AL GOV: Gov. Kay Ivey (R) and former state Supreme Court Justice Sue Bell Cobb (D) “were believed to have received subpoenas regarding” potential campaign finance violations. “Cobb’s campaign manager, Landon Nichols [said] Cobb did receive a subpoena from the AG’s office. Nichols said after a review, the AG’s office told the campaign that they were not in violation and that they were released from further obligation.” Ivey’s “campaign manager … would not confirm or deny that Ivey had received a subpoena, only stating that “the campaign” has not received a subpoena.” (Inside Alabama Politics)
AZ GOV: Former state associate schools superintendent David Garcia (D) attributed his fundraising disadvantage to the “donor class” being more “comfortable” with state Sen. Steve Farley (D). Garcia “There’s a reason why somebody with my last name hasn’t made it to the top of the ticket.” (National Journal)
AR GOV: Gun right activist Jan Morgan (R) “plans to file Monday morning. … [S]he already has a plan if she loses the primary but right now, her focus is on her run for the people.” (KARK)
CA GOV: “The Asian American Small Business PAC launched a broadside attack against” Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) “with a website and digital ad accusing him of having inappropriate relationships and a history of violating the ‘public trust.’” (Los Angeles Times)
“The debate among California’s top four Democratic candidates for governor Thursday night was unlike most of their recent match-ups, with long stretches of broad agreement and few, if any, fireworks. … the gathering took place the night before the California Democratic Party meets and its delegates decide whether to endorse a candidate in the governor’s race and other contests.” (Los Angeles Times)
The Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters endorsed former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D). (release)
State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D) endorsed state Treasurer John Chiang (D) on Thursday. (release)
GA GOV: Former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D) “reported last month having only $177,000 on hand for the primary after raising $2.2 million. The rest of her reported cash-on-hand is reserved for the general or runoff elections. … ‘I have always been a very formidable fundraiser,’ Abrams said. … She added that her ‘hyper-local campaign that is attracting national attention’ allows her to continue to fundraise from small-dollar donors who have yet to max out as well as continue outreach to donors in all 50 states.” (National Journal)
“Asked why this election can reverse a string of Democratic defeats in Georgia,” Abrams and former state Rep. Stacey Evans (D) “quickly showed why this race is being watched nationally as a test of the party’s message in an increasingly competitive state. … Abrams said Democrats can flip the seat for the first time in nearly two decades, if only they can reach out to progressives who feel disenfranchised. … Evans was just as blunt about her tack: ‘We have to go to the suburbs and get moderate Republicans and independents to vote for us.’” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
OR GOV: Former Navy pilot Greg Wooldridge (R) hired Jonathan Lockwood, a former spokesman for state Rep. Knute Buehler (R), “about a week” ago, Lockwood said Thursday.
Buehler campaign manager Rebecca Tweed: “Jonathan was let go from our campaign at the end of January. … We parted ways and wish him well.” Lockwood: “They beat me to the breakup.” (Hotline reporting)
Correction: This post originally misstated Newsom’s party affiliation.
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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.