Around the South for Dec. 19: FL, OK & VA

Florida: Rubio blasts Obama on Cuba. US Sen. Marco Rubio (R) called the White House decision to extend diplomatic recognition to Cuba “just the latest in a long line of failed attempts by President Obama to appease rogue regimes.” In a column in Sunshine State News, Rubio said, “Cuba, like Syria, Iran, and Sudan, remains a state sponsor of terrorism,” and cited the Castro regime’s ties to North Korea ……. Oklahoma: Court upholds governor’s executive privilege. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Mary Fallin (R) acted within her legal authority when she withheld about 100 of 51,000 pages of material related to her “Obamacare” decisions, reports Executive privilege “is an inherent power of the governor,” said the Court ……. Virginia: McAuliffe proposes day care regulations. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has proposed that day care providers that receive public assistance be licensed and regulated. This could affect some 1,920 day care providers, so his budget will include $2.7 million for 28 additional state employees to handle the new requirements, reports McAuliffe’s proposal is in response to a fire that killed a child at in-home day care …….