Around the South for July 10th: FL, LA, & SC

Florida: Scott raises over $10.7 million.  Republican Governor Rick Scott is challenging 3 term Democrat incumbent Senator Bill Nelson in the November general election. Scott has received donations from over 11,000 people, with 75% of the donations equaling less than $500. Scott has not donated any of his own money like he has been known to do in the past after $75 million in 2010, and $12 million in 2014 respectively in his successful tries for governor.  Louisiana: Criminal justice reform a success.  Governor John Bel Edwards has announced that the state’s new criminal justice overhaul has saved the state $12.2 million, more than twice of what experts predicted. 70% of the money saved according to state law must be used on education, inmate re-entry, life skills, drug treatment, and other programs aimed at keeping people out of prison.  South Carolina: Confederate flag back at Capitol.  The South Carolina secessionist party will raise the Confederate Battle Flag on temporary pole outside of the state house today where it flew for 15 years. The ceremony marks the 3 year anniversary of the flag being permanently removed after the shooting massacre at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston.