Around the South for Jan. 26: AL, AR & FL

Alabama: Roby vs. Gerritson. Becky Gerritson, founder of the Wetumpka Tea Party, who testified before a congressional committee when the organization was investigated by the IRS, is challenging three-term US Rep. Martha Roby (R) in the March 1 Republican Primary. Gerritson, who co-chairs Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign in the state, has been endorsed by Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum and hopes to benefit from a large turnout of hardcore conservatives. In Roby’s favor, the endorsement of US Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) as well as the support of a number of the mayors in the 2nd District (Montgomery, etc.), reports Yellowhammer News ……. Arkansas: Hutchinsonannounces new jobs for state. While visiting the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) announced that two ammunition manufacturers are bringing new jobs to Arkansas. Remington Outdoor Company is adding 84 new jobs at its existing plant, while SIG Sauer is locating a facility in the state providing 50 jobs, reports The Daily Journal ……. Florida: Jolly would bar fundraising while in office. US Rep. David Jolly (R), who is running for the US Senate, has introduced “The STOP Act” that would outlaw campaign fundraising by federal elected officials while they are in office. Fellow US Rep. John Mica (R-FL) has endorsed “STOP,” but US Rep. Ron DeSantis (R), who is also seeking the Senate seat, has declined to get on board …….