Around the South for Jan. 12: DC, FL & NC

Washington: Post says build wall, save DACA. The vociferously liberal and anti-Trump Washington Post, now owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, published a lead editorial Thursday urging Congress to go ahead and accept President Trump’s offer to protect “dreamers,” immigrants who were brought here illegally as children by their parents. The Post notes that “In 206, many prominent Democrats, including then-Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, voted for 700 miles of fencing at the southwest frontier.” ……. Florida: Putnam, DeSantis lead in Chamber poll. In a survey of likely voters taken this month by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, among Republicans, state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam led with 23%, followed by US Rep. Ron DeSantis with 18%, with 50% undecided. House Speaker Richard Corcoran (R), who is expected to announce soon, was not included in the poll. In a Chamber poll last September, Putnam had 23%, DeSantis 9%. For the Democrats, Gwen Graham led with 14%, followed by former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine at 7%, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum 6% and businessman Chris King 1% ……. North Carolina: GOP to appeal congressional map ruling. After a 3-judge federal panel ruled that the Tar Heel legislature gerrymandered congressional district boundaries for partisan gain, Republican Party leaders in Raleigh vowed to appeal to ruling to the US Supreme Court. This was the first time in history partisan considerations have been cited as a reason for the unconstitutionality of districts, says the Washington Post; moreover, the high court has been reluctant to get involved in gerrymander cases in an election year. Stay tuned! …….