7 Things: Doug Jones continues to draw fire for moves in D.C., DOJ fights back against Alabama on counting illegal aliens in the 2020 Census, poll shows 60 percent of Americans don’t want a second Trump term and more …
7. Disgraced former Governor Robert Bentley and his mistress are running around Las Vegas
— Bentley and his former political advisor Rebekah Mason were seen in Las Vegas this week, the site of dermatology conference this weekend. Mason works for Bentley’s dermatology practice in Tuscaloosa.
— Bentley hilariously claimed that he an Mason never had an affair. He admitted to “inappropriate” behavior, but not “sexual activity” with Mason.
— The Florida governor’s race has been decided in favor of the Republican, but a machine recount has triggered a hand recount in the U.S. Senate race. The recount must be done by Sunday, leaving plenty of time for more lawsuits and shenanigans.
— The media seems to be stuck on the idea that there is no evidence of voter fraud, in spite of a Naples Daily News story of a Democratic party leader telling staffers and others to use altered ballots to alleviate signature problems on absentee ballots and send in ballots after the state’s deadline in hopes a judge would allow them.
5. America is still not done with Hillary Clinton — A judge orders her to answer more questions
— An activist group, Judicial Watch, won a victory requiring the former secretary of state to explain her decisions involving her former aide Huma Abedin and the creation of the clintonemail.com system.
— The other question she must answer is concerning her answer to the House Select Committee on Benghazi where she said that 90 to 95 percent of her emails went through and “were in the State’s system” and “if they wanted to see them, they would certainly have been able to do so.”
4. Alabama infant mortality rate drops
—Alabama’s infant death rate has gone from worst in the nation to an all-time low for the state. The Alabama Department of Public Health said new figures show the state’s infant mortality rate declined to 7.4 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2017.
— The drop was so drastic, the state was not sure all the deaths had been reported.
3. As if the midterms weren’t bad enough for the president, a new poll shows 60 percent say they don’t want Trump in 2020
— The Republicans lost 30+ House seats in the biggest Democrat gains in 40 years. They did make gains in the Senate, but those were smaller than expected. And, according to a recent poll, only 36 percent want to see a Trump second term.
— In our polarized world, independents are very important and 59 percent do not want Trump to win a second term. Keep in mind that this poll is done without an opponent for Trump. But as a base, these polling numbers do not bode well two years out from the next election.
— This week, the DOJ argued for the dismissing of a case brought by Congressman Mo Brooks and Attorney General Steve Marshall to force the federal government not to count illegal aliens in the next census.
— Now, the former head of the DOJ, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has been accused of using “political influence” to keep a controversial question about citizenship in the 2020 Census. The “fear” is that the question will keep illegal immigrants from answering the question and being counted in calculations for Congressional representation and Electoral College votes.
— After Jones voted against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, many wrote him off. So, it should come as no surprise Jones’ decision to support Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as Senate minority leader has drawn a rebuke from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, who criticized Jones’ “latest embrace of the liberal Schumer-Pelosi agenda that already includes opposition to President Trump’s Supreme Court nominees and support of sanctuary cities and late-term abortions.”
— The ALGOP is clearly ready to take on Jones. They have regularly been criticizing his moves. They have a countdown clock to the end of his term on their website and ALGOP Chairwoman Terry Lathan told Yellowhammer News, “There is a deep hunger in our state to win this seat back”