Around the South for Jun. 6: TX, NC & FL


Texas. Tables turned on Starr. Ken Starr, who led the impeachment prosecution of President Bill Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, has resigned under fire as the chancellor of Baylor University, amid allegations that he ignored evidence of a sexual assault on campus. Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg, contrasting Starr’s stern role in the Lewinsky scandal with his apparently lax behavior at Baylor, wrote, “Who among us is without sin, without error in judgment, without regret?” Who, indeed ……. North Carolina: Ellmers-Holding primary Tuesday. Don’t just follow the California Clinton vs. Sanders results tomorrow night. In the Tar Heel State, there is a hotly contested GOP congressional primary between third-term US Rep. Renee Ellmers, once a Tea Party favorite, and second-term US Rep. George Holding (R), who now has the backing of most conservative groups. Stay tuned ……. Florida: 2018 governor’s race stirring. Barry Edwards, political scientist at the University of Central Florida, provided a list of seven or eight potential Democratic candidates for SunshineState governor two years from now. They include US Rep. Gwen Graham, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, Charlie – yes, he’s on the list – Crist, former state Sen. Jeremy Ring, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and either or both US Reps. Alan Grayson and Patrick Murphy, depending on the outcome of this year’s US Senate primary and election …….