Around the South for Sep. 8: OK, TX & GA


Oklahoma: Bridenstine named to head NASA. President Trump has named US Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R) to head NASA. Bridenstine, a Trump backer in 2016, is a former pilot “whose goals for our solar system include installing humans on the moon and cleaning up space junk,” reports the Washington Post. He has also expressed doubts about human activity causing climate change ……. Texas: Fifth Circuit approves voter ID law. The New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit Court of appeals, in accordance with a request from the Justice Department, has ruled two-to-one that the Texas voter ID law, which allows alternate forms of identification, is not discriminatory against minorities, reports the Texas Tribune ……. Georgia: Monuments battle got heated. The week before a statue of Martin Luther King was unveiled on the Capitol grounds, former state Rep. La Dawn Jones, a black Democrat from the Atlanta area, and state Rep. Jason Spencer, a white Republican from South Georgia, got into a Facebook feud that turned nasty, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Spencer warned Jones that should she “continue her quixotic journey into South Georgia and it will not be pleasant… Too many necks that are red around here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about them.” Jones replied “put your hoods and your tiki torches away. We are no longer afraid.” …….