Around the South for August 13th: GA, TX, & TN

Georgia: Deal, Trump talk criminal justice reform.  GA Gov. Nathan Deal met with President Donald Trump and White House officials last week to discuss criminal justice reform, including the successes and results of initiatives implemented in Georgia, which have been a hallmark of Deal’s time in office.  Texas: Cruz asks Trump for help.  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is in a tougher-than-expected battle for re-election against Democrat Beto O’Rourke, with polls showing a tightening race.  Cruz is appealing to President Donald Trump for help in the race, in a state where he remains very popular.  The pair have had a testy relationship dating back to the debates when both were running for President in 2016, but tensions have cooled in recent years.  Tennessee: Cohen under fire for Trump remarks.  Democratic nominee for Senate Steve Cohen is taking heat for comments he made regarding the president and Republican opponent Marsha Blackburn.  Cohen said that Blackburn would likely jump off a bridge if Trump told her to, and that “I wish he’d say that.”  Republicans jumped on the comments immediately, while Cohen has apologized saying the quotes were meant in jest.