Around the South for Feb. 12: AL, GA & KY

Alabama: Battle raises more money than Ivey. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle (R) raised $100,910 in January, reported al.com, while Gov. Kay Ivey (R) raised $89,029. The third place GOP gubernatorial candidate, state Sen. Bill Hightower, raised $33,270. But Ivey has $2.05 million cash on hand to Battle’s $1.2 million and Hightower’s $631,980 ……. Georgia: Deal announces revenue increase. Gov. Nathan Deal (R) announced that tax revenues for January were up 16.7% from January a year ago. The biggest boost was in individual income tax collections, which were up 27% from January a year ago, reports the Gwinnett Daily Post ……. Kentucky: Beshear orders Bevin to release analysis. State Attorney General Andy Beshear (D) said Gov. Matt Bevin (R) broke Kentucky law when he withheld an actuarial analysis of his pension plan, and said the governor should release the report. If Bevin declines to release the report, he will have to challenge Deal’s order in court, reports the Chief Investment Officer …….