Around the South for September 11th, 2015: VA, FL, & LA

Virginia – Attorney General Herring declines gubernatorial bid: Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced this week that he would not be seeking higher office in 2017, a move that came a surprise to many local politicos.  Herring’s decision to run for re-election is a relief for top Dems in the state, who were afraid of the bruising primary that may have taken place had Herring decided to run against Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam, who has already declared his intention to pursue the Democratic nomination…  Florida – Ride share fight picks up steam: A common trend across the country, taxi companies in the Sunshine State have filed a second lawsuit against ride sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft in an attempt to curb their growth.  The suite centers around the issue of insurance, following a previous suit that asked the state to regulate ride sharing companies’ apps.  Don’t expect this conflict to end any time soon…  Louisiana – Field set in governor’s race?: Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle (R), Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne (R), State Rep. John Bel Edwards (D), and U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R) have all announced their candidacy to replace Bobby Jindal as Louisiana Governor.  Vitter and Dardenne are the likely frontrunners, but look for Edwards to try to take advantage of the fight for GOP votes and make an impact in the race.