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 Supreme Court on Monday passed up its two opportunities this term to rule on when and whether states violate the Constitution by drawing electoral maps that sharply favor one political party." In a dispute over Maryland's congressional map, the Supreme Court "upheld a district court judge’s decision not to grant a preliminary injunction" blocking the map. In the Wisconsin case Gill v. Whitford, the justices ruled that Democratic voters lacked standing to challenge the redrawn electoral boundaries at the Supreme Court. Seven justices
"agreed to give the challengers another shot at making their case in the lower courts."
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross failed to keep his promise to divest from his company holdings upon entering government, a Forbes investigation has found. Ross reportedly kept his stakes in companies co-owned by the Chinese government, a firm linked to Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, and a Cyprus bank caught up in the Robert Mueller investigation. Forbes reports that Ross’s family continued to have an interest in these holdings while he dealt with China and Russia in his official role, even while knowing that his family’s fortunes were linked to the countries. Although the arrangements appear to be legal, Forbes says Ross may have broken the law by submitting a sworn statement to officials in November saying he divested of everything he promised he would. His spokesperson said Ross did not lie and has filed amended paperwork.
"The Pentagon has quietly empowered the United States Cyber Command to take a far more aggressive approach to defending the nation against cyberattacks, a shift in strategy that could increase the risk of conflict with the foreign states that sponsor malicious hacking groups." The policy change empowers the command to conduct cyberattacks against adversaries, including "nearly daily raids" against enemy networks and "non-kinetic" attacks against military targets. The purpose of the change, according to policy documents, is to “contest dangerous adversary activity before it impairs our national power" and to impel adversaries to "shift resources to defense and reduce attacks.”
Manuel Padilla, the Border Patrol chief for the Rio Grande Valley, expressed his desire to CBS News for action to be taken to address family separation at the border. Separations have spiked under the Trump Administration's "zero-tolerance" policy. "We created this situation by not doing anything," Padilla said, arguing that previous immigration policy had created a "vacuum" for other families to attempt to cross the border.
"As Trump signed a joint statement with Kim Jong Un that offered few details on how the North Korean leader would make good on his vow to denuclearize, Republicans on Capitol Hill said Tuesday that they want and expect the White House to submit any final agreement for their approval." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for any agreement to be in the form of a treaty.