AL GOV: Birmingham businessman Josh Jones (R) dropped out of the race. (Yellowhammer News)
HI GOV: Perennial candidate Wendell Kaehuaea will run. (West Hawaii Today)
ID GOV: “Idaho will let insurers sell private insurance plans with skimpier coverage, taking advantage of new flexibility to change certain Affordable Care Act requirements, Gov. Butch Otter (R) said Friday morning. … Otter and ” Lt. Gov. Brad Little (R) “plan to tour the state in the near future to describe the health plan changes to Idahoans.” (Idaho Statesman)
Developer Tommy Ahlquist’s (R) campaign called the decision “just the latest example of Boise’s career politicians trying to win an election campaigning on Idaho taxpayer dollars. Brad Little supported Idaho’s Obamacare exchange, but now says he’s against it. Fascinating.” (release)
KS GOV: In a new Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University poll (Aug. 17-Oct. 26), Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) “received the highest recognition, with 86% of respondents saying they had heard of him.” The rest of the field and their respective name recognition: 2014 KS SEN candidate Greg Orman (I) at 50 percent; former state Sen. Jim Barnett (R) at 41 percent; former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer (D) at 40 percent; Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer (R) at 38 percent; state House Minority Leader Jim Ward (D) at 35 percent; oil executive Wink Hartman (R) at 34 percent; state insurance commissioner Ken Selzer (R) at 26 percent; former state Rep. Ed O’Malley (D) at 25 percent; former state Agriculture Secretary Josh Svaty (D) at 14 percent; and high schooler Jack Bergeson (D) at 8 percent.
“Carl Brewer received the highest positive rating, with 46% of respondents selecting a rating above 5. Kris Kobach received the highest negative rating, with 47% of respondents selected a rating below 5.” (release)
OK GOV: Former state Attorney General Drew Edmondson (D) and former state Sen. Connie Johnson (D) both support medical marijuana. Term-limited Gov. Mary Fallin (R) “set a June 26 election for State Question 788, which will ask voters whether they want to legalize medical marijuana in the state. Supporters had gotten enough signatures on a petition to get the statutory change on the ballot.” (Tulsa World)
SD GOV: Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether and his wife ”will announce what a city spokesperson calls their ‘next steps’ … Monday at 11 a.m. at City Hall.” (KSFY)
TN GOV: Rep. Diane Black (R) will accompany President Trump on Air Force One on his flight to Nashville Monday. (USA Today)
TX GOV: Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) at her campaign kickoff “on Sunday called for a ‘new Texas’ that would put residents ahead of controversial policies like the sanctuary cities law, proposed bathroom bills other issues she said are on the fringe.” (Dallas Morning News) “[S]he quickly acknowledged she will have to work to win. ‘A lot of people don’t recognize me when I’m out of uniform,’ she told a crowd of around 100 cheering supporters.” (Houston Chronicle)
“Though his father inspired his sudden move to politics,” investor Andrew White (D) said he never talked to him about running for public office. Mark White, who served as governor from 1983-87, died in August of a heart attack after a long battle with cancer. ‘I never talked to him about it,’ White said. ‘It’s one of my great regrets.’” (Dallas Morning News)
“Since taking office as governor in January 2015, [Gov. Greg] Abbott (R) has appointed 889 people to boards or elevated them to chairmanships. Two hundred fifty-nine of those picks — and their spouses in some cases — have donated roughly a combined $14.2 million to Abbott’s campaigns since June 2001. … About 29 percent of the Republican governor’s appointees are donors, with their contributions ranging from $25 to more than $1 million. Their tally is part of more than $130 million in donations from 2001 through last October.” (San Antonio Express-News)
Abbott’s campaign in the last few weeks announced endorsements from The Texas Society of Anesthesiologists Political Action Committee, the Texas Medical Association’s PAC, Empower Texans, and the Independent Bankers Association of Texas. (releases)
WY GOV: Attorney Harriet Hageman (R) “confirmed this week she will make a formal announcement of her candidacy to be Wyoming’s next governor at 10 a.m. Jan. 16 at the Depot Plaza in downtown Cheyenne.” (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)
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Paul Manafort's former business partner Rick Gates said in court today that "he conspired with Manafort to falsify Manafort’s tax returns. Gates said he and Manafort knowingly failed to report foreign bank accounts and had failed to register Manafort as a foreign agent."