Daily News Digest – October 9, 2018

Daily News Digest – October 9, 2018

Good morning! Here’s your Daily News for Tuesday, October 9.

1. Kavanaugh sworn in, will hear arguments today.

  • Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in (again) in a White House ceremony last night.
  • If you didn’t watch the ceremony, I recommend it.
  • The fact that all the other justices were present and applauding after his oath seemed important to me.
  • Kavanaugh promised to be a “team player” on the “team of nine” of the Supreme Court, and not the Republican or Democratic team.
  • He said the contentious confirmation battle, while emotional, had not changed him as a person or as a judge.
  • Kavanaugh will be on the bench for oral arguments today.
  • The cases include long sentences for repeat offenders and the detention of illegal immigrants. Read more on that HERE.

2. Gov. Ivey declares State of Emergency as Michael threatens Wiregrass.

  • Alabama won’t get the worst of Hurricane Michael, but strong winds and heavy rains are likely over the next few days.
  • The Wiregrass will be the hardest hit. The Dothan area could see winds approaching the hurricane speed of 70mph.
  • Gov. Kay Ivey has declared a State of Emergency saying “now is the time for residents in south Alabama to review your emergency preparedness plans and also get prepared.”
  • “Please stay weather aware today and tomorrow for any forecast changes. Most importantly, heed all warnings and instructions from local authorities.”
  • That’s good advice.
  • In Florida, storm surge is already impacting the coast. It could get really bad for places like Panama City and Apalachicola.
  • Read more and see the latest projected storm track HERE.

3. It’s Lester Holt Day in Montgomery.

  • NBC Nightly News Anchor Lester Holt is in Montgomery today as part of his “Across America” tour.
  • He was in Houston yesterday. Montgomery is the smallest city he’s visiting.
  • He’ll be broadcasting Nightly News from Dexter Avenue near the King Memorial Baptist Church.
  • If you’re looking to get a glimpse or shake his hand, Holt told WSFA’s Sally Pitts that he might hit up Chris’ Hot Dogs for lunch.
  • The hardworking crew at WSFA gets to hang with Holt and the national NBC folks and help run the show.
  • Check out more from the station, see what roads are closed for the event, and watch the interviews HERE.

4. Planned Parenthood spending big in Alabama.

  • The nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, and its affiliated advocacy groups, are investing large amounts of political money in Alabama aiming to defeat a pro-life ballot initiative.
  • Alabama Healthy Families PAC, a political group ostensibly set up to fight a constitutional amendment enshrining “the sanctity of life,” reported more than $800,000 in donations from Planned Parenthood and its affiliated groups in the last few weeks.
  • That’s serious money. It’s more than either candidate for governor has on hand.
  • It could buy a lot of media (TV, radio, mail, etc). However, its more likely purpose is voter turnout through micro-targeting, canvassing, and busing.
  • Turnout mechanisms worked well to get voters to the polls in December’s special election. But, until now, no serious national money has come in to boost Democratic turnout.
  • More pro-choice people at the polls is good for Democrats. However, this conspicuous cash influx will also raise the profile of Amendment 2 and the issue of abortion, which is home turf for Republicans in a pro-life state.
  • Read my full story HERE.
  • H/T to Sean Ross at Yellowhammer who had the filings first.

5. News Briefs.

Election Day in Auburn
  • Keep an eye on the Auburn Mayor’s race where City Councilman Ron Anders is running against former Auburn University Professor David Hill.
  • Longtime Mayor Bill Ham is retiring after 20 years on the job.
  • I’m hearing the race will be tight considering the angst many voters have over the development that has taken place downtown. Hill seems to have tapped into the emotion surrounding the issue but Anders has the backing of Ham, as well as a significant fundraising advantage.
  • Read more from Chip Brownlee on the candidate’s differing views on growth HERE.
Trump warms to Rosenstein
  • A few weeks after he was ready to offer President Trump his resignation, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is in the good graces of the commander-in-chief.
  • The two flew to Florida for an event with police chiefs from around the country on Tuesday. Trump later said they had a good conversation, he didn’t want to get rid of Rosenstein, and that he expected to be treated fairly in the Russia probe that Rosenstein is overseeing.
  • Not for nothing but I kinda predicted this the other day.
  • Read more HERE.
Man charged in fatal wreck dies in another
  • The man who was charged in the wreck that killed State Rep. Allen Treadaway’s daughter died in another accident yesterday.
  • Brandon Adam Hamm was killed near Huntsville when his truck hit a tree.
  • Read more HERE.

Headlines.

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Gov. Kay Ivey declares state of emergency in Alabama as Hurricane Michael takes aim at Gulf Coast.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Planned Parenthood spending big in Alabama elections.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Reprieve for Rosenstein: Trump says he’s not firing official.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Kavanaugh promises to be ‘team player’ on court.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Kavanaugh to hear first arguments as Supreme Court justice.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Man who was charged in crash that killed Rep. Treadway’s child dies in another.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Take your seats, ‘Bama fans, or you might miss a touchdown.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Florida cops say Alabama police chief touched self at resort.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Charges dismissed after Confederate monument protests.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – October 8, 2018.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Ivey issues state of emergency as Hurricane Michael bears down on Gulf Coast.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – After a five month vacancy, west Montgomerians will soon have council representation.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Grand jury clears ex-Wetumpka officer on rape charge.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Smokers fume after Alabama town tightens rules against lighting up.
DOTHAN EAGLE – Wiregrass braces for Hurricane Michael.
DOTHAN EAGLE – Dothan Utilities reminds customers about reporting power outages
DOTHAN EAGLE – Troy Trojans’ Kaleb Barker out for season with knee injury; Sawyer Smith now No. 1 QB.
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Alabama pro-life amendment under attack: Planned Parenthood funnels $750,000 more from California, New York.
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Alabama voter guide to Nov. 6 election.
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – UA homecoming to feature bonfire, pep rally, parade.
TIMES DAILY – Gleaning project helped feed the hungry.
TIMES DAILY – NWSCC enrollment climbs to 3,548.
ANNISTON STAR – Heflin business wins winery of the year award.
AL.COM – DC Blox opens first Alabama data center in ‘inspiring’ Huntsville.
AL.COM – Alabama’s Mercedes-Benz plant training company leaders.
AL.COM – Gov. Kay Ivey declares state of emergency for Hurricane Michael.
AL.COM – School closings announced ahead of Hurricane Michael.
AL.COM – Alabama opens livestock shelters ahead of Hurricane Michael.
AL.COM – Tim Kaine attacks opponent for stumping for Roy Moore.
AL.COM – Birmingham mother selected as part of $1.4 million effort to reform criminal justice system.
AL.COM – CNN’s Kaitlan Collins apologizes for tweets from her University of Alabama days.
AL.COM – Here are the Alabama private schools enrolling the most students on tax-credit scholarships.
THE FEDERALIST – How the Kavanaugh confirmation led me to rejoin the Republican Party.
WASHINGTON POST – ‘An angry mob’: Republicans work to recast Democratic protests as out-of-control anarchy.
WASHINGTON POST – Trump says he expects to be ‘treated very fairly’ in Russia probe, has no plans to fire Rosenstein.
WASHINGTON POST – Columnist Michael Gerson: The media mishandled Kavanaugh — and made Trump a winner.
NEW YORK TIMES – Kavanaugh to Hear First Arguments as Supreme Court Justice
NEW YORK TIMES – Dire Climate Warning Lands With a Thud on Trump’s Desk
NEW YORK TIMES – Migrant Children in Search of Justice: A 2-Year-Old’s Day in Immigration Court
NEW YORK TIMES – As Storms Keep Coming, FEMA Spends Billions in ‘Cycle’ of Damage and Repair.

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