Around the South for Dec. 19: SC, NC & FL


South Carolina: Trump taps Mulvaney for OMB. President-elect Donald Trump announced Saturday that he has chosen US Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R) as the next director of the Office of Management and Budget, a pivotal post for curbing federal spending. “He’s slash and burn,” a conservative insider tells SPR, and will be “something else” in that job ……. North Carolina: Uproar over GOP “power-grab.” Tar Heel Democrats and liberals across the country are going ballistic over the Republican legislature’s action to curb the powers of incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, but GOPers are fighting back, contending Democrats had used it in the past ……. Florida: Rubio gets pro-Tillerson pressure. High-powered foreign policy gurus in the Republican Party have been contacting US Sen. Marco Rubio (R) to express support for Rex Tillerson, Trump’s choice for secretary of State, among them Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and Bob Gates. Rubio had expressed doubts about Tillerson’s ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin …….