Around the South for Jul. 5: TX, NC & FL


Texas: Voter registration up. Large urban counties, especially those with large Latino populations, have experienced a significant increase in voter registration, reports the San Antonio Express News. Bexar County (San Antonio) has registered 80,000 more than in 2012 and Harris County (Houston) has added 150,000 in the same period …….North Carolina: Clinton, Trump holding same-day rallies. Today Hillary Clinton, accompanied by President Obama, will hold a rally in Charlotte. Later this evening, Donald Trump will address a rally in Raleigh. The dueling rallies “are the surest sign yet that both sides in the presidential race consider North Carolina a major battleground state,” reports the News & Observer ……. Florida: Rubio visits algae-plagued area. On a visit last Friday to the Treasure Coast (Palm Beach, etc.) to view the damage caused by the algae bloom, US Sen. Marco Rubio said, “This is a catastrophic situation,” and bemoaned “the impact this is going to have on tourism,” property values and small businesses, reported Sunshine State News …….