AL GOV: Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle (R) released his third ad Thursday, which will air on network TV, cable TV, and digital media across Alabama. The ad focuses on Battle’s ideas for improving education in the state and features his wife, Eula Battle, who started a non-profit that provides teachers across the country with classroom supplies. (release)
CA GOV: Businessman John Cox (R) had just “$124,017 in the bank and $277,751 in unpaid bills” after the pre-primary period, April 22-May 19.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) raised $1.5 million, spent $9.6 million, and had $12.7 million on hand, “including $2.9 million left from his 2014 re-election campaign.” State Treasurer John Chiang (D) raised $614,000 and had $4.3 million on hand, raising $613,894. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) raised $969,477 and had $2.2 million cash on hand.
“The campaigns for Democrat Delaine Eastin, former state schools chief, and Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen, are both running on fumes. Eastin reported $127,413 in the bank and $111,799 in debts, while Allen has $37,539 cash on hand and $17,866 in unpaid bills.”(San Francisco Chronicle)
Chiang is out with an ad that accuses Newsom of “trying to elect a Republican” and Villaraigosa of being “bankrolled by billionaires.” (Los Angeles Times)
A poll showed Newsom leading among Sonoma County likely voters with 41 percent (May 2-7; 500 RVs; +/-4%). Cox followed with 10 percent, Villaraigosa with 8 percent, Eastin with 5 percent, Chiang with 4 percent, and Allen with 3 percent, while 25 percent of respondents were undecided. (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
GA GOV: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R) released an ad featuring his wife, Nita Cagle. Nita Cagle, in the ad: “Casey has led our family faithfully, with God, and in service to others. I know he'll do the same for Georgia." (release)
IA GOV: The Des Moines Register endorsed former state economic development official Fred Hubbell (D): “We need a governor who will heal Medicaid, clean up our water, stop starving our schools and bring back our rural communities. But fixing the financial system has to come first, and Hubbell is the best candidate for that job.” (Des Moines Register)
The Quad City Times also threw its support behind Hubbell: “His pragmatic, left-leaning centrism also best positions him to effectively govern a divided government.” (Quad City Times)
KS GOV: Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid will appear at two events for Gov. Jeff Colyer (R), one on June 4 in Wichita and another on June 6 in Mission Hills. “Tickets for the events start at $500 each. More extravagant packages range from $1,000 to $4,000. The $4,000 package includes four tickets to a VIP reception and a photo opportunity.”
Colyer campaign spokeswoman Kara Fullmer: "We're excited and appreciate Andy's support in these fundraisers.”
Former state Sen. Jim Barnett (R) took issue with Reid’s involvement, particularly after Colyer recently signed legislation that would give faith-based adoption agencies the power to reject lesbian and gay couples during the adoption process.
Barnett: "I call upon Coach Reid to withdraw support of Governor Colyer or any other candidate for governor. It just seems inappropriate for the Kansas City Chiefs to become involved in a political campaign for a candidate, who has just signed into law one of the most discriminatory pieces of legislation in recent memory." (Kansas City Star)
Barnett will announce his running mate in Topeka on May 31. (Garden City Telegram)
MA GOV: "The top political adviser to" Gov. Charlie Baker (R) "also provided strategic and communications advice as a paid consultant to two companies that recently landed massive clean energy contracts in Massachusetts. Jim Conroy, an experienced political strategist who managed Baker’s 2014 campaign and is a key adviser on his reelection bid, also worked with Vineyard Wind LLC and Central Maine Power Co., helping the companies beat out competitors for what will be two of New England’s biggest energy projects." (Boston Globe)
Three Democrats in the Massachusetts Cape and Islands legislative delegation endorsed former state budget chief Jay Gonzalez (D) on Friday. “State Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, and state Reps. Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, and Dylan Fernandes, D-Woods Hole, announced their support for Gonzalez.” (Cape Cod Times)
MD GOV: Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker (D) is set to air his first two TV ads in Montgomery County and Baltimore City, where the campaign has placed a week of ad buys. In Montgomery County, the campaign will be running an ad it previously released on social media, touting Baker’s Washington Post endorsement and featuring Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D).
The second ad will run in Baltimore City and highlight programs Baker implemented as county executive of Prince George’s County, including the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative. (release)
Former Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D) “is threatening legal action after state election officials announced they would not print new ballots reflecting her recent candidacy following the sudden death of her running mate.”
“The state board of elections announced that it would not reprint ballots for the June 26 primary to reflect Ervin as a Democratic candidate for governor. She was previously running as lieutenant governor on the ticket with former gubernatorial candidate and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who died of a heart attack on May 10.” (WTOP)
OK GOV: An internal poll commissioned by former U.S. Attorney Gary Richardson (R) and released Friday showed Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb (R) led GOP candidates with 20 percent, though 30 percent were undecided (May 22-23; 500 Republican RVs; +/-4%). Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt (R) followed with 17 percent while Richardson and former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett (R) tied for third with 13 percent. With such a crowded field, the primary will likely result in a runoff. In terms of top issues for Republicans, 23 percent said uncovering waste, fraud, & abuse was the most important issue, followed by the state budget with 19 percent and illegal immigration with 18 percent. The poll was conducted by Oklahoma Strategic Solutions. (release)
TN GOV: Former Rep. Bob Clement (D) endorsed Nashville Mayor Karl Dean (D) on Tuesday.
Dean: “I am honored to have Congressman Clement’s support. Few know Tennessee better than Bob and the Clement family. He has provided valuable counsel to me during this campaign and I look forward to his continued support and involvement.” (release)
With President Trump scheduled to appear in Tennessee to endorse Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) for Senate, Republican front-runners for governor are angling to align themselves with the president as well. Rep. Diane Black (R) and former state cabinet member Randy Boyd (R) “are parroting ... Trump's call to 'build the wall' and are depicting one another as sympathizers of people in the country illegally, turning the race into a fight over who's toughest on immigration.”
“Tennessee Jobs Now PAC is targeting Black's voting record. Boyd campaign donor and businessman Joe Hollingsworth Jr. has largely fueled the group with $400,000. Boyd's campaign says it has nothing to do with the PAC's ads. ... The PAC ad says Black voted against funding Trump's border wall by opposing the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, which included $1.6 billion for the first steps of Trump's U.S.-Mexico wall.”
“Black's campaign has targeted Boyd for a $250,000 donation in 2016 to Conexion Americas solely to help expand its commercial kitchen so more culinary entrepreneurs could use it. Conexion Americas lobbied for the in-state tuition bill and against the sanctuary legislation.” (AP)