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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"President Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director under President Barack Obama, citing what he called Mr. Brennan’s “erratic” behavior. The White House had threatened last month to strip Mr. Brennan and two other Obama administration officials — Susan E. Rice, the former national security adviser; and James R. Clapper Jr., the former director of national intelligence — of their security clearances." Mr. Brennan has been highly critical of Trump on Twitter and in television appearances.
The FBI have investigated "a series of cyberattacks over the past year that targeted a Democratic opponent of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher," widely seen as the "most pro-Russia and pro-Putin member of Congress." The hacks against his Democratic opponent, Hans Keirstead, "began in August 2017 with a spear-phishing attempt... sent to Keirstead’s work email address," which was ultimately successful. Later attacks focused on his twitter account, and "Keirstead's campaign’s website and hosting service." Keirstead fell "125 votes short of advancing to the general election in one of the narrowest margins of any congressional primary this year," and has since endorsed Rohrabacher's opponent Harley Rouda.