Around the South for July 29: AR, FL & VA

Arkansas: Huckabee draws fire; stands pat. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), a presidential candidate, has caught flak from two directions for his comment that the Iran nuclear deal would “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” Without calling out Huckabee by name, President Obama called the remarks “ridiculous” and “outrageous.” And former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), also a presidential candidate, said, “The use of that kind of language is just wrong.” Huckabee, however, stood his ground, saying, “For decades, Iranian leaders have pledged to ‘destroy,’ ‘annihilate,’ and ‘wipe Israel off the map’ with a ‘big Holocaust.” ……. Florida: GOPers all over the map on Senate race. If ex-Attorney General Bill McCollum (R) decides to run for Marco Rubio’s soon-to-be-vacant US Senate seat, 22% of Republicans would favor him, followed by 11% for US Rep. David Jolly, 8% for US Rep. Ron DeSantis, 7% for Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, 6% for US Rep. Jeff Miller (who may or may not run) and 1% for businessman Todd Wilcox ……. Virginia: Confederate flag on license plates divides voters. According to the latest Quinnipiac Poll, 46% of Virginia voters say the image of the Confederate battle flag should not be allowed on vehicle license plates, while 45% say it should stay there. But it’s already a done deal: Gov, Terry McAuliffe (D) ordered the Sons of Confederate Veterans emblem, which included the flag, removed in June …….