Around the South for Dec. 12: TN, TX & FL


Tennessee: Corker had poor poll numbers. A Mason-Dixon poll in mid-November showed 55% of Tennessee Republicans disapprove of US Sen. Bob Corker (R), while 36% approve. Among all voters, it’s 48% disapprove to 40% approve. Among Democrats, surprisingly, Corker is above water, with 49% positive to 41% negative ……. Texas: More inquiry into Farenthold. The House Ethics Investigative Subcommittee announced last week that it is establishing a subcommittee specifically to investigate charges of sexual misconduct against US Rep. Blake Farenthold (R). So far, the subcommittee has reviewed some 200,000 pages of evidence and interviewed multiple witnesses, reports Roll Call ……. Florida: House spent $220,000 for Hastings sexual harassment suit. US Rep. Alcee Hastings (D) is “outraged” by a settlement of a sexual misconduct suit against him, contending he was unaware of it until last week. A federal judge had dismissed the charges against the congressman, but the Helsinki Commission that Hastings chaired had not dismissed the charges, reports Roll Call …….