Around the South for Feb.19: TN, OK & VA

Tennessee: Blackburn campaign slams Corker talk. Andrea Bozek, spokeswoman for US Rep., and US Senate candidate, Marsha Backburn (R), said that talk of US Sen. Bob Corker (R) reconsidering his retirement announcement of last September and seeking reelection did not concern the Blackburn campaign. She added that the talk that anyone who says Blackburn cannot defeat former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) is “a plain sexist pig” and that the campaign was unconcerned about the maneuvering of “these ego-driven, tired old men,” reports The Tennessee Journal. A poll recently published in Politico showed Bredesen with 47% to Blackburn’s 45% ……. Oklahoma: Holt wins Oklahoma mayor’s race. State Sen. David Holt (R), a former chief of staff for out-going Mayor Mick Cornett, won Tuesday’s mayoral election with 78% of the vote. Holt made history as the first American Indian of the city, and at 39, he will take office in April as the youngest mayor of a city with more than 500,000 inhabitants, reports Channel 9 News ……. Virginia: Dems, GOP cooperate on some but not all proposals. The Republican chairman of the House of Delegates Terry Kilgore said last week that he favored expanding Medicaid, adding that it is “the right thing to do” for his district. Kilgore’s actions mean that the legislature is likely to expand Medicare with bipartisan support. But don’t look for the Ds and Rs to work together on new gun legislation, reports the Washington Post. The GOPers will not let any restrictions on gun ownership get out of committee; they “would rather fight than give an inch of compromise” on this hot-button issue …….