Around the South for Apr. 12: AR, NC & SC

Arkansas: Hutchinson health plan passes. Arkansas Works, a healthcare plan for low-income people promoted by Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R), last week passed both houses of the General Assembly. In a commentary published in Magnolia Reports, Hutchinson said his plan, which places “greater emphasis on work opportunities,” involved compromises with lawmakers. “We’ve reached a solid medium,” he said. Next, the legislature must fund the program, which needs a three-fourths vote in each chamber …….

North Carolina: Gay activist appointed to legislature. In the latest wrinkle in the Tar Heel State’s hoo-hah over gay and transgender rights, the Guilford County Democrats appointed Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality N.C., to a temporary vacancy in the state House of Representatives, reports the News & Observer. Gov. Pat McCrory (R) must approve the appointment within seven days …….

South Carolina: Graham wants a Mideast Marshall Plan. US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), who promoted a hawkish foreign policy in his ill-fated presidential bid, has returned from a trip to the Middle East calling for billions of dollars to help Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan, as well as Israel, finance the fight against ISIS, reports the Washington Post …….