AR GOV: Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said Monday he supports President Trump in his trade war with China, but hopes the situation is soon resolved in order to protect Arkansas farmers from harm: "I continue to support the president. But we feel it’s appropriate to say there is a point that you should not squeeze us further. American farmers are among the hardest hit by China’s 25 percent retaliatory duties on everything from meats and dairy to fruits and vegetables to rice and soybeans. Agriculture is the No. 1 industry in Arkansas, adding $16 billion per year to the state’s $124 billion economy. Soybeans are Arkansas’ top export to the tune of about $850 million annually. ... We give a lot of confidence and latitude to the president [on trade]. But we hope we can bring an end to this trade war." (CNBC)
GA GOV: Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) released a TV ad focused on the leaked audio his campaign has released in recent weeks. He calls Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R) corrupt for stating in the recording that he supported “bad policy” for political gain. The ad also cites the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s coverage of the issue. (release)
KS GOV: Gov Jeff Colyer (R) was endorsed by several prominent figures in Wichita including Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell (R), the Wichita Regional Chamber PAC, and Sedgwick County Commission Chairman David Dennis (R).
Colyer: “Wichita is a place where something is really happening. That is why this endorsement is so important for Tracey [Mann] and I. We believe in Wichita and this partnership and where we’re going. Wichita, this whole region, is absolutely central to the growth and future of our state.” (Wichita Eagle)
Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) "has complied with a judge’s order by fully registering" some 25,000 "voters whose eligibility to cast a ballot had been in limbo because of the state’s now-defunct proof-of-citizenship requirement, according to court records."
“According to a report the parties in the case jointly filed Sunday, Kobach told U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson that there are no longer any Kansas registrations in suspense or canceled for lack of citizenship documents. He informed Robinson that he is in fully compliance with her order that all registrants receive the same information from county election offices and vote using the same poll books.” These new voters will now be eligible in time for the Aug. 7 primary. (AP)
NY GOV: Actress Cynthia Nixon (D) and the White House argued Monday over Nixon’s “repeated calls to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley: “It's deeply disturbing that Cynthia Nixon has no clue of what ICE does to protect Americans and New Yorkers everyday from dangerous criminals, terrorists, child smugglers and human traffickers."
“For Nixon, it was the second attack on the issue in recent days from the Trump White House, something some Dems say can’t hurt her in her primary challenge to Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo.” (New York Daily News)
OR GOV: Gov. Kate Brown (D) came out strongly against President Trump’s selection of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court and asked people to call and write to help stop Kavanaugh from being confirmed.
Brown: "Putting Brett Kavanaugh on the bench is the Trump Administration’s ultimate chance to tear away access to the essential health care Americans rely on by destroying patient protections—including coverage for pre-existing conditions & comprehensive reproductive health care.” (Twitter)
PA GOV: American Bridge, a Democratic super PAC, has released audio from an event for former state Sen. Scott Wagner (R) where a controversial religious leader spoke. Hyung Jin Moon, the head of the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, gave a blessing at the event at Tommy Gun Warehouse in Pike County. Moon has been described as an “anti-LGBT cult leader” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. (American Bridge)
Speaking at a town hall Monday evening, Wagner promised to reform school property taxes in the state: "If you vote for me and you elect me as the next governor, I will eliminate school taxes on your home."
This claim was part of his support for Senate Bill 76 will would eliminate those taxes if passed. “Wagner pointed to provisions in the bill, such as raising the state’s personal income tax from 3.07 percent to 4.95 percent and the sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent, as ways to fill the void.” (Scranton Times-Tribune)
RI GOV: “A 65-foot yacht registered to” former Republican state Rep. Joe Trillo (I) “started taking on water as it neared the Charlestown Breachway on Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.”
Trillo “issued a statement Monday morning, blaming the incident on inaccurate charts. He also thanked the Coast Guard, harbormasters in Charlestown and South Kingstown, Safe Seas ‘and all other officials involved.’”
Trillo: “While this was unexpected, thankfully everyone onboard was unharmed and in good spirits throughout the ordeal. This was a result of inaccurate NOAA charts which failed to indicate the location of a rock formation underneath the surface of the water; as was corroborated by officials on scene. … As for the campaign, we will not slow down, and will continue today at full steam. I will also be looking to work with NOAA to have these charts updated to ensure the safety of other boaters in the future.” (Providence Journal)