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Daily News Digest – March 2, 2020

Presented by the

Yes For The Best Education Committee

Good morning!
Hope you enjoyed the nice, sunny weekend because it’s going to be a really wet week. We’re talking as much as five inches in Central Alabama between now and Thursday. Get the latest on that from James Spann HERE .
Here’s your Daily News for Monday, March 2.



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.
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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:
“A central feature of modern politics is the tendency of politicians to see themselves as mouthpieces instead of statesmen. Some of that is natural but other parts of it are due to the incentive structure within our own government. This is as true in Montgomery as it is in Washington D.C., and Alabamians should care far more about the goings-on in our state capital than in our nation’s capital.
“Since our legislature is stripped of any real influence in state education policy and therefore little accountability to voters, it leaves them free to demagogue and pander on the issue without really having to stand before the voters and take account for their time in office. The same is true for the governor. By making the governor and the state senate responsible for staffing the state school board as part of an ongoing process of appointment and confirmation, these branches of our government would finally have real skin in the game. The success of our schools would be their success, and the failure of our schools would be theirs, also.”
  • Read Matthew Stokes’ full column HERE.





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ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Matthew Stokes: Amendment One Puts Kids First, Politicians Last


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AL.COM  – Presidential candidates join jam-packed march to commemorate Bloody Sunday


AL.COM  – Alabama prison plan includes rehab, sentencing, building


AL.COM  – New Alabama mammoth mine project long in the making


AL.COM  – Nine judicial candidates on Tuesday GOP primary ballots


AL.COM  – One in 10 Alabamians is without health insurance. But rates vary by county.


Montgomery Advertiser – ‘Not OK … in this sacred space’: Why protesters turned their backs on Bloomberg in Selma


Montgomery Advertiser – Coronavirus, explained: Everything to know about COVID-19, the deadly virus alarming the world


Montgomery Advertiser – After rising from relative obscurity, Pete Buttigieg ends his White House bid as crowd chants ‘2024’


YellowHammer News – Bloomberg gets icy reception during speech in Selma


YellowHammer News – Worlds of Work showcases career opportunities in Alabama’s Wiregrass


YellowHammer News – Gov. Kay Ivey and Association of the U.S. Army honor outstanding Tuscaloosa women


BIRMINGHAM WATCH  – Where Republican Presidential Candidates Stand on Major Issues


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BIRMINGHAM WATCH  – State Health Officer: State Focused on Coronavirus Prevention, Alabamians Should Be Aware, Not Afraid


Tuscaloosa News – Police investigate after slurs painted in Alabama park


Tuscaloosa News – Police: Alabama girl lied about assault from fake officer


Tuscaloosa News – Biden welcomed in Selma as Dems court black voters


Decatur Daily – Gambling sentences light so city using business revocation in the fight


Decatur Daily – Annual Decatur Kiwanis Club Pancake Day spans generations


Decatur Daily – Coronavirus preparations begin locally and statewide


Times Daily – 115th armory restoration is complete


Times Daily – Former Southwest School slated for new ownership


Times Daily – Muscle Shoals purchases portable pump


Anniston Star – Anniston-based soldiers fought against Vietnam War from the inside


Anniston Star – Park focus of black history in Hobson City


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Daily Mountain Eagle – Candlelight vigil held for missing CH woman


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WAFF Huntsville – Cornerstone Word of life Church host church security workshop


WAFF Huntsville – State trooper’s car hit in DeKalb County, one person airlifted


WKRG Mobile – Mobile County to provide updates on COVID-19 coronavirus


WKRG Mobile – Democrat Pete Buttigieg ends his campaign for president


WKRG Mobile – Patriot Guard Rider killed escorting the body of Pearl Harbor survivor identified


WTVY Dothan – Tom Steyer drops out of Democratic presidential race


WTVY Dothan – Wiregrass receives mobile shower and laundry trailer


WTVY Dothan – Surgeon general urges people to stop buying face masks amid coronavirus fears


WASHINGTON POST  – Coronavirus may have spread undetected for weeks in Washington state, which reported first two deaths in U.S.


WASHINGTON POST  – Coronavirus rumors and chaos in Alabama point to big problems as U.S. seeks to contain virus


WASHINGTON POST  – Biden seeks to consolidate Democrats with momentum of his S.C. victory


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