Around the South for July 6: VA, LA, & TX

Virginia: Webb jumps in. Described by the Washington Post as a “prickly iconoclast,” former US Sen. Jim Webb (D) became the fifth Democrat to announce his bid for the presidency. An economic populist, a former navy secretary under President Reagan, a foe of the war in Iraq and an advocate for prison reform, Webb is nevertheless to the right of the other Democrats in the race, a position that no longer carries much weight in a party once heavily influenced by conservative Southern Democrats ……. Louisiana: Vitter ahead; Jindal behind. A MarblePort Polling survey taken in mid-June showed that in this year’s governor’s race, US Sen. David Vitter (R) leads with 34%, followed by state Rep. John Bel Edwards (D) with 29%, Scott Angelle (R) 11%, and Jay Dardenne (R) 10%. In a runoff, Vitter led Edwards 49% to 38%. In the presidential race, Hillary Clinton (D) led Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) by 45% to 42% …….Texas: Run it up the flag pole… The Quorum Report’s Harvey Kronberg reports that last week his family’s business, Kronberg’s Flags and Flagpoles in Houston, was crowded with folks there to buy a Confederate flag, in defiance of the recent anti-flag firestorm, and others to buy a rainbow flag, to celebrate the US Supreme Court’s decision in favor of same-sex marriage …….