Daily News Digest – June 2, 2021

Daily News Digest – June 2, 2021

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Good morning!

Here’s your Daily News for Wednesday, June 2.

1. Report: More data, tracking needed on prison education efforts

  • While the Legislature and Gov. Kay Ivey this session put more money toward prison education programs and incentivized participation for some with earlier release, the state is not doing enough to track what programs are actually helping offenders find jobs and stay out of prison, a recent report says.
  • Meanwhile, there are still significant barriers to accessing prison education programs, the report from the Alabama Commission on Evaluation of Services said.
  • “The state is not tracking the necessary performance metrics to determine if our educational efforts are working for our population,” Marcus Morgan, ACES director, told Alabama Daily News. “We should know and we can know,”
  • The commission was created in 2019 to assess the effectiveness of various state programs. Lawmakers have increased correctional education gradually in recent years. The 2022 state education budget has about $15.5 million for prison education, including some post-release programs.
  • Senate Bill 323, the Alabama Education Incentive Time Act, will allow offenders within the ADOC to get up to 12 months reduced from their sentences if they complete an ADOC-approved academic, vocational, risk-reducing or apprenticeship program.
  • The bill by Sen. Clyde Chambliss, R-Prattville, requires ADOC to provide quarterly reports on the number of prisoners eligible for the program, participation, the recidivism rate for those released early under the program and post-release employment.
  • Read more from Mary Sell HERE.

 

2. Britt resigns BCA, readies Senate run

  • Katie Boyd Britt is stepping down as president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, taking a necessary step toward an expected bid for the U.S. Senate.
  • In a letter to BCA’s board of directors, Britt listed off several accomplishments for the state’s premiere business lobby during her two and a half years at the helm and said she would resign effective June 4 “to pursue a new opportunity.”
  • In the latest edition of Inside Alabama Politics, we reported that Britt would enter the Senate race with a likely official announcement next week. We also reported the consultants involved, staff being considered and messaging being crafted. (It pays to subscribe!)
  • Read more about Britt’s move HERE.

 

 

 

 

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3. Biden, Capito to meet as infrastructure deadline looms

  • Deadline looming, President Joe Biden is set to meet with the top Senate Republican negotiator on infrastructure as the administration signals time is running out to strike a bipartisan deal on the White House’s big investment proposal and top legislative priority.
  • The president is looking forward to hosting West Virginia GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, the White House said ahead of this afternoon’s session. The two will continue bipartisan negotiations. The administration’s deadline for a deal is now June. 7.
  • Privately, however, the president has sized up the GOP’s latest $928 billion offer as unworkable, in large part because it taps unused COVID-19 funds to pay for it. Publicly the administration is making it clear it views next week as a make-or-break moment for the president’s push toward a deal with Republicans.
  • Together, the president and the Republicans both have political incentives to negotiate a bipartisan accord over his sweeping investment package, even if no deal is within sight. For Biden, reaching across the aisle and cutting deals in Congress is central to his brand of politics. Republicans can also score political gains by trying to work with a popular president.
  • Read more HERE.
  • Meanwhile, according to Punchbowl News, Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has ruled on questions of whether Democrats can push more legislation through the chamber via the Budget Reconciliation process, which bypasses the filibuster.
  • They can, technically, but it’s complicated and the bills would have to go through the rigorous budgeting process. John, Jake and Anna explain in this morning’s Punchbowl email.

 

4. US formally ends policy for asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico

 

  • The Biden administration on Tuesday formally ended a Trump-era immigration policy that forced asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court.
  • A seven-page memo by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas marked the end of the “Migrant Protection Protocols,” which returned about 70,000 asylum-seekers to Mexico from January 2019 until it was halted on President Joe Biden’s first day in office two years later.
  • Mayorkas said keeping the policy intact or modifying it “would not be consistent with this Administration’s vision and values and would be a poor use of the Department’s resources.” He said the costs would far outweigh any benefits.
  • The policy coincided with a sharp decline of asylum-seekers at the border, but critics noted that people were hampered by violent conditions in Mexico, lack of access to lawyers and difficulty making it to court. Mayorkas acknowledged those concerns by noting the high rate of denied claims for failing to appear in court and the lack of housing, income and safety in Mexico.
  • The top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee lambasted the move as “a very serious mistake” that would hinder efforts to curb the numbers of migrants entering the U.S. The remarks by Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., underscored the GOP view that the situation at the border remains a political liability for Democrats.
  • “The common thread across President Biden’s continued actions is unwinding commonsense border security policies while putting our homeland security on the back burner,” Katko said.
  • Read more HERE.

 

 

5. OPEC to boost oil output as prices rise

  • The OPEC oil cartel and allied producing countries plan to restore 2.1 million barrels per day of crude production, balancing fears that COVID-19 outbreaks in some countries will sap demand against surging energy needs in recovering economies.
  • Energy ministers made the decision during an online meeting Tuesday.
  • Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said recent market developments proved the agreement to gradually increase production, made in April and reconfirmed Tuesday, was “the right decision.” There are still “clouds on the horizon” regarding the recovery and demand for energy, he said.
  • Read more HERE.

 

  • Meanwhile, the Biden administration on Tuesday suspended oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, reversing a drilling program approved by the Trump administration and reviving a political fight over a remote region that is home to polar bears and other wildlife — and a rich reserve of oil.
  • Environmental groups and Democrats cheered the Interior Department order, while Alaska’s all-Republican congressional delegation slammed it as misguided and illegal.
  • Read more HERE.

 

 

 

Headlines

INSIDE ALABAMA POLITICS – May 28, 2021

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Report: More data, tracking needed on prison education efforts

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Britt resigns BCA, readies Senate run

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Biden, Capito to meet as infrastructure deadline looms

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – US formally ends policy for asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – OPEC to boost oil output as economies recover, prices rise

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Biden suspends oil leases in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Medical marijuana: how it happened and what’s next

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Lawmakers considering federal Covid relief money for prison fix

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama clinics offer free vision screening for rural areas

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Lawsuit filed over Alabama dock fire that killed 8 in 2020

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – What would it take to solve the student debt crisis?

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – June 1, 2021

 

AL.COM – Katie Boyd Britt, possible U.S. Senate candidate, resigns as president of BCA

 

AL.COM – Family of man stomped on by Huntsville police hires attorney so ‘this doesn’t happen in the future’

 

AL.COM – Alabama parole hearings will reopen to public in July

 

AL.COM – Overdraft fees made up nearly 5% of Regions’ revenue in 2020, more than any other regional bank

 

AL.COM – Contributor Martin Luther King III: The Black struggle; an Alabama sawmill and the Tulsa Race Massacre

 

AL.COM – 3 Senators introduce ban on federal vaccine passports

 

AL.COM – Sierra Club joins fight to block mining on tallest peak near Birmingham

 

AL.COM – New hurricane season, old worries: Alabama cities, counties wait on millions from last year’s storms

 

AL.COM – A closer look at Alabama’s $7.7 billion education budget, largest in history

 

Montgomery Advertiser – After a 3-year renovation, downtown Montgomery project eyes 2021 opening

 

Montgomery Advertiser – Katie Boyd Britt stepping down as Business Council of Alabama CEO amid Senate speculation

 

Montgomery Advertiser – Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy holds in-person graduation ceremony

 

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic happening in public housing communities

 

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Concerns about possible increase in COVID-19 cases after Memorial Day Weekend

 

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Alabama Gulf Coast watching as hurricane season starts

 

Tuscaloosa News – Lanier, McKinstry enter race as qualifying begins for District 7 special election

 

Tuscaloosa News – Katie Boyd Britt stepping down as Business Council of Alabama CEO amid Senate speculation

 

Decatur Daily – Second interim president named for Calhoun

 

Decatur Daily – Summer learning academy aims to ‘close the gap’

 

Decatur Daily – Albertville man accused of trying to meet 14-year-old for sex

 

Times Daily – Florence pharmacy owner’s license revoked, fined

 

Times Daily – Florence Indian Mound Museum/TVA sponsoring virtual speaker series through October

 

Times Daily – McCutcheon touches on legislative session hits and misses

 

Anniston Star – Cleburne County commissioners are urged to halt herbicide spraying

 

Anniston Star – City has new plan for proposed Satcher Institute

 

Anniston Star – Ladiga tops wish list as Anniston Council debates Rescue Act money

 

YellowHammer News – Business Council of Alabama announces resignation of Katie Boyd Britt

 

YellowHammer News – ‘Not Done Yet’: Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s reelection ad touts successes while underlining forward momentum

 

Gadsden Times – Etowah County engineer to retire, commission announces, in otherwise routine meeting

 

Gadsden Times – Rendering plant ruling: Judge’s answer expected Monday

 

Gadsden Times – Katie Boyd Britt stepping down as Business Council of Alabama CEO amid Senate speculation

 

Dothan Eagle – Charges after US Capitol insurrection roil far-right groups

 

Dothan Eagle – Leibovitz photo fronts memoir by business leader Indra Nooyi

 

Dothan Eagle – Charges after US Capitol insurrection roil far-right groups

 

Opelika-Auburn News – Saudi stock market trading stops over technical error

 

Opelika-Auburn News – Huawei to roll out its own operating system to smartphones

 

WSFA Montgomery – Woman hospitalized after house fire in Montgomery

 

WSFA Montgomery – Business president resigns, could seek US Senate seat

 

WSFA Montgomery – Woman injured in Montgomery shooting Tuesday

 

WAFF Huntsville – Fraternal Order of Police reviews HPD and Kemontae Hobbs incident

 

WAFF Huntsville – Madison County Emergency Rental Assistance application live

 

WAFF Huntsville – Rainsville City Council approves ordinance to refinance Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center

 

WKRG Mobile – Alabama AG Steve Marshall to make campaign announcement

 

WKRG Mobile – JBS Foods will have “vast majority” of plants operational Wednesday

 

WKRG Mobile – Accident on HWY 59 Tuesday night near Robertsdale

 

WTVY Dothan – Senior Centers around the Wiregrass reopen to daily

 

WTVY Dothan – Henry County Commission plans to borrow millions of dollars through bond issue to improve roads

 

WTVY Dothan – Shots fired in Ozark road rage incident, police say

 

WASHINGTON POST – At Tulsa event, Biden announces Harris will lead push for voting protections in response to states’ recent ballot restrictions

 

WASHINGTON POST – Democrat wins New Mexico special election for U.S. House, overcoming a Republican emphasis on rising crime

 

WASHINGTON POST – Snubbed, fired and vilified, opposition lawmakers unite in disdain for Netanyahu

 

NEW YORK TIMES – N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race Tightens Ahead of Crucial In-Person Debate

 

NEW YORK TIMES – Covid Live Updates: As U.S. Optimism Grows, Others Have Worst Outbreaks Yet

 

NEW YORK TIMES – The Promise and Pressures of Deb Haaland, the First Native American Cabinet Secretary

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL – Invesco Forges a Different Path in China From Its Bigger U.S. Rivals

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL – Janet Yellen and China’s Liu He Speak by Video Call

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL – Chinese Factories Delay New Orders as Costs Rise, Risking Global Supply Shortages

 

 

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