AL GOV: Rep. Bradley Byrne (R) announced last week “that he will seek a third term to Congress in 2018, and will not run for governor unless current Gov. Kay Ivey (R) decides not to run.” (AL.com)
“Ivey filed paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office on Aug. 18 to form a principal campaign committee.” (AL.com) “People close to the governor said this week they expect Ivey to make an announcement on whether or not she’ll seek a term in her own right sometime between Labor Day and the Sept. 26 Republican runoff for the U.S. Senate seat held by Luther Strange.” (Montgomery Advertiser)
State House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D) announced he would not run run. (release)
AK GOV: Gov. Bill Walker (I) and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott (D) “filed Monday to run an independent campaign for re-election.” (Alaska Dispatch News)
Former Sen. Mark Begich (D) “says he is considering running for governor … and he hopes to make a decision in the next few months.” (AP) Former state Senate President Ben Stevens (R) “says he’s thinking about running for governor in next year’s election.” (Alaska Dispatch News)
FL GOV: Former Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-18) told CNN he won’t seek political office in 2018. (Palm Beach Post)
KS GOV: Former state Rep. Mark Hutton (R) said last week “he is running and named a campaign treasurer.” (Wichita Eagle)
State Senate President Susan Wagle (R) “will not run for either governor or Congress, she said [last month] after she had openly considered both races.” (Wichita Eagle)
State House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. (R) said last week “he does not have plans to run for governor in 2018.” (Hutchinson News)
NV GOV: Consultant Vince Juaristi (D) announced last month he would not run for governor. (Elko Daily Free Press)
WY GOV: Former state Rep. Mary Throne (D) “announced her intent to run for Governor” last month. (KGWN)
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The indictment, filed in the District of Columbia, alleges that the interference began "in or around 2014," when the defendants began tracking and studying U.S. social media sites. They "created and controlled numerous Twitter accounts" and "purchased computer servers located inside the United States" to mask their identities, some of which were stolen. The interference was coordinated by election interference "specialists," and focused on the Black Lives Matter movement, immigration, and other divisive issues. "By early to mid-2016" the groups began supporting the campaign of "then-candidate Donald Trump," including by communicating with "unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign..."
"Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is finalizing a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller's office, indicating he's poised to cooperate in the investigation, according to sources familiar with the case. Gates has already spoken to Mueller's team about his case and has been in plea negotiations for about a month. He's had what criminal lawyers call a 'Queen for a Day' interview, in which a defendant answers any questions from the prosecutors' team, including about his own case and other potential criminal activity he witnessed."
"The Senate on Thursday rejected immigration legislation crafted by centrists in both parties after President Trump threatened to veto the bill if it made it to his desk. In a 54-45 vote, the Senate failed to advance the legislation from eight Republican, seven Democratic and one Independent senators. It needed 60 votes to overcome a procedural hurdle. "
"The House Intelligence Committee has scheduled a Thursday meeting to hear testimony from Steve Bannon—but it's an open question whether President Donald Trump's former chief strategist will even show up. The White House sent a letter to Capitol Hill late Wednesday laying out its explanation for why Trump's transition period falls under its authority to assert executive privilege, a move intended to shield Bannon from answering questions about that time period." Both Republicans and Democrats on the committee dispute the White House's theory, and have floated charging Bannon with contempt should he refuse to appear.