Around the South for Jun15: OK, SC & AL


Oklahoma: Inhofe wants meeting with Pruitt. US Sen. James Inhofe (R), an early supporter of fellow Oklahoman Scott Pruitt to head the EPA, said in interviews with the Washington Post and with conservative commentator Laura Ingraham that he wanted a face-to-face meeting with Pruitt to discuss recent allegations of misconduct in office. Inhofe said that Pruitt would be “in a very awkward position not to answer to me, and to answer me truthfully.” ……. South Carolina: Gay state Rep wins primary. In 2016 Jason Elliott (R) became the first openly gay person to win election to the Palmetto State House of Representatives. Some folks didn’t feel like Elliott had been open enough about his sexual orientation, however, so this year two GOPers challenged him in the primary, based mainly on Elliott’s sexuality. Elliott won the primary, tantamount to election in a Greenville district that includes evangelical Bob Jones University, with 58% of the vote. He told the  Greenville News, “I think we’ve reached a point that we can shut the door on that narrative. People who go to work and do their job get a contract extension.” ……. Alabama: Ivey wins primary. Despite a spirited challenge from Tommy Battle, mayor of Huntsville, the state’s largest city, Gov. Kay Ivey (R) last week won renomination with 56% to 25% for Battle; Baptist minister Scott Dawson had 14%. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox won the Democratic nomination with 55% …….