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Drew Gerber
May 16, 2018, 11:10 a.m.

AL GOV: Alabama’s only openly gay state legislator, Patricia Todd (D), implied on Twitter on Tuesday evening that Gov. Kay Ivey (R) is a closeted gay woman. Todd is not seeking reelection. Ivey’s campaign called the claim “a disgusting lie being pushed by a paid liberal political hack. There is absolutely no truth to it.” Ivey, at 73, is twice-divorced with no children. (Birmingham News) The controversy arose after evangelist Scott Dawson (R) attacked Ivey for “betray[ing] Alabama values” by awarding a grant to an LGBT nonprofit group. Ivey pushed back, calling Dawson “desperate” and noting the grant was federally-mandated and did not include state money. Ivey added she did not agree with the “agenda or the values” of the nonprofit. (Birmingham News)

Weekly fundraising filings are out: Ivey raised more than $99,000, spent about $610,000, and holds $1.3 million on hand; Dawson raised nearly $15,000, spent about $22,000, and holds roughly $59,000 on hand; Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle (R) raised nearly $92,000, spent about $463,000, and holds nearly $739,000 on hand; state Sen. Bill Hightower (R) raised more than $51,000, spent nearly $360,000, and holds roughly $196,000 on hand; former state Supreme Court Justice Sue Bell Cobb (D) raised nearly $27,000, spent more than $39,000, and holds about $112,000 on hand; and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox (D) raised nearly $50,000, spent about $89,000, and holds more than $235,000 on hand. (Secretary of State)

AR GOV: Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s (R) top donors are linked to the state’s two casinos, Southland Park Gaming and Racing in West Memphis and Oaklawn Racing and Gaming in Hot Springs.

“Southland Park’s Jacobs family and Oaklawn’s Cella family, plus executives and spouses, have contributed at least $113,825, according to campaign finance disclosure records filed with the Arkansas secretary of state. The Jacobs family of New York, Massachusetts and Florida has donated at least $59,325; the Cellas, of Missouri, $54,500.” Gun rights advocate Jan Morgan has reported raising $85,492 while hair braider Leticia Sanders (D) and former state Teach for America executive Jared Henderson (D) raised$12,075 and $272,013 respectively. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

CA GOV: “Mike Bloomberg has plopped down $1.5 million to help elect” former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) “as California’s next governor. Bloomberg wrote the seven-figure check to a PAC called Families & Teachers for Villaraigosa, a big supporter of charter schools. That’s a big issue for Bloomberg, who championed charter schools as an option for students during his three terms as New York City’s mayor.” (New York Post)

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) decision in 2004 “to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples — just a month into his term [as San Francisco mayor] — was at once slapdash and choreographed. Almost immediately it spun out of his control. What was meant to be a short-lived act of civil disobedience on Feb. 12, 2004, turned into a 29-day saga during which more than 4,000 couples wed, catapulting Newsom into the national fray. The move drew rebukes from social conservatives and prominent Democrats, including gay rights icons and Newsom’s political mentors. The fallout rippled into the 2004 presidential election and the successful 2008 campaign for Proposition 8, which banned gay marriages in California. … Newsom has made his decision a central selling point in his campaign for governor,” cutting an ad in February about the moment. (Los Angeles Times)

State Treasurer John Chiang (D) launched a TV ad, “Story,” which is narrated in Mandarin and highlights his immigrant background. “The ad comes on the heels of a grassroots event this past weekend, where nearly 800 members of the LA-area Asian American community showed up to rally support for Chiang.” (release)

Former state Superintendent Delaine Eastin (D) launched her first TV ad, which comprises a super-cut “of most of her rivals in the race agreeing with her during a series of debates.” The ad: “Cut out the middle men.” (Los Angeles Times)

A PAC sponsored by labor organizations, Citizens Supporting Gavin Newsom for Governor 2018, placed a $1 million TV air time buy, along with $75,000 to a media consultant. (Secretary of State)

GA GOV: Gubernatorial candidates have spent more than $12.7 million on radio and TV ads in the run up to the primary. On the Republican side, Lt. Gov Casey Cagle (R) has spent $4.3 million, Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) $1.5 million with former Navy SEAL Clay Tippins (R) and former state Sen Hunter Hill (R) both spending around $1 million each. Former State Rep Stacey Evans (D) “snapped up the most airtime of either Democrat, spending at least $1.3 million through the weekend, according to an analysis conducted by Strategic Media Services. Her rival, former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D), has spent a relatively meager $500,000 on ads, and records show she wasn’t on air in metro Atlanta during stretches of April and May.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

State Sen. Michael Williams (R) announced that he will be embarking on a “Deportation Bus Tour” where he plans to visit the state’s three sanctuary cities, Clarkston, Decatur, and Athens. According to a press release, the purpose of the tour is to “expose how dangerous illegal aliens ruin local economies, cost American jobs, increase healthcare costs, and lower education standards.” (release) The video has now been pulled off of YouTube “for violating YouTube’s policy on hate speech.”

IA GOV: “Planned Parenthood, the ACLU of Iowa and the Emma Goldman Clinic are suing Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) over her recent signing of the fetal heartbeat abortion law. They say the law—which bans most abortions after about six weeks into pregnancy—should be struck down as unconstitutional. They are also asking the Polk County District Court to block the law from taking effect while the lawsuit plays out.”

Reynolds spokeswoman Brenna Smith: “We knew there would be a legal fight, but it’s a fight worth having to protect innocent life.” (Iowa Public Radio)

ID GOV: With votes still being counted, state Rep. Paulette Jordan (D) is the first female Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Idaho history. Jordan beat 2014 nominee A.J. Balukoff 59-40 percent, including besting Balukoff in Ada County where he has been a longtime school board member. Lt. Gov. Brad Little (R) triumphed over Rep. Raul Labrador (R) 37-32 percent, with developer Tommy Ahlquist (R) receiving 27 percent of the vote. (Secretary of State)

KS GOV: The Kobach Is Wrong for Kansas PAC released a report detailing the reasons why Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) is wrong for the governor’s seat. The report, “Kris Kobach: The Candidate with Militia-Minded Friends” cites “Kobach’s ties to extremist groups and a national gun-rights organization whose leader promoted the formation of armed citizen militias more than two decades ago.”

PAC Chairwoman Karen Wulfkuhle: “As Kansans, we value voter rights, equal rights, religious freedom, public education, respect for the courts, and policies that welcome immigrants. We believe that the research will show that Kris Kobach represents a threat to our shared American ideals, and he needs to be stopped from holding future elected office.” (Kansas City Star)

Former state Agriculture Secretary Joshua Svaty (D) announced that he has chosen Katrina Lewison (D) as his running mate. Lewison “is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and served in the 101st Airborne Division as a Black Hawk helicopter platoon leader during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lewison then commanded an aviation company of American and Korean soldiers in South Korea. She concluded her 15 years in the Army teaching cadets at West Point as part of the Eisenhower Leader Development Program in conjunction with Columbia University.” (release)

MA GOV: Pastor Scott Lively (R) “is challenging” Gov. Charlie Baker (R) “to debates ahead of the September primary. … Baker has nearly $8 million in his campaign account and hasn’t said if he will debate Lively.” (AP)

Environmentalist Bob Massie (D) and former state budget chief Jay Gonzalez (D) will debate Thursday. (WBUR)

MD GOV: Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed into law Tuesday a bill that bans “conversion therapy” for minors. State Sen. Richard Madaleno (D), who seeks to challenge Hogan for his office, introduced the bill in the state Senate. Maryland is now the 12th state, along with D.C., to ban conversion therapy. (Washington Blade)

Valerie Ervin (D), the running mate of the late Kevin Kamenetz, has until 5 p.m. Thursday to decide whether to enter the race in his place. “There is great peril in trying to run a five-week campaign, especially when your Democratic primary opponents have been laying the groundwork for … months. … But there would be a certain exhilaration as well – fueled by nothing to lose and the excitement an African-American woman running for governor could generate on the campaign trail in a race that hasn’t really captured voters’ attention, even at this late stage.” (Maryland Matters)

NE GOV: Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts bested writer Krystal Gabel (R) 81-19 percent. State Sen. Bob Krist (D) won the three-way Democratic primary with 60 percent of the vote against activist Vanessa Ward, who received 29 percent, and businessman Tyler Davis, who received 11 percent. (Secretary of State)

NY GOV: Actress Cynthia Nixon (D) vowed to “convene a new, independent Moreland Commission to further probe public corruption in Albany.”

Nixon: “Under Andrew Cuomo, public corruption in our state capital has become a national embarrassment, and robbed New Yorkers of the honest, trustworthy government they deserve. While Andrew Cuomo shut down the Moreland Commission to keep it out of his business and away from sacred cows, I will convene a new commission that’s strong and independent of interference, to fight public corruption on day one of my administration.” (release)

OR GOV: Gov. Kate Brown (D) defeated real estate broker Candace Neville (D) in the primary Tuesday with 81 percent of the vote. State Rep. Knute Buehler (R) won the Republican nomination with 47 percent of the vote. Bend businessman Sam Carpenter (R) received 29 percent and former Navy pilot Greg Wooldridge (R) had 19 percent. (Secretary of State)

SC GOV: The Palmetto PAC released an ad aimed at former state cabinet official Catherine Templeton (R). The ad “features a clip of President Donald Trump saying his famous catchphrase ‘You’re fired’ as a narrator goes over how Templeton was fired from three state jobs, including after five weeks at the States Port Authority.” (Charleston Post and Courier)

Attorney Marguerite Willis (D), tech consultant Phil Noble (D), and state Rep. James Smith (D) took several shots at each other during a debate at the College of Charleston’s Stern Center.

Willis accused Smith of not doing enough during his time in the legislature: “Representative Smith is right about one thing: There have been two decades of neglect in the Legislature, but he’s been there for two decades.”

Noble brought up Smith previously receiving an ‘A’ rating from the NRA, saying “”Until we have leaders that will stand up and challenge the NRA, we’ll never have safe schools.”

Smith, in response: “I am the only candidate on this stage with an endorsement from Moms Demand Action.”

“Despite the bickering, all three shared a common enemy:” Gov. Henry McMaster (R) “and the GOP-controlled Legislature.” (Charleston Post and Courier)

TN GOV: Rep. Diane Black (R) released a TV ad, “14 Years,” which highlights her career supporting anti-abortion causes. The ad: “The heart of a nurse. The strength to fight for what’s right. Diane Black.” (release)

TX GOV: Houston investor Andrew White (D) has brought in more than $1.7 million total, but former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) outraised him in the last two months.

“In the latest reports showing contributions between Feb. 25 and May 12, Valdez raised about $208,000 and spent $87,666, compared to the $178,936 raised and $166,310 spent by White. Valdez initially reported raising more than $290,600, but had to amend her report late in the day Tuesday after duplications due to ‘an administrative error’ were found, her campaign officials conceded.”

“The reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission showed White has $980,943 in cash on hand, partly coming from $1,020,000 in outstanding loans to his campaign, and Valdez has $115,282, including a $20,000 outstanding loan — less than the $258,000 she reported earlier in the day.” (Houston Chronicle)

Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) campaign released a digital ad focused on Valdez’s views on sanctuary cities, calling her “Too Liberal for Texas.” (Dallas Morning News)

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