AL GOV: State Sen. Bill Hightower (R) and evangelist Scott Dawson (R) said “Thursday they were eager to participate in a debate while Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle (R) issued two press releases this week pushing [Gov. Kay Ivey (R)] to join the other candidates on the debate stage.” (AL.com)
Former state Sen. Roger Bedford (D) endorsed Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox (D) on Friday. (AL.com)
AZ GOV: State Sen. Steve Farley (D) hired Kelsi Browning as his communications director. She previously worked for SKD Knickerbocker and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. (Hotline reporting)
CA GOV: Businessman John Cox (R) bought at least $23,000 of radio time between March 25 and April 6. (Advertising Analytics)
“A day after people across the country marched in a student-lead rally to end gun violence, four candidates running to be California’s next governor split along party lines for plans to keep schools safe.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)
State Treasurer John Chiang (D) “reported a total of $21,855 in gifts and free travel. … Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) received $5,265.24 in gifts and travel; State Assemblyman Travis Allen (R) got $1,490.83; and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) took in $1,259, according to state financial disclosure forms the candidates filed this month.” (Mercury News)
GA GOV: “In a vote last year over a bill called HB 192, which changed the liability standard for bank executives,” former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D) “sided with Georgia Republicans and the banking lobby, while” former state Rep. Stacey Evans (D) “led the opposition.” (The Intercept)
HI GOV: Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) led Gov. David Ige (D) 47-27 percent in a new Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy poll (March 13-18; 498 Democratic LVs; +/-4.5). Former state Sen. Clayton Hee (D) got 11 percent. In the Republican primary (134 LVs; +/-8.6), former state Sen. John Carroll (R) was ahead of state Rep. Andria Tupola (R) 40-28 percent, though both were relatively unknown to about half of respondents. Democrats led Republicans in hypothetical general-election matchups “by a margin of about 2-to-1.” (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
ID GOV: A.J. Balukoff (D), the 2014 nominee, is running a TV ad saying, “we need to start standing up” for access to health care and public lands. Balukoff: “It’s time we have a governor who stands up for all of Idaho.” (Advertising Analytics)
KS GOV: Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s (R) “real problem may be the recent reshaping of the GOP primary race when several rivals ended their campaigns. The smaller field may not bode well for Kobach, who’s so controversial that he’s believed to have a support ceiling of 30 or 35 percent. That total would almost certainly be enough to win a seven-candidate race — and that’s what his early frontrunner status was based on.” (Kansas City Star)
SD GOV: State Attorney General Marty Jackley (R) “is contrasting his legal effort to force out-of-state online sellers to pay sales taxes with” Rep. Kristi Noem’s (R) “reportedly failed effort this week to fix the problem legislatively.” (Rapid City Journal)
NY GOV: Actress Cynthia Nixon (D) called for a $15 minimum wage and described New York “the single most unequal state in the country.” She also argued she’s running because “It is almost impossible for anybody who is in Democratic politics to run against” Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) because “he is famously vengeful.” Nixon: “A real Democrat doesn’t slash taxes on the wealthy. A real Democrat doesn’t slash corporate taxes. A real Democrat doesn’t give away billions of dollars in economic development money to his cronies and his donors with no strings attached. A real Democrat doesn’t lose us $25 billion in revenue in eight years.” (Glamour)
“[I]t’s Cuomo’s temperament — he’s known for a hair-trigger temper and a penchant for both snarky and nuclear responses — that could be his biggest threat, even with Nixon hammering away at him on issues like corruption and the subways.” (New York Daily News)
“Nixon’s conundrum is that while she must make the most of her extensive name recognition among the state’s 5.8 million registered Democrats—in electoral terms, what else has she got?—she must do it in a way that avoids any whiff of the glamorous lifestyle and Manhattan chic that Sex and the City moulded into televisual gold. It is a reasonable wager that Hermès Birkin handbags and Manolo Blahnik heels will not be featuring on the Nixon campaign trail.” (The Guardian)
“Upstate New Yorkers are skeptical of Nixon … if they even know who the actress and liberal activist is at all.” (New York Post)
Nixon “first registered with the city’s Board of Elections in 1991. She has been an active voter since then. … Nixon changed her registration to vote in Suffolk County for just one year, between 2016 and 2017.” (NY1)
“Nixon is calling for the big film industry tax break to be reined in as part of her run for governor — but the actress’ own ’Sex and the City’ movies scored enough dough from the $420-million program to buy a lifetime supply of Manolos.” (New York Post)
The battle “for the African-American vote is already underway. … Cuomo’s team has been blitzing the cellphones of politically connected African-American pastors and elected officials in recent days. Publicly, he has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with black and Latino residents and decried the state of public housing in New York City as a ‘civil-rights abuse.’ … Before she launched her campaign, Ms. Nixon gave a quick heads-up call to the Rev. Al Sharpton. … The exact minute that Ms. Nixon announced her campaign on Twitter … she personally texted Elinor Tatum, the publisher and editor of the Amsterdam News, the historic black newspaper, to alert her to the news. Ms. Nixon granted her first sit-down interview to the paper. … Nixon, who also attended services on Sunday at a predominantly African-American church, Mount Pisgah Baptist in Brooklyn, is expected to follow up her call to Mr. Sharpton with a meal together soon at the famed Harlem soul-food restaurant Sylvia’s, likely at the same window table where Mr. Sharpton met separately with Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders as they ran for president.” (New York Times)
“Two prominent Democratic elected officials — Public Advocate Letitia James and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer — both declined to endorse … Cuomo for re-election Friday.” (New York Post)
“[C]omedian Marie Connor (also openly gay) created a T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase ‘unqualified lesbian’ in what we can only guess is an effort to reclaim this insult” from former New York City Speaker Christine Quinn (D) of Nixon. (Yahoo)
OK GOV: Former U.S. Attorney Gary Richardson (R) booked at least $860 in radio ads between Feb. 26 and March 30. (Advertising Analytics)
OR GOV: Seven Republican candidates debating Saturday night said Gov. Kate Brown (D) “and Democrats in the state legislature are the underlying cause of what they see as Oregon’s biggest problems, including poor high school graduation rates, lack of accountability for public officials and high taxes.” (Salem Statesman Journal)
TN GOV: Tennessee Jobs Now PAC, a super PAC targeting Rep. Diane Black (R) is airing a radio ad “on several stations across the state” “that focuses on her vote to give Tennessee drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens when she served in the Tennessee State House of Representatives.” (Tennessee Star)
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