Around the South for Dec. 18: FL, VA & AL


Florida: Tea Party vs. Establishment. In next year’s Republican Primary race for the US Senate nomination, US Rep. Ron DeSantis is the favorite of the right wing, with endorsements from Club for Growth, the Tea Party Express, and the Senate Conservatives Fund, among others. Meanwhile, US Rep. David Jolly and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera are battling for the backing of the GOP’s centrist conservatives, reports The Hill ……. Virginia: McAuliffe boosts education. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has proposed an extra $1 billion for the state’s schools, including $139.1 million to add 2,500 new teachers, one for each district, reports the Washington Post ……. Alabama: Divorce surprised Bentley. In an interview with the Daily Record, Gov. Robert Bentley (R) said he did not know his wife was filing for divorce last summer until after the papers were filed. Moreover, she almost didn’t attend his second inauguration in January …….