Daily News Digest – September 27, 2018

Daily News Digest – September 27, 2018
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Good morning! Montgomery’s Zelda Road Taco Bell reopened with great fanfare yesterday and this is about as gloriously Gumptastic as we get, folksHere’s your Daily News for Thursday, September 27.

1. New poll: GOP candidates doing fine in Alabama.

  • A new survey by Alabama Farmers Federation’s FarmPAC shows statewide Republican candidates with comfortable leads over their Democratic opponents.
  • The Farmers Federation is known for its polling operation. It’s one of the resources they use to help their endorsed candidates.
  • But ALFA political surveys are rarely, if ever, made public.
  • It’s a smaller sample, but the survey gives us a snapshot of what the statewide races look like six weeks out of the general election.
  • Perhaps the biggest data points sticking out to me are the Right Track / Wrong Track numbers and the Tom Parker / Robert Vance race.
  • See the full results HERE, the first of two stories about this Farmers Federation poll.

2. Race profile: Senate District 25.

  • Continuing Alabama Daily News’ coverage of the 2018 legislative races, Will Whatley takes a look at Senate District 25, where Will Barfoot and David Sadler are running to replace retiring State Sen. Dick Brewbaker.
  • It’s a Republican seat, to be sure, and Sadler would need a lot to break his way in order to win.
  • But Montgomery has been trending Democratic, and if there is a ‘blue wave,’ this is one of the races where it could matter.
  • Read Will’s full writeup HERE.
  • Also, don’t forget to send Will and Caroline tips for other races around the state that are worth watching/covering.

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  • Find out more about Boeing’s upgraded Avenger offer HERE.

 

3. Here we go: SCOTUS hearing today.

  • At 9:00 a.m. Central Time, the Senate Judiciary Committee will convene for a hearing on allegations of sexual misconduct for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
  • I’d tell you where to watch, but I don’t think you’ll be able to miss it if you are near a TV or computer or are generally awake at all today.
A few things have happened in the last 24 hours, so lets get caught up…
  • NBC News reported that the Committee has investigated new and different allegations. Some are anonymous, some have been recanted, and some are so unverifiable that Democrats are accusing Republicans of leaking them to prove a point.
  • Jessica Swetnick came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of being a part of gang rape parties, only to have an ex-boyfriend question her credibility publicly, reports Politico.
  • And this buried bombshell: The Committee interviewed two men who say they, not Kavanaugh, had the sexual encounter with Christine Blasey Ford at a party in the early 1980s. (Did you listen to the Malcolm Gladwell Revisionist History podcast???)
Catch up on all that, including the opening statements from Ford and Kavanaugh and transcripts of the Committee’s work HERE .

 

4. Elsewhere on the Hill.

The SCOTUS drama has overshadowed a lot of the other action on Capitol Hill. Here’s what you might have missed…
Appropriations bill passes
Opioid Bill
  • House and Senate leaders announced a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on landmark opioid legislation.
  • It aims to stem the influx of drugs across the border, crack down on illegal synthetic drugs like Fentanyl, encourage the development of non-addictive pain killers, and remove barriers to treatment for those addicted.
  • Read more HERE.
Roby passes bill
  • The House passed one of Rep. Martha Roby’s bills – H.R. 6847 The Preventing Child Exploitation Act.
  • The bill combines some of the related legislation into one package: the Strengthening Children’s Safety Act, the Global Child Protection Act, the Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act, and the Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act.
  • Read more about it HERE.
Rosenstein
  • Freedom Caucus leader and would-be Speaker of the House Jim Jordan is still furious about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s comments and wants there to be a hearing about it.
  • But House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte is kind of ghosting him, and President Trump doesn’t seem all that worked up about it either.
  • That Trump/Rosenstein meeting that was supposed to happen today has been delayed.
  • More on all that HERE.

5. News Briefs.

Noose on USA campus
  • A University of South Alabama student has been suspended for hanging two nooses on campus.
  • University President Tony Waldrop said the student was suspended after admitting to hanging two nooses and a bicycle in a tree on campus. The student will face a discipline hearing.
Robinson sentencing
  • Former state Rep. Oliver Robinson will be sentenced today in federal court in Birmingham after pleading guilty to bribery and tax evasion.
  • Prosecutors are seeking nearly three years in prison for Robinson, who misled constituents and abused his office by accepting payments for working against an EPA plan to expand an environmental cleanup site.
  • That story HERE.
North Alabama flooding
  • Flash floods trapped people in homes and vehicles in north Alabama on Wednesday, and forecasters said the threat could last another day.
  • Torrents of rain from a cold front moving through the state caused water to quickly cover roads and low-lying areas near Birmingham.
  • Read more HERE.
Abortion law upheld
  • A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday that a Louisiana law requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals does not violate women’s constitutional abortion rights.
  • That’s significant because, if upheld by the Supreme Court, the ruling could limit abortion providers from employing certain doctors.
  • Several states – including Alabama – have sought to pass such laws in the wake of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kenneth Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” revelation.
  • Full story HERE.

Headlines.

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – New poll shows Alabama Republicans winning six weeks out.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Barfoot, Sadler up for State Senate 25.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump says he prefers to keep Rosenstein, may delay meeting.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Ford, Kavanaugh and a Senate hearing: a viewer’s guide.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – High drama in the Senate as SCOTUS hearing begins.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Louisiana’s ‘admitting privileges’ abortion law upheld.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Prosecutors seek 33 months in prison for Robinson.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Flash floods trap people in homes, vehicles in north Alabama.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Student suspended after nooses found on Alabama campus.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Zelda Road Taco Bell re-opens to fans, dancing.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Medical mystery: Alabama inmate dies, cause of death ‘not known’.
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Student suspended after nooses found on Alabama campus.
DOTHAN EAGLE – Participation drops at latest school restructuring forum.
DOTHAN EAGLE – Sheriff: Raid of ‘Boom Boom Room’ in Geneva County leads to two drug arrests.
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Report: Doug Jones ‘firmly in the no column’ on Kavanaugh confirmation, despite public claims.
DECATUR DAILY – Bocar plant expected to be completed next September.
FLORENCE TIMES DAILY – Shoals unemployment rate at 4.7 percent.
GADSDEN TIMES – The Gadsden Times: Lottery talk percolating again in Montgomery.
ANNISTON STAR – Nobody’s cryin’ in the rain at JSU concert.
ANNISTON STAR – Efforts add up in national, local headcounts.
AL.COM – Alabama state employees won’t see increase in health insurance costs.
AL.COM – Peabody buying mine from Drummond Co. for $400 million.
AL.COM – Alabama’s Shelby, Jones withholding judgment on Kavanaugh.
AL.COM – Trump brings up Roy Moore in comments about Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh.
AL.COM – What do Alabama women think about Kavanaugh accusations?
AL.COM – Columnist Kyle Whitmire: Can we talk about Medicaid expansion before the election?
AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald: Bentley corruption showed need for journalistic boots on the ground.
AL.COM – Columnist John Hammontree: Alabama’s Brett Kavanaugh–Roy Moore déjà vu
AL.COM – Contributor Amanda Walker: The crime rate in Wilcox County is too damn high.
AL.COM – Contributor Alex Smith: Birmingham needs to follow through on nondiscrimination ordinance.
AL.COM – Faith leaders from Mobile County: There’s no reason for a low cap on refugees.
WASHINGTON POST – Career prosecutor brings wild-card element to Kavanaugh hearing.
WASHINGTON POST – Columnist George Will: There’s no such thing as rock bottom.
WASHINGTON POST – Trump pledges ‘we’ll keep the government open’ days ahead of shutdown deadline.
WASHINGTON POST – A telemarketer made about 21 million robocalls in 3 months. The FCC just fined it $82 million.
WASHINGTON POST – U.S., Japan open direct trade talks, in move that could reshape global auto industry.
WASHINGTON POST – Trump threatens auto tariffs on Canada as relationship with Trudeau continues to sour.
NEW YORK TIMES – Nine State Attorneys General Back AT&T in Time Warner Appeal
NEW YORK TIMES – A ‘Particularly Bright’ Moment Brings Another Fed Rate Increase.

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