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Daily News Digest – November 12, 2018


Good morning! I hope you’re fortunate enough to have the day off work. If so, remember to take some time to honor & thank veterans who served in uniform. 
Here’s your Daily News for November 12.


1. Election update.

  • Almost a week after the election and we are closer to knowing who won some of the nation’s closest contests.
  • In Arizona, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema appears to have pulled away from Republican Martha McSally to win the Senate seat most called for the GOP election night.
  • McSally was a uniquely appealing candidate and Sinema had plenty of gaffes, but some are saying the Republican’s embrace of Trump could have hurt her with independents and women in sprawling suburban Phoenix.
  • In Florida, Rick Scott is battling to preserve his election night win over Sen. Bill Nelson. And, like all election struggles in Florida, it’s a knife fight.
  • Election officials acknowledge fraudulent votes being batched in, yet they say it would be too hard to figure out how to extract them now. A provisional ballot from a non-citizen was previously ruled ineligible, which both campaigns agreed was the correct call.
  • Meanwhile a recount is proceeding in counties not named Broward and Palm Beach. Which ballots are counted in those counties will probably come down to a court ruling, unfortunately.
  • Should Scott retain his win, that would put the GOP’s Senate majority at 52 votes. That is likely to increase to 53 votes with a runoff in Mississippi.
  • Retaining and growing the Senate majority is a big win for Republicans, but 53 is not 55 or 56. Montana, Arizona, Nevada and West Virginia are all big disappointments for the Senate GOP, and the map only gets harder for them in 2020.

2. Sotomayor christens Mobile-built ship

  • Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor was in Mobile over the weekend to help christen the U.S. Navy’s newest ship: The USNS Puerto Rico.
  • The ship was christened at the Austal USA shipyard, where it was built. Sotomayor broke a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow, a Navy tradition.
  • The Puerto Rico is the 11th of 12 total Expeditionary Fast Transport ships Austal is on contract to build for the Navy. EFT ships are meant to transport 600 short tons of military cargo 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots.
  • Justice Sotomayor is from New York and of Puerto Rican descent. She was revealed to be the surprise sponsor of the USNS Puerto Rico back in August when she helped lay the keel for the ship. The vessel is the first active ship in Navy service to honor the American territory of Puerto Rico.
  • “This ship honors the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the contributions Puerto Ricans have made to our nation and Navy and Marine Corps team,” Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said. “USNS Puerto Rico will provide our commanders high-speed sealift mobility and agility and I am thankful for this ship, her crew, and our industrial force teammates whose service makes this great ship possible.”
  • Read more HERE.


A Message from The Poarch Creek Indians

  • Being productive, staying connected and helping Alabama thrive are embodiments of the Poarch mission to create goodness out of what we have.
  • That’s the message of the Poarch Creek Indians’ new advertising campaign that continues this week.
  • Poarch’s 2018 campaign includes two much-anticipated commercials, “Land” and “Craft” — real stories about real people in the place they call home.
  • Iconic images send hopeful messages about traditions, which fuel life and help lay the groundwork for a better future.
  • Everyone that you meet on screen and in voiceover is Poarch Creek. All scenes and locations are authentic to the Tribe.
  • Click here to watch the second spot, “Craft.”


3. Tense moments at State School Board.

  • There were some tense moments at the end of last week’s State School Board work session.
  • During her criticism of the Alabama Accountability Act, Board Member Ella Bell of Montgomery made the entire room uncomfortable by taking it down racial lines.
  • “I’m black and I grew up in Montgomery, so I’ve seen all the tricks…”
  • “You’re stealing the process and trying to destroy an entire race of people.”
  • Rachel Blackmon Bryars of the Alabama Policy Institute takes issue with Bell’s criticism of the Accountability Act.
  • Bell’s claims that the law is “stealing from the state” and “took money from the poorest counties in the state to send kids to private school” are way off base, she writes in an op-ed for Alabama Daily News today.
  • She has numbers to back up her commentary, including from Bell’s own Montgomery County, where funding has increased even as enrollment has dropped.
  • Read her full piece HERE.

4. Matthew Stokes: GOP rules Bama, but will ideas survive?

  • Having had some time to process the election, ADN Columnist Matthew Stokes has some thoughts on what it all means.
  • Republicans got drubbed in the U.S. House, but did well almost everywhere else.
  • In Alabama, the GOP did really well. So well that it’s hard to find a path forward for Democrats after their best slate of candidates in years, he writes.
  • Stokes also hopes Republicans’ success doesn’t lead the party to become complacent and abandon important education reforms.
  • Here’s an excerpt:
“Indeed, it was the Democrats who ran off the rails in their attempts to knock off their opponents. Walt Maddox and Joe Siegelman tried desperately to allege wrongdoing on the part of Kay Ivey and Steve Marshall, respectively. Mallory Hagan and Tabitha Isner ran Congressional campaigns that were angry and conspiratorial, making Mike Rogers and Martha Roby look better by comparison. One wonders if these candidates got really bad (and no doubt, expensive) advice, or if their social bubble is so small that they never realized their messages would not play well with ordinary folks. Either way, this is a serious problem that Democrats will have to overcome if they want to once again compete in Alabama.”
  • Read his full column HERE.


5. Headlines.

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Growth means additional digit for Alabama drivers licenses
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Sotomayor christens Navy ship in Mobile.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Rachel Bryars: Alabama board of education member says school choice is trying to ‘destroy a whole race of people’
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Matthew Stokes: GOP rule in Bama is undisputed
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Democratic coalition won back House, fell short everywhere else.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Florida election recount continues amid tensions, litigation
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Death toll rises in California wildfire, matching deadliest
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Democrat Abrams files new suit in Georgia governor’s race
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – George W. Bush, Laura Bush honored for work with veterans
AL.COM – Meet the 12 AHSAA individual cross country state champions for 2018
AL.COM – Death toll rises to 31 in California as wildfires continue to ravage state
AL.COM – Man found slain in Selma; Suspect arrested, held without bond
BIRMINGHAM WATCH – Jefferson County’s ‘Blue Wave:’ How the First Black Sheriff and District Attorney Won Election
BIRMINGHAM WATCH – Everyone Knew It Was Coming, But Sessions’ Ouster From the Justice Department so Soon After the Mid-Terms Landed With a Boom
BIRMINGHAM WATCH – Straight-Party Voting Shows Increasing Political Polarization in Alabama, Controlled Outcome of Some Races
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Veterans Day 2018: All the places vets can get freebies and meal deals Sunday and Monday
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – No more secrets: Montgomery’s Kirk Jay focused on ‘The Voice’ live performances Monday
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Man shot, killed on Highland Avenue, Montgomery police say
DOTHAN EAGLE – WWII veterans Dick Schoof, Evelyn Moore share memories in marriage
DOTHAN EAGLE – Decades after Vietnam, friends share their different experiences
DOTHAN EAGLE – Rushing attack was the key offensively for Alabama in win over Mississippi State
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Tuscaloosa streets to be swept this week
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Veterans Day program to be held Monday
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Mazen Osama, Alexey Nesterov find success at USTA $25k Futures
DECATUR DAILY – 100 years after World War I’s end, unified service recognizes Morgan soldiers
DECATUR DAILY – Hartselle Veterans Day parade: ‘This is the kind of thing that should bring us together’
DECATUR DAILY – Erosion of coverage of pre-existing conditions worries area hospitals
TIMES DAILY – Pigg: New Hospital’s a ‘Beacon of Hope’
TIMES DAILY – 1 Table Florence hosts community meal Thursday
TIMES DAILY – Alexander named UNA Alumni Relations director
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – How an Alabama WWII vet created Veterans Day
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – 18 members of violent Selma street gang indicted on major federal charges
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Nick Sellers wins annual tourism economic development award
LAGNIAPPE – U.S. Attorney: Sessions was ‘a prosecutor’s prosecutor’
LAGNIAPPE – Byrne criticizes Mueller probe in comments on Sessions
LAGNIAPPE – Columnist Jeff Poor: Elections have passed, but show goes on
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – 3 locals charged for drugs
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – 2ND ROUND BOUND: Andy overcomes turnovers to advance
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Drug Court helped Kimbro change her life
TROY MESSENGER – Trojans remain in first with win over Georgia Southern
TROY MESSENGER – End of the line: Charles Henderson’s season comes to a close with loss to Ramsay
TROY MESSENGER – Troy seeks revenge in Satesboro against the Eagles
THE ANNISTON STAR – Patriots line Noble Street for Veterans Day parade
THE ANNISTON STAR – 66 years after war interrupted his education, local man gets high school diploma
THE ANNISTON STAR – Young bald eagle, now healed, released back into wild
GADSDEN TIMES – Death toll rises in California wildfire, matching deadliest
GADSDEN TIMES – In remembering WWI, world warned of resurging ‘old demons’
GADSDEN TIMES – Child abuse: Mandatory reporting and how it can help
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Sharon Robinson Fuller obituary
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – TURNER: On Veterans Day, the bravery around us runs deep
CULLMAN TIMES – Still serving: Local veteran reflects on opportunities, helping others
CULLMAN TIMES – In remembering WWI, world warned of resurging ‘old demons’
CULLMAN TIMES – (Video) Hearses stand by as crews search for California fire victims
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Evangel wins 2018 NHSA National Championship
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Pelham’s season ends with first-round loss to Hartselle
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Special season ends for Montevallo in first round
THE MADISON RECORD – Dance with the Stars and Stripes honors, fundraises for local veterans
THE MADISON RECORD – 13th annual YMCA Prayer Breakfast honors several veterans
THE MADISON RECORD – Madison Academy recognized as Apple Distinguished School
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Search on for suspect in CH armed robbery
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – An honor to serve
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Remembering our veterans
NEW YORK TIMES – Forced Out by Deadly California Fires, Then Trapped in Traffic
NEW YORK TIMES – Saudis Close to Crown Prince Discussed Killing Other Enemies a Year Before Khashoggi’s Death
NEW YORK TIMES – Trump’s Nationalism, Rebuked at World War I Ceremony, Is Reshaping Much of Europe
WASHINGTON POST – Democrats signal aggressive investigations of Trump while resisting impeachment calls
WASHINGTON POST – Scott intensifies attacks against Nelson in Florida’s Senate race as recount begins
WASHINGTON POST – ‘We are armed now’: In Kentucky, shootings leave a black church and the white community around it shaken
USA TODAY – ‘We just want to go home’: Southern California fire evacuees express frustrations at community meeting
USA TODAY – ‘Like Dante’s Inferno’: Camp Fire equals deadliest wildfire in California history
USA TODAY – Macron rebukes nationalism at World War I event
POLITICO – Ojeda to run for president
POLITICO – Sinema continues to expand lead in Arizona Senate race
POLITICO – Global leaders snub Trump and his nationalistic vision


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