Around the South for Jan. 26: LA, NC & VA

Louisiana: Jindal courts Christian conservatives. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) was not in Iowa forUS Rep. Steve King’s (R) rightwing gathering over the weekend, but in Baton Rouge at the LSU campus speaking to the American Family Association, a conservative evangelical group. Jindal, a potential presidential contender, did not focus on politics, but spoke of his own coming to Christianity and urged his audience to proselytize on behalf of their religious beliefs, reports the Washington Post ……. North Carolina: Ellmers breaks ranks on abortion. US Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) could draw a primary opponent next year because of her role in opposing an anti-abortion bill that would have required a woman to report a rape to police before she could abort a rapist-caused pregnancy. A group of pro-lifers from the March for Life taking place in the nation’s capital  demonstrated outside of her office, reports the Washington Post ……. Virginia: New GOP chair stresses party unity. Newly elected state Republican Chairman John Whitbeck, a lawyer from Northern Virginia, told a gathering of party officials. “Establishment, grass-roots, libertarians, whatever we call ourselves, it is time to be Republicans first,” he said. He also announced that former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), a likely presidential candidate, will address the party’s fundraiser on Feb. 24 …….