Around the South for August 2nd: NC, TX, & FL

North Carolina: Schools suing legislature.  More than 20 school districts are suing the state to get them to turn over some $730 million they were promised back in 2008 to upgrade technology for students.  The impetus will fall on the state legislature to determine how to come up with the money – or get out of owing it.  Texas: Senatorial candidates agree to debate series.  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and challenger Beto O’Rourke have agreed to a series of 5 debates ahead of the November election.  Some details are still being hammered out, but both candidates seem up to the challenge in what is possibly the most high profile race of the cycle.  Florida: Trump stumps for DeSantis.  President Donald Trump held a rally for Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL), currently in a gubernatorial primary with Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.  In a race that has drawn many similarities to the Georgia runoff, where Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle saw his lead collapse following Trump’s endorsement of Secretary of State Brian Kemp, DeSantis has erased a double-digit deficit and now seems primed to take the nomination.