Around the South for Dec. 29: GA, SC & AL


Georgia: Gingrich predicts GOP gains. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R), in a column for Fox News, wrote that “the size of the GOP victory in 2018 will be an enormous shock.” Why? “First, the media lied about the tax bill in an effort to convince most Americans their taxes would go up. Then, the media took surveys of people who opposed the GOP bill based on the false information supplied by the media… Then, the bill passed, and unsurprisingly, it turned out to be dramatically better for Americans than the elite media had described.” ……. South Carolina: Drug company raises wages. Citing the tax cuts in the newly enacted tax reform act, Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp. in Lexington County this week announced it was raising all employees’ salaries by 5%. The announcement was made to employees at a catered gathering also attended by Gov. Henry McMaster (R), US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) andUS Rep. Joe Wilson (R). When the pay-hike was announced by CEO Lou Kennedy, the employees “gave their boss a standing ovation,” reported The State ……. Alabama: Jones win certified. State officials declared Doug Jones (D) the winner of the hotly contested special election for the US Senate seat once held by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R). Roy Moore brought suit challenging the results, but a state judge denied Moore’s request to delay certification. Jones will be sworn into office on Jan. 3. Moore has still not conceded and will continue his legal challenge, contending the results were tainted by the heavy Democratic turnout in Birmingham …….