Around the South for Sept. 9: Bush, Huckabee & SC

Bush makes Late Night debut: Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was among the very first guests on last night’s Late Show starring new host Stephen Colbert.  The GOP Presidential hopeful is attempting to rehab his image as a candidate who, in rival Donald Trump’s words, puts people to sleep.  Huckabee offers to go to jail in place of county clerk: 2016 candidate for President Mike Huckabee has found his hill to die on, or at least spend the night behind bars on, in the form of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis and her fight for religious freedom.  The former Arkansas Governor told a crowd he wished he could go to jail in her place, going on to say that “we cannot criminalize the Christian faith or anybody’s faith in this country.”  The RFRA and the battle over religious freedom in the workplace has been a hot topic in state legislatures across the country in 2015, and expect it now to take a high profile position as a major issue for 2016 as well.  Biden to pin hopes on South Carolina: Vice President Joe Biden still hasn’t officially announced his intention to run for President in 2016, but already it appears his path to victory has been plotted out.  South Carolina, the third state to hold its primary after Iowa and New Hampshire, has always been slow to warm to presumed Dem favorite Hillary Clinton.  Biden, with support from much of the old Obama campaign machine, is expected to go all in for a victory in the state should he run and leverage the state into a frontrunner status going forward.