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Daily News Digest – November 9, 2018


Good morning and Happy Friday! Here’s your Daily News for November 9.

1. They’re recounting in Florida.

  • Razor-thin margins in Florida’s bitter races for the U.S. Senate and governor are raising the specter of possible recounts.
  • That would potentially prolong two of the most closely watched contests of the nation’s midterm elections.
  • In the governor’s race, Democrat Andrew Gillum’s campaign said Thursday he’s readying for a recount. He conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday night. As of Thursday afternoon, DeSantis led Gillum by 0.47 percentage point.
  • Meanwhile, Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson has begun preparing for a potential recount in a race still too close to call against Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Nelson’s lawyer called that race a “jump ball” — though Scott’s campaign urged Nelson to concede. Scott held a 0.21 percentage lead over Nelson on Thursday afternoon.
  • The tight races underscored Florida’s status as a perennial swing state where elections are often decided by the thinnest of margins. Since 2000, when Florida decided the presidency by 537 votes in a contest that took more than five weeks to sort out, the state has seen many close elections, but never so many dead heats in one year.
  • And like 2000, the counting process is becoming contentious.
  • Republicans DeSantis and Scott are NOT having it and speaking out about what they call suspect election practices in, where else, Palm Beach and Broward Counties.
  • Read more HERE.

2. No Oyster Season.

  • There won’t be an oyster season on the Alabama coast in the coming year.
  • It’s an unusual move caused by a lack of oysters in state waters.
  • Conservation officials announced the decision during a meeting with seafood harvesters and dealers in southern Mobile County.
  • Oyster seasons have been closed in past years because of disasters like hurricanes or the BP oil spill in 2010, and the number of oyster boats working the area has been in decline.
  • But Scott Bannon, director of the Marine Resources Division, said this year marked the first time there won’t be a season because of a lack of oysters.
  • A weeklong season last year produced only 136 sacks of oysters, down from 7,000 sacks in 2013, he said.
  • The move means wild oysters won’t be harvested from state waters until at least the fall of 2019. It won’t affect farm oysters.
  • I’m told state officials will not allow Mountain Oysters as a substitute, living up to a campaign promise of Gov. Kay Ivey.
  • Read more HERE.

A Message from 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. Scoop: Jack Williams to see charges dismissed.

  • Federal prosecutors are set to dismiss charges against State Rep. Jack Williams today.
  • Williams was indicted back in April as part of a bribery scheme involving former Majority Leader Micky Hammon, State Rep. Randy Davis, former GOP Chairman Marty Conners, and G. Ford Gilbert, a California-based medical executive.
  • The charges against Williams never made sense. Prosecutors said that his calling a committee hearing on a diabetes bill the others were trying to push through amounted to corruption.
  • Anyone who has spent five minutes in the State House knows public hearings happen all the time, and they aren’t always a good way to advance legislation.
  • Williams stepped down from the Legislature this year to pursue a seat on the Jefferson County Commission. That didn’t work out, mostly because he was running as someone indicted for bribery.
  • Now, prosecutors are dismissing all charges because there isn’t any evidence that Williams broke the law.
  • I’m sure it will feel good for Williams to have the charges dropped and his name cleared, but you can’t undo the damage done to his career.
  • Mighty powerful federal government we have.

4. Skip Tucker: An election post-mortem.

Skip Tucker is back this week with an election “post mortem.”
He’s taking stock of the midterm elections and making sense of the outcomes, both nationally and here in the state.
He sees the incredible turnout from Republicans in Alabama as a sign the GOP’s dominance in the state won’t be receding any time soon.
Here’s an excerpt:
Whatever definition for Blue Wave they discover, it didn’t dampen the sugary white shores of Alabama.
Those tender, erudite souls who read my stuff might recall me wondering whether conservatives might surrender to the millions if not billions of dollars worth of hateful rhetoric spewed by the never-ending madness of TV reporters. Their extravagant bitterness recurs so frequently it was hoped astonishment might fade. Alas.
But it was repudiated at the Alabama ballot box. I’ve never seen anything like it. It was astonishing. In 15 years of voting every election at my polling place, it never took me more than 15 minutes.
Tuesday, on arrival, my first thought was that a football game had occurred. I left and returned twice over a six-hour span, and still I stood in line for a half-hour. A woman in front of me said, “Isn’t this wonderful.” It is. And high time.
Read the full column HERE .

5. News Briefs.

Straight Ticket
  • Nearly two-thirds of Alabamians voted a straight-ticket, a record number that reflects political polarization and likely boosted Republicans in their easy sweep of state races.
  • According toSecretary of State John Merrill, about 1.1 million of the 1.7 million ballots cast on Tuesday were straight-ticket votes: 661,898 Republican and 460,408 Democratic.
  • Merrill said that is a record high for straight party ticket voting in the state.
  • Read more from Kim Chandler HERE.
Court rules against Trump on DACA
  • A U.S. appeals court has blocked President Donald Trump from immediately ending an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation, saying the administration’s decision was based on a flawed legal theory.
  • A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously kept a preliminary injunction in place against Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court could eventually decide the fate of DACA, which has protected about 700,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas.
  • Earlier this week, the Trump administration took the unusual step of asking the Supreme Court to take up the case even before any federal appeals courts had weighed in. It was the second time the administration sought review of its DACA decision by the Supreme Court.
  • Read the full story HERE.
UAB and Bill Clark
  • The UAB football program has been better than ever since its resurrection.
  • The Blazers (8-1, 6-0 Conference USA) enter Saturday’s home finale against Southern Miss with a chance to claim a berth in the league title game in just the second season since the program’s resurrection following a university-ordered shutdown. UAB is the home of the nation’s top scoring defense.
  • A 16-6 record on the comeback trail exceeds even coach Bill Clark’s expectations.
  • “I think in my wildest dreams, it would be something like this,” Clark said.
  • This could wind up being the Blazers’ best season. The 1993 team posted the program’s best record, 9-2 as a Division I-AA (now FCS) independent.
  • What’s more impressive is how UAB got to this point.
  • Read the whole story HERE.


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Recounts loom in Florida
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Skip Tucker: The Election Post-Mortem
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – UAB football team rolling since university-ordered shutdown
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Appeals court rules against Trump on DACA immigration policy
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Election results offer more evidence on urban-rural divide
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Conservatives push for change after GOP loses the House
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Two-thirds of Alabama voters cast straight party tickets
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama cancels oyster season citing shortage
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Marine combat veteran kills 12 in rampage at California bar
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest, November 8, 2018
AL.COM – Alabama protesters demand Mueller investigation continues after Sessions resigns
AL.COM – Chris Christie reportedly being considered to replace ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions
AL.COM – How red is Alabama? Just look at its handful of competitive elections
AL.COM – Autopsy report: Alabama Democrats on what went wrong in 2018
AL.COM – $7 million in work to prepare Brookley for passengers
AL.COM – Jeff Sessions on being AG: ‘Goes beyond anything’ thought possible
AL.COM – Alabama U.S. Attorney chosen to pursue Chinese economic espionage and trade secret cases
AL.COM – Columnist Cameron Smith: Be friends with people who don’t vote like you
AL.COM – Alabama Senate GOP caucus sticks with Greg Reed as majority leader
AL.COM – ‘Another Confederate monument got taken down today’; late night comics hit Jeff Sessions resignation
AL.COM – Columnist Kyle Whitmire: The defenestration of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III
AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald: Broadway’s new ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ speaks to today’s divide
AL.COM – A look at what happened in Alabama Crimson Tide football this week
AL.COM – Trump’s acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, said to have no plans to recuse himself from investigation
AL.COM – Man seriously injured in Tuscaloosa shooting; investigation underway
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Despite national trends, slate of female candidates fails to gain traction in Alabama
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – BTW Magnet supporters host meeting to brainstorm how to build a new school
Former Montgomery attorney sentenced for $1 million fraud scheme
‘Horrific scene’: 12 dead in Thousand Oaks, California, bar shooting
DOTHAN EAGLE – Judge: Dothan animal services officer reasonable in using deadly force in 2014 shooting
DOTHAN EAGLE – Senior citizens enjoy a day at the fair
DOTHAN EAGLE – Organizers expect massive NPF Parade
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Former Alabama attorney sentenced in fraud scheme
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Two-thirds of Alabama voters cast straight party tickets
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – PHOTOS: Shooting On 20th St. In Tuscaloosa
DECATUR DAILY – Holiday Helpings: Nonprofits preparing to provide Christmas for thousands in need
DECATUR DAILY – Austin to play historic game at new school
DECATUR DAILY – Blogger seeks to dismiss Morgan sheriff’s libel claim
DECATUR DAILY – Moulton veterans parade ‘a labor of love’
TIMES DAILY – Police want safer travel on US 72
TIMES DAILY – Gargis found guilty of manslaughter, aggravated child abuse
TIMES DAILY – Alabama football: Framework for Alabama’s offense starts with 2016-17 recruiting classes
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Alabama native makes top four for coveted NASCAR award
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Doug Jones tweets support for CNN’s Jim Acosta
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Byrne warns about Trump impeachment efforts: ‘Get ready for crazy season from House Democrats’
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Smoked quail named best dish at cookoff
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Blue boxes to offer basics to needy, build community
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Attempted murder charges filed
TROY MESSENGER – Heading south: Eagles travel to Mobile to take on Mobile Christian in the opening round of the state playoffs
TROY MESSENGER – Troy offense looking to stay on the field against the Eagles
TROY MESSENGER – Bulldogs host Oakman
THE ANNISTON STAR – Minor injuries to one in Golden Springs crash
THE ANNISTON STAR – FIVE THINGS to expect after the midterm election
GADSDEN TIMES – Expectations will follow Ivey’s big win
GADSDEN TIMES – Etowah mayors may take their needs to ALDOT director
GADSDEN TIMES – Police Report for Nov. 9
GADSDEN TIMES – Google reforms sexual misconduct rules
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Police arrest Auburn teen on robbery, drug charges
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Sessions resigns; Alabama asks what’s next?
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Auburn teen charged in costumed assault
Bar shooter had been a Marine, lived with his mom
CULLMAN TIMES – Two-thirds of Alabama voters cast straight party tickets
CULLMAN TIMES – Alabama cancels oyster season citing shortage
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Breakfast focuses on praying for community
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Cahaba Dental Arts celebrates 10 years in Helena
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Highway 119 widening to progress in phases
THE MADISON RECORD – Madison City Board of Education signs off on property tax increase, public hearing slated for Nov. 13
THE MADISON RECORD – Place flags, feel pride for Veterans Day
THE MADISON RECORD – Madison County’s voter turnout: which precincts were highest, and how did it compare to past elections?
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Vote results released for General Election
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Kennedy, Beaty sworn in as new county BOE members
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Putting on a show: McFall, students have fun in Dora High’s band
NEW YORK TIMES – California Shooting Kills 12 at Country Music Bar, a Year After Las Vegas
NEW YORK TIMES – The Thousand Oaks Victims: A Student, a Deputy, a Would-Be Soldier
NEW YORK TIMES – A Look at California Gun Laws, Among the Toughest in the Nation
NEW YORK TIMES – Acting Attorney General Once Declared Courts ‘Inferior’ and Criticized Supreme Court’s Power
NEW YORK TIMES – ‘Dreamers’ Win Round in Legal Battle to Keep DACA
NEW YORK TIMES – Trump Said He Wants Tougher Gun Laws. Can a New Congress Help Get Them?
NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist David Brooks: What the Working Class Is Still Trying to Tell Us
NEW YORK TIMES – Climate Change and the Elections: Five Takeaways
WASHINGTON POST – Federal judge blocks Keystone XL pipeline, dealing a major blow to Trump
WASHINGTON POST – Before he led the Justice Department, Matthew G. Whitaker promoted company accused of deceiving clients
WASHINGTON POST – Inside, it was ‘like hell.’ Another mass shooting in another public place claims 12 lives
WASHINGTON POST – Three deep red states vote to expand Medicaid
USA TODAY – Predicting the next mass shooter: ‘I would say it’s impossible’
USA TODAY – ‘A wall of fire’ in California: 3 wind-powered wildfires gain momentum
USA TODAY – He survived Las Vegas shooting, only to die this week: These are the Thousand Oaks shooting victims
POLITICO – Mueller’s new boss immediately draws enemies
POLITICO – Sessions’ job is hard to fill. Enter Chris Christie.
POLITICO – ‘We’re not in the majority’: Dems fret over threat to Mueller’s probe

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