governors

Some House Members Flop In Bids for Governor
Colleen Hanabusa is the latest one to fall

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, lost her primary run for governor. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hawaii Rep. Colleen Hanabusa’s loss in the state’s Democratic gubernatorial primary is the latest example of House members losing their bids for the highest office in a state. 

Hanabusa lost the primary Saturday to incumbent Gov. David Ige. Hanabusa returned to the House in 2016 after the death of former Rep. Mark Takai.

Trump Takes Post-Election Victory Lap Despite Close Races
Experts still forecasting tough races ahead for Republicans

Republican congressional candidate Troy Balderson celebrates after giving his victory speech Tuesday night in Newark, Ohio. He holds a lead, but the race with Democrat Danny O'Connor remains too close to call. (Justin Merriman/Getty Images)

Donald Trump is taking a victory lap after Tuesday’s congressional and gubernatorial elections, but the president’s football-spiking might be premature.

Trump first tweeted Wednesday morning that Republicans went “5 for 5!” In another tweet about 45 minutes later, the president declared GOP candidates “have now won 8 out of 9 House Seats” that have been up for grabs since he took office. He also slammed the “Fake News Media,” contending its coverage would make “you would think we are being clobbered.”

Trump Reiterates Falsehood About California Water Diversions
California officials not sure what to make of presidential claims

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn to Marine One on their way to Joint Base Andrews on July 27. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump on Monday again falsely stated that the California government is diverting river water into the Pacific Ocean that could be used to fight forest fires, but he also signaled he will fast-track federal help.

For the second consecutive day, the president took to Twitter to contend Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is sending water from “the North” into the Pacific Ocean. Trump contended Monday that water could be used for “fires, farming and everything else.”

After Public Praise for Diane Black, Trump Embraces Bill Lee
Tennessee Republican’s gubernatorial campaign touted support of the president

Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., talks with reporters outside a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol last year. She will not be Tennessee’s next governor after losing her primary Thursday night. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump, who previously praised Rep. Diane Black, essentially cast her aside Friday after she lost a Republican gubernatorial primary in Tennessee.

Though the president never officially endorsed her, he did mention her — and not Bill Lee, the eventual victor — during a May 31 rally in Nashville.

DeSantis Teaches His Kids the ABCs of Trump in New Ad
Florida Republican tries to show he is the most pro-Trump gubernatorial candidate

Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis tries to show he is the most pro-Trump candidate in the Republican primary for Florida governor. (Screenshot/Ron DeSantis for Governor/YouTube)

It’s common for parents to pass their political beliefs along to their children, but Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis is getting an early start as the latest ad for his Florida gubernatorial bid shows.

The spot features DeSantis’ wife Casey talking about how he was endorsed by President Donald Trump but he’s so much more than just pro-Trump.

Rick Scott Thinks the Senate Should Work in Washington on Fridays
Florida governor is not the first Senate candidate to make such a plea

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants the Senate to work on Fridays on Capitol Hill. But his campaign pledge is much easier said than done. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's latest Senate campaign pledge might not be so popular on Capitol Hill.

The Republican, who has been running on a platform highlighting operational changes he would like to see in Washington, on Monday rolled out a proposal for the Senate to perhaps work on Fridays. He also wants a permanent elimination of the August recess (which has already been cancelled for 2018).

Ocasio-Cortez Swipes Back at DeSantis for Dismissive Comment
GOP congressman running for Florida governor calls Democratic upstart ‘socialism wrapped in ignorance’

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., criticized Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

They might never serve together in Congress but Rep. Ron DeSantis and left-wing insurgent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez engaged in an old-fashioned partisan fracas.

The Florida Republican who is running for governor in Florida was caught on a video referring to Ocasio-Cortez, who upset Rep. Joe Crowley in their primary, as “this girl Ocasio-Cortez or whatever” and said she was “socialism wrapped in ignorance,” the New York Post reported.

In Midst of Migrant Crisis, Trump Calls Media ‘Almost Treasonous’
President suggests coverage of Kim summit amounts to crime punishable by death

President Donald Trump was interviewed by Mike Huckabee at the White House on Monday for the former Arkansas governor’s weekly TV show. (Courtesy TBN)

Updated 8:50 a.m. | President Donald Trump had little to say Wednesday night about his self-created migrant crisis, but in its midst he was quick to suggest the media committed treason with its coverage of his summit with Kim Jong Un.

Speaking to a campaign rally crowd in Minnesota, Trump gave only a brief mention to his decision to keep migrant families together while the parents await prosecution for the misdemeanor of trying to enter the United States illegally. He appeared in no mood to talk about the broader subject, immigration, one of his go-to campaign rally themes.

Democrats Will Make Fairer Districts, Democrats Say
But historically, gerrymandering isn’t just a Republican issue

People demonstrate against partisan gerrymandering outside the Supreme Court last October. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats say there’s one easy way to create more equitable and fair districts throughout the country: Elect more Democrats.

“More Democrats in office will give us fairer lines,” Sabrina Singh, a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, said in an interview before the Supreme Court kicked back two cases on partisan gerrymandering to the lower courts on procedural grounds. 

Fall Elections Key Moment in Medicaid Expansion Debate
Recent developments in Virginia are giving advocates hope

From left, former Reps. Adam H. Putnam and Gwen Graham and Rep. Ron DeSantis are running for Florida governor. Graham, a Democrat, supports expanding Medicaid in the state, while Punam and DeSantis, both Republicans, oppose broadening the program. (Ryan Kelly/Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photos)

The midterm elections are poised to play a pivotal role in whether more states expand Medicaid eligibility, as the number of red-state holdouts dwindles.

Governors’ races in states such as Florida and Kansas, along with ballot initiatives in Idaho, Nebraska and Utah, are being watched closely by Medicaid experts this year.