Around the South for May 9: LA, OK & FL

Louisiana: Mitch for president? Now that Mitch Landrieu (D) has finished his tenure as mayor of New Orleans, he’s hinting at a political future. He’s currently on a national book tour and, reports The Hill, “he has stoked buzz about a potential presidential run in 2020.” Among his advisors is former US Sen. John Breaux (D), in addition to a family full of politicians, including his sister Mary, a former US Senator ……. Oklahoma: Fallin signs Medicaid work requirement. Legislation requested and signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin (D) requires the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to apply for a waiver that would allow the state to impose work requirements for some 8,000 able-bodied adults between 18 and 50 without dependents; they would be required to participate in a work program. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has already approved a similar policy for Kentucky and Mississippi has applied to CMS for a similar waiver, says the McCarville Report ……. Florida: Congressional elections targeted by Democrats, the GOP. As qualifying ended last Friday, Democrats had candidates in all 27 districts in the state, reports the Sunshine State News. These include five seats currently held by Republicans that the Democrats have targeted to switch from Red to Blue: Seats held by Ron DeSantis (R) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R), which will be open, and challenges to three incumbents: Vern Buchanan, Carlos Curbelo and Brian Mast. The GOP has targeted one Democrat, US Rep. Stephanie Murphy …….