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Arise Daily News Digest 11-30-2015
AL.COM - Huntsville projected to be largest city in Alabama in less than 10 years.
AL.COM – Contributor Bill Jones: You don't need Black Friday to save money on college tuition.
WSFA – Columnist Ken Hare in Depth: Trump shows he cannot handle power.
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - In search of people, revenue.
ANNISTON STAR - Parents of murdered brothers say victims overlooked in death penalty debate.
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - 60 years after boycott, using Montgomery bus can be trying.
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - State plans beach hotel, improvements with oil spill funds.
TROY MESSENGER - The Troy Messenger: Alabama falls short on voting rights.
WASHINGTON POST - Abortion rights groups: Political rhetoric contributed to shooting.
WASHINGTON POST - The GOP’s identity-politics crisis: Holding race-card aces but loath to play them.
WASHINGTON POST - Donald Trump’s dangerously circular logic.
WASHINGTON POST - Columnist E. J. Dionne: Understanding what makes Trump’s supporters so angry.
WASHINGTON POST - Columnist E. J. Dionne: Generational warfare, anyone?
WASHINGTON POST - The Washington Post: Fixing the most expensive tax deduction.
NEW YORK TIMES - Paris Deal Would Herald an Important First Step on Climate Change
NEW YORK TIMES - Shooting at Planned Parenthood Adds to Challenges for Congress
NEW YORK TIMES – Contributor Catharine Hill: Free Tuition Is Not the Answer
NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Paul Krugman: Inequality and the City
NEW YORK TIMES – The New York Times: Packing Guns in the Day Care Center
HUFFINGTON POST - Free Community College Is Already Happening In Red And Blue States
SALON - We’re living in a kleptocracy: America robs from its poor — while its infrastructure crumbles.
THE ATLANTIC - Why Millennials of Color Can't Get Ahead
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS - How one Alabamian’s faith compelled her to change the lives of tens of thousands of children.
All voices heard: How to modernize voting in Alabama
Alabama forever will be linked to the struggle for voting rights. An important question today is whether our state can shed its legacy of voter suppression, or whether we will continue to be seen as hostile to the idea of equal voting access and broad participation in democracy.
A 2015 report on healthy democracies ranked Alabama in last place out of 50 states and the District of Columbia. A big reason for the low ranking is our election participation policies. Alabama doesn’t allow pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds, and voters aren’t permitted to register online. We lack early voting, and Election Day is not a holiday.
Several proposals have been put forward to make voting easier in Alabama. They include bills to allow prospective voters to register on the same day as the election, give voters five days to cast a ballot, and automatically register eligible voters who apply for a driver's license, allowing them to "opt out" of voter registration instead of having to opt in. Digitization of voting records and restoration of voting rights also are potentially fruitful areas of reform.
'Ban the box' law would help rebuild lives in Alabama
How long should a mistake follow people through their lives? Should it prevent them from earning a living? The "criminal history checkbox" on many standardized job application forms often keeps otherwise qualified employees from making it to the next stage of the hiring process, where they could explain their past face-to-face. This creates discouraging barriers to employment for people who are looking to rebuild their lives after serving their time and paying their debt to society.
A nationwide "ban the box" movement is urging some simple but important changes to job application processes. Removing questions about conviction histories can level the playing field and give all applicants a fair chance to compete for jobs on the basis of qualifications and skills. Nineteen states, including Georgia, have removed the conviction history question from their applications for state jobs, and a growing number of major corporations have, too. Banning the box helps former inmates become productive members of society and provide for their families. It could do the same for thousands of Alabamians.
Home at Last: The Alabama Housing Trust Fund (2015 update)
A home is more than just somewhere to sleep at night. It’s a stable foundation from which people can work to build better lives for themselves and their families. It’s a place where people can put down roots and team with their neighbors to create and maintain a supportive, thriving community. It’s a sanctuary that gives children a better chance to succeed in school, confident that they won’t be uprooted before they can develop and sustain relationships with teachers and friends. A home, in short, is somewhere that allows people to feel that they belong.
Alabama has a shortage of almost 90,000 affordable and available homes for residents with extremely low incomes, but the Alabama Housing Trust Fund (HTF) could reduce this shortfall and make dreams of home a reality for tens of thousands of families, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. This fact sheet examines how the HTF could improve lives and how the Legislature could develop a dedicated funding stream for those efforts.