Around the South for Jan. 23: FL, NC & TN


Florida: Bondi wants more money to fight drug problem. State Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) last week termed Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) proposed $53 million to combat opioid addiction a “great start,” but also said, “We need much more money for treatment.” More than 5,700 people died from opioid overdoses in Florida in 2017, reported Sunshine State News ……. North Carolina: High court overrules lower court on redistricting. After a three-judge federal court ruled that the state’s congressional districts were unconstitutional because of partisan gerrymandering, the US Supreme Court last week ruled that the Tar Heel legislature does not have to redraw its district boundaries immediately. The Supreme Court has always been reluctant to interfere in state elections ……. Tennessee:Blackburn aide calls Bredesen campaign “serious.” Ward Baker, an advisor to US Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s (R) US Senate campaign, said that [former Governor Phil] “Bredesen is a serious candidate who has the potential to make Tennessee one of the most competitive Senate races in the country in 2018… We are going to work day in and day out to define Bredesen as a Schumer, Hillary Clinton Democrat who would not effectively represent Tennessee,” reports The Tennessee Journal …….