“Multiple sources in the state said” Rep. Collin Peterson (D-07) endorsed Rep. Tim Walz (D-01) “for governor Saturday at a local DFL dinner in Granite Falls. Asked about his plans Monday, Walz” said “a decision will come in the ‘very near future.’”
“Both Walz and” Rep. Rick Nolan (D-08) “stressed that they would make their statewide decisions independently, with a field already getting crowded without them. The rural appeal that makes Nolan and Walz so indispensable to the House Democratic caucus is also the reason Minnesota Democrats are urging them to run statewide.”
“Yet Democrats in the state questioned whether there is space for two rural congressmen in the race, and Walz appears to be further along in his decision-making process. … Nolan said last week he hasn’t had time to fully consider a run and consult with the appropriate party leaders.”
“Nolan said that if he wins his seat in 2018 but Democrats lose the governorship, it’s possible ‘we saved it for one term and lost it for the next decade’ when Republicans draw new district boundaries” in 2021.
Nolan: “Those are the kinds of tough decisions you have to factor in. I wish I had a crystal ball; then I’d know exactly what to do.” (National Journal)
“When pressed about whether ‘near future’ meant within a week, Walz said, ‘I think so.’” (Roll Call)
BEHOLD, THE REPUBLICAN BENCH. 2014 Senate candidate Phillip Parrish (R) is “running for governor says he was inspired to join the race by what he describes as a conspiracy of silence toward foreign threats by current government and media leaders. … On Twitter and Facebook, he regularly denounces Islamic groups and complicit westerners.” (Owatonna People’s Press)
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A federal appeals court in Chicago "upheld a nationwide injunction against making federal grant funding contingent on cooperation with immigration enforcement." The three Republican appointees ruled that the Trump administration "exceeded its legal authority in trying to implement the new conditions without approval from Congress ... One judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals panel, Reagan appointee Daniel Manion, said he would narrow the injunction solely to protect Chicago. However, the two other judges assigned to the case said the nationwide injunction appeared to be justified."
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley "decided Thursday to delay markup" on a bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller until next week. But he remains steadfast in his support for a committee vote, despite Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's "pledge to kill it" if it gets to the floor.
North Korea has expressed its commitment to 'complete denuclearisation' of the Korean peninsula and is not seeking conditions, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday. ... South Korea announced on Wednesday that it is considering how to change a decades-old armistice with North Korea into a peace agreement as it prepares for the North-South summit this month." The leaders of the respective countries are also expected to connect a phone line so they can communicate directly.
"California reached an agreement with the federal government that the state’s National Guard troops will deploy to the border to focus on fighting transnational gangs as well as drug and gun smugglers, Gov. Jerry Brown said. ... Brown said Wednesday he secured federal funding for terms similar to those outlined in last week’s proposed contract: The Guard cannot handle custody duties for anyone accused of immigration violations, build border barriers or have anything to do with immigration enforcement."