AZ GOV: A “spokesman for the newly formed Arizona Education Project … said it has made a ‘six-figure’ buy of TV ads in the Phoenix area this week to counter what he called the ‘negative voices’ in education. … The campaign comes as Gov. Doug Ducey (R) and Republican legislators are under increased pressure to deal with the fact that Arizona is close to the bottom of per-student funding. The commercial is designed to emphasize what has been done since Ducey took office.”
“He also said the commercial is not designed to secure Ducey’s re-election or push for or against specific legislation, pointing out the Arizona Education Project is set up as a 501c(3) charity.
“But the funding is coming from various groups who have been supportive of the governor — and that also have benefited from the corporate tax breaks that have been phased in, leaving the state with more than $300 million less in revenues now than had the tax rates remained the same. The list of funders provided by Benson include the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Hispanic chambers from Tucson, Douglas, Sierra Vista and Nogales. Money also is coming from the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association and the Services Group of America, a private firm involved in food distribution. Also donating is Pinnacle West Capital Corp,. which owns Arizona Public Service Co., the state’s largest electric utility.” (Capitol Media Services)
Former state Department of Economic Security Director Tim Jeffries (R) “says he’s decided not to run a ‘personally funded, no holds barred, independent run for governor.’” (Arizona Capitol Times)
CA GOV: State Assemblyman Travis Allen (R) “called for the arrest and federal indictment of” state Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) “after the official threatened prosecution against any business owner complying with a federal immigration law.” (Fox News)
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) called for Congress to “immediately investigate” a Guardian report of U.S. border patrol agents vandalizing water stops left for migrants. Villaraigosa: “If Congress fails to act, the state of California should launch its own investigation.” (release)
HI GOV: “Gov. David Ige (D) touted accomplishments from his first three years in office in his State of the State address on Monday, including boosting pay for teachers and outfitting more classrooms with air conditioning, and vowed to keep tackling the state’s housing shortage. But Ige’s annual address to lawmakers didn’t mention a missile alert his emergency management agency mistakenly sent to residents and visitors on Jan. 13. Several lawmakers criticized that omission.” (AP)
Ige “told reporters [Monday] that part of the delay in notifying the public that the Jan. 13 ballistic missile alert was a false alarm was that he did not know his Twitter account password.” (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
ID GOV: Polling (Oct. 11-12; +/- 3.66%) conducted for Rep. Raul Labrador’s (R) campaign by Magellan Strategies of an unspecified number of voters showed him leading with 37 percent over Lt. Gov. Brad Little (R) at 23 percent and developer Tommy Ahlquist (R) and 21 percent. (Idaho Statesman)
SC GOV: Some of the Republican candidates made their case to South Carolina’s Tea Party voters at their Coalition Convention on Monday. Former state cabinet official Catherine Templeton (R) brought up the recent indictment of Richard Quinn, a former political consultant for McMaster. Lt. Gov Kevin Bryant (R) criticized the governor’s recent veto of funding for an ailing school bus fleet as “a tremendous mistake.” Former Democratic Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill (R) also attended the forum. Caroline Anderegg, a spokeswoman for the McMaster campaign, defended his choice not to attend in an email, writing, “Gov. McMaster is focused on doing his job: being governor.” (Charleston Post and Courier)
Templeton criticized McMaster for accepting donations from Imaad Zuberi, a venture capitalist, who was a fundraiser for former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Zuberi reportedly donated nearly $50,000 in order to attend a roundtable with President Trump. (FITS News)
Bryant officially unveiled the agenda for his campaign: “ethics reform, registration by party, infrastructure, education, health care, pension reform and senior care.” (Fits News)
TN GOV: Candidates from both parties will attend a State Collaborative on Reforming Education forum on Tuesday: former state cabinet member Randy Boyd (R), state Speaker Beth Harwell (R), businessman Bill Lee (R), former state Sen. Mae Beavers (R) state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D), and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean (D). Rep. Diane Black (R) will not be joining the rest due to a scheduling conflict. (AP)
TX GOV: The political arm of the Texas AFL-CIO endorsed former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) on Monday. (release)
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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.