Around the South for November 26, 2014 – MS, NC, & FL

Mississippi: Bryant proposes scholarships. Gov. Phil Bryant (R) announced his 2016 budget recommendations, which included $3 million to pay for community college scholarships for students who earn a high school technical diploma and have a C average or above. When recruiting new industries, Bryant said, “Today the first question is, ‘Where is your workforce? … I believe that workforce training should follow them into community college and I believe we should pay for it,” reported gulflive.com.

North Carolina: Outside spending grows. The amount of money spent on campaigns in the Tar Heel State continues to increase, hitting a record $9 million in 2014, reports Facing South. This year, $4,683,000 went to statewide Democratic campaigns in North Carolina, $4,429,129 to Republican campaigns.

Florida: Bush, Clinton early favorites. A newly released presidential preference poll by Gravis Marketing showed that Sunshine State Republicans favor their former governor, Jeb Bush, for the GOP nominee in 2016. Bush had 33%, followed by US Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) with 14%, and US Sens. Ted Cruz (TX) and Rand Paul (KY) with 11% each. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton led with 51%, with US Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) at 18%, and Vice President Joe Biden 12%.