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Daily News Digest – October 26, 2018

Happy Friday Everyone! Here’s your Daily News for Friday, October 26.

1. Troops may be deployed to southern Border.

  • The Trump Administration said yesterday that the U.S. is prepared to deploy 800 or more active duty troops to the southern U.S. border to bolster the National Guard forces that are already there.
  • Even though the caravan of Central American migrants is still more than 1,000 miles away from the U.S., President Trump is determined to secure the border. And this, his biggest test on that, comes as he is trying to rally his base before the midterm elections.
  • It is not unusual to deploy active duty troops for domestic emergencies like hurricanes or flood damage, but has never really been used at the southern border.
  • It is actually against federal law to use active duty service members for law enforcement inside the U.S. unless approved by Congress (Posse Comitatus), but officials are saying that this use would be legal because the troops would be serving more of a supportive role to the forces already there.
  • There are already around 2,000 National Guard troops there and while there has been no official order to send the extra 800 troops, all signs point to it being a distinct possibility.
  • Trump said at his Wisconsin rally on Wednesday, “Wait’ll you see what happens over the next couple of weeks. You’re going to see a very secure border. You just watch,” he told the crowd. “And the military is ready. They’re all set.”
  • If the active duty troops are sent to the border, it would be the most drastic move Trump has made in regards to border security yet, and would most likely be challenged in federal courts.
  • Read more about the situation HERE.

2. Talkin’ roads & bridges.

  • Before you know it, the election will be over and the legislative session will be here.
  • After shelving the issue for a year, lawmakers are likely to return to the problem of building and repairing Alabama’s roads and bridges.
  • Few candidates on the campaign trail say they are against finding more revenue for infrastructure.
  • Does that mean a gas tax increase is pretty much guaranteed?
  • Maybe, but the Devil is in the details.
  • John Sharp takes a look at how the issue might shape up in the 2019 Regular Session.
  • Don’t forget: there will be at least 35 new lawmakers in Montgomery next year. That’s about a fourth of the Legislature.
  • Also, ADN’s Caroline Beck recently went along with a group of lawmakers to a big infrastructure project in Birmingham and wrote about how it portends problems and promise for Alabama’s infrastructure needs.


A Message from The Alabama Petroleum Council

  • The United States is the global leader in production and refining of natural gas and oil. It’s an American energy revolution that impacts all 50 states – including Alabama.
  • Alabama ranked 18th in oil production in 2016, 16th in natural gas output that same year and natural gas continues to be the leading source of electricity generation in the state.
  • The Alabama Petroleum Council exists to support policies that maintain this national energy resurgence – benefiting consumers and producing good-paying Alabama jobs.
  • Stay connected to the Alabama Petroleum Council via Twitter.

3. Alabama Constitutional Amendments.

Brian Lyman of The Montgomery Advertiser has some informative reporting on the two most controversial constitutional amendments today.
First, on Amendment 1, the Ten Commandments amendment:
  • The measure says that public entities can display the Ten Commandments on public grounds, given it is done so “in a manner that complies with constitutional requirements.”
  • Critics are puzzled by the constitutional requirements aspect of the amendment, and some see it as setting up a challenge to US Supreme Court rulings. Supporters acknowledge those following the amendment, if passed, could face legal troubles.
  • Full story HERE.
Second, on Amendment 2, the pro-life amendment:
  • Supporters call it “a statement of values” even if it doesn’t go much further than being a part of the state constitution.
  • The amendment doesn’t limit the rights protected by Roe v Wade, but if that case is overturned by the Supreme Court, it could open up a possibility for the state to institute further abortion restrictions.
  • Tennessee passed similar verbiage in a 2014 measure but made exceptions for rape, incest or if the mother’s life is in danger. Alabama’s proposed amendment has no such language.
  • Full story HERE.

4. Lower U.S. Drug Prices.

On Thursday, President Trump announced he would seek to lower the cost of some prescription drugs , saying it would stop unfair practices of other countries that force Americans to pay more.
Before getting too excited, it should be pointed out that:
  • the plan only applies to medications administered in a doctor’s office, not ones bought from a pharmacy;
  • officials say the proposal could take more than a year to implement;
  • the plan would only apply to half the country.
Drugmakers pushed back against the plan immediately, saying it amounted to government price-setting. The health insurance industry was pleased with the announcement though. The plan could meet additional resistance from physicians.
Physician-administered drugs cost $27B in 2016. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said that number could decrease by $17.2B over five years, with beneficiaries saving $3.4B.



In case you missed it, read my profiles on candidates for governor.
They’re long, but fun. They’re lite, but informative.


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump sends troops to border, an issue that fires up base
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump says new proposal will lower some US drug prices
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama attorneys ask DA to look into campaign donations
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Perry Hooper, Jr.: Greg Calhoun was one in a million
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – October 26, 2018
AL.COM – NASA boss defends Alabama-led rocket
AL.COM – Gas tax hike likely to dominate 2019 session.
AL.COM – Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice race: Meet Bob Vance, Tom Parker.
AL.COM – Doug Jones: Roy Moore would have cost Alabama $1.6 billion Mazda Toyota plant.
AL.COM – Alabama elections 2018: Ten Commandments, abortion among amendments.
AL.COM – See Thursday’s Alabama HS football scores, get today’s complete schedule
AL.COM – Lawyers want probe of Marshall contributions; Marshall calls that ‘stunt’
AL.COM – 4 Montgomery teens charged in violent crime spree including kidnapping and gang rape of woman
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – How far would Alabama’s proposed anti-abortion amendment go?
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Tablet time: Ten Commandments amendment on Alabama November ballot
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Amendment 3 impacts University of Alabama’s Board of Trustees
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Amendment 4: Hold special elections or no?
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – District 74 challenger Mack hopes his knowledge base can spur win
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – District 74 incumbent Polizos touts no-nonsense approach toward election, education, politics
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Three questions with Alabama House District 74 candidates Rep. Dimitri Polizos and Rayford Mack
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Convicted felon facing life in prison after jury finds him guilty of sex crimes
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – New bricks being dedicated to veterans Nov. 4 in Pike Road
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Montgomery police officer arrested, charged with enticing child
DOTHAN EAGLE – Investigators search for person who sent mail bombs, motive
DOTHAN EAGLE – Holmes County man charged after shooting at family members
DOTHAN EAGLE – Valenza seeks re-election as Sheriff of Houston County
DOTHAN EAGLE – Dothan attorney Kristy Kirkland challenging Rep. Paul Lee for House District 86 seat
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – The media points fingers as they ignore their role in firing people up and their double standards
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Kind gesture in Alabama doctor’s office goes viral
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Doug Jones takes credit for Alabama Toyota-Mazda plant
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Taylorville Baptist Church’s pastor stepping down
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Victim shot during robbery attempt
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Ex-Catholic priest gets 20 years in child rape case
DECATUR DAILY – Hartselle program receives state recognition
DECATUR DAILY – Troopers: Man drank Fireball before fatal Limestone wreck
DECATUR DAILY – As inventory dwindles, residential development ramps up in Athens, Limestone; inventory also down in Morgan
TIMES DAILY – Lexington man charged in Saturday stabbing
TIMES DAILY – Medical examiner testifies in Gargis case
TIMES DAILY -Fox trial continues
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Most fun night in October
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Big changes coming to Relay
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Firefighters: Damage unimaginable
TROY MESSENGER – PARENT EXPO: Pike County Schools shows off programs
TROY MESSENGER – Troy High School class of ‘48 reunites
TROY MESSENGER – Brundidge spreads the news about peanut butter
THE ANNISTON STAR – School board plans for maintenance supervisor’s departure
THE ANNISTON STAR – Highland Health director tells board of nonprofit’s plans
THE ANNISTON STAR – Oxford celebrates history of early inhabitants
GADSDEN TIMES – Gadsden City BOE sets work session
GADSDEN TIMES – Woman’s mistaken call to a Jimmy John’s saves her brother
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Hearing set for juvenile murder suspect
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Three utility linemen struck, killed in Washington County; suspect charged
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – State health dept.: No cancer cluster at Auburn University
CULLMAN TIMES – PREP CROSS COUNTRY: Cold Springs sweeps county titles once again; Hanceville’s Brown, Holly Pond’s Chambers win individual races
CULLMAN TIMES – Interstate work planned for coming week
CULLMAN TIMES – Investigators treating packages as ‘live devices,’ not hoax
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Defending champ Pelham headed back to state tournament
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Residents give input at Pelham’s first comprehensive plan public meeting
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – University of Montevallo awarded GEAR UP grant
THE MADISON RECORD – Madison mayor proclaims Oct. 23-31 Red Ribbon Week at city council meeting
THE MADISON RECORD – MCS Fall Scholars tourney attracts intra-city chess stars
THE MADISON RECORD – Downtown Rescue Mission to host Fall Festival Oct. 26
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Cawaca quietly funds many small projects
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – County projects gets $40,544 for 2019
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Olive featured at Parrish Veterans Day event
NEW YORK TIMES – Pipe Bombs Investigation Turns Toward Florida as More Trump Critics Are Targeted
NEW YORK TIMES – Trump, Partisan and Pugilist, Abandons Calls for Unity After Bomb Scares
NEW YORK TIMES – ‘False Flag’ Theory on Pipe Bombs Zooms From Right-Wing Fringe to Mainstream
WASHINGTON POST – Trump says he’s taking ‘revolutionary’ action to lower drug prices
WASHINGTON POST – ‘These are Trump states’: GOP increasingly confident of adding to Senate majority.
WASHINGTON POST – Trump considering plan to ban entry of migrants at southern border, deny asylum
WASHINGTON POST – In the closing days of the election, Trump turns to his favorite weapon: Immigration
WASHINGTON POST – Suspected explosives sent to Biden, De Niro as investigation into pipe bombs expands to 10 packages
USA TODAY – Iowa man burns LGBTQ books from public library in Facebook video
USA TODAY – Trump officials weighing travel restrictions at Mexico border as migrant caravan continues
USA TODAY – Fight over abortion comes to Oregon as Republicans target reproductive rights in U.S.
POLITICO – Trump rejects blame for bomb scare, suggests double standard
POLITICO – Nielsen: U.S. troops have no ‘intention’ of shooting at caravan migrants
POLITICO – Brennan to Trump: ‘Clean up your act’ and ‘try to act presidential’

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