PRESENTED BY the Stop The HIT Coalition
Good morning! Here’s your Daily News for Wednesday, November 28.
1. Lame duck task: fund the government.
- Counting today, Congress has ten days to figure out how to fund the government.
- A continuing resolution keeping agencies funded at last year’s levels expires on December 7, meaning those agencies would run out of money if action isn’t taken.
- But, unlike previous shutdown scenarios, this one would be only partial.
- Congress already funded five of the twelve appropriations titles – including the massive Defense and Labor/Education/HHS/ ones – thanks to the budget deal Sen. Richard Shelby negotiated in August.
- Homeland Security; Agriculture/FDA; Commerce/Justice/Science; Financial Services; Interior/Environment; Transportation/HUD; and State/Foreign Ops remain.
- Of course, Homeland Security is the bugaboo because that’s where wall funding goes.
- President Trump wants $5 billion for the wall, and Republicans sound confident and dug in on delivering that. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says Democrats are willing to agree to $1.6 billion for “border security” and didn’t put a hard no on more.
- For his sake, Trump needs to get a deal done before the end of the year because he loses the Republican majority in the House come January.
- Interestingly, the rhetoric from GOP leaders McCarthy and Scalise reads as if they are already learning how to be a loyal opposition minority.
- Get that full story, plus the tweets from Manu Raju who interviewed Schumer, HERE.
2. More on infrastructure.
- You may have heard infrastructure funding is going to be a big topic in this upcoming legislative session.
- Lots has been written about the issue and lots more will be! That’s because it’s important and complicated.
- In today’s Advertiser, Brian Lyman gets into some of those complicating factors.
- First, it’s not all interstates and overpasses. Smaller county and city projects are big needs, too. And those contingencies tend to have lots of influence with their state lawmakers. How the eventual legislation deals with local allocation of funding will be decisive.
- Second, they might be a smaller minority, but Democrats still have plenty of votes and they could make a difference if Republicans end up divided over some sticking point.
- Brian has helpful input from Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter, Minority Leader Anthony Daniels, Sen. Cam Ward, Association of County Commissions Executive Director Sonny Brasfield and League of Municipalities Director of Advocacy Greg Cochran, plus some important context from where the asphalt hits the dirt in Butler County.
- Give his story a read HERE.
A Message from the Stop The HIT Coalition
- Sen. Doug Jones: Don’t let Alabama small businesses and middle-class families get sacked by the 2020 Health Insurance Tax.
- Absent immediate action, the 2020 Health Insurance Tax will begin penalizing hardworking Alabamians on January 1, 2020 by driving up their cost of care as much as $450.
- Sen. Jones can help score lower premiums for Alabama’s 765,000 small business employees by supporting bipartisan legislation (S. 3063) to block the HIT in 2020.
- Ask Sen. Jones to help take S. 3063 to the end zone and support legislation to stop the 2020 Health Insurance Tax.
3. Health coverage isn’t following job growth.
- The conventional wisdom was that, as Alabama added jobs and increased wages, the rolls of the state’s Medicaid program would decrease.
- Makes sense, right? The more people who have jobs can get healthcare through work or afford it on their own. And Alabama is experiencing record low unemployment and record high employment! (Yes, those are different things)
- The trouble is, it’s not happening. At least not yet.
- That’s the story from Mary Sell, a veteran of the Capital Press Corps who is now writing for Carol Nunnelly’s independent startup Birmingham Watch.
- Fewer employers are offering insurance. Some jobs people are taking don’t pay enough to disqualify them for Medicaid. And, for those jobs that do pay enough to disqualify but don’t offer insurance, there’s a transitional period allowing beneficiaries to keep Medicaid coverage for 18 months. All these are factors at play.
- The situation creates a problem for the state’s budget writers in the Legislature who annually have to figure out how to fund the state’s barebones Medicaid program.
- Sen. Arthur Orr and Rep. Lynn Greer both acknowledge the problem at hand and discuss what they are seeing in more detail.
- Give her full story a read HERE.
4. Hoover protests move to mayor’s house.
- Protests over the police shooting of E.J. Bradford moved from the state highway to a neighborhood street Tuesday. Specifically, the street of Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato.
- The gathering outside Brocato’s home seemed to stem from several activists who had attended a memorial service at 16th Street Baptist Church in Downtown Birmingham.
- The group was intent on disrupting the mayor and his neighbors until they believe justice is done in the matter of the Thanksgiving Galleria shooting. Their message was “if we’re not comfortable, you can’t be comfortable.”
- ALEA is conducting an investigation of the shooting, including video from Hoover Police body cameras and the mall.
- Some activists hurled more provocative language at the mayor and at police, with one calling officers “domestic terrorists” and telling a black officer he “should be ashamed of himself.”
- Sean Ross from YellowHammer was there. So were Howard Koplowitz and Jonce Starr Dunnigan from AL.com.
- A camera crew from WBRC Fox 6 was also on hand and caught much of the action on video.
5. Skip Tucker: A Damn Yankee on the Slurry Line?
- Skip Tucker is back this week with more of his tales from Walker County.
- If you read Skip’s fun Halloween-themed stories from Old Pisgah Graveyard, you’ll remember the lovable troublemaker “D.T.”
- This time D.T. has some interesting run-ins with the law, plus a November interaction with a northern engineer who was down in Walker County working the coal mines.
- Southerners are hospitable, but don’t take kindly to condescension. Thus is was with D.T.
- Here’s an excerpt:
“With the kindness of careful condescension, the engineer stated pompously that engineers could read topography like a map and furthermore that he did not suffer fools lightly. He was glad for the companionship, he assured, but asked in a kindly, measure tone that they not hamper him.
“Shouldn’t have done that. D.T. resented it.
“In a fell swoop, the engineer went in D.T.’s watchful estimation from merely being a yankee, to be pitied more than despised, to a Damn Yankee and that meant a new ballgame with fewer parameters. But it was company business and D.T. just smiled a snaky smile and shook the victim’s hand.
“A half-hour later, deep into the woods, hills and hollows, D.T.’s compass went wonky…”
- Read the full column from ADN Featured Columnist Skip Tucker HERE.
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ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Mueller accuses Manafort of breaking plea agreement by lying
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – How the ‘Project New World’ Mazda-Toyota site search ended in Alabama
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – November 27, 2018
AL.COM – Protest at Hoover mayor’s house follows tearful gathering for E.J. Bradford
AL.COM – ‘We will shut down Hoover if we have to,’ Alabama mall shooting protest organizer says.
AL.COM – Truck driver killed in crash with tractor on Alabama 20
AL.COM – Former Sumter County sheriff pleads guilty to corruption, drug charges.
AL.COM – Birmingham has second-highest percentage of single parents in U.S.
AL.COM – Mercedes-Benz accepting applications for training programs.
AL.COM – What GM’s layoffs could mean for Alabama’s auto industry.
AL.COM – Bradley Byrne talks to Jeff Sessions about Senate run.
AL.COM – Alabama 2020 Senate race named 1 of 5 most competitive in U.S.
AL.COM – Westervelt to build Clarke County mill, to employ 125.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Amid road problems, Alabama legislators consider gas tax
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Facing sewage crisis, Black Belt town to receive $23 million from USDA
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Montgomery’s Kirk Jay feeling ‘Dixieland Delight’ at moving into the top 10 on ‘The Voice’
DOTHAN EAGLE – Centers in Gordon, Slocomb ease process of applying for low-interest disaster relief loans.
DOTHAN EAGLE – Centers in Gordon, Slocomb ease process of applying for low-interest disaster relief loans
DOTHAN EAGLE – Woman accused of leaving dead infant in motel room freezer seeks bond reduction
DOTHAN EAGLE – Police: ‘Slow down, be cautious this holiday season’
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – ‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters take to Hoover mayor’s house
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Carnival cruise ship to continue docking in Mobile
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Dale Jackson: Looks like Rep. Byrne is running for US Senate; Likely not to face another sitting congressman
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Ex-Sumter sheriff pleads guilty to criminal charges
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Longtime Tuscaloosa County teacher Brandi Bishop dies
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Demopolis man charged with manslaughter
DECATUR DAILY – Mars probe landing is another ULA success
DECATUR DAILY – Athens’ Scout Music House in final phase of restoration
DECATUR DAILY – Multi-use trail, road projects around the new Austin High move forward
DECATUR DAILY – Decatur firefighters rescue woman from overturned car in creek
TIMES DAILY – 2 rescued from fire that destroyed old house
TIMES DAILY – Commission answers in regards to board appointments
TIMES DAILY – Renovations won’t slow tag sales
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – DynCorp plans local facility
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Red Level man’s questions may net regulations for mushrooms
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Controlled burns in Conecuh set this week
TROY MESSENGER – Road department ‘protects taxpayers’ with CDL policy change
TROY MESSENGER – Ramping back up: Bulldogs preparing quickly for upcoming season
TROY MESSENGER – ‘SACRED GROUND’: TRMC cuts ribbon on new Cancer Center
THE ANNISTON STAR – Randolph Park Elementary students try sweet experiments
THE ANNISTON STAR – Jacksonville lights up square for the Christmas season
THE ANNISTON STAR – Heflin adds restrictions to clean-yard ordinance
ANNISTON STAR – In Alabama, everyone’s waiting on Jeff Sessions.
GADSDEN TIMES – Council discusses vineyard rezoning, remembers Echols
GADSDEN TIMES – Commission considering new pay schedule
GADSDEN TIMES – Parades, tree lightings, other festivities on tap
GADSDEN TIMES – Education chief: Student loan debt becoming a ‘crisis’.
GADSDEN TIMES – Past time for Moore’s sacrifice to be acknowledged
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Giving Tuesday: A guide to participating local organizations
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Police seek help in locating suspect in domestic violence shooting case
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – I-85 upgrades on Exit 60 bridges get county support
CULLMAN TIMES – Arrests, incidents reports for Nov. 26, 2018
CULLMAN TIMES – Good Hope leaders provide support for robotics team
CULLMAN TIMES – Council approves trio of alcohol licenses
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Column: Yancey deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – A coach worth remembering: Fred Yancey retires as Briarwood head coach
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – ACS dismissing early Dec. 5, starting late Dec. 6 for 7A title game
THE MADISON RECORD – MPD searching for suspect in Sunday night robbery
THE MADISON RECORD – Madison Behavior Therapy becomes first ABA provider in the state to receive BHCOE accreditation
THE MADISON RECORD – Madison City Council honors Girl Scouts, offers condolences for loss of Capt. Kamus
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Oakman students decorate ornaments for town Christmas tree
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Eldridge Toy Run set for Saturday
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – HEAL snack challenge at Jasper High
NEW YORK TIMES – The Number of Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S. Has Dropped, a Study Says. Here Are 5 Takeaways
NEW YORK TIMES – Manafort’s Lawyer Said to Brief Trump Attorneys on What He Told Mueller
NEW YORK TIMES – Trump Lobs Insults at Special Counsel One Day After Prosecutors Say Manafort Lied
NEW YORK TIMES – Roger Stone Sought WikiLeaks’ Plans Amid 2016 Campaign, Associate Says
WASHINGTON POST – Trump slams Fed chair, questions climate change and threatens to cancel Putin meeting in wide-ranging interview with The Post
WASHINGTON POST – Mississippi runoff: Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith wins racially charged election over Democrat Mike Espy
WASHINGTON POST – Fact-checking President Trump’s interview with The Washington Post
USA TODAY – Cindy Hyde-Smith defeats Democrat Mike Espy, becomes first Mississippi woman elected to Congress
USA TODAY – Report: Paul Manafort has been giving Trump’s legal team updates on what Mueller asks
USA TODAY – Quitting alcohol can be deadly: Hundreds in the US die each year
POLITICO – Trump: ‘I don’t do anything … just for political gain.’
POLITICO – Trump trashed new Pompeo aide as ‘major loser’
POLITICO – Kushner makes White House policy power play
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