Daily News Digest – January 11, 2018

Good morning! This is your Alabama Daily News digest for Thursday, January 11, 2018. 

1. Polling, history show Moore could face tough sledding if he enters race for governor

Photo credit: Hal Yeager
  • 18 months ago, former Alabama Chief Justice ROY MOORE could have easily been considered the leading contender to become Alabama’s next governor.
  • A lot has happened since then, to say the least. 
  • Alabama Daily News has obtained polling showing Moore’s favorability amongst Republican primary voters is slipping.
  • The same survey shows Gov. Kay Ivey with high favorability amongst the GOP electorate.
  • Moore has traditionally fared better in primaries with weaker opposition and/or a segmented race (2000, 2012, 2017), but has fared poorly against strong, well-organized candidates (2006, 2010).
  • Read my full write up for perspective on how Moore could fare should he decide to enter the governor’s race this year.
  • Candidate qualifying closes on February 9th.

2. Soak in that Mazda-Toyota afterglow

3. What’s happening in the Legislature

4. Voter ID lawsuit dismissed 

  • A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Alabama’s law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
  • This is a big deal. The case had been expected to go court soon, but Judge L. Scott Coogler dismissed the case Wednesday saying, “…a person who does not have a photo ID today is not prevented from voting if he or she can easily get one, and it is so easy to get a photo ID in Alabama, no on is prevented from voting.”
  • Attorney General Steve Marshall applauded the ruling, saying, “Today’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit is without a doubt the right decision. Alabama’s voter identification law is one of the broadest in the nation with procedures in place to allow anyone who does not have a photo ID to obtain one.”

5. Headlines

(Note, all these headlines are available in web form here.)

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Toyota-Mazda plant: Alabama ‘has a plan’ to train 4,000 workers.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – House Judiciary sends crime bills to subcommittee.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Task force hopes to save $34 million with overhaul of juvenile justice system.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – House committee approves bill revising special U.S. Senate election law.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Ivey seeks 3 percent raise for state employees, 2.5 percent for teachers.

DOTHAN EAGLE – Funding proposal would rapidly expand pre-K.

DOTHAN EAGLE – The Dothan Eagle:  Alabama: The Motor State?

AL.COM – It’s official: Toyota-Mazda announces Alabama factory.

AL.COM – Alabama providing $380 million in incentives for Toyota-Mazda.

AL.COM – It’s ‘a little early to tell,’ but new auto plant could boost Port of Mobile.

AL.COM – Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Alabama voter ID law.

AL.COM – Could 4,000 Toyota-Mazda jobs turn into 16,000 jobs in Huntsville?

AL.COM – South Alabama dangled its own megasite to Toyota and Mazda, but came up short.

AL.COM – For Huntsville, Toyota-Mazda announcement ‘another national championship’.

AL.COM – Location, logistics may have lured Toyota-Mazda to Alabama.

AL.COM – Jefferson County to commit $30 million to downtown stadium.

AL.COM – Trump celebrates Toyota-Mazda decision to pick Alabama.

AL.COM – Contributor Amanda Walker:  Privileged kids are the results of successful parents.

AL.COM – Alabama city makes New York Times list of ’52 Places to Go in 2018′.

AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald:  What Alabama needs now is … what he said.

SENATE SKETCHES – “Senate Sketches,” Sen. Hank Sanders’ weekly message to his constituents.

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER – Columnist Steve Flowers’ Inside the Statehouse:  History may record Sen. Richard Shelby as Alabama’s greatest senator.

YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – An Alabamian on the TVA Board.

DECATUR DAILY – Construction of auto plant could benefit union workers.

DECATUR DAILY – Toyota-Mazda plant, called “game changer” for area, was the talk of Greenbrier for months.

DECATUR DAILY – Consolation prize outside Limestone: supplier jobs.

FLORENCE TIMES DAILY – Auto assembly plant will affect Shoals.

FLORENCE TIMES DAILY – The Times Daily:  Ivey’s message sets optimistic tone for session.

GADSDEN TIMES – Contributor State Rep. Craig Ford:  Legislators shouldn’t ignore infrastructure, education, jobs in election year.

ANNISTON STAR – Bill would raise Alabama’s minimum tobacco use age to 21.

ANNISTON STAR – Head Start links families to food help.

ANNISTON STAR – How northern Alabama lands big industrial projects.

ANNISTON STAR – The Anniston Star:  Serendipity and success in Huntsville.

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