Daily News Digest – February 12, 2020

Daily News Digest – February 12, 2020

Presented by

Stop The HIT Coalition

Good morning!
Here’s your Daily News for Wednesday, February 12.



1. Poll shows tight Senate race

With less than three weeks to go until the primary election on March 3, a new Alabama Daily News/WBRC/WAFF poll shows a tight race among Republican contenders for the U.S. Senate.
We worked with Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy to conduct a survey of Alabama voters with samples of both the general electorate and likely Republican primary voters.
By my reading of the Senate race numbers, there are two basic conclusions:
  1. Nobody is running away with the GOP nomination, meaning it is still very much up for grabs; and
  2. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones faces pretty long odds for re-election no matter who the GOP nominates.
See the full results along with perspective from pollster Brad Coker HERE .
Tomorrow’s poll numbers: Alabama Supreme Court Place One, the education constitutional amendment and opinions on a state lottery.



2. U.S. Chamber to endorse Coleman

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today will endorse Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman in the race for Congress in Alabama’s 2nd District, Alabama Daily News has learned.
  • Coleman had already been endorsed by the Chamber’s state affiliate, the Business Council of Alabama. BCA rarely gets involved in federal races, but Chairman John Mazyck said Coleman had a “true commitment to supporting common sense, pro-jobs policies” and that the organization would be “rallying” networks of job creators to support his candidacy.
  • Current Congresswoman Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, announced last year she would not be seeking a sixth term in the House of Representatives. Roby enjoyed the support of the U.S. Chamber during her campaigns for office, which sometimes included significant advertising from the group’s political arm.
  • Five candidates are competing with Coleman for the Republican nomination, including former Attorney General Troy King, Prattville businesswoman Jessica Taylor, former State Rep. Barry Moore, Montgomery electrician Bob Rogers and former Bush administration staffer Terri Hasdorff.
  • Read more HERE.






A message from

Stop The HIT Coalition

Stop The HIT Coalition applauds Senator Doug Jones for:
  • Working across the aisle to repeal the Health Insurance Tax
  • Supporting small businesses
  • Fighting to provide cost savings to 765,000 hardworking Alabamians and millions of Americans across the country
Repeal of the Health Insurance Tax will provide annual cost savings of approximately $500 per family to small business owners and their employees, middle-income families and seniors.
Thank Senator Doug Jones  for supporting Alabama Small Businesses and Families.





3. Senate panel debates monuments bill

  • A state lawmaker wants to increase penalties for cities that violate the state’s law protecting Confederate monuments, but others are concerned about creating financial burdens for smaller cities and the lack of an appeal process.
  • Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, said he introduced the bill in order to preserve the state’s history.
  • Under current law, cities could be fined $25,000 total for violating the 2017 Alabama Memorial Preservation Act. Under Allen’s Senate Bill 127, cities could be fined $10,000 per day for violations with no limit on the number of fines.
  • “How can you tell the complete story by taking away, by whitewashing, by doing away with something, that really you can learn something from it,” Allen said.
  • During the public hearing on the bill in the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, Earl Hilliard Jr, the senior director of governmental affairs for the City of Birmingham, spoke out against the bill and said it doesn’t take into account the cultural concerns that monuments, like a Confederate monument, can bring to a city that is majority African-American.
  • “You’re telling them that ‘I know you find this offensive, I know this is an anachronism to all of the things you stand for, and it says that you shouldn’t be here that you shouldn’t have the right to do these things, but we have to keep it there,'” Hilliard said.
  • Read the full story from ADN’s Caroline Beck HERE.



4. House passes occupational tax slow down mechanism

  • Alabama cities would be prohibited from enacting new occupational taxes without legislative permission, under a proposal approved Tuesday by the House of Representatives.
  • Lawmakers voted 74-27 for the bill that now moves to the Alabama Senate. The measure comes as the city of Montgomery explores the possibility of creating a 1% occupational tax.
  • The bill by Republican Rep. Chris Sells of Greenville would prohibit cities from enacting occupational taxes through their city councils. Local occupational taxes could still be enacted but would require the approval of a local bill in the Alabama Legislature.
  • The bill would not impact any existing occupational taxes.
  • Read more from Kim Chandler HERE.


5. Sanders edges Buttigieg in NH, giving Dems 2 front-runners

  • Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire’s presidential primary, edging moderate rival Pete Buttigieg and scoring the first clear victory in the Democratic Party’s chaotic 2020 nomination fight.
  • In his Tuesday night win, the 78-year-old Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, beat back a strong challenge from the 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana. The dueling Democrats represent different generations, see divergent paths to the nomination and embrace conflicting visions of America’s future.
  • As Sanders and Buttigieg celebrated, Amy Klobuchar scored an unexpected third-place finish that gives her a road out of New Hampshire as the primary season moves on to the string of state-by-state contests that lie ahead.
  • Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden posted disappointing fourth and fifth place finishes respectively and were on track to finish with zero delegates from the state.
  • The New Hampshire vote gives new clarity to a Democratic contest shaping up to be a battle between two men separated by four decades in age and clashing political ideologies.
  • Full story HERE.




ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – New Alabama poll shows tight race for U.S. Senate


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – U.S. Chamber of Commerce to endorse Jeff Coleman for Congress


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Senate panel debates monuments bill


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – House limit cities’ ability to levy occupation taxes


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Inside Mike Bloomberg’s big play for black voters


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Sanders edges Buttigieg in NH, giving Dems 2 front-runners


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Port of Mobile expansion gets $274.3M federal funding


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump leads Democratic contenders in Alabama poll


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Lawmaker: Longer summer breaks would help workforce


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – New Hampshire hopes to clarify unsettled Democratic contest


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – February 11, 2020


AL.COM  – Report: More than a quarter of Alabama’s rural hospitals at high risk of closure


AL.COM  – Alabama 2nd Amendment group sues Sumiton over gun-free Frog Festival


AL.COM  – U.S. Steel’s Fairfield electric arc furnace nearing completion


AL.COM  – Alabama scientists imagine colored, fireproof and bacteria-resistant cotton


AL.COM  – ‘No rapists in Alabama politics,’ protesters chant as Moore puts monument in his office


AL.COM  – Mobile ship channel project receives crucial federal funding; project to begin this year


Montgomery Advertiser – Alabama State University freshman killed in Semmes shooting, brothers charged


Montgomery Advertiser – Montgomery police identify Sandra Street homicide victim


Montgomery Advertiser – Alabama State University freshman killed in Semmes shooting, brothers charged


YellowHammer News – Alabama Weather Center changes name, location on University of South Alabama campus


YellowHammer News – Bill that would exempt disabled vets from paying issuance fees on license plates gets out of committee


YellowHammer News – Alabama’s Brasher confirmed by U.S. Senate to U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit


Dothan Eagle – Rehobeth woman charged with robbing woman near downtown Dothan post office


Dothan Eagle – Yang, who created buzz with freedom dividend, ends 2020 bid


Dothan Eagle – Man faces domestic violence charge after striking ex’s new boyfriend with flatiron


Tuscaloosa News – Historic rain wreaks havoc in Tuscaloosa


Tuscaloosa News – Mayor criticizes Alabama law protecting Confederate monument


Tuscaloosa News – Texas asks Supreme Court to repeal a California travel ban


Decatur Daily – DU reports 4.8M gallons of sewer overflows last week, 6.5M for year


Decatur Daily – Decatur selects top elementary, secondary teachers


Decatur Daily – Judge denies Patterson’s effort to get access to grand jury documents


Times Daily – Traffic stop leads to arrest of sex offender


Times Daily – 2 denied parole, 2 up today


Times Daily – Help Center Food Pantry expands hours


Gadsden Times – Jones’ sales tax break on groceries among many bills offered


Gadsden Times – Do you know this man? Boaz police need your help


Gadsden Times – Doctor found guilty of child porn charges


Anniston Star – Spurred by council vote, Piedmont business owners, residents meet to discuss city improvement


Anniston Star – Atlanta company to open new gas station near I-20 exit 185


Anniston Star – Anniston to take animals to Pell City, but space may be limited


Troy Messenger – Drone ban considered over city property


Troy Messenger – Illegal roadside dumping of trash a criminal offense


Troy Messenger – Salvation Army still selling camp stew


Opelika-Auburn News – Auburn to hand out free trees Feb. 22


Opelika-Auburn News – Investigators seek info about Salem cemetery damage


Opelika-Auburn News – Lee County names its new EMA director


Daily Mountain Eagle – Local pastor writes book on biblical foundation of churches


Daily Mountain Eagle – ‘Walker County Roundtable’ debuts on Facebook


Daily Mountain Eagle – Coal truck overturns in south Walker


Trussville Tribune – Clay City Council announces school grant winners, receives splash pad update


Trussville Tribune – Several promotions recognized during Trussville City Council meeting, parents voice concerns over YMCA summer program


Trussville Tribune – Gatekeeper Awards to be presented by Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday


Athens News Courier – City OK’s shelter vet increase


Athens News Courier – Patterson pleads not guilty; trial set for June


Athens News Courier – Limestone deluge More rain, possible violent thunderstorms on the way


WSFA Montgomery – Lawmakers discuss bill to abolish state auditor’s office


WSFA Montgomery – Former MPD officer transported to Kilby Prison


WSFA Montgomery – Tallassee residents not happy with possible mega-prison proposal


Fox 6 Birmingham – Electric scooter and bikes soon to roll into Birmingham


Fox 6 Birmingham – Pitbull attacks neighbor’s pets, owner arrested


Fox 6 Birmingham – Experts explain how to handle water damage before it gets dangerous


WAFF Huntsville – New program to help keep former foster children from homelessness


WAFF Huntsville – Bill proposes increased fines for illegally altering confederate monuments, historical buildings


WAFF Huntsville – Lawmakers discuss bill to abolish state auditor’s office


WKRG Mobile – Firefighters respond to Clarke County hospice building


WKRG Mobile – Mobile woman arrested for allegedly strangling 5-year-old daughter to death in Georgia


WKRG Mobile – Andrew Yang suspends 2020 presidential campaign


WTVY Dothan – A.L.L.E.A.P.S. holds 3rd annual Dothan conference on law enforcement mental health


WTVY Dothan – Update on the water main replacement project in Enterprise


WTVY Dothan – Ozark man arrested after fight and shots fired


WASHINGTON POST  – Bernie Sanders wins New Hampshire Democratic primary; Buttigieg, Klobuchar are top moderate candidates


WASHINGTON POST  – Prosecutors quit amid escalating Justice Dept. fight over Roger Stone’s prison term


WASHINGTON POST  – Fed Chair Powell warns Congress that $1 trillion budget deficits are unsustainable


NEW YORK TIMES  – Inside Mike Bloomberg’s Big Play for Black Voters


NEW YORK TIMES  – The Federal Budget Under Trump, Per Person