Around the South for Nov. 16: VA, KY & OK


Virginia: Comstock recounts harassment incident. At a hearing Tuesday on sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, US Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) told about a young woman “I trust” recounting to her about going to work for one House member who asked her to bring papers to his home, answered the door dressed only in a towel, which he then removed, exposing himself to her. She left his home and subsequently quit her job. Comstock got major local TV coverage on her comments, which shows that, despite Democrat Ralph Northam carrying her district by 13 points, she can’t be counted out in 2018 ……. Kentucky: Paul returns to work. US Sen. Rand Paul (R), still recovering from six broken ribs after a neighbor tackled him in Paul’s front yard, nevertheless returned to Washington on Monday, ready to vote on tax reform and other legislation. He acknowledged that he is “still in a good deal of pain.” ……. Oklahoma: Republicans hold two, Democrats flip one. In three special state legislative elections in Oklahoma this week, Democrat Allison Ikley-Freeman narrowly defeated Republican Brian O’Hara for a state Senate seat previously held by the GOP. Ikley-Freeman had 50.35% of the vote to O’Hara’s 49.65, with only 31 votes separating the two. If the results are certified, this will be the fourth state legislative seat the Democrats have flipped this year. In two other districts, one for the state Senate and the other for the state House of Representatives, Republican candidates kept the seats in GOP hands by impressive margins – 57% in the state Senate race; 68% in the House contest …….