Around the South for Mar. 12: GA, LA & VA

Georgia: Perdue, Netanyahu “like-minded.”  The week before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his speech to Congress denouncing the likely outcome of US nuclear negotiations with Iran, US Sen. David Perdue (R), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, visited Israel on a tour sponsored by a pro-Israel foundation. After meeting with Netanyahu, Perdue said of the deal-in-progress, “[A]fter ten years, [Iran] could still build a nuclear weapon.” He also met with a Palestinian negotiator, reports Inside CNN …….  Louisiana: Jindal hit for budget problem. In a scathing editorial, the Times-Picayune criticized Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) for allegedly threatening to veto any proposal to solve the state’s $1.6 billion budget gap that isn’t approved by the Americans for Tax Reform, a Washington-based anti-tax group headed by Grover Norquist. The editorial quotes a number of Louisiana’s Republican state lawmakers criticizing the governor’s stance. Said state Rep. Tim Burns, “[W]e are ready to roll up our sleeves and tackle our fiscal problems, despite the Scarlet T” (for taxes) ……. Virginia: Webb gets applause. Former US Sen. James Webb (D), who is exploring a presidential bid, spoke to the International Association of Fire Fighters this week. He attacked the growing income gap between rich and poor to “an enthusiastic reception,” reports the Washington Post. Noting that “Firefighters for Webb” helped him get elected to the Senate in 2006, Webb said, “I may call on you again. So stay tuned.” …….