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Daily News Digest – October 8, 2019

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Good morning!
Here’s your Daily News for Tuesday, October 8.

1. White House fights back.

  • After two weeks of taking it on the chin from Congressional Democrats in the impeachment inquiry, the White House is reportedly finalizing plans to aggressively fight back.
  • It’s no secret that President Donald Trump, his staff and his allies were mostly caught off guard by the swift move toward impeachment and the corresponding all-consuming brushfire in the media.
  • White House aides say they’ve been here before: first, a year ago with the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, then earlier this year with the Robert Mueller investigation. In both instances, Trump allies went hard in the paint to beat back accusations in the media.
  • Still, those matters mostly involved allegations against others, not confirmed activities by the president himself.
  • The White House plans to reprise its past response to congressional oversight: open scorn. The president’s aides have ignored document requests and subpoenas, invoked executive privilege — going so far as to argue that the privilege extends to informal presidential advisers who have never held White House jobs — and all but dared Democrats to hold them in contempt.
  • One expected step is a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejecting the inquiry because Democrats haven’t held a vote on the matter and moving to all but cease cooperation with Capitol Hill on key oversight matters.
  • Read more HERE.


2. Update: Shaw will run for reelection.

  • Yesterday we reported the breaking news that State Sen. Cam Ward will be running for a spot on the Alabama Supreme Court.
  • That Place 1 seat is currently held by Associate Justice Greg Shaw, and amid the breaking news yesterday, it was unclear whether Shaw planned to run for reelection.
  • Well, he does.
  • Shaw campaign spokesman Josh Cooper confirmed that the justice is running for reelection and that their campaign will trust voters to “thoroughly evaluate the candidates and select the most qualified to serve on the state’s highest court.”
  • That sets up another intriguing primary.
  • While most of the state’s attention is on the U.S. Senate race and the two competitive races for U.S. House, we now have a competitive primary for the Alabama Supreme Court.
  • Story now updated with Shaw’s statement HERE.





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3. Byrne boasts big grassroots network.

  • U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, who is running for U.S. Senate, announced Monday the launch of his grassroots leadership team of more than “200 key community leaders” from Alabama’s 67 counties.
  • Byrne is the first Senate candidate in Alabama to create such a team. Members of the grassroots leadership team serve as coordinators in their communities that help with various tasks to support Byrne. The group includes 21 state lawmakers.
  • “We are going to win this primary and defeat Doug Jones thanks to this team of homegrown supporters,” Byrne said.
  • Byrne was the first to announce his candidacy in February and faces former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, current Secretary of State John Merrill and current state Rep. Arnold Mooney.
  • They are all vying for a chance to take back the seat from Jones, a Democrat, who kicked off his own reelection campaign last month.
  • Read the full story, including the full list of Byrne’s campaign team, from Caroline Beck HERE.
  • Speaking of Jones, the incumbent senator raked in a whopping $2 million in the 3rd quarter and has a healthy $5 million cash on hand. Fundraising reports aren’t due for another week, but it is doubtful that any of the Republicans running will match Jones’ strong 3rd quarter number.


4. Bryan Taylor to leave Ivey admin, making way for wife’s run for Congress.

  • Bryan Taylor, general counsel for Gov. Kay Ivey, is stepping away from his post as the governor’s top legal adviser to make way for his wife, Jessica Taylor to pursue a run for Congress.
  • Bryan Taylor submitted a letter of resignation, effective October 15, and Ivey’s Communications Director Leah Garner confirmed the departure to Alabama Daily News Monday.
  • In his resignation letter, Bryan Taylor thanked Ivey for her “trust and confidence” and praised her for steadying “the ship of state.”
  • “Although I love serving as your General Counsel, I have concluded that resigning now is the right thing to do for you and your administration in light of my wife Jessica’s interest in running for Congress,” he wrote.
  • Inside Alabama Politics first reported in September that Jessica Taylor was considering a run for Congress in Alabama’s 2nd District, where five term incumbent Rep. Martha Roby recently announced she is not seeking reelection.
  • Jessica Taylor has not made an official announcement or formed a congressional campaign committee, but this is the surest sign yet that she is actually running.
  • Full story HERE.


5. News Briefs.

Prison system says inmate killed after rushing officers
  • BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — Officials are investigating the recent death of an inmate who was killed after rushing at officers who then used “physical measures” to subdue him, the Alabama prison system said Monday.
  • The state released limited information about the death of 35-year-old Steven Davis and did not disclose what measures officers used Friday at William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer. The prison system said it will provide more information after the investigation is complete.
  • The Alabama Department of Corrections said in a news release that it is investigating.
  • The prison system said two officers reported Davis rushed out of his cell with a home-made weapon in each hand and tried to strike an officer. The prison system said Davis refused to comply with verbal commands and “the use of standard methods to disarm.”
  • “At that time, correctional officers applied physical measures to diffuse the threat in order to remove the weapons from the scene and secure the inmate,” the prison system wrote in a statement.
  • A prison system spokeswoman did not immediately return an email seeking additional information.
  • Davis was taken to the infirmary and airlifted to a hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital on Saturday.
  • Davis was from Graysville. He was serving a 20-year sentence out of Jefferson County for murder.
Supreme Court won’t review death sentence of Alabama inmate
  • WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it won’t review the case of an Alabama death row inmate who argued his sentence is unconstitutional because a judge imposed it over the will of a jury.
  • The high court said Monday it won’t hear Mario Dion Woodward’s case. Woodward was convicted of fatally shooting Montgomery police officer Keith Houts during a 2006 traffic stop. A jury voted 8-4 to sentence him to life in prison, but a judge overrode the jury and imposed the death penalty.
  • In 2017, Alabama passed a law ending the practice of judicial overrides going forward. Woodward argued Alabama’s abandonment of the practice was an acknowledgment that his sentence is unconstitutional.
  • Woodward can continue to pursue legal arguments against his sentence in lower courts.
Sheriff: 3-year-old drowns in pond
  • WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) — Law enforcement officials say a 3-year-old girl died after apparently drowning in a neighbor’s pond.
  • Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin tells news outlets that the body of 3-year-old Jalyssa Ingram was found in a pond.
  • Franklin said foul play is not suspected, but an autopsy will be conducted.
  • The sheriff said the girl was in the front yard with an aunt and wandered off when the adult briefly looked away. Investigators initially believed the girl may have been abducted.
  • An investigator and bloodhounds tracked the girl’s scent to the bank of a pond about 175 yards away from the house.
Police: 50 animals found alive in feces-filled mobile home
  • PELL CITY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say they’ve arrested a woman whose mobile home was filled with feces, dead carcasses and 50 malnourished animals.
  • News outlets report 51-year-old Donna Mullins was arrested Friday and charged with obstruction of governmental operations. Police say more charges are expected.
  • Pell City Police Chief Paul Irwin says officers responded to an animal cruelty call at the Shady Dale Mobile Home Park, where they found 47 cats and three dogs living inside Mullins’ trailer.
  • Irwin says the home was the worst living situation he’s ever seen. He says the home was toxic, didn’t have running water and smelled, forcing officers to wear masks.
  • Irwin says the animals were taken to the Pell City Animal Shelter.




ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Taylor to leave Ivey Administration to make way for wife’s run for Congress
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Byrne Announces Grassroots group of over 200 Community Leaders
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – After stumbles, White House aims to hone impeachment defense
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – School-based mental health program puts counselors closer to students
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Enviva to build $175 million wood pellet plant in Sumter County
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Cam Ward announces Alabama Supreme Court run
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – U.S. Supreme Court begins election year term full of big cases
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – A look at top cases for the Supreme Court’s new term
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – U.S. troops start pullout from along Turkey’s border in Syria
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest– October 7, 2019
AL.COM – Alabama Supreme Court justice plans to run again
AL.COM – US Supreme Court won’t review Alabama inmate’s death sentence
AL.COM – Armed Alabama inmate dies from injuries sustained in fight with corrections officers, ADOC says
AL.COM – Sen. Doug Jones pushing to simplify student financial aid application
AL.COM – Lawsuit: Auburn wrongly charging out-of-state tuition
AL.COM – Conner Industries to open Montgomery plant, hire 100
AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald: Speak the truth, Jeff Sessions. Just once
AL.COM – Cam Ward to run for Alabama Supreme Court seat
AL.COM – Contributor Jolie Carr: Employment matters for Alabamians with disabilities
AL.COM – Contributor Alabama House Member Anthony Daniels: Hot car deaths are preventable. Here’s how
Montgomery Advertiser – Child, 3, wanders from home, drowns in Elmore County pond
Montgomery Advertiser – What you need to know about the runoff election for Montgomery mayor, City Council members
Montgomery Advertiser – LEAD Academy charter school names Ibrahim Lee as new principal
YellowHammer News – Jones bashes ‘alarming’ Trump decision to withdraw from northern Syria — ‘Exact wrong message’
YellowHammer News – Byrne campaign announces 67-county leadership team
YellowHammer News – Birmingham project management firm seeks to meet challenges presented by workforce shortages
Dothan Eagle – Man faces abuse charges for leaving infant grandchild in hot car while he shops
Dothan Eagle – Hearing continued; McCraney says he’s ready for trial
Dothan Eagle – A Florida inmate’s secretly recorded film shows the gruesome reality of life in prison
Tuscaloosa News – Cam Ward to challenge Greg Shaw for Alabama Supreme Court seat
Tuscaloosa News – Cold front brings rain after hot spell
Tuscaloosa News – Prison system says inmate killed after rushing officers
Decatur Daily – Kelsey Blue: Rescue team perseveres to find Smith Lake drowning victim on 4th trip
Decatur Daily – Decatur council votes to let director remain out of city
Decatur Daily – $1.79 million grant to fund Beltline improvements
Times Daily – School-based mental health program puts counselors closer to students
Times Daily – School-based mental health program puts counselors closer to students
Times Daily – MOU to benefit UNA, ACOM students
Gadsden Times – Sen. Doug Jones to host forum Wednesday at GSCC on Goodyear’s future
Gadsden Times – Forklift likely started Attalla warehouse fire
Gadsden Times – Cherokee County had highest cotton yield in 2018
Anniston Star – Anniston Councilman Ben Little’s ethics trial begins
Anniston Star – Police: man robbed at gunpoint on Whites Gap Road
Anniston Star – Man charged with raping underage victim
Troy Messenger – Goshen Cross Country finishes strong in Opp
Troy Messenger – ALEA confirms Starling recovered at Smith Lake
Andalusia Star News – 8 haunted houses within driving range
Andalusia Star News – 9-year-old fatally shot over the weekend
Andalusia Star News – Colder weather anticipated
Opelika-Auburn News – Juvenile shooting victim dies, Phenix City police begin homicide investigation
Opelika-Auburn News – With black eye and stitches after fall, Jimmy Carter attends Habitat concert in Tennessee anyway
Opelika-Auburn News – Man dead following Sunday night Phenix City shooting
Daily Mountain Eagle – Commission declares Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Daily Mountain Eagle – Local CAC earns full membership in statewide group
Daily Mountain Eagle – WCSO adopts policy manual, increases jail training
Trussville Tribune – No alcohol at Parish Seafood & Oyster House in Trussville until further notice
Trussville Tribune – Police: 50 animals found alive in feces-filled mobile home
Trussville Tribune – Sheriff: 3-year-old drowns in pond
Athens News Courier – Ex-Scout leader’s trial set for December
Athens News Courier – Reconsideration appeal returns to disability process
Athens News Courier – Expect delays for U.S. 31 guardrail work
Sand Mountain Reporter – Police Reports: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Sand Mountain Reporter – Blount, Marshall, DeKalb schools get $7 million
Sand Mountain Reporter – WBSA radio celebrates 60th anniversary | Staff, community reminisce on station memories
WSFA Montgomery – David Woods seeks temporary restraining order against Montgomery Election Center
WSFA Montgomery – Rewards increased for information in 2 Montgomery homicides
WSFA Montgomery – New charges filed in St. Clair County animal cruelty case
Fox 6 Birmingham – Police identify suspect in shooting outside Irondale gas station
Fox 6 Birmingham – Birmingham looking to bring aviation program to city school students
Fox 6 Birmingham – Sheriff Mark Pettway holds public safety meeting in Fairfield amid takeover
WAFF Huntsville – Moulton Fire Department gives away over 500 smoke detectors
WAFF Huntsville – North Alabama seeing an increase in flu-related illnesses
WAFF Huntsville – Athens family speaks out after mother is charged with her own son’s murder
WKRG Mobile – Officials confirm case of mumps at Florida middle school
WKRG Mobile – Montgomery voters to elect new mayor
WKRG Mobile – Court hearing Tuesday afternoon for Ladd mass shooting suspect
WTVY Dothan – Man charged with leaving child in car while he shopped
WTVY Dothan – Woman robs Marianna store with semi-auto handgun
WASHINGTON POST – Republicans deliver rare rebuke of Trump, slamming his Syria withdrawal decision
WASHINGTON POST – Supreme Court’s new term opens with arguments over unanimous juries, insanity as a criminal defense
WASHINGTON POST – Biden’s campaign touts $750 billion plan aimed at boosting community colleges
NEW YORK TIMES – Airbus Sold 41 Jets in September, Targets Record Fourth-Quarter Deliveries
NEW YORK TIMES – When ‘Get Out’ Is a President’s National Security Strategy
NEW YORK TIMES –As Trump Throws Syria Policy Into Turmoil, the G.O.P. Rebels

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