Around the South for Apr. 30: TX, OK & VA

Texas: Fifth Circuit oks voter ID law. The Fifth Circuit of Appeals, by a two to one vote, reversed a lower court decision and ruled that the Texas legislature’s latest revision of it election laws succeeded in removing any discriminatory features. The Texas Tribune called the ruling “a major victory for the state” after seven years of litigation ……. Oklahoma: Fallin signs prison reform bills. Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has signed into law seven measures that will reduce the number of nonviolent offenders being incarcerated, streamline the parole process and improve offenders’ post-prison reentry in order to reduce recidivism, reports The McCarville Report ……. Virginia: Freitas outraises opponents. Third-term Del. Nick Freitas (R), a former Green Beret, took in $344,000 in the 1st Quarter in his US Senate bid for the GOP nomination to challenge US Sen. Tim Kaine (D). Prince William County Supervisor Corey Stewart raised $220,000 and E. W. Jackson, a minister who has run in the past, brought in $137,000 …….