Around the South for May 17: KY, SC & Florida

Kentucky: Bevin hedges on sports gambling. Gov. Matt Bevin (R) said about last week’s Supreme Court decision allowing states to decide whether or not to legalize sports gambling, “Whether this ultimately results in any change for Kentucky is something that will be determined … in a future legislative session,” reports the Courier-Journal. Bevin called the decision “a great win for states’ rights” and  acknowledged that “Sports betting has happened since the dawn of time.” However, he has opposed casinos, citing the questionable benefits they have ultimately brought to Atlantic City …… South Carolina: Democrats choose running mates. The three Democratic candidates for governor have now chosen their running mates, the first year that candidates for governor will be paired with a candidate for lieutenant governor. Long-time political consultant Phil Noble tapped Gloria Bromell Tinubu, a former legislator in Georgia and more recently twice a losing candidate for congress. Former state Rep. James Smith has chosen state Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell, citing her ability to work across party lines. And business lawyer Marguerite Willis picked state Sen. John Scott, who previously served in the state House for almost twenty years. Tinubu and Scott are African-American, a major component of the state’s Democratic electorate ……. Florida: Gaetz comes out for science. Maverick GOP US Rep. Matt Gaetz, 36, speaking at a meeting of younger members of congress, reports The Hill, said Republicans could appeal to younger voters by ending “our party’s war on science,” noting that people don’t choose to be gay, that the earth is warming, and that medical marijuana helps some people significantly …….