Around the South for Nov. 21: AL, TN & VA


Alabama: Sessions faces major battle. US Sen. Jeff Sessions (R), nominated by President-elect Donald Trump for attorney general, is likely to win confirmation by the US Senate, but not without a difficult fight with Democrats. Sessions’ nomination offends two important segments of the Democratic base: Latinos oppose him for his strong anti-illegal immigrant stance and African-American groups are antagonized by controversial statements he allegedly made in Alabama in the early 1980s …….Tennessee: Haslam comes around. Speaking at the Republican Governors Association meeting last week, Gov. Bill Haslam (R), who kept his distance from Trump during the presidential campaign, said, “Each one of us as governors, even those who maybe weren’t, you know, leading the cheers for a president like Trump – all of us realize that we’re in a better place as governors with Trump being president than we would have been with Hillary.” ……. Virginia: Kaine makes plans. In an interview with the Washington Post, US Sen. – and ex-veep nominee – Tim Kaine (D) said that he does not plan to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, but he will run for reelection to the Senate in 2018. He commented that since the election, his job as a senator “in some ways may have gotten more important.” …….