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President Trump gestures at his rally in Monroe, La., on Wednesday. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump urged voters at a rally in Monroe, Louisiana, Wednesday night to back businessman Eddie Rispone's bid to unseat the state's Gov. John Bel Edwards (D), whom he labeled a "radical, liberal," ahead of the Nov. 16 runoff.

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The big picture: Trump previously used the impeachment inquiry against him as a political rallying cry in Mississippi and Kentucky gubernatorial races — but its success in campaigns has yet to be seen. Democrats flipped Virginia's state Senate and House of Delegates in state elections Tuesday.

  • In Mississippi, Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves beat Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood in a tight race to be elected Mississippi’s governor.
  • In Kentucky, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin formally requested a recanvass of votes for the state's gubernatorial race on Wednesday, after tailing behind Democratic opponent Andy Beshear by just over 5,000 votes.

What he's saying: At the rally, Trump also denounced the House impeachment inquiry as a "hoax" and recognized 2020 candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren's rise in the polls by resurrecting his "Pocahontas" slur in a fresh attack on the Massachusetts senator.

  • "Pocahontas is starting to rise from the ashes," he said, adding he "thought she was gone" over controversy surrounding her Native American heritage claims. (A DNA test last year showed "strong evidence" that she had a Native American ancestor 6–10 generations ago.)

Go deeper: Trump slams Dems in rallying cry for Kentucky governor ahead of race

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Capitol review panel recommends more police, mobile fencing

Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.

Financial fallout from the Texas deep freeze

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Texas has thawed out after an Arctic freeze last month threw the state into a power crisis. But the financial turmoil from power grid shock is just starting to take shape.

Why it matters: In total, electricity companies are billions of dollars short on the post-storm payments they now owe to the state's grid operator. There's no clear path for how they will pay — something being watched closely across the country as extreme weather events become more common.

U.S. Chamber decides against political ban for Capitol insurrection

A pedestrian passes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters as it undergoes renovation. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce revealed Friday it won't withhold political donations from lawmakers who simply voted against certifying the presidential election results and instead decide on a case-by-case basis.

Why it matters: The Chamber is the marquee entity representing businesses and their interests in Washington. Its memo, obtained exclusively by Axios, could set the tone for businesses debating how to handle their candidate and PAC spending following the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.