Around the South for Mar. 16: AHCA, KY & VA


AHCA: Eight Dixie GOPers oppose TrumpCare. Of the 13 Republican US Representatives who have announced their opposition to the American Health Care Act, the Trump-backed health care reform, eight are from the South, according to The Hill: From Virginia, Dave Brat, Tom Garrett & Rob Wittman; from Florida, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen & Ted Yoho; and Louie Gohmert (TX), Walter Jones (NC), & Thomas Massie (KY). Their reasons varied ……. Kentucky: Paul leads GOP TrumpCare opposition. Dubbing the AHCA “ObamaCare lite,” US Sen. Rand Paul (R) has replaced US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as the leading foe of Trump’s proposal. He is concentrating his effort, says The Hill, on a number of conservative US House members, hoping their opposition will force Speaker Ryan to negotiate with them. “There is really no negotiating going on, says Paul; “Ryan is giving up nothing.” ……. Virginia: CAIR fighting Trump’s immigration order. The Council on American Islamic Relations is seeking a restraining order on the ban on certain immigrants from certain Middle East countries, citing the impact in Virginia. CAIR had requested a hearing yesterday, but the Administration asked for a delay, citing the weather (unseasonably nasty), and a federal judge set the hearing for March 21, reports the Washington Post …….