Around the South for Feb. 8: FL, KY & VA


Florida: Putnam, Graham lead in primary polls. According to a pair of voter surveys by Mason-Dixon released this week, state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam takes first place among Republicans in the gubernatorial sweepstakes. Putnam had 27%, followed by US Rep. Ron DeSantis with 23%. State House Speaker Richard Corcoran, not yet an official candidate, had 7%. Among Democrats, former US Rep. Gwen Graham was first with 20%, followed by 17% for former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine. In third place was Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum with 10% and in last place, Orlando businessman Chris King at 4% ……. Kentucky: McConnell forecasts free-flowing immigration debate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) told a reporter that he couldn’t be specific about a DACA bill’s provisions “because there’s no specific plan here.” He added, “The Senate is going to work its will, and I hope that we will end up passing something,” reports Roll Call ……. Virginia: Comstock contradicts Trump on shutdown. At a White House meeting to discuss the President Trump’s support for a government shutdown if immigration isn’t curtailed, US Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) told the president, “We don’t need a government shutdown… both sides have learned that a government shutdown was bad; it wasn’t good for them,”  reported the Washington Post …….