Arkansas, Florida, & Georgia

Arkansas: Boozman says GOP must lead. Contending that the 2014 elections were not a vote of confidence in the Republican Party, US Sen. John Boozman (R) told the southwest Arkansas Times-Record, “We are being given the opportunity to lead and to govern, and we need to step up and make the most of that.”

Florida: Legislature to call the tune. With Gov. Rick Scott (R) getting reelected with less than 50% of the vote (48.2%) while the legislature increased its House majority to a supermajority and kept its Senate control, Republican lawmakers in the Sunshine State are ready to set the agenda for the next four years, says an analysis in the Tampa Bay Times. Incoming House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R) told the paper they will work “to create jobs and a lower unemployment rate.”

Georgia: Lewis to receive award. US Rep. John Lewis (D), a veteran civil rights activist as well as congressman, has been chosen by the board of visitors of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) to receive the Jonathan M. Daniels ’61 Humanitarian Award. It will be presented to him at VMI next March. The award honors Daniels, who was killed saving the life of an African-American teenager in 1965 in Alabama during civil rights demonstrations.