Around the South for Apr. 28: KY, VA & TX

Kentucky: McConnell helped Lynch confirmation. US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “worked quietly to round up more than 60 votes” to end the filibuster against President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch as attorney general, reported The Hill. McConnell wanted to avoid a procedural maneuver, used by Democratic leader Harry Reid (NV) last year, which would have allowed ending debate by a majority vote. McConnell was able to persuade twenty Republicans to vote to end the filibuster, thus guaranteeing Lynch’s confirmation ……. Virginia: GOP, Dems target state Senate races. With control of the Virginiastate Senate hanging in the balance this fall, both parties are concentrating on contests in about six senate districts. “This is going to be decided by a handful of races that are going to be the most expensive Senate races in the history of Virginia,” former Virginia CommonwealthUniversity political scientist Bob Holsworth told the Washington Post. The GOP currently has a 21-19 majority in the upper chamber ……. Texas: Abbot shows up for jury duty. It was unlikely that he would be picked to actually serve on a jury, but Gov. Greg Abbott (R) was called to be available to serve and he did show up. He noted that the two previous governors, Rick Perry and George W. Bush, were also called, reported the San Antonio Express-News. Neither, however, was seated on a jury …….