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1. Candidates make final push
- Candidates up and down the ballot have made their final arguments and now campaigns are working overtime to get their voters to the polls today.
- Of course, the most watched race on the ballot is the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, where former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is attempting to reclaim his old seat, but fighting off primary rivals in former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville and 1st District Congressman Bradley Byrne.
- The three candidates have traversed the state multiple times over the last few weeks making their pitches to Republican primary voters. Read more about that from Kim Chandler HERE.
- Also read about Byrne and Tuberville’s bus tour stops in Montgomery from the Advertiser’s Brian Lyman HERE and Yellowhammer’s Sean Ross HERE.
- Early on, many thought Sessions might earn enough support to win the primary outright, but now it looks like a runoff is likely. Read a little deeper on some of the reasons why from Kim Chandler HERE.
- Two open congressional seats in the 1st and 2nd districts are up for grabs, though likely headed to runoffs as well.
- Place One on the Alabama Supreme Court will be decided today as State Sen. Cam Ward challenges incumbent Justice Greg Shaw. And there are appellate court races as well, though not the slugfests we are sometimes used to seeing on the courts.
- And don’t forget the constitutional amendment on education governance. Voters will decide today whether to essentially fire the state school board and move to an appointed commission model. Trish Crain has a good Q&A report that is worth a read.
- For more commentary on all these races, see our latest “In the Weeds” podcast down in No. 5.
2. Biden gets a lift ahead of Super Tuesday
- Rivals no more, Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg united behind Joe Biden’s presidential bid on Monday as the Democratic Party’s moderate wing scrambled to boost the former vice president just hours before voting began across a series of high-stakes Super Tuesday states.
- The urgency of the moment reflected deep concerns from the Democratic establishment that Bernie Sanders, a polarizing progressive, was positioned to seize a significant delegate lead when 14 states and one U.S. territory vote on Tuesday.
- Klobuchar suspended her campaign and endorsed Biden Monday, a day after Buttigieg announced his exit. Both Klobuchar and Buttigieg, who had been Biden’s chief competition for their party’s pool of more moderate voters over the last year, declared their public support for Biden at evening events in Dallas. They were joined by another former competitor, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who also backed Biden on Monday.
- The dramatic developments came at a key crossroads in Democrats’ turbulent primary season as the party struggles to unify behind a clear message or messenger in its urgent quest to defeat President Donald Trump.
- On one side stands Biden, a 77-year-old lifelong politician who represents a pragmatic approach to governing that emphasizes bipartisanship and more modest change. He’s clearly relishing the swift improvement of his political fortunes in recent days. On the other stands Sanders, a 78-year-old democratic socialist who has for decades demanded aggressive liberal shifts that seek to transform the nation’s political and economic systems. He is working to maintain the momentum he built coming out of the earliest voting states.
- Read more on the Democratic race, including a little delegate math, HERE.
A message from the
Yes For The Best Education Committee
- Raise your hand if you like being dead last in math? How about 49th in reading?
- Just what I thought. We’re NOT ok with that. So let’s change it.
- We’re one of the last states in the U.S. to elect its school boards.
- On Tuesday March 3rd, Vote YES on Amendment One to change that.
- Our 2-year college system did the same thing a few years ago, and it’s changing for the better.
- Vote YES on Amendment One, March 3rd.
3. Ivey, lawmakers release prison package
- Gov. Kay Ivey has endorsed a package of criminal justice reform bills as a way to respond to systemic problems within Alabama’s prison system.
- After Ivey’s task force on criminal justice reform gave its final recommendations for legislative priorities in January, Ivey said the resulting slate of bills will build upon her plan of constructing three new men’s prisons.
- “I tasked the Criminal Justice Study Group with the mission of finding data-driven solutions to our longstanding challenges in our prison system,” Ivey said in a news release announcing the legislative package.
- There are five bills and one joint resolution, as well as a recommendation to increase funding for prison education programs and better access to mental health care.
- Read about all of the bills, what they would do and what folks are saying about them from ADN’s Caroline Beck HERE.
4. Another rural hospital closes
- Pickens County Medical Center, located in rural Carrolton near the Mississippi line, will become the latest Alabama hospital to shut down when it closes for good on Friday.
- The Pickens County Health Care Authority announced the shutdown in a news release that said the hospital’s finances were no longer sustainable. It cited too few patients, reduced federal funding, and large numbers of uninsured patients.
- The shutdown of the hospital, which opened in 1979, will be a twofold blow since residents will lose both their closest option for health care and jobs. About 200 people work at the hospital, making it one of Pickens County’s largest employers, according to its website.
- The shutdown is only the latest in a wave of hospital closings nationwide. The Alabama Hospital Association said 17 privately run hospitals have closed in the state over the last decade, and only one of those reopened.
- Full story HERE.
5. In the Weeds: Super Tuesday 2020
- Despite all the anticipation it brings, Election Day can sometimes be a little boring during the daylight hours.
- [Of course, that’s if you’re not a campaign worker, and we salute all of those who are dialing through lists and manning spreadsheets today.]
- For the rest of us, the slow drip of information can be a little tedious and angsty.
- If you’re one of those who gets a little fidgety on election day, we have you covered.
- A brand new “In the Weeds” podcast is up featuring noted political consultant David Mowery and me discussing all the races up and down the ballot and offering some analysis.
- It may just be the thing to play in the background as you pretend to work this Election Day.
- Listen via the Daily News site HERE, via Apple Podcasts HERE, via Google Podcasts HERE, via Spotify HERE and via Stitcher HERE.
- Remember to subscribe to the podcast and leave a rating/review!
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ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – In the Weeds: Super Tuesday 2020
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Tornado hits downtown Nashville, at least 8 die in Tennessee
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Prison reform package backed by Ivey promises better rehabilitation and oversight
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama Senate hopefuls make final case to voters
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Sessions in showdown to reclaim his old Alabama Senate seat
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Presidential, Senate races on Alabama’s Super Tuesday ballot
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Pickens hospital to close; 17th to shut down in 10 years
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Super Tuesday test: Biden looks to blunt Bernie’s rise
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Matthew Stokes: Amendment One Puts Kids First, Politicians Last
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama voters to decide on abolishing elected school board
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – In the Weeds: Sessions campaigns as the consistent conservative he’s always been
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – In the Weeds: Tuberville disrupts Senate race as ‘outsider’
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – In the Weeds: A career of fighting has led Byrne to Senate showdown
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – March 2, 2020
AL.COM – Another rural Alabama hospital is closing
AL.COM – Alabama’s Amendment One: What you need to know
AL.COM – Coronavirus: Mobile’s port traffic not seen as threat
AL.COM – Voters in 2 Alabama counties to consider jail inmate food funds
AL.COM – Auburn cancels all study abroad programs because of coronavirus
AL.COM – Health department: No cases of Covid-19 in Alabama, but situation ‘changing rapidly’
AL.COM – Investors should be wary of coronavirus cons
AL.COM – African American woman-owned firm to produce World Games opening, closing ceremonies
AL.COM – New Alabama mammoth mine project long in the making
Montgomery Advertiser – Alabama primary voter’s guide: Much about Donald Trump; little about the state
Montgomery Advertiser – Alabama primary 2020: See Montgomery County’s sample ballots ahead of Super Tuesday
Montgomery Advertiser – Alabama primary 2020: Learn about Constitutional Amendment 1 before you vote
YellowHammer News – Auburn University recalls all study abroad students, suspends all official international travel due to coronavirus risk
YellowHammer News – Doug Jones defends spending thousands in campaign funds on European trips
YellowHammer News – Secretary of State’s Office, ALDOT, Governor’s office partner to encourage voter participation
Tuscaloosa News – Plan addresses Alabama prison problems
Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa officials, doctors prepare for arrival of coronavirus
Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa City Council agenda for March 3, 2020
Decatur Daily – Lights dim on US 31 bridge, DU-city cooperation
Decatur Daily – Gambling sentences light so city using business revocation in the fight
Decatur Daily – Annual Decatur Kiwanis Club Pancake Day spans generations
Times Daily – Trafficking arrest nets 18 pounds of cocaine
Times Daily – Balentine announces City Council District 6 run
Times Daily – Colbert landfill bond hearing scheduled for tonight
Anniston Star – Hobson City man pleads guilty to manslaughter in fatal 2014 shooting
Anniston Star – Prison reform package backed by Ivey promises better rehabilitation and oversight
Anniston Star – Outbreak would cancel some surgeries, Alabama health officials say
Dothan Eagle – No new trial for Taylor man convicted of 92 counts of possession of porn
Dothan Eagle – Verbal altercation takes a turn when man pulls out an AR-15 rifle
Dothan Eagle – Houston County Sheriff’s Office works to ID body found Monday
Gadsden Times – What to do if you think you’re sick
Gadsden Times – Officials say state ready for COVID-19
Gadsden Times – Local, state and national races on the ballot in Etowah County Tuesday
Troy Messenger – Church leaders receive active shooter training at safety summit
Troy Messenger – Troy cancels study abroad trips due to coronavirus
Troy Messenger – Diamond Rio coming to Enterprise
Andalusia Star News – Barton running for District 2
Andalusia Star News – ADPH: No coronavirus here
Andalusia Star News – Mayor honors “Hugging Helen” who turned 105
Opelika-Auburn News – Inside the final month of Buttigieg’s historic presidential campaign
Opelika-Auburn News – Senator sees work yet to do on tornado recovery, response
Opelika-Auburn News – Opelika police call impersonator report ‘false’
Daily Mountain Eagle – District 3 candidates talk about various issues
Daily Mountain Eagle – Ingle, Harris seeking seat as BOE chairman
Daily Mountain Eagle – Barrentine, Sherer battle it out for circuit judge post
Trussville Tribune – Governor orders flags to be flown at half-staff for Day of Remembrance
Trussville Tribune – Jefferson County Commission looking at temporary fix to open Floyd Bradford Road
Trussville Tribune – Jefferson County Health Department issues letter to businesses on how to plan for coronavirus
Sand Mountain Reporter – Vehicle crashes into Antithetical Inc. in Boaz after police chase | Building former home to Wild Bill’s Electronics
Sand Mountain Reporter – McMurry receives President’s Volunteer Service Award
Sand Mountain Reporter – Three promoted at First Southern State Bank
WSFA Montgomery – 30-35% voter turnout expected in Tuesday primary
WSFA Montgomery – 2020 primary election day voter guide
WSFA Montgomery – Mini economic boom underway along Hwy. 231 in Wetumpka
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Pickens County Medical Center closes Friday
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Prison reform package backed by Ivey promises better rehabilitation and oversight
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Person shot multiple times in Bessemer, police searching for suspect
WAFF Huntsville – Woman’s medical records accessed illegally, blames husband’s ex-girlfriend
WAFF Huntsville – Some universities in Alabama suspend study abroad activity
WAFF Huntsville – Recent Democratic presidential candidate dropouts affect local ballots
WKRG Mobile – California man sentenced in Parkland cyberstalking case
WKRG Mobile – Could coronavirus keep voters from Super Tuesday?
WKRG Mobile – Gov. Brian Kemp confirms 2 cases of coronavirus in Georgia
WTVY Dothan – Investigators trying to identify Dothan murder victim
WTVY Dothan – ADPH says hospitals are prepared for Coronavirus
WTVY Dothan – Several Houston County roads to be closed today
WASHINGTON POST – Trump calls for Fed rate cut as U.S. coronavirus deaths rise; finance chiefs plot economic rescue
WASHINGTON POST – Democrats embrace Biden as Sanders hopes for a big Super Tuesday delegate haul
WASHINGTON POST – Biden’s twin bases are black and moderate voters. Often, those are the same voters
NEW YORK TIMES – Buttigieg and Klobuchar Endorse Biden, Aiming to Slow Sanders
NEW YORK TIMES – Here’s what’s at stake on Super Tuesday
NEW YORK TIMES – ‘When Is It Going to End?’: Where Coronavirus Has Turned Deadly in the U.S.
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