AR GOV: Gun rights advocate Jan Morgan (R) had close to $11,000 cash on hand at the end of November. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
CA GOV: Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) pledged “not to take contributions from the oil industry.” (release)
CO GOV: Former state Rep. Victor Mitchell (R) “topped a straw poll conducted Wednesday night by the Colorado Hispanic Republicans at a forum for gubernatorial candidates in Westminster.” (Colorado Politics)
Former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) “has used his Facebook account to share racist images as well as conspiracy theories suggesting that former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton killed her purported political enemies.” (Media Matters)
GA GOV: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R), Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R), state Sen. Michael Williams (R), former state Sen. Hunter Hill (R), former Navy SEAL Clay Tippins (R), former teacher Marc Urbach (R) took part in a debate on Thursday in Chatham County. (Hotline reporting)
Cagle on Wednesday “said any Medicaid proposals under consideration by the Georgia General Assembly should incorporate the work requirements recently approved by the Trump administration.” (release)
NY GOV: State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb’s (R) “campaign for governor in the last month has raised $16,026 and has just over $15,000 in cash on hand. Kolb’s Assembly campaign account shows he has $220,425 in cash on hand.” (State of Politics)
Actress Cynthia Nixon (D) said she “maybe” will run for governor. “Nixon was headlining a fundraiser for The Broad Room, a self-described ‘feminist training camp’ which has hosted a series of free, women-run sessions for more than 350 people on how to organize, phone bank, fund raise and protest.” (WNYC)
SC GOV: Former Vice President Joe Biden penned a fundraising email for state Rep. James Smith (D). (Columbia State)
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In a lengthy Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg responded to reports that Cambridge Analytica had accessed the personal data of 50 million users, and kept the data after being told by the social media company to delete it. "I started Facebook," wrote Zuckerberg, "and at the end of the day I'm responsible for what happens on our platform ... While this specific issue involving Cambridge Analytica should no longer happen with new apps today, that doesn't change what happened in the past." On Monday, Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, called for “Mr. Zuckerberg and other CEOs” to testify "about social media manipulation in the 2016 election."
"The White House is backing a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill despite opposition from some House conservatives ... 'The President and the leaders discussed their support for the bill, which includes more funds to rebuild the military, such as the largest pay raise for our troops in a decade, more than 100 miles of new construction for the border wall and other key domestic priorities, like combatting the opioid crisis and rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure,' White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement." The details of the bill are expected to be released later today.
The Federal Reserve bumped the key rate from 1.5 to 1.75 percent, "the highest level since 2008 but still low by historical standards." The board "signaled it would raise rates two more times this year, part of an ongoing move away from the extraordinary measures it took to boost the economy during and after the great recession."
"Administration officials said they expect Congress to pass a stopgap bill to avert a third government shutdown this year as lawmakers scramble to finalize a must-pass omnibus spending bill. White House legislative affairs director Marc Short told CNN Tuesday that negotiators are getting closer to reaching an agreement, but there are "too many obstacles to tackle" for the omnibus bill to make it out of the lower chamber by Thursday."