STAYING, FOR NOW: On Sunday night, the governor met with senior staffers of color to discuss his future following two days of defiance against the national clamor that he should resign. People familiar with that meeting said Northam had not reached a decision…WaPo

— DEMS DISTANCE: On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.), speaking as a member of Congressional Black Caucus leadership, said there is nothing Northam can do to persuade McEachin to give the governor more time in office.

— ONE SUPPORTER: Moran said Northam should be given a chance to redeem himself and invoked President Lyndon B. Johnson’s ability to work with conservative Republicans because of his background in Texas.

BIG LEAGUE GET: The website that broke the story of the racist yearbook photo that is imperiling the governorship of Virginia Democrat Ralph Northam is a scrappy, pro-Trump outfit backed by Republican operatives, part of a growing wave of low-cost, ideologically driven news publishers…WSJ


DEMS EYE TILLIS: North Carolina State Sen. Jeff Jackson met with the Democrats’ Senate campaign arm on Friday, as the party eyes potential candidates to challenge Sen. Thom Tillis…HILL

RALLY IN THE 9TH: Dozens gathered at Elizabethtown Middle School in Bladen County for an event entitled a “Rally for Fair Elections.”

Seven speakers took to the podium, firing up the crowd about perceived injustices…WECT

MCREADY DOING WELL: McCready has $338,000 in his campaign account compared with just over $19,000 for Harris, according to reports filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission…N&O

NHC STATE OF THE COUNTY:  The 2019 State of the County address for New Hanover County is Monday, Feb. 4. The address will be held at 6 p.m. in the Atrium area of the New Hanover County Government Center located at 230 Government Center Drive… WECT

NEW TAXES IN BRUNCO: Rep. Deb Butler and Rep. Frank Iler filed House Bill 17, which allows municipalities in Brunswick County to levy the tax of up to one-half of one percent on prepared meals and beverages. If HB17 passes, an extra ten cents would be added onto a bill of twenty dollars at a restaurant in a city or town enacting the tax. The proceeds from the tax could only be used for beach nourishment and/or public infrastructure projects… WECT


PATS WIN: “The game got (sort of) interesting late, but I suspect many of us may never remember where we were on Feb. 3, 2019, when the New England Patriots got the job done and beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 to win a very snoozy Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.” – Jason Gay of WSJ

FOWLER WINS: In breaking a nearly two-year win drought, Fowler moved to 7th in the FedExCup; qualified for the Sentry Tournament of Champions; and bucked a trend that had seen him convert only one of his last six 54-hole leads/co-leads to victory on TOUR…PGA

ECONOMY WINS: The American economy continued its winning ways in January despite the government shutdown, which caused unemployment to bump up to 4.0 percent from 3.9 percent in December…COMMENTARY