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Daily News Digest – November 7, 2018


Good morning! Here’s your Daily News for November 7.

1. It’s Kay.

  • The boss will stay the boss.
  • Kay Ivey defeated Walt Maddox Tuesday to become the second woman ever elected governor of Alabama, the first Republican woman, and, with all respect in the world to Lurleen Wallace, the first to win in her own right.
  • Ivey also made history by winning more votes than her predecessors. Her 1,014,821 votes are the most ever for an Alabama governor.
  • To put that in perspective, only 1,180,413 total votes were cast for both governor candidates in 2014.
  • “It is with immense gratitude that I stand before you tonight as the next governor of Alabama,” Ivey told supporters gathered in Montgomery.
  • “I am ever so grateful for your steadfast support, your prayers and your votes. Folks, tonight, together we have made history.”
  • Ivey won 55 counties, including Tuscaloosa. She won every county north of metro Birmingham and south of metro Montgomery.
  • Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox congratulated Ivey and pledged his “prayers and support.”
  • He later told me on Twitter that his polling model was built off needing about 700K votes to win. That simply wasn’t possible given the surge of more than 1.7 million votes cast – an Alabama midterm record.
  • No step too high for a high stepper.
  • Full story HERE.

2. GOP scores big down ballot.

Call it a “wave” or “red tide” or whatever you will, but a surge of Republican voters carried ALL of the party’s statewide candidates to victory.
Republicans in the state’s congressional delegation easily defeated their Democratic challengers, too.
The state’s conservative electorate also approved all four constitutional amendments, including one regarding the display of the Ten Commandments and one recognizing the rights of unborn children.


A Message from the The Poarch Creek Indians

  • Being a Tribe and a distinct group of people requires moving forward, and in so doing, helping Alabama move forward on this land we all call home.
  • That’s the message of the Poarch Creek Indians’ new advertising campaign that launches 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.
  • The spots use iconic cinematography to send hopeful messages about tradition and home, and the power we all have as communities to positively impact the wellbeing of our neighbors.
  • 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 first spot, “Land.”


3. The Legislature.

Republicans had a big night in state legislative races, too.
House of Representatives
House Speaker Mac McCutcheon and Majority Leader Nathanial Ledbetter grew their House GOP majority from 72 to 77 seats, while Democrats saw their share decline from 33 to 28. Key races included…
  • HD1, where Phillip Pettus coasted over Bobby James Dolan 56-37;
  • HD3, where Andrew Sorrell defeated Chad Young 53-47;
  • HD28, where Gil Isbell defeated Kyle Pierce 55-45.
  • HD65, where Brett Easterbrook defeated Rep. Elaine Beech 53-47; and
  • HD89, where Wes Allen won easily over Joel Lee Williams 59-41.
  • Read more about the House races HERE.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh and Majority Leader Greg Reed grew their Senate GOP majority from 26 to 27 seats. That was by virtue of Republican Donnie Chesteen replacing Independent Harri Anne Smith.
Perhaps more importantly, the Senate GOP held off significant challenges in a few key races many thought would go to Democrats, including…
  • SD6, where incumbent Larry Stutts defeated Johnny Mack Morrow 51-49;
  • SD10, where Andrew Jones defeated Craig Ford 61-39 for the open seat;
  • SD2, where Tom Butler won his old seat back defeating Amy Wasyluka 54-46;
  • SD27, where Tom Whatley defeated Nancy Bedinger 59-41;
  • And SD12, where Marsh himself silenced the doubters and silly rating makers crushing Jim Williams 65-35.
  • Read more about the Senate races HERE.
So, to recap, here are your Alabama legislative majorities:
  • House: 77 Republicans, 28 Democrats
  • Senate: 27 Republicans, 8 Democrats
Stories will be updated as statements and final numbers come in.

4. Tale of Two Chambers.

In the U.S. House, Tuesday was the best of times or the worst of times, depending on your party. Same for the U.S. Senate, but, you know, opposite.
  • As of right now, House Democrats have won 26 seats. That’s enough for a majority.
  • There are still at least nine seats projected to go blue, so you’re looking at a 10-12 seat Democratic majority.
  • Moderate Republican retirements and backlash against President Trump from suburban women contributed to the Democrats big win.
  • I’ll have a lot more to say about the implications of this tomorrow.
  • If you want to watch the results come in, I find the New York Times tracker really helpful.
  • As of right now, Republicans are projected to have a 54-seat majority in the Senate.
  • The GOP picked up seats in North Dakota, Missouri, Florida, and Indiana; lost a seat in Nevada; and held pat in Tennessee, Texas, and Arizona. Mississippi could be in the hold pat column, too, because an upcoming special election will likely keep it Republican.
  • Montana is still outstanding, and if it goes red that majority grows to 55.
  • Here’s the NYT Senate tracker.

5. Headlines.

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Kay Ivey defeats Walt Maddox to win full term as Governor
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – 2018 Election Results: Alabama Senate
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – 2018 Election Results: Alabama House
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Marshall defeats Siegelman to win full term as Attorney General
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Ainsworth defeats Boyd to win Lt. Governor
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – John Merrill wins 2nd term as Secretary of State
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Parker defeats Vance for Chief Justice
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Jay Mitchell wins Supreme Court Place 4
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Zeigler wins 2nd term as State Auditor
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Oden, Beeker win re-election to Public Service Commission
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Congress: Rogers defeats Hagan in AL-3
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Congress: Roby defeats Isner to win fifth term
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Congress: Brooks defeats Joffrion to win fifth term
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Congress: Aderholt defeats Auman to win 12th term
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Congress: Byrne defeats Kennedy to win 3rd term
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS -Congress: Palmer defeats Kline to win 3rd term
AL.COM – Ten Commandments amendment cruising to overwhelming passage
AL.COM – Alabama passes anti-abortion amendment
AL.COM – Mobile County: Clarke, Jones, Hambright among winners
AL.COM – Faust rolls to statehouse win in Baldwin County
AL.COM – Election night brings big victories for Alabama Republicans
AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald: Alabama can’t have two-party state because of … Democrats
AL.COM – Walt Maddox offers Ivey support, prayers in concession speech
AL.COM – Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice race: Tom Parker wins
AL.COM – Alabama Republicans in Congress storm to re-election wins
AL.COM – No surprises: Alabama Board of Education results
AL.COM – Alabama Public Service Commission incumbents win reelection
AL.COM – 3 reigning state champs ranked No. 1 in final ASWA rankings of 2018 season
AL.COM – Mobile County: Clarke, Jones, Hambright among winners
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Voters make it official: Kay Ivey is governor
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Make it five: Martha Roby secures another term with win over Tabitha Isner
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Steve Marshall wins election as attorney general
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Polizos wins re-election in House District 74
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Local attorney Will Barfoot secures District 25 Senate seat
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Kirk Hatcher wins House District 78 seat in a landslide
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – David Burkette maintains Alabama Senate District 26 seat
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Will Ainsworth becomes Alabama’s next lieutenant governor
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – State Auditor Jim Zeigler defeats Miranda Joseph to win re-election
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Constitutional amendments approved include Ten Commandments display, right to life
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – MPS board of education: Four new faces; Keith retains seat
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Will Ainsworth defeats Democrat challenger in Alabama lieutenant governor race
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – ‘This one’s for the girls’: Kay Ivey first Republican woman elected governor of Alabama
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Watch live WAAY-TV Election Night coverage — Yellowhammer News’ Dale Jackson, Jeff Poor joined by political scientist Dr. Waymon Burke
DOTHAN EAGLE – Will Maddox beats back challenge to win Henry County Sheriff’s race
DOTHAN EAGLE – Dexter Grimsley, Paul Lee win local contested House races
DOTHAN EAGLE – Donald Valenza cruises to easy re-election as Houston County Sheriff
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Incumbents win in House, Senate state races.
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Tuscaloosa mayor calls for unity to move state forward
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – HOUSE: Democrats close in on taking back control of House
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Robertson elected probate judge of Tuscaloosa County
DECATUR DAILY – Collins defeats Jackson, leads 5 Morgan Republicans into the state House.
DECATUR DAILY – Decatur Heritage says thank you to area veterans
DECATUR DAILY – Victim’s girlfriend: Murder defendant Charles Makekau knew security system code
DECATUR DAILY – DECATUR: City employees to get raise
FLORENCE TIMES DAILY – GOP sweeps state House races.
FLORENCE TIMES DAILY – First Solar to build 227 megawatt solar farm.
TIMES DAILY – Culver Museum is a special place
TIMES DAILY – Packed ballots await voters
TIMES DAILY – Sheffield superintendent candidates announced
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Council buys lots for park
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – 45% of county’s voters turn out
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – All aboard! City OKs new train engine, maze for Candyland
TROY MESSENGER – Knudsen lands scholarship after first start at safety
TROY MESSENGER – Trojans take season opener: Hicks and Johnson lead Troy past Fort Valley State
THE ANNISTON STAR – Alabama Republicans sweep state-level races
THE ANNISTON STAR – Boyd keeps seat, winning seventh term in state House
THE ANNISTON STAR – Republicans take winners’ seats in Cleburne county
ANNISTON STAR – Marsh defeats Williams to keep Senate seat.
ANNISTON STAR – K. L. Brown wins another term in Alabama House.
ANNISTON STAR – It’s Ivey’s time in Alabama. Will she succeed?
GADSDEN TIMES – Superintendent Gala for Reddick raises money to renovate housing
GADSDEN TIMES – GOP dominates countywide races
GADSDEN TIMES – Republicans sweep local legislative seats
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
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Our View: Alabama voters face a full slate; go vote!
CULLMAN TIMES – Local voters do away with inmate meal money law
CULLMAN TIMES – Kilpatrick wins second term as coroner
CULLMAN TIMES – Republican Ivey defeats Democrat Walt Maddox
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Carns re-elected for House District 48
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Ellis wins House District 41 race
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Mooney re-elected to House District 43
THE MADISON RECORD – Results are in: ‘Red Wall’ halts Blue Wave in Madison County midterm elections
THE MADISON RECORD – Community Thanksgiving Dinner open to all on Nov. 21
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Smith wins sheriff seat; turnout soars to 49 percent
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Jasper Veterinary Clinic to open this month
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Arrest made in Kernop murder
NEW YORK TIMES – Ted Cruz Defeats Beto O’Rourke for Senate in Texas
NEW YORK TIMES – Democrats Oust Walker in Wisconsin and Kobach in Kansas but Fall Short in Florida and Ohio
NEW YORK TIMES – Tony Evers Wins Wisconsin Governor’s Race, Beating Scott Walker
WASHINGTON POST – Midterm elections: Democrats projected to win control of House, but Senate remains in GOP hands
WASHINGTON POST – Scott Walker, Wisconsin governor and former GOP presidential candidate, loses reelection bid
WASHINGTON POST – A split America reasserts its divisions in the midterm elections
USA TODAY – Brian Kemp leads for Georgia governor; Stacey Abrams says she won’t concede
USA TODAY – Republicans make history by keeping Senate while losing House
USA TODAY – Despite Florida loss, Democrats pick up 7 new governorships – including Wisconsin, Kansas and Nevada
POLITICO – An election of bragging rights — and disappointment — for both parties
POLITICO – Democrat Tony Evers ousts Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
POLITICO – Republicans romp in Senate battlegrounds

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