Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Katie Hobbs Faces High Staff Turnover, Former Staffers Cite ‘Emotionally Abusive’ Environment

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs has faced high campaign staff turnover, and former employees have pointed to an “emotionally abusive” environment, according to a new report.

The Arizona Agenda, which describes itself as “an insider publication for political outsiders,” spoke to former employees of the Hobbs campaign and originally detailed the controversy.

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Leader of Georgia Drug Distribution Ring Sentenced to Federal Prison for Nearly 40 Years

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A Georgia inmate was able to orchestrate and execute a drug distribution ring while behind bars that sent narcotics throughout the state, according to the Department of Justice.

Jackie Kavaskia McMillan was sentenced to almost 40 years in prison for operating that drug ring that sent methamphetamine and other drugs, targeting the southern portion of the state.

The additional sentence will be served consecutive to the life sentence that McMillian is already subject to because he was convicted of murder.

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Tennessee National Guard Travels to Kentucky to Help Combat Catastrophic Floods

The Tennessee National Guard is responding to catastrophic flooding in Kentucky, sending resources to combat the impact of the natural disaster.

The flooding has led to the deaths of at least 26 people—a number that could climb as rain continues to fall in the region.

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Six Individuals Apply to Become Tennessee’s Next Attorney General

The Tennessee Supreme Court has released the complete list of individuals that elected to apply to become Tennessee’s next Attorney General.

In total, six individuals elected to position themselves for the vacancy. Several applicants already serve in state government in some capacity. Others include a law professor and a private attorney.

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Governor Kemp to Supply Teacher With Extra Funds to Purchase Educational Material

Governor Brian Kemp on Friday announced additional funds for teachers across the state as students are set to return to the classroom.

According to a release from his office, “full-time, public-school teachers and staff members” will each receive $125 to purchase educational materials.

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Former Vice President Mike Pence Endorses Kleefisch for Governor, Sets Up Additional Contest Against Trump

Former Vice President Mike Pence endorsed Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Kleefisch ahead of the state’s August 9th GOP primary.

Pence supported Kleefisch over businessman Tim Michels and state Rep. Timothy Ramthun. The decision puts Pence at odds with former President Donald Trump, who backed Michels earlier this year.

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Poll: Tudor Dixon Leads Michigan Gubernatorial GOP Primary

A new poll in the Michigan GOP gubernatorial primary shows businesswoman Tudor Dixon leading the pack as the election draws closer.

The survey, commissioned by Michigan News Source and conducted by the Trafalgar Group, awarded Dixon with 28.4 percent, compared to the 19.2 percent of her closest competitor—Garrett Soldano.

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Governor Glenn Youngkin Donates Salary to Virginia Veterans Services Foundation

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin elected to donate his second-quarter salary to the Virginia Veterans Services Foundation, a group that helps fund various veteran-focused services in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The donation, which totaled $43,750, follows previous donations of his gubernatorial salary and Youngkin’s commitment to assist individuals who have served our country.

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Tennessee, Other States Set to Receive Funds Through $4 Billion Settlement with Opioid Maker

Tennessee and several other states will receive extensive funds due to a settlement with Teva, an opioid manufacturer based in Israel.

According to a release from Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III, the drug maker will pay $4.25 billion to state and local governments.

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Senator Ron Johnson Likely to Face Mandela Barnes as Democratic Challengers Drop Out

Prominent U.S. Senate candidate Alex Lasry dropped out of the Democratic primary, likely setting up a November contest between Mandela Barnes and Republican Senator Ron Johnson.

Lasry, who was the closest opponent to Barnes in recent polling, immediately endorsed the Lieutenant Governor after suspending his campaign for the position.

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Republican Governors Association Slams Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont over Public Safety Record

The Republicans Governors Association (RGA) slammed Governor Ned Lamont’s record on public safety, following a deadly week in the state.

Over the past days, multiple incidents left individuals in Connecticut in police custody or in the hospital due to gun violence.

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Former President Donald Trump Threatens Legal Action Against CNN

Former President Donald Trump and his attorney sent a letter to the Cable News Network (CNN), threatening legal action against the news network.

According to the former President, the company made “repeated defamatory statements” against him throughout his presidency and since he returned to life as a private citizen.

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Senator Ted Cruz Endorses Wisconsin Gubernatorial Candidate Rebecca Kleefisch

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) endorsed former Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch in her bid for Governor of Wisconsin.

When offering his endorsement to the gubernatorial contender, Cruz cited Kleefisch’s stance on the role of parents in their child’s education.

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Governor Kemp Picks Up Additional Law Enforcement Endorsement

Governor Brian Kemp picked up an additional endorsement from the Police Benevolent Association of Georgia, which is a division of a larger law enforcement group.

The incumbent, who is running for a second term, often touts his public safety record, including bonuses for law enforcement officers.

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Tim Ryan’s Former Neighbors Knock the Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate

Individuals, who live in or near the neighborhood that Rep. Tim Ryan formerly lived in, knocked the congressman as he attempts to run for U.S. Senate.

The Washington Free Beacon traveled to Ryan’s old neighborhood and spoke to residents of the area, who expressed concern over inflation and skepticism over Ryan’s campaign.

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House Democrats Meddle in Michigan GOP Congressional Primary, Boosting Gibbs over Meijer

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is spending hundreds of thousands for advertising in an upcoming GOP primary.

The House Democratic campaign arm will pour $425,000 to boost Trump-endorsed John Gibbs over Rep. Peter Meijer, who voted to impeach the former president.

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Connecticut Introduces Loan Program for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

Connecticut on Monday launched a new loan program that aims to assist small businesses and nonprofits throughout the state.

The agreement is a new “public-private partnership that provides low-interest loans” to various organizations, with the goal of growing the two sectors in “low-income and historically underserved communities.”

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Former Georgia Mayoral Candidate Sentenced to Prison for Paycheck Protection Program Fraud

Former Georgia mayoral candidate Olivia Ware was sentenced to prison for her role in a scheme that stole thousands from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

The PPP grants were issued to businesses by the federal government during the coronavirus pandemic. The funds were intended to help companies maintain payments to their employees.

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Arizona Democratic Party Chair Refuses to Denounce ‘Defund the Police’ Movement

Arizona Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán refused to denounce the “Defund the Police” movement in a recent interview.

Terán, who is running for state Senate, has often touted an endorsement from Planned Parenthood. On her website, she highlights the support and says the state must “elect a Democratic majority in our state to protect access to safe and secure abortions for those who seek care.”

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Ohio Republicans Release New Ad Blasting Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Nan Whaley’s Record on Public Safety

The Ohio Republican Party released a new ad, which targets Democrat gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley’s record on crime as mayor of Dayton.

According to the organization, residents of the city became less safe during her first six years as mayor: violent crime increased 23 percent, homicides jumped 70 percent, and aggravated assaults spiked by 97 percent.

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Florida Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.8 Percent

New numbers from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) detailed the state’s unemployment rate in June continued to decline, remaining below the national average.

Furthermore, the state’s labor force grew by 40,000, which is roughly .4 percent. Again, the state outperformed the national average, which witnessed a decrease.

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Governor Tony Evers Files Lawsuit Against Multiple Companies, Alleges Water Pollution

Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul filed a lawsuit against multiple manufacturers and chemical companies for alleged water pollution in the state.

According to Evers and Kaul, the companies knew or should have known that they were polluting the environment with PFAS contamination, which is a synthetic chemical that is made for multiple products.

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Georgia Students Improve on Standardized Testing, According to New Data

Students across the state of Georgia improved their scores on standardized tests, as educators seek to improve learning loss caused by lockdowns and online learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to new data from the Georgia Department of Education, scores remained the same or increased on 17 of 21 assessments, when compared to the results of the previous year.

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Former President Trump Touts Kari Lake, Blake Masters in Arizona Speech

Former President Donald Trump touted Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters at his rally in Prescott Valley.

The event, which attracted hundreds of supporters to the arena, featured speeches from former Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell, Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb, and Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward—in addition to multiple candidates.

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Mexican National Indicted for Drug Smuggling Operation

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new, two-count indictment against a Mexican man for smuggling methamphetamine into the United States from Mexico.

The individual was charged one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and one count of Importation of Methamphetamine into the United States from Mexico.

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First Lady Jill Biden, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona Visit Connecticut

First Lady Jill Biden and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited Connecticut on Wednesday to tout summer education programs in the state.

The duo pointed to the American Rescue Plan, which provided funding to states to host the learning programs and make up for learning loss that occurred during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Senator Ron Johnson Calls for Improved Care of Veterans from the Department of Veterans Affairs

Senator Ron Johnson and other colleagues issued a letter to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis R. McDonough over concerns about access to health care for veterans across the country.

According to the letter from the group, the federal agency has subjected veterans to long waiting periods and is not following guidance from federal statute.

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Ohio Fraternal Order of Police Announces Endorsements for November Election

The Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio (FOP) announced a new round of endorsements for candidates running in the November general election.

The endorsements, which feature several GOP members, were based on their level of support, according to a release from the group posted on social media.

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Tennessee State Representative Torrey Harris Arrested for Assault, Theft Charges

Tennessee State Representative Torrey Harris (D-Memphis) was arrested on Sunday on assault, domestic bodily injury, and theft of property charges.

An affidavit alleges the state lawmaker and an individual, who is identified as Harris’s ex-boyfriend, got into a physical altercation when Harris returned a dog.

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Williamson County Schools to Reconsider Charter Application for Founders Classical Academy

Williamson County Schools will reconsider a charter application by Founders Classical Academy on July 21.

Previously, the Board of Education denied the application of the proposed charter school, contending it did not meet certain standards.

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Wisconsin Gubernatorial Candidate Tim Michels Releases ‘Wisconsin First’ Economic Plan

Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels released a new economic plan that, he contends, will put “Wisconsin first.”

The candidate, who received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, supported lower taxes and an increase in economic investments.

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Ohio Congressional Candidate Matthew Diemer Suggested Americans Should Buy Electric Vehicles to Avoid Gas Prices

Ohio congressional candidate Matthew Diemer has routinely suggested that Americans, who are struggling to afford high gas prices, should simply purchase an electric vehicle to avoid gas prices.

Diemer has bragged about owning a Tesla, where the cheapest new model costs more than $45,000.

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Senator Bernie Sanders Endorses Wisconsin Senate Candidate Mandela Barnes

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), one of the most progressive members of Congress and former presidential candidate, endorsed Mandela Barnes in his run for U.S. Senate.

Barnes is locked in a primary battle against other Democrats with the goal to challenge GOP Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) in the November general election.

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Republican National Committee Panel Recommends Milwaukee over Nashville for 2024 GOP Convention

The Site Selection Committee of the Republican National Committee voted to recommend Milwaukee as the host city of the group’s 2024 convention.

In a statement announcing the decision, GOP leaders pointed to the “forthright and professional behavior” of the city’s leaders throughout the process.

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Nashville Middle School Plagued with Resignations of More than Two Dozen Teachers

One Metro Nashville middle school has been plagued by continued resignations of more than two dozen teachers since the state of the 2021-2022 school year. 

According to a report from WSMV, 29 teachers have left the school for various reasons, as many cited a chaotic work environment and a lack of communication from school leaders.

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Governor Brian Kemp Holds Notable Lead over Stacey Abrams, According to New Poll

Governor Brian Kemp holds a notable lead over Democrat Stacey Abrams, according to a new poll commissioned by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

The survey, which spoke to 1,197 likely Georgia voters, gave Kemp a 7-point edge over the Democrat in their rematch of the 2018 gubernatorial race.

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Arizona Planned Parenthood Demands Candidates Denounce Police Support in Order to Obtain Endorsement

Planned Parenthood Arizona’s political arm demands that candidates denounce the support of law enforcement groups in order to obtain the group’s endorsement.

According to a report from Axios, the group formally adopted a policy to require candidates to deny financial donations from law enforcement organizations and return any donations received.

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Former Georgia Mayor Sentenced to Prison for Stealing COVID-19 Relief Funds

Jason Lary, the former Mayor of the City of Stonecrest, was sentenced to spend close to five years in federal prison for his scheme that stole thousands of COVID-19 relief funds from the federal government.

According to a release from the Department of Justice, the former government official took more than $100,000 from the citizens of his city.

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Raphael Warnock Takes in $17 Million During Fundraising Quarter

Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) took in more than $17 million in the previous fundraising quarter for his re-election campaign.

Warnock’s campaign, which will take on Republican Herschel Walker in the November election, detailed the average donation was $37 and came from more than 250,000 donors.

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Save America PAC Releases Names of Speakers for Trump’s Arizona Rally

Former President Donald Trump’s Save America PAC on Wednesday released the name of several guests that will speak at his Arizona rally.

Trump is returning to the state in order to boost his endorsed candidates ahead of Arizona’s August Republican primary election.

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Governor Tony Evers Hauls in $10 Million for Re-Election Campaign

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers hauled in more than $10 million during the previous fundraising quarter as he seeks re-election in the November midterm elections.

Evers, who is looking to secure his second term, has taken in more than $20 million since 2021 and has more than $7 million cash-on-hand.

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