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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Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is expected to plead guilty to a raft of new tax and fraud charges filed against him by special counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday. Gates is expected to cooperate with Mueller's investigation.
Robert Mueller announced new charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort advisor Rick Gates. "The new indictment contains 32 counts, including tax charges." The pair had been indicted on 12 charges in October. Since then, Gates's attorneys have asked to be excused from the case.
The FBI has reported that it failed to respond to a warning from "a person close to" Nikolas Cruz, the teen accused of killing 17 people at Parkland High School on Thursday. "It was the second time the FBI apparently failed to follow up on Cruz." On the first occasion, it failed to properly investigate Cruz after it was reported to them that he left the following comment on a Youtube video: "Im going to be a school shooter."
Florida Governor Rick Scott called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign following revelations that the FBI had failed to adequately investigate multiple warnings about Parkland High School gunman Nikolas Cruz. “The FBI’s failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable,'" said Scott. '...We constantly promote ‘see something, say something,’ and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act.'" According to an FBI statement, the FBI failed to inform local offices of information regarding "Cruz's desire to kill people, erratic behavior, disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting."