Around the South for Feb. 20: FL, GA & NC

Florida: Scott, Scarborough clash over FBI. After Gov. Rick Scott (R) called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign, “Morning Joe” Scarborough, formerly a congressman from Florida’s 1st District, called on Scott to resign. Scarborough called Scott “one of the president’s lackies” and noted that not only did the FBI make a mistake, but so did a Florida social services agency which had twice visited shooter Nikolas Cruz and decided that “he was at low risk of harming himself or others.” ……. Georgia: Deal opposes in-state growing of marijuana. Acknowledging that the use of medical cannabis oil is legal in Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal (R) told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he opposes allowing some 3,500 Georgians who use marijuana for medical purposes to grow the product in the state. He says the current bill before the legislature does not have enough safeguards ……. North Carolina: Cooper reassures Amazon. In a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Gov. Roy Cooper (D) tried to assure him that the Tar Heel State would have a welcoming environment for the company’s second headquarters. “Like every family with an embarrassing uncle or two, we have a few politicians who want it to be 1957 instead (of) 2017,” Cooper wrote to Bezos last October. “But here in North Carolina you’ll find authentic people who respect others, who love our families, people who work hard and are loyal to the state in which we live.” Raleigh is a finalist for the Amazon site, reports the News & Observer …….