Trump: Strange has ‘gained mightily’ since my endorsement

Trump: Strange has ‘gained mightily’ since my endorsement

By Louis Nelson (Politico) – President Donald Trump predicted Friday that next week’s Alabama Republican Senate runoff “will be very close” thanks to his endorsement of Sen. Luther Strange. Strange (R-Ala.), appointed by former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to fill the seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is running to win the seat outright in a special election but has trailed in the polls behind former state Chief Justice Roy Moore. Trump, who will campaign for Strange Friday night in Alabama, has backed the incumbent senator and Friday morning claimed that support has helped Strange narrow Moore’s lead. “Will be in Alabama tonight. Luther Strange has gained mightily since my endorsement, but will be very close. He loves Alabama, and so do I!” the president wrote on Twitter. Read...

Around the South for September 21st: FL, TN, & AR

Florida: State parks remained closed.  About 50 Florida state parks remained closed in the fallout of Hurricane Irma, which swept the state last week.  State employees are hard at work in repairing the damage caused by the storm, which caused massive flooding and building damage.  Tennessee: Trump encourages Corker.  U.S. Sen. Bob Corker has support from a high place as he makes his decision on whether to run for re-election – this time from the White House.  President Donald Trump encouraged the Republican to run again when the pair met in Washington last week.  Arkansas: Gov, Sens back Obamacare repeal.  Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton each backed a revived effort to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care law, which has gained steam in the past...
Brooks endorses Moore in AL Senate race

Brooks endorses Moore in AL Senate race

U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks (R) finished a distant third in Alabama’s recent Senate primary behind Luther Strange and Roy Moore, but his endorsement was eagerly sought by both remaining candidates as they looked for any edge in what looks to be a tight runoff. Well the wait is over as last week Brooks emphatically endorsed Judge Moore. Said Brooks on his decision, “The Senate race comes down to this: we are in an epic battle between the people of Alabama who put America first and the Washington swamp that hopes to buy Alabama’s Senate seat and put America second.  I have voted for Roy Moore because Roy Moore not only stands with America, he will fight for America!” The ‘Alabama vs. Washington’ refrain has been a common one in the race, which is ironic because Strange is supported by President Donald Trump, who swept into the Oval Office on a similar message of “draining the swamp.”  Trump is expected to campaign for Strange at some point before election day....

Around the South for Sep. 19: FL, SC & VA

  Florida: Putnam, Graham lead fundraising. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam (R) raised $314,000 for his gubernatorial bid in the month of August and a related PAC supporting him raised $727,000. On the Democratic side, former US Rep. Gwen Graham raised $242,000 in August, while an allied committee raised $120,000. Another Republican, House Speaker Richard Corcoran, though unannounced, has an allied PAC that brought in $1,088,000 in August. State Sen. Jack Latvala (R) did not announce until August, but an allied committee raised $272,000 in August ……. South Carolina: SCANA, a power company headquartered in Cayce, SC, undertook to build two nuclear reactors in Fairfield County, a project that went bankrupt, leaving a half-built facility and no clear path to finish it. The State newspaper reports that SCANA has given some $1.25 million in contributions to lawmakers since the year 2000. $90,000 recently went to 31 of the 32 legislators trying to figure out what happened to the failed project …….Virginia: Comstock bill on immigrant gang members passes House. The House last week passed a bill introduced by US Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) that would allow the federal government to deport or detain immigrants who are gang members. The measure was designed to combat the growing criminal activity of MS-13 in theWashington area...

Around the South for Sep. 18: AL, TX & FL

  Alabama: Trump to stump for Strange; Brooks is for Moore. President Trump announced that he will appear in Huntsville this Saturday night to boost the campaign of US Sen. Luther Strange (R). “’Big Luther’ is a great guy who gets things done!” tweeted Trump. Meanwhile, US Rep. ‘Mo” Brooks (R), who came in third in the primary, has endorsed former state Chief Justice Roy Moore (R). Two recent polls – both paid for by groups favorable to Strange – showed a close race, with a slim 2- to 4- point lead for Moore; two earlier polls showed Moore with a big lead ……. Florida: Rubio urges expulsion of Cuban diplomats. US Sen. Marco Rubio (R), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to expel Cuban diplomats from the US in retaliation for the acoustic attacks on more than 20 Americans at the US Embassy in Havana. He also urged Tillerson to consider closing the US Embassy in Havana. Four other Republican senators co-signed the letter: Burr (NC), Cornyn (TX), Cotton (AR) and Lankford (OK) ……. Texas: George P. Bush to head post-Harvey housing recovery. Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush (R) will oversee the dispersal of $7.4 billion to repair infrastructure and to expedite payments to homeowners to make their own repairs. George P. Bush is the son of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), the nephew of ex-President George W. Bush and the grandson of President George H. W. Bush. 2020? 2024? 2028?...