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Daily News Digest – November 13, 2019

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the Poarch Band of Creek Indians


Good morning!
Here’s your Daily News for Wednesday, November 13.



1. What to watch for today

  • At 9:00 a.m. Central, the House Intelligence Committee will gavel in for its much anticipated hearing on the impeachment inquiry for President Donald Trump.
  • All the cable and broadcast news outlets will be carrying the feed, so it’ll be hard to miss if you’re near a TV.
  • Will it be a solemn moment as Democrats hope, or will it be a charade as Republicans insist? Probably depends on your perspective. A recent poll found that as many as 73% of Americans already had their minds made up on Trump’s impeachment, whether for or against. Imagine getting a jury like that!
  • First up this morning is William Taylor, the career diplomat who previously testified behind closed doors about his recollection of the Trump-Ukraine situation.
  • Read more about what to watch for today and find streaming video HERE.



2. Mixing it up in AL-2

  • They are off to the races in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District.
  • With qualifying done, two candidates made big moves this week to better position themselves in the race.
  • Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman is the first up on television with a 30 second ad that tracks the same message as his “moving and shaking” announcement video. It has 1,000 gross percentage points behind it in Dothan and Montgomery markets over the next two weeks. Watch the spot HERE.
  • Prattville businesswoman Jessica Taylor scored the first big endorsement of the race, as State Rep. Will Dismukes threw his support behind her yesterday. Dismukes had pursued his own campaign for Congress, before withdrawing from the race last week. Read that full story HERE.







A message from

the Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Next month, Alabama turns 200—an important time to celebrate our past, take stock and envision where we want to go.
Improving the quality of life for Alabamians is a priority—ensuring a bright future for all of us who call this great state home. One certain way that we can build economic opportunity and growth is by harnessing the power of gaming in our state.
The Poarch Creek Indians recently developed a comprehensive plan that will bring the state a billion dollars, and millions more to come .









3. Elliott files oil revenue bill

  • A south Alabama lawmaker wants it in writing that the state will never try to direct money from an oil and gas revenue fund to non-coastal parts of the state.
  • Earlier this month, Gov. Kay Ivey announced almost $28 million from the federal Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 for 16 projects on Alabama’s coast.
  • A senator from Baldwin County says he wants to ensure that future GOMESA money stays on the coast.
  • Sen. Chris Elliott, R-Fairhope, said his area is still “stinging” from the way the state’s BP settlement money was distributed in 2016. He’s pre-filed for the 2020 session Senate Bill 3. It requires GOMESA funds, “be expended only within the coastal political subdivisions of the state.”
  • “We just want to memorialize that in statute,” Elliott told Alabama Daily News.
  • Read the full story from ADN’s Mary Sell HERE.



4. Meadows wins HD 74

  • Republican Charlotte Meadows is your new State Representative from House District 74 in Montgomery.
  • The LEAD Academy Chairman and longtime education reform advocate won the special election over Democrat Rayford Mack 68-31 percent.
  • It was a very low turnout election. Only 2,444 votes were casts, totaling 7.8 percent.
  • Meadows fills the seat of former State Rep. Dimitri Polizos, who passed away earlier this year.
  • Read more from the Advertiser’s Brian Lyman HERE.


5. Moving Day

Several new job announcements in the land of Alabama Politics this week…
Congrats to all!


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – ‘Stinging’ from BP settlement split, lawmaker files oil revenue bill
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – State Rep. Will Dismukes Endorses Jessica Taylor for AL-2 Race
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  –Coleman up on TV, radio with first campaign ad
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Kellie Hope named BCA’s new Director of Regional Affairs
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Aderholt names Kerry Knott chief of staff
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Morgan Ashurst named new President for Alabama’s Association of REALTORS
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – What to watch at impeachment hearing
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Daily News Digest – November 12, 2019
AL.COM  – Alabama’s federal gerrymandering trial ends
AL.COM  – 3 killed in Alabama act of domestic violence inspires fight for gun reform
AL.COM  – Dueling Alabama Democrats continue to battle in court
AL.COM  – SPLC: Stephen Miller emails ‘promoted racist propaganda’
AL.COM  – Neil Young says Jeff Sessions and marijuana prevent him from becoming US citizen
AL.COM  – Indicted sheriff pleads not guilty to 13 charges of theft, abuse of power
AL.COM  – Inauguration of Steven Reed, first black mayor in Montgomery
AL.COM  – Gone without a trace? Misery, mystery linger in these Alabama missing child cases
AL.COM  – Alabama had a problem with brain drain. How’s that looking now?
AL.COM  – Fundraiser for Hoyt Hutchinson, Alabama man who stabbed Baby Trump balloon, tops $42,000
AL.COM  – New Democratic chair says Alabama has lost political center
Montgomery Advertiser – Steven Reed, Montgomery’s first African American mayor, is sworn into office
Montgomery Advertiser – Dream come true: Reed’s supporters believe time has come for Montgomery to soar
Montgomery Advertiser – Morehouse College alumni sing hymn at Steven Reed’s inauguration
YellowHammer News – Jessica Taylor endorsed by GOP State Rep. Will Dismukes in AL-02 race
YellowHammer News – U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt names Kerry Knott chief of staff
YellowHammer News – Schumer deputy fundraising for Doug Jones
American – The Pentagon, Prudence, and Missile Defense
Dothan Eagle – State legislators, pre-k advocates visit Coleman Center to examine future of early education
Dothan Eagle – Dothan leaders travel to Arkansas assessing how art impacts economic development
Dothan Eagle – Man accused of cutting girlfriend with steak knife; charged with domestic violence
Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa feels effects of arctic blast
Tuscaloosa News – Man on trial in store clerk’s death
Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa City Council action from November 12, 2019
Decatur Daily – ALDOT to repair I-65 northbound river bridge
Decatur Daily – Blakely pleads not guilty to ethics, theft charges
Decatur Daily – ‘Proud to be a soldier’: Veterans and their loved ones remember those who served and those who died
Times Daily – Sheffield expands entertainment district to 365 days
Times Daily – Lexington native receives ‘trip of a lifetime’ through Make-A-Wish
Times Daily – Z-Factor students learn life, leadership skills at UNA
Gadsden Times – Arts groups ask city council for dedicated performing arts center
Gadsden Times – Warming centers open in Etowah County
Gadsden Times – Local WWII veterans honored with sand from Normandy
Anniston Star – Final suspects charged in October robbery in Anniston
Anniston Star – Anniston to open warming station as temperatures drop below freezing
Anniston Star – Heflin City Council OKs incentive for planned new business
Troy Messenger – City to save $545,000 through bond refinancing
Troy Messenger – Commission approves contract for jail architect
Troy Messenger – Chili Cook-Off will raise funds for Pioneer Museum
Andalusia Star News – 15 qualify for local primaries
Andalusia Star News – World War II housing available for free
Andalusia Star News – Need help with Medicare? Attend a meeting
Opelika-Auburn News – Carson resigns after questions about vehicle purchase
Opelika-Auburn News – Auburn upholds ‘great tradition’ of recognizing service members
Opelika-Auburn News – Opelika salutes America’s veterans; military officers thank America
Daily Mountain Eagle – Grinston: Army well trained for next generation
Daily Mountain Eagle – IBEW gives $4,000 for Beacon House gifts
Daily Mountain Eagle – Grinston speaks at Cordova High
Trussville Tribune – Pinson, Clay councils name grand marshals for 2019 Christmas parades
Trussville Tribune – CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Clerk uses broom against knife-wielding robber in Birmingham
Trussville Tribune – Clay city manager updates on Northern Beltline, Sweeney Hollow expansion, Cosby Lake dredging
Athens News Courier – OSHA FILING: Whistleblowers allege TVA downplayed concerns
Athens News Courier – OSHA FILING: Whistleblowers allege TVA downplayed concerns
Athens News Courier – Hearing for woman charged in infant’s death set for Dec. 3
Sand Mountain Reporter – Spurlin inducted to Alabama Building Industry Hall of Fame
Sand Mountain Reporter – Salute to veterans | Boaz VFW holds ceremony in Old Mill Park
Sand Mountain Reporter – A rustic free-form tart that everyone can make
WSFA Montgomery – Montgomery County BOE approves charter school conversions
WSFA Montgomery – Montgomery’s first black mayor is ‘exciting’ and ‘gives hope,’ residents say
WSFA Montgomery – Texas EquuSearch suspends search efforts for missing Blanchard
Fox 6 Birmingham – Deputies help hitchhiking disabled veteran reach doctor’s appointment
Fox 6 Birmingham – Hoover police looking for two suspects in card theft case
Fox 6 Birmingham – Shelby Co. Sheriff asks people to be aware of increase crime around holidays
WAFF Huntsville – Family of homeless man found dead outside Huntsville gas station believe he died in the cold
WAFF Huntsville – Sex offender arrested in Shoals drug trafficking investigation
WAFF Huntsville – Huntsville school leaders discuss bullying warning signs
WKRG Mobile – Opportunities ahead to view the International Space Station
WKRG Mobile – Poarch Band of Creek Indians seek to expand operations
WKRG Mobile – Watch public impeachment hearings & get breakdown of process
WTVY Dothan – New curriculum at Dothan Prep challenges some teachers; administrators look to get involved
WTVY Dothan – You won’t believe the young age of some students at this new school
WTVY Dothan – Son’s death inspires many to drive safe
WASHINGTON POST  – At donor dinner, Giuliani associate said he discussed Ukraine with Trump, according to people familiar with his account
WASHINGTON POST  – Aides are counseling Trump not to fire Mulvaney, as acting chief of staff changes course again
WASHINGTON POST  – Trump administration defends ending DACA, and Supreme Court’s conservatives seemed receptive
WASHINGTON POST  – Trump advisers exploring tax proposal that would lower ‘middle class’ rate to 15 percent
NEW YORK TIMES  – Supreme Court Allows Sandy Hook Relatives to Sue Gun Maker
NEW YORK TIMES  – A Viewer’s Guide to the First Impeachment Public Hearing
NEW YORK TIMES  – A Surprising Finding on Paid Leave: ‘This Is Not the Way We Teach This’

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