Around the South for May 9th: AL, SC, & VA

Alabama: Equal pay bill advances.  A bill to prohibit Alabama employers from paying workers differently based on gender or race passed out of committee this week, moving it a step closer to becoming law.  While there are already federal laws on the books banning pay discrimination, Alabama and Mississippi are the only states without such a law on the books.  South Carolina: NFL owner threatens legislature.  Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper is urging South Carolina lawmakers to pass a bill approving more than $115 million in incentives to get the team to move its team headquarters across the border from North to South Carolina.  Some South Carolina lawmakers have questioned the positive impact of the move, while others point to the millions in investment that it would bring as reason to move forward.  Tepper has said he’s happy to remain in Charlotte if legislators can’t come up with the incentives he’s asking for.  Virginia: State Sen. eyes higher office.  State Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) is a rising star in the Democratic party – and she’s already beginning to look at moving up the ladder.  She recently launched a new PAC that seeks to help Dems take control of both the state House and Senate, and could also be used as a launching pad for a gubernatorial race in 2021.  The two presumed Democratic frontrunners for the nomination, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark R. Herring, are mired in high profile scandals that may damage, if not kill, any potential campaigns in the future.