Around the South for Nov. 18: SC, FL & TX

South Carolina: Haley reverses course on refugees. Initially, Gov. Nikki Haley (R), herself the daughter of immigrants from India, said that Syrian refugees brought into thePalmetto State by the Lutherans or the World Relief Organization would be welcome. But in the face of criticism, she said she had conferred with “intelligence officials,” and decided that a “lack of historical and verifiable intelligence with many Syrian refugees” makes it difficult, if not impossible, to verify their backgrounds, reports She has since requested that the State Department not send any Syrian refugees to the state ……. Florida: Grayson hit on hedge funds. US Rep. Alan Grayson (D), an outspoken and often-controversial political figure who is running for the US Senate, is the subject of a complaint to the Office of Congressional Ethics centered on his management of three successful hedge funds he manages. While no specific wrong-doing has been alleged, there is no precedent for a member of congress engaging in such a business while in office, reports The Hill ……. Texas: Cruz snags King endorsement. Highly influential US Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a major figure among theBuckeye State’s religious conservatives, yesterday endorsed Ted Cruz for President. “He understands that we need to defeat Islamic jihad, the ideology of it, not just militarily, but the culture of it,” King said in a release …….