Around the South for October 3rd: TX, AL, & AR

Texas: O’Rourke apologizes for sexist comments.  Upstart candidate for senate Beto O’Rourke this week was forced to apologize for comments he made about busty actresses when reviewing the Broadway musical “The Will Rogers Follies” all the way back in 1991.  The then-19 year old criticized the casting, describing the female cast-members as “perma-smile actresses whose only qualifications seem to be their phenomenally large breasts and tight buttocks.”  He has apologized for the comments, saying, “I am ashamed of what I wrote and I apologize. There is no excuse for making disrespectful and demeaning comments about women.”  Alabama: Voters upset with Jones’ ‘No’ vote.  Alabamians are upset with U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D) for saying he plans on voting against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  The state’s Republican Party immediately sent out a release slamming the senator, saying that “His no vote betrays our state and his actions highlight his disingenuous promise to represent the majority of Alabamians.”  Arkansas: Trio of congressmen oppose minimum wage hike.  Three Republican congressmen, French Hill, Bruce Westerman and Rick Crawford, have announced their opposition to a ballot measure that would gradually raise the state’s minimum wage by $2.50 an hour to $11 an hour by 2021.  The three each have Democratic opposition in November, and all of their opponents support the measure.