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7 Things: Doug Jones wants to continue to hedge on Kavanaugh, Senate Judiciary gives Kavanaugh accuser options she won’t take, Maddox claims he doesn’t dodge interviews and more …

7. Alabama’s secretary of state has been sued… for blocking people on Twitter

— The three Twitter users and the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama are claiming Secretary John Merrill is violating their First Amendment rights by blocking them. They argue it amounts to a decision to “discriminate against” citizens.

— President Donald Trump was sued for a similar offense. Some users have been unblocked.

6. Alabama still loves President Donald Trump, but not the most anymore

— Trump’s approval rating in Alabama is still at 63 percent through August, according to Morning Consult. West Virginia and Wyoming passed the Yellowhammer State, and are now at 64 and 65 points, respectively.

— Trump’s national approval rating is in the high-30s and low-40s. Democrats hold a generic ballot lead of as much as 14-points.

5. Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers explains why he doesn’t need to debate his opponent and questions her attacks on Alabama

— Gov. Kay Ivey isn’t the only Republican who feels they have a big enough lead to coast to victory in November and when he was asked about a debate he responded, “Why would I want to help her with name ID?”

— Rogers also expressed disappointment with former beauty queen Mallory Hagan’s apparent disdain for Alabama’s culture. He told Yellowhammer News, “I never left Alabama,” and, “I’ve been here over the last five decades raising a family and proud of this country, proud of the state.”

4. Trump renews attacks on Jeff Sessions, again

— Trump claimed that AG Sessions is responsible for his policy problems and the issues surrounding the Russian investigation. Even with all the attacks it appears Sessions is still safe until after the midterms.

— “I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” Trump told TheHill.TV. He also blamed Sessions for the issues at the border even though he was thwarted by the courts.

3. Walt Maddox wants a debate. His campaign says he takes on all questions, but that’s a lie

— Democrats want Gov. Kay Ivey to debate Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, so much so that his speechwriter made a false statement on Twitter about interview requests, “I do know @WaltMaddox never turns down interview requests. Heck, he’s done interviews with grade schoolers for their yearbooks. Walt is out there, in full view, for the public. He’s never shied away from a single question.”

— This is a complete and total a lie. Maddox’s campaign has ignored multiple requests from interviews over the last few months and at least three since that tweet was sent.

2. After Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser refused to testify publicly, Senator Chuck Grassley continues to try to get her on the record 

— Grassley has set a deadline for information from the accuser’s attorney, telling her, “Dr. Ford’s prepared testimony and biography are due to the Committee by 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 21, if she intends to testify on Monday.”

Now the media doesn’t need to hear from the accusers, her attorney says she isn’t coming and Grassley is laying waste to every single terrible argument being made.

1. Alabama Senator Doug Jones continues to signal that he is just looking for an excuse to vote no on Brett Kavanaugh

— As the Kavanaugh accuser continues to signify that she will never cooperate with the confirmation, Alabama’s junior Senator wants the entire process to slow down even further. He wants an FBI investigation, and he also wants people who have denied the whole thing to be subpoenaed.

— Jones has made it clear that he will not publicly deliberate and refuse to make any clear statement on the matter. He knows he is in a perilous situation where he can either anger his voters or the state’s voters who voted for him because he wasn’t Roy Moore.

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