Florida: Scarborough slams Trump big time. Former US Rep. Joe Scarborough (R), now a TV show host, penned an op-ed in the Washington Post that offered a scathing indictment of President Trump and his first year in office. Contending that 2017 was “mercifully drawing to a close,” Scarborough cited a litany of Trump’s bad behavior. Trump “savaged Mexicans, Muslims and Gold Star mothers;” engaged in “malignant idiocy in foreign affairs;” “is ripping apart the carefully woven fabric of US foreign policy;” is “undermining… democratic values;” etc., etc. Using the framework of Winston Churchill’s pre-WWII memoir, Scarborough wrote “a storm is gathering… how we respond in the months ahead may determine our fate for years to come.” Shelter in place? ……. Mississippi: Another GOP establishment vs. the hard right brewing. Righter-than-thou state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), who lost a bitter challenge to US Sen. Thad Cochran (R) in 2014, says he will announce this month whether he will mount a similar challenge to Trump-endorsed US Sen. Roger Wicker (R) this year, wait till 2019 and run for lieutenant governor, or wait and see if Cochran, 80 years old and ailing, will step down, thus creating an open US Senate seat. Stay tuned ……. North Carolina: Jones stays true to maverick role. US Rep. Walter Jones Jr. (R) was the only one of 291 Republicans in the House to vote against the tax reform bill, because it could add one or two trillion dollars to the US debt. “I guarantee you, if Mr. Obama was the president and put this tax bill in, those deficit hawks in my party would get out of the nests and start squawking,” Jones told the Washington Post …….