Around the South for Jan. 30: FL, SC & VA

Florida: A Democrat for CFO? Jeremy Ring, one of the founders of Yahoo and the author of “We Were Yahoo,” is also a former state senator from South Florida. Ring is running for Chief Financial Officer and is considered a possible contender to become the first Democrat to win a statewide office in Florida sine 2006. “I want this office to help build the next from Florida,” Ring told a Tampa audience, reports the Tampa Bay Times ……. South Carolina: Officials want to secure voter list. The S.C. Election Commission has asked the legislature for $250,000 to make any needed changes in the state’s electronic voting system to ensure that hackers are not successful. Officials reported that on Election Day last year, there were 150,000 attempts to break into the voting system of some 3.2 million registered voters. “The takeaway is they were blocked,” said the commission’s spokesman, Chris Whitmire, reported The State. The next test will come on June 12, the date of the party primaries ……. Virginia: Fairfax given family document. The day before his inauguration as lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax’s (D) father gave him a copy of a 1798 emancipation deed for Simon Fairfax, their ancestor born into slavery. The document was unknown to Justin Fairfax until that day and he carried it in his coat pocket when he took the oath to become the first African American statewide elected official in Virginiasince Douglas Wilder (D) was elected governor in 1989 …….