Around the South for Jul. 10: SC, AR & TX

South Carolina: Voter info will go to Pence commission. Although state election officials declined to forward the information requested by President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, the federal panel will get the information after all. That’s because state law prohibits providing the information to anyone other than a South Carolina registered voter. So SC GOP chairman Drew McKissick promptly bought copies of the voter rolls and announced he would forward them to the Commission, all perfectly legal ……. Arkansas: Hutchinson announces anti-crime panel. Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) announced last week that the Little Rock Police Department, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, the Arkansas State Police, the Arkansas Department of Corrections and the FBI will all be represented on an investigative force on crime in Little Rock, which took center stage with the shooting of 24 people recently at a night club in the state Capital. The group will “share information and resources to identify and arrest violent criminals” in Little Rock, reports the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. ……. Texas: Cruz in compromiser role. Despite winning election in 2012 by promising to repeal Obamacare without compromising, US Sen. Ted Cruz (R), a potential presidential candidate, is now a member of a 12-Senator panel attempting to negotiate a repeal-and-replace bill that stands a chance of Senate passage. At least four of his colleagues described Cruz’s role as “constructive,” reports Roll Call, a far cry from his earlier reputation as an angry gadfly …….