Virginia: Webb says Democrats lost their way. Former US Sen. Jim Webb (D), a potential presidential candidate, addressed a group of journalists in Richmond this week and proclaimed that his party had lost its traditional message of taking “care of working people… of people who have no voice in the corridors of power.” Webb, somewhat of a maverick in his party, added, “The Democratic Party has basically turned into a party of interest groups,” reported the Washington Post ……. Texas: Cruz gets shot down. Pro-active hard-liner US Sen. Ted Cruz (R) got a poor reception from most of his fellow GOPers in the Senate when he opposed a plan that would keep the government up and running through next September, reports Politico. Speaking of a government shutdown, US Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said, “We’re just not going there.” ……. Mississippi: Bryant opposes Common Core. Proclaiming that the public, not the state superintendent of education, is in charge of education, Gov. Phil Bryant (R) said that if the public opposes the Common Core curriculum, “then we’re going to do away with it. Or, we’re going to at least try to amend it.” The Magnolia State has been implementing Common Core since 2010. Bryant is seeking reelection in 2015.