The budget gopher dance; McDaniel universe gets weirder

On the Senate side, the recent death of President Pro tempore Terry Brown, R-Columbus, leaves a leadership void at the No. 2 spot in that chamber. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves hasn’t decided what to do with the vacancy, a spokeswoman said last week…

…Sen. Terry Burton, R-Newton, is serving as interim Rules chairman, part of the pro tem’s responsibility. Burton’s name comes up as a likely replacement, as do Sens. Dean Kirby, R-Pearl, and Videt Carmichael, R-Meridian.

For a temporary, one-year replacement until after the 2015 elections, Sen. Giles Ward, R-Louisville, who has announced he’s not seeking re-election, would be a likely candidate.