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Daily News Digest – March 8, 2018

Good morning! Here is your Daily News for Thursday, March 8. 

1. Poll: GOP voters favor training, arming teachers

  • Recent polling shows Republican voters in Alabama favor allowing properly-trained teachers and school administrators to voluntarily carry firearms on school grounds. My full story here.
  • 76 percent of likely Republican voters would support allowing properly-trained education workers to carry firearms, while 21 percent would oppose such a policy.
  • The new numbers come as several gun and school safety proposals are under consideration in the Alabama Legislature.


  • Late Wednesday afternoon, House Speaker Mac McCutcheon held a meeting in his office with the sponsors of various gun and school safety bills. Based on Raycom’s Michael Doudna’s reporting of that meeting and my own conversations with lawmakers, it’s fair to say lawmakers want to pass gun and school safety measures before the session ends.
  • One lawmaker who is pressing forward is Rep. Will Ainsworth, who sees the polling numbers as a boost to his bill to allow trained teachers and administrators to voluntarily carry weapons.
  • Read my full, exclusive story on the poll and what it means for the gun and school safety debate at

2. Tragedy at Huffman High

3. Trump Tariffs: winners and losers 

4. Legislative update

Committee Action

Up Today

  • Sen. Arthur Orr’s payday loan bill is expected to be first up for consideration in the Senate today. That will attract plenty of discussion on the floor and attention in the gallery.
  • The Senate could give final passage to Rep. Pebblin Warren’s day care safety licensing bill.
  • Also up in the Senate is Sen. Dick Brewbaker’s bill to require all superintendents to be appointed by the boards and not elected.
  • No word yet on whether or not we’ll see the Lt. Governor bill reemerge.
  • Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh’s middle/low income tax cut bill is on the floor in the House today.
  • Also up: Rep. Craig Ford’s bill to allow non-profit entities to receive the same special ABC retail license to take advantage of beer and wine donations.

5. Byrne to introduce major, bipartisan budget reform

  • Congressman Bradley Byrne is introducing bi-partisan legislation to reform the Congressional budget process.
  • Byrne says he wants to rein in spending, control the national debt, and make the process work more efficiently.
  • The legislation, known as the Protecting Our Children’s Future Act of 2018, incorporates many ideas from the Debt Ceiling Working Group established by House Speaker Paul Ryan.
  • “Instead of just continually saying that the Congressional budget process is broken, it is time we take action to fix the problem,” Byrne said.
  • Read more here. 


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – One student killed, another hurt by gun at Birmingham high school

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – New poll shows GOP voters support arming trained teachers, administrators

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Legislation to close drunk driving loophole nears final vote

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – House Committee approves nitrogen executions 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Lawmakers share stories during racial profiling bill debate

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – CLEAVED BY CONCRETE:  The legacy of Montgomery’s interstates & the neighborhoods they destroyed.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – House committee approves General Fund, state employee pay raise.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Probate judge Al Booth seeks House post.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Contributor Alan Cross:  We need a solution that protects Dreamers and secures our borders.

DOTHAN EAGLE – Florida legislature votes to stay on year-round Daylight Saving Time.

AL.COM – Huffman High School shooting: Courtlin Arrington killed; Birmingham police question injured teen

AL.COM – Ten Commandments in schools bill passes Alabama House committee.

AL.COM – Law enforcement officials cite too much paperwork for opposing anti-racial profiling bill.

AL.COM – Alabama ranks third in auto exports in the U.S..

AL.COM – Alabama closer to getting more ignition locks in DUI arrests.

AL.COM – Bill allowing death row inmates to be executed by nitrogen gas sails through Alabama House panel.

AL.COM – Pair of ethics bills pass Alabama House committee.

AL.COM – Tommy Battle urges Delta to give Birmingham a look as new headquarters.

AL.COM – SPLC, Gardendale settle lawsuit over private probation company.

AL.COM – Bill to cut down on special elections passes Alabama House committee.

YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Could patented golden kiwifruit be Alabama’s next export success?

DECATUR DAILY – Bill gives local police option not to make misdemeanor arrests.

TUSCALOOSA NEWS – In Alabama Legislature, grandstanding is the preferred way to govern.

GADSDEN TIMES – Bill would close drunk driving loophole.

GADSDEN TIMES – Ivey wants only the best ideas on school safety.

ANNISTON STAR – Bill would allow landlords to evict tenants faster.

ANNISTON STAR – Cash can beat passion.

WASHINGTON POST – Florida legislature backs new gun restrictions after Parkland school shooting.

WASHINGTON POST – Columnist George Will:  Trump delights in executive swagger. His tariffs show it.

WASHINGTON POST – Democrats see wave of enthusiasm but still face an identity crisis.

WASHINGTON POST – John H. Buchanan Jr., Alabama GOP congressman who later joined liberal lobbying group, dies at 89.

NEW YORK TIMES – Trump Prepares to Formalize Tariffs but Floats Exemptions

NEW YORK TIMES – With Gun Control Nearing a Dead End, G.O.P. Turns to ‘School Safety’

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