Around the South for Dec. 29, 2014: NC, GA & LA

North Carolina: To the victor belong the spoils. The American Bankers Association PAC gave $10,000 to the campaign of US Sen. Kay Hagan (D), who was a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Hagan, however, lost, so pronto, the day after the election, the bankers’ PAC contributed $5,000 to US Sen.-elect Thom Tillis (R). A number of other business PACS, representing financial, insurance, accounting and pharmaceutical groups, gave first to Hagan, then upon her loss, gave to Tillis. Tillis’ experience is typical for freshmen lawmakers, reports the News & Observer ……. Georgia: Lewis portrayed in “Selma.” US Rep. John Lewis (D) told the Washington Post it was “surreal” watching an actor portraying him in the just-released and highly-praised film “Selma,” about the 1965 voting rights march from Selma, AL, to the state capitol of Montgomery. Lewis, who is pictured in a top-of-the-fold, across-the-page photograph in the Post’s Style section, recalled the funeral of a marcher who was killed, and contrasted being in the movie with his childhood, when he had to sit in the balcony, which was reserved for blacks ……. Louisiana: Jindal down-plays ethnicity. Although he was the nation’s first Indian-American governor, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is “against the idea of the hyphenated American,” he said in a statement for an article in Politico and cited in the New Orleans Advocate. Jindal, a potential 2016 president contender, elaborated:  “It’s not our skin color or ethnic heritage that binds us together. It’s our shared desire for freedom, for colorblind justice and for opportunity for everyone” …….