Around the South for Nov. 8: KY, AL & TN


Kentucky: Paul assailant could face felony charges. Rene Boucher, the next door neighbor of US Sen. Rand Paul (R) who knocked the lawmaker to the ground last weekend, was originally charged with a misdemeanor, but Paul’s injuries were more serious than initially thought. Paul suffered five rib fractures and three lung bruises. The severity of these injuries could persuade prosecutors to upgrade the charges, reports the Washington Post ……. Alabama: Jones dodges tricky questions. Would Democratic US Senate candidate Doug Jones support US Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY) as minority leader? “I’m going to make a judgment once I’m there.” Is Trump doing a good or bad job? “My view is going to be taking every issue step by step, because he is the president.” Thus Jones answered the Washington Post’s queries ……. Tennessee: Blackburn starts strong. In the Volunteer State’s 2018 Senate race, US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) showed strong leads over potential rivals Stephen Fincher (R), a former congressman, and Andy Ogles, former state director of Americans for Prosperity, according to private polls cited by The Tennessee Journal. Blackburn was a little over or under 50% in each of the three statewide surveys, while Fincher’s support ranged between 5% and 14% and Ogles averaged 4% …….