Around the South for Jan. 19: SC, FL & AL

South Carolina: Clyburn reads poem omitted from Haley inauguration. Marjory Wentworth, the Palmetto State’s poet laureate, was not asked to participate, as she has in the past, in the inauguration of Gov. Nikki Haley (R). Officials said it was a matter of a crowded schedule; Wentworth says the poem’s focus on slavery and racism was the problem. In response, Democratic leader James Clyburn (D-SC) read the poem, “One River, One Boat,” into the Congressional Record. After referring to “100,000 Africans” imprisoned while they awaited the auction block, the poem says “haunted by our past, conflicted about the future; at the heart of it, we are at war with ourselves.” ……. Florida: Curbelo to give GOP’s Spanish response to State of Union. US Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R), who represents the Miami district, will deliver the Republicans’ Spanish-language response to President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, Democrats are taking aim at the freshman lawmaker and are encouraging Annette Taddeo, Charlie Crist’s running mate in last year’s gubernatorial election, to oppose Curbelo. Taddeo, says the Miami Herald, met last week with officials at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about a possible 2016 run ……. Alabama: Sessions says Senate should approve House immigration legislation.  US Sen. Jeff Sessions (R), long a proponent of stricter policies on illegal aliens, last week called on the Democrats in the Senate to join in approving House-passed legislation reversing President Obama’s executive actions allowing more immigrants to avoid deportation, reports Calling the upcoming vote “one of the most important constitutional votes” to come before the Senate, Sessions urged Democrats to represent their constituents, not their party leadership …….