Around the South for Feb. 26: TN, TX & FL

Tennessee: Corker slams US Syrian policy. “What we did wrong was we left a vacuum there for so long and left the Syrian opposition just hanging,” US Sen. Bob Corker (R), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on “Morning Joe” yesterday. He added that Russia’s Vladimir Putin is unlikely to stop military operations in Syria, despite any ceasefire, until the Assad regime has regained territory now controlled by rebels ……. Texas: Court dismisses case against Perry. An annoying felony indictment against former governor Rick Perry (R) was dismissed in a 6-2 decision by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Perry had been charged with illegally vetoing funds for the Travis County DA who had been convicted on a highly publicized drunk driving charge ……. Florida: Senate race expands. Millionaire homebuilder Carlos Beruff has entered the Republican contest to fill the vacancy left by Marco Rubio’s decision to seek the presidency. Beruff, son of Cuban refugees, pulled himself up by his bootstraps to business and civic prominence and is a close ally of Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) …….