Around the South for November 28th, 2014 – LA, NC, & VA

Louisiana: Landrieu gets boosts.  She may be down in the polls, but US Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) isn’t without allies. Wednesday New Orleans’ Times-Picayune endorsed Democrat Landrieu, in an editorial that began, “Mary Landrieu has stood up forLouisiana time and again during her 18 years in the U.S. Senate.” In addition, next Monday, Hillary Clinton is hosting a Landrieu fundraiser in the Big Apple, with tickets ranging from $1,000 to $12,600.

North Carolina: 50,000 voters “silenced”? Democracy North Carolina, a liberal group concerned with voting rights issues, published a report this week contending that between 30,000 and 50,000 Tar Heel citizens were effectively disenfranchised by recent changes in state laws. The report cited elimination of provisional ballots for those who went to the wrong polling place and the new photo ID law, among others, for its estimate, says the News & Observer. The study also used comparisons with the 2010 turnout, which may or may not have been valid.

Virginia: McAuliffe to New Hampshire. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) will travel to the Granite State on Dec. 14 to address a Democratic fundraiser, but he’s not planning a 2016 presidential bid, says the Washington Post. He’s too close to Hillary Clinton to challenge her for the nomination. But there’s speculation that he wants to keep his name in the spotlight for a future national role. Veep maybe?