Around the South for Feb. 14: TN, VA & DC

Tennessee: Corker has mixed views on infrastructure. US Sen. Bob Corker (R), one of the Senate’s “go-to” guys on financial policy, said in a statement that his home state managed its infrastructure maintenance while remaining debt free. He added, however, “I am open to alternative proposals and applaud the administration for envisioning a new way to leverage many of our existing resources to spur further state infrastructure investment.” ……. Virginia: Northam meets Trump. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) last year called Donald Trump a “narcissistic maniac.” This week, however, Northam was one of eight governors who met with President Trump at the White House. Said Trump to Northam, reports the Washington Post, “I think you’re going to do a great job.” ……. Washington: The Hill lists 36 potential Democratic 2020 contenders. Six Southern Democrats were in the mix: Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates (GA); New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (La); former HUD Secretary Julian Castro (TX); Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (TX); US Sen. Tim Kaine (VA); and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe …….