Around the South for Jan. 4: AL, FL & VA


Alabama: NAACP occupies Sessions’ office. Leaders of the nation’s most influential civil rights organization occupied the Mobile office of US Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) to protest his nomination as President-elect Donald Trump’s US Attorney General. Emphasizing that their objective was to stop Session’s nomination, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks tweeted that the protesters would stay “until he withdraws as AG nominee or we’re arrested.” ……. Virginia: Riggleman enters governor’s race.Charlottesville distillery owner Denver Riggleman last week registered his gubernatorial candidacy with the state Board of Elections, becoming the fourth contender in this year’s race for governor of Virginia. Noting that he took inspiration from US Rep. David Brat’s (R) upset primary victory in 2014, Riggleman told the Washington Post that he is unhappy with taxes and government regulations. He also said he will not oppose same-sex marriage, but disagrees with Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) enfranchisement of felons ……. Florida: Crist for governor, again? Writing in Sunshine State News, political writer Nancy Smith opined that freshman US Rep. Charlie Crist (D), who has scheduled two fundraisers in Florida later this month, may be interested in another race for governor in 2018. According to Smith, Crist has been asking one donor, who has given to Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam (R), to switch his support to Crist. Stay tuned …….