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TRUMP BETS ON KOBACH: Kansas Secretary of State and immigration hard-liner Kris Kobach picked up President Donald Trump’s endorsement heading into today’s Kansas gubernatorial primary election, POLITICO’s Daniel Strauss reports.

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“Kris Kobach, a strong and early supporter of mine, is running for Governor of the Great State of Kansas,” Trump tweeted. “He is a fantastic guy who loves his State and our Country – he will be a GREAT Governor and has my full & total Endorsement! Strong on Crime, Border & Military. VOTE TUESDAY!”

Kobach previously led Trump’s ill-fated voter fraud commission, which launched after the president, without evidence, argued that millions of people “voted illegally” for Hillary Clinton (the president disbanded the commission in January). Kobach now faces off in a primary against Republican incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer, who became governor in January when Sam Brownback was confirmed to an ambassador post.

“White House aides had long been pushing for Trump not to endorse Kobach,” Strauss writes, “fearful that his nomination could make the general election more competitive and potentially threaten Republican prospects in several congressional races.” But Kobach shares Trump’s hawkish views when it comes to immigration — and limited polling in the primary shows a virtual tie. More here.

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LABOR SETS SIGHTS ON MISSOURI: The state’s voters will decide today whether to approve or reject a so-called right to work law. The measure — signed into law by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens in 2017 — bans mandatory union fees demanded of non-members to cover their share of collective bargaining costs.

“Labor groups collected more than 300,000 signatures to put the issue on the ballot, more than the 120,000 required,” Kris Maher and Eric Morath report in The Wall Street Journal. “If the ballot initiative succeeds, it would be the first time a right-to-work law is overturned by popular vote, according the AFL-CIO,” More here.

DOJ SIGNALS DACA APPEAL: The Trump administration will appeal a federal judge’s order to restart the DACA program in full, according to a notice filed Monday evening. U.S. District Judge John Bates on Friday said DACA should be restored and accept new applications, but delayed the effective date of the decision until Aug. 23 to allow time for an appeal. Attorney General Jeff Sessions blasted the judge’s decision in a statement Monday, saying the Obama administration “violated its duty to enforce our immigration laws” when it created DACA. Read the notice to appeal here.

Recommended read: “How Trump radicalized ICE,” by Franklin Foer in the Atlantic. Find it here.

REPORT: FRANCHISE DECISION HURT HOTELS: A new study by the right-leaning American Action Forum found that growth in the hotel industry slowed after the NLRB’s 2015 Browning-Ferris decision, which made it easier to classify a business as jointly liable for labor violations committed by its franchisees and contractors. The annual franchise employment rate in hotels fell by 1.4 percentage points after the decision, according to the report. Real wages and real weekly earnings within the industry plateaued, and growth in total wage earnings declined by 3.9 percentage points, the study found.

However, researchers added a caveat: “While the results from 2016 are startling, they are based on only one year of data since the 2015 joint employer ruling, and franchise hotels may have simply had an off year,” the report said. “Thus, to determine whether the broadened joint employer standard could be playing a role in these trends, it is important to continue tracking the hotel industry’s labor market over time.”

The current Republican-controlled NLRB said in May it would write a rule to reverse Browning-Ferris. Separately, the House passed a bill, H.R. 3441 (115), to permanently reverse the decision, but it’s gone nowhere in the Senate. More here.

NLRB REAFFIRMS ALJ APPOINTMENTS: The NLRB on Monday unanimously ruled that its process for appointing administrative law judges falls in line with a recent Supreme Court decision on the subject. In its Lucia v. SEC decision in June, the court found that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s process for appointing administrative law judges was unconstitutional because commission staff — instead of its leaders — were appointing them. But the NLRB, in rejecting a challenge by WestRock Services, Inc., said its process is different because the board itself picks the ALJs, not agency staff, which constitutes an agency head under the appointments clause of the Constitution. Read the decision here.

CWA SLAMS AT&T OVER JOB CUTS: AT&T workers on Monday launched a “broken promises” tour to shame the company over job cuts when they said it promised job creation. The workers, represented by the Communications Workers of America, will focus on AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson’s 2017 statement that the company would create 7,000 “good jobs for the middle class” and devote $1 billion to capital expenditures with savings from Republicans’ tax reform law. CWA contends the company has cut 7,000 jobs since the tax cuts went into effect.

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