Around the South for Oct. 11: TX, SC & FL


Texas: Bannon after GOPers, but not Cruz. Steve Bannon, a former top White House aide to President Trump and now CEO of Briebart News, told Fox News that he is putting together a coalition to mount primary challenges to Republican establishment senators next year, reports the Dallas News. Bannon indicated the list would include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans, “except Ted Cruz.” ……. South Carolina: Utilities want to buy Santee Cooper. The state-owned Santee Cooper power company went bankrupt, with $4.3 billion in debt after failing to complete construction of two nuclear reactors. According to The State newspaper, one out-of-state utility has already submitted a proposal to buy some or all of Santee Cooper’s assets. In addition, three other companies have indicated they will submit offers, according to the governor’s office. All four of the potential buyers are Fortune Five Hundred companies ……. Florida: Spencer to speak at the U of FL. White supremacist Richard Spencer will speak at the University of Florida later this month. The University had tried to cancel his appearance, but according to the Washington Post, his supporters have threatened lawsuits against universities that try to keep him from speaking. The University of Florida will have to spend an estimated $500,000 for security to protect Spencer’s followers and protestors