Around the South for August 1st: FL, TX, & LA

Florida: DeSantis all in on Trump.  GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, who has been endorsed by the president, is shown in a new ad “building the wall” with his infant daughter, and also “teaching her how to read” by holding a Trump campaign sign and reciting the president’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.  Buoyed by a recent Trump campaign appearance, he is all in on the president.  Texas: O’Rourke refuses to denounce ICE.  Democratic senatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke has refused calls from some in his party to dismiss ICE, saying that abolishing the agency would do nothing to resolve the issues of families and children being separated at the United States Mexico border.  Louisiana: Small town can’t find law enforcement.  The tiny Louisiana town of Palmetto is in search of a new police chief. The search has gotten a bit tougher though after no volunteers showed up to run for the job after the previous chief moved away. The town is currently looking into having the St. Landry’s Parrish Sheriff’s Office patrol the tiny town with 170 residents.