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Here’s your Daily News for Wednesday, January 13.
1. Impeachment gets real
- Just a few days ago, you’d have been hard pressed to convince me that the push to impeach President Donald Trump was anything more than a futile fever dream for Democrats.
- After the last 48 hours, it appears the movement actually has legs.
- Trump is on the verge of being impeached for a second time in an unprecedented House vote today, a week after he encouraged a mob of loyalists to “fight like hell” against election results just before they stormed the U.S. Capitol in a deadly siege.
- While Trump’s first impeachment in 2019 brought no Republican votes in the House, a small but significant number of leaders and lawmakers are breaking with the party to join Democrats, saying Trump violated his oath to protect and defend the United States.
- Most significantly, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is said to be fed up with Trump. The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman reported yesterday that McConnell could be ready to move forward with impeachment proceedings.
- Why is that significant? Because you don’t orchestrate a leak like that unless you have the votes.
- In opposition, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio said the “cancel culture” was just trying to cancel the president. He said the Democrats had been trying to reverse the 2016 election ever since Trump took office and were finishing his term the same way.
- Read more HERE.
2. Despite transfer, employer taxes going up
- Yesterday, we reported on how the state was transferring about $70 million in CARES Act funds to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to delay and diminish a tax increase on Alabama businesses.
- It turns out that increase cannot be avoided.
- Alabama employers paying into the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund could see a tax increase of about 91% this year, according to the Department of Labor.
- Exactly how much money employers pay in unemployment taxes varies on their experience rating. In September, Labor used an example of a business with 20 employees and quarterly taxable payroll of $160,000 paying about $1,040 in unemployment tax. Without any transfers, they could have paid $6,320.
- “We’re doing everything we can to bring that number as low as we possibly can because the thing to remember here is if you put this burden on employers, especially the small businesses, it’s going to put some of them under,” said Tara Hutchison, a spokeswoman for Alabama’s Department of Labor.
- Closed businesses means more people unemployed.
- “That’s bad for everyone,” Hutchison said.
- As of last week, more than 91,000 Alabamians were receiving unemployment benefits, according to Labor. The maximum weekly benefit is $275.
- Read the full story from ADN’s Mary Sell HERE.
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3. Ivey urges patience with vaccine rollout
- Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday urged people to be patient amid the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, but to take the vaccine as soon as it is available to them.
- A state hotline has been overwhelmed with calls from people seeking appointments for the shots next week when the state begins making them available to people over 75.
- The governor said the state is “working to get vaccine in the arms of people as soon as the supplies come in.”
- “I just want to encourage our people to be patient, stay calm and you’ll get your shot,” Ivey said Tuesday. “I want to encourage everybody to get in line — and be patient as you wait.”
- Ivey addressed reporters after receiving her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at Baptist South Hospital. The governor, as public officials have done in other states, took the vaccine to demonstrate its safety.
- Full story HERE.
4. Facing House censure call, Brooks says he won’t apologize
- Two House Democrats have proposed that Congress censure U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, arguing that his remarks at a rally of President Donald Trump’s supporters incited the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol last week.
- Brooks said Tuesday that his critics are misrepresenting his remarks, which were intended as a pep talk for the next election cycle. He added that, “I will never apologize for fighting to win our causes at the ballot box.”
- Brooks has come under fire for comments at the rally in which he told the crowd that he wanted them to take a message back home and “along the way stop at the Capitol.” “Today is the day that American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass,” Brooks said at the Save America rally on Wednesday that preceded the riot at the U.S. Capitol. He was wearing a hat that said, “Fire Pelosi.”
- Democratic Representatives Tom Malinowski of New Jersey and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida on Monday introduced the resolution for censure, which is a public rebuke by Congress.
- The response from Brooks was a 2,800-word essay that was really quite something.
- Full story from Kim Chandler HERE.
5. Column: Cognitive dissonance is a hell of a drug
- It has been one week since the crazy riot at the U.S. Capitol.
- Like a lot of folks, I was supremely bothered by the events that unfolded. I worked there for years. I remember how it smells in the rotunda.
- At this point I’ve heard so many people try to rationalize what happened with various arguments, which has me thinking: if I’m hearing all this, then surely our congressional delegation is.
- So I wrote about cognitive dissonance and how we can sometimes convince ourselves of even the most irrational things.
- Here’s an excerpt:
- Read the full column HERE.
- Side note: much of this is pointed at our congressional delegation and their staff. I am eager to hear from you all if you’d like to talk about your experience. Been there.
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ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump on verge of 2nd impeachment after Capitol siege
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Despite fund transfers, unemployment tax to increase
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Ivey urges patience with Alabama’s vaccine rollout
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Facing House censure call, Brooks says he won’t apologize
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – State House security will include state troopers
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – ABC temporarily closing 41 stores
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Records: Alabama man on bond arrested after Capitol riot
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – US asking states to speed vaccine, not hold back 2nd dose
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AL.COM – Pence won’t invoke 25th Amendment, says it is not ‘in the best interest of our Nation’
AL.COM – University of Alabama to allow remote learning after title celebration; union raises COVID concerns
AL.COM – Lonnie Coffman, Alabama man caught with Molotov cocktails in DC, planned to give out weapons, feds say
AL.COM – Vaccines in Alabama slowed by reluctant medical workers, hospital bottlenecks
AL.COM – Huntsville mayor offers no support to Mo Brooks: ‘Words have meaning’
AL.COM – Alabama Capitol, local governments eye security after threats following Capitol violence
Montgomery Advertiser – Ivey receives 2nd dose of Pfizer COVID vaccine, urges patience
Montgomery Advertiser – Councilman Tracy Larkin will lie in repose at Montgomery City Hall
Montgomery Advertiser – Alabama law enforcement, nonprofits form anti-human trafficking alliance
Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox: ‘Time will tell’ if Alabama football celebration causes COVID spike
Tuscaloosa News – Fourteen arrested, 2 injured in Tuscaloosa celebrations after Alabama wins national title
Tuscaloosa News – Fans turn out to greet Alabama football national champions at Tuscaloosa airport
Decatur Daily – Decatur Utilities: Industries would pay their share of sewer rate increases
Decatur Daily – CARES funds redirected to shore up unemployment, lessen tax increase
Decatur Daily – US 31 project in Hartselle receives state funding
Times Daily – Sheffield restaurant a semi-finalist in best pizza contest
Times Daily – Auditions for outdoor production set for Jan. 22 and 23
Times Daily – Grant will help Sheffield repair Riverfront Park roadway
Anniston Star – Heflin City Council considers variance for tall highway signs
Anniston Star – Cleburne County Commission hears about next round of vaccines
Anniston Star – Auto Custom Carpets expanding Oxford facility
YellowHammer News – Second round of Paycheck Protection Program begins rolling out this week
YellowHammer News – Mo Brooks releases lengthy statement defending himself from censure resolution
YellowHammer News – Auburn professors denounce move against administration in battle over in-person classes
Gadsden Times – Etowah residents can dispose of pesticides in Madison County
Gadsden Times – Some ABC stores to close around state, locally in response to rising coronavirus rates
Gadsden Times – COVID-19 vaccine in Etowah County: How it went, where it’s going
Dothan Eagle – The power of words in crisis: Who hits mark, and who misses?
Dothan Eagle – Formula One season to start in Bahrain after Australian Grand Prix postponed to November
Dothan Eagle – In Greek city, segregated graves extend COVID-19 isolation
Opelika-Auburn News – EAMC COVID-19 hospitalizations slightly fall
Opelika-Auburn News – Lee County’s COVID-19 death toll significantly rises overnight
Opelika-Auburn News – Auburn University faculty punt on no confidence vote for Hardgrave
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – State health leaders say vaccine rollout is too slow
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Falkville man indicted for weapons found in truck parked near U.S. Capitol
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Walgreens, CVS chains could distribute millions of vaccines when permitted
WSFA Montgomery – Health, state leaders ask for patience on COVID-19 vaccine
WSFA Montgomery – Alabama leaders watching for possible armed protests in Montgomery this weekend
WSFA Montgomery – Greenville police warn of scam checks in the mail
WAFF Huntsville – Morgan County Sheriff’s Office investigator hurt by bull returns to work
WAFF Huntsville – Jackson County Commission approves courthouse sweep
WAFF Huntsville – UAH officers involved in 2020 traffic stop now fired; New UAHPD plan in progress
WKRG Mobile – Alabama man possibly possessed destrufctive device at Capitol riots, Affidavit says
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WKRG Mobile – Gov. Ivey gets second vaccine shot, asks for patience from Alabamians
WTVY Dothan – U.S Representative Barry Moore discusses censorship
WTVY Dothan – Home Alone: Police say woman locked son in his room and leaves home
WTVY Dothan – ESCC offering free COVID-19 testing for students and faculty
WASHINGTON POST – Several senior Republicans join impeachment push
WASHINGTON POST – Secret Service launches massive security operation to protect Biden inauguration
WASHINGTON POST – Before riot, Trump said ‘we got to get rid’ of Rep. Liz Cheney. Now she supports impeaching him.
NEW YORK TIMES – Live Updates: House Set to Impeach Trump, After Pence Rejects Call to Strip His Powers
NEW YORK TIMES – Pence Reached His Limit With Trump. It Wasn’t Pretty.
NEW YORK TIMES – In Georgia, Trump’s Attacks on Election Still Haunt Republicans
WALL STREET JOURNAL – Pence Says He Won’t Invoke 25th Amendment, Setting Stage for Impeachment Vote
WALL STREET JOURNAL – FBI Has Opened Over 160 Cases Tied to Pro-Trump Capitol Riot
WALL STREET JOURNAL – Coronavirus Vaccine Doses That Were Held Back Now Being Released
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