Around the South for Oct. 25: SC, FL & TX


South Carolina: GOP consultant indicted. Richard Quinn, the leading Republican political consultant in South Carolina, has been indicted on charges of criminal conspiracy and illegal lobbying. Quinn’s clients have included, among others, US Sens. John McCain (AZ) and Lindsey Graham (SC). Quinn’s indictment follows a series of indictments of legislative leaders in the state ……. Florida: Nelson, Scott neck and neck. It’s 37% for US Sen. Bill Nelson (D) to Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) 36%, says a new poll by the University of North Florida. In UNF’s poll in February, it was 44% for Nelson to 38% for Scott. The polls are based on a likely Scott challenge to Nelson in 2018 …….  Texas: Voters favor Confederate monuments. A University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll found that 56% of voters would either leave Confederate monuments where they are or leave them in place with historical context added; 38% would either move them to museums or remove them. UT government professor Daron Shaw said support for the memorials “is partly a function of genuine support for the existence and purpose of the monuments and partly a function of resistance to what they view as overly intrusive political correctness.” …….