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Hartman Drops Out, Endorses Kobach

Sen. Doug Jones may endorse in Alabama’s Democratic primary.

Feb. 22, 2018, 11:16 a.m.

AL GOV: Sen. Doug Jones (D) said he will be “active” in the midterm election and did not rule out endorsing in the primary between Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox (D) and former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb (D). (

AR GOV: Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) will file for reelection on Thursday. (release)

KS GOV: Oil magnate Wink Hartman (R) told supporters Wednesday that he was dropping out of the race and endorsing Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R). Hartman: “I quickly came to the conclusion that I could be the spoiler in this race for the conservative values we hold so dear. … The Kris Kobach that I now know is not the Kris Kobach that is maligned by liberal Kansas media. He is a fighter, and for that he takes a lot of arrows, but he does not back down from the fight for our principles.” (release)

SC GOV: State Rep. James Smith (D) “wants to ban the sale of military style weapons like the one authorities say was used in the slaying of 17 students and teachers at a Parkland, Fla., school last week … adding he also wants to ban bump stocks and trigger cranks, firearm attachments that allow for more rapid fire.” (Columbia State)

SD GOV: Rep. Kristi Noem (R) and state Attorney General Marty Jackley (R) “invited the NRA to consider South Dakota for its annual convention … after the Mayor Pro Tem of Dallas, Texas, called on the gun rights group to move its convention elsewhere.” (KELO)

TN GOV: “A campaign finance complaint claims that” state House Speaker Beth Harwell (R) “received help from a political committee beyond what’s legally allowed, while another complaint contends she doesn’t have the money to back up a $3.1 million self-loan to her campaign for governor.” (AP)

Rep. Diane Black (R) called “for rehabbing drug addicts in prison as a cost-saving measure, and hiring 25 new TBI agents to help fight drug trafficking. … The initiative also calls for jailing demonstrators who ‘block streets, riot and engage in violent acts in the name of “protest,”’ and for boosting penalties for people who ‘desecrate monuments or incite or abet others in desecrating a monument.’” (Tennessee Journal)

TX GOV: “When [former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe] Valdez (D) took office in 2005, she inherited a Dallas County Jail that was in a bad state. … It took years before the jail started passing state inspections again. … For some who worked under her, though, Valdez’ tenure as sheriff didn’t feel so collaborative.” (KERA)

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