Around the South for Apr. 19: FL, TN & V

Florida: Nelson wins on offshore drilling. US Sen. Bill Nelson (D), a longtime foe of drilling for oil off the Sunshine State’s tourist-heavy coastline, last week lifted a hold on the energy bill after US Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) withdrew an amendment which would have encouraged offshore drilling, reports “We had another small victory today in our ongoing fight to keep oil rigs away from Florida’s coast,” Nelson said in a release …….
Tennessee: Corker says world needs US. “The world is in need of US leadership and clarity probably more so than at any time in modern history, and right now we’re not seeing that,” US Sen. Bob Corker (R), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said last week in a speech reported by Newsmax. “I’m referring to what’s happening in the presidential race. Really, people [are] not getting any strong signals about where this nation will be” after the election …….

Virginia: Warner supports medical marijuana bill. US Sen. Mark Warner (D) is cosponsoring the Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act, a proposal that would exempt certain medical marijuana substances from a federal ban, reports WVIR. Warner said that he hopes “Virginia and the nation will move forward to make sure parents can get access to this drug, because it works for these kids.” …….