How Donald Trump Blew Up the Virginia Governor’s Race
Kevin Robillard, Politico
The Democratic primary was teed up for Ralph Northam, then he got a surprise opponent who wants to make it a referendum on the soul of the party.
America’s Least Popular Democratic Governor Won’t Seek Re-Election
Eli Yokley, Morning Consult
Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, America’s least popular Democratic governor, said Thursday he will not seek re-election to a third term in 2018. With almost 18 months left in office, 66 percent of Connecticut voters said they disapprove of Malloy’s job performance, according to Morning Consult’s Governor Approval Rankings released this week.
Iowa governor signs sweeping expansion of gun rights
Reid Wilson, The Hill
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Thursday signed one of the most ambitious expansions of gun rights legislation passed in any state in recent years, giving gun owners the ability to defend themselves in public and preventing local governments from implementing their own rules. The new law, House File 517, comes months after Republicans won back control of the Iowa state Senate, which had blocked earlier proposals when Democrats ran the chamber.
After Linking Work to Food Stamps, Maine Seeks Same With Medicaid
Jennifer Levitz, The Wall Street Journal
Maine wants to do to Medicaid what it did to food stamps: link the health program for low-income people to work requirements in the hope of reducing enrollment, raising incomes and prioritizing resources for children, the elderly and disabled. The state is among several that plan to seek federal approval to apply work rules to able-bodied adults without dependents in its Medicaid program, which serves 270,000 people.