Around the South for Mar. 27: AL, FL & VA

Alabama: Supremes OK redistricting suit. In a five to four decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that a lower court erred in not allowing a suit by black officeholders and Democrats that challenged the state’s legislative districts. Although African-Americans in the legislature are proportional to their share of the population, the court said the lower court should have looked at individual districts to make certain black influence has not been diluted in some districts ……. Florida: 18th District now competitive. The decision of US Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) to run for the US Senate means there will be an open seat in his Palm Beach-based district. Murphy unseated far-right US Rep. Allen West (R) in a narrow victory in 2012 ……. Virginia: Beyer to raise money for House Democrats. Freshman US Rep. Don Beyer (D), a former two-term lieutenant governor of Virginia, has been tapped to become the finance chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, succeeding Maryland’s Chris Van Hollen, who is running for the US Senate. Beyer told the Washington Post his assignment will be to urge Democratic members of Congress to pay their dues, as well as to raise money from outside donors …….