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Valerie Jarrett endorsed Stacey Abrams in Georgia.

April 2, 2018, 10:01 a.m.

GA GOV: Former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett endorsed former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D) in an email to her supporters on Friday. (release)

“The end of the legislative session last week sprung candidates for Georgia governor into a final sprint for the primaries. … Over the next seven weeks, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R) is sure to trumpet tax cuts and the surprise plan to boost the state’s funding for k-12 schools in his bid for governor. And the four other leading GOP candidates will assail the Republican front-runner for not securing a “religious liberty” measure or other items on the conservative wish list.” Abrams and former state Rep. Stacey Evans (D) “praised the GOP-controlled Legislature for different reasons.” “State Sen. Michael Williams (R) spent the final days of the session unsuccessfully trying to tack his stalled policy proposals to unrelated legislation. Hours after lawmakers returned home, Williams lashed out at Cagle and other Senate leaders for not embracing measures calling for term limits and police pay hikes.” “Even though he played no role in what the House or Senate did, [Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R)] claimed credit for some of the initiatives that lawmakers adopted, saying he’s “encouraged that many under the Gold Dome are paying attention and following my lead.” Former Navy SEAL Clay Tippins (R) “emerged as one of Cagle’s loudest critics. In repeated visits to the statehouse, Tippins has blamed Cagle for resistance to expanding the medical marijuana program and said the lieutenant governor threatened to block legislation proposed by his supporters.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

“All seven GOP candidates for governor debated Saturday night. … The debate was hosted by the 9th district Republican Party” and Rep. Doug Collins (R-09). (WXIA)

HI GOV: Gov. David Ige (D) “said disagreements he currently has with his former colleagues [for their endorsement of Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D)] ‘is not so much about leadership but about politics, and the manipulation and expression of power. This election is about character and the fight is between those who would return to the old days of doing things and the attendant backroom dealings.’” (Honolulu Civil Beat)

NY GOV: Actress Cynthia Nixon (D) “says she has a simple response to voters who question whether she has the experience necessary to run for governor of New York”: “You know me as an actor. … But I’m so much more than an actor.” (AP)

Nixon will grant “her first television sit-down interview to … ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ on … April 4.” (Variety)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) “has rewritten the disclaimer language on his campaign website that describes which of his appointees are banned from donating to his campaign, potentially opening the door for more appointees to contribute.” (New York Times)

Despite state Sen. John DeFrancisco’s (R) “biting criticisms and cutting wit—his subjects wilt under his questioning—DeFrancisco’s enemies are few and far between. Whether it’s longtime Republican colleagues or far-left Democrats—even members of his own party standing in the way of his latest and grandest endeavour—most insiders, at least outwardly, seem to like the guy. … But now, all that respect seemingly has amounted to little.” (City & State)

SC GOV: “The American Future Fund of Iowa has re-upped its statewide TV ads supporting” former state cabinet official Catherine Templeton (R), “raising its buy to $500,000.”

“Joe Debose … as a spokesman for the South Carolina Industry Project’s parent organization … said the group did not have a favorite in the race, and he declined to say who was paying for the ads: ‘Not sure why that’s important.’” (Charleston Post & Courier)

Templeton dismissed President Trump’s endorsement of Gov. Henry McMaster (R) as “Trump merely returning the favor after McMaster endorsed his presidential campaign in 2016. ‘Henry ain’t Trump,’ Templeton said, contending she is the true Trump-like candidate.” (Charleston Post & Courier)

“McMaster received nearly $31,000 in gifts and travel in his first year in office, triple his haul as lieutenant governor but short of the six-figure tallies from his predecessor.” (Charleston Post & Courier)

“Asked what about her husband’s 2006 [governor] race led her to want to run for governor a decade later, Marguerite Willis’ answer is succinct. ‘Nothing.’” (Columbia State)

SD GOV: Terry LaFleur (R) will instead run as a Constitution Party candidate. (South Dakota War College)

TN GOV: Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean (D) “will file his qualifying petition with the Division of Elections to be on the ballot for the August primary” on Monday. (release)

“Black has voted at least eight times to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood since she came to Congress in 2011, and in half of those instances, she was the lead sponsor of the legislation that sought to terminate the organization’s funding. … But on at least eight other occasions, Black has voted in favor of the government spending bills through which Planned Parenthood receives its federal funding.” (Nashville Tennessean)

TX GOV: “Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) and Houston investor Andrew White (D) have disparate strategies for winning the nomination. Valdez … is firming up her base and planning inroads into the Houston area, where White is strong. White is also looking to turn out his political strongholds, while making gains in places such as Central Texas. Because they are light on resources, much of the traditional campaign activity and travel are expected to unfold closer to election day.” (Dallas Morning News)

Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) recent trip to India, “paid for by the nonprofit Texas Economic Development Corp., demonstrates the political advantage Abbott enjoys seven months before the November election. Even if Abbott did not have more than 40 times the available campaign cash than either White or Valdez, and even if polls did not consistently show him the most popular political figure in Texas, the ability to showcase the trappings of power can be an immeasurable political benefit.” (USA Today)

WY GOV: State Treasurer Mark Gordon (R) is “the man to beat for the five other Republican candidates who have announced ahead of the August primary.” (Casper Star Tribune)

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