….