Around the South for Nov. 7: FL, KY & OK


Florida: Weinstein syndrome hits legislature. It’s no longer Hollywood’s problem. TwoFlorida lawmakers, state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Jack Latvala (R) and incoming Senate Minority Leader Jeff Clemens (D) both made the headlines last week for inappropriate behavior with the fairer sex. Latvala has been accused of sexual harassment by six women in Tallahassee and has been removed, at least temporarily, from his post as Senate Budget Chair, reports Sunshine State News. Latvala has dubbed the charges a “smear campaign” and says he will clear his name. Meanwhile, Clemens resigned his post after acknowledging an extra-marital affair with a Tallahassee lobbyist ……. Kentucky: Ditto in the Bluegrass legislature. State Rep. Jeff Hoover (R) stepped down from his post as House Speaker after acknowledging he settled a sexual harassment suit with one of his staff members last month. Moreover, reported the Lexington Herald-Leader, the FBI is looking into reports of sexual harassment at the state Capitol to see if there are any violations of federal law ……. Oklahoma: Tax receipts show substantial boost. October gross receipts were up more than 10% over the same month last year, announced State Treasurer Ken Miller on Friday, in a statement published in the McCarville Report. April 2013 was the last time gross receipts exceeded 10%. Much of the increase was attributed to new revenue that resulted from legislation during the last regular session, including a 1.25% sales tax on motor vehicles …….