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Jury Finds Former Cuomo Aide Guilty of Corruption

Andrew White wants to debate Lupe Valdez ahead of Texas’s May 22 runoff.

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Zach C. Cohen
March 14, 2018, 10:52 a.m.

OMB Director Mick Mulvaney’s former congressional campaign gave $1,000 each to Reps. Raul Labrador (R-ID) and Kristi Noem (R-SD) on Sept. 19. (CNN)

AL GOV: Gov. Kay Ivey (R) in her first TV ad says she “had three hours” to prepare to replace former Gov. Robert Bentley (R), but nevertheless “cleaned up that mess, steadied the ship. Now, we are creating jobs. … And I’m just getting started.” “The ad will begin running statewide on Wednesday.” (

CA GOV: The The Fresno County Republican Party Central Committee endorsed businessman John Cox (R). (release)

GA GOV: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) “plans to endorse in Georgia’s Democratic primary for governor ‘in the near future.’ … Democrats in the state have long speculated Bottoms will endorse” former state Rep. Stacey Evans (D). “Still, if Bottoms does endorse Evans, it will ruin the hopes that some black Democrats have harbored: Bottoms and [former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D)] working in tandem in the state’s most powerful executive offices, as Democrats are hoping to turn Georgia blue in 2020.” (BuzzFeed)

HI GOV: The Hawai‘i Building and Construction Trades Council endorsed Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) on Monday. (release)

KS GOV: Former state Sen. Janis Lee (D) endorsed state Sen. Laura Kelly (D). (release)

NY GOV: “A former longtime senior aide and family friend to … Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), Joseph Percoco, was convicted of bribery and fraud Tuesday in a federal corruption case for conducting a pair of schemes to sell his public office for personal profit. … He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 11, and faces up to 50 years in prison.” (Wall Street Journal)

Cuomo: “While I am sad for Joe Percoco’s young daughters who will have to deal with this pain, I echo the message of the verdict — there is no tolerance for any violation of the public trust.. … The verdict demonstrated that these ideals have been violated by someone I knew for a long time. That is personally painful; however, we must learn from what happened and put additional safeguards in place to secure the public trust. Anything less is unacceptable.” (Syracuse Post-Standard)

Actress Cynthia Nixon’s wife, Christine Marinoni, “resigned from her $131,708-a-year position as a special adviser for community partnerships. … Matt McLaughlin, a political and film consultant who worked on [New York City] Mayor [Bill] de Blasio’s 2013 campaign, walking behind Nixon during” a recent video shoot. (New York Post)

OK GOV: Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett (R) nominally led Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb (R) and former U.S. Attorney Gary Richardson (R) 15-14-10 percent in a Oklahoma Strategic Solutions poll (March 9; 500 Republican LVs; +/-4.4%) conducted for Richardson’s campaign. (release)

SC GOV: “In a campaign ad posted online last week,” former state cabinet official Catherine Templeton (R) “said she ‘ruffled so many feathers’ after starting work for former Gov. Nikki Haley in 2011 that … ‘The State Law Enforcement Division actually called and said, ‘Catherine, we need you get a concealed weapons permit.’” SLED spokesman Thom Berry: “It is not our practice to tell, instruct or order a person to obtain a concealed weapons permit.” (Greenville News)

TN GOV: Rep. Diane Black (R) “has missed 29 of 101 total votes the chamber has taken [this year]. … [S]ince Black launched her gubernatorial campaign in August, she has missed more than 50 votes.” (Nashville Tennessean)

Housing services executive Bill Lee (R) “launched a new website Tuesday that discusses the gubernatorial hopeful’s views on Faith in the public square, along with a list of events with faith-based community organizations, and a video introducing the effort.” (Tennessee Star)

TX GOV: “Houston businessman Andrew White (D) on Tuesday called for debates with former Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez (D). … Valdez is open to a debate, said her spokesman … while taking a swing at White’s performance in the primary election. … Manny Garcia, deputy executive director of the state party, said it has ‘no plans to sponsor a debate at this time.’” (San Antonio Express-News)

WY GOV: State Treasurer Mark Gordon (R) “will be touring the state over the next week to announce his campaign and make a first impression on voters. … His campaign website will go live later this week.” (Jackson Hole News & Guide)


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