CA GOV: The Burbank Democratic Club endorsed state Treasurer John Chiang (D) on Monday. (release)
GA GOV: The Georgia Federation for Teachers endorsed former state Rep. Stacey Evans (D) on Tuesday. (release)
State Sen. Michael Williams (R) on Monday “took to the well to accuse Senate Republican leaders of shutting down his measure to designate Sept. 1 as Childhood Cancer Awareness day.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
HI GOV: Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui (D), who is resigning to take a job at Strategies 360, “would not rule out getting involved but declined to say whether he would support” Gov. David Ige (D), Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, “or anyone else.” (Honolulu Magazine)
NY GOV: State Deputy Senate Majority Leader John DeFrancisco (R) filed with the state Board of Elections on Monday to create a campaign a campaign committee, DeFrancisco for New York. (New York State of Politics)
State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R) announced endorsements from nine Republican county chairs from the Finger Lakes region: Bill Reilich, Trisha Turner, Bob Oaks, Dwight Healy, Lowell Conrad, Lester Cady, Thomas Fox, Joe Sempolinski, and Sandy King. (Auburn Citizen)
“Some 837 phone calls were made from” Joe Percoco’s “office desk in the executive chamber during eight months in 2014 that Percoco was off the state payroll running” Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) reelection “campaign, prosecutors said” Monday. (Syracuse Post-Standard)
SC GOV: Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant (R) “called Monday for changing voter-registration rules to” require voters “to register by party affiliation. Under his proposal, voters then would be restricted to casting ballots in their identified party’s primary.” (Anderson Independent Mail)
SD GOV: “Rep. Kristi Noem (R) reported $2.1 million on hand … giving her a cash-on-hand advantage over state Attorney General Marty Jackley‘s (R) reported $1.6 million. Jackley and Noem each raised just over $900,000 last year, but Jackley’s PAC raised an additional $118,000 in 2017.” (National Journal) Jackley’s campaign said 92 percent of his fundraising came from South Dakotans. (release)
State Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton’s (D) campaign reported raising nearly $830,000 and had $664,000 on hand. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
TN GOV: Republicans led former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean (D) by varying degrees in a new Triton Polling & Research (IVR) survey (Jan. 21-24; 1,003 LVs; +/-3.1%).
Former state economic commissioner Randy Boyd (R) vs. Dean: 43-34 percent
State House Speaker Beth Harwell (R) vs. Dean: 43-33 percent
Housing services executive Bill Lee (R) vs. Dean: 38-34 percent
Former state Sen. Mae Beavers (R) vs. Dean: 36-36 percent. (Tennessee Star)
TX GOV: Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC endorsed Gov. Greg Abbott (R). (release)
WY GOV: Perennial candidate Taylor Hayes (R) “formally announced his 2018 candidacy last week in Riverton.” (KGAB)
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"President Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director under President Barack Obama, citing what he called Mr. Brennan’s “erratic” behavior. The White House had threatened last month to strip Mr. Brennan and two other Obama administration officials — Susan E. Rice, the former national security adviser; and James R. Clapper Jr., the former director of national intelligence — of their security clearances." Mr. Brennan has been highly critical of Trump on Twitter and in television appearances.
The FBI have investigated "a series of cyberattacks over the past year that targeted a Democratic opponent of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher," widely seen as the "most pro-Russia and pro-Putin member of Congress." The hacks against his Democratic opponent, Hans Keirstead, "began in August 2017 with a spear-phishing attempt... sent to Keirstead’s work email address," which was ultimately successful. Later attacks focused on his twitter account, and "Keirstead's campaign’s website and hosting service." Keirstead fell "125 votes short of advancing to the general election in one of the narrowest margins of any congressional primary this year," and has since endorsed Rohrabacher's opponent Harley Rouda.