Around the South for Apr. 18: TN, FL & NC

 

Tennessee: Gubernatorial fundraising off to good start. In the 1st Quarter, among Republican candidates for governor, former Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd raised the most money from contributions with $606,000; businessman Bill Lee raised $317,000 and presumed-frontrunner US Rep. Diane Black raised $294,000. In big additions, Boyd gave his campaign $2 million; Lee loaned his war chest $3 million; and Black donated $3 million to her effort, reports The Tennessee Journal ……. Florida: Trump courts Latinos. In the latest in a series of events to promote his tax cut package, President Trump addressed a crowd of South Floridians on Monday. The audience, reports the Washington Post, was “filled with dozens of the Americans of Cuban and Venezuelan decent.” The stage reflected the audience, with US Sen. Marco Rubio (R), US Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R), US Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and several prominent local Latino business leaders. Trump said, “For Hispanics, we have the lowest level [of unemployment] ever recorded. I’m really proud of it.” ……. North Carolina: Cooper boosts craft beer. Gov. Roy Cooper (D), mindful that the Tar Heel State’s breweries employ some 10,000 people in 250 locations, has declared April “North Carolina Beer Month,” reports WNCT – TV9. “Small is where new growth begins and not every industry pans out,” said Greenville Brewmaster Benjamin Self. “But I think it’s clear that craft beer is going to be a strong player.” ……