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Gordon Kicks Off Wyoming Campaign

Raul Labrador released his first Idaho governor TV ad.

March 16, 2018, 10:04 a.m.

AL GOV: Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox (D) said in a response to an NRA questionnaire that while he cherishes “the constitutional rights guaranteed to all citizens through the Second Amendment. … I will not entertain or make a commitment on any specific legislation” on gun rights. (release)

AZ GOV: The Communications Workers of America Arizona State Council and the Arizona National Organization for Women endorsed former state associate schools superintendent David Garcia (D) on Thursday. (release)

“Gov. Doug Ducey (R) said Thursday that his plan to improve school safety in Arizona could include tighter gun laws in several areas.” (Arizona Republic)

CA GOV: Former Clinton policy adviser Amanda Renteria (D) called on Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) to resign. Renteria: “Someone with a history of sexual misconduct in the workplace doesn’t deserve to hold elected office in California.” (release)

Radio show host, gas tax opponent, and former congressional candidate Carl DeMaio (R) endorsed businessman John Cox (R) on Wednesday, calling him “our only shot to get into the run-off and have a real debate about the future of the state.” (The DeMaio Report)

A new Smith Johnson Research poll Cox’s campaign showed him statistically tied with Newsom 45-45 percent “after the 496 people in the online survey were asked about the importance of a series of issues or proposals and given undisclosed ‘positive arguments likely to be made’ by Cox and Newsom.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

GA GOV: “[S]everal of the leading GOP candidates veered clear of more scathing attacks on the [school] walkouts.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

ID GOV: Rep. Raúl Labrador (R) released his first TV ad on Thursday, describing him as the only candidate “who is a consistent conservative” with “the courage to stand up to the political elite.” (release)

Former state Rep. Paulette Jordan (D) “said Thursday she secured support from Democracy for America.” Boise businessman A.J. Balukoff (D) “secured endorsements from five Democratic incumbent lawmakers and three former Democratic legislators, including former House Minority John Rusche.” (AP)

NY GOV: Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (R) “now has 50.01 percent of the weighted vote of Republican State Committee members heading into the party’s May nominating convention, according to Molinaro’s campaign. Any candidate who receives more than 50 percent of the GOP vote at the convention automatically becomes the party’s nominee on the November ballot. … The committee members are not required to vote at the convention for the candidates they endorsed.” (Syracuse Post-Standard)

State Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco (R) told WCNY on Thursday that “‘it’s very unlikely’ he will seek re-election to the 50th Senate District seat he has held for 25 years.” (Syracuse Post-Standard)

The National Organization for Women-New York (NOW-NY) endorsed Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for reelection. (release)

WY GOV: State Treasurer Mark Gordon (R) “plans to run for Wyoming governor as a conservative ‘cowboy’ who spent the last six years leveraging the state’s investment funds to deliver higher returns.” Gordon: “Some things just (aren’t) for sale—be it our conservative values, your tax dollars, our financial freedom or our future. … That’s why I am running for Governor.”

“Gordon is the only candidate who has won statewide office to have entered the race so far, though he may face tough questions about his political background, having donated to Democratic candidates during the 1990s and early aughts.” (Casper Star Tribune)

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