State House

Greitens Running Ads to Defend Himself

Embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) “has purchased at least $185,000 in television ads — set to begin airing this week — in a year when he is not on the ballot,” the Kansas City Star reports.

“Greitens’ campaign purchased the television air time as Missouri lawmakers are holding a special session to weigh whether to impeach the Republican governor.”

“Greitens has been hounded since January by allegations that he photographed a woman while she was bound and partly nude to keep her from speaking about an extramarital affair in 2015.”

Meanwhile, Democrats are running their own ads linking Grietens with U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley (R).

The New Attorney General Itching to Take on Trump

Politico: “The man aspiring to be the new face of the resistance is a practicing Sikh who likes to call attention to his turban and happens to have jurisdiction over 20 of President Trump’s properties, including Bedminster.”

“New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says he sees an opening in the continuing wake left by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s surprise resignation, and he’s ready to take it.”

Woman Who Had Affair with Greitens Speaks Out

The woman with whom Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) had an affair stood by her description of their encounters and apologized to the governor’s wife in a new interview with KSDK-TV.

Said the woman: “The second that he denied the things that were the most hurtful, that were the most hurtful for me to now have to relive. I just realized: now I have this decision. The only ethical thing I felt that I could do was to tell the truth.”

‘Window Peeping’ Charges Surface In North Dakota Race

Will Gardner (R), the Republican-endorsed candidate for North Dakota secretary of state, dropped out of the race after the Fargo Forum reported on his 2006 “window-peeping incident” on the North Dakota State University campus.

“Gardner pleaded guilty in February 2006 to disorderly conduct… in which an NDSU security guard said he saw Gardner look through windows at women in a freshman dormitory. According to court documents, officers said Gardner’s pants were unzipped and his shirt front was pulled out… He also said he had watched only one woman undress, though court documents suggested officers witnessed him moving to multiple windows to look into occupied rooms.”

Ivey Denies She’s Gay

A little more than 12 hours after a state legislator suggested she was gay, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) issued a strong denial, the Birmingham News reports.

Said Ivey: “This most recent personal attack against me is beyond disgraceful. It’s a disgusting lie being pushed by a paid left wing liberal political operative. There is absolutely no truth to it. It’s false. It’s wrong. It’s a bald faced lie. And I’m not gonna let them get away with it.”

Prosecutor Suddenly Drops Greitens Case

“In a stunning development, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner on Monday dropped her prosecution of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens in the face of the defense team’s plan to call her to the stand,” the Kansas City Star reports.

Gardner said the move came after the judge agreed to a request by Greitens to call Gardner herself as a witness. She said the decision put her in an “impossible position” in which she would be “subject to cross-examination” by members of her own office.

Gardner’s office asked the court “to appoint a special prosecutor to refile the felony invasion-of-privacy charge against the governor.”

Error May Have Cost Democrats Pivotal Virginia Race

“Last year’s race for state delegate in Newport News went down in Virginia history for its razor-thin margin. Republican David Yancey won on Election Day by 10 votes; Democrat Shelly Simonds beat him by a single vote in a recount. Then, a judicial panel declared a tie, so officials picked a name out of a bowl to determine a winner, and it was Yancey,” the Washington Post reports.

“Now, a review of voter registration records and district maps by The Washington Post has found more than two dozen voters — enough to swing the outcome of that race — cast ballots in the wrong district, because of errors by local elections officials. The misassigned voters lived in a predominantly African American precinct that heavily favored Democrats in the fall.”

Greitens Accuser Takes Stand Next Week

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “After three months of an almost-daily barrage of courtroom fireworks, the public will hear for the first time next week from a woman who has accused Missouri’s sitting governor of physical and sexual abuse, of taking a semi-nude picture of her without her consent and threatening to distribute the photo if she told anyone about their encounter.”

“The indictment of Gov. Eric Greitens (R) on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge in February has triggered an investigation by a Missouri House committee as well as calls for Greitens’ resignation and impeachment. He also faces a second felony charge of computer tampering for allegedly taking without permission a donor list from a charity he founded.”

‘So Conservative’

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) is out with a new ad: “I’ve got a big truck, just in case I need to round up criminal illegals and take them home myself. Yep, I just said that.”

In Kemp’s first campaign ad, he promised to create a state-wide database to “track and immediately deport all criminal aliens so our kids don’t become the next victims.”

Accuser Will Testify Against Greitens

ABC News: “The woman, who has not been publicly identified, alleges that the married Greitens took an unauthorized photograph of her when she was partially nude, blindfolded and taped to an exercise machine during a sexual encounter in 2015. Prosecutors have said they do not possess the photo so the woman’s trial testimony is considered critical to their case.”

“Greitens has a host of problems besides the invasion-of-privacy criminal case. Shortly after that trial is to begin, the Missouri Legislature will initiate impeachment proceedings against the governor.”

Meanwhile, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a forensic examiner was extracting data from Greitens’ cellphone in a locked courtroom.

Manhattan DA Investigating Schneiderman

The Manhattan District Attorney has launched an investigation into outgoing New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) after several women accused him of abuse, the New York Post reports.

The news came hours after Schneiderman announced his resignation following an explosive New Yorker report in which four women accused him of aggressive, threatening behavior and “nonconsensual physical violence.”