Around the South January 13, 2015

North Carolina: Burr running again. US Sen. Richard Burr (R) announced last week that he will seek reelection in 2016. Burr had been rumored to be stepping down, due to slow fundraising, reports The Hill, but his comments on WNCN scotched that rumor. Meanwhile, Democrats are trying to recruit former US Sen. Kay Hagan (D), who narrowly lost a hard-fought election in 2014, to challenge Burr ……. Texas: Cruz woos freshmen. US Sen. Ted Cruz (R), a hard-right conservative and likely 2016 presidential candidate, is contacting freshmen senators urging them to stick to their hard-right campaign pledges, reports The Hill. In particular, Cruz and his allies want to move to repeal Obamacare and defund President Obama’s immigration reforms. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), meanwhile, wants to get legislation to the President’s desk, which will take some Democratic votes ……. Louisiana: Does Jindal have a shot? Conservative columnist Quin Hillyer, writing in Baton Rouge’s The Advocate, concedes that Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is a long-shot for the 2016 presidential nomination, but says if he, among other things, (a) comes out for something new and bold, (b) stays home for six months or so and helps solves Louisiana’s budget problems, and (c) then camps out in Iowa or New Hampshire for a year doing retail politics, he just might, with luck, win the GOP nod. Stay tuned …….