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Governors in Brief - August 13 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 most Missourians support the Second Amendment, but in our cities, in my opinion, we need to be able to have some control over guns in our cities. It’s a very dangerous situation,” Krewson said during a tour of the Kansas City Youth Academy. Parson was noncommittal on whether he’d support more local control over gun laws. (KANSAS CITY STAR, KCUR [KANSAS CITY])

GOV CRITICAL OF U.S. BASES DIES

Only hours after announcing he would step down to deal with health issues, OKINAWA Gov. Takeshi Onaga passed away from pancreatic cancer. Onaga entered office in 2014 on a platform of blocking the relocation of U.S. Marine bases within the prefecture. He was Okinawa’s seventh governor since the U.S. ceded control of the island in 1972. (STARS & STRIPES)

CUOMO URGES OTHER GOVS TO JOIN BATTLE AGAINST NRA

Calling a National Rifle Association lawsuit against him “frivolous,” NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) made the rounds of morning TV shows to urge other governors to duplicate his state’s efforts to bar the sale of Carry Guard, insurance the NRA sells to members to cover legal fees associated with shooting someone in self-defense. Cuomo called the NRA “a group of extremists” and urged other governors to “examine your laws and determine whether or not this product is being illegally sold in your state, and I encourage you to follow New York's lead and block the sale of these NRA products if they are illegal, or to outlaw these products if they are not already prohibited.” The NRA filed suit against Cuomo in May, saying the ban has threatened its financial existence. (POLITICO, NEW YORK TIMES, NPR)

RICKETTS HOLDS FIRM ON NE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

Rejecting calls from Catholic leaders, including Pope Francis, NEBRASKA Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) said the execution later this month of convicted murderer Carry Dean Moore will go on as planned. “While I respect the Pope’s perspective, capital punishment remains the will of the people and the law of the State of Nebraska,” Ricketts, who is Catholic, said in a statement. “It is an important tool to protect our corrections officers and public safety. The state continues to carry out the sentences ordered by the court.” (LINCOLN JOURNAL-STAR, NEW YORK TIMES)

 

WV GOV STILL OWES KY BIG TAX DEBT

Although billionaire coal magnate and WEST VIRGINIA Gov. Jim Justice (R) said his various companies have paid all of their delinquent back taxes in the Mountain State, records show they still owe at least $2.5 million across five counties in KENTUCKY. Justice said last week that since he has transferred control of the companies to his children, he could not comment specifically on how the companies are working to pay the debts. (LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER, BECKLEY REGISTER-HERALD)

 

REYNOLDS CANS IA MEDICAID ADVOCATE

IOWA Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) announced four new appointees to the state’s Medical Assistance Advisory Council last week, which is overseeing the state’s move to private management of its $5 billion Medicaid program. Noticeably absent was the Council’s former co-chairman, David Hudson, who has been an outspoken critic of the way private management companies were caring for Hawkeye State residents with disabilities. Reynolds chose not to comment on Hudson’s accusation that he was removed for speaking out against what he saw as those companies unfairly cutting crucial services to the disabled. (DES MOINES REGISTER, QUAD-CITY TIMES [DAVENPORT])

 

-- Compiled by By RICH EHISEN