Around the South for Dec. 17: TN, VA & AR

Tennessee: Corker likes rate hike. U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R), a member of the Senate Banking Committee and often the GOP’s “go-to” guy on economic policy, said yesterday, “I am pleased with today’s announcement that the Fed has begun to normalize interest rates. It is my hope this decision, like every FOMC decision, was made based on the data. A truly independent central bank is critical to maintaining long-run price stability.” ……. Virginia: Kaine frustrated by lack of ISIS war vote. “The British Parliament, the French National Assembly, the German Bundesrat and even the Duma in Russia, for God’s sake, are having a debate and having a vote,” US Sen. Tim Kaine (D) told the Washington Post. “The spotlight is getting bigger and bigger on congressional inaction and indifference.” ……. Arkansas: Hutchinson wants Mansion security update. Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) has requested that the Legislative Council spend $500,000 from the state’s rainy day fund to improve security at the Governor’s Mansion, reports the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Officials said the current system, installed in 2003, is outdated …….