Around the South for Apr. 25: VA, FL & LA

Virginia: McAuliffe enfranchises 200,000 felons. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) issued an executive order Friday that allows more than 200,000 ex-cons, including those who committed violent crimes, to register and vote in this fall’s election. The move would likely benefit Democrats, since about one-fourth of the state’s African Americans cannot vote due to criminal convictions, says the Washington Post. House Speaker William Howell (R) said in a statement, “It is hard to describe how transparent the Governor’s motives are,” i.e., electing Hillary Clinton president …….  Florida: Rubio disavows veep interest. Despite recent speculation that US Sen. Marco Rubio might accept the vice-presidential slot at the July GOP convention – with Trump? – the former presidential candidate said last week, “I have no intention of being vice president.” He did say he would support the Republican nominee for president, regardless of who it is ……. Louisiana: Landrieu wants Cuban musicians at Jazz Fest. Former US Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) is now a lobbyist working with a Washington law firm. One of her first clients is the New Orleans Jazz Fest, which has hired her to help them bring some 150 musicians and artists to the festival. “I’m a huge fan of the Jazz Fest,” Landrieu told the Washington Post, “and I’m thrilled to have them as a client.” This year’s Fest began Friday and will last for ten days …….