Our Revolution endorsed former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (R) and former Oklahoma state Sen. Connie Johnson (D) on Monday in their respective bids for governor.
Our Revolution President Nina Turner. “Both Stacey and Connie have decades of experience getting things done in the statehouse. They also have the leadership and the vision to fix the growing inequality between people experiencing poverty and those at the very top, end private for-profit prisons, and protect reproductive rights.” (release)
AK GOV: Former Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan (R) endorsed former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy (R). (Facebook) “The Republican State Convention is March 8-10 and all candidates who have announced for the Republican ticket are likely to attend.” (Must Read Alaska)
CA GOV: “Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) filed papers to officially enter the 2018 gubernatorial race at San Francisco City Hall on Monday.” (KCBS)
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) “on Monday challenged … Newsom (D) to a one-on-one debate over the viability of a state-sponsored single-payer healthcare system in California.” (Los Angeles Times)
GA GOV: Monday was the first day primary and independent candidates for office could qualify for the November election. The deadline to do so is noon on Friday. (Georgia Secretary of State) Former Navy SEAL Clay Tippins (R) will file Wednesday. (release)
A Meeting Street Research poll (March 1-4; 500 GOP primary voters; +/-4%) conducted for Citizens for Georgia’s Future, a group supporting Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R), “showed he jumped from 31 percent of support in February to 38 percent in March, after he effectively blocked an airline jet fuel tax exemption because Delta cut marketing ties with the National Rifle Association. His favorability ratings grew by about the same margin. A solid majority of poll respondents—57 percent—agreed with Cagle’s threat to punish Delta unless it repaired its partnership with the NRA. And 50 percent agreed with the GOP vote that refused Delta and other airlines the $50 million tax break because of the feud.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
“Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) released his plan to create a comprehensive criminal alien database and expedite deportations in Georgia.” (release)
HI GOV: Former state Sen. Clayton Hee (D) proposed allowing the state Department of Education decide whether to have armed security officers but opposed arming teachers. Gov. David Ige (D) opposed arming any staff at schools. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) favors expanded background checks and tougher federal gun control laws. (Hawaii News Now) Ige: “I, for one, intend to walk out with the students for 17 minutes to demonstrate the need for stronger gun laws in our country.” (Honolulu Civil Beat)
SC GOV: “In a speech Monday, state Rep. James Smith (D) bewailed South Carolina’s low teacher pay, decried party politics and said he would work to establish a cabinet-level energy post.” (Columbia State) Former state cabinet official Catherine Templeton’s (R) “platform touches on six issues: respecting the flag and national anthem, protecting the state’s history, protecting ‘home rule,’ passing ‘constitutional carry,’ reducing abortions and closing the state’s primaries so that only party members can vote.” (Columbia State)
SD GOV: State Attorney General Marty Jackley (R) started running the first TV ad of the race statewide on Monday, which a narrator describes him as “A conservative we can trust to lead” and touts his record on taxes, gun rights, abortion, and crime. (Facebook) Campaign Manager Jason Glodt said the ad was backed by a six-figure buy. (Hotline reporting)
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