Just hours after Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his decision to resign, a subpoena arrived in a state office building confirming that federal agents are looking into the influence-peddling scandal that led to the abrupt end of a four-decade political career.
His resignation, which takes effect Wednesday, cleared the way for Secretary of State Kate Brown to assume Oregon’s highest office and become the nation’s first openly bisexual governor. Continue reading
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Florida governor’s race was spinning wildly on Thursday, almost as fast as that electric fan former Gov. Charlie Crist insists on bringing along to campaign appearances.
This week, Abbott’s campaign released a powerful ad highlighting his ability to overcome the difficulties he faced after his accident. The 30-second spot, narrated by Abbott, shows the Attorney General rolling up the ramps of a parking garage. Continue reading
With a resounding Democratic primary victory and a critical party switch, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist moved a step closer to winning back his old job. His Republican challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, scored his own big win. The Sunshine State matchup is expected to be one of the most expensive and negative of the cycle. Adam Smith of The Tampa Bay Times joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the race. Continue reading
Times have changed, and so has California Gov. Jerry Brown. Embarking on an unprecedented fourth term, 40 years after he first won office, Brown touts the values of balance, budgeting and planning in order to manage all of that change. John Myers of KQED interviews the veteran politician about his strategy for leading his state. Continue reading
Both sides expect that Republican Bruce Rauner, a wealthy private-equity investor, will win the GOP primary for Illinois governor handily Tuesday. That would set him up to take on vulnerable incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. And it’s shaping up to be a bruising fight even before it begins. Continue reading
If the leading candidates win their primaries, Republican Gregg Abbott will be pitted against Democrat Wendy Davis in a big-money, high-profile battle for Texas governor. Judy Woodruff talks to Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News about what could be Texas’ most competitive gubernatorial battle in years. Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, James Everett Dutschke of Mississippi pleaded guilty to sending letters laced with the toxic substance ricin to the president, a U.S. senator and a judge. Also, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in light of the state’s worst dry spell in 100 years of record-keeping. Continue reading