Around the South for May 16th: AL, TX, & NC

Alabama: Abortion bill causes uproar.  As neighboring states such as Georgia have passed more restrictive anti-abortion legislation this year, Alabama has gone one step further.  This week the state’s legislature passed a bill that would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy, with almost no exceptions, a felony.  The bill now sits on the desk of Gov. Kay Ivey, as Democrats, including those already in the 2020 presidential primary, have slammed the legislation.  Texas: Jones to get rematch against Rep. Hurd.  Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democrat who narrowly lost to U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, last year is running again.  Jones, a former Air Force intelligence officer, lost to Hurd last year by fewer than 1,000 votes, and is ramping up her 2020 campaign early to get an edge on the rematch.  North Carolina: Bishop wins GOP primary.  In the redo race for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, State Sen. Dan Bishop, author of the infamous “bathroom bill” in the state last year, won a low-turnout Republican primary to face Democrat Dan McCready in September.  The race is being redone because Republican Mark Harris, the original winner, was forced to resign after it was found he paid a political operative to commit voter fraud.