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A Governor Wore a Blue Dress. It Somehow Became a Big Deal

Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer blasts TV station for giving oxygen to comments on her attire

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer talked about infrastructure, drinking water, and LGBT rights during her State of the State address on Tuesday, but a good number of viewers were apparently hyperfocused on something else: the cobalt blue dress she was wearing. And, per the AP , a segment on Detroit TV station... More »

Scott Walker Stuns With His Version of Venn Diagram

Wisconsin's governor made the Venn diagram 'particularly useless'

(Newser) - To no one's surprise, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation Friday limiting the power of Gov-elect Tony Evers. But he did throw the world a curveball by explaining the new law with a uniquely reimagined Venn diagram, per the Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal . At a Green Bay news conference, Walker displayed... More »

Governors' Races: Gillum Concedes in Florida

Scott Walker loses bid for 3rd term in Wisconsin

(Newser) - Thirty-six governors' races were on the ballot Tuesday, but two of those contests—in Florida and Georgia—dominated the political landscape. In Florida, Democrat Andrew Gillum, who was vying to become the state's first black governor, conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis, a strong ally of President Trump, reports the... More »

America's 10 Least Popular Governors

Sorry, Christie

(Newser) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley just resigned after violating state campaign finance law, but he's still not as unpopular as Chris Christie, according to a Morning Consult poll. The poll out Tuesday lists the US governors with the highest disapproval rates from January to March, per the Hill . The losers... More »

Governors: Scott Walker, Rick Scott Win; Wendy Davis Loses

Charlie Crist's comeback falls short

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott will not hand his job back to former Gov. Charlie Crist. The Republican Scott fended off the challenge from Republican-turned-Democrat Crist tonight in one of the higher-profile races of the 36 gubernatorial contests on the ballot. Elsewhere, Wisconsin's Scott Walker defeated Mary Burke to keep... More »

NC Governor: Just Kidding About Suspending Elections

Bev Perdue says critics didn't get her 'hyperbole'

(Newser) - Today's weirdest political brouhaha: North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue spoke to the Rotary Club today and said this: "I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just... More »

After Katrina, Governors Ace Hurricane Politics

Across East Coast, governors stay active responding to Irene

(Newser) - With the specter of Hurricane Katrina still looming large, East Coast governors stepped up their emergency responses to Irene, issuing loud warnings, mass evacuations, and continued caution. “No amount of spin, money, or ‘strategery’ can replace the gut reaction to a leader from a scared populace,” said... More »

Governors Have a Big Advantage in Primaries

Nate Silver breaks down the statistics

(Newser) - Conventional wisdom states that governors have an advantage over senators in presidential primaries—but Nate Silver decided to run the statistics just to be sure. The result? “The advantage may be even more powerful than you think,” he writes on his FiveThirtyEight blog at the New York Times.... More »

Budget-Slashing Governors See Poll Numbers Plummet

Voters singing different tune as promises of tough cuts materialize

(Newser) - Last year, Americans voted in a wave of governors who vowed to cut spending—but now that leaders are actually doing so, their constituents seem to be having second thoughts. One poll finds just 30% approve of the performance of GOP Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who earlier this month outlined... More »

Obama Backs Letting States Out of Parts of Health Reform

Sticks up for unions in governors' meeting

(Newser) - President Obama intends to back legislation enabling states to duck some of the more onerous mandates of the new health care law—provided they can demonstrate that they could cover just as many people in some other way. “I think that’s a reasonable proposal; I support it,”... More »

Schwarzenegger: Being Governor Cost Me $200M

Arnold tallies up the movie moolah he missed out on

(Newser) - Such sacrifice: Arnold Schwarzenegger's turn as governor cost him "probably more than $200 million," he tells an Austrian paper. He arrived at that tally by adding up his expenses and income he would have gained had his day job remained acting in Hollywood films. Still, "I'm not... More »

A Wave of Democratic State Lawmakers Defecting to GOP

At least 13 have jumped ship so far, and there could be more

(Newser) - Democratic losses didn’t stop on Election Day: Since Nov. 2, at least 13 state lawmakers have switched over to the Republican party, the AP reports. Many of the defections took place in the South, where dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party is high. In some states, like Alabama and Louisiana,... More »

GOP Likely to Control 30 Governors' Seats

National wind could boost Republicans' chances locally

(Newser) - Republicans are smelling blood in the November elections, and part of the bleeding is likely to come from governors' mansions across the country, writes Nate Silver over at what used to be The GOP could well end up in control of 30 governors seats—up from its current... More »

Immigration Suit Worries Dem Governors

White House suit adds to re-election woes

(Newser) - Already feeling vulnerable in this fall's elections, Democratic governors are especially nervous about the hit they'll take from the Obama administration's suit against the Arizona immigration law. A closed-door session at this weekend's meeting of all the nation's governors in Boston revealed tension between the White House and many Dem... More »

It's the Governors' Races That Really Matter

Statehouses could reshape politics

(Newser) - All eyes in DC are on the midterms to see whether Republicans can take back Congress. Understandably so, writes Dan Balz, but there's a case to be made that the 37 gubernatorial races in play will have a greater impact on American politics. Some of the biggest and most important... More »

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