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Jackley Raised $1M in 2017

America Rising targeted Lupe Valdez and Jeffrey Payne in Texas.

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Jan. 5, 2018, 11:23 a.m.

ID GOV: Rep. Raul Labrador (R) “released his economic plan today, and on top of the $900 million in tax cuts he’s already been advocating, he’s adding another $120 million-plus. Labrador’s ‘5-5-5 plan’ to cut personal and corporate income tax rates and Idaho’s sales tax all to 5 percent, plus his proposal to eliminate the sales tax on groceries, already added up to about a $900 million a year hit to the state budget, more than a quarter of Idaho’s annual general fund budget. In his newly announced plan today, he also calls for phasing out the personal property tax on business equipment.”

“Labrador also took the opportunity in his proposal to bash … Lt. Gov. Brad Little (R) and businessman Tommy Ahlquist (R), while not naming them, but suggesting they ‘support economic policies that give preferential treatment to their friends and business partners.’” (Spokane Spokesman-Review)

SD GOV: State Attorney General Marty Jackley (R) announced Thursday that his campaign “raised more than $1 million in 2017.” (Facebook) “Jackley says over 90 percent of contributions have come from South Dakotans.” (KDLT)

Rep. Kristi Noem (R) “touted a landmark Republican tax reform law Thursday as part of a three-day tour across the state.” (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

President Trump “has made a commitment to … Noem that her bill requiring online sellers to collect sales taxes will be passed into law this year, Noem said Wednesday in Rapid City. Meanwhile, … Jackley … is seeking a U.S. Supreme Court decision that would achieve the same goal. Whichever candidate succeeds first could receive credit for helping to capture millions of dollars in lost revenue for the state and for city governments. But if either or both fail, they could suffer blame for failing to deliver.” (Rapid City Journal)

TX GOV: “Records show Allan Blutstein, an attorney for opposition research shop America Rising and consulting firm Definers Public Affairs … asked for food inspection records on [gay bar owner Jeffrey Payne’s (D)] bar, The Dallas Eagle on Maple Avenue.”

“Blutstein later asked for communication between [Dallas Mayor Mike] Rawlings’ communications chief, Scott Goldstein, regarding [former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D)], who was rumored to be planning a run for governor at the time. The records returned only emails featuring news articles about Valdez. … County records show that Blutstein asked the county for Valdez’s work calendar, any emails regarding Abbott and her travel expenses.” (Dallas Morning News)

The Tom Green County Democratic Club will host a forum of eight gubernatorial candidates Jan. 8. (San Angelo Standard-Times)

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