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Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 5:24 PM
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama’s new U.S. senator-elect, Democrat Doug Jones, says he wants to find common ground after a hard-fought, come-from-behind victory against Republican candidate Roy Moore Tuesday night.
Jones, in his first press conference as the state’s new senator, told reporters Wednesday “this has been an amazing night,” referring to his victory in the special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Although Jones beat Moore, a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court who had been accused of sexual misconduct, he said he has not talked with Moore, who has refused to concede the election. Asked whether Moore should concede, Jones said, “I’m going to leave that to him.”
Jones’ message, both during the campaign and after, is “common ground.”
“Let’s find common ground,” Jones said. “The key is finding the common ground.”
“The people of this state have more in common than we do that divides us.”
"I think I'm a lot more center-of-the-road political figure, public figure," he said.
Jones is the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate in deep red Alabama in 25 years.
He credited volunteers and “boots on the ground” for winning the election in what seemed like a long shot.
“We knocked on 300,000 doors ... we knew the importance of minority votes ... we had a lot of support.”
“We were true to ourselves and I think that was an important piece of winning this election,” he said.
“This campaign is giving a lot of people a reason to believe.”
President Donald Trump called Jones Wednesday to congratulate him and invited him for a White House visit. The new senator also talked with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Jones also told reporters he believed the eight women who came forward to accuse Moore of pursuing them when they were underage or young teenagers and he was in his 30s.
“We’ve reached the tipping point in this country where women need to stand up.”
When asked if he thought Moore’s accusers impacted the election, Jones responded,
"I think Roy Moore was disqualified from this job to begin with."
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 12:20 PM
— A series of women’s marches, protests and voter registration events are taking place across the country this weekend.
This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. In 2017, the Women’s March on Washington drew a large crowd that marched in protest of Trump’s election. Women’s marches were held across the country and the world.
For 2018, marches and rallies are being held in cities across the country throughout the weekend. There will be a voter registration drive on Sunday in Las Vegas.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
— A Comal County judge said God told him to intervene in jury deliberations to sway jurors to return a not guilty verdict in the trial of a Buda woman accused of trafficking a teen girl for sex.
Judge Jack Robison apologized to jurors for the interruption but defended his actions by telling them, “When God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it,” according to the Herald-Zeitung, in New Braunfels.
The jury went against the judge’s wishes, finding Gloria Romero-Perez guilty of continuous trafficking of a person and later sentenced her to 25 years in prison. They found her not guilty of a separate charge of sale or purchase of a child.
Robison, who also presides in Hays County, did not respond to a message left with his court coordinator, Steve Thomas, who said the case is pending.
The Herald-Zeitung reported that Robison recused himself before the trial’s sentencing phase and was replaced by Judge Gary Steele. The defendant’s attorney asked for a mistrial but was denied.
Robison’s actions could trigger an investigation from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, which has disciplined Robison in the past.
In 2011, the commission slapped Robison with a private reprimand for improperly jailing a Caldwell County grandfather who had called him a fool for a ruling Robison made in a child custody case involving the man’s granddaughter.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:17 AM
BELFAST, Maine — Police have accused a Maine man of punching himself several times in the face to avoid a Breathalyzer test, The Bangor Daily News reported.
Police suspected Brian Fogg, 27, of Belfast, to be intoxicated when they were called to a residence on Jan. 13 and found Fogg’s vehicle stuck in a ditch, police said. Belfast police said Fogg and a homeowner had gotten into an argument, and Fogg allegedly struck and dented the homeowner’s car.
After Fogg failed a sobriety test, police took him to jail and attempted to give him a Breathalyzer test, the Daily News reported.
As officers were explaining the testing process, Fogg allegedly punched himself in the face several times, the Daily News reported.
Belfast Detective Sgt. Gerry Lincoln said that Fogg “took that option (punching himself), which wasn’t one of the ones we gave to him.”
He added that because people had option of declining to take a Breathalzyer test, it was unusual for someone to injure himself to avoid it.“We took that as a refusal to take the test,” Lincoln told the Daily News.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:15 AM
— We are one day out from “Championship Sunday,” where the teams who will play in the Super Bowl will be determined.
The Minnesota Vikings will take on the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC Championship, while the New England Patriots play the Jacksonville Jaguars for the AFC title.
If the Vikings win, they will be the first team to ever play in the Super Bowl at their home stadium. If Philadelphia wins, it will be the first time in the team’s history.
If New England wins the AFC Conference championship, no one will be surprised. It will be the Pats 10th trip to the big game. If the Jaguars win, a lot of people will be surprised – New England is currently favored by 7.5 points.
Here’s a look at what time the games kickoff on Sunday, what channel, where they are livestreamed and the latest odds.
The AFC Championship Game
Jacksonville (12-6) at New England (14-3)
What time: 3:05 p.m. ET
What channel: CBS will broadcast the game
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
Livestream: CBSSports.com According to CBS, “you can stream via desktop, the CBS Sports App on iOS and Android tablets as well as on Roku, Apple TV, tvOS, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, Chromecast and Windows 10 devices.”
Weather at game time via NFLWeather: 42 degrees, skies overcast; with winds west at 2 mph
Line: New England -7.5
The NFC Championship Game
Minnesota (14-3) at Philadelphia (14-3)
What time: 6:40 p.m. ET
What channel: Fox is broadcasting the game
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Penn.
Livestream: Fox Sports Go
Weather at game time via NFLWeather: 44 degrees, skies overcast, with winds SSW at 3 mph
Line: Minnesota -3
Super Bowl LII
When: Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
Who: The winners of the two championship games
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.
Halftime entertainer: Justin Timberlake will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show
What time: 6:30 p.m. ET
What channel: NBC will broadcast the game