Around the South for Dec. 19: AL, FL & LA


Alabama: Jones says Trump should not resign. “I don’t think the president ought to resign at this point,” US Sen.-elect Doug Jones (D) said on television Sunday. “We’ll see how things go, but certainly those allegations are not new, and he was elected with those allegations at front center.” He described his telephone conversation with President Trump as “very gracious.” When Jones was asked if he were progressive, conservative or liberal, he replied that he wants to be known as a “Doug Jones Democrat.” ……. Florida: Wasserman Schultz, Hastings on ethics violators’ list. US Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz  (D) was second on the list of the top five worst ethics violators compiled by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT). Her continuing to employ Imran Awan after he was barred from the House computer system got her on the list. Also in the top five was US Rep. Alcee Hastings (D), for paying “his longtime girlfriend” the maximum salary allowed by law, even though her job as deputy director of Hastings’ district office would not usually be paid at that rate, reported Sunshine State News. But FACT had no Republicans on its list, calling its bipartisanship into question ……. Louisiana: Kennedy sinks judicial nomination. US Sen. John N. Kennedy (R) asked judicial nominee Matthew Petersen a number of questions related to “basic litigation principles,” reported Roll Call, none of which he could answer. Petersen subsequently withdrew his nomination, but noted that the American Bar Association had unanimously rated him as qualified …….