Governors

Incoming KS Gov Will Renew LGBTQ Protections | 11-16-2018

Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly (D) reiterated her intention to issue an executive order reinstating protections from workplace discrimination for LGBTQ Kansans after she is sworn in next January. “I am planning to actually have an executive...

Hickenlooper Has Advice for IL on Weed | 11-16-2018

With Gov.–Elect J.B. Pritzker (D) expressing interest in working quickly to decriminalize cannabis in the Prairie State, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) took time last week to offer his fellow Dem some advice on how to keep it all from going...

Governors in Brief - November 19 2018 | 11-16-2018

DESANTIS WINS FL RECOUNT A machine recount in FLORIDA has confirmed that Republican Ron DeSantis won the Sunshine State’s highly charged gubernatorial race. The final margin of 34,000 votes was enough to avoid an automatic hand recount. But Democrat...

NC Voters Reject Measure to Weaken Gov’s Authority | 11-09-2018

North Carolina voters gave Gov. Roy Cooper (D) a pair of significant wins last week, soundly defeating one ballot measure that would have given lawmakers vastly more power over his options to nominate judges and another that would have taken the power...

Walker Loss Unlikely to Kill WI Foxconn Deal | 11-09-2018

His controversial deal with Chinese manufacturing company FoxConn might have helped skewer Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) bid for a third term, but it seems unlikely that Gov.-elect Tony Evers (D) will be able to stop it from continuing forward...

Governors in Brief - November 12 2018 | 11-09-2018

FL GOV RACE HEADED TO RECALL As of last Thursday, Democrat Andrew Gillum had pulled to within enough votes of Republican Ron DeSantis to send the FLORIDA gubernatorial election to a mandatory recount. Gillum conceded defeat last Tuesday when it appeared...

Cooper Sets Ambitious NC Emissions Reduction Goal | 11-02-2018

Saying more intense storms and other impacts of climate change are forcing governments to act, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) issued a directive last week that calls for the Tar Heel State to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent from 2005 levels...

Baker Pitches Coordinated MA Fentanyl Effort | 11-02-2018

Calling the synthetic opioid fentanyl “the most dangerous element in street drugs here in the commonwealth,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) filed legislation last week seeking $5 million to launch a pilot program for a “regional...

Governors in Brief - November 5 2018 | 11-02-2018

MURPHY CALLS FOR TOUGHER NJ GUN LAWS In the wake of the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, NEW JERSEY Gov. Phil Murphy (D) endorsed new restrictions on gun and ammunition sales in New Jersey. Murphy urged lawmakers to introduce new bills to fight...

Court Says Next FL Gov, Not Scott, Will Pick Justices: | 10-19-2018

Age limits are forcing three current members of the Florida Supreme Court to retire in January, but the choice of who will fill their seats will belong to the next governor, not current Gov. Rick Scott (R). In what is widely viewed as a rebuke to Scott...

Murphy Orders Inquiry of NJ Official Accused of Assault | 10-19-2018

Saying he was “sick to [his] stomach,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) ordered an investigation into the hiring of a former senior staffer now accused of sexually assaulting a female staffer after a campaign event last spring. Albert Alvarez...

Governors in Brief - October 19 2018 | 10-19-2018

BAKER WANTS MA TO NEGOTIATE BETTER DRUG PRICES Calling escalating prescription drug prices “the single biggest driver, at this point, to the rising cost of health care in MASSACHUSETTS ,” Gov. Charlie Baker (R) is preparing to introduce...

Baker Remains Most Popular Governor | 10-12-2018

For the seventh quarter in a row, polling by Morning Consult shows that the ten most popular governors in America are all Republicans. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker topped the list with a 70 percent approval rating, followed closely by Maryland Gov...

Cuomo Vows New NY Abortion Rights Bill | 10-12-2018

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) vowed to reintroduce legislation to codify abortion rights into the Empire State constitution within 30 days of the start of the next legislative session. Cuomo has pushed similar legislation since 2014. The latest version...

Governors in Brief - October 15 2018 | 10-12-2018

Baker Opposes MA Nurse Staffing Mandates MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) said a recent report by the state Health Policy Commission has convinced him to vote no on Question 1 , a ballot measure that would require strict nurse-to-patient ratios...

Brown Signs CA #MeToo, Net Neutrality Bills | 10-05-2018

In the last bill signing session of his long political career, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a number of so-called #MeToo bills aimed at stopping pervasive sexual harassment in the work world. But to the consternation of many victims’ advocates...

Hutchinson Pitches Major AR Gov Reorg | 10-05-2018

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) has proposed a consolidation of executive branch agencies that if implemented would shrink the number of those agencies from 42 to 15. Hutchinson said the plan would improve “the delivery of services to Arkansas...

Governors in Brief - October 8 2018 | 10-05-2018

INSLEE ISSUES WA HEP C DIRECTIVE : WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee (D) issued a directive that orders state agencies, tribal governments and other local public-health officials to coordinate a strategy to eradicate the hepatitis C virus (HCV) by 2030. State...

Kasich Issues OH Background Check Order | 09-28-2018

Breaking with his GOP colleagues, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) issued an executive order intended to keep people with mental health issues from obtaining guns in the Buckeye State. “There’s gaps in our system,” Kasich said in signing...

Brown Signs Suite of CA Wildfire Bills: | 09-28-2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed dozens of bills that collectively expand fire prevention efforts while also allowing public utilities to offload some of the financial liability for their role in starting those fires onto their customers. ...

Governors in Brief - October 1 2018 | 09-28-2018

WALKER DECLARES NATIVE LANGUAGE EMERGENCY Saying the government must support the “revitalization” of native languages, ALASKA Gov. Bill Walker (I) issued Administrative Order 300 last week calling for indigenous place names to be shown...

Brown Signs CA 100 Percent Renewable Energy Bill | 09-14-2018

Days before hosting a global summit on climate change in San Francisco, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed SB 100, a measure that requires the Golden State to obtain 100 percent of its retail electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045. Brown...

LePage Remains Defiant on ME Medicaid Expansion | 09-14-2018

Responding to Medicaid expansion advocates who are urging eligible Mainers to sign up for the insurance plan, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said he will reject those applications until lawmakers fund the program to his satisfaction. Expansion supporters...

Governors in Brief - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

SNYDER SIGNS ‘BAN THE BOX’ ORDER MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed Executive Order 2018-4 , which directs some state agencies to no longer ask job applicants about any criminal history in the initial application process. The so-called...

Hogan Presses MD School Accountability | 09-07-2018

Citing “a persistent and alarming lack of accountability in local school systems across the state,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) issued an executive order last week that creates a new post in his administration: director of the Office of...

Brown Facing Decisions on Hundreds of Bills | 09-07-2018

The frenzied last days of the legislative session are over, and now California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) must act on nearly 1,000 bills by the end of September. While some of the more controversial measures died before getting to Brown, he still faces a number...

Governors in Brief - September 10 2018 | 09-07-2018

RAIMONDO ISSUES RI SCHOOL GUN BAN RHODE ISLAND Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) issued an executive order last month barring anyone except police officers from carrying firearms at public schools and grounds in the Ocean State. The order closes a loophole in...

Brown Signs Overhaul of Bail System | 08-31-2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation overhauling the Golden State’s pretrial detention system, ending cash bail and instead giving judges more control over who should be jailed ahead of trial. “Today, California reforms...

Newsom Reiterates Support For State-Covered Health Care For Undocumented | 08-31-2018

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who is the Democratic nominee in the race to succeed California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and has campaigned in favor of having California pay for the health care of all, reiterated this past week that should include undocumented...

Governors in Brief - September 3 2018 | 08-31-2018

ME, KY, MS GOVS FILE WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION BRIEF MAINE Gov. Paul LePage (R), KENTUCKY Gov. Matt Bevin (R) and MISSISSIPPI Gov. Phil Bryant (R) join the attorneys general of 13 other states in an Aug. 23 brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule...

Baker Signs Major MA Opioid Bill | 08-17-2018

Citing the ongoing opioid and heroin crisis he said “has tragically claimed scores of lives and broken families across the Commonwealth,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signed off on an expansive measure that imposes a number of new...

Court Says Haslam’s TN Probation Overhaul Unconstitutional | 08-17-2018

A Tennessee appeals court ruled last Wednesday that a key element of Gov. Bill Haslam’s (R) 2016 overhaul of the Volunteer State probation system is unconstitutional. The Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals said Haslam’s wide-ranging...

Governors in Brief - August 20 2018 | 08-17-2018

SCOTT DECLARES FL ALGAE EMERGENCY FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott (R) declared a state of emergency last week after a growing “red tide” algae bloom left Sunshine State beaches covered with dead fish and marine animals. His declaration will make...

Abbott Proposes Tougher TX Bail Rules | 08-10-2018

Citing the shooting death last year of a state trooper by a man with a long criminal history, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) last week proposed making access to bail more difficult for defendants charged with certain serious crimes. Abbott’s proposal...

Sandoval Pitches NV Prison Reform | 08-10-2018

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) joined with state Supreme Court Justice Michael Douglas and legislative leaders in announcing a comprehensive review of the Silver State’s criminal justice system. In a statement , the governor’s office said...

Governors in Brief - August 13 2018 | 08-10-2018

MAYORS PUSH MO GOV ON GUN REFORM Kansas City Mayor Sly James and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson met with MISSOURI Gov. Mike Parson (R) last week to encourage him to support more local control over gun laws in the Show Me State. “I understand that...

IN Gov Calls for Hate Crime Law | 08-03-2018

Defying his own party, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) called last week for the Hoosier State to adopt legislation against hate crimes. Indiana is one of only five states – the others are Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina and Wyoming – without...

Murphy Launches NJ Free College Plan | 08-03-2018

The office of NEW JERSEY Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced the kickoff of a plan that will allow thousands of low-income Garden State residents to attend college tuition-free next year. The pilot program will cover tuition and mandatory fees for students...

Governors in Brief - August 6 2018 | 08-03-2018

DEM GOVS OPPOSE TITLE IX CHANGES COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) joined a handful of other Democratic governors in opposing the Trump administration’s plans to ensure that no federal Title IX money is used to pay for abortions. Hickenlooper...

Brown Pushes CA Court to Rule on Pension Case | 07-20-2018

With his final term in office winding down, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) wants the state Supreme Court to expedite a ruling on a lawsuit challenging the signature pension reform measure he signed in 2012. Brown’s office last week reached out...

Cuomo Opens NY Trump Tax Probe | 07-20-2018

The Cuomo administration has opened a criminal investigation into whether the Donald J. Trump Charitable Foundation violated New York state tax laws. It is the second high-level state investigation into the Trump Foundation. New York Attorney General...

Governors in Brief - July 23 2018 | 07-20-2018

RAIMONDO ORDERS RI PLASTICS TASK FORCE Responding to the failure of several legislative efforts to mitigate the impact of plastic waste on the environment, RHODE ISLAND Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) issued Executive Order 18-06 , which will create the “Task...

Cuomo Urges NY Senate to Codify Roe V. Wade | 07-13-2018

Citing the possibility of a highly-conservative U.S. Supreme Court overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) issued an executive order last week that directs state officials to take steps to ensure that women maintain...

ME GOP Again Upholds Medicaid Expansion Veto | 07-13-2018

Maine lawmakers overturned 23 of Gov. Paul LePage’s (R) 43 vetoes, but failed to turn back his rejection of startup funding for voter-approved Medicaid expansion in the Pine Tree State. The successful veto marks the seventh time that LePage...

Governors in Brief - July 16 2018 | 07-13-2018

DUCEY DECRIES ‘RECKLESS’ CALLS TO ABOLISH ICE In an op-ed in USA Today last week, ARIZONA Gov. Doug Ducey (R) said calls from a growing number of Democratic officials to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency were “reckless”...

LePage Vetoes, Set Up ME Override Battle | 07-06-2018

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) rejected 36 bills last week, adding to the record 500-plus vetoes he has accumulated during his eight years in office. As expected, the governor’s vetoes included legislation that would have funded voter-approved...

Brown Weighs Easing CA Utilities’ Wildfire Liability | 07-06-2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) joined with all four legislative leaders last week to announce updates to a proposal ( SB 901 ) that would limit the liability of public utilities like Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for future wildfires. The measure would...

Governors in Brief - July 9 2018 | 07-06-2018

WALKER SIGNS AK RAPE KIT BILL Saying the Last Frontier has over 3,500 untested rape kits awaiting processing, ALASKA Gov. Bill Walker (I) signed a bill that requires local police to report to the state annually the number of untested sexual assault...

Baker Signs MA ‘Grand Bargain’ | 06-29-2018

Culminating a broad effort to prevent several major policy issues being decided by voters at the ballot box, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signed off on a so-called “grand bargain” that will gradually raise the Bay State minimum wage...

Govs Differ on Border Separations | 06-29-2018

The ongoing controversy over family separations at the U.S. border with Mexico has spurred a bipartisan group of governors to pull back or reject outright President Trump’s request to send National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico. Democrats...