Around the South for Dec. 14: KY, FL & AR


Kentucky: Bevin, GOP leaders differ over harassment sanctions. Gov. Matt Bevin (R) urged GOP leaders in the state House of Representatives as well as the state Republican Party to call for the resignations of former House Speaker Jeff Hoover and three other state representatives who signed confidential settlements with victims of sexual harassment. The leaders had already called for the resignation of State Rep. Dan Johnson (R), who says the charges against him are “without merit.” But the House only removed Hoover and his three colleagues from their leadership positions without asking them to resign. “They’re all disgusting. They’re all reprehensible, these allegations and these behaviors,” Bevin said, reported the Courier-Journal ……. Florida: Scott issues harassment executive order. Gov. Rick Scott (R) has signed an executive order requiring sexual harassment training for  state employees and supervisors, as well as an order allowing state employees to file complaints without their identity being disclosed on public records. Scott said the sexual harassment accounts across the nation are “absolutely disgusting,” reports Sunshine State News ……. Arkansas: Cotton says US should cooperate with Taiwan. “I take Beijing’s threats to use military force againstTaiwan seriously,” US Sen. Tom Cotton (R) said, reported the Washington Examiner. “That’s why I urge both the president and Congress to accelerate the sale of defensive weapons to Taiwan, as well as to bring Taiwan into joint military exercises with the United States.” …….