Arkansas governor is odd man out in his own state's primary
Based on the barrage of television ads and mailers leading up to Tuesday's primary election in Arkansas, it's obvious who the most influential Republicans in the state are. Tom Cotton's making the case for fellow Sen. John Boozman, talking up his conservative bona fides while the two-term senator fends off challenges from the right. Donald Trump's image appears in ads for Boozman and for Sarah Sanders, who served as the former president's White House press secretary and is now running for governor.news.yahoo.com
Florida reinstates controversial congressional map backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis
A Florida appeals court reinstated a new and controversial congressional map backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, who calls the map "race-neutral." CBS News anchor Lana Zak spoke with William March, a Florida political reporter and analyst for the Tampa Bay Times, about what sparked the controversy.news.yahoo.com
Georgia Republicans who despise Gov. Brian Kemp threaten to stay home this November if Trump-backed challenger David Perdue loses Tuesday's primary
MAGA world would rather sit out the Georgia governor's race in November than vote for the incumbent who certified President Joe Biden's 2020 win.news.yahoo.com
National school board group says it wrongly took sides in political debate
An independent report commissioned by the National School Boards Association details communications with the Biden administration ahead of a controversial call for the federal response to help stop violence at school board meetings.washingtonpost.com
GOP runoff for Railroad commissioner asks voters, ‘What is the job of a Texas oil regulator?’ – Houston Public Media
The Republican primary contest between challenger Sarah Stogner and incumbent Wayne Christian has been characterized by twists and turns, accusations of corruption and some light nudity.houstonpublicmedia.org
Republican Panic Grows After Mastriano Wins
The aftershocks of Tuesday’s big primaries are still rumbling across Pennsylvania, but one impact is already clear: Republican voters’ choice of Doug Mastriano in the governor’s race is giving the GOP fits. Conversations with Republican strategists, donors and lobbyists in and outside of Pennsylvania in recent days reveal a party seething with anxiety, dissension and score-settling over Mastriano’s nomination. In the run-up to Tuesday night, Republicans openly used words and phrases such as “suinews.yahoo.com
What the Jan. 6 Committee Has Done, and What’s Next
The US House of Representatives committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the nation’s Capitol is nearing a more public phase of its work. A series of eight prime-time televised hearings will begin on June 9. Afterward, the committee of seven Democrats and two Republicans will report its findings sometime before the midterm elections on Nov. 8. Former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies continue to call the probe a witch hunt focused on scoring political points.washingtonpost.com
West Texas rancher pours $2 million into Sarah Stogner’s underdog campaign for statewide oil and gas board seat
Ashley Watt, who owns a 75,000-acre ranch in the Permian Basin, is helping bankroll a substantial TV ad buy in the final two weeks before Stogner faces the Railroad Commission’s chair, Wayne Christian, in the runoff.
GOP lawmakers steered probe into intoxicated state senators
South Dakota Senate Republicans in a private 2020 meeting planned how to achieve an already-negotiated outcome to a committee investigating a pair of lawmakers for being intoxicated during legislative proceedings even before the committee had a chance to meet, according to a television report. A transcript of the April 2020 Republican caucus meeting was obtained by KELO-TV and reported Sunday. It showed how Republicans held a private caucus meeting to discuss how to quickly and quietly resolve a legislative investigation into the two most powerful senators at the time, Sens.news.yahoo.com
Donald Trump Jr. says Biden's student-loan forgiveness plans will force workers who didn't go 'to college to get drunk for four years' to pay for 'worthless gender study degrees'
Biden wants to "bail out a bunch of upper-middle-class kids" by canceling student debt, Donald Trump Jr. told The Washington Post.news.yahoo.com
Primaries spotlight coming battles over state supreme courts
Upcoming primary elections for state supreme court seats in North Carolina and Arkansas are putting the spotlight on how such races across the U.S. have grown in importance in recent years and led to high-dollar, partisan battles for control.
Texas law prohibiting social media companies from banning users over their viewpoints reinstated by appeals court
The court did not evaluate the law on its constitutionality but will allow it to go back into effect while a legal case plays out. Texas lawmakers passed the law, saying social media platforms have an anti-conservative bias.
Iowa GOP open to non-Trump prospects as 2024 gets underway
Former President Donald Trump’s persistent flirtation with another White House run is doing little to discourage other potential Republican candidates from stepping up their activity in Iowa, the state that will formally launch the nomination process.
Texas Democrats make moves to be early presidential primary state in 2024
The Democratic National Committee has decided to allow new states to bid for the coveted status, which has long belonged to places like Iowa and New Hampshire, in an effort to kick off the nominating process in states that better reflect the diversity of the broader electorate.
Analysis: Gerrymandering has left Texas voters with few options
Texans who don’t vote in primaries and primary runoffs are missing a chance to choose who goes to Congress and the Texas Legislature. Thanks to the political maps drawn by lawmakers last year, only a handful of those contests will be competitive in November.