AK GOV: Dunleavy for Alaska, a super PAC supporting former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy (R), “is launching a statewide television, radio and online advertising campaign Sunday. … It’s spending $4,000 on a single, 30-second television ad on a Fairbanks station during the Super Bowl.” (Anchorage Daily News)
AR GOV: Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) reported nearly $65,000 in trips for he and his wife in his latest financial filings. Approximately $36,000 of that came from the Arkansas Economic Development Foundation to pay for trade mission trips to Mexico, Europe, and Asia. (AP)
GA GOV: Republican candidates differ on how they believe Trump should handle the DACA issue. Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) believes Trump is a “master negotiator,” but says that regardless of the eventual deal, he remains “firmly against amnesty for illegal immigrants.” Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R) says he would “support addressing the DACA question” but only after securing the southern border and a “comprehensive overhaul of our broken immigration system.” State Sen. Michael Williams (R) said that Trump “knows what he’s doing and will negotiate the best deal.”(Atlanta Journal Constitution)
KS GOV: Gov. Jeff Colyer (R) “became the 47th governor on Wednesday after Sam Brownback resigned to take a diplomatic post in Washington, D.C.” In his inaugural address, “Colyer hailed a new day in Kansas. He promised transparency and accountability and committed to protecting life but offered no details.” (Kansas City Star) Colyer is open to proposals from state Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning (R) to end legal disputes over funding with local school districts. (AP)
SC GOV: Antitrust attorney Marguerite Willis (D) joined the race Wednesday. “This is Willis’ first run for office, though her husband, Frank, was mayor of Florence for 14 years and ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2006. … Willis said she is not a career politician like [state Rep. James Smith (D)], who has served in the Statehouse for two decades, and can offer better solutions than” tech consultant Phil Noble (D). (Charleston Post & Courier)
Ahead of the Super Bowl on Sunday, former state cabinet member Catherine Templeton (R) released a new digital ad “Stand Up” which criticizes NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. (Fits News) Templeton also announced that she won’t be watching the Super Bowl at all on Sunday due to past protests. (Charleston Post & Courier)
TX GOV: Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) and Houston investor Andrew White (D) differed on toll roads and marijuana legalization at an editorial board meeting. (Dallas Morning News)
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Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is expected to plead guilty to a raft of new tax and fraud charges filed against him by special counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday. Gates is expected to cooperate with Mueller's investigation.
Robert Mueller announced new charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort advisor Rick Gates. "The new indictment contains 32 counts, including tax charges." The pair had been indicted on 12 charges in October. Since then, Gates's attorneys have asked to be excused from the case.
The FBI has reported that it failed to respond to a warning from "a person close to" Nikolas Cruz, the teen accused of killing 17 people at Parkland High School on Thursday. "It was the second time the FBI apparently failed to follow up on Cruz." On the first occasion, it failed to properly investigate Cruz after it was reported to them that he left the following comment on a Youtube video: "Im going to be a school shooter."
Florida Governor Rick Scott called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign following revelations that the FBI had failed to adequately investigate multiple warnings about Parkland High School gunman Nikolas Cruz. “The FBI’s failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable,'" said Scott. '...We constantly promote ‘see something, say something,’ and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act.'" According to an FBI statement, the FBI failed to inform local offices of information regarding "Cruz's desire to kill people, erratic behavior, disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting."