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Ose Drops Bid in California

Rep. Joaquin Castro endorsed Lupe Valdez in Texas.

Feb. 27, 2018, 11:07 a.m.

AR GOV: Pastor Mark West (L) is entering the race. The party’s presidential or gubernatorial candidates have to receive at least three percent of the vote into to hold onto ballot access for the next election; the party has failed to do that over the past four election cycles and had to petition its way onto the ballot. (KUAF-FM)

CA GOV: Former Rep. Doug Ose (R) “dropped out of the race … Monday, citing a crowded field of candidates and lack of fundraising needed.” Ose: “There’s no money, and if you don’t have enough money, you can’t communicate a message. … There’s nobody willing to invest in a statewide Republican campaign to the level that needs to be done. … The people that have traditionally written $25,000 checks are now writing $1,000 checks because they don’t see a path for a Republican to win.” (Sacramento Bee)

GA GOV: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R) said he would “kill any tax legislation that benefits Delta,” one of the state’s largest employers, unless it reinstates its discount rate program for NRA groups traveling on the airline. Cagle: “Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.” (Twitter) State Sen. Michael Williams (R), “who had opposed the Delta tax cut before the NRA controversy, praised Cagle’s statement, saying his political rival ‘is feeling the pressure that we are putting on him.’” (AP) Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) also “urged state lawmakers to withdraw the controversial tax break and instead pass a sales tax holiday for guns and ammunition.” (release)

ID GOV: Candidates revealed their stances on hot button topics such as Planned Parenthood funding, gay marriage and religious freedom. (Idaho Statesman)

KS GOV: Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) has been emploring the NRA on Twitter to host their annual convention in the Kansas instead of Texas where it is due to take place. The Dallas mayor pro tem Dwaine Caraway (D) was reported as telling the NRA to “reconsider” coming to Dallas. (Kansas City Star)

State House Minority Leader Jim Ward (D) in an email to supporters said state Senate Assistant Minority Leader Laura Kelly (D) “cynically and suddenly tried to conceal her decades-long support for the NRA agenda and looser gun laws in Kansas for political gain.” (release)

NE GOV: The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission has determined that state Sen. Bob Krist (D) didn’t break any ethics laws by commissioning a poll the previous year. The state Republican Party had filed a complaint against Krist. (Omaha World-Herald)

RI GOV: Cranston Mayor Allan Fung (R) is opposed to a proposed state ban on assault weapons and takes issue with Gov. Gina Raimondo’s (D) “red flag” policy that allows police to take firearms away from those deemed too dangerous. Fung: “We have to balance the rights of law-abiding citizens who comply with the law, and protect their rights to have firearms.” (WPRI-TV)

SC GOV: Former state cabinet official Catherine Templeton (R) is opening campaign offices across the state, officially marking the start of her campaign. (AP) Templeton believes finding a solution in the aftermath of the mass shooting in a Florida high school is a “complex issue”, but says, “Most immediately, I think the school resource officers, law enforcement and any teacher if they want to be trained should be armed to protect our children.” (Greenville News)

TN GOV: State House Speaker Beth Harwell (R) now supports legalizing medical marijuana. (Nashville Tennessean)

Former state cabinet official Randy Boyd’s (R) sports company “has signed a memorandum of understanding to manage the day-to-day operations of the Greeneville Reds,” a minor league baseball team. (Greenville Sun)

Speaking at a VIP reception before the Shelby County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner, Boyd touted his family’s Tennessean legacy, saying “Just found out from a relative recently that the matriarch of the family, Margaret Boyd, in 1832 cast one of the last votes for Davy Crockett, before he moved to Texas.” However, the 19th Amendment wasn’t ratified until 1920, so women in Tennessee were not eligible to vote in 1832. (Nashville Scene)

TX GOV: Rep. Joaquin Castro (D) endorsed former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) over the weekend in her March 6 primary to face Gov. Greg Abbott (R), her campaign announced Monday. (release)

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