Utah governor OKs bill banning gender-affirming health care

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s Republican governor on Saturday signed bills that ban youth from receiving gender-affirming health care and allow families to receive scholarships to pay for education outside the public school system, both measures that are part of larger nationwide movements. Gov. Spencer Cox, who had not taken a public position on … Read more

Governor decries ‘distracting’ Kansas with ‘wedge issues’

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly called Tuesday for Kansas officials to stop distracting themselves with “wedge issues” in education, sharply rebuking a Republican-controlled Legislature pursuing policies catering to conservative parents unhappy with public schools. Kelly used her annual State of the State address to decry what she called efforts to “turn parents … Read more

DeSantis v NHL: Florida governor taps unlikely foe in ‘anti-woke’ crusade

As part of its forthcoming All-Star game weekend in Sunrise, Florida, the National Hockey League planned to host a special event called the Pathway to Hockey Summit. Part of the league’s Hockey is For Everyone initiative, the summit was described in a now-deleted LinkedIn post as a “career event for diverse job seekers who are … Read more

Former Nebraska Governor Ricketts to become U.S. senator

By Katharine Jackson WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Nebraska’s former Republican Governor Pete Ricketts is due to become a U.S. senator after being appointed on Thursday to fill the seat left vacant by Republican Senator Ben Sasse. In an anticipated move, Nebraska’s Republican Governor Jim Pillen announced the appointment of his predecessor at the state … Read more

Lujan Grisham begins second term as New Mexico governor

Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham officially started her second term as New Mexico governor on New Year’s Day with promises of “launching the state into the future” by building on the work her administration has done over the past four years. “Progress — not paralysis — is in fact our destiny,” Lujan Grisham said shortly after … Read more

BOJ must eye rate hike, shift to more flexible policy, says ex-deputy governor

By Leika Kihara TOKYO (Reuters) – The Bank of Japan (BOJ) must make its monetary policy framework more flexible and stand ready to raise its long-term interest rate target next year if the economy can withstand overseas risks, former deputy governor Hirohide Yamaguchi told Reuters. Yamaguchi, who is considered a candidate to become next BOJ … Read more

Ukraine strikes Wagner HQ in Luhansk, governor says

Ukrainian forces have struck a headquarters of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group in eastern Ukraine, Luhansk’s Ukrainian governor has said. Serhiy Haidai said a hotel where the group was based in Kadiivka, Luhansk region, was hit. He added there were major Russian losses. The BBC was unable to independently verify Wagner’s presence at the hotel. Wagner … Read more

California Governor Accused of Playing Politics on Gasoline Prices

(Bloomberg) — Refiner PBF Energy Inc. has rejected a request from California energy regulators to testify at a hearing next week on gasoline price spikes, citing Governor Gavin Newsom’s “politicization of this issue” and failure to heed a year of warnings about the state’s fuel supply. Most Read from Bloomberg In a letter to Newsom, … Read more

Bob Chapek’s Disney angered Scarlett Johansson, Florida’s governor, and more in his two-plus years as CEO

Disney announced Sunday that Bob Iger would return as CEO, replacing his successor Bob Chapek. It followed two-plus years of controversies and questionable decisions during Chapek’s tenure. Last week’s earnings might have been the final straw for Disney’s board. Bob Chapek, a former Disney parks executive, succeeded Bob Iger as CEO of the House of … Read more