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Daily News Digest – October 30, 2018

Presented by the Stop The HIT Coalition

Good morning! One week to go until Election Day. Here’s your Daily News for Tuesday, October 30.

1. Pence in Alabama.

  • Vice President Mike Pence is in Alabama today.
  • He’s attending a fundraiser for the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Birmingham. Gov. Kay Ivey is expected to greet Pence at the Birmingham airport later this morning.
  • Even though there is no Senate race in Alabama this year, Birmingham is a popular fundraising destination for Republicans. Money will go toward the NRSC’s efforts to get GOP candidates across the finish line in neighboring Florida and Tennessee, as well as states like Nevada, Missouri, North Dakota, Montana, and Texas.
  • The latest forecasts show Republicans with a good chance of keeping the Senate majority and maybe even gaining a seat or two.
  • This is a make-up trip, as the original one was cancelled due to Hurricane Michael.
  • The trip also comes as the VP is facing some criticism for having a Messianic Jewish minister lead a prayer for the synagogue shooting victims. Pence’s office says he didn’t invite the rabbi and didn’t know who he was, but that’s an unnecessary, avoidable mistake that probably amounts to bad staff work.

2. For Attorney General.

Come for the normal, stay for the cray.
The Normal
  • The race for Attorney General is between Republican incumbent Steve Marshall and Democratic challenger Joseph Siegelman.
  • Marshall overcame severe personal tragedy earlier this year and a bruising Republican primary to be poised to win a term in his own right.
  • Siegelman had a tough primary, too, and he’s attempting to step out of his father’s shadow and be known for his own service and stances.
  • Those and other observations in a good and normal campaign profile piece from Kim Chandler this morning.
  • But wait, there’s Moore.
The Cray


A Message from  Stop The HIT Coalition

  • Did you know Alabama small businesses and middle-class families will be hit with a new tax on January 1, 2020?
  • Absent immediate Senate action, the 2020 Health Insurance Tax (HIT) will begin driving up the cost of care for hardworking Alabamians by as much as $450 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. It’s getting real at the border.

[Note: the image above is of caravan migrants attempting to cross the Guatamala-Mexico border, not the U.S. border]

  • The Pentagon is sending 5,200 troops to the Southwest border in an extraordinary military operation ordered up just a week before midterm elections.
  • The move comes as President Trump has ramped up his warnings about refusing the 5,000 or so Central American migrants headed to the U.S. border in a caravan.
  • He told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham last night that Homeland Security is prepared to erect tents to house people while processing their asylum claims.
  • All that and more in a full story HERE.
  • New this morning, Trump told AXIOS reporters Jonathan Swan and Stef Knight that he plans to end “birthright citizenship” via executive order.
  • The order would remove the right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on U.S. soil, they report via their new “Axios on HBO” show.
  • Trump is looking to cut off one of the strongest incentives for illegal immigration. He’ll also kickstart a firestorm of controversy that will last up to the election and well beyond.
  • That interview and story HERE.

4. Pepper Bryars warns conservatives of alt-right.

  • Pepper Bryars is doing a lot of thinking and writing since joining up with the Alabama Policy Institute. That’s good because Pepper is a good writer who makes me think.
  • He has a timely piece on the “explosive growth” of anti-semitism online and how the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting is a “wake up call” for what’s been building for sometime now.
  • Conservatives who care about high-minded ideals and principles ought to beware that their platform is being quietly co-opted by the alt-right who have some reprehensible beliefs.
  • Here’s an excerpt:
Conservatives should be especially concerned, because even though these uninvited bigots are relatively few, they have indeed glommed on the fringes of our movement and must be shaken off before they do lasting damage.
I know what my fellow conservatives are thinking: “We don’t have anything to do with those guys.”
But they’re trying really hard to have something to do with us.
  • Read the full column HERE.
  • Also, new this morning Pepper wrote about Texas’ controversial decision to remove legendary Alabamian Helen Keller from their list of influential Americans and how it is an example of one-size-fits-all policies could be “disastrous” for schools.
  • That column HERE.

5. News Briefs.

Voter rolls up
  • Almost 150,000 new voters have registered since the June primary to participate in Alabama’s November 6 elections.
  • Mike Cason has a full report on the numbers with helpful links for absentee voting HERE.
Ivey maintains fundraising lead
  • Gov. Kay Ivey raised $146,000 last week to Walt Maddox’s $45,000.
  • She has $223,000 cash on hand going into the final week while he has about $151,000.
  • Full, detailed report from Mike Cason HERE.
Sad news
  • Alabama’s political world is saddened by the passing of Mike Adcock.
  • Mike was a staple of Alabama’s Capitol Hill community for more than 20 years. He was Chief of Staff for former Congressman Bud Cramer and worked in the defense industry for years after.
  • He died Saturday after a battle with cancer. Read the obituary w/ info on funeral arrangements HERE.


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump: end ‘birthright citizenship’
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Marshall, Siegelman face off for Alabama Attorney General
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Pentagon sending 5,200 troops to border
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Rabbi roils Jews at Pence event by citing Jesus in prayer for synagogue victims.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Pepper Bryars: We must confront ‘explosive growth’ of anti-semitism.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Pepper Bryars: Helen Keller debate in Texas proves a national curriculum would be disastrous.
AL.COM – Vice President Mike Pence coming to Birmingham.
AL.COM – Roy Moore’s son, attorney urge voters to not support Steve Marshall in AG’s race.
AL.COM – Alabama voter rolls up by almost 150,000 since June.
AL.COM – Ivey maintains 3 to 1 edge over Maddox in fundraising.
AL.COM – Alabama elections 2018: Merrill predicts 35 to 40 percent voter turnout.
AL.COM – Methodist pastor interrupts Sessions, quotes Bible, gets escorted out of room.
AL.COM – Virginia College fights to keep creditors at bay as closings near.
AL.COM – Student charged after threatening note found at Muscle Shoals High School
AL.COM – Tuskegee police trying to identify man seen firing shots at area business
AL.COM – Methodist pastor interrupts Sessions, quotes Bible, gets escorted out of room
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – MPS board calls for the repeal of the Alabama Accountability Act
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Pharrell Williams not ‘Happy,’ threatens to sue Trump for using song after mass killing
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Montgomery man charged in Sunday stabbing
DOTHAN EAGLE – Dothan school board moves closer to school restructuring decision
DOTHAN EAGLE – Attorney: Foundation will help distribute Center Stage bingo revenue to charities
DOTHAN EAGLE – Dothan man found after being reported missing
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Road commission closes meeting to talk Highway 69 funding options
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Officer dies after 5-foot-drop from bridge during foot chase
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Police: Masked gunman killed by Alabama McDonald’s customer
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Huntsville rabbi remembers Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Gary Palmer: Not Your Typical Member of Congress
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Aderholt challenger Auman, like most Alabama Dems, wildly out of step with AL-4
DECATUR DAILY – West Limestone, East Limestone schools get A+ College Ready awards
DECATUR DAILY – City gets early start on $1.4 million in paving
DECATUR DAILY – Former commission chairman remembered for industrial growth
TIMES DAILY – Suicide awareness program proclaims, ‘You can begin again’.
TIMES DAILY – Some schools already seeing effects of flu and virus.
TIMES DAILY – Bull calf gives students a lesson in dairy farming
TIMES DAILY – Defense expert disagrees with state witness
TIMES DAILY – Student arrested for note with threat
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – FUMC breaks ground for children’s wing
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – AES students get special arts classes
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Auditions set Nov. 13, 15 for spring production
TROY MESSENGER – Serve it up: Eagles advance to state for fifth straight season
TROY MESSENGER – Trojans begin tough stretch against Louisiana
THE ANNISTON STAR – Abortion, bingo, Commandments all to come before voters
THE ANNISTON STAR – Look Back … to a warm welcome for First Christian’s new pastor, 1943
THE ANNISTON STAR – Alabama football: Hurts returns to practice
GADSDEN TIMES – Marshall County woman indicted for producing child porn
GADSDEN TIMES – Barton named Calhoun County EMA director
GADSDEN TIMES – Official: Pipe-bomb suspect had hit list of targets
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Police investigate Monday shooting in Opelika; minor injuries
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Opelika police investigate armed robbery of beauty store; hair clippers taken
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – TURNER: Winning by a team and a prayer
CULLMAN TIMES – Event to honor those fighting War on Terror
CULLMAN TIMES – Protective injunction for Virginia College sites set to end
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Escaped prisoners recaptured without incident
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – County police departments ready for ‘No Shave November’
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Guild’s pancake breakfast to benefit Pelham library
THE MADISON RECORD – Birmingham Zoo exhibits artwork by Madison teens
THE MADISON RECORD – Huntsville man indicted on multiple counts of tampering with vehicle odometers, bank fraud
THE MADISON RECORD – Board considers tuition for teachers’ out-of-district children
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Fun times at Fall Fest
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Voting begins for kids calendar
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Bevill dean talks workforce, industry
NEW YORK TIMES – At a Pittsburgh Crime Scene, Jewish Volunteers Guard the ‘Bodies of Holy Martyrs’
NEW YORK TIMES – ‘There Is Still So Much Evil’: Growing Anti-Semitism Stuns American Jews
NEW YORK TIMES – Pittsburgh Killing Aftermath Bares Jewish Rifts in Israel and America
WASHINGTON POST – Grief-stricken Pittsburgh readies itself for funerals, Trump visit after synagogue shooting
WASHINGTON POST – Pittsburgh trauma center stayed calm as victims kept arriving
WASHINGTON POST – Trump and aides struggle to balance midterm attacks with empathy after synagogue massacre
USA TODAY – Pittsburgh shooting, migrant caravan, Apple iPad: 5 things you need to know Tuesday
USA TODAY – Previous Lion Air flight passengers ‘began to panic and vomit’
USA TODAY – Most jobs don’t support middle-class life after accounting for cost of living, exclusive study shows
POLITICO – Trump detects media bias in fallout from bomb scare, synagogue shooting
POLITICO – Trump’s troop deployment to the border comes under fire
POLITICO – Bernie Sanders leads invisible primary


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