AL GOV: Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle (R) claimed to be “the first candidate to report more than 1,000 contributions.” (release)
AR GOV: Hair braider Leticia Sanders (D) “filed paperwork Thursday to seek the Democratic nomination for governor. That creates a two-person primary with [education activist] Jared Henderson (D), who filed earlier this week for the race.” (AP)
ID GOV: “Of the three major candidates, [Rep. Raul] Labrador (R) — a powerful figure in the far-right House Freedom Caucus — is the nominal frontrunner in the May primary … and private polls in the race show him leading Lt. Gov. Brad Little (R) and developer Tommy Ahlquist (R) in the primary. … Ahlquist … and his allies are spending big to get him out of third place. At the end of this week, his campaign will have already spent more than $700,000 on television ads. … A pro-Ahlquist political action committee, Idaho First PAC, has spent an additional $389,000 in support of the candidate.” (Politico)
NY GOV: “Former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra said Thursday he will exit the Republican race for governor and seek to become the Reform Party’s nominee in the November election. … Giambra … failed to pick up the backing of a single Republican state committee voter in his bid for the GOP designation.” Giambra: “I don’t think my independent message has connected with state Republican leaders who seem intent on continuing the losing formula that all but guarantees a third term for Democrat Andrew Cuomo.” (Syracuse Post-Standard)
“Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (R) is considering whether to jump into the Republican race for governor, less than two months after he ruled out a bid this year. Molinaro, 42, decided to reconsider his decision at the urging of some prominent Republicans who want to see an expanded field in the governor’s race, said David Catalfamo, a spokesman for Molinaro.” (Syracuse Post-Standard)
Molinaro will “meet with Republican county leaders in Saratoga Springs. Should Molinaro win today’s straw poll, he will enter the race.” (Empire Report)
Former Rep. Chris Gibson (R) “believes he would be the Republican Party’s best candidate to take on Democratic incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo this fall.” Gibson: “I think he’ll be a very strong candidate should he run.” (Albany Times-Union)
State Assemblyman Gary Finch (R) endorsed state Sen. John DeFrancisco (R). (Auburn Citizen)
SC GOV: “Every K-12 public school in South Carolina should be patrolled by an armed law enforcement officer immediately — no matter what the cost, Gov. Henry McMaster (R) said Thursday.” (Charleston Post & Courier)
TN GOV: “[C]onservative activist Sharon Ford filed a complaint with the state Registry of Election Finance alleging [state House Speaker Beth Harwell (R)] illegally coordinated with a political action committee to exceed campaign contribution limits by more than $300,000. A spokesman for the PAC was confident the complaint will be dismissed.” (Nashville Tennessean)
Harwell, Rep. Diane Black (R), former state cabinet official Randy Boyd (R), housing services executive Bill Lee (R), former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean (D), and state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D) weighed in on “the closing of rural hospitals, Medicaid expansion, the opioid crisis and medical marijuana.” (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
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"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.
President Trump announced that the United States will suspend "war games" with South Korea, which are "inappropriate" given his meeting with North Korean leader Kim-Jong Un. "We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money," said Trump, "unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should." The military exercises "carried out each year by the US and South Korean militaries have been consistently cited by Pyongyang as a US rehearsal for war, and a reason it needs to build a nuclear arsenal."
President Trump "heaped praise on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, calling him 'a very worthy, very smart negotiator' and vowing to meet with him 'many times.' Speaking to reporters in Singapore after his landmark summit with Kim, Trump said that he found the North Korean premier to be a 'very talented man' who 'loves his country very much.'"