Daily News Digest – January 19, 2018

Good morning! This is your Alabama Daily News digest for Friday, January 19, 2018. 

1. Shutdown fever – catch it!

UPDATE

2. What will Doug Jones do?

Photo credit: Hal Yeager

3. #SCRumors

  • Word on the street is that Gov. Kay Ivey is set to appoint Houston County Presiding Circuit Judge Brad Mendheim to the Alabama Supreme Court.
  • Associate Justice Glenn Murdock resigned on January 16 in order to potentially pursue other political office in an ethical way.
  • Weeks ago, many speculated that leading candidates to receive Gov. Ivey’s appointment to the bench were Birmingham attorney Jay Mitchell and Mobile Circuit Judge Sarah Stuart – both of whom are Republicans currently running for the Supreme Court. Stuart is running for this very seat.
  • What makes this appointment so interesting is that it comes in the middle of candidate qualifying for the 2018 elections – and this Supreme Court seat is on the ballot.
  • Some say Gov. Ivey wants a placeholder who would not pursue the seat in an election. Others say, regardless of an appointee’s political ambitions, the governor doesn’t want to appoint anyone already pursuing the seat to avoid anything close to a Bentley-Strange scenario. 
  • It is unclear whether, if appointed, Mendheim would immediately be a candidate for the Supreme Court in his own right.
  • As presiding judge in Houston County, he has been outspoken about state judicial issues in the past, disagreeing with then-Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb about how to handle funding shortfalls back in 2011.

4. Potpouri

Headlines

YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Rep. Martha Roby to Democrats on CHIP: This is not time for political games.

YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Alabama “out” of Amazon second HQ consideration.

YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers: How could anyone with a heart not support what this pro-life bill will do?

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Sen. Del Marsh: School choice empowers parents in Alabama.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – SPLC to sponsor voter-focused Women’s March in downtown Montgomery.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Contributor Thomas Main:  Air traffic control privatization would hurt Union Springs.

DOTHAN EAGLE – The Dothan Eagle:  Keep marriage licenses intact.

AL.COM – Bombardier: Planning for Alabama jet plant ‘at an advanced stage’.

AL.COM – Execution drug may have been named in court filings from Alabama AG’s Office.

AL.COM – Trump, who once called himself ‘pro-choice,’ steps to forefront of anti-abortion movement

AL.COM – Toyota CEO on Alabama plant: ‘The site itself was important’.

AL.COM – Birmingham received ‘tremendous value’ from lost Amazon bid.

AL.COM – Airbus, Emirates finally seal critical A380 deal.

AL.COM – Alabama father of child from one of ‘those’ countries addresses Trump.

AL.COM – Trump’s ‘Fake News’ award winners: Full list.

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER – Clayton Hinchman is challenging Mo Brooks.

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER – Columnist Josh Moon:  The Medicaid work requirement isn’t what it seems.

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER – Thetford announces candidacy for Court of Civil Appeals.

DECATUR DAILY – Paying the bill: Utilities try to be flexible during freezing times.

FLORENCE TIMES DAILY – David Black is running for state treasurer

ANNISTON STAR – Local judge in running for Alabama Supreme court.

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