Around the South for Jun18: SC, KY & FL


South Carolina: Gowdy threatens FBI, DOJ. US Rep. Trey Gowdy (R), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Sunday threatened to hold in contempt of Congress officials at both the FBI and the Department of Justice for their failure to provide documents about the handling of Hillary Clinton’s email problem, the firing of Andrew McCabe and surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016, reports HUFFPOST. The agencies claim the documents need further review before they can be released ……. Kentucky: Paul’s assailant sentenced. A federal judge on Friday sentenced Dr. Rene Boucher to 30 days in jail, a fine of $10,000, 100 hours of community service and a year of supervised release, reported the Bowling Green Daily News. Boucher pled guilty to assaulting a member of Congress, US Sen. Rand Paul (R), his next-door neighbor, tackling him and breaking six of the lawmaker’s ribs. Boucher told the court, “What I did was wrong and I’m sincerely sorry for what I did.” ……. Florida: Democratic and Republican shares of electorate shrink. An in-depth article in the Sayfie Review by University of South Florida Distinguished University Professor Emerita Susan MacManus, a long-time analyst of Sunshine State politics, notes there has been a steady decline in the percentage of voters who register as either Democrats or Republicans. As of May 2018, Democrats accounted for 37% of registrants, Republicans for 35%, and no party/minor parties a new high of 28%. African Americans and women predominate in the Democratic Party, while women just edge out men in the GOP, 50% to 49% …….