Around the South for Feb. 5: NC, VA & Pot

North Carolina: CBC head for special prosecutors. Contending that black America is “in a state of emergency,” US Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D), a former judge and the new head of the Congressional Black Caucus, said in an interview with The Hill, “There is a common bond between law enforcement officers and prosecutors,” and when there is a police shooting, “I am probably going to advocate some type of special prosecutor, randomly selected.” ……. Virginia: GOP splits over amending constitution. Some conservative Republicans in the Old Dominion want to join a national convention of state delegations to amend the constitution to require a balanced budget and restrain the power of the federal government. Other rightwing GOPers, however, are opposed, fearing that a runaway convention could do away with important rights. “It’s like playing Russian roulette …” state Sen. Richard Black (R) told the Washington Post. “The consequences of being wrong are immeasurable.” ……. Marijuana: Some 2016 candidates did, some didn’t. According to a report in The Hill, Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz both admit they smoked pot when they were young. Rand Paul wasn’t so explicit, but did say, “Let’s just say that I wasn’t a choir boy when I was in college.” However, Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist minister, never did partake, nor did Rick Perry. Marco Rubio wouldn’t say yea or nay. And Hillary Clinton told CNN last year, “I didn’t do it when I was young; I’m not going to start now.” …….