Around the South for Jan. 25: FL, TX & GA

Florida: Shalala for Congress? Donna Shalala, 76, who served as secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton, is a potential candidate for the congressional seat being vacated by US Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R), according to a report in the Miami Herald. She now runs the Clinton Foundation, but previously served as president of the University of Miami. There are already five Democrats in the race, but if Shalala runs, some may switch to opposing either US Rep. Carlos Curbelo or US Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, says Sunshine State News …….Texas: Palin to speak at GOP dinner. Sarah Palin, a former governor ofAlaska who was also the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, will address the Denton County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on Feb. 10.Denton is the ninth largest county in Texas ……. Georgia: Deal touts tourism. Gov. Nathan Deal (R) on Tuesday joined Georgia tourism officials at the state Capitol in Atlanta to announce that tourists coming to the state make a $60.8 billion contribution to the state’s economy. He noted that tourism “provides job opportunities for more than 450,200 Georgians,” or about 10.6 percent of the state’s non-farm workforce, reports the Gwinnett Daily Post …….