Around the South for May 28: TN, SC & VA

Tennessee: Haslam cool to new immigration law, but … Gov. Bill Haslam (R) allowed the Republican legislature’s bill requiring state and local law enforcement to aid federal authorities in detaining illegal immigrants to become law without his signature. He said it is “time to move on and focus on things that are real issues.” However, the leading candidates in the GOP primary for governor aren’t moving on, reports the Tennessee Journal, and continue to run TV ads on the subject ……. South Carolina: Wilkins’ contributed to McMaster. David Wilkins, former ambassador to Canada, former speaker of the state House of Representatives, and current chairman of the Clemson University board of trustees, last year contributed $3,500, the maximum allowed, to the reelection campaign of Gov. Henry McMaster (R). However, Wilkins’ nephew, Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins, is now the running mate for Catherine Templeton, McMaster’s chief rival in the Republican Primary, reports the Anderson Independent Mail. Said the younger Wilkins, “He gave that money long before I was even a consideration for this campaign… I’m sure he’ll want his nephew to do the best that he can in everything he does.” ……. Virginia: 10th District Democrats debate. Six candidates vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge US Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) appeared Saturday at a debate sponsored by the Fairfax NAACP. The contenders focused on racial concerns, assistance for the elderly and low-income residents, and decriminalization of marijuana. Comstock was campaigning elsewhere in the district, but her primary challenger from the right, former fighter pilot Shak Hill, “provided a conservative counterpoint,” reported the Washington Post …….