Around the South for Feb. 13: GA, TX & FL


Georgia: Price member of conservative medical group. Former US Rep. Tom Price (R), a physician now confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services, has long been a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, reports the Washington Post. The group opposes Medicare, mandatory vaccination and believes that doctors, not the government or insurance companies, should determine the best treatment for their patients ……. Texas: Hensarling would scale back regulations. US Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has circulated a memo advocating scaling back the rulemaking and enforcement powers of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, including those in the Dodd-Frank Act, passed in 2010, reports the Washington Post ……. Florida: Socialist students “Bash the Fash.” As a demonstration of their opposition to President Trump and his administration, the University of Central Florida’s Knights of Socialism put pictures of the President, Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions on piñatas and invited passersby, including children, to take a whack at the GOP leaders. When the Sessions’ image was torn in half, Dylan Tyler, the Knights’ leader, said to call an ambulance, with others jeering, “Make sure the ambulance comes here a bit late,” reported Sunshine State News …….