Around the South for June 19: LA, FL & TX

Louisiana: Earl Long paramour dies. Fannie Bell Fleming, one of 11 children, at age 15 took a bus from her home town in West Virginia and began working in a Washington, DC, donut shop. She was recruited into show business. “She went on stage in a cowgirl outfit. She came offstage with her hat, and a career was launched,” says the Washington Post. She changed her name to Blaze Starr, became extremely successful, danced on Bourbon Street  in New Orleans, and in the late 1950s, had a well-publicized affair with Gov. Earl Long (D). On June 15, back home inWest Virginia, she died at age 83 ……. Florida: Bush, Rubio & Clinton. According to the latest Quinnipiac Poll, Jeb Bush leads Marco Rubio by a slim 20% to 18% among Republicans, with 9% for unannounced Scott Walker. In a General Election match-up, Hillary Clinton leads Rubio by 47% to 44% and leads Bush by 46% to 42% ……. Texas: San Antonio elects black mayor. Low turnout among Latino voters led to the runoff defeat of Leticia Van de Putte (D), a Latina, in a city known for its string of Hispanic mayors. The winner was acting mayor Ivy Taylor, who becomes the city’s first African-American mayor …….