Around the South for Oct. 18: KY, SC & TN


Kentucky: Paul may or may not vote for GOP budget. US Sen. Rand Paul (R), a maverick small “l” libertarian, says he will vote for the Republican budget only if spending is cut. Politico reports that President Trump, who wants to increase defense spending, has been on the phone with Paul a number of times to discuss the budget. Meanwhile, US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) sent out a tweet urging Paul not to “screw up” the budget deal, as he did the GOP’s Obamacare effort, reports USA Today …….South Carolina: Trump raises money for McMaster. “President Trump blew intoGreenville with all of the grandeur befitting a president,” reported the Greenville News, for a fundraiser for Gov. Henry McMaster (R), a very early supporter of Trump in last year’s presidential contest. Trump called McMaster, who faces a competitive primary, “a terrific man, a terrific person who works so hard… He loves the people of South Carolina.” ……. Tennessee: Alexander/Murray agree on healthcare compromise. US Sens. Lamar Alexander (R) and Patty Murray (D-WA) reached a Senate compromise on Obamacare, with an agreement to fund two years of Obamacare payments, not the one year the GOP initially wanted, reports The Hill. Alexander said, “I would like to repeal and replace Obamacare, and Sen. Murray would like to keep it intact, but that not how you make a compromise.” …….