Virginia, Louisiana, & South Carolina

Virginia: McAuliffe balances environment and business. Gov. Terry McAullife (D) had Sierra Club support in his gubernatorial campaign last year, but he’s governor of a very pro-business state. So he straddles, reports the Washington Post, noting that McAuliffe has revived a climate-change commission, but also approved a 550-mile natural gas pipeline through the state. And he installed a geo-thermal heating system in his home, but recently criticized some proposed EPA regulations as too stringent. Welcome to the real world.


Louisiana: Jindal isn’t helping Cassidy. Although he has campaigned for this year’s Republican candidates in Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) “has done little to nothing,” reports the Times-Picayune, to help US Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in his race to unseat US Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA). A spokesman for Jindal said that’s because other Republicans are still in the race. That would be Tea Party favorite Rob Maness, who’s been endorsed by Sarah Palin., but trails badly in the polls and fundraising. However, Jindal intends to work to defeat Landrieu in the runoff.


South Carolina: Sanford ends engagement. A much-publicized romance that began when now-US Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) was governor of the Palmetto State ended last week when Sanford announced on Facebook that he and Maria Belen Chapur were breaking off their engagement. Sanford blamed the break-up on “yet another lawsuit by yet a new, and third, lawyer retained by my former wife Jenny.” The latest suit asks that Sanford undergo a psychiatric test and take parenting and anger management courses, reports WLTX in Columbia.