Around the South for Mar. 3: FL, VA & AL

Florida: Rubio ready to run. “Both our travel and some of the staffing decisions that we’ve made” Marco Rubio said Monday, indicate that the he will run for president, reports Orlando’s Sun-Sentinel. Rubio has set a goal of raising some $50 million before the 2016 Iowa caucuses. Expect an announcement any day now ……. Virginia: GOP split a national problem. In a front page article in the Washington Post, various Republican insiders in and out of Virginia contend that the continuing civil war between the Establishment and Tea Party/Libertarians is risking the GOP’s ability to carry the state in the 2016 presidential race. One issue, whether to hold a convention or a primary in Virginia to select a presidential nominee. A convention would favor hard-right activists. Kevin Madden, a Romney advisor from 2012, told the Post, “The last thing any presidential candidates needs is to drop into a battleground state and have the state party folks going at it like the Hatfields and McCoys.” ……. Alabama: Sewell gives medals to marchers. US Rep. Terri Sewell (D), who grew up in Selma, went back there to present medals to a number of folks who were on the famous voting rights march in 1965. A number of the – now elderly – marchers were Sewell’s former teachers. “I’m home,” said Sewell, who was born two months before the march, reported the Washington Post