Around the South for Jul. 28: SC, KY & GA


South Carolina: Graham backs Sessions. US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) told CNN that there would be “holy hell to pay” if President Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R-AL), reported Roll Call. “This effort to basically marginalize and humiliate the attorney general is not going over well in the Senate” or in the “conservative world.” Graham also said that if Trump fired special counsel Robert Mueller, it could be the “beginning of the end of the Trump presidency, unless Mueller did something wrong.” ……. Kentucky: Ethics complaint against Bevin dismissed. The Executive Branch Ethics Commission unanimously dismissed two complaints alleging that Gov. Matt Bevin (R) bought a house for less than its value from a donor to his campaign whom Bevin has also appointed to a state board. “Nothing in the Ethics Code prohibits two public servants from engaging in a financial transaction or giving each other gifts,” said the executive director of the Ethics Commission ……. Georgia: Deal appointed top aide’s wife to board. Gov. Nathan Deal (R) has appointed Bambi Riley, wife of Chris Riley, his longtime chief of staff, to the Department of Labor’s board of review. The board meets as needed to consider appeals over unemployment benefits. The position pays $42,000 a year. Bambi Riley has a background in real estate. In addition, Deal appointed former Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons III and Atlanta civil rights leader Xernona Clayton Brady to the board, reports the Atlanta Journal & Constitution …….