Around the South for Nov. 20: AR, OK & TN


Arkansas: Clintons in Little Rock for reunion. Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton attended a gathering Saturday commemorating the 25th anniversary of his election in 1992. Key Clinton operative James Carville moderated the discussion before former staff members and supporters in Little Rock’s State Convention Center last Saturday. Carville recalled that Bill Clinton’s poll numbers in New Hampshire were dropping “faster than a thermometer,” reported Arkansas Online, so a group of Arkansans took out an ad in a Granite State newspaper, listing their names and telephone numbers and asking folks to call them to ask why Bill Clinton would be a good president. Bill Clinton thanked them again Saturday ……. Oklahoma: Fallin vetoes budget bill. After the Sooner State legislature finally ended its special session by passing a budget bill, Gov. Mary Fallin (R) vetoed 165 of its 170 sections, contending the measure “does not provide a long-term solution” she said in a statement published in the McCarville Report, “to continuing budget deficits and within three months we will come back facing an estimated $600 million shortfall.” The five sections she did not veto contained funding for key state agencies ……. Tennessee: Bredesen for Senate? With Democratic prospects rising across the South, former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) is pondering a US Senate race. He would face two less influential Democrats in a primary, then oppose the winner of a GOP primary between US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) and former US Rep. Stephen Fincher (R), reports The Tennessee Journal …….