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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"Saudi Arabia has given Turkey permission to search its Istanbul consulate Monday afternoon, a Turkish diplomatic source told CNN. Saudi officials first granted permission for the consulate to be searched last week, but later asked for a delay and no search has yet taken place. Turkish officials also want to search the nearby consul general's residence, and have repeatedly accused the Saudis of failing to cooperate with their investigation."
"President Trump said he plans to call Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump spoke on Saturday during an appearance in the Oval Office with Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was recently released by the Turkish government."
Asked by Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes on Sunday night, President Trump said he thought he treated Dr. Christine Blasey Ford fairly, even as he was accused of poking fun of her at a rally. He then declined to address the issue further, saying "I'm not going to get into it, because we won. It doesn't matter. We won."