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Daily News Digest – July 15, 2020

Good morning!
I regret to report the passing of State Rep. Ron Johnson , who died yesterday after a battle with liver cancer. The Sylacauga lawmaker was the longest serving member of the Alabama House of Representatives and a one-of-a-kind personality in the State House. Condolences to Mr. Ron’s family & friends.
Here’s your Daily News for Wednesday, July 15.




1. It’s Tuberville

  • Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions lost the Republican nomination for his old Senate seat in Alabama to former college football coach Tommy Tuberville on Tuesday, likely ending a long political career with a bitter defeat egged on by President Donald Trump.
  • Tuberville, 65, beat Sessions in Tuesday’s Republican runoff as Sessions fell short in his attempted comeback for a seat he held for two decades before resigning to become Trump’s attorney general in 2017.
  • The former Auburn coach won every county but three, securing 60% of the vote and positioning himself to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones in November.
  • Sessions was gracious to Tuberville in defeat, pledging that he’d work to help defeat Jones. “He is our Republican nominee,” Sessions said. “We must stand behind him in November.”
  • Thus ends a nearly 40 year career in public service for Sessions, who could never get over Trump’s criticisms after he recused himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
  • In his concession speech Tuesday night, Sessions said he had no regrets.
  • “I did the right thing and I saved the president’s bacon in the process. Any other action to try to squelch an investigation in that environment would not have worked,” he said, adding that it ultimately led to Trump’s exoneration.
  • “I leave elected office with my integrity intact.”
  • Full story from Kim Chandler and Bill Barrow HERE.


2. Moore dominates in AL-2

  • Former State Rep. Barry Moore convincingly won the Republican nomination for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District Tuesday night, beating Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman by 20 points.
  • Moore told supporters this was a “David and Goliath race” in which he overcame the major cash advantage Coleman had throughout the campaign.
  • “When y’all see a garbage man from Battens Crossroads, Alabama going to Congress and standing up here talking to a bunch of people and TV cameras, that tells you we’re living in one of the greatest nations in the world,” Moore said. He owns a garbage hauling business in Coffee County.
  • Moore received 52,715 votes, or 60%, while Coleman got 34,503 votes, or 40%, according to unofficial results late Tuesday night.
  • Moore won every county but three in the Ruby-red 2nd District, and racked up big time margins in Elmore, Coffee and Autauga counties.
  • Read more from ADN’s Caroline Beck HERE.


3. Carl wins in AL-1

  • Jerry Carl defeated Bill Hightower for the Republican nomination for the U.S. House in Alabama’s 1st District.
  • Carl is the president of the Mobile County Commission and has started multiple companies. Hightower is a business operator who served five years in the Alabama Senate.
  • Outgoing U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne endorsed Carl and campaigned hard on his behalf, which was a decisive factor in the hard-fought race.
  • Washington-based Club for Growth endorsed Hightower and spent more than $1 million on ads supporting him and attacking Carl.
  • Looking at the numbers, Carl clinched his victory by winning Mobile County by more than 5,000 votes.
  • In November, Carl will face James Averhart, who claimed the Democratic nomination over Kiani A. Gardner.
  • Read more HERE.
  • Also, Criminal Appeals Judge Beth Kellum defeated Will Smith in a runoff for the Republican nomination for the Place 2 seat on the court.
  • Kellum, who has served on the appellate court since 2009, led a three-person field in March, but she couldn’t get a majority. Smith is a former member of the Lauderdale County Commission.
  • The five-member court is composed entirely of Republicans. No Democrat is seeking the Place 2 position so winning the runoff is tantamount to election.


4. Ivey sets deadline to respond to school proposal

  • Did you know there was a meeting of the Alabama State Board of Education yesterday?
  • There was and it lasted for like six hours.
  • One reason it lasted so long was because of discussion over a proposal from state senators and school nurses about reopening classrooms later this year.
  • Ivey gave State Superintendent Eric Mackey until Friday to respond to a multi-part proposal for screening, testing and possibly isolating students with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • During 90 minutes of discussion about it, the lawmakers pushing the proposal said Alabama State Department of Education leadership had “sandbagged” the proposal.
  • Ivey invited the lawmakers to the meeting but said she was not endorsing their plan, which includes private vendors. She said she wanted “to bring some closure, make some decisions and move forward.” Most K-12 public schools are expected to open their campuses next month. COVID-19 cases have risen sharply in recent weeks.
  • “Y’alls’ schools are about to open … we have to have some closure to this situation,” said a frustrated Ivey, who participated in the meeting via video stream.
  • The more than $150 million proposal also includes hiring 300 new nurses, thermal scanning of students and staff and rapid flu and COVID-19 testing at each school.
  • Full story from ADN’s Mary Sell HERE.


5. Alabama virus deaths rise as hospital group repeats warning

  • Alabama recorded its highest one-day death count from the coronavirus Tuesday as the head of a state hospital group warned the state is on a dangerous path with intensive-care beds filling up and schools about to reopen.
  • The Bama Tracker website reported 40 new deaths, the most in a single day since the pandemic took hold in March. The illness has killed more than 1,130 people statewide, and more than 56,400 cases have been confirmed.
  • Dr. Karen Landers of the Alabama Department of Public Health said the one-day jump reflected deaths that were added to the state’s official count after a review of records and did not necessarily mean 40 people had died in one day.
  • “There may be a delay in reporting deaths due to receiving records for review and other factors,” she said.
  • The head of the Alabama Hospital Association, Dr. Donald Williamson, said the state was headed for a “potential disaster” with increasing daily case counts and a shrinking number of empty beds in hospitals.
  • Read more HERE.



ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Tuberville beats Sessions, wins Alabama Senate GOP primary


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – In defeat, Sessions still says Trump right for nation


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Barry Moore dominates GOP runoff in 2nd District


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Ivey sets deadline to respond to lawmakers’ school safety proposal


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama virus deaths rise as hospital group sounds warning


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – As school year approaches, leaders worry about teacher, staff shortages, protecting vulnerable


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – In the Weeds: Runoff Election Day


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Judge: Women can get abortion pill without doctor visits


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – White House virus task force member says ‘none of us lie’


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – July 14, 2020


AL.COM  – Alabama reports 40 COVID deaths, most ever in single day; 1,673 new cases overnight


AL.COM  – Jerry Carl takes GOP nomination in District 1, to face Averhart


AL.COM  – Kellum claims court nomination; Chestnut wins school race


AL.COM  – Columnist Kyle Whitmire: Adiós, Jeff Sessions


AL.COM  – Jones says Tuberville is an ‘unprepared hyper-partisan’ as general election begins.


AL.COM  – Trump praises Tuberville for win over Sessions, calls Doug Jones ‘super liberal puppet’


AL.COM  – Pentagon gives Boeing $150M for missile program managed in Alabama


AL.COM  – Airbus CEO: Production recovery could take until 2025


AL.COM  – $95 million Demopolis wood pellet plant under construction


Montgomery Advertiser – Trump congratulates Tuberville, spikes football on Sessions, takes aim at Doug Jones


Montgomery Advertiser – 10-vote separation: Autauga Commission Democratic District 5 Runoff too close to call


Montgomery Advertiser – Montgomery school board votes to change the Confederate names of three high schools


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Tuberville declared winner in bid to face Senator Doug Jones on November ballot


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Mother charged with DUI in crash that killed 1-year-old son in Las Vegas


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Cullman County offering traditional and virtual learning this fall


Tuscaloosa News – Arrest warrants issued in University Mall shooting


Tuscaloosa News – Tuberville defeats Sessions, wins Alabama Senate GOP primary


Tuscaloosa News – Program brings farmers market to the people


Decatur Daily – With infections rising, Decatur mask ordinance takes effect


Decatur Daily – Decatur Youth Services employee is 8th city worker to test positive for COVID-19


Decatur Daily – Masks offer much more protection against coronavirus than many think


Times Daily – Commission limits discussion on monument


Times Daily – Tanker truck crashes, spills liquid asphalt.


Times Daily – Ivey sets deadline for response to lawmakers’ school safety proposal


Anniston Star – RMC chief urges Jacksonville council to require masks


Anniston Star – Cleburne County closes probate office after staffer tests positive for COVID-19


Anniston Star – State says plan in the works to test Alabama’s entire inmate population


YellowHammer News – Jerry Carl wins Republican nomination in AL-01


YellowHammer News – Long shot no Moore — Coffee County Republican takes congressional primary runoff


YellowHammer News – BREAKING: Tuberville wins Republican nomination in Alabama Senate contest, handing huge win to President Trump


Gadsden Times – Council delays vote on mask ordinance


Gadsden Times – Attalla Health & Rehab faces COVID-19 cases


Gadsden Times – Nordgren, Womack win local runoff races


Dothan Eagle – Moore beats Coleman in GOP runoff


Dothan Eagle – Tuberville beats Sessions, wins Alabama Senate GOP primary


Dothan Eagle – UPDATE: One remains critical after downtown wreck Tuesday morning


Opelika-Auburn News – Tuberville takes Lee County easily in GOP runoff


Opelika-Auburn News – Mandatory face masks part of ACS back-to-school plan


Opelika-Auburn News – Food Bank of East Alabama receives donation of 10,800 eggs from Cal-Maine Foods


WSFA Montgomery – Montgomery school board votes to rename 3 high schools


WSFA Montgomery – State school board meeting turns contentious over reopening plan


WSFA Montgomery – Birmingham mayor: We now have an outright ban on chokeholds


WAFF Huntsville – Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office closes to public amid COVID-19 concerns


WAFF Huntsville – National coin shortage hits Valley banks, businesses


WAFF Huntsville – DeKalb County manhunt over, suspect in custody


WKRG Mobile – Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill – Daphne employee tests positive for COVID-19


WKRG Mobile – AltaPointe staff makes sleeping mats for homeless


WKRG Mobile – Hospitals put off elective surgeries due to jump in COVID-19 cases


WTVY Dothan – 10 percent turnout possible for Alabama runoff election


WTVY Dothan – U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville casts ballot in Auburn


WTVY Dothan – Troy University responds to alleged racist comments made by student


WASHINGTON POST – Trump administration recommends the National Guard as an option to help hospitals report coronavirus data


WASHINGTON POST – White House tells 18 million unemployed workers to ‘Find Something New’ in ad campaign


WASHINGTON POST – Sessions loses runoff in Alabama as Trump helps vanquish a key supporter he came to despise


NEW YORK TIMES – Coronavirus Live Updates: Virus Resurgence Threatens U.S. Economy


NEW YORK TIMES – Trump Administration Strips C.D.C. of Control of Coronavirus Data


NEW YORK TIMES – 64 Videos Show the N.Y.P.D. Meeting Protesters With Fists, Clubs and Body Slams


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Consumer Appetite for Cars, Homes Bolsters U.S. Economy


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Trump-Backed Tuberville Beats Sessions in Alabama Senate GOP Primary


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Joe Biden Unveils $2 Trillion Plan to Combat Climate Change



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