7 Things: Ivey touts success of Paris Air Show, Roy Moore may have failed his polygraph, Biden in trouble and more …
7. Mississippi lottery will make $40 million in the first year
- Beginning December 1, Mississippi will start selling lottery tickets, making them yet another state surrounding Alabama that has the lottery, while Alabama sits on the sidelines with Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.
- Mississippi’s lottery will likely generate $40 million the first year, and more than double that by the second year. Alabama could still move towards a lottery if an expected special session on prisons includes a call to discuss a lottery as well.
6. AOC gets in a cage at a detention facility
- U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) visited a detention facility and made numerous claims about the conditions, including that women were being forced out to drink water out of toilets, a claim that has been disputed and mocked.
- It is alleged that AOC entered a cage as part of a performative protest, refused to tour the facility and yelled at border patrol agents before adding on Twitter later, “After I forced myself into a cell w/ women&began speaking to them, one of them described their treatment at the hands of officers as ‘psychological warfare.'”
5. Alabama could help end DACA program
- Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments and rule on the constitutionality of former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) during their next term. Its ruling could have a major impact on the presidential election because the next term of the Supreme Court runs from October 2019 to June 2020.
- Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall laid out the case that Alabama and other states will be making, explaining, “The U.S. Constitution makes clear that Congress alone has the legal authority to write U.S. immigration law, not the president through an executive branch memo. I am hopeful that the Court will rule in support of the Constitution and allow the president to finally terminate DACA.”
4. Teen charged as an adult in Bramblett case
- The 16-year-old, Johnston Edward Taylor, that caused the wreck that killed Rod and Paula Bramblett in May has been arrested and charged as an adult with two counts of manslaughter. He is currently being held on a $50,000 bond.
- While Taylor previously said that he fell asleep and didn’t remember the accident, a toxicology report showed that Taylor was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the wreck. Police have said that he was traveling well over the speed limit.
3. Biden is bleeding support
- CNN has posted a new poll that shows the field is narrowing and former Vice President Joe Biden could be at risk of losing the lead, since now his lead is down to 5 points above his opponents.
- The poll was conducted after the Democratic debates and shows that 22% of Democrats would vote for Biden, 17% for Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), 15% for Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and 14% for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), while none of the other Democrat presidential candidates made it to 5%.
2. Roy Moore accuser claims he failed a polygraph
- In December 2017, Roy Moore took a polygraph to prove that he wasn’t guilty of the allegations made during his campaign that he was involved with minors previous to his marriage, and now the attorneys of one of the accusers, Leigh Corfman, are saying that the polygraph test didn’t clear Moore’s name.
- Now, Corfman’s attorneys have filed a motion to reopen Moore’s deposition in a previous lawsuit filed by Corfman; in the motion, it states that Moore “likely failed” the polygraph which Moore has maintained that he is innocent. There is only one way he can prove he passed his polygraph and that is by releasing it.
1. Governor Ivey says “Alabama is an easy sell” to the aerospace industry
- Governor Kay Ivey spoke to Yellowhammer News about her trip to the Paris Air show and called the trip “very valuable” during a conversation about the state’s soaring aerospace industry where the value of the industry is $2.4 billion and growing.
- During the discussion about site selection, workforce development, supply chains and more, Ivey touted Alabama as a “business-friendly state” with “an unparalleled workforce.” Alabama looks to continue growing while America is experiencing a record period of economic expansion.