Around the South for August 30th: AL, FL, & TN

Alabama: Congressional delegation abandoning Sessions?  U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a legend in his home state of Alabama, but the former Senator, having drawn the ire of President Donald Trump for not shutting down the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, isn’t getting much help from his former allies.  As Trump has continued to berate the AG on Twitter and in interviews, only Rep. Gary Palmer has gone public in Sessions’ defense.  Florida: Trump takes aim at Gillum.  Merely hours after winning the Democratic primary for governor in Florida, Andrew Gillum woke up to some harsh criticism from a very major source.  President Donald Trump, a strong supporter of Rep. Ron DeSantis, the GOP candidate in the race, called Gillum a “failed Socialist Mayor,” and that he “has allowed crime & many other problems to flourish in his city.”  Expect this race to get major national attention as Gillum, a young black Progressive backed by Bernie Sanders, faces off with the brash, Trump-supported DeSantis.  Tennessee: Corker laments state of U.S.  U.S. Senator Bob Corker defended embattled U.S. AG Jeff Sessions in an interview this week, arguing that he should not be fired, and that if he is it would be “damaging to our justice system.”  Corker has long been a thorn in the side of President Trump, who has pushed to remove Sessions in recent weeks.