LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Governor's races are on the ballot in 36 states this year, and support or opposition to the Trump administration has emerged as a pivotal issue in many of the most closely contested races. The races have become like proxy battles over the president. Many of them feature Trump-backed Republicans against a left-of-center Democrat. Republicans currently dominate those offices by holding 33 governor's seats, something Democrats are trying to reverse.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Democrats and Republicans are stepping up their spending on state legislative races as they draw nearer to the next round of redistricting. Republicans currently hold two-thirds of the state legislative chambers across the U.S, but Democrats are doubling their spending on targeted races. Republicans also have increased their spending compared to 2016. Both want to be in charge for the redrawing of congressional and state legislative districts following the 2020 Census.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Department of Law stood by a judge's sentence that calls for no jail time for an Anchorage man who authorities say offered a woman a ride and choked her until she was unconscious. Justin Schneider pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault in the case. Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Corey sentenced him to two years, with a year suspended. Schneider also received credit for a year he served under house arrest. The sentence drew public outrage.

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) - Kodiak Island School District officials have decided to close Larsen Bay School for the 2018-19 school year. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports the Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education is also discussing the impending closure of Karluk School, which currently has seven students enrolled. Superintendent Larry LeDoux says unlike other school districts, the Kodiak Island school district tries to continue providing services at a school even if it has less than 10 students.

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