Around the South for January 5, 2015: VA, TX, & FL

Virginia: Webb pays wife, daughter. Former US Sen. Jim Webb (D), the first Democrat to announce that he was forming an exploratory committee for a 2016 presidential bid, found himself in hot water after Business Insider revealed that he paid more than $90,000 to his wife and daughter for designing and maintaining his website. A Webb spokeswoman said in a statement that the work done by his family was “real and provable,” reported the Washington Post ……. Texas: Marijuana debate. Efforts to pass a bipartisan medical marijuana bill are expected in the legislature this year, reports the Quorum Report. Legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot may also be introduced. The ACLU says that 97% of marijuana arrests in Texas between 2001 and 2010 were for possession, not selling, of pot, and crowd jails and prisons ……. Florida: Bush resigns from boards. Former Sunshine State Gov. Jeb Bush (R) resigned from all corporate and nonprofit boards effective December 31, 2014, reports the Washington Post in a front page story. An aide to Bush said his decision was based on a desire to devote his time to returning to politics, rather than to business. Stay tuned …….