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Daily News Digest – December 8, 2022

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Here’s your Daily News for Thursday, December 8.

1. Ledbetter announces more committee chairmanships

  • Alabama House Republican leadership on Wednesday announced more expected committee appointments for the next legislative term.
  • Rep. Randall Shedd, R-Fairview, is the pick to chair the Transportation, Utilities, and Infrastructure Committee.
  • Rep. Danny Crawford, R-Athens, elected in 2016, will keep his spot as chairman of the House Agriculture and Forestry Commission.
  • Rep. Jim Carns, R -Vestavia Hills, who has more than 25 years as a House member, will chair the Commerce and Small Business Committee.
  • Entering her third term, Rep. Margie Wilcox, R – Mobile, will chair the Boards, Agencies and Commissions Committee.
  • Three-term Rep. Reed Ingram, R – Montgomery, will also keep his chairmanship of the County and Municipal Government Committee entering the next quadrennium.
  • Read more HERE.
2. Seven people sentenced in federal bust of cockfighting ring
  • Seven members of an Alabama family will serve sentences, ranging from probation to two years in federal prison, for running what authorities called one of the largest cockfighting enterprises in the country, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
  • The Department of Justice said the final member of the Easterling family of Verbena, Alabama, was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to violating the Animal Welfare Act’s prohibition against animal fighting. The U.S. Department of Justice said that for more than two years, the defendants held illegal cockfighting events at an arena with stadium-style seating for 150 people.
  • Prosecutors said participants paid large entry fees — up to $1,500 to fight seven roosters — while spectators wagered on the roosters, which fought with blades strapped to their legs, according to court documents. The defendants also ran two large fighting-bird breeding businesses known as Swift Creek Gamefarm and L&L Gamefarm where thousands of birds were bred and sold to be used in fights, according to court documents.
  • Read more HERE.
A message from
  • Due to the strong leadership of Governor Ivey, the Alabama Legislature, the State Board of Education, the State Department of Education, and education advocates in business and industry, Alabama’s historically anemic student proficiency scores and national rankings are beginning to move in the right direction.
  • Alabama’s business community, through the work of the Alabama Workforce Council and other advocacy groups, have worked in conjunction to implement much-needed educational improvements.
  • We are pleased that Alabama’s 2019 Mathematics and 2021 English Language Arts courses of study were developed by Alabama’s teachers and members of business and industry.
  • Consistency will allow all Alabama education stakeholders—parents, students, educators, businesses, and citizens—to understand our educational goals and test results.
  • Learn more HERE.

3. Warnock delivers 51-seat Senate for Democrats, and much more

  • For Senate Democrats, an oh-so-slim 51-49 majority never sounded so good.
  • Sen. Raphael Warnock’s victory in swing-state Georgia gives Democrats a welcome “lift,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday at the Capitol — newly confident of sidelining Trump-inspired Republicans in Congress and reaching across the aisle to other GOP lawmakers to deliver on bipartisan priorities with President Joe Biden.
  • Tuesday’s election was for just one seat, but Warnock’s win in the tight runoff provides an unexpected capstone to the midterm election cycle for his party. It makes it easier for Senate Democrats to organize and govern, and provides a crucial edge in a divided Congress as Republicans take hold of the House.
  • Gone is the especially intense political pressure of a 50-50 Senate that required all Democrats to toe the line — and made it possible for a single senator, notably Joe Manchin, to buck party priorities.
  • When the new Congress assembles in January, the extra seat will give Senate Democrats a solid majority that provides greater control over not just floor votes but also the committees, which are the backbones of legislating.
  • Read more HERE.

4. Trump blowback could carry less bite in 2024 for some in GOP

  • Donald Trump’s attacks on fellow Republican David McCormick contributed to the former hedge fund manager’s loss in Pennsylvania’s Senate primary. Now, as McCormick considers running again for the Senate, Trump’s derision may not be such a liability.
  • While McCormick, 57, has not said whether he will challenge three-term Democratic Sen. Bob Casey in 2024, he is taking steps signaling a campaign may be in the works, including attending recent receptions with influential GOP strategists and donors. McCormick also plans to publish a book in March — “Superpower in Peril: A Battle Plan to Renew America” — that could raise his profile.
  • He would be running in what could be a much different political environment.
  • Trump dominated the GOP primaries this year, wielding the power of his endorsement to lift his preferred candidates to the party nomination. But many of those contenders, including Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, lost in the general election. The latest was Herschel Walker, whose defeat on Tuesday in Georgia gave Democrats 51 of the Senate’s 100 seats.
  • Trump is now facing blame from some Republicans for contributing to the party’s midterm shortcomings, and that could open room for McCormick and others without worrying about blowback from the former president.
  • Read more HERE.

5. Alabama’s Anderson repeats as Bronko Nagurski award winner

  • Alabama outside linebacker Will Anderson Jr. has become the second two-time winner of the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the nation’s top collegiate defensive player.
  • Anderson was presented the award on Monday night by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
  • The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Anderson had 10 sacks for the No. 5-ranked Crimson Tide this season. He also won the award last year after recording 17 1/2 sacks.
  • Anderson, a junior, had two sacks in Alabama’s regular-season win finale against rival Auburn and had his first touchdown when he returned an interception 25 yards against Louisiana-Monroe.
  • Read more HERE.


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – AlabamaWorks: Light at the End of the Tunnel
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Ledbetter announces more committee chairmanships
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Kala Bass promoted at ALM
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Seven people sentenced in federal bust of cockfighting ring
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump blowback could carry less bite in 2024 for some in GOP
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Warnock delivers 51-seat Senate for Democrats, and much more
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama’s Anderson repeats as Bronko Nagurski award winner
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Democratic Sen. Warnock wins Georgia runoff against Walker
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Hooper apologizes, charge dismissed
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Club for Growth gives $50K to Stadthagen PAC
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – 4 former prison officers arrested on ethics, bribery charges
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Speedier drug approvals hit slowdown as FDA faces scrutiny
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Marshall: Execution review should happen quickly
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Walker County woman, others say FedEx delivered packages to wrong address
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Four ADOC officers face bribery charges
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Birmingham startup creates remote drug testing
Tuscaloosa News – One man dead in shooting at Tuscaloosa apartment complex
Tuscaloosa News – Weekend brings Clydesdales,’Nutcracker,’ Elvis tribute to Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa News – Alabama Power announces second rate hike in as many months
Decatur Daily – Decatur council approves medical marijuana dispensaries
Decatur Daily – In taped video, capital murder defendant denies killing
Decatur Daily – 4 former state prison officers in Limestone arrested on ethics, bribery charges
Times Daily – 2 Lauderdale Co. murderers have parole hearings
Times Daily – Tuscumbia Council to fill D-3 seat this month
Times Daily – UNA’s fall commencement set for Friday and Saturday
Anniston Star – Good cheer and fake snow fill the balmy air as Christmas 2022 gets a parade
Anniston Star – Chili Cook-off nets $700, lots of toys for APD Toy Drive
Anniston Star – Jacksonville police recognize officers for meritorious conduct
YellowHammer News – Tuberville threatens hold on military nominees over abortion policy
YellowHammer News – DOJ: Alabama family ran ‘one of the largest cockfighting enterprises’ in U.S.
YellowHammer News – Speaker nominee announces more committee chairs
Gadsden Times – Art in the outdoors: Public arts projects planned to enhance city, county
Gadsden Times – Theatre of Gadsden’s young actors group debuts Christmas show on Friday
Gadsden Times – Building collapse blocks intersection at Forrest Avenue-12th Street
Dothan Eagle – South Korea’s truth commission to probe foreign adoptions
Dothan Eagle – FBI got earlier tip about Colorado Springs gay bar shooter
Dothan Eagle – Emboldened athletes push back on old-school coaching methods
Opelika-Auburn News – Ex-Bills punter Araiza won’t be charged in alleged gang rape
Opelika-Auburn News – Ex-Border Patrol agent convicted of killing 4 women in Texas
Opelika-Auburn News – South Korea widens back-to-work orders on striking truckers
WSFA Montgomery – 50th Anniversary: Apollo 17 astronaut reminisces about his time on the moon
WSFA Montgomery – Flatwood community recovering a week after deadly tornado
WSFA Montgomery – Prattville man speaks out after wife survives being shot in the face
WAFF Huntsville – Medical cannabis applications continue to rise as deadline approaches
WAFF Huntsville – 50th Anniversary: Apollo 17 astronaut reminisces about his time on the moon
WAFF Huntsville – Mental health officials are getting more calls to new crisis lifeline
WKRG Mobile – Iran executes first known prisoner arrested in protests
WKRG Mobile – EXPLAINER: Pronouns, nonbinary people and the Club Q attack
WKRG Mobile – Bill protecting same-sex, interracial unions set for passage
WTVY Dothan – Houston County Career Academy students spread Christmas cheer
WTVY Dothan – Dale County judge first to rule on Aniah’s Law
WTVY Dothan – Dothan business leaders hear the future of Alabama’s workforce
WASHINGTON POST – Walker’s loss in Ga. spurs new GOP hand-wringing, calls for new strategy
WASHINGTON POST – Iran conducts first known execution of prisoner arrested during protests
WASHINGTON POST – They brought their sick baby to the hospital. Three days later, the state took their kids away.
NEW YORK TIMES – ‘Zero Covid,’ Once Ubiquitous, Vanishes in China’s Messy Pivot
NEW YORK TIMES – How Will China Turn Its Economy Back On? The World Is About to Find Out.
NEW YORK TIMES – Out of the Public Eye, a Debate Is Raging Over a Postwar Ukraine Economy
WALL STREET JOURNAL – SEC Faces Calls to Boost Crypto-Exchange Enforcement After FTX Collapse
WALL STREET JOURNAL – TikTok Is Sued by State of Indiana, Accused of Targeting Young Teens With Adult Content
WALL STREET JOURNAL – Auto Dealers Gird for Softening Demand Amid Higher Rates, Uncertain Outlook

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