Around the South for Sep. 11: FL, AL & VA

Florida: Scott takes own advice. Gov. Rick Scott (R) told fellow Floridians, “You need to leave — not tonight, not in an hour, right now… This is the most catastrophic storm the state has ever seen.” And he’s doing as he says, moving his family from their palatial beach-front home in Naples, where he often spend weekends, to the governor’s mansion in much safer Tallahassee, reports the Miami Herald ……. Alabama: Gillespie denounces alt-right protesters. “They are not on any legitimate political spectrum of left or right,” Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie said when asked a question about the alt-right protesters at Charlottesville at an NAACP meeting in Richmond. Meanwhile, Americans for Prosperity, the conservative group financed by Charles Koch and David Koch, described at “billionaire industrialists” by the Washington Post, is financing a three-week run of radio commercials, to the tune of $1 million to $2 million, attacking Gillespie’s opponent, Democrat Ralph Northam ……. Alabama: Sessions sides with baker over same-sex couple. The Justice Department, under former Alabama Sen., now US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions (R), filed a brief with the US Supreme Court on behalf of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The Justice Department  contended that forcing the baker to make the cake “violates his sincerely held religious beliefs [and] invades his First Amendment rights.” …….