Louisiana: Sanders courts black voters. US Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) campaigned in New Orleans last weekend, making his first pitch for support from African Americans, a key part of the Democratic base. Sanders, whose home state is 95% white, talked about being in the March on Washington in the 1960s and about getting arrested for protesting segregation. However, it was mostly whites who showed up for a Sanders rally of 4,500 folks, reports the Washington Post ……. Florida: Clinton leads. A Mason-Dixon survey of Sunshine State Democrats taken July 23-24 showed 58% favored Hillary Clinton for the party’s presidential nomination, to 17% for US Sen. Bernie Sanders, 2% for ex-Gov. Martin O’Malley (MD), and less than 1% each for ex-US Sen. Jim Webb (VA) and US Sen. Lincoln Chafee (RI), reports Sunshine State News ……. Texas: Secession anyone? At a meeting of some 20 folks in San Antonio on Saturday, Daniel Miller, president of the Texas Nationalist Movement, said, “I love the United States of America but the United States of America isn’t the United States of America anymore… I consider the government we have right now to be socialist.” His group is in the process of collecting the 75,000 signatures necessary to put the question of Texas independence on the 2016 Republican primary ballot, reports KERA News …….