Around the South for Mar. 15: TN, TX & FL


Tennessee: Hearing on Syria. US Sen. Bob Corker (R), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will hold a hearing today on the “Human toll After Six Years of War in Syria.” The witnesses will include Syrian and American doctors, plus several executives from organizations providing humanitarian relief in the region ……. Texas: Trump woos Cruz on healthcare. President Trump, anxious to get the House-passed healthcare plan through the Senate, “appears to be courting Sen. Ted Cruz (R),” reports The Hill, noting that the President and First Lady Melania Trump hosted Cruz, Heidi Cruz and their two children for dinner at the White House last week. Cruz said about healthcare, “I do not believe the House bill as currently drafted would pas the Senate. But I also believe it can be fixed.” ……. Florida: Gillum picks up endorsements. Despite reports that he could face problems over misuse of emails, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) has picked up several endorsements. This week, state Rep. Loranne Ausley (D), also from Tallahassee, announced that she is supporting Gillum. Ausley was the (unsuccessful) Democratic nominee for chief financial officer in 2010. In addition, Allison Tant, the former Democratic state chair, is raising funds for Gillum, reports Sunshine State News …….