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 directed the Department of Defense to organize a military parade for November 11, Veterans Day, according to an unclassified memo written by H.R. McMaster and sent to Defense Secretary James Mattis. The memo says "Trump wants Mattis to brief him on 'concepts of operation for this event.' The memo also said that the parade route should begin at the White House and end at the Capitol." Trump was reportedly inspired by Bastille Day festivities in France.
At the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump announced his support for allowing teachers to carry concealed firearms at schools. "Why do we protect our airports, our banks, our government buildings, but not our schools?" Trump asked the audience. "It's time to make our schools a much harder target ...When we declare our schools to be gun free zones, it just puts our students in far more danger." Trump said that roughly "10 or 20 percent" of teachers were very adept with guns, and that "a teacher would have shot the hell out of him [the shooter] before he knew what happened. They love their students, folks, remember that."
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.