(CNN) - Led by Mississippi's Haley Barbour, five GOP governors are hitting the trail next week in support of fellow Republican gubernatorial candidates in this year's midterm elections.
Barbour, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will make stops in 13 states over five days, starting Tuesday in New Mexico. Later Tuesday Barbour campaigns in Wyoming and South Dakota, followed by Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois on Wednesday. Thursday he'll be in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, with stops Friday in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. The tour ends Saturday with events in Oregon, Minnesota, Florida, and Wisconsin.
(CNN) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist Thursday vetoed an education bill favored by state Republican lawmakers and grassroots conservatives.
The legislation, considered one of the most far reaching in the country, would have made the process of firing Florida teachers easier. Teachers and many parents opposed the bill, which would have linked educators pay to student test scores.
Some political watchers say that Crist's veto may be a signal that the governor is positioning himself as a centrist and giving up his bid against Marco Rubio for the Republican Senate nomination.
A Quinnipiac University poll indicates that Rubio, the former state house speaker and a darling with conservative activists, leads Crist by 23 points among Republican primary voters. But the survey of Florida voters, released Thursday, also indicates that Crist, if he chose to run as an independent, would hold a narrow edge in a three-way contest with Rubio and Rep. Kendrick Meek, the Democratic candidate in the race.
(CNN) - Embattled New York Governor David Paterson woke up to some unfriendly headlines Friday morning.
New York City's two tabloid newspapers, the New York Post and the New York Daily News, in large front page headlines, declared that for Paterson, it's "time to go."
At a news conference Thursday evening, Paterson said he would not resign the governor's office, and speaking of his bid for a full term in office, he added that "I'm in this for the long haul."
Paterson's meeting with reporters was his first since a New York Times story reported that the governor may have intervened in a domestic assault case involving a top aide. Paterson has suspended an aide and asked state attorney general Andrew Cuomo, who is weighing his own primary challenge against Paterson, to investigate allegations of wrongdoing amid news reports that the aide hit a woman and that state police pressured her to keep quiet.
In their front page editorial, the New York Post declared, "It's time for David Paterson to close out his role in one of the strangest episodes in New York history and turn over the affairs of state to his own lieutenant governor, Richard Ravitch."
There was a similar message on the front page of the New York Daily News, which said, "Today we urge David Paterson to step down. Paterson has given serious cause to doubt both his word and his judgment. His administration is in shambles. He has demeaned his high office."
The controversy prompted the state's deputy secretary for public safety, a Cabinet member who supervises the state police, to resign unexpectedly Thursday. She said the governor and state police "acknowledged" direct contact with the woman - an allegation that the governor declined to discuss in a radio interview Thursday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new poll suggests that New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine's bid for re-election this year is getting tougher.
A Monmouth University/Gannett NJ survey released Thursday indicates that 51 percent of New Jersey voters disapprove of Corzine’s performance, while only 34 percent approve of how he is handling his job.
The poll also suggests that only one in five New Jersey voters think their state is headed in the right direction.
Another poll released earlier this month by Quinnipiac University showed Christie leading Corzine in a hypothetical match-up by a 44 to 38 margin. That’s a 12 point turnaround from a previous Quinnipiac poll of the race conducted in November that showed a 42 to 36 lead for the incumbent.