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Arise Daily News Digest 10-22-2014
AL.COM - With Mike Hubbard indicted, Rep. Jim Carns wants Speaker of the House post: Today in Alabama politics.
AL.COM - Former Gov. Bob Riley voices support for Hubbard after indictment.
AL.COM - Gov. Robert Bentley goes over $6 million mark, adds to landslide lead in campaign cash.
AL.COM - Indictment of Speaker Mike Hubbard dismissed as 'Chicago-style gutter politics,' supporters blame AG Luther Strange.
AL.COM - Luther Strange says recusal from Mike Hubbard investigation was to 'remove any appearance of politics'.
AL.COM - Alabama House District 47: Election pits Salvatore Bambinelli versus Jack Williams.
AL.COM - Luther Strange, Joe Hubbard battle over meaning of Mike Hubbard indictment in attorney general's race.
AL.COM - Alabama Senate District 7: Election pits Republican incumbent Paul Sanford against Democratic challenger Bryan Bennett.
AL.COM - State Senate District 22: Republican Greg Albritton faces Democrat Susan Smith for open seat.
AL.COM - Mike Hubbard after arrest keeps firm grip on speakership as GOP rallies behind him.
AL.COM - U.S. House District 3: Election pits Rep. Mike Rogers versus Jesse Smith.
AL.COM - Gary Palmer says he'll keep promise, won't vote for John Boehner, though there could be consequences.
AL.COM - Mike Hubbard indicted: What they are saying nationally.
AL.COM - 8 times Alabama politicians found themselves on the wrong end of the law.
AL.COM – Columnist Kyle Whitmire: 23 reasons Mike Hubbard might be going to jail (and bribery isn't one).
AL.COM - State Senate District 32: Incumbent Trip Pittman faces independent Kimberly McCuiston.
AL.COM - State Senate District 35: Election pits incumbent Bill Hightower against Beau Doolittle.
THE ATLANTIC - The Great Midterm Divide: It’s an obvious problem for Democrats—and perhaps an even larger one for Republicans.
THE ATLANTIC - What If America Had Canada's Healthcare System?
MOTHER JONES - Judge Rips Alabama for Hiring a Discredited Abortion Foe
ALABAMA SCHOOL CONNECTION - What Do Check Registers Reveal About School Spending?
DECATUR DAILY - Experts: Fallout unlikely - Hubbard’s arrest not expected to sway Nov. 4 vote.
DECATUR DAILY - The Decatur Daily: US dragging feet on climate change.
TUSCALOOSA NEWS - GOP businessman faces Democratic incumbent in House District 16 race.
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – The Tuscaloosa News: Answers about Hubbard won’t come quickly.
ANNISTON STAR - In Senate District 13 race, Democrat and independent aim for GOP incumbent’s seat.
ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: Alabama deserves swift answer on Hubbard indictment.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Columnist Josh Moon: Hubbard conspiracy theory fit for film.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser: Hubbard case further erodes Alabamians' confidence.
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Speaker Hubbard deserves 'due process', local officials state.
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - The Opelika-Auburn News: Big battles ahead for Speaker Hubbard.
WASHINGTON POST - Nine ways the government squandered your money, according to Sen. Coburn’s 2014 ‘Wastebook’.
WASHINGTON POST - Minority representation gaps, by the numbers.
WASHINGTON POST - There really are two Americas. An urban one and a rural one.
NEW YORK TIMES – States Ease Laws That Protected Poor Borrowers
NEW YORK TIMES – Nation’s Confidence Ebbs at a Steady Drip
LOS ANGELES TIMES - The Los Angeles Times: Children's Health Insurance Program deserves funding.
The State of Working Alabama 2014: The growing divide: Alabama's income gap is approaching Gilded Age levels
When the income gap between the rich and everyone else gets too large, the resulting inequality can threaten America’s foundations of fairness, equality and opportunity. Income inequality is deep in Alabama, and it has been getting even deeper in recent decades. Between 1979 and 2007, the top 1 percent of Alabamians saw their incomes grow by nearly 159 percent. But for everyone else in the state, the average income growth in that time was just 20.5 percent.
Policy analyst Carol Gundlach's new report, part of ACPP's State of Working Alabama 2014 series, examines the growing income gap between the richest Alabamians and everyone else and considers the gap's implications for the state's economy and our children's future. The report also considers how Medicaid expansion, investments in education and infrastructure, and other public policies could mitigate the worst effects of income inequality and promote broadly shared prosperity for all Alabamians.
Alabama’s K-12 funding cuts since 2008 are nation’s second deepest
Only one state has cut K-12 education funding more deeply than Alabama since the Great Recession began, according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a nonprofit research organization in Washington, D.C. On a per-pupil basis, Alabama led the nation in cuts.
The cuts have slowed Alabama’s economic recovery and could hurt the state’s future economic growth, ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said. “Alabama needs good schools and an educated workforce to compete in a global economy,” Forrister said. “Education opens the doors of opportunity for everyone, and we only hurt ourselves when we undermine it.”
Medicaid expansion, payday lending reform among Arise's 2015 issue priorities
Medicaid expansion, payday and auto title lending reform, and low-income housing will be among the goals on ACPP’s 2015 legislative agenda. ACPP and Alabama Arise members selected the groups’ issue priorities at their annual meeting Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Montgomery. Other issue priorities include tax reform, public transportation, repeal of the Alabama Accountability Act, and an end to the state's lifetime SNAP eligibility ban for people with a past felony drug conviction.
"This is our blueprint for a better Alabama," ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said. "Our members see in their communities that too many families struggle to afford basics like food, health care, housing and transportation. These proposals would help hard-working Alabamians meet their needs and build a better life for their children."
New local health insurance data will help efforts to get more Alabamians covered
ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released data showing the number of Alabamians in each ZIP code who signed up for insurance coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace through April 19, 2014:
“We’re eager to see data showing which parts of Alabama saw the most residents sign up for Marketplace health coverage this year. These figures will be a great tool to help advocates know where to concentrate their efforts as they work in the coming months to help more Alabamians sign up for coverage in 2015.
“Thanks to the hard work of numerous health advocacy groups and trained volunteers, nearly 100,000 Alabamians signed up for Marketplace coverage. That easily topped the state’s goal for this year, and it’s a huge success story for the Affordable Care Act. These numbers will make it easier to identify coverage gaps and build on the success of this year’s enrollment drive in 2015.”
Child poverty remains disturbingly high in Alabama, new Census data show
New Census Bureau data showing that more than one in four Alabama children lived in poverty in 2013 underscores the need for Alabama to do more to help families get ahead and to help children get a good start in life, ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. The state’s disturbingly high child poverty rate – 27 percent, or 3 percentage points higher than it was in 2007 – shows that many families still have not recovered from the Great Recession.
"If we want Alabama to be a better place to live and work, we must invest in our people and our communities," Forrister said. "Making it easier for people to move up the economic ladder not only helps struggling families, but it also makes the economy stronger for all of us."