Around the South for Jan. 14: KY, LA & NC

Kentucky: Bevin shuts down Kynect. Keeping a campaign promise, newly inaugurated Gov. Matt Bevin (R) has notified the Health and Human Services Department thatKentucky is closing down its state health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare.” During the campaign, Bevin contended Kynect “adds no value” to the federal alternative, ……. Louisiana: Cruz stumps in Cajun country. Ted Cruz, who is banking his presidential hopes on running the table in the Southern primaries, campaigned this week in Baton Rouge. “Awaken the body of Christ that we might pull back from this abyss,” Cruz proclaimed, to what the Washington Post dubbed a “rowdy” crowd ……. North Carolina: Hagen joins Akin Gump. Former US Sen. Kay Hagan (D), who lost her reelection battle in 2014, is joining Washington’s largest lobbying firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Hagan will only consult for another year, until she will be eligible, under federal law, to lobby Congress …….