Around the South for Nov. 20: LA, AL & TX

Louisiana: GOPers endorse Edwards. This final week of the gubernatorial runoff campaign, 25 Jefferson Parish officials, including 12 Republicans, announced their support for Democrat John Bel Edwards. Jefferson Parish, a New Orleans suburb, is David Vitter’s (R) old stomping ground and normally a GOP stronghold ……. Alabama: Expansion of health insurance coverage urged. A task force appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley (R) has released its report, which recommends that a way be found to provide health insurance to some 290,000 Alabamians who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but are too poor to buy insurance. While stopping short of endorsing expanding Medicaid under Obamacare, the report did cite a number of benefits such a step would provide ……. Texas: Farenthold case settled. A sexual harassment suit brought by a woman who once was US Rep. Blake Farenthold’s (R) communications director was settled out of court this week, reports Roll Call. The independent Office of Congressional Ethics had previously reported it did not find sufficient evidence to back the claim …….