Around the South for Jan. 9: Dems, GOP & LA

Democrats: Four vote no on Pelosi. Although the attention has been on the 25-member revolt against House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), four Democratic representatives voted against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for speaker. Two of them were Southerners: Freshman Gwen Graham (FL) kept her campaign promise not to vote for Pelosi, and cast a vote for US Rep. Jim Cooper (TN); and Cooper cast a vote for former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Both represent centrist districts ……. GOP: The Senate’s 54 Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), have identified six somewhat centrist non-GOPers senators who might help them attain the 60 votes necessary to pass legislation without a filibuster: Mark Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Angus King (ME-Ind), reports The Hill ……. Louisiana: Scalise has quiet return. Perhaps because the spotlight was on House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) reelection, Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) has so far escaped significant opprobrium for his 2002 appearance before a David Duke organization. Not entirely, however: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said President Obama believes it’s a matter for  the Republican Conference, reports The Hill. Earnest added, “[W]ho the Republicans decide to elevate into a leadership position says a lot about what the conference’s priorities and values are.” …….