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The Daily 202: GOP using Kim Davis saga, gay marriage backlash to galvanize evangelicals in low-turnout Kentucky governor’s race

Matt Bevin, the Republican candidate for governor of Kentucky, visits Kim Davis and her husband in jail in September. Notice Ted Cruz photobombing the picture in the top left. (Courtesy of Matt Bevin)

THE BIG IDEA: Gay marriage may be settled law, but it’s not a settled issue for many religious conservatives.

McKEE, Ky.—Trailing narrowly in the polls ahead of tomorrow’s Kentucky gubernatorial election, Republicans are trying to motivate evangelicals by invoking the case of county clerk Kim Davis and the Supreme Court’s decision recognizing gay marriage.

Republican Matt Bevin planned to emphasize economic issues in his campaign, but he discovered that voters preferred to talk about social issues, including gay marriage and defunding Planned Parenthood. “I hear more about those now as I’m out on the campaign trail than I do about anything else,” he said. “This is what moves people.”

Bevin endorsed Davis as a cause célèbre in September, going on national TV to offer his full support and visiting her in jail (along with Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz).

As Bevin traversed the Bluegrass State the past few days, his body man handed out postcards that described him as “the only candidate for governor that has stood up for traditional marriage and religious liberty.” In his stump speech, Bevin asserts that only 25 percent of born-again Christians vote compared to 75 percent of “agnostics and atheists.”

“This is why the tail seems to keep wagging the dog,” he says. “We need to stop being so sheep-like, so silent and being led around. We’ve got to stand firm.”

Brad Hornsby, who runs a children’s ministry at his ranch, remains steadfastly against gay marriage. “We’re so traditional here that nobody even asks the question,” the 42-year-old, wearing a cowboy hat, said after watching Bevin speak here. “It’s a major issue.”

Republican state Sen. Jared Carpenter, campaigning with Bevin at the Limestone Grill in nearby Mount Vernon, blamed gay couples who forced Rowan County to issue licenses for turning Davis into a “martyr.”

“It’s kind of like gun rights,” he said. “Everybody thinks there’s no way they can take their guns away. Then all of a sudden they start seeing some infringement on their gun rights. Now they’re thinking, ‘Oh wow, if they can put her in jail because she doesn’t believe in this morally, then why can’t they take our guns away?’ So it engages a whole new constituency because they realize, wow, we do have to protect ourselves.”

The Democratic candidate for governor, Attorney General Jack Conway, declined in early 2014 to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the state’s ban was discriminatory. He agonized over the case for weeks and choked up during the press conference announcing his decision.

The outgoing Democratic governor, Steve Beshear, thinks that the numbers are moving but a majority of Kentuckians still oppose gay marriage. In 2004, 75 percent of Kentucky voters supported the amendment to the state constitution that banned the recognition of same-sex marriages. “Today the polling indicates it’s still maybe a 60/40 split against gay marriage,” he told me. “Obviously you’re going to have a segment of the population that, for religious reasons or whatever reasons, just are wound up on that one issue. But most Kentuckians, I think, are moving on and focusing on: how do we make life better?” A poll conducted last week shows voters are deeply divided about how to deal with the Davis problem.

Conway got uncomfortable and laughed nervously when I asked him to explain his support for gay marriage. “The good paying jobs of the future are coming to states with inclusivity,” he said. “I believe that discrimination is a bright line in the sand.” He said he’s “not surprised” that passions continue to run high. “Look, Kim Davis went to jail not because of her religious beliefs,” he said. “She went to jail because she defied a federal court order. We’re a nation of laws, and you have to follow the law.” Conway said he would sign a “narrowly tailored” law next year granting clerks some flexibility for moral objections. He’s taken some heat from the left for not criminally prosecuting Davis. The only remaining civil remedy would be for the state legislature to impeach Davis, who is still in the first year of a four-year term.

Very low turnout is expected in tomorrow’s gubernatorial contest, which puts a premium on each side getting out its base. Fewer than one-third of eligible voters are expected to cast ballots, and about half as many absentee ballots have been cast as four years ago. Mitch McConnell will campaign with Bevin, his 2014 primary challenger, in Louisville this morning.

In an interview, Bevin accused the local media of trying to suppress coverage about social issues in the run-up to the elections. “I don’t know if we’re officially part of the Bible Belt or not, but this is an important part of how people think,” he told me. “It’s not dormant. It’s latent. It’s right there below the surface. The media wanted it gone fast because it gets people fired up. They try not to talk about it, unless I bring it up. … They have a different world view.”

Working to drive up his numbers in some of the reddest parts of the state, Bevin has found very receptive audiences:

  • “The marriage thing is a big deal,” said Doug Bishop, the Judge-Executive in Rockcastle County (that’s the locally-elected equivalent of a county executive), after hearing Bevin speak. “It’s a motivating factor. … I’ve heard so much talk about it in so many of the churches because they know it’s an attack on their religious values.”
  • Baptist pastor Mark Easton said that the Supreme Court’s decision woke some people up. “I know there’s an anti-Christ spirit in our country today,” he said in a prayer to open a lunch that Bevin spoke at. “It’s amazing the small segment of our population that makes so much noise and the large segment that makes so little noise. We need to let our voice be heard.”

The gay marriage issue is not going away any time soon. All of this should serve as a reminder that, while polls have moved dramatically and elite opinion has hardened for gay rights, steadfast and determined resistance endures in red states. A similar dynamic is playing out in Iowa, where a handful of Republican presidential candidates trying to curry favor with social conservatives have called for national constitutional amendments to invalidate the SCOTUS ruling. Kim Davis was a conservative Democrat but changed her party affiliation to Republican in the wake of the summer saga, a reflection of the sorting out that continues in the South. GOP insiders say her husband has expressed interest in running for the state legislature next year.

— Other battles in the culture wars that are on the ballot in tomorrow’s off-year elections:

  • Gay rights battle flares in Houston over nondiscrimination ordinance,” by Sandhya Somashekhar: “Among the political signs jammed into the grass outside a polling station in Houston’s South Park neighborhood stands one placard bearing an unusual slogan: ‘No men in women’s bathrooms.’ The statement, which is also emblazoned on T-shirts and conveyed in ominous television ads, has become a rallying cry for opponents of a measure designed to protect gay and transgender people from discrimination in Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city and one of its most diverse. The campaign to pass the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, has become a priority for national gay rights groups and the city’s gay mayor — as well as for local business leaders, who fear an economic backlash similar to the one that hammered Indiana earlier this year if it not adopted. But with an election set for Tuesday, polls show voters are divided on the measure — and some analysts are predicting defeat.”
  • In Denver suburb, a school board race turns morphs into $1 million ‘proxy war,’” by Lyndsey Layton: “Spending on the school board election in Jefferson County, Colo., is expected to top $1 million, with money pouring in from Americans for Prosperity, the national organization founded by the Koch brothers, as well as a libertarian think tank and teachers unions. The contest is actually a recall election, with activists trying to kick out three conservative members who won seats in 2013, becoming the majority power block on the five-member board. … The discord in Colorado’s second-largest school district started soon after Julie Williams, Ken Witt and John Newkirk were elected in 2013. … They passed a merit-pay system for teachers that uses a controversial evaluation system; they equalized funding for public charter schools, so charters receive the same amount as traditional schools; and they pledged to create more school choice for families.”

— Control of the Virginia state Senate is on the line tomorrow, as well. The Democrats can take control of Richmond’s upper chamber if they pick up just one seat. And in the final hours, Gov. Terry McAuliffe is all in — hitting three Baptist church services in Roanoke and rallies in Northern Virginia, Norfolk and Richmond, Laura Vozzella and Jenna Portnoy report. “McAuliffe described the elections as a life-or-death choice for his agenda. ‘Folks, I’m pretty jacked up! But as you know, I’m always jacked up!’ a hoarse McAuliffe told supporters in Loudoun County on Sunday afternoon.” But, even if Democrats win the Senate, Republicans will continue to block McAuliffe’s agenda in the House.


— The Kansas City Royals took the World Series in five games,with a 7-2 win: “Sunday night, for the third time in this World Series, they trailed the New York Mets in the eighth inning or later,” Barry Svrluga writes from Citi Field. “The Royals won their first World Series title in 30 years because they scored two runs off Mets ace Matt Harvey in the ninth — who, by his manager’s own admission, should have been removed to start the inning. They got the decisive run in what became 7-2 victory in Game 5 when a backup middle infielder named Christian Colon — a hero of the 2014 wild-card game who had nary a postseason plate appearance this fall — singled in pinch runner Jarrod Dyson in the top of the 12th.”

Here’s Jarrod Dyson with the Trophy:

And here’s the squad storming the field (this is the image that leads our paper): 

— Advisers from 12 GOP presidential campaigns gathered last night at the Hilton in Old Town Alexandria for what was dubbed a “family dinner” to air “long-simmering” complaints about the number and format of debates. It all “boiled over” after the CNBC face-off last week, David Weigel and Robert Costa report from staking out the dinner.

It was an unusual scene — Jeb Bush and Donald Trump’s operatives negotiating, for instance — and the GOP campaigns agreed to release a joint letter to TV networks by tomorrow. Reports from the meeting suggest no format changes will be demanded before the Nov. 10 Fox Business News debate because,  “according to one operative in the room … ‘People are afraid to make Roger [Ailes] mad.‘” On the list of possible demands: cutting the RNC completely out from the process,  “equal time” for all candidates, and airing the debates on the Internet, instead of television stations.

GOP elder statesman Ben Ginsberg, who spearheaded debate negotiations for Mitt Romney in 2012, circulated a proposed letter with demands on the TV networks to each of the campaigns. Some Republican operatives complained that it doesn’t go far enough. (Read Ben’s whole letter here.)

Facing a good chunk of the ire for last week’s disaster, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus elevated chief operating officer and former chief counsel Sean Cairncross to be the lead negotiator with the networks on behalf of the committee. “The move effectively gives the debate responsibilities currently held by Sean Spicer, the RNC’s chief strategist and spokesman, to Cairncross. Spicer, a confidant of Priebus, will remain in his role but will work in a supplementary position when it comes to arranging the debates,” Costa and Weigel report.

— Fred Thompson died at 73 after a recurrence of lymphoma: The two-term senator from Tennessee, who stepped onto the national stage as Howard Baker’s chief counsel during the Watergate hearings and ran unsuccessfully for president in 2008, passed away in Nashville. Among other acting roles, he’ll be remembered as the district attorney on “Law & Order.” Read Martin Weil’s obituary here.


  1. The third annual three-month window to sign up online for Obamacare went off without major problems over the weekend, with about 40,000 applications going through on in the first six hours. (Amy Goldstein)
  2. The Russian plane that went down this weekend over the Sinai Peninsula did not crash because of a malfunction or by pilot error, the airline insists. Some other kind of “technical or physical action” is the only other possible reason for the plane to break up in the air, an executive for the company said.
  3. Turkish strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tightened his grip on power after his party regained a majority in the country’s parliamentary election. (Ishaan Tharoor)
  4. More than 20 people have been infected with E.coli bacteria after eating at various Chipotle restaurants in Oregon and Washington, prompting dozens of locations to temporarily shut down. (The Oregonian)
  5. The Episcopal Church has its first African-American bishop. (Michelle Boorstein)
  6. A gunman killed one student and wounded another in a shooting at Winston-Salem State University. (AP, via ABC)
  7. The current Alabama Teacher of the Year resigned from her elementary school in Birmingham because of onerous certification requirements. (

  8. More than 2,500 VA employees were placed on paid leave for at least a month last year, but the agency didn’t track the details and why they were sent home. The government doled out $23 million in salary for these absences, ranging from 30 days to more than a year for 46 employees, per Lisa Rein.
  9. The NTSB thinks El Faro, that cargo ship that capsized with Hurricane Joaquin, killing all 33 crewmembers, has been located and that divers can recover the black box. (AP)
  10. A woman in Nebraska, likely intoxicated, was bit by a tiger after she broke into a zoo to try to pet it. (BuzzFeed)


  1. Hillary Clinton shook up her communications staff, pushing out the woman who had been running her lethargic surrogate program, bringing on a new director of rapid response and layering others. (NYT’s Maggie Haberman)

  2. Clinton, as Secretary of State, wrote in an e-mail released by the State Department that the Israelis “always sound cocky—in the air or on the ground.” (ABC)
  3. Citing ongoing religious violence that could be dangerous to him, Pope Francis hinted he might cancel his visit to the Central African Republic scheduled for Nov. 28-29. The Catholic Church also announced that the pope will visit Mexico for the first time on Feb. 12, 2016. (Reuters; AP)
  4. Jeb Bush is releasing his e-book today, which includes the stories behind hundreds of emails he sent and received while he was governor of Florida. (Ed O’Keefe story; download the e-book free on Amazon)
  5. Marco Rubio’s chief of staff while he was in speaker of the Florida House, Richard Corcoran, will endorse Jeb today (Florida Politics)


Paul Ryan, just four days after being elected as the new Speaker of the House, appeared on all five major news programs on Sunday (“The Full Ginsburg”):

  • He said the current Republican Party’s lack of vision has caused unnecessary strife. “We fight over tactics because we don’t have a vision,” Ryan said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We’ve been too timid on policy; we’ve been too timid on vision – we have none.”
  • He presented himself as a unifying figure. “If I pick up where John Boehner left off, then I think we won’t be successful,” he said on ABC. “That’s not a discredit to John Boehner, that’s just a discredit to the way the job has been done.”
  • He suggested he won’t allow a shutdown to defund Planned Parenthood. “I think we need to be very clear about what we can and cannot achieve and not set expectations that we know we can’t reach given the constraints of the Constitution,” he said on CNN.
  • Ryan promised no immigration reform as long as Obama is president: “I don’t think we can trust the president on this issue,” he said on “Meet the Press.” “The president has proven himself untrustworthy on this issue because he tried to unilaterally rewrite the law himself.”

— Jeb pushed back on the idea that his campaign is in turmoil and he is perpetually frustrated during an appearance on “Meet the Press.” He distanced himself from the PowerPoint presentation, first published in The Daily 202, that outlined attacks on Marco Rubio. “That’s not a hopeful tactic,” Chuck Todd told Bush. “I didn’t see it,” Bush answered. “It’s your campaign…. You don’t know this memo? You don’t know this PowerPoint?” Todd asked. “I read about it when it was leaked, for sure,” Bush replied. “I didn’t know about the PowerPoint…. I want them to focus on winning New Hampshire, winning South Carolina, winning Iowa, winning Nevada.”

  • “Look, I know that I got to get better at doing the debate. I’m a grinder. I mean, when I see that I’m not doing something well then I reset and I get better.”
  • “I don’t believe in litmus tests, but I’m going to make sure that my appointments to the Supreme Court would have a consistent proven record of judicial restraint.”

— Meg Whitman, the current CEO of HP, explained why she’s not backing former HP CEO Carly Fiorina on CNN: “Because while I think business strengths are important, I also think having worked in government is an important part of the criteria, I think it’s very difficult for your first role in politics to be president of the United States. And so I think having experience in either the senate or as the governor of a state I think is really important. It’s just hard to be dropped down into Washington DC never having been in politics before. So I wanted to have someone who had some experience in politics.” Whitman, who was the GOP nominee for governor of California in 2010 when Fiorina was the Senate candidate, backs Chris Christie.

Fiorina, meanwhile, admitted on ABC that she was wrong when she said during last week’s GOP debate that 92 percent of the jobs lost during President Obama’s first term belonged to women.


D.C. law student takes case against Md. gerrymandering to Supreme Court,” by Robert Barnes: “Steve Shapiro recently pulled his first all-nighter in years. He worked until about 1 a.m. last month on an assignment for a class at American University’s Washington College of Law, where he is a first-semester 1L. From then until dawn, he pored over his brief due at the U.S. Supreme Court, where his battle against Maryland’s often-criticized gerrymandered congressional districts will be heard this week in a case that bears his name. At age 55, Shapiro is not the typical law school newbie; he’s more often mistaken for a professor. It was his decades-long fight with Maryland’s political leadership over redistricting that, in part, fueled his decision to leave his job as a career federal employee and enroll full time in law school.”

For Clinton, a challenge to keep black voters energized about her campaign,” by Vanessa Williams: “Clinton leads the Democratic field because of solid support from black voters — a constituency that she will need to keep committed and energized. … (Her Friday) visit to Atlanta to court African American voters made headlines when she encountered protesters shouting ‘Black lives matter!’ But those demonstrators are unlikely to sway Clinton’s electoral fate as much as voters such as Blondean Greene and Amber Jones, who best reflect the Democratic front-runner’s strengths and weaknesses with the party’s most loyal electorate. Greene, a retired public schoolteacher, is Team Hillary all the way. ‘The Clintons understand black people,’ she said. Jones, a senior at Clark Atlanta University, where Friday’s rally drew more than 2,000 people, is ‘intrigued’ by Bernie Sanders. But she wanted to hear what Clinton had to say.”

“Jeb Bush gave this community a black charter school. Then he moved on,” by Robert Samuels: “Recovering from an ego-bruising election loss, Bush was looking for chances to soften his image as a callous Republican who proclaimed he would do “probably nothing” as governor to help African Americans. A private citizen likely to run for governor again in 1998, Bush created the Liberty City Charter School as a way to educate black children from Miami’s poorest neighborhoods. The school would give him a way to mend ties with the black community while testing a controversial, conservative education theory that was drawing the ire of teachers unions. As he runs for president nearly two decades later, Bush points to his time working on the school as evidence of his early commitment to a reform agenda. … He points to the school’s opening as ‘one of the happiest, proudest moments of my life.'”

“Over time, Bush’s tightknit relationship with the school and his handpicked principal fizzled. After he won election as Florida governor, in part by touting the school, Bush stepped down from the board — a move his aides say avoided any perceptions of favoritism. He was unable to help he school overcome steep debt or help it resolve a dispute with the building’s landlord. By 2008, the year after Bush left office, local officials voted to close the school.”


–Pictures of the day:

The Obamas loved this baby’s pope costume, complete with popemobile, at the White House Halloween party:

Bernie Sanders trick-or-treated in Lebanon, NH:

From the road, Carly Fiorina shared a photo of her favorite Halloween candy:

Obama played with Ella Rhodes, daughter of deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes:

— Tweets of the day:

Donald Trump attacked Marco Rubio, particularly on immigration:

Ben Carson touted a $10 million month (although his cost of fundraising, which he did not disclose, has been high):

Paul Ryan announced he will sleep in his nicer new digs:

Ryan got votes of confidence from more Freedom Caucus members:

— Instagrams of the day:

Mike Huckabee said his campaign team ran out of clean clothes three days ago. “Glamour of a campaign: early Sunday morning we go to a coin op laundry in Sioux City, IA,” he wrote on Instagram:

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) went to New York to root for the Royals:

While Chuck Schumer rooted for the Mets:


New York Times, “If cancer becomes Biden cause, a bold but polarizing doctor is on call,” by Peter Baker: “One day last winter, desperate as his son fought for his life against a killer brain cancer, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his family reached out to one of America’s most famous, and controversial, doctors for help. The doctor, Patrick Soon-Shiong, a billionaire medical entrepreneur and investor who made a fortune developing an important cancer drug and now has broader ambitions for fighting cancer, flew to Washington from California to meet with the vice president’s family. That would open a series of meetings over time with the vice president as well as with Beau Biden, the ailing son. In the end, Beau Biden died of cancer in May. But the vice president and the cancer doctor have developed a relationship that is powering the next stage of Mr. Biden’s public life. Having concluded that he did not have enough time to defeat Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, Mr. Biden is instead embarking on a campaign perhaps more daunting: finally defeating cancer.”

The News and Observer, “McCrory brokered meeting on contract for friend and campaign donor,” by Joseph Neff, Craig Jarvis and Ames Alexander: North Carolina “Gov. Pat McCrory personally intervened on behalf of a friend and major political donor who wanted to renew $3 million in private prison contracts over the objections of McCrory’s top prison officials, records and interviews show. Graeme Keith Sr., a Charlotte developer and retired banker once known as ‘Billy Graham’s banker,’ has aggressively pursued private maintenance contracts in state prisons since 1999. Keith’s contracts at two prisons were set to expire Dec. 31, 2014; a third would have ended four months later. The governor convened an October 2014 meeting in Charlotte, where, according to a Department of Public Safety memo, Keith told prison officials and McCrory that he had been working on this project ‘private prison maintenance’ for over ten (10) years and during that time had given a lot of money to candidates running for public office and it was now time for him to get something in return. After prison officials said they were uncomfortable with the tenor of the meeting, McCrory ended the meeting and referred the matter to his state budget director. Lee Roberts then worked out an 11th-hour extension that culminated in an exchange of testy text messages among the governor’s top appointees the night of Dec. 30, one day before the contract was to expire.”

Miami Herald, “Miami lawmaker signals fading support for special rules for Cuban immigrants,” by Megan O’Matz and Sally Kestin: “The longest-serving Cuban-American in Congress may be easing her staunch support for the preferential immigration law for Cubans, saying ‘it wouldn’t break my heart if it is done away with.’ Miami Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has been one of the most stalwart defenders of the Cuban Adjustment Act but said those who now exploit it by quickly returning to Cuba are ‘not in fear of persecution’ and ‘should not have the privilege.’ Appearing on Facing South Florida with Jim DeFede, Ros-Lehtinen said a Sun Sentinel investigation opened her eyes to welfare abuses by recent Cuban arrivals who are collecting U.S. assistance and returning to Cuba. ‘They’re coming here and they’re taking welfare benefits when they’ve never worked in the United States, they’ve never contributed to the greatness of our nation, and they’re taking their money and going to Cuba,’ Ros-Lehtinen told DeFede. ‘That has got to stop.'”

Associated Press, “Hundreds of officers lose licenses over sexual misconduct,” by Matt Sedensky and Nooman Menchant: “In a yearlong investigation of sexual misconduct by U.S. law enforcement about 1,000 officers lost their badges in a six-year period for rape, sodomy and other sexual assault; sex crimes that included possession of child pornography; or sexual misconduct such as propositioning citizens or having consensual but prohibited on-duty intercourse. The number is unquestionably an undercount because it represents only those officers whose licenses to work in law enforcement were revoked, and not all states take such action. California and New York — with several of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies — offered no records because they have no statewide system to decertify officers for misconduct. And even among states that provided records, some reported no officers removed for sexual misdeeds even though cases were identified via news stories or court records.”


Obama, FBI director spar over the ‘Ferguson effect’ on police. From The Hill: “The question of whether police are reluctant to enforce the law because they are afraid of being videotaped has become the subject of fierce debate … FBI Director James Comey, a Republican, amplified the argument twice over the past week, suggesting anti-police sentiment fueled by the killings of unarmed black men in places such as Ferguson, Mo., has resulted in a crime spike … Obama pushed back against that idea.”


Fiorina responds to ‘The View’ hosts’ comments about her face. From TPM: “Fiorina responded Sunday to … hosts on ‘The View’ [who] said her face during the CNBC debate Wednesday ‘looked demented’ and compared her appearance to a Halloween mask … ‘Conservative women, from Sarah Palin to Michele Bachmann to Carly Fiorina, are long used to this,” Fiorina said on Fox News Sunday. ‘It will not stop me. It will not scare me.'”


— What’s happening today on the campaign trail: Ben Carson stops in Tallahassee, The Villages and Orlando, Fla., as part of his book tour. Rand Paul rallies supporters in Durham, N.H. In Iowa, John Kasich campaigns in Des Moines while Rick Santorum stops in Davenport and Marshalltown. Mike Huckabee will his his paperwork to appear on the Arkansas ballot with the Secretary of State in Little Rock (he’ll hold a noon CT avail in the state capitol rotunda) before addressing the Republican Party of Arkansas’ “Raise the Roof” rally in the evening.

— On the Hill: The Senate is out until tomorrow. The House meets at 2 p.m. for legislative business and 6:30 p.m. for votes.

— At the White House: President Obama travels to Newark, N.J., to highlight the ways formerly incarcerated individuals are working to restart their lives. Obama visits Integrity House, a residential facility, and convenes a roundtable discussion at Rutgers University, where he will also deliver a statement. In the afternoon, Obama travels to New York, N.Y. to deliver remarks at DCCC and DNC events. The DNC rented out the full 1,319-seat theater for a special 5 p.m. showing of “Hamilton,” and Obama will speak to the crowd afterward. Then he returns to D.C.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I am quite bereft that I lost the emoticons from my latest old new berry. Is there anyway I can add them?” — Hillary Clinton to top aides, in one of the messages released by the State Department Friday night


We’re off to a gray start, but a very mild first week of November. Today’s highs will be in the upper 60s, the Capital Weather Gang reports. “Unusually mild weather accompanies the first full week of November but it’s not without a couple complications.  The first comes today, as low pressure scoots to our south. Most of the rain should miss, but it comes close.  Then on Thursday, low level flow off the ocean could keep us cool and damp at least for part of the day.  Otherwise, we’ll see lots of lovely, unseasonably mild weather before a cold front arrives Saturday.”

Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer will retire at the end of this season after 29 years as the Hokies’ head man.

A new Post poll shows stark racial divide in Marylanders view of police. Paul Schwartzman and Scott Clement: “With the Freddie Gray trial set to begin later this month, the poll finds that a majority of Marylanders endorse the Baltimore city prosecutor’s decision to file charges against six police officers who had custody of Gray in April when he suffered a fatal injury. The survey found that African Americans are far more likely than whites to view police as generally responsible for violent encounters with the public. Whites, according to the poll, are more likely to blame the person whom the police are apprehending.”


Watch Bernie Sanders’s first TV ad, a 60-second, high-energy biographical spot. It will air statewide in Iowa and New Hampshire as part of a $2 million buy:

Check out Dana Carvey’s amazing Donald Trump impression:

The White House recaps its Halloween celebrations:

Hillary Clinton interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters at a campaign event:

Stephen Colbert said the biggest loser of last week’s debate was “everyone”:

Jimmy Kimmel made fun of the CNBC debate for sounding like an episode of “The View”:

In memory of Fred Thompson, C-SPAN has two of his campaign commercials from his 1994 Senate campaign. Watch here.