Around the South for Mar. 31: AR, FL & NC

Arkansas: Cotton differs from Trump. In response to Donald Trump’s questioning the money US spends on NATO, US Sen. Tom Cotton (R), who attended a briefing with Trump last week, said, “Rather than reducing spending on what is a critical national security alliance, I would urge European leaders to increase their spending … so we can stop the kind of terrorist attacks we’ve seen in Paris and Brussels,” reports The Blaze …….

Florida: Scott woos Yale. Gov. Rick Scott (R), commenting on a measure in the Connecticut legislature that would tax Yale University’s $25.6 billion endowment, called on the Ivy League school to move its 12,000-plus  students and 4,000 professors to Florida. “That would be fun, wouldn’t it?” Scott said, reports Fox News …….

North Carolina: Cooper won’t defend new law. State Attorney General Roy Cooper (D), a candidate for governor, announced Tuesday that he will not defend the state’s new law that limits state and local protections for gays and transgendered people. Cooper called the law a “national embarrassment,” reports WNCN-TV, and argued it would hurt the state’s economy. In response, Gov. Pat McCrory (R) said that Cooper “can’t select which laws he will defend and which laws are politically expedient to refuse to defend.” …….