Around the South for Feb. 15: TN. TX & SC

Tennessee: Corker running again? During a period of earlier enmity between the two, US Sen. Bob Corker (R) said President Trump was putting the country “on the road to war.” And Trump, no stranger to conflict, tweeted that Corker “couldn’t get elected dogcatcher.” But now, reports the Washington Post, the two men have a warmer relationship and Corker is reconsidering his retirement decision and may run again after all. That does not sit well with the hardliners in the Senate Conservatives Fund, who conducted and released their own poll showing Corker would lose to US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) in the GOP primary. Stay tuned! ……. Texas: Poe wants to reform ADA. In an op-ed in The Hill, US Rep. Ted Poe (R), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, contends that law suits for insignificant violations of the Americans with disability Act (ADA) has hurt small businesses. He cited suits over the placement of a toilet paper dispenser and another over the placement of urinals. As a solution, he recommends passage of H.R. 620, which would allow defendants a reasonable period of time to fix a problem before they can be sued ……. South Carolina: Would Mulvaney vote for Trump budget? At a Senate Budget Committee hearing, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney said that if he were still a congressman from South Carolina, he “probably would have found enough shortcomings” to vote against the budget, reports The Hill. The OMB promptly issued a clarification, saying that Mulvaney was referring to an earlier budget proposal in his remarks at the hearing, but that he would vote for the President’s budget as it now stands …….