Around the South for March 16th: TX, NC & FL

Texas: Abbott responds to Obama on voter fraud. After President Obama criticized new photo ID requirements in the Lone Star State, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said, “What I find is that leaders of the other party are against efforts to crack down on voter fraud,” reports The Texas Tribune. He noted that voter fraud is “rampant” in Texas ……. North Carolina: Sheriff absolves Trump of charges. After probing an incident in which a 78-year old Donald Trump supporter hit a protester at a rally in Fayetteville, some questioned whether Trump’s rhetoric caused the altercation. However, the CumberlandCounty sheriff’s office said that Trump’s words did “not meet the requisites of the law” regarding riots, reports Raleigh’s News & Observer ……. Florida: Mica’s expenses questioned. Democrats are questioning whether 12-term US Rep. John Mica (FL) has misspent campaign contributions. Mica has spent some $230,000 on “meals with constituents,” reports The Hill. Mica says he has always complied with House …….