Proposed Alabama Lottery and Gambling Bill will impact electronic bingo in Greene County

News Analysis By: John Zippert, Co-Publisher
State Senator Del Marsh of Anniston, Alabama has proposed a Lottery, Gambling and Sports Betting piece of legislation on the first day of the legislative session in February. The bill is based on a 700-page study of gambling in Alabama developed by a commission appointed by Governor Ivey that held hearings over the past year.
Marsh’s proposal would create a seven-member state commission to oversee the state lottery, casino gambling and sports betting. Gambling would generate $500-700 million yearly in new revenues for the state which would be directed toward post-secondary education scholarships, broadband, rural health care, mental health and other under-funded concerns in the state.
The proposal provides for a state-wide lottery, similar to that in states neighboring Alabama. The proposal would allow for 5 casino gambling locations in the state, where there would be slot machines and table games like Blackjack, Roulette and others.
The five locations are: Mobile, Victoryland, the Birmingham Racetrack, Greenetrack and a location in Northeast Alabama, which would be provided to the Porch Creek Indians on non-tribal lands. The facilities designated have had greyhound dog or horse racing in the past.
For Greene County this will mean the end of “electronic bingo” under Constitutional Amendment 743 in the county. Greene County currently has five operating bingo establishments: Greenetrack, BamaBingo, Rivers Edge, The Palace and Frontier, under the supervision of the Sheriff of Greene County. All but Greenetrack would have to close under this proposed legislation and Greenetrack would become a state licensed and regulated casino, with table games and slot machines.
We estimate that there are 300 to 400 people employed directly by bingo in Greene County. Closing four of the bingo establishments will mean that a substantial number of people will be unemployed or lose income. Some may be able to get jobs as Greenetrack expands its workforce to handle table games and increased traffic.
Last month, the four bingo establishments distributed $485,964 in fees and charitable contributions to the Greene County Commission, four Municipalities- Eutaw, Boligee, Forkland and Union, the Greene County Board of Education, the Greene County Health System and a number of charitable organizations. Greenetrack distributed another $71,000 to the same organizations.
This is $557,000 a month or $6,684,000 a year being distributed to Greene County agencies.
Under Marsh’s bill, the Greene County agencies are not guaranteed the funding they are receiving now. They are not “held-harmless” for the revenues they are losing. Under his bill a portion of the taxes paid by gambling casinos would be returned to the County Commission for use in the county. If the County Commission chose to distribute those funds in a way that is compatible to the current formula, then the agencies, municipalities and charities would be protected.
The public in Greene County has never known the amount of revenues flowing through the bingo establishments in Greene County. Therefore, we have never been clear if the funding received by Greene County agencies and charities is generous, equitable or stingy. We do know that only Greenetrack is owned primarily by Greene Countians and the others are owned by people outside the county.
The Marsh bill legalizes gambling statewide through the lottery and in specific places through casinos and sports betting. The revenues will be used for education, broadband, rural health care and other needed and worthy purposes. Electronic bingo in Greene, Lowndes, and other counties is under threat of closure by legal actions by the State of Alabama.
The Alabama Attorney General, backed by Alabama Supreme Court decisions is working to close electronic bingo in Greene, Lowndes and other places. This legal attack on electronic bingo could succeed in the next few years and would lead to unemployment and loss of revenues for Greene County that Marsh’s bill would legalize.
The bill does not deal with electronic bingo at the Porch Creek Indian gambling facilities at Atmore, Wetumpka and Montgomery, however, if the lottery and/or casino gambling is allowed in the state, the Porch Creek Indians would be allowed to expand their gaming under Federal gaming regulations. The Porch Creek Indians may also be induced to enter a “statewide gambling compact” to share revenues with the state to secure the Northeast Alabama gaming site, near Chattanooga.
The people in Lowndes County are also unhappy because they feel the electronic bingo establishments in their county are being left out of the Marsh bill. Senator Malika Sanders Fortier wrote a statement to the committee considering the bill that it be amended to be fair to Lowndes County, that has had bingo for almost twenty years providing jobs and income to a poor county in the Alabama Black Belt.
Senator Marsh has held hearings on his bill in the Alabama Senate but recently held up the bill to make changes and possibly add more casinos. If it is passed in the Senate, it will go to the Alabama House, where will be more discussion and possible changes. If passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor there would need to be an accompanying authorizing Constitutional Amendment, passed by a majority of voters in the state on the November 2022 general election ballot.
Greene County should watch and follow this debate closely as it impact the future of our county.

Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast, Sunday, drive-in event, features President Joe Biden virtually Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee schedules virtual commemoration, March 4-7

The 56th Annual Bridge Crossing Commemoration and Jubilee, hosted in Selma each year, will continue as various virtual presentations scheduled Thursday March 4, through Sunday March 7, 2021. The organizers explained that the Jubilee goes global this year as a virtual event to fight COVID-19 and to continue the commitment to commemorate and preserve the spirit of the struggle for the right to vote in this country and the world.
This annual event commemorates Bloody Sunday which occurred March 7, 1965 when a group of more than 500 Black demonstrators gathered at Brown Chapel in Selma to demand the right to vote. The marchers walked to Broad Street to the Edmund Pettus Bridge where they encountered more than 50 State Troopers and other lawmen on horseback. The marchers were brutally beaten when they refused to turn back. The attack on the marchers was broadcast on national television and caught the attention of millions of Americans.
The impetus for this Bloody Sunday march was the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson in Marion, Perry County, Alabama, on February 18, 1965. Jimmie Lee Jackson’s grandfather and mother were involved in a night march in Marion and, along with others, had been attacked by law enforcement. The young Jimmie Lee arrived at a local cafe to take his grandfather and mother to a hospital. He was subsequently beaten, shot and killed by a state trooper.
Approximately two weeks after the March 7 Bloody Sunday attack, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and more than 3,000 others marched from Selma to the Alabama Capital in Montgomery.
There is no admission fee for the general events.
The highlights for March 1-4 include Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Virtual Training, presented by the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth and Reconciliation.
The highlights for Friday, March 5, are the Children’s Sojourn, the Mass Meeting and the Freedom Flame Awards; Saturday, March 6 – the Foot Soldier’s Breakfast, various panels and musical experiences, in virtual break-out rooms.
The Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast, scheduled for Sunday, March 7, at 7:30 am at Wallace Community College Selma, will be a drive-in breakfast, featuring a virtually presentation by U.S. President Joe Biden.
There is a $25 fee for this breakfast event, which may be paid on site, or purchased in advance on the website. This event will honor four legends of the voting rights and civil rights movement who transitioned in 2020: Rev. Joseph Lowery, Congressman John Lewis, Dr. C.T. Vivian and Attorney Bruce Boynton. The Unity Breakfast will conclude with a Slow Ride across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to lay wreaths in honor of them on the Bridge.
The Unity Breakfast will feature a powerful lineup of speakers including U.S. House Majority Whip James Clyburn; Georgia U.S. Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock; Latosha Brown and Cliff Albright, co-founders of Black Voters Matter; Dr. Bernard Lafayette,; Martin Luther King, III and more.

Eutaw City Council deals with water, budget and street repairs

At its regular meeting on February 23, 2021, the Eutaw City Council continued grappling with problems of the water system, street repairs and assembling a budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, which began October 1, 2020.
The Council heard from Corey Martin, the full time Water System Operator, recently hired to help supervise and correct the physical and billing problems of the Eutaw city water system. Martin reported that for the four months, October 2020 to January 2021, the city was pumping 30 million gallons of water a month but only billing for thirty per cent of this amount. There was a 70% loss to leaks, incorrect billing, meters not working properly and not reporting properly to the computer billing system and pother problems.
Martin stated his job was to work together with Terry Tyson, an engineering consultant retained by the City to audit the water meters, and the Water Department staff to correct leaks, faulty water meters, missing water meters, water meters that are not properly tied into the computerized billing system. Martin said, “We have 1,400 water customers and we will visit every meter, correct the problems and should have the system working correctly in two to three months.”
Martin as a certified water operator will also be able to do monthly sampling for testing the city’s water for quality and environmental contamination required by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). This will avoid compliance issues that Eutaw has experienced recently. Water customers received a letter concerning compliance with testing requirements this past summer, which has now been corrected.
Attorney Ralph Liverman, financial consultant to the City Council presented members with his third draft budget for the City, which details projected revenues and expenses for six city funds including: The General Fund, Water and Sewer Fund, 7-Cent Gas Tax Fund, 4-Cent Gas Tax Fund, Special Street Fund, and a Capital Improvements Fund, which account for $3.5 million a year. The Council agreed to hold a Work Session on March 3rd to review and discuss this budget in more detail. It should be noted that Mayor Latasha Johnson made a campaign promise to develop a budget for the City, which did not have one for many years. Mayor Johnson reported on the Streetscape grant (TAPNU-TAI) for the City from the Alabama Department of Transportation. The grant provides $640,000 in Federal funds and $160,000 in local matching, plus local responsibility for engineering cost, for repairs to the sidewalks, railings, lighting and landscaping of the outside of the Thomas Gilmore Square surrounding the historic old Courthouse in downtown Eutaw. There is a separate project for repairing the inside sidewalk of the Square.
The City of Eutaw, Greene County Commission and the Greene County Industrial Development Authority agreed to share in providing the $240,000 in matching funds and engineering for this project. The project has been delayed by the State Historical Commission review which questioned if the project would conform to the city’s designation under the National Historic Register. The project engineer has resolved the issue with the Historical Commission and the project can go forward, however, the city will be required to update its registration with the National Historic Registry, which may cost an additional $20 to $30,000 to complete. The Council voted to approve the expenditure of funds to update the National Historic Registry.
The Council approved the rental agreements for the CFRD and Liberty Tax for rental of space in the Robert H. Young Community Center, formerly the Carver Middle School. The Council also approved re-opening the Fitness Center in the Robert H. Young Community Center for a $20 a month membership fee and compliance with COVID-19 health guidelines and an insurance liability waiver by persons wishing to use the athletic equipment. The equipment was donated by Auburn Extension Services in past years to improve the health and fitness of community residents. A staff person was recently employed to take care of the facility who will also help to monitor the Fitness Center.
Tammy Holley of West Alabama Works, a workforce development agency, made a presentation of some of the services her agency offers and requested a longer session with the council to fully explain the services of her agency. The Council agreed to her request at a future work session, to be scheduled.
In other business, the Eutaw City Council:
• Approved a resolution to provide the Mayor and Mayor Pro Temp access to all the city’s email accounts and passwords to handle business in the absence of city employees.
• Approved the solicitation of bids to resurface the City’s portion of the Lower Gainesville Road and Choctaw Road.
• Heard concerns from Council member Valerie Watkins for the installation of speed bumps on Roebuck Avenue to protect children in the area.
• Received a report from Mayor Johnson that the Police Department has set up a sub-station in King Village and is looking for female officers to augment its staff of 9 fulltime and 2 part-time officers overall.

COVID-19

As of March 3, 2021 at 10:00 AM
(according to Alabama Political Reporter)
Alabama had 497,154 confirmed cases of coronavirus, (8,181) more than last week with 10,029 deaths (369)
more than last week)
Greene County had 885 confirmed cases, (18 more cases than last week),
with 32 deaths
Sumter Co. had 994 cases with 32 deaths
Hale Co. had 2,119 cases with 69 deaths

Newswire: Biden calls for help in conflict-torn Horn of Africa

Family fleeing Tigray war

Mar. 1, 2021 (GIN) – In what may be President Biden’s first major test in Africa, a key U.S. ally stands accused of undertaking a campaign of ethnic cleansing, massacring hundreds of unarmed civilians and threatening the fragile stability of the region.
 
President Joe Biden, confronting the scenario linked to U.S. ally Ethiopia, shared his concerns in a telephone call this week to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
 
Biden’s phone call comes as the international community reels from the horrific details in a new report by Amnesty International describing the massacre of unarmed civilians in less than 48 hours by Eritrean troops in the restive northern Ethiopian province of Tigray last year.
 
Testimonies by over 40 witnesses described the systematic killing of civilians by soldiers in the northern city of Axum, opening fire in the streets and conducting house-to-house raids in a massacre that may amount to a crime against humanity, according to an internal United States government report obtained by The New York Times.
 
The U.S. government report written in early February, echoed some of the Amnesty findings. It documents in stark terms a land of looted houses and deserted villages where tens of thousands of people are unaccounted for.
 
Survivors and witnesses described extrajudicial executions, indiscriminate shelling and widespread looting after Ethiopian and Eritrean troops led an offensive to take control of the city during the conflict with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in mid-November.
 
Satellite imagery analysis supported reports of indiscriminate shelling and mass looting in the ancient city of Axum, said Amnesty, and appeared to reveal the sites of new mass burials near two of the city’s churches.
 
“The evidence is compelling and points to a chilling conclusion,” said Deprose Muchene, Amnesty’s director for east and southern Africa. “Ethiopian and Eritrean troops carried out multiple war crimes in their offensive to take control of Axum. Above and beyond that, Eritrean troops went on a rampage and systematically killed hundreds of civilians in cold blood.”
 
Ethiopian authorities issued a statement on Friday referring to “complex challenges in the region” and reasserting their intention to arrest senior members of the TPLF, which it described as a criminal “rogue group”.  Ethiopia’s ambassador to Belgium, Hirut Zemene, told a webinar on Thursday that the alleged massacre in November was a “very highly unlikely scenario” and “we suspect it’s a very, very crazy idea.”
 
Eritrea’s information minister, Yemane Gebremeskel, on Friday said his country “is outraged and categorically rejects the preposterous accusations” in the Amnesty report.
 
Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, launched the military campaign on Nov.4, accusing the TPLF of attacking federal military camps in Tigray and seeking to destabilize the country. Communications to the northern state were cut and journalists and humanitarian organizations were denied access.
 
But thus far Mr. Biden and other American officials have been reluctant to openly criticize Mr. Abiy’s conduct of the war, while European leaders and United Nations officials, worried about reports of widespread atrocities, have been increasingly outspoken.
 
The African Union has been unable to resolve any of these issues, not least because other member states are leery of antagonizing the country that hosts their organization, according to a regional expert. The EU has suspended nearly $108 million in aid to the government in Addis Ababa, to no apparent effect. The UN has done little more than wag a disapproving finger.
 
Abiy, who won the Nobel peace prize in 2019 for making peace with neighboring Eritrea, declared victory against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) after federal troops seized the city of Mekelle in late November, and said no civilians had been killed. His government denies the presence of thousands of soldiers from Eritrea.
 
It is hoped that Kenyatta will use his bully pulpit to address this and other major crises when he takes the chair of the African Union Security Council this month. 

Newswire: Civil Rights icon Vernon Jordan dies at 85

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent

Vernon Jordan


Vernon Jordan, the former National Urban League president and civil rights leader, has died at 85. Vickee Jordan Adams, the icon’s daughter, confirmed his death on Tuesday.
“My father passed away last night at around 10 p.m. surrounded by loved ones, his wife and daughter, by his side,” Adams noted in a statement.
NAACP President Derrick Johnson said the world lost an influential figure in the fight for civil rights and American politics. “An icon to the world and a lifelong friend to the NAACP, his contribution to moving our society toward justice is unparalleled,” Johnson declared.
“In 2001, Jordan received the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal for a lifetime of social justice activism. His exemplary life will shine as a guiding light for all that seek truth and justice for all people.”
Added Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-Calif.): “For decades, Mr. Jordan fought for the advancement of civil rights in this country. His contributions – first challenging segregation and discrimination as an activist in the 1960s and later continuing the fight in the leadership of the NAACP, the United Negro College Fund and then as President of the National Urban League – benefited us all.”
The congresswoman continued: As Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, I had the absolute humbled honor of meeting with Mr. Jordan multiple times to discuss the challenges of our time, but also our hope and optimism for the future. While Mr. Jordan is no longer with us, we continue this fight surrounded by thousands inspired by his work and his leadership. My thoughts are with the family of Mr. Jordan and the many friends that join me in mourning his loss.”
A lawyer and Washington power broker, Jordan was born in Atlanta on August 15, 1935.
He attended the DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where he was the only African American student in his class. According to his biography posted by The HistoryMakers, Jordan participated in the student senate at DePauw and won statewide honors in speaking competitions. He played basketball and graduated in 1957.
In 1960, he earned a J.D. from the Howard University School of Law.
Jordan returned to Atlanta, starting his legal career working with the civil rights movement.
“In 1961, he helped organize the integration of the University of Georgia and personally escorted student Charlayne Hunter through a hostile White crowd,” The HistoryMakers noted.
“Over the next ten years, Jordan held various positions as a civil rights advocate. He served as the Georgia field secretary for the NAACP, director of the Voter Education Project for the Southern Regional Council, head of the United Negro College Fund, and as a delegate to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s White House Conference on Civil Rights.”
In 1971, Jordan was appointed president and CEO of the National Urban League, spearheading the organization’s growth.
On May 29, 1980, a White supremacist attempted to kill Jordan.After a successful recovery, in 1981, Jordan resigned from the National Urban League to work as legal counsel with the Washington, D.C. office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, and Feld. His active practice included corporate, legislative, and international clients.
Jordan’s close friend is former President Bill Clinton, and during Clinton’s presidency, Jordan became one of Washington’s most influential power brokers, the researchers noted.
He also was a partner in the investment firm of Lazard Frere & Company in New York.
In 2001, Jordan published his autobiography, “Vernon Can Read!,” and authored a weekly newspaper column syndicated to more than 300 newspapers and served as a frequent television guest and commentator.
“Mourning the passage of my friend, the extraordinary Vernon Jordan,” Stacey Abrams posted on Twitter. “He battled the demons of voter suppression and racial degradation, winning more than he lost. He brought others with him. And left a map so more could find their way. Love to his family. Travel on with God’s grace.”

Newswire: Attorney Ben Crump and daughters of Malcolm X reveal NYPD officer’s ‘death bed’ confession of NYPD/FBI Conspiracy

Press conference revealing new evidence in assassination of Malcom X
Qubiliah Shabazz, Ilyasah Shabazz, Gamilah Shabazz and Attorney Ben Crump unveil what they say is new evidence in the decades-old slaying at New York’s Audubon Ballroom.

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent

Almost 56 years to the date of the Feb. 21, 1965, assassination of Malcolm X, the slain leader’s daughters and a noted civil rights attorney are shining a light on those whom they believe are responsible for the heartless murder.
The group gathered on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the old Audubon Ballroom – since renamed The Shabazz Center – with lawyers Ray Hamlin and Paul Napoli and Reggie Wood, whose relative, NYPD Officer Ray Wood, allegedly confessed in a deathbed declaration letter. The gathering occurred in the same venue as the assassination and just one day before the heinous crime’s anniversary.
The new allegations focus on Officer Wood and a conspiracy against organized civil rights groups that he said had been perpetrated by the New York City Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
Reggie Wood alleges that authorities conspired to assassinate Malcolm X in Harlem.“Ray Wood, an undercover police officer at the time, confessed in a deathbed declaration letter that the NYPD and the FBI conspired to undermine the legitimacy of the civil rights movement and its leaders,” Crump stated.
“Without any training, Wood’s job was to infiltrate civil rights organizations and encourage leaders and members to commit felonious acts,” Crump noted in a news release before the gathering.
“He was also tasked with ensuring that Malcolm X’s security detail was arrested days prior to the assassination, guaranteeing Malcolm X didn’t have door security while at the Audubon Ballroom, where he was killed on Feb. 21, 1965.”
Wood’s purported death bed letter was delivered to three of Malcolm’s daughters – Qubiliah, Ilyasah, and Gamilah.
Reggie Wood, the administrator of Ray Wood’s estate, read the letter to Malcolm’s daughters. Ray Wood served as an undercover New York City police officer with the Bureau of Special Services and Investigation (BOSSI).
Three men were convicted of Malcolm X’s 1965 murder.
Talmadge Hayer, who later changed his name to Mujahid Abdul Halim, was the only one to admit guilt in the assassination. Norman Butler, who later changed his name to Muhammad Abdul Aziz, and Thomas Johnson, later named Khalil Islam, maintained their innocence. Aziz won parole in 1985; Islam was released in 1987, and Halim was released in 2010. Islam died in 2009.
A Netflix documentary, “Who Killed Malcolm X?,” was released last year and featured interviews conducted by Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, an activist and investigator who said he dedicated his life to solving Malcolm’s murder. Following the documentary’s release, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office announced it would review the case and reopen it if they found new evidence.Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr., could not immediately be reached for comment.

Newswire: Biden supports right of Amazon workers to organize union

President Joe Biden

By Brian Freeman    

President Joe Biden on Sunday expressed his backing for union efforts by Amazon workers in Alabama.
“Workers in Alabama – and all across America — are voting on whether to organize a union in their workplace. It’s a vitally important choice — one that should be made without intimidation or threats by employers,” Biden wrote on Twitter. “Every worker should have a free and fair choice to join a union.”
His tweet included a video in which he addressed the workers involved, emphasizing that the choice whether or not to organize was theirs and that there should be “no coercion” by the company.
“I have long said America wasn’t built by Wall Street,” Biden said. “It was built by the middle class, and unions built the middle class. Throughout his political career, Biden has sought to project an image as a friend of organized labor, according to Politico.
However, he has largely not been involved in attempts to organize Amazon’s employees at a location in Bessemer, Alabama, where some 6,000 workers work. Ballots were sent out to workers at the plant on February 8. Responses must be received by March 29th by the National Labor Relations Board, with counting starting the next day, NBC News reported.
Vice reported that Amazon has taken steps to convince workers to reject the union, including sending out pamphlets encouraging them to vote against organizing. Other attempts by Amazon to convince workers not to unionize has been holding mandatory meetings and establishing a website encouraging employees to “do it without dues.”
Amazon has also placed anti-union posters and messages in restrooms used by the workers.
Workers report inhumane working conditions in the sprawling Bessemer warehouse, where their every movement is monitored by the same computers that direct them to pick up products to fill orders. The workers say that the company discourages restroom breaks and send them complaint notices if they take too long to do their jobs.
If the Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union (RWDSU) is successful in winning this election, it will be the first Amazon facility to unionize in the United States. There are 6,000 workers at the Bessemer plant who are eligible to vote.
Biden’s statement is an important indication of his support for unions and willingness to publically address this sensitive issue

Newswire : VP Harris urges Black community to get COVID vaccines

Kamala Harris 

By Sandy Fitzgerald, MSNBC  

Vice President Kamala Harris is urging the Black community to get their COVID-19 vaccines, pointing out that “Black people are disproportionately likely to contract the virus and die from it.”
“We know when you look at who the frontline workers are, who is (at) the most risk disproportionately,” Harris told MSNBC’s Al Sharpton, in a clip played Thursday on “Morning Joe” from an interview recorded for Sharpton’s Sunday afternoon news show. “We are talking about people of color.”
Harris added that Black people are being “disproportionately” affected by the disease, both in terms of deaths and through economic issues. 
“Black small businesses, as many as I have seen, 40%, are going out of business or have gone out of business,” said Harris. “If we want to get control of this virus that is harming us at a disproportionate rate, part of it is to get vaccinated when it is our turn.” 
She acknowledged to Sharpton that many people in the Black community have a “righteous skepticism” about the vaccine, given the history of medical testing that has taken place in the United States. 
“There’s a righteous skepticism if you know history,” said Harris. “But I promise you and I am telling you this vaccine is safe, and it will save your life and the lives of your family and your community, so get your vaccine when it is your turn. It will save your life.
“Let’s not let COVID get us. Let’s get the vaccine instead.”
Harris is attending a vaccination event Thursday morning at a southeast D.C. supermarket to prompt the administration’s Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for vaccines, according to a White House report. The administration last week increased the distribution of vaccines from 1 million to 2 million to 7,000 pharmacies nationwide. 
The vice president also told Sharpton that it is vital for Congress to pass the president’s $1.9 trillion COVID bill, the American Rescue Plan, but at the same time, she has faith in “our ability to get through this and be better on the other side, to lift folks up and lift ourselves up when we have the opportunity.”

COVID-19

As of February 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM
(according to Alabama Political Reporter)
Alabama had 488,973 confirmed cases of coronavirus,
(5,806) more than last week with 9,660 deaths (314) more than last week)
Greene County had 867 confirmed cases, (10 more cases than last week), with 32 deaths
Sumter Co. had 982 cases with 31 deaths
Hale Co. had 2,080 cases with 64 deaths