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Ige, Ricketts Air Reelection TV Ads

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said he never went to rehab.

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Zach C. Cohen
April 24, 2018, 11:07 a.m.

AZ GOV: Gov. Doug Ducey (R) scored a 59-26 percent approval rating in a Magellan Strategies poll (April 11-12, 15; 775 GOP LVs; +/-3.6%). (release) Ducey faces former Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R) in the August primary.

CA GOV: More than a decade after Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) admitted to an affair with the wife of his campaign manager and said he would seek professional help for “problems with alcohol,” the Democrat has now said he has resumed drinking and never actually went to rehab. (Sacramento Bee)

GA GOV: “Television actresses Tracee Ellis Ross, Rashida Jones, and Niecy Nash will campaign for” former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D) “next Monday in Albany, Atlanta, and Middle Georgia. In-person early voting starts the same day for the May 22 Democratic primary.” (National Journal)

Former Rep. Mac Collins (R) and 34 state representatives endorsed Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R). (release)

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R) said avoiding a Republican runoff was “mathematically impossible.” (Gainesville Times)

HI GOV: Gov. David Ige’s (D) first TV ad of his reelection campaign describes his leadership as “a reflection” of the state’s “hard-working and humble” people before pivoting to his support for a $15 hourly minimum wage and paid family leave. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

ID GOV: “[T]op Republican candidates for governor gave voters three distinct options to choose from Monday during their second televised debate, which included plenty of jabs at each other’s campaign tactics.” (Boise Spokesman-Review)

NE GOV: “Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) has spent $300,000 so far on a TV ad that started airing Monday and runs almost all the way through the primary election. In the ad, supporters tout Nebraska’s economic development during the Republican governor’s first term. ‘And the best part is,’ Ricketts says, ‘we’re just getting started.’” (Omaha World-Herald)

“[A]ll the incumbent governor has to do to advance from the May 15 GOP primary is outpoll a freelance writer running on a pro-marijuana platform.” State Sen. Bob Krist (D), “a Republican during nine of his 10 years in the Nebraska Legislature, has the Democratic Party’s blessing and holds a clear advantage to make it to November.” (Omaha World-Herald)

NY GOV: Actress Cynthia Nixon (D) said she thinks “we’re going to be collecting signatures” to get on the Democratic primary ballot, anticipating Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will block her at next month’s state Democratic Committee meeting of delegates. (Politico)

“Nixon led a march Monday of more than 1,000 environmental activists to the State Capitol. … As the activists poured into the building, Cuomo countered the criticism by announcing a proposal to ban the use of plastic shopping bags.” (Newsday)

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (R) “named Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and former Secretary to the Governor John Cahill co-chairs of his lieutenant governor screening committee.” (Auburn Citizen)

OK GOV: At a forum Monday, former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett (R) “said Monday he was glad Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed a $474 million tax package last month to provide a teacher pay raise, marking a huge break from” the rest of the field. Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb (R), former state Rep. Dan Fisher (R), former U.S. Attorney Gary Richardson (R), and mortgage executive Kevin Stitt (R) “said at the forum they would not have signed the package, while state Auditor Gary Jones (R) endorsed the tax bill.” (NewsOK)

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