Around the South for Jul. 7: NC, FL & TX


North Carolina: Budget has plusses, minuses for Cooper. The first budget under Gov. Roy Cooper’s (D) administration left many of his campaign promises in the lurch, but he did get teacher pay hikes on track to meet the national average, says the News & Observer’s PolitiFact North Carolina. Other programs in the $23 billion budget included grants for business startups in rural areas, raises for state employees, and reductions in income taxes for rich and poor ……. Florida: Morgan sues for smokeable pot. Prominent trial lawyer John Morgan, a potential gubernatorial candidate, has sued the State of Florida to allow medical marijuana to be smoked as well as ingested in other forms, reports Sunshine State News. “Inhalation is a medically effective and efficient way to deliver Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabinoids, to the bloodstream,” Morgan wrote in his complaint ……. Texas: DOJ supports voter ID law. In a reversal of policy over the last six years, the US Department of Justice said that new voter ID legislation passed by the Texas legislature this year removed any discriminatory effects. Liberals, such as the Lone Star Project’s Matt Angle, took exception to the ruling: “[T]he Trump/Sessions DOJ is the first (DOJ) to overtly attack and attempt to dismantle the Voting Rights Act.” …….