Around the South for Dec. 29: VA, KY & LA

Virginia: Trump slams GOP oath. After the state Republican executive committee voted in favor of requiring primary voters to swear that they are Republicans, Donald Trump, who has support among independents and perhaps some Democrats, lashed out at the party, reports the Washington Post. Trump tweeted, “R.P. Virginia has lost statewide 7 times in a row. Will now not allow desperately needed new voters. Suicidal mistake. RNC MUST AT NOW!” ……. Kentucky: Paul tops in Senate attendance. US Sen. Rand Paul has missed fewer votes in the Senate than any of the other Republican senators running for president, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader. Paul voted 94% of the time. Florida’s Marco Rubio came in last, with a 64% voting record ……. Louisiana: 2016 Senate race drawing major interest. With the decision of US Sen. David Vitter (R) not to seek reelection next year, a dozen or so Pelican State politicos are looking at the prospect of running for an open seat in the US Senate, reports Gambit. Among the GOPers, two public service commissioners, two congressmen, the state treasurer and others. For the Democrats, one public service commissioner and a state senator, plus several more. Stay tuned …….