Around the South for Nov. 1: TX, OK & KY


Texas: Hensarling won’t seek reelection. US Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, announced yesterday that he will not seek reelection next year. Hensarling, 60, joins ten other Republican House members who are stepping down at the end of this term. Was it because of the Trump friction/division, asked the Dallas Morning News? “Quite the opposite,” Hensarling said. “I’m rather enjoying it ……. Oklahoma: House passes emergency funding for three agencies. Responding to the inability of the legislature to pass a budget, the state’s House of Representatives passed three bills transferring some $81 million from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to three agencies: The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Department of Human Services and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, reports KOKH ……. Kentucky: McConnell least popular senator. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) gets an approval rating from 33% of Blue Grass State voters, while 55% disapprove of his performance. The most popular in his home state?Vermont’s US Sen. Bernie Sanders (D), with a 71% positive, 22% negative rating …….