Around the South for Oct. 3: FL, LA & AL


Florida: Puerto Rican influx to aid Democrats? The widespread damage to the island territory’s infrastructure, especially its power grid, could lead to a substantial increase in Puerto Ricans moving to the United States, to Florida in particular, says Sunshine State News. In Puerto Rico’s primaries last year there were 58,000 Democrats to 37,000 Republicans. If Florida does get a major boost in its Puerto Rican population, if could potentially flip its legislature to the Democrats, as well as influence other elections ……. Louisiana: Scalise talks about shooting. In his first interview since he was gunned down by an unemployed man from Illinois, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise told CBS’s “Sixty Minutes” that his survival was “a miracle.” He said the killer “had a political agenda… It was a sick, twisted agenda.” He recalled that after he was shot, US Rep. Mike Conway (R-TX) sat by him and kept whispering, “Stevie, don’t worry. We’re gonna get you,” as they waited for a helicopter, reported the Washington Post ……. Alabama: GOP mostly mum on Moore. When the Washington Post asked US Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) about Roy Moore, Alabama’s likely new US Senator, he answered, “I don’t know him. I don’t know him.” Similarly, Trump’s press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dodged the question, saying she hadn’t taken “a deep dive” into Moore’s record. But US Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who supported Moore, said “I am certainly supporting him and happy to have him in the Senate.” Not quite. The General Election when Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones is on December 12 …….