Daily News Digest – February 5, 2020

Daily News Digest – February 5, 2020

Presented by

Stop The HIT Coalition

 

Good morning!
Here’s your Daily News for Wednesday, February 5.

 

 

1. Ivey sets tone for session in State of the State

  • Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday night asked lawmakers to support a $1 billion bond for K-12, community college and university construction projects and to slow down on proposals for a lottery or casino gambling in the state.
  • The Alabama Legislature convened for its annual session earlier in the day.
  • In her third State of the State address, Ivey touted the need for new prisons and more funding for mental and rural health and education initiatives. She’s also proposing pay raises for state and education employees.
  • On Tuesday, their first day of the session, lawmakers were told by state budget analysts that they’ll have about $400 million more to appropriate in 2021 in both the General Fund and the Education Trust Fund. That would put the General Fund at about $2.6 billion and the ETF at $7.5 billion. But that good news came with a warning: Spend cautiously because the economy will likely slow next year.
  • Ivey will be sending her budget proposals to lawmakers this morning.
  • Read more, including reaction from lawmakers, and watch the speech in full HERE.

 

2. Trump makes re-election pitch in address to Congress

  • Standing before a Congress and a nation sharply divided by impeachment, President Donald Trump used his State of the Union address to extol a “Great American Comeback” on his watch, just three years after he took office decrying a land of “American carnage” under his predecessor.
  • The partisan discord was on vivid display Tuesday as the first president to campaign for reelection after being impeached made his case for another term: Republican legislators chanted “Four More Years.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up her copy of Trump’s speech as he ended his address.
  • “America’s enemies are on the run, America’s fortunes are on the rise and America’s future is blazing bright,” Trump declared. “In just three short years, we have shattered the mentality of American decline and we have rejected the downsizing of America’s destiny. We are moving forward at a pace that was unimaginable just a short time ago, and we are never going back.”
  • Holding out the nation’s economic success as the chief rationale for a second term, Trump’s speech resembled a lower-volume version of his campaign rallies, providing something for every section of his political base.
  • But while he tweets daily assailing his impeachment, Trump never mentioned the “i-word” in his 78-minute speech. That followed the lead of Bill Clinton, who did not reference his recent impeachment when he delivered his State of the Union in 1999.
  • Read more and watch the full speech 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. Impeachment vote today

  • President Donald Trump is on the verge of acquittal by the Senate, an end to only the third presidential impeachment trial in American history.
  • A majority of senators have now expressed unease with Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine that resulted in the two articles of impeachment. But there’s nowhere near the two-thirds support necessary in the Republican-held Senate for the Constitution’s bar of high crimes and misdemeanors to convict and remove the president from office.
  • The outcome expected Wednesday caps nearly five months of remarkable impeachment proceedings launched in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House, ending in Mitch McConnell’s Senate and reflective of the nation’s unrelenting partisan divide three years into the Trump presidency.
  • The Wednesday afternoon vote is expected to be swift. With Chief Justice John Roberts presiding, senators will stand at their desk for the roll call and state their votes — “guilty” or “not guilty.”
  • On the first article of impeachment, Trump is charged with abuse of power. On the second, obstruction of Congress.
  • Few senators are expected to stray from party camps, all but ensuring acquittal.
  • The so-called swing votes to watch: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and, of course, Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama. It’s not likely that any would cross the party line and vote “not guilty.” After all, they are under tremendous pressure from their Democratic base and any disunity on the impeachment issue would be a gift to Trump in what is already a pretty good week politically for the president.
  • Read more HERE.

 

4. Public Health monitoring Coronavirus

  • If you traveled to mainland China and returned to the U.S. on or after Jan. 22, 2020, the Alabama Department of Health would like to speak to you.
  • The state health department is asking those who meet these travel criteria to call the Infectious Diseases and Outbreaks Division at 1-800-338-8374 as soon as they arrive in Alabama.
  • China is in the midst of an outbreak of the coronavirus. The virus has infected more than 14,000 people worldwide and killed more than 300. The vast majority of the cases and all but one of the deaths have been in China.
  • Health officials believe it can take up to two weeks for someone who is infected to get sick.
  • ADPH Medical Officer of Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Burnestine Taylor said “[r]isk depends on exposure, so those exposed to ill persons are at greater risk of infection. However, the situation is evolving, and risk will depend on how efficiently the virus spreads, and how sick it makes people.”
  • Read more from ADN’s Will Whatley HERE.

 

 

5. Op-Ed: The 2020 Census and Alabama

  • A lot has been written and said about the 2020 census and how the state’s future will be affected by the count.
  • However, at least on the political side of it, most of that has been filled with a lot of speculation.
  • Today, Dr. Steven Katsinas and Emily Jacobs of the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama contribute an op-ed that offers an informed, detailed perspective on the census issue that I believe Daily News readers will find instructive.
  • Here’s an excerpt:
“A loss of its seventh House seat, which translates into less influence across the entire House, puts Alabama at an incalculable risk. This is why the 2020 Census matters…
“Moving forward, Alabama should do all it can to ensure a full and complete Census count.  The loss of a House seat in 2020, given the growth in Huntsville and Baldwin County, virtually assures that the 2021 redistricting would result in much larger congressional districts for rural Alabama, and lower levels of day-to-day representation. But even if Alabama should hold its seventh seat, it needs a long-term strategy to address the economic development of the Black Belt and its smaller cities, to avoid the potential loss of one or even two seats in 2030.”
  • Read the full piece HERE.

 

 

Headlines

INSIDE ALABAMA POLITICS – February 3, 2020

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Ivey calls for $1B school bond, lottery study group in address to Legislature

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump uses State of Union to campaign; Pelosi rips up speech

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump impeachment acquittal on track ahead of Senate vote

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Prisons, gambling to dominate Alabama legislative session

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama Dept. of Public Health monitoring Coronavirus

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Perspective: The 2020 Census and Alabama

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Mobile vote moves Gulf Coast closer to Amtrak resumption

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Mary Sell: Prisons, lottery, raises, mental health on legislative agenda

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – State panel denies extension to contested charter school

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – February 3, 2020

 

AL.COM  – Ivey proposes billion dollar school bond issue, 3% raise for teachers

 

AL.COM  – Alabama lawmaker proposes ban on campaign contributions from gambling interests

 

AL.COM  – Alabama announces steps to stop spread of Wuhan coronavirus

 

AL.COM  – Couple makes $20 million gift to University of Alabama

 

AL.COM  – Richard Shelby says earmarks could return — under right conditions

 

AL.COM  – Mobile hops aboard Amtrak support by endorsing Gulf Coast rail commitment

 

AL.COM  – United Methodist bishop sets meetings to talk about possible split

 

AL.COM  – Marsh says lawmakers need to know costs on new prisons

 

AL.COM  – Church group wants Alabama to end ‘solar tax’

 

AL.COM  – Record Alabama education, general fund budgets expected

 

AL.COM  – Hearing remains in Corfman lawsuit despite Moore protest

 

AL.COM  – Columnist Roy Johnson: What kind of state do we want to be?

 

AL.COM  – Wife, daughter of slain Lowndes sheriff among Ivey’s guests for state of the state

 

AL.COM  – These two central Alabama cities prosper, grow and try to plan ahead

 

Montgomery Advertiser – Ivey calls for prison overhaul, cools gambling talk in State of State

 

Montgomery Advertiser – Trump ends State of the Union speech filled with rally language, tensions with Democrats, poignant moments

 

Montgomery Advertiser – Legislature 2020: Education budget expected to grow $400 million

 

YellowHammer News – Ivey to establish working group to study gaming expansion, lottery

 

YellowHammer News – Read Gov. Kay Ivey’s entire 2020 State of the State Address

 

YellowHammer News – Members of Alabama’s congressional delegation announce SOTU guests

 

Tuscaloosa News – Ivey calls for $1B school bond, lottery study group in address to Legislature

 

Tuscaloosa News – Alabama company fined over death of teen worker

 

Tuscaloosa News – Despite vote, council lobbyist choice remains in question

 

Tuscaloosa News – Fugitive accused of faking death extradited to Mississippi

 

Decatur Daily – Ivey calls for $1B school bond, lottery study group in address to Legislature

 

Decatur Daily – Morgan municipalities hit with 35% daily jail fee increase

 

Decatur Daily – Athens council expected to consider Publix-anchored development agreement

 

Times Daily – Ivey calls for $1B school bond, lottery study group in address to Legislature

 

Times Daily – Council approves pump purchase for Wilson Dam Road retention pond

 

Times Daily – City, county near possession of ECM land deed

 

Anniston Star – Ivey calls for $1B school bond, lottery study group in address to Legislature

 

Anniston Star – Council votes to dissolve Piedmont Commercial Development Authority

 

Anniston Star – Inaction leaves Leighton shelter idea in limbo

 

Dothan Eagle – Strong thunderstorms expected to roll through the Wiregrass area

 

Dothan Eagle – Dothan man arrested on multiple counts of assault

 

Dothan Eagle – Police ID pedestrian killed Monday evening

 

Gadsden Times – Ivey calls for prison overhaul, 3% teacher pay raise in State of State

 

Gadsden Times – County commission considers new residential trash bids

 

Gadsden Times – Pilot Club sponsoring spaghetti fundraiser

 

Troy Messenger – HOMETOWN TAKEOVER: Troy, Brundidge apply for HGTV makeover

 

Troy Messenger – Primary election is March 3

 

Troy Messenger – ‘Keeping the dream alive’ Saturday at CHHS

 

Andalusia Star News – 450+ attend Blue Lake winter event

 

Andalusia Star News – Heavy rainfall expected

 

Andalusia Star News – Baxley wins county bee

 

Opelika-Auburn News – Opelika looking into transportation study to reduce traffic congestion

 

Opelika-Auburn News – New digs for Food Bank of East Alabama

 

Opelika-Auburn News – Empty Bowls event packs Denson Rec

 

Daily Mountain Eagle – Revenue approved to use Integrity software

 

Daily Mountain Eagle – Registration opens for Nonprofit Training Academy

 

Daily Mountain Eagle – Integrity software now in use at Probate Office

 

Trussville Tribune – STATE OF THE STATE: Governor Ivey talks prison reform, teacher pay raises, jobs and public safety

 

Trussville Tribune – Man officially charged in shooting death of St. Clair County DA’s son

 

Trussville Tribune – Leeds City Council to hold public hearing on General Obligation Warrants at next meeting

 

Athens News Courier – Prisons, gambling to dominate Alabama legislative session

 

Athens News Courier – Father arrested, son sought in ‘severe’ assault

 

Athens News Courier – Out with the old: Athens Elementary demolition underway

 

Sand Mountain Reporter – Boaz City Schools winner in Volkswagen Clean Air Act settlement

 

Sand Mountain Reporter – PBCI proposes $1 billion plan

 

Sand Mountain Reporter – Boaz BOE recognizes top teachers

 

WSFA Montgomery – Montgomery recycling partnership works to expand commodity sales

 

WSFA Montgomery – Tallapoosa County community hopes road tax vote passes March 3rd

 

WSFA Montgomery – LIVE: Gov. Ivey’s 2020 State of the State Address

 

Fox 6 Birmingham – Some Shelby County residents speak out against Coosa River Express

 

Fox 6 Birmingham – Shelby County EMA seeing success from new alert system

 

Fox 6 Birmingham – Man charged with capital murder in the death of the St. Clair County DA’s son

 

WAFF Huntsville – Valley school districts opposing school calendar bill before it’s been filed

 

WAFF Huntsville – Mayor: Publix to replace former Kmart in Athens

 

WAFF Huntsville – Personnel file for Limestone County Schools administrator on paid leave sheds light on previous exit

 

WKRG Mobile – Ballistic missile test set for early Wednesday morning from Vandenberg AFB

 

WKRG Mobile – Newly hired gas station worker stole $17,000 on his first shift, police say

 

WKRG Mobile – Kimberly police officer shot on I-65, multiple suspects in custody

 

WTVY Dothan – EMA wants people to prepare for possible severe weather

 

WTVY Dothan – Officers’ “partners in crime” from all over the nation train in Dothan

 

WTVY Dothan – ABC Board presenting “Under Age Under Arrest” campaign

 

WASHINGTON POST  – Trump paints strong economy as vindication as he tries to move past impeachment

 

WASHINGTON POST  – The cheers, glares and ‘Oh no!’ at the State of the Union showed just how bitterly divided this Congress is

 

NEW YORK TIMES  – Virus Exposes Cracks in Carmakers’ Chinese Supply Chains

 

NEW YORK TIMES  – An emboldened Trump makes case for re-election in address

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