CA GOV: Amanda Renteria (D), Hillary Clinton’s 2016 national political director who lost a 2014 CA-21 bid, filed to run for governor.
State Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman said “Wednesday that she won’t have a speaking slot at the party’s convention later this month in San Diego. … She also will not be part of the party’s endorsement process.” (Sacramento Bee)
Renteria is resigning as chief operating officer of the state attorney general’s office.
“According to the state filing, Renteria agreed to voluntary spending limits, which means she can spend no more than $8,753,000 in the primary election and $14,588,000 in the general election.” Former state Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin (D), businessman John Cox (R), and state Assemblyman Travis Allen (R) have “also agreed to such limits, while” Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D), and state Treasurer John Chiang (D) have not.
“The timing and seemingly hasty rollout of Renteria’s bid — without a statement by the candidate, a campaign website or any apparent staff — befuddled political observers in the state. … The Central Valley native, who is best known in California and national political circles, will face challenges as a latecomer to the campaign.” (Los Angeles Times)
GA GOV: Third Sector Development, a nonprofit created by former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D) “in 1998 that was later expanded to oversee her New Georgia Project voter-registration effort,” “tallied four liens worth $13,000 from the Georgia Department of Labor for unpaid unemployment contributions between 2014 and 2016. … Her campaign said a withholding error from a payroll service hired by the nonprofit caused the issues, which it said were corrected last year.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
NY GOV: Rep. John Katko (R) endorsed state Sen. John DeFrancisco (R) on Thursday. Katko and DeFrancisco “represent districts that include all or parts of Cayuga and Onondaga counties.” (Auburn Public Citizen)
SC GOV: “Looking to build support from South Carolina’s seniors, several candidates for governor vowed Wednesday to protect vulnerable communities in the state — albeit with differing approaches.” (Charleston Post & Courier)
SD GOV: Rep. Kristi Noem (R) led state Attorney General Marty Jackley (R) 40-35 percent in a Moore Information (IVR) poll (Feb. 8; 300 Republican LVs; +/-6 percent) commissioned by Convention of States Action. The rest of the field trailed in the single digits. President Trump had a 82-16 percent job approval in the same poll. (release)