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Daily News Digest – October 19, 2018

Good morning and Happy Friday! Here’s your Daily News for October 19.

1. Maddox continues questioning health incident.

The News
  • Democratic nominee for governor Walt Maddox continued to question a 2015 health incident of Gov. Kay IveyThursday.
  • He wants the Governor’s Office to release any records related to the time Ivey was hospitalized during a trip to Colorado. Former ALEA chief Spencer Collier claims it was a “mini-stroke,” but Ivey says it was altitude sickness and her doctor said she had no sign of a stroke.
  • Collier and Maddox are also suggesting a cover-up – that Ivey’s team got a state trooper demoted for reporting the incident.
  • The Governor’s Office says nobody was demoted and there was nothing to cover up in the first place.
The Politics
  • Team Maddox has gotten three days of news coverage out of this, which is not easy to do.
  • Inconsistencies and questions are developing with Spencer Collier’s story, though.
  • Collier, who is the source of these accusations, told on Tuesday that he has not been contacted by the Maddox campaign.
  • But yesterday Maddox said Collier reached out to him a few weeks ago to tell him what he was going to do.
  • It’s a weird thing to say you haven’t been in contact with a political campaign when in fact you reached out to the candidate.
  • My other question of Collier is why he waited more than three years to bring this up? This supposedly happened in 2015. That’s a long time to wait, especially considering Collier was still in office at the time.
  • The Maddox campaign is doing with this what most any campaign would do in their situation. That’s politics.
  • But I’m not going to automatically accept Collier’s motives as noble and non-political. Not for a guy with pending litigation with the state. Everything is political.
  • We’ll see if there’s a day four of this story.

2. Trump threatens Mexico over caravan.

  • President Donald Trump on Thursday lashed out over a caravan of Central American migrants trying to reach the United States, saying that if Mexico does not stop them, he will use the military to “CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER.”
  • Trump tweeted that he wanted “Mexico to stop this onslaught.” He also suggested that it could jeopardize a revamped trade deal with Mexico and Canada, which is waiting to be signed by each country’s leader.
  • A group of 2,000-4,000 Hondurans is migrating north attempting to enter the United States. They crossed into Guatamala earlier this week, outnumbering and overrunning immigration authorities.
  • They could do the same at the Mexican border.
  • Away from Twitter, the American government is working with Mexico and the United Nations to figure out the problem.
  • The Trump Administration has endorsed Mexico’s plan to evaluate asylum claims and allow those truly fleeing violence into the country.
  • It sounds like this is the next thing everyone is going to be arguing about, so hurry and figure out your entrenched position.

3. A+ College Ready celebrates 10 years.

  • The A+ College Ready initiative is celebrating ten years of pushing Alabama students to succeed.
  • Launched by Caroline Novak and the A+ Education Partnership in 2007, the College Ready initiative aims to encourage more students to pursue rigorous coursework, namely Advanced Placement classes.
  • Grant money is used to train teachers to instruct AP classes and to provide supplies for high tech courses.
  • In ten years, Alabama’s enrollment in AP classes has doubled, leading many students to college who likely wouldn’t have pursued it otherwise.
  • State leaders celebrated the success of the program at a special event in Decatur, where the program is going strong.
  • State Superintendent Eric Mackey challenged educators to keep the momentum going.
  • “Don’t stop,” he said. “Even though we have accomplished a lot, we have to continue to move forward.”
  • A new online video tells the A+ story.
  • The milestone comes as A+ Education Partnership President Caroline Novak recently announced her plans to retire.
  • Congratulations to Caroline and everyone involved who works to help students achieve academically.

4. Hosp to Blue Cross.

  • Big job news here: Ted Hosp is going to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama as its Executive Director of Governmental Affairs.
  • Hosp is currently a Shareholder and Chair of State and Governmental and Regulatory Affairs at Maynard Cooper.
  • He’s a go-to lawyer/lobbyist for many when it comes to explaining complex issues, like the ethics code or campaign finance laws.
  • He’ll work with Robin Stone and the team at Blue Cross starting November 1.
  • That’s a plumb gig and well-earned.
  • Congrats, Ted.

5. News Briefs.

Affordable Housing in Andalusia
  • State Rep. Will Ainsworth, who is running to become Alabama’s next lieutenant governor, visited Andalusia Wednesday to celebrate the construction of a new complex to support affordable housing for the area.
  • It’s part of a statewide initiative to provide better access to quality, affordable housing for working families.
  • State Sen. Jimmy Holley and State Rep. Mike Jones, who represent Covington County in the Alabama Legislature, welcomed Ainsworth to Covington County for the event.
  • Read Alabama Daily News Reporter Will Whatley’s story HERE.
FEMA assessment starts in Wiregrass
  • Damage assessment teams began their work in Dothan and around the Wiregrass Thursday.
  • It is unclear whether damage will meet the levels necessary to provide for public or private assistance.
  • Honestly it would take a ton of uninsured property damage to invoke private assistance.
  • Dothan Eagle Editor Lance Griffin has a very informative story about this in today’s paper that is worth your time if you’re interested in this.
This again?


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Maddox wants Ivey to release records, suggests cover up.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Auburn’s Cam Newton statue found with Bama flags, underwear taped to it.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – States and feds unite on election security after 2016 clashes.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Hagan: Many Alabama voters labeled inactive.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump: ‘Severe’ consequences if Saudis murdered Khashoggi.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Mega millions jackpot soars to $900 million.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Ainsworth joins Jones, Holley to celebrate affordable housing in Andalusia.
AL.COM – 29-year-old man shot in broad daylight becomes Birmingham’s 90th homicide this year
AL.COM – Mallory Hagan: More than 55K District 3 voters disqualified
AL.COM – Woman struck, killed while crossing U.S. 278 in Cullman
AL.COM – New initiative aims to help Alabama felons restore their right to vote.
AL.COM – 3 suspected cases of polio-like illness reported in Alabama.
AL.COM – Maddox accuses Ivey of ‘cover up;’ Ivey calls Maddox ‘a lying liberal’.
AL.COM – Alabama AG offers to discuss 3M lawsuit, won’t commit.
AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald: School system tainted by Birmingham corruption trial agrees to test soil.
AL.COM – Columnist Cameron Smith: Why most Republicans don’t care about Trump’s ‘horseface’ tweet.
AL.COM – Alabama elections 2018: Here’s who’s running for Congress.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – ‘Substandard’ Maxwell, Gunter base housing has military families up in arms.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Maddox wants records of Ivey’s 2015 health incident released.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Community comparison of crime in America: Montgomery, AL Metro Area (2017)
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Mallory Hagan forms committee to assist voters
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Montgomery County mother charged after 2-year-old daughter tests positive for meth
DOTHAN EAGLE – Former Alabama Crimson Tide stars Rich Wingo and Bill Searcey support Fellowship of Christian Athletes through speaking engagements
DOTHAN EAGLE – Dothan Police Department, Dothan Police Foundation join forces to help fellow law enforcement agencies
DOTHAN EAGLE – County to consider revised permit to operate Center Stage
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Bramblett earns All-American Bowl spot
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Loans, grants available for rural internet connectivity
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Jury finds shooter guilty of attempted murder
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Sessions conducting ‘most aggressive campaign against leaks’ in DOJ history
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Ainsworth rallies Alabama voters after George Soros’ involvement in upcoming election revealed
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Governor Ivey criticizes ‘Lying Liberal Walt Maddox’
DECATUR DAILY – Morgan sheriff, deputies sue blogger for defamation, conspiracy
DECATUR DAILY – Morgan County agencies team up to fight flu
DECATUR DAILY – King challenging longtime incumbent Clark for commission District 1 seat
DECATUR DAILY – Morgan sheriff, deputies sue blogger for defamation, conspiracy.
TIMES DAILY – Law and Order 10-19-18
TIMES DAILY – State’s notification system expanded to public
TIMES DAILY – Son charged in Lauderdale murder
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Andalusia gets $400K grant for trail project
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Apartments planned in 2019
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Voting deadlines near for elections
TROY MESSENGER – New look: After sluggish start, Bulldogs look to bite down on another region championship
TROY MESSENGER – Brundidge to clean up Mims Creek
TROY MESSENGER – Inmates can vote absentee despite ‘outdated’ forms
THE ANNISTON STAR – Museum lays out an all-new welcome mat
THE ANNISTON STAR – Rogers speaks on federal budget cuts, the campaign
THE ANNISTON STAR – School board group evaluates superintendent, financial officer
GADSDEN TIMES – EXTENSION CORNER: Fall and winter gardening — getting ready for the change
GADSDEN TIMES – Smith & Bailey collecting candy after Halloween for troops
GADSDEN TIMES – Big Brothers Big Sisters rebranding focuses on potential
OANOW – Capital murder case to go to trial this month
OANOW – Truck fire on interstate 85 causes traffic delays Thursday afternoon
OANOW – Police reports from Oct. 18
CULLMAN TIMES – (Update) Pedestrian struck by truck, dies on U.S. 278 West
CULLMAN TIMES – Lanes closures begin Friday on I-65
CULLMAN TIMES – Child of the storm: Homeless baby, family shelter at Walmart
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Chubbfather’s crew feeds storm victims in Florida
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – SCSO captain among top law enforcement officers in the world
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Human trafficking suspect rearrested on drug charges
THE MADISON RECORD – First Baptist treats MCS bus drivers
THE MADISON RECORD – Huntsville author to hold book signing Oct. 23
THE MADISON RECORD – Dublin to host Trunk-or-Treat for special-needs individuals
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – County, city students participate in beef cook-off
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Commission asked not to spray on roadsides
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Sipsey council hires clerk, changes meeting hour
NEW YORK TIMES – In Shift on Khashoggi Killing, Trump Edges Closer to Acknowledging a Saudi Role
NEW YORK TIMES – Justice Department Investigates Pennsylvania Dioceses Accused of Sexual Abuse Cover-Up
NEW YORK TIMES – Esteemed Doctor and a Trail of Child Sexual Abuse Claims
WASHINGTON POST – At Montana rally, Trump praises congressman for assaulting reporter
WASHINGTON POST – Interior Secretary Zinke’s approach to wife’s travels raised red flags, report finds.
WASHINGTON POST – Human skull found in Northern Virginia woods was not linked to Halloween
WASHINGTON POST – New immigrants face an old American problem: Workplace violence
WASHINGTON POST – Man dies in what police are calling a homicide in Northern Virginia
USA TODAY – Wimbledon announces major change, introduces fifth-set tiebreaker beginning in 2019
USA TODAY – US Navy helicopter crashes on USS Ronald Reagan off Philippines; sailors hurt
USA TODAY – Trump administration supports Mexico, UN plan to deal with caravan of migrants
POLITICO – Xi Jinping, Donald Trump agree to talks at G-20 summit next month, source says
POLITICO – Haley breaks with Trump: ‘In America, our political opponents are not evil’
POLITICO – Scott Walker charges opponent with plagiarizing schools budget plan

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