Embroiled in divorce proceedings, Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons (R) is no stranger to scandal. But 867 text messages to the alleged "other woman" on his state-owned cell phone? What was he thinking? Gibbons told the Nevada press corps the sometimes late-night chats were mostly about state business - like tax issues and how to organize an office, according to the Las Vegas Sun . In ongoing divorce proceedings, Gibbons' wife Dawn accused him of cheating with his text-messaging pal, Kathy Karrasch, the estranged wife of a Reno doctor. But Gibbons says they have a purely platonic relationship, the Sun reports.
At a GOP convention in North Carolina, former Republican presidential candidate and Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee performed the Heimlich maneuver on a state lawmaker, The News & Observer (Raleigh) reports. Robert Pittenger, a former state senator who is running for lieutenant governor, choked on his lunch when another state lawmaker cracked a joke. Huckabee heard the commotion from across the room and rushed over to his rescue.
Gov. Jim Douglas signed a bill making Vermont the 29 th state to adopt Juneteenth as an official state holiday, the Burlington Free Press reports. Celebrated on the third Saturday of June, the unpaid holiday commemorates the date the last slaves in Texas got the news they would be freed - 2½ years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Texas is the only state that celebrates Juneteenth as a paid state holiday.
"I'll be back (there)," California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) might have warned his daughter Katherine. At a press conference on the state's new cell phone laws, the governor said he told his daughter he would take away her car and cell phone if he ever caught her using it while driving, the Sacramento Bee reports. "I will be following you every so often," he said, "but not with my car so you will recognize me. It will be with some different car." California's new law prohibits teens under 18 from using cell phones while driving - even if they use hands-free devices.