Around the South for Oct. 5: TX, FL & VA


Texas: Did Russian interference happen in GOP race? “If I had said something critical about Marco Rubio, or John Kasich, or Ben Carson [on cable news], there was no response on Twitter whatsoever, dead,” said Ted Cruz campaign spokesman Ron Nehrig. “However, if I was critical of Donald Trump, I would get a torrent of negative comments on Twitter.” ……. Florida: Is online voter registration safe? Online voter registration went into effect this week, but despite numerous safeguards put in place by the Florida secretary of state, Sunshine State’s Nancy Smith says the new policy, now used in 35 states, “feels like Big Trouble… Isn’t the voter-registration war between political parties explosive enough without putting voter roles in the hands of faceless IT homeboys with more tech savvy than our supervisors of election?” Smith also cites a Harvard professor and other tech researchers that wrote voter identity theft “could be carried out with data costing just a few thousand dollars.” ……. Virginia: Massacre affects governor’s race. At a forum just hours after a gunman killed 58 people in Las Vegas, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ralph Northam, who has an “F” rating from the National Rifle Ass’n, called for more gun control, reports the Washington Post. Republican Ed Gillespie, who has an “A” rating from the NRA, called for a moment of silence and told reporters it was too soon to talk about policy …….