Around the South for May 1: LA, MS & NC


Louisiana: Jindal blasts business for gay marriage stance. Speaking to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition this week, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), a potential presidential candidate, criticized major corporations for “bending to the will of the anti-Christian left-wing and bullying people of faith,” reports the International Business Times. Jindal said, “We’ve already got a Religious Freedom Act… [C]orporate American is not going to bully the governor ofLouisiana.” A number of major corporations – General Electric, Apple, American Express, AT&T and Amazon – filed friends-of-the-court briefs with the US Supreme Court in opposition to state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage ……. Mississippi: Bryant riding high in the polls. A Mason-Dixon survey of Mississippians in late April showed Gov. Phil Bryant (R), who is up for reelection this November, with a 72% approval rating. In a head-to-head matchup, Bryant leads the strongest Democratic candidate, Vicki Slater, by 61% to 30%. “Such popularity is almost impossible for a challenger to overcome, barring some major unforeseen event or scandal,” Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Coker said, reports the Clarion-Ledger ……. North Carolina: Burr criticized for assassination comments. US Sen. Richard Burr (R), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was accused by the New York Times of saying in a closed hearing of the committee that he wanted the CIA to hunt down and kill Muhanad Mahmoud al Farekh, an American citizen who is allegedly a top al Qaida operative. But Burr, in an interview with the McClatchy Washington Bureau, said, “I don’t know where they got this from, but it ain’t anywhere near right.” …….