Around the South for March 28th: TX, KY, & NC

Texas: Harris stumps.  There may already be two Texans running in the Democratic presidential primary, but that hasn’t stopped one top candidate from courting voters in the Lone Star State.  Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) swung through Texas on a campaign trip this week, drawing a crowd of nearly 2,500 at a stop at Texas Southern University.  The senator is looking to position herself as a frontrunner amidst a very crowded field.  Kentucky: Barr invites AOC “underground.”  U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) this week, when commenting on the controversial “Green New Deal” plan pushed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) threw out an invitation to the freshman lawmaker to come tour parts of Kentucky struggling alongside the coal industry.  Perhaps to his surprise, Ocasio-Cortez quickly accepted, saying that part of  her plan was to fully fund the pensions of coal miners.  Barr’s staff said they are working out an official trip some time this spring.  North Carolina: Abortion law struck down.  A state law passed in 2015 that banned abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy has been ruled as unconstitutional by a federal court.  State lawmakers now have 60 days to either write a new abortion law or appeal the ruling.