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Daily News Digest – November 6, 2018

PRESENTED BY the Stop The HIT Coalition

Good morning! Polls are open so get out and vote! Best of luck to all the candidates and campaign workers. Hope you left it all on the field. Here’s your Daily News for Tuesday, November 6.

1. Election Day is here.

Election Day can be stressful! Just ask Josh Lyman. Here are a few reminders and updates about what is going on with voting today.
There’s weather up north
  • Severe weather in North and Central Alabama could play a factor in this morning’s voting. A line of storms is moving through Birmingham right now.
  • Rain sometimes discourages people from voting, particularly in areas where they’d have to stand and wait in line outside.
Polls open 7-7, as always
  • All Alabama polling locations are open from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Even though the weather is causing some schools to delay opening, voting precincts in schools are still opening at 7:00 this morning. Secretary of State John Merrill clarified this last night in his latest Election Day update.
Going Inactive
  • Merrill has also pushed back hard against an storyclaiming systemic suppression of voter registrations in Madison County. His office called it “inaccurate,” “misinformed” and “a disservice to the people of the State of Alabama to be presented with inaccurate and inflammatory information so close to an election.”
  • Pepper Bryars also thinks the claims out of Madison County are bunk.
  • He writes that Probate Judge Tommy Ragland is “crying wolf,” which is dangerous because it only leaves the public less likely to believe real claims of voter suppression and fraud.
How will you watch?
  • Everyone has their favorite channels on election night, both local an national.
  • If you’re in the Birmingham area I’ll be helping WBRC Fox 6 with some of their election coverage, which will be live streamed on Facebook.
  • If NBC is your network of choice, you’ll be glad they got ahead of the inevitable viewer confusion by issuing an explainer for election night calls.
Check yo self
  • You (or the friends you forward this to) can go online HERE to check your voter registration status, where your polling place is, see how to fill out a provisional ballot, etc.
  • A lot of people fought and marched and struggled to make sure we’d have the right to vote, so don’t take it for granted!

2. Final Arguments.

In Alabama
  • Gov. Kay Ivey and Mayor Walt Maddox crisscrossed the state via airplane Monday making their final pitches to voters.
  • Maddox claimed that his internal polling had him essentially tied with Ivey, meaning within the margin of error. Ivey was less specific, but said she was confident she’d win as long as supporters got out to vote. We will see who was right tonight.
  • Read more on the final push from Maddox and Ivey from Kim Chandler HERE , from Brian Lyman HERE, from Jeff Poor HERE and from’s team of reporters HERE.
  • I’ve heard there was some tightening of the generic Republican-Democrat ballot in Alabama here late. It might not be enough to get Maddox or the other statewide candidates over the top, but could a late surge help Democratic legislative candidates?
  • Read more about the down ballot races and the challenge Democrats have competing in deep-red Alabama from Jay Reeves HERE.
  • President Trump and a band of surrogates continued barnstorming battleground states, mostly in support of Senate candidates.
  • It’s not that he doesn’t care about or has given up on the House, but rather that his endorsement/presence in toss-up House districts would not be helpful to his side.
  • Trump called his successes “fragile” and seemed to invite the fact that this election is a lot about him. I found his interview with Sinclair to be REALLY interesting. How many sitting presidents have you ever heard acknowledge regret and say they’ll do better?
  • All of that in the latest Trump campaign trail update HERE.
The Latest Ratings
  • Cook Political Report issued its final ratings for the House, and it wasn’t good news for Republicans. If Democrats and Republicans each won all their “lean” districts and then split the 30 “toss up” races, Democrats would win a six seat majority.
  • As Dave Wasserman notes, that kind of split almost never happens, and a wave on either side is historically more likely.
  • Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight gives Republicans an 80.9 percent chance of holding the Senate majority. His updated model gives a decent chance for the GOP to pick up a few seats, and that’s with Democrat leans in Arizona and Florida, so go figure.
  • Keep in mind: nobody really knows right now. But we all will once the votes are counted.

A Message from the Stop The HIT Coalition

  • What is responsible for shredding billions of dollars more than Banksy?
  • That’s right, the 2020 Health Insurance Tax (HIT).
  • It will add more than $16 billion to the cost of insurance for middle-class families in 2020.
  • Absent immediate Senate action, the 2020 HIT will begin driving up the cost of care for hardworking Alabamians in 2020.
  • Senator Doug Jones can help address skyrocketing healthcare costs by co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation (S. 3063) to suspend the Health Insurance Tax in 2020.
  • Ask Senator Jones to stop the HIT on Alabama small businesses and hardworking families.


3. Amendments.

  • I get asked a lot how I think people should vote on the four constitutional amendments on the Alabama ballot today.
  • I’m not going to tell you how to vote. However, I will tell you that if you’d like to read about what the amendments do in plain English, you probably can’t do better than the Fair Ballot Commission’s Voter Guide.
  • Of course, the most controversial amendments are 1 & 2, regarding the display of the Ten Commandments and the sanctity of life, respectively.
  • Abortion politics is always heated and almost always zero-sum.
  • Lots of money has come in from out-of-state abortion rights activists to defeat this ballot measure. A recent op-ed from Sarah Levin claims the measure is “anti-family” and would be problematic for pregnant women.
  • Co-chairwomen of the Alliance for a Pro-Life Alabama, PSC President Twinkle Cavanaugh, ALGOP Chairman Terry Lathan, and former State Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, are pushing back against that argument in an op-ed of their own this morning.

4. POTUS declares disaster area for Wiregrass.

  • President Donald Trump has responded to Gov.Kay Ivey’s request to declare parts of Alabama as a major disaster zone and offers financial assistance after Hurricane Michael severely hurt parts of Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Mobile counties.
  • The president is now offering assistance through The Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance Program that reimburses local governments, state agencies, eligible private non-profit organizations, and electric co-operatives for certain expenses that have occurred because of Hurricane Michael.
  • Gov. Ivey, Sen. Richard Shelby and Rep. Martha Roby are all really pleased about the president’s move, to say nothing of local officials.
  • Soon, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency Recovery Division will be explaining procedures for requesting assistance at a series of applicant briefings. Look for those announcements in the coming days.
  • Read more from ADN’s Caroline Beck HERE.

5. News Briefs.

Alabama’s execution procedures
  • A federal appeals court is considering whether a lower court judge was wrong to rule that Alabama’s execution protocol should be unsealed at the request of news outlets.
  • U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre ruled in May that the public has “a common law right of access” to a redacted version of the state’s lethal injection protocol and related court records. The state appealed, and a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Monday heard arguments in the appeal.
  • Media outlets have asked the court to unseal records in a lawsuit brought by death row inmate Doyle Lee Hamm.
  • Prison officials in February halted Hamm’s scheduled execution at the last minute when the lethal injection team was unable to connect an intravenous line to his veins.
  • Read more HERE.


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Ivey, Maddox crisscross state to make final arguments
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – With GOP in control, Alabama Democrats seek gains
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump Declares Major Disaster Areas in Alabama after Hurricane Michael
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – With political future on line, Trump makes last midterm push
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Damaging storms possible on Election Day
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Legal battle centers on release of Alabama execution details
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Perry Hooper: Promises Kept
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Pepper Bryars: Officials claiming voter suppression in Alabama are crying wolf
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Amendment 2 Supporters: Stand for life – vote yes
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – November 5, 2018
  AL.COM – Alabama native DeMarcus Ware takes a bow on ‘Dancing with the Stars’
AL.COM – Sessions: Voter fraud will not be tolerated
AL.COM – Mobile dedicates unused lots to affordable housing
AL.COM – What to do if you have problems at the polls in Alabama
AL.COM – College presidents in Huntsville urge students: Check your voter status
AL.COM – Mazda Toyota groundbreaking set as site prep work wraps up
AL.COM – Trump declares major disaster in Alabama after Michael
AL.COM – As elections loom, Alabama’s shrimping industry faces an uncertain future
AL.COM – Columnist Kyle Whitmire: Let football be football
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Ivey talks economy; Maddox touts lottery in final campaign stops
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Prattville police high speed chase of bank robbery suspect ends in arrest
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Sheriff identifies 9-year-old Autauga child killed in accidental shooting
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Four arrested on drug trafficking charges
DOTHAN EAGLE – One dead in Houston County crash
DOTHAN EAGLE – Retired Dothan police chief passes away
DOTHAN EAGLE – Middle school basketball roundup: HA wins in overtime
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – John Merrill: Weather will not change polling hours
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Ivey wraps up Election Eve Alabama tour with Birmingham stop — ‘Please keep pounding the streets’
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Justice Tom Parker releases TV ad targeting his opponent, migrant caravan, Soros
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Alabama man indicted in shooting, burning of man
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Ivey touts experience, Maddox the need for change
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Advocacy group calls Amendment 2 a ‘personhood’ measure
DECATUR DAILY – Decatur High grad makes video of Hurricane Michael aftermath
DECATUR DAILY – Youth Explosion: Event envisioned, organized by Decatur youth will feature local performers
DECATUR DAILY – Registration this week for State of DCS breakfast
TIMES DAILY – Culver Museum is a special place
TIMES DAILY – Sheffield superintendent candidates announced
TIMES DAILY – 2 charged in sexual abuse cases
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – It’s a … snow slide?
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Family, friends raising money for Thornton
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – ‘Shoebox ministry’ drop off is next week
TROY MESSENGER – Voters decide on local, state offices today
TROY MESSENGER – Troy Housing Authority plans to dispose of Dunbar
THE ANNISTON STAR – Anniston council considers City Hall locations, including Star building
THE ANNISTON STAR – Rebuilding complete, Community Enabler’s ‘Holloway House’ ready to get back to work
THE ANNISTON STAR – Look Back … to no pull-tabs for Piedmont, 1993
GADSDEN TIMES – Southside man arrested for terrorist threat
GADSDEN TIMES – Street closure in downtown Albertville
GADSDEN TIMES – Man who killed 2 at yoga studio was fired for touching girl
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Our View: Alabama voters face a full slate; go vote!
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Lanett man dies in two-vehicle crash in Chambers County
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Rogers, Hagan top local Election Day ballot in Congressional race
CULLMAN TIMES – Tornado watch until 6 a.m. in Cullman County
CULLMAN TIMES – Newlyweds killed in helicopter crash while leaving their wedding
CULLMAN TIMES – Moss joins council, Gudger honored for service
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Alabaster Veterans Day ceremony set for Nov. 12
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Fit Body Boot Camp celebrates grand opening in Helena
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Thompson ROTC, Silver Creek honor veterans
THE MADISON RECORD – Roberts Signs Bowling Scholarship Becoming City’s First
THE MADISON RECORD – Madison City Schools delayed two hours tomorrow
THE MADISON RECORD – Hope and Healing: The Wall That Heals honors Vietnam vets in Huntsville
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Merrill: One can override straight ballot in any race
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Mayor to legislators: General Fund balance at $3.8M
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Details limited on I-22 accident
NEW YORK TIMES – Two Visions of Patriotism Clash in the Midterm Elections
NEW YORK TIMES – 6 Types of Misinformation to Beware Of on Election Day. (And What to Do if You Spot Them.)
NEW YORK TIMES – Trump Closes Out a Campaign Built on Fear, Anger and Division
WASHINGTON POST – Without evidence, Trump and Sessions warn of voter fraud, signifying possible post-election fight
WASHINGTON POST – Democrats hope for House win, Republicans look to hold the Senate in a final day of campaigning — but nobody’s quite sure
WASHINGTON POST – Congressional course corrections create Washington political whiplash
USA TODAY – Animal rights gone too far? California voters will decide on Proposition 12 chicken cage ban
USA TODAY – Election Day, college basketball, pipe bomb suspect: 5 things to know Tuesday
USA TODAY – Donald Trump says ‘everything’ is at stake as he makes closing midterm election argument
POLITICO – Trump administration presses Supreme Court to intervene in DACA cases
POLITICO – ‘It’s depressing as hell’: Dem win would spell misery for Trump White House aides
POLITICO – Crenshaw won’t seek ‘hollow and empty’ apology from ‘SNL,’ Pete Davidson


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