Around the South for Jan. 7: TN, VA & NC

Tennessee: Corker addresses North Korea’s H-bomb test. US Sen. Bob Corker (R), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the North Korean nuclear test “troubling” and “disturbing.” In a statement, Corker said, “The past several decades of U.S. policy toward North Korea has been an abject failure, and the United States – together with our allies and others in the region – must take a more assertive role in addressing North Korea’s provocation.” ……. Virginia: McAuliffe believes Obama will visit Cuba. Noting that the recognition of the Cuban regime “is a major legacy” for President Obama, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) told an audience in Havana that “I believe the president should come and will come visit Cuba,” reports the Washington Post ….… North Carolina: Bond issue campaign begins. Some 450 political, business and civic leaders gathered at UNC State Tuesday to begin a campaign on behalf of a $2 billion bond issue for transportation and education, reported the News & Observer. Gov. Pat McCrory said, “We have a choice: Do we prepare for the future, or do we want the leaders of the future to react to what we didn’t do?” The referendum will be on the March 15 primary ballot …….