Around the South for Jan. 20: AR, FL & NC

Arkansas: Cotton on TV’s go-to list. US Sen. Tom Cotton (R), one of the Senate’s major hawks on foreign and defense policy, often gets called on by television news shows to comment on happenings in the Middle East and Europe, and terror-related events here at home. Cotton is a Harvard graduate, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and member of both the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Select Committee on Intelligence. He appears “routinely” on Wolf Blitzer’s “Situation Room,” notes ArkansasOnline ……. Florida: Wilson on Real Housewives cameo. Flamboyant (sequined cowboy hats) and outspoken US Rep. Frederica Wilson (D) was filmed in her office supporting the Real Housewives of Atlanta’s project to mentor African-American boys in Georgia. The project will be based on Wilson’s 5000 Role Models of Excellence, which she established in 1993, reports The Vine ……. North Carolina: Conservative PACs back Ellmers foe. The Eagle Forum PAC, founded by stalwart conservative Phyllis Schlafly and a fixture in the GOP’s right wing, has endorsed Jim Duncan, Chatham County (Raleigh) Republican chairman and the leading challenger of US Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) in the 2nd District (Pinehurst, etc.) in the March 15 primary. This is the fourth conservative group to endorse Duncan in recent weeks, reports the Centre Daily Times …….