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Newsom, Evans Run First Negative TV Ads

The RGA praised Ducey for his recent actions in education.

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Zach C. Cohen
May 4, 2018, 11:23 a.m.

AZ GOV: The RGA released an ad praising Gov. Doug Ducey (R) for “securing significant investments in public schools and historic pay increases for Arizona teachers—without raising taxes.” (RGA release)

“Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signed legislation early Thursday granting teachers an average 19 percent pay increase within three years hours before the Arizona Legislature approved a new state budget.” (Capitol Media Services)

VoteVets PAC endorsed former state associate schools superintendent David Garcia (D). (release)

CA GOV: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) released “a new campaign ad attacking” businessman John Cox (R) “for being pro-gun and pro-President Trump. … Campaign spokesman Nathan Click said the ad will air statewide on broadcast and cable stations, as well as on social media, and will be added to the campaign’s regular cycle of advertising.” (Los Angeles Times)

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R) and Rep. Jeff Denham (R) endorsed Cox. (releases)

The GOP convention this weekend could be a crucial one, particularly for Cox and state Assemblyman Travis Allen (R). It remains to be seen if either candidate will be able to yield the votes of 60 percent of the delegates needed to earn the party’s official endorsement. “The seal of approval may be essential for either to survive the June primary and appear on the November ballot. Propelling a strong Republican to the top of the ticket could be vital to rallying enough of the party’s voters to help candidates in tight races down the ballot, in turn boosting GOP efforts to hold control of Congress.” (Los Angeles Times)

“A group of prominent African American political, religious and civic leaders gathered Thursday to endorse [former Los Angeles Mayor] Antonio Villaraigosa [D] for governor, arguing that the former Los Angeles mayor has a history of working to lift their community.” (Los Angeles Times)

GA GOV: Former state Rep. Stacey Evans (D) started airing the first negative TV ad of the May 22 primary, attacking former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D) because “she cut a deal with Republicans” to cut funding for higher education scholarships that impacted “97 percent of African-American high school graduates.” (release)

“A senior adviser with Citizens for Georgia’s Future — the outside group spending more than $1 million to boost Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s (R) campaign — tells us its internal polls mirror the AJC/Channel 2 findings released last week. … We’re told that the organization may try to influence the race for the second spot — a tight contest between Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) and former state Sen. Hunter Hill (R) — by airing ads that ‘fill some of the holes on one of the candidate’s resume.’” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Teacher Marc Urbach (R) ended his campaign and endorsed state Sen. Michael Williams (R). (The Georgia Sun)

ID GOV: Former Gov. Dirk Kempthorne (R) endorsed Lt. Gov. Brad Little (R). (release)

NY GOV: Daily Kos endorsed actress Cynthia Nixon (D). (release)

“Working through her family foundation … Nixon has donated tens of thousands of dollars to several progressive groups that are now supporting her campaign.” (Politico)

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (R) “released his 2017 tax return on Thursday. … Molinaro and his wife, Corinne Adams, had a combined adjusted gross income of $174,048 in 2017, which was largely from Molinaro’s $139,869 salary as county executive. They paid $22,539 in federal taxes and $9,231 in state taxes.” (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)

SC GOV: “Greenville businessman John Warren (R) … is adding $2.5 million of his own money to the $550,000 he already kicked in for a total of more than $3 million.” (Charleston Post & Courier)

Sources have said that former state cabinet official Catherine Templeton (R) was forced out of her role at the South Carolina DHEC by former Gov. Nikki Haley (R). But Haley is disputing that. Their claims suggest that Haley was bothered by Templeton’s actions including, “Templeton announcing a plan to limit buying sugary drinks with food stamps, and also visiting the Medical University of South Carolina and Roper Hospital in Charleston pretending to have flu-like symptoms to see whether the staff asked her if she traveled to countries stricken with the deadly Ebola virus, the sources said.” A statement from Haley’s U.N. office said, “Catherine was not fired by Gov. Haley and offered her resignation voluntarily.” (Charleston Post & Courier)

TX GOV: The Dallas Morning News editorial board is endorsing Houston investor Andrew White (D) in the runoff election after previously endorsing him during the primary. (Dallas Morning News)

WY GOV: Former state Rep. Mary Throne (D) “raised $185,643 from August through December,” $100,000 of which was a loan from the candidate, and ended the year with $150,000 on hand. Throne’s payroll includes “former campaign manager Bri Jones, who has since left the campaign to attend law school … Aimee Van Cleave, former executive director of the Wyoming Democratic Party, and … Jennie Blackton, a political communication consultant based in California.”

Attorney Harriet Hageman (R) “raised $112,215 by the end of last year,” $25,000 of which was self-funded, and had $98,000 on hand. Hageman’s consultant is Lewis Media Consulting, run by Hageman spokeswoman Trinity Lewis.”

Businessman Bill Dahlin (R) “generated $60,770 between his initial announcement in spring of last year through December,” $50,000 of which came from Dahlin, and had almost $50,000 on hand.

“While Hageman had a faster rate of fundraising — pulling in more than $100,000 in less than two months — Throne had the most small donors out of the three candidates in 2017.”

Other candidates entered the race after the close of the latest campaign finance disclosure period. (Casper Star Tribune)

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