Around the South for Sep. 1: KY, FL & OK



Kentucky: Bevin discusses pensions. Gov. Matt Bevin (R) spent an hour on Facebook Live Monday talking about the state’s pension system, which has liabilities of more than $40 billion, reports the Courier-Journal. He took questions, mostly from state employees, with more than 5,000 posted comments. He assured them that “We are not going to take things from people that have already been earned,” although a consulting firm has recommended shifting to a 401 (k) style system for most current and future employees ……. Florida: Hastings cites unity between blacks and Jews. Speaking to a group of teenagers in Los Angeles, US Rep. Alcee Hastings (D) talked about the history of collaboration on civil rights issues between African Americans and Jews. He noted that James Chaney, a black Mississippian, and two Jewish New Yorkers, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, were murdered near Philadelphia, MS, in 1964, reports The Los Angeles Sentinel ……. Oklahoma: Inhofe ends pigeon shoots. US Sen. Jim Inhofe (R) has held an annual fundraiser featuring pigeon shoots, much to the outrage of Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK). But Inhofe’s reelection campaign has informed the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation that Inhofe would stop hosting the events. “[A] very positive turn of events,” said SHARK president Steve Hindi, reported KJRH-TV of Tulsa …….