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Daily News Digest – November 29, 2018

PRESENTED BY the Stop The HIT Coalition

Good morning! Here’s your Daily News for Thursday, November 29.


1. State revenues up.

  • Good news! The surging economy has produced the strongest growth in state revenues in a decade.
  • That’s promising for Alabama’s two budgets: the Education Trust Fund and the General Fund.
  • The ETF grew by as much as $428 million and the General Fund grew by $72 million.
  • That’s the story from Mike Cason who talked with Acting Finance Director Kelly Butler.
  • Butler told Mike that he sees a generally good economy that will benefit state budgets. He also credited the recent tax cuts with the latest boost in income and sales tax growth.
  • House General Fund Chairman Steve Clouse is pleased to see a boost in that sometimes growth-stunted budget, but said there are plenty of financial issues the Legislature will have to work out come March.
  • Mike’s full story is well worth a read this morning.

2. House Elections.

Pelosi wins easily
Rogers will lead Republicans on Homeland Security
  • Congressman Mike Rogers has been selected as Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee.
  • Ranking Member means the top leader from the minority party.
  • It puts Rogers in position to be chairman should Republicans win the House back. He was elbowed out of that job by the powerful Texas delegation six years ago, so good for him on getting it back.
Aderholt up for Appropriations post
  • Congressman Robert Aderholt is vying to become Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee. Same as above, that would make him the top Republican and in line to become chairman if his party wins back the majority.
  • That decision will be made TODAY by the House GOP Steering Committee.
  • Aderholt has three other competitors for the job: Texas Rep. Kay Granger, Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, and Georgia Rep. Tom Graves.
  • Seniority wise, it’s Aderholt’s turn. He has been on the Appropriations Committee longer than the other three, and that’s usually a key factor in these selections.
  • Some believe Sen. Richard Shelby’s chairmanship of Senate Appropriations might work against Aderholt here because other states might not like us having so much clout.
  • However, others say the Shelby connection could actually be a plus. In a divided Congress, Aderholt’s relationship with Shelby could benefit Republicans and help move bills through.
  • Also helping Aderholt: Alabama has two members on the Steering Committee: Congressmen Mike Rogers and Gary Palmer.
  • Stay tuned.


A Message from the   Stop The HIT Coalition

  • Time’s running out for Alabama small businesses and middle-class families to save as much as $450 in 2020.
  • This costly, unfair and hidden tax increases the cost of health insurance in the small business market, needlessly stifles economic growth and should be repealed.
  • Senator Doug Jones can help protect hardworking Alabamians by supporting legislation to delay the 2020 Health Insurance Tax before it begins driving up the cost of care for thousands of Alabama families.
  • Ask Senator Jones to co-sponsor S. 3063, bipartisan legislation to suspend the 2020 Health Insurance Tax.


3. Hoover officials meet with Bradford family.

  • Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato, Councilman Derrick Murphy and Police Chief Nick Derzis met with the family of E.J. Bradford expressing their condolences and apologizing for the inaccurate statement originally released about the Thanksgiving night shooting.
  • Immediately after the shooting, authorities released a statement implying that Bradford was the suspected perpetrator who opened fire in Riverchase Galleria and wounded two people. The evidence later showed that was incorrect. Bradford had a firearm but was not the shooter. The actual assailant is still at large.
  • A statement from the city said the officials answered the family’s questions, but was not specific.
  • Funeral services for Bradford are set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham.
  • Meanwhile, demonstrators are calling for boycotts and vowing to “shut down” Hoover and The Galleria, Alabama’s largest mall.
  • The city canceled a Christmas tree lighting that had been scheduled for tonight.
  • Read the full story from Jay Reeves and Kim Chandler, reporting from Hoover and Birmingham.

4. We’re dying sooner.

  • Some troubling news: for the third straight year, life expectancy in the United States has declined.
  • That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control, which says this is the longest decline in life expectancy since the 1910s when World War I and a flue epidemic killed millions.
  • What’s the deal? A rise in preventable deaths, namely suicide and drug overdoses.
  • The suicide rate is at its highest since the 1970s with more than 47,000 Americans taking their own lives last year.
  • More than 77,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year.
  • “These sobering statistics are a wake-up call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said.
  • On a positive note, the death rate for cancer declined last year. It’s the only leading cause of death to decline.
  • Read and watch the full story from CBS News.

5. News Briefs.

Senators send message on Saudi Arabia
  • A majority of Senators, including several Republicans, are expressing dissatisfaction with the U.S. response to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
  • In a 63-37 vote Wednesday, the Senate opted to move forward with legislation calling for an end to U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis both lobbied senators not to go through with the vote saying that there is still “no direct reporting” connecting the crown prince to the murder.
  • Pompeo also said the vote would be “poorly timed” as diplomatic efforts to end the conflict are underway.
  • The vote is largely a symbolic move, because House Republicans have given no indication that they would take up the war powers measure before the end of the year.
  • One surprising supporter of the vote was Trump supporter Lindsey Graham who threatened to withhold his vote on key measures if this matter wasn’t addressed.
  • Read more about the situation HERE.


Lanier teacher resigns, charged with sex crimes
  • A teacher was arrested Wednesday – a week after she resigned from Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery – and charged with sex crimes against a student. The Montgomery Police Department Natasha Patronsky is charged with engaging in a sex act with a student under 19.
  • Full story from WSFA’s Jenn Horton HERE.
New Lumber Mill in Thomasville
  • In case you missed it, a new lumber mill is being built in Thomasville.
  • Tuscaloosa-based Westervelt Co. is expected to begin construction next year and eventually employ 125 people at the lumber mill. The company already operates a mill in Moundville.
  • Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield says this new mill is a great job-creating project for a rural area in Clarke County and will provide a boost for the forest products industry throughout the region.


Worth Mentioning

Blake Harris named Chief of Staff
  • Alabama politico Blake Harris has been named Chief of Staff to Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Lee.
  • Blake managed Lee’s successful campaign, which bested better-known politicians in the GOP primary and outmatched former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in November.
  • Blake made a name for himself working dozens of races in Alabama for the last decade. Now he’ll make the jump to Tennessee and try to navigate the Three Grand Divisions.
  • As someone who cut my teeth in Tennessee politics, I can tell you that’s going to be a very cool job.
  • Congrats, Blake!
Cygnal named top polling firm
  • Congrats as well to Brent Buchanan and the team at Cygnal for being named as a top polling firm nationally.
  • Cygnal was ranked the most accurate pollster in the country by the New York Times / The Upshot in a statistical analysis of surveys conducted in the final three weeks of the 2018 general election.
  • The Alabama firm beat out Fox News, CNN, the Times itself, Quinnipiac and a dozen other pollsters.
  • See tweet from Nate Cohn below.



ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Hoover officials meet with shooting victim’s family to apologize, answer questions
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – New Thomasville lumber mill will employ 125
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Skip Tucker: A Damn Yankee on the Slurry Line?
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Senate defies Trump, showing anger with Saudis for Khashoggi
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Pelosi nominated for Speaker, must now get the floor votes
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – November 28, 2018
AL.COM – Alabama sees strongest tax growth since Great Recession
AL.COM – Iowa investigating youth homes owned by Alabama-based company
AL.COM – Energen shareholders approve acquisition
AL.COM – Methodist homes in Alabama housing residents from Panama City
AL.COM – Hoover officials apologize to E.J. Bradford’s family for saying he was shooter
AL.COM – Under spotlight, Hoover’s story changes
AL.COM – Here’s what they’re saying about the new Honda Passport
AL.COM – BMW considering second U.S. plant
AL.COM – UAB raises $1 billion from 103,000 donors, alumni
AL.COM – Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury press conference descends into shoving, screaming obscenities
  AL.COM – 78-year-old woman missing from south Alabama
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – MPS teacher arrested on charge of engaging in sex act with student under 19
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Montgomery capital murder defendant indicted in 2017 homicide
DOTHAN EAGLE – Turvin credits peer recognition to ‘knowing his audience’
DOTHAN EAGLE – Longtime United Way employee Donna Clemmons now leading Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity
DOTHAN EAGLE – Bond requested for woman charged in fatal stabbing
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Jefferson County commissioner calls for organization in boycott — ‘If you want a boycott, boycott for real’ (VIDEO)
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Mississippi election outcome disproves myth of Doug Jones’ 2017 win
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Perry County’s Uniontown getting $23 million to improve sewage system
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Tuscaloosa summit addresses opioid abuse
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Antonio Langham one of new ASHOF inductees
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – NOTEBOOK: Alabama’s Terrell Lewis back at practice but not medically cleared to play
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Program gives Central students course in self-confidence
DECATUR DAILY – Alcohol ordinance changes on tap next week
DECATUR DAILY – Perez goes from learning English to proficient to reading 6 million words
DECATUR DAILY – Princess Theatre’s next act: As Scarbrough leaves, interim manager hired
TIMES DAILY – Fox gets life without parole
TIMES DAILY – Tuscumbia budget scaled back to match revenues
TIMES DAILY – Killen man indicted for rape, sexual abuse
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Goody’s closing next week
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – ‘God did the hard work’
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Her memories span 95 years
TROY MESSENGER – New direction: Kidd hopes to bring success in first year as head coach
TROY MESSENGER – Lady Eagles hope to get back to winning ways
TROY MESSENGER – Troy returns to Trojan Arena
THE ANNISTON STAR – Heflin adds restrictions to clean-yard ordinance
THE ANNISTON STAR – EDC hosts ribbon cutting for Oxford West Industrial Park
THE ANNISTON STAR – Belated Army decision on AMPV armored vehicle may be good news for Anniston
GADSDEN TIMES – Defense argues for bond in infant death case
GADSDEN TIMES – The Noccalula Experience is coming this summer
GADSDEN TIMES – Gadsden woman attacked, stabbed
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Leath’s office: ‘No change’ to Malzahn’s standing as Auburn’s head coach
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Opelika announces free Wi-Fi service in downtown railroad area
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – No. 8 Auburn rolls over Saint Peter’s for 50-point win in return to home floor
CULLMAN TIMES – Roof bids approved for hail-damaged jail, sheriff’s office
CULLMAN TIMES – Hanceville pauses ahead of vote on downtown plan
CULLMAN TIMES – Winter Wonderland opens today at Sportsman Lake
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Helena angler to compete as pro on 2019 FLW Tour
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Historic ‘Project Talent’ study returns to Vincent to follow up with original participants
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Golden Rule BBQ set to reopen after kitchen fire
THE MADISON RECORD – I-565 East and West bound lanes scheduled for two more closures
THE MADISON RECORD – Friends of Dublin Park to host family-friendly fundraising event Dec. 2
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Rodgers, Hill have fun restoring VW
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Jasper teachers honored for making a difference
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Pier construction underway
NEW YORK TIMES – Democrats Resoundingly Nominate Pelosi as Speaker, but Defections Signal Fight Ahead
NEW YORK TIMES – Hakeem Jeffries Emerges as New Face of House Democrats
NEW YORK TIMES – Two Words From Fed Chairman Jerome Powell Sent Markets Soaring
WASHINGTON POST – Rebuking Trump, senators back effort to suspend U.S. support for Saudi-led war in Yemen
WASHINGTON POST – Trump’s night-owl calls to Roger Stone in 2016 draw scrutiny in Mueller probe
WASHINGTON POST – Trump on Rod Rosenstein: ‘He should have never picked a special counsel’
USA TODAY – Northern Calif. prepares to lift evacuation orders
USA TODAY – Suicide never entered his mind. Then 9/11 happened.
USA TODAY – Another government shutdown? Congress has a week to pass a spending bill to keep the lights on
POLITICO – U.N. ambassador hunt drags on as top candidate fades
POLITICO – Babies of the opioid crisis seek their day in court
POLITICO – Democrats press the case for Trump-Russia ‘collusion’


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