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In California, Candidates Release Flood of Ads

The Hawaii State Teachers Association endorsed Ige.

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Drew Gerber and Nia Prater
May 14, 2018, 11:09 a.m.

AL GOV: A staffer for former state Supreme Court Justice Sue Bell Cobb (D) resigned a day after his arrest for violating his release conditions as a sex offender. Cobb accepted the resignation but continued to defend the staffer, calling the arrest “politically motivated.” (Birmingham News)

Evangelist Scott Dawson (R) released his first TV ad, “Learning About Faith,” which focused on the strength of his father’s hope and faith when he lost his trucking job.

Dawson: “You can go days without food. But you can’t go one second without hope.” (release)

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox (D) is the only Democratic candidate for governor that did not sign a seven-point pledge “that included promises to refuse defaming opponents and to not accept funding from groups in exchange for endorsements,” calling it “nothing more than a political stunt.” The pledge was conceived by Cobb and agreed to by the other Democratic candidates following a forum Saturday. (Birmingham News)

CA GOV: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) both rallied with supporters Saturday, hitting similar themes about poverty in an economically powerful state. Newsom was “hosted by the Service Employees International Union and Laborers International Union of North America,” while Villaraigosa spoke “at the opening of a campaign field office in San Fernando Valley.” (Los Angeles Times)

Villaraigosa (D) launched a TV ad, “A Governor Who Empowers You,” which highlights his willingness to take on school districts and work for marginalized communities. (release)

State Treasurer John Chiang (D) released an ad, “Leadership,” which attacks Villaraigosa over his leadership of Los Angeles. The ad contrasts Villaraigosa with the praise Chiang received as state treasurer. (Los Angeles Times)

Businessman John Cox (R) launched a TV ad attacking Newsom as a “career politician” who would raise taxes and protect sanctuary cities. The ad sets up the race as a choice between Cox and Newsom, arguing that for Republicans “the conservative choice is clear.” (release)

“A social media campaign attacking … Newsom for an old affair, and subsequent romantic relationship with a 19-year-old when he was 39 is seeking to raise moral and ethical questions about the former San Francisco mayor before the June 5 primary. … Operators behind the Asian American Small Business political action committee, running the independent expenditure campaign, confirmed to The Sacramento Bee that it is funding ads on social media sites, including Facebook and Instagram, that include republishing old articles about Newsom’s past.” The group has supported Chiang in the past. (Sacramento Bee)

HI GOV: The Hawaii State Teachers Union backed Gov. David Ige (D). “The 13,700 public school members teachers union previously backed Ige in his 2014 race against then Gov. Neil Abercrombie.” (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

IA GOV: “The Building Trades union has begun airing TV ads on behalf of state Sen. Nate Boulton [D] ahead of next month’s Democratic primary. The spot highlights how Boulton grew up in ‘working-class rural Iowa’ where working overtime was ‘nothing new.’ The narrator calls out GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds and her predecessor Terry Branstad for attacking the rights of workers, while they praise Boulton for leading the fight against their policies and taking his case all the way to the state Supreme Court ‘to protect our health care.’” (Daily Kos)

Former state economic development official Fred Hubbell (D) was endorsed by the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters. “The union cited Hubbell’s leadership and support for ‘fair wages and a safe environment for Iowa’s workers.’ The union also cited Hubbell’s commitment to reverse the state legislature’s decision last year to curtail most collective bargaining rights for state workers.”

Felicia Hilton, the union’s political director for Iowa and Nebraska: “Fred’s history of nurturing collaboration of labor, business and community mirrors our organization’s priorities.” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

ID GOV: The Idaho Statesman endorsed former state Rep. Paulette Jordan (D) in Tuesday’s primary. (Idaho Statesman) Gold Star father Khizr Khan also backed Jordan. (release)

OK GOV: “Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb (R), who has spent much of his gubernatorial campaign trying to distance himself from the state Capitol, stressed his legislative experience here Thursday at a Republican Party gathering. … Lamb’s new emphasis on his state government experience comes as Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt (R), who has been running as an outsider, appears to be on the rise.” (Oklahoman)

Former state Sen. Connie Johnson (D) “sees state government passing some of the criminal justice reform laws today she called for in the State Senate years ago when her ideas were ignored.” The proposals involve reforming drug sentencing laws and a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana. (Stillwater News Press)

SC GOV: A teenage intern for former state cabinet official Catherine Templeton (R) returned to her home after babysitting to find her lawn covered in signs for Gov. Henry McMaster (R), a sight that left her “scared.”

Templeton, in a tweet: “The mother bear in me is really angry about old school intimidation of engaged kids from [people] who clearly work for a desperate politician.” (Columbia State)

TN GOV: Tennessee’s attorney general has denied a request from campaign financial officials to weigh in on questions” posed by Drew Rawlins, executive director of the Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance, regarding campaign finance disclosures involving state House Speaker Beth Harwell (R). The attorney general’s office declined to provide an opinion, citing that “the questions posed…could be the subject of potential litigation and that this office might be called upon to participate in that litigation.” (Nashville Tennessean)

TX GOV: Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) and Houston investor Andrew White (D) met in their sole debate before the May 22 runoff. The two candidates discussed abortion, immigration, and taxes. (Dallas Morning News)

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