Around the South for August 2nd: FL, KY, & VA

Florida: Dems line up to replace GOP Rep.  Seven Democrats have already announced their intent to run for the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R), who is retiring.  Democrats have made the district a key target in 2017 after Hillary Clinton carried the district by 20 points last November.  Kentucky: Dems replace minority whip.  The Kentucky Senate Democratic Caucus this week voted to remove former governor and current state Sen. Julian Carroll from his position as minority whip and urged him to resign following a tv report alleging that he propositioned and groped a then-30 year old man in 2005.  Virginia: Kaine gears up for re-election bid.  Senator Tim Kaine (D), Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016, has hired a crew of members of that campaign to work for him in his re-election bid next year.  Corey Stewart, a fiery Trump-style Republican, is the only announced GOP candidate in the race so far.