Around the South for Apr. 7: LA, VA & FL

Louisiana:  Vitter, Jindal clash over state finances. US Sen. David Vitter and his fellow Republican, Gov. Bobby Jindal, are at odds over how best to solve the state’s financial problems. Vitter, a candidate for governor, said, “I really think the governor’s proposal to repeal the refundable portion of the inventory tax credit is a horrible idea … [I]t’s an absolute killer of jobs and growth.” Jindal, who was in Iowa, a sign that he will be in the presidential game, sarcastically rejected Vitter’s stance: “After eight years of tax cuts, maybe the voters will want to pay more in taxes.” ……. Virginia: McAuliffe warms up to GOP. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) last year accused the Republicans of “demagoguery, lies, fear and cowardice,” but, reports the Washington Post, McAuliffe has recently praised GOP lawmakers for their willingness to work with him on some issues. This has alarmed Democrats concerned about this fall’s elections. Del. Marcus Simon (D) told the Post, “We’ve got … to be able to say, ‘These Republicans are impossible to deal with,” and the governor ‘makes it much more difficult to draw contrasts.’” ……. Florida: Voters favor legal pot, Atwater and Murphy. According to the latest Quinnipiac Poll, 80% of Sunshine State voters favor legalizing marijuana for medical purposes and 52% favor complete legalization. In addition, in a hypothetical US Senate race between Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater (R) and US Rep. Patrick Murphy (D), it’s 38% for Atwater, 34% for Murphy. But Murphy leads Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera (R) 35% to 31% …….