Around the South for May 5: FL, GA & VA


Florida: Scott woos California employers. He’s catching a lot of flak from some Golden Staters, but Sunshine State Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) is on a three-day trip to California, where the minimum wage is to be raised to $15 an hour, to lure its job-providers to the Gulf Coast. “My goal,” said Scott in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, “is to get individuals and companies to move to Florida. By raising the minimum wage inCalifornia, 700,000 people are going to lose there jobs. There are a lot of opportunities for companies to prosper in Florida.” ……. Georgia: Deal vetoes “campus carry.” Gov. Nathan Deal (R) this week vetoed a bill that would legalize firearms at public colleges in the state, reports the Atlanta Journal & Constitution. “If the intent of HB 859 is to increase safety of students on college campuses,” Deal said in his veto message, “it is highly questionable that such would be the result.” ……. Virginia: Cruz backers kept Gilmore off convention delegation. Although he is a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, as well as a former governor, state attorney general and presidential candidate, Jim Gilmore was denied a seat on the state’s delegation to the GOP convention in Cleveland. Gilmore attributed it to “strong-arm tactics,” reported the Washington Post, by supporters of then-presidential candidate Ted Cruz …….