Around the South for Feb. 26: NC, TN & TX


North Carolina: GOP honors Graham. Evangelist Billy Graham was a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and although he ministered to presidents of both parties, he seemed to have a particular rapport with the Republicans. “With the passing of Billy Graham,” state GOP Chairman Robin Hayes said in a statement, “North Carolina lost not only her favorite son, we also lost the ultimate example of servant leadership, humility, and Christ-like life.” Noting that Graham emphasized “honesty, integrity, accountability, and moral purity,” Hayes concluded, “Well done, Billy Graham, thy good and faithful servant.” ……. Tennessee: Tumulty praises Bredesen’s chances. Noting that former Governor Phil Bredesen, 74, is “One of the brightest hopes for Democrats this year” in a Senate race, especially in a Red state, veteran Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty noted that Bredesen rarely mentions being a Democrat and that in his 2006 bid for reelection, he carried everyone of the Volunteer State’s 95 counties. Moreover, she points there is “some turmoil” on the GOP side, where moderate backers of probably-retiring US Sen. Bob Corker (R) aren’t too happy with hard-right US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) as the GOP Senate nominee ……. Texas: Teachers already “pack.” Although the two biggest teachers’ unions came out against President Trump’s suggestion that some teachers be armed to combat school terrorists, the Washington Post points out that since 2013, Lone Star State teachers who have a concealed-carry permit and volunteer to undergo 80 hours of training can be armed in school. Some 170 Texas school districts now have school marshals, as they are called …….