Around the South for May 20: KY, LA & VA

Kentucky: Paul reaches out. US Sen. Rand Paul (R), in a radio interview in Philadelphia on Monday reported in The Hill, said if nominated by the GOP, he will campaign for black votes based on his advocacy for criminal justice reform: “[W]e will compete in Philadelphia. I’ll ask Hillary Clinton, ‘What have you done for criminal justice? Your husband passed all the laws that put a generation of black men in prison.’ ” ……. Louisiana: Jindal forms exploratory committee. In furtherance of a likely White House bid, Pelican State Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has formed an exploratory committee. In a statement, Jindal said, “President Obama has started to redefine the American Dream, turning it into the European Nightmare.”  He added, “Economic collapse is much closer to the door than people realize.” ……. Virginia: Progressives form coalition. Labor unions and minority group organizations have mobilized a combined effort to provide money and volunteers for a least five liberal candidates in the June 9 Democratic Primary. Austin Thompson, a leader in the group, told the Washington Post, “[N]o one is talking to these voters across the state, and that has to change.” …….