Around the South for May 22: KY, VA & AL


Kentucky: Paul budget plan fails. By a resounding vote of 21 to 76, last week the Senate failed to pass a balanced budget plan authored by fiscal hawk US Sen. Rand Paul (R). Paul was not surprised, reported the Washington Post, but introduced it to expose the “hypocrisy” of Republican lawmakers who align with Democrats to increase spending ……. Virginia: Lawmakers show bipartisanship. Delegates Lashrecse Aird (D) and Will Morefield (R) teamed up to introduce a bill that would help both of their economically troubled districts. The measure, which passed both legislative chambers, provided tax breaks for employees of companies that locate in their two districts. It was watered down in conference committee, but was signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam (D) ……. Alabama: Gay lawmaker (D) calls Ivey a lesbian. “It’s false. It’s wrong. It’s a bald-faced lie,” Gov. Kay Ivey (R) said in response to a posting on Twitter and Facebook by State Rep. Patricia Todd (D), the state’s only openly gay elected official, accusing Ivey of being a lesbian. “I have heard for years that she is gay,” Todd said. Ivey’s opponents in the upcoming primary said the allegation would make no difference. Todd is not seeking reelection but is moving to Florida to head a gay rights group, reported Ivey, 73, has been married and divorced twice …….