Around the South for Apr. 20: SC, TX & VA

South Carolina: Kudos for Haley. “With all due respect, I don’t get confused,” US Ambassador to the United Nations replied after White House Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow implied her announcement of strong new sanctions on Russia resulted from confusion. Haley drew fast praise for her stance. The Washington Post’s E. J. Dionne led off his prime-space column yesterday praising her, noting that her comments “earned cheers from people who called it an example of resolve from a strong female leader,” as well as criticism from some Trump loyalists. Dionne referred to Haley as “widely seen as a present and future GOP star.” ……. Texas: Bad news for Cruz. Democratic US Senate nominee Beto O’Rourke is fast approaching parity with US Sen. Ted Cruz (R), once thought to be safe during this contentious election year. The latest Quinnipiac Poll shows Cruz with 47%, O’Rourke with 44%. Stay tuned ……. Virginia: Legislature doesn’t override Northam veto. A bill that would have banned “sanctuary cities” in Virginia was vetoed by Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and his veto was upheld when the legislature, with only narrow Republican majorities, couldn’t even come close to the two-thirds needed to override his veto …….