Florida: Crist names Taddeo as running mate. Former Gov. Charlie Crist (D-FL) announced last week that his running mate for lieutenant governor is Annette Taddeo-Goldberg. Although she has never held office, she served as chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party and is known as a successful fundraiser and organizer, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Taddeo is a native of Colombia who moved to the US as a teenager. Gov. Rick Scott’s (R-FL) lieutenant governor is also Hispanic: Carlos Lopez-Cantera.
Virginia: Comstock courts minority voters. With the GOP consistently running behind when it comes to nonwhite voters, in Virginia’s 10th District (Loudoun County, etc.), state Del. Barbara Comstock (R), the party’s congressional nominee, is making a major effort to win the support of votes of Korean Americans, schmoozing at the Korean American Festival and citing her work with such groups as the Korean Chamber of Commerce, reports the Washington Post. Comstock is facing Democrat John Foust with an electorate that is 11% Hispanic and 11% Asian.
North Carolina: McCrory, Senate clash over budget. The state Senate, under the leadership of President Pro Tem Phil Berger (R), passed a budget that would raise teacher pay 11%. Gov. Pat McCrory (R-NC) says the state can’t afford it, and supports a raise of 5% or 6%, reports Raleigh’s News & Observer. And it’s gotten heated, with Senate subpoenas possible for McCrory staffers, and McCrory comparing Senate leaders with US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). The end ain’t in sight.