Around the South for Jul. 8: GOP, TX & TN


GOP: Dixie’s senators going to convention. Of 54 Republican US Senators, 32 are going to the party’s convention in Cleveland; 17 of these are from the South, reports The Hill. Of the 16 who are skipping the conclave, only two are from the South (Lindsey Graham/SC and Marco Rubio/FL). And three Southern GOPers are undecided: Thad Cochran (MS), Rand Paul (KY) and David Vitter (LA) ……. Texas: Cruz to speak in Cleveland. Ted Cruz, the strongest competitor of Donald Trump in the Republican nominating contest, has accepted Trump’s invitation to address the convention delegates. Cruz has not yet endorsed Trump, but he may want to look good for 2020 ……. Tennessee: Parton staying out of politics. “I try not to get political,” country music legend Dolly Parton told People magazine, “ but if I am, I might as well just run myself ‘cause I’ve got the hair for it, it’s huge, and they could always use more boobs in the race.” …….