Around the South for Apr.10: FL, KY & TN


Florida: Scott makes it official. Proclaiming that “We have turned our state into a model for the rest of the nation,” Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced yesterday that he will run for the US Senate against incumbent Bill Nelson (D). The race is now a toss-up and likely to be one of the costliest contests in the nation. Scott has deep pockets and has shown a willingness to spend big. Nelson will have Democratic donors and PACS coughing up big time to keep the seat in Democratic hands to help them flip the Senate from Red to Blue. Stay tuned! ……. Kentucky: Bevin vetoes tax reform & budget. In a veto announcement yesterday, Gov. Matt Bevin (R) said, “The budget has hundreds of millions of dollars in spending that we really can’t afford …Sure, it feels good. Sure, it quiets people down. But the reality is the money’s not there and we’re kicking the can down the road,” reported the Courier-Journal. Critics (R) called the governor’s comments misguided. The legislature will meet again Friday and Saturday and can vote to override Bevins veto, if it chooses ……. Tennessee: Black, Dean lead in gubernatorial poll. An early March survey by the Save the Children Action Network showed US Rep. Diane Black with 25% in the Republican Primary, followed by businessman Randy Boyd with 20%, Bill Lee with 7% and state House Speaker Beth Harwell with 6%. For the Democrats, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean had 44% to state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh’s 11% …….