Around the South for May 2: AL, NC & TN


Alabama: NRSC bars challengers’ consultants. The National Republican Senatorial Committee will not do business with any political consultants who work for the challengers to US Sen. Luther Strange (R), a long-standing policy a spokeswoman told Politico. Strange, who was appointed to a vacancy by former Gov. Robert Bentley (R), has three GOP foes in a special election later this year: State Rep. Ed Henry, former state Chief Justice Roy Moore and Christian Coalition president Randy Brinson …….North Carolina: Trump picks Long to head FEMA. President Donald Trump has nominated Brock Long, a resident of Hickory, to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Long, who will take office upon confirmation by the Senate, has worked for the agency previously, reports the Hickory Record ……. Tennessee: Haslam proposes more transportation funding. Gov. Bill Haslam (R) has proposed that the legislature put an additional $55 million into the state’s IMPROVE program, which will cover some 962 road and bridge projects. This will be in addition to monies already provided by a 6-cents a gallon gasoline tax, reports The