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Weekend Digest- November 4, 2018

I hope everyone enjoyed the extra hour of sleep last night, I know I did. Here’s the news you need to know for November 4.

1. Are you ready for Tuesday?

  • Tuesday, election day, is almost upon us, so let’s take a look back at our coverage of the state races to watch this election night:
Alabama Senate Races:
Alabama House Races:
Governor’s Race:
Constitutional Amendments:

2. Weather warnings for Tuesday

  • There is a potential risk for severe weather for parts of Alabama starting Monday evening and into Tuesday which could affect voter turnout on Tuesday.
  • NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has placed northwest Alabama under an enhanced risk of severe weather, which means numerous severe storms will be possible.
  • Secretary of State John Merrill said on Saturday that polling places will be prepared for the weather but did not give any specific details.
  • Studies have shown that rain on Election Day decreases turnout and generally hurts Democrats and benefits Republicans.
  • If the weather gets as bad as many forecasts keeps saying though, it may mean a bad turn out for both parties.
  • But, there’s also the many headlines that keep boasting about the large voter turnout no matter what the weather is like and voting campaigns seen by both parties may encourage Alabamians to brace the weather.
  • Texas is seeing major early voting numbers this year that have surpassed their total voter turn out in the 2014 midterms.
  • If Alabama is like any of the other state this year, there will likely be a major turn out, rain or shine.

3. What races to watch in other parts of the country.

  • Of course, there are the huge races that have gotten massive media attention and massive campaign contributions like the Georgia Governor’s race between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp.
  • As well as the Senate race in Texas between Breto O’Rouke and Ted Cruz.
  • You should also check out this interesting graphic from Axios that lays out just how much these campaigns spent compared to their competitors.
  • Also be sure to check out Will Whatley’s piece about the recent Cygnal polling over high-profile seats around the nation.
  • Here are the other races that could determine if Democrats take over the House and if the Republicans will keep a hold of the Senate:
For the House:
  • You should keep an eye on the Kentucky race between Rep. Andy Barr and Democrat Amy McGrath.
  • Virginia: Rep. Dave Brat and Democrat Abigail Spanberger.
  • North Carolina: Rev. Mark Harris against Democrat Dan McCready.
  • Ohio: Republican Troy Balderson against Democrat Danny O’Connor.
  • You can read about all the other competitive house races here.
For the Senate:
  • Indiana is facing a competitive race between Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Mike Braun.
  • West Virginia: Joe Manchin against Republican Patrick Morrisey.
  • Florida: Sen. Bill Nelson against Republican Gov. Rick Scott.
  • Missouri: Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill against state Attorney General Josh Hawley.
  • New Jersey: Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez against Republican Bob Hugin.
  • You can read about all of the competitive senate races here.

4. The Week in Good News

I’m sure if you watched either the Auburn or Alabama game last night you’re already pretty happy, but here are some interesting stories for the week:

Paralyzed Patients are Walking Again
  • Three men are now up and walking after sustaining bad injuries that would never allow them to walk again.
  • Thanks to a pace maker-like implant that sends bursts of targeted stimulation to the muscles that intend to move.
  • The walking may be brief and awkward, but it’s a breakthrough in treating these life-changing injuries.
  • Read the NYT article for more details.
Little Free Libraries Go Global
  • You know those little houses with books in them you see occasionally on the side of the street?
  • Well they have now reached to all 50 states and 88 countries.
  • It started in Wisconsin with one man who wanted to pay homage to his mother who was a school teacher and a lover of books, and has now reached to places like Siberia.
  • It’s a pretty neat story which you can read in detail here.
The Girl That Took Over Alabama Twitter
  • If you are on Twitter and follow anyone who is an Alabama fan, you likely saw this girl last night.
  • Well, now she has become a phenomenon and the face of every disappointed LSU fan.
  • This tweet is my personal favorite and really explains the feelings that were felt last night.


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama Democrats enthusiastic, but can they win?
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – National Peanut Festival opens in Dothan
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – C & J Tech gets grant to aid $5M, 100-job expansion
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Path to power: House races to watch on election night
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Path to power: Senate races to watch on election night
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS– Ivey touts experience, Maddox the need for change
AL.COM – Merrill: Polls will be prepared in case of severe weather.
AL.COM – National publication hails Alabama’s auto industry.
AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald: Us vs. Them is a clear and present danger.
AL.COM – Republican rarity: GOP hopeful eyes Alabama House seat in heart of Mobile.
AL.COM – Contributor Wayne Flynt: Historian on violence against Jews: Words matter.
AL.COM – Doctor says Amendment 2 could affect women who miscarry.
FORBES – Foreign Carmakers Turn Alabama Into An Automotive Force To Be Reckoned With
FACING SOUTH – Immigrant bashing emerges as GOP’s closing argument in 2018 midterms.
FACING SOUTH – INSTITUTE INDEX: An unprecedented wave of cash floods the South’s midterms.
DECATUR DAILY – The Decatur Daily: Maddox for governor.
DECATUR DAILY – Trump agenda, Ten Commandments amendment on local voters’ minds.
DECATUR DAILY – Some election officials expect turnout of over 50 percent.
FLORENCE TIMES DAILY – The Times Daily: Ainsworth for lieutenant governor; Siegelman for AG.
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Political veteran, newcomer face off for Senate District 21.
ANNISTON STAR – Absentee numbers strong, but turnout predictions vary.
ANNISTON STAR – Editor Anthony Cook: Lessons learned from new friends to the north.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Alabama passed midwifery legislation a year ago. Why haven’t midwives started practicing yet?
DOTHAN EAGLE – The Dothan Eagle: Photo ID law needs refinement.
WASHINGTON POST – Anxiety high in campaign’s final days as voters prepare to render judgment on Trumpism.
WASHINGTON POST – Tiny houses multiply amid big issues as communities tackle homelessness.
WASHINGTON POST – U.S. militia groups head to border, stirred by Trump’s call to arms.
WASHINGTON POST – Contributor Lila Corwin Berman: American Jews always believed the U.S. was exceptional. We were wrong.
WASHINGTON POST – The Washington Post: Why this election matters so much.
WASHINGTON POST – Republicans caved to conservatives on health care — and the blame game begins.
WASHINGTON POST – Big Number: Gunshot wounds send 8,300 kids and teens to ERs every year.
NEW YORK TIMES – U.S. Law Enforcement Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don’t Know How to Stop It.
NEW YORK TIMES – At Trump Rallies, Women See a Hero Protecting a Way of Life
NEW YORK TIMES – In Midterms, the Right to Vote Is Still at Issue, Too
NEW YORK TIMES – How the Trump Administration Fought to Ask About Citizenship on the Census
NEW YORK TIMES – Trump Administration Spares Corporate Wrongdoers Billions in Penalties
NEW YORK TIMES – Rural America’s Own Private Flint: Polluted Water Too Dangerous to Drink

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