Around the South for Dec. 21: KY, SC & FL


Kentucky: McConnell repeats opposition to select Putin committee. US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell yesterday reiterated his opposition to creating a special bipartisan committee to investigate whether Russian President Vladimir Putin interfered in the US election on behalf of Donald Trump. In an interview with Kentucky’s public television, McConnell said if the Russians did try to help Trump, “[T]hey made a bad investment,” citing “Gen. Mattis for Defense, Mike Pompeo, an intelligence expert, No. 1 in his class at the academy [West Point], to head the CIA.” ……. South Carolina: Scott, Sessions meet in Charleston. US Sen. Tim Scott (R) and US Sen,/Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions (R-AL) met with a group of judges, ministers, North Charleston city council members and a rehabilitation expert last week to discuss the case of former police office Michael Slager who killed black motorist Walter Scott. A federal jury deadlocked 11 to 1 in favor of conviction. Sessions would not say whether he favored re-trying the case, reports the Post & Courier, but the Rev. Dexter Easley, who was present, said “He was very attentive and interested, and I was impressed. And I would say if I wasn’t.” ……. Florida: Voters optimistic. For the first time since the economy crashed in 2007, a majority of Sunshine State voters are more optimistic (52%) than pessimistic (27%) about the state’s future, according to a Florida Chamber of Commerce survey, reports Sunshine State News. Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) approval rating is 44%, his unfavorable rating is 42%, a repeat of previous polls, but for the first time, President-elect Donald Trump has a positive rating, 46% to 44% negative …….