Around the South for Dec. 12: LA, VA & FL


Louisiana: GOP sweeps runoffs. In the Bayou State’s Dec. 10 runoffs, state Treasurer John Kennedy (R) easily bested Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell (D) to fill the US Senate seat of retiring US Sen. David Vitter (R). Kennedy won by 63% to 37% and his victory gives Republicans a 52-48 majority in the nation’s upper chamber. Republicans Clay Higgins, an ex-sheriff and Donald Trump supporter, and state Rep. Mike Johnson won congressional runoffs, keeping the seats in GOP hands …….Virginia: Fiorina praises Trump. Carly Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard CEO and one-time political rival of Trump, called the president-elect’s post-election moves “brilliant” in a address to a GOP retreat in Richmond, reports the Washington Post. She also endorsed Ed Gillespie for governor. Today Fiorina will go to the Trump Tower inNew York to meet with the nation’s incoming CEO ……. Florida: “Stand your ground” bill introduced. State Sen. Rob Bradley (R) has filed legislation that would require prosecutors to prove why a defendant shouldn’t be able to use the “stand your ground” defense before the case even gets to court. The measure would strengthen the ability of defendants in murder/manslaughter cases to use the defense, which became controversial in the trial of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin in 2014 …….