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Daily News Digest – February 18, 2019

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The Alliance for Alabama’s Infrastructure

Good morning and Happy President’s Day. Hope you’re getting a relaxing day off.
Here’s your Daily News for February 18.


1. Understanding the National Emergency situation.

  • As you know, President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency in order to direct executive action to secure the border with Mexico.
  • His declaration said the situation “presents a border security and humanitarian crisis that threatens core national security interests” and that the southern border “is a major entry point for criminals, gang members, and illicit narcotics.”
  • The president is authorized to declare national emergencies under the National Emergencies Act of 1976. On top of that, there are other statutes providing the president the authority to redirect military funds, which is how he intends to get more border wall money.
  • However, that same 1976 law gives Congress the authority to terminate any national emergency declared by the president by passing a “concurrent resolution.”
  • Concurrent resolutions are not submitted to the president and, therefore, are not subject to a veto.
  • If you want to read that bit of law for yourself, find it HERE.
  • However, the Supreme Court later struck down such “legislative vetoes,” so it’s pretty clear President Trump would have the authority to veto a concurrent resolution and force Congress to try to overturn it, which is unlikely.
  • The West Wing is digging in for this fight as well as a legal challenge from states.
  • California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told ABC’s “This Week” that his state would sue “imminently” to block the order, after the American Civil Liberties Union and the nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen announced Friday they were taking legal action.
  • President Trump has said he expects a court fight, and even unfavorable opinions, until ultimately arriving at the Supreme Court.
  • Read more HERE.


2. Alabama native killed in Chicago plant shooting.

  • “I love you. I’ve been shot at work.”
  • Those were the words Alabama native Josh Pinkard texted his wife Terra amid a mass shooting at a Chicago-area plant.
  • Pinkard, originally from Holly Pond, Ala., was manager of the plant. He is one of five victims shot and killed by an employee who gunned down the place after learning he was being fired.
  • “I told my children that their dad did not make it and is in heaven with Jesus,” Terra Pinkard wrote in a Facebook post. “I’ve never had to do something that hard.”
  • Read more about the Pinkards and the other victims of the Aurora shooting HERE.


A message from
the Alliance for Alabama’s Infrastructure

  • 940,353.
  • That’s how many Alabama jobs are completely dependent on our state’s transportation network. From roads and rail to ports and pipelines, and everything in between.
  • Yet, it is no secret that Alabama’s transportation infrastructure in serious need of attention.
  • The Alliance for Alabama’s Infrastructure started the #FixALRoads grassroots campaign to make sure our state leaders recognize that the near-failing grades for roads and bridges are unacceptable – and we need your help.
  • Click HERE to learn more about the growing statewide effort to #FixALRoads.

3. Sanders-Fortier assumes father’s seat.

  • For nearly 40 years state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma has been a fixture of the Alabama State House.
  • Sanders, 76, did not seek re-election last year after nine terms in office. When lawmakers convene next month, Senate District 23 will be represented by another member of the Sanders family. His daughter, Sen. Malika Sanders-Fortier, won election to her father’s longtime Senate seat.
  • The long-serving Democrat said he has no regrets about leaving state politics, because he says he is leaving the district in good hands.
  • “Part of the reason I haven’t had a single afterthought is because I know Malika will not just do a good job, I know she’ll do a better job than I ever did. I am so proud of her. She has the intellect. She has the commitment,” Sanders said.
  • Read the full story from Kim Chandler HERE.

4. Push to amend hate crimes law.

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Alabamians and their allies held a rally and vigil on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol over the weekend.
  • Their goal was to recognize and remember LGBTQ individuals who had been targeted for violent acts and even killed, and to push lawmakers to include sexual orientation in the state’s hate crimes law.
  • Currently, Alabama’s hate crimes statute accounts for crimes motivated by a victim’s race, religion, nationality, or disability.
  • Advocates from the Human Rights Campaign, the American Civil Liberties Union, and other groups will be again asking the Legislature to amend the law this upcoming Regular Session.
  • Read more from’s Jonece Starr Dunigan, WSFA’s Samantha Day, and the Montgomery Advertiser’s Andrew Yawn.

5. Podcast updated.

  • Thank you to everyone who gave a listen to the first episode of our new podcast, “In the Weeds” with Alabama Daily News.
  • And a special thank you to those who offered feedback, constructive and otherwise.
  • Two important updates…
  • We’re now on iTunes! For iPhone users, this is the easiest and most popular way to keep up with podcast episodes. Subscribe HERE.
  • The transcript of my interview with Gov. Kay Ivey is now online. There were several interesting points she made during our conversation, including how she views her working relationship with lawmakers, her openness to the lieutenant governor having a bigger role, where we stand on a gas tax proposal, and more.
  • One thing I noted upon re-listening, I loved how Gov. Ivey was able to rattle off her entire student government history from Auburn. That stuff never really leaves us, does it?
  • Also, she’s a Daily News reader.
  • Read the updated podcast with transcript HERE.




ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Malika Sanders-Fortier takes over Senate seat of long-serving father
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Aurora shooting victims included plant manager from Alabama
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – White House indicates Trump would veto Congressional termination of national emergency
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – UPDATED: In the Weeds: Prisons, Pre-filed bills and Gov. Kay Ivey
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama Policy Institute: A conservative approach to the gas tax.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Weekend Digest: February 17, 2019
AL.COM – Alabama man’s fight with Post Office over answer to undeliverable mail reaches US Supreme Court
AL.COM – Alabama hate crime law doesn’t protect LGBTQ citizens
AL.COM – Alabama lawmakers kicking off Bicentennial in Huntsville
AL.COM – Morgan County elections discriminate against black, Hispanic voters, NAACP warns
Montgomery Advertiser – Few disclosure requirements for money raised after an election
Montgomery Advertiser – Two injured in crash involving MPD vehicle
Montgomery Advertiser – A teen in troubled times: ‘Take My Seat’ set in 1963 Montgomery
Montgomery Advertiser – Domestic dispute leaves Dalraida woman with life-threatening burns
YellowHammer News – The house that survived the hurricane
YellowHammer News – VIDEO: Emergency declaration is happening, $900 million for prisons, the vote on the Green New Deal and more on Guerrilla Politics …
YellowHammer News – Roby: Lawmakers must stop playing games with the Second Amendment
LAGNIAPPE – Baldwin County School Board files lawsuit over Gulf Shores school split directives
LAGNIAPPE – Columnist Rob Holbert: A little pre-filed fun on the way
LAGNIAPPE – Columnist Jeff Poor: How to win a GOP Senate nomination in 425 days
Dothan Eagle – Government Oversight: Historic Preservation Commission debates enforcement, education procedures
Dothan Eagle – Authorities seek man for questioning in Samson homicide
Dothan Eagle – ‘Signs of progress’: D.A. Smith earns place as historic African-American school
Tuscaloosa News – Supreme Court to hear Alabama case on undeliverable mail
Tuscaloosa News – Suspect in killing of 4 hostages during Mississippi standoff dies
Tuscaloosa News – Georgia boy fatally hit by 3 cars while trying to cross road
Decatur Daily – Health officials: Avoiding measles vaccine a mistake
Decatur Daily – Most local schools not sharing in online sales tax collections
Decatur Daily – City considering adding AC, new technology to pavilion
Times Daily – Rain delays long-awaited Sheffield walking trail project
Times Daily – Residents seek more authority openness
Times Daily – Florence Middle School Prepares for Tuesday opening
Gadsden Times – Decisions loom for Alabama roads, funding
Anniston Star – Commission allots grant money to inmate release program
Troy Messenger – FARMING ON THE FLY: Wooleys bring crop-dusting by drone to Alabama
Troy Messenger – Potential EMA-911 merger still on the table
Troy Messenger – Park Street sidewalk construction to begin Tuesday
Andalusia Star News – Southeast Gas donates $125K to schools in ‘Give Back’ program
Andalusia Star News – ‘Lend a hand’ event helps man paralyzed when he lifted tank
Andalusia Star News – Investigation nets 7 drug arrests
Opelika-Auburn News – Shooting suspects’ cause of death pending autopsy; injured officer identified
Opelika-Auburn News – Auburn man killed in motorcycle crash
Daily Mountain Eagle – Jasper firm handling veterans suits against 3M
Daily Mountain Eagle – Bevill State retraining Gorgas workers
Trussville Tribune – Man arrested for shooting recklessly in Center Point street
Trussville Tribune – Blount County Driver License office is relocating
Trussville Tribune – 3 injured in collision involving 18-wheeler on Pinson Valley Parkway
Athens News Courier – ONE BRIGHT FUTURE: Police, sheriff weigh in on projected growth
Athens News Courier – ONE BRIGHT FUTURE: Forrest Street, drainage improvements top list
Sand Mountain Reporter – Guntersville honors Jenny Estes
Sand Mountain Reporter – Prison plan gets support
WSFA Montgomery – New scholarship offered to attract students to automotive manufacturing industry
WSFA Montgomery – Montgomery police vehicle involved in crash with injuries
Fox 6 Birmingham – Wife of Cullman Co. native killed in IL mass shooting posts heartfelt message on social media
Fox 6 Birmingham – B’ham woman starts initiative for donating blankets to dialysis patients
Fox 6 Birmingham – Police: Jewelry store near Galleria robbed by masked suspects with sledgehammers
WAFF Huntsville – Cullman Co. native confirmed to be victim in Illinois mass shooting
WAFF Huntsville – Huntsville police arrest shooting suspect in connection with North Huntsville murder
WAFF Huntsville – 22-year-old man charged in fatal shooting outside Huntsville club
WKRG Mobile – Suspect in killing of 4 hostages during standoff has died
WTVY Dothan – Manhunt for former Samson police officer over – Investigation continues
WTVY Dothan – Sheriff’s officials: Good Samaritans and dogs stop children from crossing interstate
WASHINGTON POST  – White House defends Trump’s emergency declaration as lawsuits and political battles mount
WASHINGTON POST  – The Washington Post: A crafty plan to bring the perennial debt-ceiling debate down to earth
WASHINGTON POST  – Bill Weld defends decision to run against Trump, says Republicans ‘want to have no election’
WASHINGTON POST  – Google reaped millions in tax breaks as it secretly expanded its real estate footprint across the U.S.
NEW YORK TIMES  – Rift Between Trump and Europe Is Now Open and Angry

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