Good morning! This is your Daily News for Wednesday, May 30, 2018.
1. School Safety.
- Today, Gov. Kay Ivey will announce the results of her SAFE Council recommendations. SAFE stands for Securing Alabama’s Facilities of Education.
- What will they include?
- That’s anyone’s guess, but I’m told Ivey’s team has been working with the education community (superintendents, principals, teachers) and the law enforcement community (Attorney General, District Attorneys, Sheriffs) to develop a plan that allows schools to immediately begin preparing to respond to violent threats without the need for legislation.
- One key question has been whether the school safety issue is reason enough to call lawmakers back to Montgomery for a special session.
- Those are costly and unpredictable, and it seems Ivey’s team thinks a lot of the work can be done without legislation.
- Stay tuned for an announcement from the Governor’s Office later today.
2. Let’s get you in a Hyundai.
- Hyundai is expanding its presence in Alabama.
- The company announced it will build a new $350 million engine-making facility in Montgomery that will employ 50 people at an average salary of $52,000.
- This is great because I’m about ready for a new one.
- Hyundai employs 3,000 people in the River Region, not including the thousands working at supplier companies.
- Read more from the Associated Press HERE and from The Montgomery Advertiser HERE.
3. Ad Front: Twinkle Responds
- Twinkle Cavanaugh didn’t take well to being called all those names and is punching back in an attack ad of her own.
- It’s a “man on the street” ad, which basically means other people delivering the message points.
- “Ainsworth is the politician,” one lady says. “I bet Trump would call him ‘little lyin’ Will.”
- Hoo boy. If this Lt. Governor’s race goes to a runoff, which it might, it will be every bit as hard hitting as the Attorney General’s race.
- Watch Twinkle’s ad in the updated rundown HERE.
4. A Supreme Court rarity.
- It isn’t often that Supreme Court justices endorse candidates for office.
- It’s weird enough that we have this elected judiciary, and many wearing the robe find their own politics to be plenty to deal with.
- Still, several current and former Supreme Court justices are set to endorse Chief Justice Lyn Stuart in her bid to win a term in her own right.
- It probably has as much to do with Stuart’s opponent, Tom Parker, as it does with Stuart.
- Chief Justice Stuart is well-liked and respected in her role as the judiciary’s top administrator.
- Parker is – well, how can I put this – not loved in judicial circles. It’s not just the Roy Moore thing. Parker has been known to slow roll rulings and cause consternation in the Court.
- The race is close, and I bet a lot of folks wearing robes are starting to wake up to the idea of Parker actually being in the top job.
- Anyway, several current and former Supreme Court justices are supposed to endorse Stuart on the steps of the judicial building tomorrow, so stay tuned.
- Speaking of Chief Justice, AP’s Kim Chandler takes a look at the race between Tom Parker and Lyn Stuart today. Read her piece HERE.
- Not a lot has been written about the race to replace State Treasurer Young Boozer. Brad Harper of the Montgomery Advertiser has now, and you should read his story HERE.
- Greg Garrison of AL.com has an interesting profile story on the Lt. Governor’s race that is worth your time this morning. Read that HERE.
- Trisha Powell Crain takes a look at the races to fill the two open seats on the Alabama State School Board. These are such important roles, but don’t often get a lot of attention. Read her story HERE.
Bonus: Skip Tucker
- Alabama Daily News contributor Skip Tucker has some reasons you should make it out to vote in six days, and you should probably listen to him.
- Read Skip’s latest piece HERE.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Updated: Candidates air TV ads.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Hyundai investing $388M to update Alabama plant.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Stuart, Parker compete for Chief Justice.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Auburn’s Brown, Wiley and Harper are returning for next season.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alberto leaves downed trees and flooding in its wake.
AL.COM – Three Republicans vie for empty lieutenant governor office.
AL.COM – Columnist Cameron Smith: Reasons to vote for and against each GOP gubernatorial candidate.
AL.COM – Grieving mothers pushed for Alabama schools’ bullying rules.
AL.COM – GOP primary: 6 up for 2 Alabama Board of Education seats.
AL.COM – House candidates agree: Arming teachers an option.
AL.COM – Hyundai announces $388 million upgrade to Montgomery plant, 50 new jobs.
AL.COM – Alberto could cost Gulf Coast $1 billion.
DECATUR DAILY – Area must tap civil rights history.
DECATUR DAILY – Stuart, Parker compete in chief justice primary.
DECATUR DAILY – Two Dems compete to challenge Aderholt in November.
FLORENCE TIMES DAILY – 2 compete for House GOP nomination.
ANNISTON STAR – New industry to bring 70 jobs to Gadsden.
ANNISTON STAR – Misleading claims in an Alabama election.
DOTHAN EAGLE – Columnist Steve Flowers’ Inside the Statehouse: Alabama benefits from U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby’s appropriations.
WASHINGTON POST – The four GOP-held seats that could decide control of the Senate.
NEW YORK TIMES – An Alabama Chef and Her Beloved Desserts Hit the Big Time
NEW YORK TIMES – Trump Asked Sessions to Retain Control of Russia Inquiry After His Recusal.
NEW YORK TIMES – Contributor Roxanne Gay: ‘Roseanne’ Is Gone, but the Culture That Gave Her a Show Isn’t
NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Ross Douthat: The Baptist Apocalypse