PRESENTED BY the Stop The HIT Coalition
Good morning! Here’s your Daily News for Tuesday, December 4.
1. Bush lies in state.
- I hope you were able to watch yesterday as the casket of President George H.W. Bush was brought into the Capitol Rotunda.
- Vice President Mike Pence and Congressional leaders gathered to pay tribute to the former president and mourn with the Bush family. President Trump paid his respects later upon his return from Argentina.
- If you weren’t able to watch it, you can view it in full HERE.
- Also worth watching is the 60 Minutes program on Bush, with interviews with Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.
- And finally, this piece from Jonah Goldberg is one of the best tributes I’ve read about the former president.
- Here’s an excerpt, referencing Bush’s military service…
“Bush didn’t like to talk about the experience. Even when it would have helped him politically, as when he was running against an Arkansas governor who assiduously avoided the draft, or when elite journalists described him as a “wimp.”
“He told his speechwriters to leave out the details of his own war stories, partly because he didn’t want to seem boastful, but mostly because he didn’t want to cry.”
- Read the full piece HERE.
2. Gingrich speaks at ALFA, Parnell reelected.
- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich delighted the crowd at the Alabama Farmers Federation Annual Meeting Monday.
- He spoke about the many conservative federal judges President Trump has been able to appoint, as well as his tenacity to break the mold of a typical Washington politician which is what made him win from the beginning.
- Gingrich was well-received by those in attendance as he defended Trump and attacked the “liberal elite.”
- He described the Mueller investigation as just being another ploy in the “destroy Trump project” that liberals have created in Washington.
- ADN’s Caroline Beck was there and spoke to several in attendance, including State Rep. Matt Fridy and State Sen. Randy Price. The lawmakers talked about the positive impact ALFA has for Alabama’s farmers, as well as what issues they expect to come up in the legislative session.
- Earlier in the day, Federation President Jimmy Parnell was reelected to a fourth term leading the organization.
- Read all that in Caroline’s story HERE.
A Message from the Stop The HIT Coalition
- The Stop The HIT Coalition thanks Senator Doug Jones for protecting Alabama small businesses, middle-class families and seniors from the 2020 Health Insurance Tax.
- This costly, unfair and hidden tax increases the cost of health insurance in the small business market, needlessly stifles economic growth and should be repealed.
- Senator Jones joined a bipartisan group in urging Senate leadership to prioritize urgent cost savings for hardworking Alabamians before the tax returns.
- Thank Senator Jones for working for Alabama small businesses and families by supporting efforts to stop the 2020 Health Insurance Tax.
3. Bradford family, lawyers accuse police of ‘coverup’.
- Erron Brown, the suspect in the Thanksgiving night Galleria shooting, has been returned to Alabama and booked in the Jefferson County jail.
- Carol Robinson reports that Brown is charged with the attempted murder of Brian Wilson. Police say the two men got in an altercation and Brown shot Wilson.
- Police responding to the scene shot and killed E.J. Bradford, who was reportedly not a part of the altercation.
- Protests over Bradford’s killing continued this week with Jesse Jackson joining the family’s lawyers in a heated press conference yesterday.
- They presented private autopsy results showing Bradford was shot in the back and accused police of a “coverup” for not releasing video footage.
- ALEA is still investigating the incident and has said releasing footage prematurely could hamper eye witness testimony.
- That story from Jay Reeves HERE.
4. Prison trouble.
- An inmate was stabbed to death and another was critically injured in two outbreaks of violence at a south Alabama prison Sunday night.
- The Alabama Department of Corrections said the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore remained on lockdown Monday during an investigation.
- 29-year-old Vaquerro Kinjuan Armstrong was fatally stabbed after an altercation with another inmate.
- Eight inmates have been fatally stabbed in state prisons since January.
- Also, a high-ranking Alabama prison official has retired in the midst of a misconduct investigation.
- The Department of Corrections said Monday that Associate Commissioner Grantt Culliver has retired after being on leave for several months.
- The department announced in September that Culliver had been placed on leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
- Corrections spokesman Bob Horton said the findings have been sent to the Alabama Ethics Commission for review. The department did not disclose the nature of the allegations and said it would have no additional comment.
- Culliver was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of male correctional facilities. He has served as warden at Holman Correctional Facility.
- Read more HERE.
5. News Briefs.
Marsh names Derek Trotter Chief of Staff
- Alabama State Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) has hired Derek Trotter as his chief of staff.
- Trotter returns to the Pro Tem’s office after a stint in the Governor’s legislative office and in the private sector.
- “Every member of the Alabama Senate has a shared commitment to serving their constituents to the best of their ability and I look forward to working with them in an effort to make Alabama an even better place to live, work and raise a family,” he said.
- Derek is a native of Trussville and a graduate of Auburn University. He and his wife Kala reside in Pike Road with their two children.
- Congrats, Derek!
Giles Perkins Dies
- Sad News: Giles Perkins, a lawyer and Democratic political consultant has died. He was 51.
- Perkins helped guide U.S. Sen. Doug Jones’ campaign to victory in Alabama last year.
- In a Monday statement, Jones mourned the loss of his dear friend. Jones said anyone who crossed paths with Perkins “saw his passion for making our state — and the entire South — the best version of itself.”
- Story HERE.
Many Migrants Dead or Missing
- In the past four years alone, almost 4,000 people have died or gone missing along the migration route from Central America through Mexico to the U.S. border.
- That’s 1,573 more than the previously known number, calculated by the United Nations. And even that might be low because families may not report missing loved ones who were migrating illegally.
- While migrants everywhere face risks, the Mexico route holds the added danger of drug trafficking and gang violence.
- More than 37,000 people have gone missing throughout Mexico because of this violence, with the highest number in the border state of Tamaulipas, through which many migrants cross.
- The sheer numbers of the disappeared, along with crushing bureaucracy and the fear of gangs, makes it difficult for families to track what happened to their loved ones.
- Full story HERE.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Newt Gingrich speaks at ALFA dinner; Parnell reelected
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – VIDEO: Solemn public pays tribute to Bush before dawn in rotunda
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Marsh names Derek Trotter Chief of Staff
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama consultant who helped guide Dem Senate victory dies
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Exam: Black man killed by officer shot 3 times in back
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Prison official retires during investigation
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama inmate fatally stabbed, another critically injured
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – December 3, 2018
AL.COM – Hoover mall shooting: Protests continue at Hoover city council meeting, Sam’s Club
AL.COM – Newt Gingrich says Donald Trump not through ‘kicking over the table’
AL.COM – Galleria mall shooting suspect Erron Brown returned to Alabama from Georgia.
AL.COM – Hoover will not release mall shooting video, details due to request from state investigators.
AL.COM – Hoover mall shooting: Protests continue at Hoover city council meeting, Sam’s Club.
AL.COM – Prison system entering $10 million contract with project team.
AL.COM – Alabama may soon have hands-free law that bans holding phone while driving.
AL.COM – Columnist Kyle Whitmire: How to fix Alabama’s public records scofflaws: Lock them up.
AL.COM – Columnist Dana McCain: Politics through an Advent lens.
AL.COM – How an Alabama gun case could help or hurt Paul Manafort.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Letters give tantalizing hint of what might be found in Montgomery time capsule
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Giles Perkins dies at 51; attorney helped lead Doug Jones campaign.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Maxwell forms group in hopes of improving education options for military families.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Police searching for suspected credit card thief
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Police ID 14-year-old killed in hit-and-run following gunfire
DOTHAN EAGLE – City to apply for $100,000 grant that would expand Forever Wild Trails by 4 miles
DOTHAN EAGLE – Tornado confirmed in western Dothan; Wicksburg, Houston County schools suffer minor damage
DOTHAN EAGLE – God in Shoes Spa Day gives a lift to women who need it
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Ruling ends Alabama-based Eternal Word Television Network’s court fight over Health and Human Services mandate
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Rogers objects to major agreement supporting Alabama’s aerospace industry
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Del Marsh hires new chief of staff
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Taylorville Baptist prepares drive-through Nativity scene
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – University of Alabama offers children’s book sale this week
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Tua Tagovailoa among 3 finalists for Heisman Trophy
DECATUR DAILY – Grinch strikes in Decatur: Thieves take equipment from shoe repairman, 82
DECATUR DAILY – Company could bring 50 jobs to vacant Delphi building
DECATUR DAILY – Bearl Whitsett, who ’embodied the Austin community,’ dies at 83
TIMES DAILY – Keith Davis approved as new Sheffield superintendent
TIMES DAILY – City may evaluate Pope’s Tavern foundation
TIMES DAILY – Fatal fire starts during standoff with suspect
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – McDonald retiring from OPD, Chance to become chie
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Kiwanis names Vick 2018 citizen of year award
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Positive publicity brings visitors to Candyland from near, far in 1st weekend [with gallery]
THE ANNISTON STAR – Anniston man charged in November domestic violence incident
THE ANNISTON STAR – Cleburne courthouse roof needs costly repairs, commission hears
THE ANNISTON STAR – Cancer takes heavy toll on Jacksonville family
GADSDEN TIMES – At Capitol, Bush saluted as ‘gentle soul,’ ‘great man’
GADSDEN TIMES – Birmingham man struck, killed by vehicle on I-759
GADSDEN TIMES – Exam: Black man killed by officer shot 3 times in back
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Opelika woman wanted in domestic-violence murder case arrested Sunday
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Police reports from Dec. 3
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – 2018 Holiday Lighting Ceremony proceeds benefit Project Uplift
CULLMAN TIMES – Ordinance change for multi-family dwellings recommended
CULLMAN TIMES – 1 child dead, 45 people hurt in Arkansas charter bus crash
CULLMAN TIMES – Emma Wright crowned Miss Wallace State 2019
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – A joyous night: Pelham comes together for tree lighting ceremony
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Shelby County dubbed ‘most generous’ county
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Braveheart Challenge obstacle race coming to OMSP
THE MADISON RECORD – Country singer Craig Morgan invites Madison vets to Dickson parade
THE MADISON RECORD – Butch Patrick of hit show ‘The Munsters’ to visit Madison tomorrow
THE MADISON RECORD – Madison church members reflect on experiences with Hurricane Michael relief
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Murder plea entered in fire death
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Holiday Toy Drive needs last-minute donations
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Christmas spirit in Oakman
NEW YORK TIMES – Trade Truce Helps Lift Wynn’s Stock
NEW YORK TIMES – The Race Is On to Protect Data From the Next Leap in Computers. And China Has the Lead.
NEW YORK TIMES – Why Michael Cohen, Trump’s Fixer, Confessed to It All
WASHINGTON POST – Uncertainty surrounds White House agreements on trade with China, North America
WASHINGTON POST – North Carolina election-fraud investigation centers on operative with criminal history who worked for GOP congressional candidate
WASHINGTON POST – George H.W. Bush makes his last journey to Washington
USA TODAY – George H.W. Bush leaves mixed record on race, civil rights
USA TODAY – Death toll drops to 85 at Camp Fire; 11 people remain missing
USA TODAY – Americans continued ugly breakup with passenger cars in November as auto sales decline
POLITICO – Full text: Pence’s speech about George H.W. Bush
POLITICO – Lawyers for Trump seek to punish Stormy Daniels
POLITICO – Stacey Abrams eyeing Senate, governor campaign