Around the South for Jan. 19: GA, TX & VA


Georgia: Price denies conflict charge. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) charged that US Rep. Tom Price’s (R) purchase of medical-related stock “could very well be a violation of the law,” reports CNN. At a confirmation hearing, however, Price contended that his purchase – done by a broker without his knowledge – was legal and above board ……  Texas: House, Senate disagree on budget. The state Senate’s preliminary budget calls for spending $213.4 billion over the next two years; the House proposes a budget of $221.3 billion, making for an unusually wide spread of $8 billion. The House would spend more on education and health and human services, reports the Houston Chronicle ……. Virginia: Ingraham may challenge Kaine. Laura Ingraham, dubbed the “conservative talk radio queen” by the right-leaning Washington Examiner, is considering a US Senate bid in 2018. She has already been buying website domains for a possible race. Ingraham is a Fox News contributor and is reportedly close to President-elect Donald Trump …….