Presented by the
Yes For The Best Education Committee
1. Tomorrow is Election Day
- Twenty four hours from now we’ll be voting in Alabama.
- Good luck to campaign workers who are slogging through the last bit of GOTV preparations. A good hype song or two is generally needed. I recommend the hopeful show tune GIF’d above for the morning, before invariably turning to a heavy dose of rap by evening.
- As much as some of us are looking forward to the election being over, the reality is many races are almost certainly headed to a runoff, so we’ll have four more weeks of winter.
- Not for nothing, but it’s going to rain tomorrow, probably pretty heavily in some parts of the state. That generally means a downtick among casual, less devoted voters.
- It’s a full ballot, with competitive races and ballot initiatives.
- Read a full rundown about all Alabama will be voting on tomorrow HERE.
2. Dem candidates gather in Selma
- The 55th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” is this week, and commemorations were held over the weekend in Selma.
- It is said to be U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ last Bridge Crossing Jubilee, which is sad. The civil rights leader and Georgia congressman has cancer.
- Politics is never far from the annual event, and that’s especially true in an election year with Super Tuesday mere days away.
- ADN’s Caroline Beck was in Selma reporting on the day’s events, and ended up following two candidates who are making notable pitches to black voters in Alabama and other southern states: Former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
- The two received different receptions as they spoke and campaigned around Selma. Caroline writes that Biden had a bit of a home field advantage due to the fact that the state’s top two Democrats – U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell and U.S. Sen. Doug Jones – have endorsed him.
- But Bloomberg has the support of the Alabama Democratic Conference, the African American wing of the state party that can be decisive in turning out votes on Election Day.
- Read Caroline’s full dispatch from Selma 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. Buttigieg is out
- Pete Buttigieg, who rose from relative obscurity as an Indiana mayor to a barrier-breaking, top-tier candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, ended his campaign on Sunday.
- The decision by the first openly gay candidate to seriously contend for the presidency — and among the youngest ever — came just a day after a leading rival, Joe Biden, scored a resounding victory in South Carolina. That sparked new pressure on the party’s moderate wing to coalesce behind the former vice president.
- He didn’t endorse any of his former rivals, though he and Biden traded voicemails on Sunday. Buttigieg has spent the past several weeks warning that nominating Bernie Sanders to take on President Donald Trump would be risky.
- Buttigieg on Sunday called on supporters to ensure that a Democrat wins the White House in November and that the party’s success carries over to down-ballot races for House and Senate. During previous debates, Buttigieg said Sanders could threaten Democratic seats in Congress.
- Read more about the final month of the Buttigieg campaign and how it impacts the Democratic race HERE.
4. Vaccine database sought
- The Alabama Department of Public Health is trying again this session with legislation to require health care providers to check a statewide patient database before administering vaccines and update the registry with new vaccinations.
- Public Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said required use of the database would keep children from being vaccinated again unnecessarily when they move across the state and their records don’t follow them, or when an elderly patient gets a vaccine from a provider, like a drug store, other than his primary care doctor.
- The similar bill cleared the Senate and a House committee last year, but died without a vote in the House.
- Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence, is carrying Senate Bill 56 this year and Rep. April Weaver, R-Brierfield, is sponsoring House Bill 103. Both have come out of committee and are awaiting floor votes.
- Last year, proponents said it would be helpful during a measles outbreak to be able identify vulnerable students.
- Read more from ADN’s Mary Sell HERE.
5. Matthew Stokes on Amendment One
- Our friend Matthew Stokes is back this week with a piece about the education amendment on the ballot Tuesday.
- You may remember that Matthew used to write a regular column for the Daily News before going on board with the Alabama Policy Institute as a resident fellow.
- It’s great to publish his work once again, and his points today about the realities of education and the state school board are as salient as ever.
- Unlike local school boards that must respond to local problems, the state school board is stuck between pleasing their individual constituents and advancing progress statewide, which are all too often competing interests, Stokes writes.
- He also eloquently makes a point I’ve been trying to summarize for the better part of a year: that giving the unequivocal responsibility for education to offices we do actually know and care about – the governor and the Legislature – provides them incentive to make improvements and empowers voters by knowing exactly whom to fire when progress isn’t made.
- Here’s an excerpt:
- Read Matthew Stokes’ full column HERE.
A message from the
Alabama State Port Authority
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