Around the South for Aug. 6: AR, VA & FL

Arkansas: Hutchinson halts Medicaid cancellations. Responding to what Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) termed “anecdotal” evidence that some Medicaid recipients had their coverage cancelled even though they sent in required income eligibility records, the state of Arkansas has ceased issuing cancellations for two weeks so that the backlog of cancellation cases can be handled. “Until we can be assured that we can send the right notification or termination notices, no other termination notices will be sent out,” Hutchinson said, reported ArkansasOnline ……. Virginia: McAuliffe to head national redistricting effort. In an effort to thwart what the party regards as GOP gerrymandering, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (R) will lead a Democratic group, including Emily’s List, that will work to elect Democratic governors. The project will concentrate on gubernatorial contests in 18 states where Republicans have previously drawn congressional district lines, reports the Washington Post. New redistricting is expected to take place in 2021 ……. Florida: Scott will support a presidential candidate. While he declined to anoint anyone in particular, Gov. Rick Scott (R) made clear he expects to play a role in the 2016 presidential contest. In a statement reported by, Scott said, “I will support the candidate who has both the best plan to grow the real American economy, not the government economy, and the capability to actually execute that plan.” Scott’s backing could help determine the winner of Florida’s Republican Primary next year …….