1. Trump flies South.
Pres. Trump stopped in Florida and Mississippi over the weekend.
- Trump held a rally Friday in Pensacola, Fla., during which he praised Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, whom he has formally endorsed ahead of Tuesday’s election. The Moore campaign has closely aligned itself with the president, casting the race as “a referendum on Trump.”
- Saturday Trump made his way to Mississippi to commemorate the opening of the state’s civil rights museum. The visit was met by a large crowd of supporters, but was protested and boycotted by many civil rights leaders.
2. Special counsel bias?
Republicans contend that special prosecutor Robert Mueller and his team are biased against Pres. Trump as the Russia probe continues to ramp up.
- Reports emerged last week that two special investigators expressed support for presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and Trump allies have since ramped up efforts to discredit Mueller and his team.
- Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, dismissed these efforts on Sunday as a partisan play intended to discredit any future charges against the Trump camp. Four of his colleagues have been charged already.
3. Alleged presidential misconduct.
Past allegations of sexual misconduct against the president continue to resurface.
- On Sunday Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said that the women who have accused Pres. Trump of sexual misconduct “should be heard” as “women should always feel comfortable coming forward.” The White House holds a contrasting position on the topic, and spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee has said that Trump’s accusers are lying and “the American people settled the issue” when they elected Trump.
- Three of the women who have accused Trump of inappropriate sexual behavior will appear on Megyn Kelly Today this morning, which provides them with a larger platform to share their stories than they’ve ever had before.
- Meanwhile, a growing number of Democratic senators are calling for the president’s resignation over the allegations.
4. Death penalty returning to N.C.?
Top North Carolina lawmakers are calling for lethal injections to resume in the state.
- This comes after an attempted prison break left four dead in Pasquotank County, where the prosecutor is pursuing the death penalty for the four inmates involved in the fatal incident.
- N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore specifically called on Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein to ensure that “should a jury sentence [the defendants] to death, that those sentences are carried out.” Gov. Cooper responded that this change must start within the courts.
5. Public school battle.
The North Carolina Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case determining who is in charge of the state’s public school system.
- The State Board of Education is appealing a July court ruling that upheld a state law shifting control over publics schools to State Schools Superintendent Mark Johnson.
- The state Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case is the latest development in what’s been a year-long battle between the State Board and the Superintendent.