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Daily News Digest – November 15, 2019

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the Poarch Band of Creek Indians


Good morning and Happy Friday!
First, some breaking news: Alabama’s unemployment rate as hit another all time low of 2.8%. That’s crazy low. Read that full story with the county data HERE .
Here’s the rest of your Daily News for November 15.




1. Ivey: Can we stop labeling schools as ‘failing’?

  • Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday indicated she’d like to stop labeling some Alabama schools as “failing.”
  • At an Alabama State Board of Education meeting, Ivey, who presides as president of the board, asked if the term could be changed.
  • “I know that the law says you have to identify the bottom 6%, can we call them something else besides failing?” Ivey asked.
  • The board seems to agree, as do many education advocates. Lawmakers say they’ve been trying the change the label for some time, though nothing has ever passed.
  • Now those involved are talking about marrying the Alabama Accountability Act with the school report card standards.
  • That’s a complicated endeavor. Suffice to say that Ivey got an interesting conversation going.
  • Read the full story from Caroline Beck HERE.



2. Griffin won’t recuse

  • A state judge on Thursday refused to step aside in a lawsuit over who is in control of the Alabama Democratic Party as one side of the dispute pushed for the case to be dismissed.
  • Montgomery Circuit Judge Greg Griffin said he won’t recuse in the lawsuit brought by longtime chair Nancy Worley. Defendants had asked Griffin to step aside because of longstanding ties to party officer Joe Reed, who supports Worley. Griffin did not elaborate on his reasons in the one-page order.
  • Both Worley and state Rep. Chris England say they are the properly elected party chair.
  • Read more of the basics HERE.
  • Also read a more in-depth story from Brian Lyman Montgomery Advertiser HERE.





A message from

the Poarch Band of Creek Indians

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The Poarch Creek Indians recently developed a comprehensive plan that will provide the state with a billion dollars in licensing fees, millions in increased taxes, and burnish Alabama’s reputation as a premiere tourist destination.





3. Impeachment: Day Two

  • The House will hear from a singular witness today in the Trump impeachment hearings: Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who was targeted by the president’s allies in a “smear” campaign now central to the inquiry.
  • She and other officials now testifying publicly in the historic House hearings scrambled to understand President Donald Trump’s actions, providing revelatory accounts that Democrats are now relying on to make the case that the president’s behavior is impeachable.
  • In particular, Yovanovitch and others have described Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, as leading what one called an “irregular channel” outside the diplomatic mainstream of U.S.- Ukraine relations.
  • In an interesting shift, Democrats are no longer using the phrase “quid pro quo” to describe Trump’s behavior, perhaps an indication that Republicans’ messaging that military aid was eventually sent to Ukraine is having an impact.
  • Read more and watch the hearing live HERE.



4. Crowell ineligible for probate court


  • Less than 24 hours after retired Gen. Ed Crowell had been appointed as Montgomery County Probate Judge, the appointment had to be rescinded due to his age.
  • Gov. Kay Ivey appointed Crowell on Wednesday afternoon. By Thursday morning, it became clear that Crowell was aged out of the job.
  • The state constitution bars anyone over the age of 70 from qualifying to be a judge. That applies to both campaigns and appointments alike.
  • It turns out Crowell is 70, so he can’t serve as probate judge. It’s back to the drawing board for the Governor’s Office to fill the vacancy created when Steven Reed was elected Mayor of Montgomery.
  • ADN’s Mary Sell broke this story yesterday, and you can read her full report HERE.



5. Stacy column: An Audience of One

  • As a has-been politico and current hack pundit, you could say I’m a connoisseur of campaign stagecraft. I’m always interested in the different ways candidates and their consultants try to reach people, particularly via earned media, and it all starts with the announcement.
  • This election cycle, candidates have chosen all types of different campaign announcements. Actually, some have chosen not to have one at all.
  • The one I found interesting was that of Jeff Sessions, who upset the political applecart last week when he jumped into the race to reclaim his old Senate seat.
  • At first I was confused as to why he would go on Tucker Carlson and announce his candidacy on live TV. Then I watched what happened, and now I get it.
  • Here’s an excerpt from my latest column:
“To really understand his choice, though, you have to go deeper. Sessions wasn’t trying to reach Alabama voters, at least not as a primary audience. There will be plenty of time to shake hands and kiss babies back home, as well as discuss the various issues on the campaign trail. For this announcement, Sessions had an Audience of One: the President of the United States…”
  • Read the full piece HERE.





ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – State unemployment hits record low – again
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Impeachment hearings: what to watch on Day 2
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Ivey: Can we stop labeling schools ‘failing’?
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Judge won’t recuse in Alabama Democratic Party dispute
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Stacy Column: An Audience of One
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Hyundai expansion adds assembly line, 200 jobs
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – State leaders will meet to discuss future of LifeTech
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Group stops search for Aniah Blanchard
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Daily News Digest – November 14, 2019
AL.COM  – Gov. Kay Ivey wants to stop using ‘failing’ label on Alabama schools
AL.COM  – Federal judge rules Hoda Muthana not a US citizen
AL.COM  – Jeff Sessions among Senate candidates visiting Huntsville
AL.COM  – ‘This thing on?’ Alabama Democratic Party comes back from social media hibernation
AL.COM  – Reed/Worley faction of Alabama Democratic Party says Saturday meeting ‘is on’ despite cancellation
AL.COM  – Company refuses to print University of South Alabama diversity-themed magazine on religious grounds
AL.COM  – Alabama Democratic Party asks judge to dismiss Nancy Worley lawsuit
AL.COM  – Alabama Senate GOP hopefuls praise Trump in hopes for his endorsement
AL.COM  – Baby Trump organizers call on GoFundMe to shut down fundraiser for balloon slasher Hoyt Hutchinson
AL.COM  – Jeff Sessions says he doesn’t look back on AG job, will work for Trump’s endorsement
AL.COM  – Board gives woman rare lifetime ban for allegedly bringing gun to school
AL.COM  – Alabama’s bells ring with history
Montgomery Advertiser – Ed Crowell’s appointment as Montgomery County probate judge rescinded
Montgomery Advertiser – Help a Texas fifth-grader learn about Montgomery, Alabama. Send letters and postcards
Montgomery Advertiser – 5 takeaways from Aniah Blanchard’s parents ‘Dr. Phil’ interview. ‘We’re going to get you. I promise.’
YellowHammer News – Judge rules Alabama-born ‘ISIS bride’ not an American citizen, has no right to return
YellowHammer News – Roby presses VA officials on staffing issues at Alabama facilities — ‘My veterans are suffering’
YellowHammer News – Alabama Policy Institute launches campaign to change state’s ‘dead last’ k-12 ranking
Dothan Eagle – Alabama printing company refuses to print university magazine citing religious reasons
Dothan Eagle – Dothan City Schools to start search for new chief financial officer
Dothan Eagle – Eufaula woman faces drug trafficking charges
Tuscaloosa News – Defendant guilty of manslaughter in store clerk’s death
Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa fire department and street get new names
Tuscaloosa News – Moundville man accused of setting fire to house
Decatur Daily – Orr: Time to make plans to replace US 31 bridge
Decatur Daily – Murder defendant claims witness falsified statement for reward
Decatur Daily – Personnel Board backs creation of city PR position
Times Daily – Former Florence man charged in infant’s death
Times Daily – Colbert County High Student Awaits Expulsion Hearing
Times Daily – Community Development Committee doles out $200K in grants
Gadsden Times – GLENDA BYARS COLUMN: Words of wisdom from Coach Bryant
Gadsden Times – EXTENSON CORNER: Watch out for black widow spiders this fall
Gadsden Times – CAROL LINK ON GARDENING: New blossoms earn plants a short reprieve
Anniston Star – Teenage YouTubers’ videos lead to arrests of two men
Anniston Star – Ivey: Can we stop labeling schools ‘failing’?
Anniston Star – Berman Museum exhibit sheds light on often overshadowed Korean conflict
Troy Messenger – PARENT EXPO: Pike County Schools shows off programs
Troy Messenger – Scarbrough tells Exchange Club about Pike County voter fraud
Troy Messenger – Woman charged with burning down her own chicken houses in Goshen
Andalusia Star News – Car crashes into local boutique
Andalusia Star News – Sheriff wants to change local work-release laws
Andalusia Star News – Sheriff requests $130K to spend
Opelika-Auburn News – Fans urged to use caution against counterfeit tickets
Opelika-Auburn News – Road work near Tiger Town starts Thursday
Opelika-Auburn News – AO Elks Lodge honors veterans
Daily Mountain Eagle – Druvan Group brings the funny with Facebook videos
Daily Mountain Eagle – Cordova passes resolution on causes to support
Daily Mountain Eagle – Parrish contends with mysteries on finances
Trussville Tribune – PAUL DEMARCO: Alabama legislators need to revise bond laws for those accused of violent offenses
Trussville Tribune – Judge rules that former Hoover High School student turned ISIS bride is not a U.S. citizen
Trussville Tribune – Jefferson County man wanted on attempted murder, criminal mischief charges
Athens News Courier – Sheriff’s Office seeks dumpers
Athens News Courier – Beshear set for ‘next chapter’ as Bevin concedes in Kentucky
Athens News Courier – Athens man arrested after victim’s friends tell mom of solicitation
Sand Mountain Reporter – Boaz to host Planning Workshop Nov. 19
Sand Mountain Reporter – Marshall County students become ‘Super Citizens’ | Team Torch Heroes honored
Sand Mountain Reporter – SSCC President to participate in workforce development experience
WSFA Montgomery – ‘I’m not going to stop’: Mother of Aniah Blanchard pleads for information in daughter’s kidnapping
WSFA Montgomery – Faulkner HC Wasden to miss final game after medical incident
WSFA Montgomery – Parents arrested after child exposed to amphetamines, meth
Fox 6 Birmingham – Birmingham Water Works Board considers another rate increase
Fox 6 Birmingham – JeffCo schools work to recruit full time SROs
Fox 6 Birmingham – Cat recovering after botched declawing, rescue clinic raises concerns about abuse
WAFF Huntsville – ‘It feels like a nightmare’: Family remembers mother killed in bus crash one year later
WAFF Huntsville – 48 Investigates: Madison County volunteer fire chiefs call out chairman on funding
WAFF Huntsville – Survivors share stories from 1989 Airport Road tornado
WKRG Mobile – USA student magazine says company refused to print diversity issue
WKRG Mobile – Tonight is your chance to run through the Christmas Nights of Lights at the Hank
WKRG Mobile – 20-year-old HS student facing charges after performing sexual act with minor at school
WTVY Dothan – Construction underway for Landmark Park’s new playground
WTVY Dothan – Landmark Park expands agriculture museum
WTVY Dothan – Community responds to Ashford teachers’ leaked group chat
WASHINGTON POST  – Trump asks Supreme Court to shield his tax returns from prosecutors, setting up historic separation-of-powers showdown
WASHINGTON POST  – Two dead, at least 4 injured in shooting at a Los Angeles-area high school; suspect in custody.
WASHINGTON POST  – White House and Pentagon prepare for Trump to issue pardons in war-crimes cases, officials say
NEW YORK TIMES  – Marie Yovanovitch Hearing: What to Expect From Her Impeachment Inquiry Testimony
NEW YORK TIMES  – Trump Asks Supreme Court to Bar Release of His Tax Returns

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