Around the South for Aug. 22: US, AL & OK

 

U.S. Americans support keeping Confederate monuments. Some 62% of Americans believe that statues of Confederate notables should remain in place, while 27% believe they should be removed, reports an NPR/PBS Marist poll released last Thursday. Of interest: 44% of African-Americans want the statues to remain while 40% want them removed ……. Alabama: Moore has big lead. A poll released Sunday showed former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore leading incumbent-by-appointment US Sen. Luther Strange by 51% to 32%. The poll was taken by JMC Analytics and Polling, which wrote in its summary, “it looks like the support of the defeated primary candidates has initially moved to Moore.” ……. Oklahoma: Fallin says special session needed. In a press release, Gov. Mary Fallin (R) said that a special session of the legislature is needed to close a $215 million gap in the state’s budget; otherwise, major cuts in services would have to be made. This came after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that a bill to impose a $1.50 a pack tax on cigarettes was unconstitutional …