Around the South for Jan. 27: FL, NC & TN

Florida: Scott catches flak over law enforcement allegations. After Gov. Rick Scott (R) removed state law enforcement commissioner Gerald Bailey from office, Bailey launched a series of charges at the governor, alleging that he and his office meddled in criminal investigations. Now a Floridian has filed a formal complaint with the FBI. Scott called Bailey’s accusations “false” and “petty,” reports the Miami Herald ……. North Carolina: Tillis, Burr promote offshore oil exploration. US Sens. Thom Tillis (R) and Richard Burr (R) have introduced an amendment to the Keystone pipeline bill that instructs the Interior Department to implement a five-year offshore leasing program for the Mid-Atlantic region. Under the amendment, Tillis’s office reported in a statement, the state would receive 37.5% of revenues collected from the offshore operations ……. Tennessee: Alexander acts on two big issues. US Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) is sponsoring a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act provision that requires people to buy health insurance, saying in a statement, “We need to focus on making health care plans affordable to Americans.” And at his first hearing as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Alexander also questioned the wisdom of the “No Child Left Behind” program that requires states to administer 17 standardized tests annually, reports the Chattanooga Times-Free Press …….