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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Eleven days before the presidential inauguration last year, a billionaire Russian businessman with ties to the Kremlin visited Trump Tower in Manhattan to meet with Donald J. Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, according to video footage and another person who attended the meeting. In Mr. Cohen’s office on the 26th floor, he and the oligarch, Viktor Vekselberg, discussed a mutual desire to strengthen Russia’s relations with the United States under President Trump, according to Andrew Intrater, an American businessman who attended the meeting and invests money for Mr. Vekselberg."
"The Justice Department asked its internal watchdog to examine if there was any impropriety in the counterintelligence investigation of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, after the president demanded Sunday that the department investigate the motives behind the inquiry. Earlier Sunday, in one of a series of tweets targeting the probe into whether Trump associates colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump wrote: 'I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!'"