Around the South for Apr. 2: FL, OK & VA

Florida: Grayson again? The colorful, controversial and confrontational liberal firebrand, former US Rep. Alan Grayson (D), may be seeking to make it to Congress once more, after a roller coaster of wins and losses over the past decade. Most recently, Grayson received only 18% in a 2016 US Senate bid. Now, reports Sunshine State News, he might run in a primary against freshman Democrat Darren Soto. Soto, however, is shoring up his defenses, getting the support of the entire Florida Democratic delegation and the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Stay tuned ……. Oklahoma: Teachers threaten to strike. Following recent teacher walk-outs in Kentucky, West Virginia and elsewhere, teachers in the Sooner State are telling lawmakers they will stay home if their demands, including a $10,000-a-year raise, are not met. According to the Washington Post, Oklahoma teachers often have second jobs as grocery clerks, waiter/waitresses or Uber drivers, to make ends meet ……. Virginia: Most support Confederate names. In Mechanicsville, a suburb of Richmond, a survey of more than 13,000 respondents found that 76% want to keep the names of Lee-Davis High School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School, named for two Confederate generals and the president of the Confederacy. The school board will act this month, says the Washington Post …….