Alabama: Ivey has high approval rating. Only some three-and-a-half months after succeeding to the governorship following the resignation of former Gov. Robert Bentley (R), Gov. Kay Ivey (R) gets an approval rating of 64% positive, 13% negative. This makes her the sixth most popular governor in the nation, says Morning Consult, reports AL.com ……. Florida: Rubio ready to repeal without replacement. US Sen. Marco Rubio (R) says he is ready to vote to repeal Obamacare without having a healthcare program enacted to replace it. “I believe Obamacare is broken, I think it’s bad for our country,” Rubio said, reported the USA Today Network ……. North Carolina: Cooper opposes offshore drilling. Gov. Roy Cooper (D), in a reversal of former Gov. Pat McCrory’s (R) position, has come out in opposition to the Trump Administration’s promotion of opening the Atlantic Ocean to petroleum exploration and development. Citing environmental hazards, Cooper said “I can sum it up in four words: Not off our coast. It is simply not worth the risk,” reported the News & Observer …….