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  • 16-year-old murder suspect admits setting fire that killed mother, records state

    Excerpt from AL.com:

    Nicholas Lamons is charged in his mother’s fire death.

    A teen murder suspect admitted setting the Morgan County fire that killed his mother and sent two others to the hospital, court records state.

    Nicholas Lamons, 16, is charged in the Tuesday-morning fire death of his mother, 32-year-old Kimberly Lamons, at their Alabama 67 home in the Joppa area.

    “Nicholas was located a short time later asleep in the van in Somerville,” Investigator Jeff Reynolds wrote in an arrest affidavit. “Nicholas was questioned and admitted that he had started a fire in his bedroom prior to leaving the residence. Nicholas also stated that he came back by the house a short time later and saw the trailer burning but did not make an effort to notify anyone.”

  • Moore slams Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize in fundraising email

    Excerpt from Associated Press:

    Former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama is trying to raise money by pointing to the Pulitzer Prize that The Washington Post won for its investigation of him.

    In a Friday fundraising email to supporters, Moore’s legal defense fund, said The Post won for “lies and slander.” The email sent by the Moore for U.S. Senate Legal Defense Fund then asked for people to help replenish his legal fund.

    The Post won a Pulitzer for investigative reporting for its stories revealing allegations that Moore pursued teenage girls sexually decades ago while he was in his 30s. Moore denied any misconduct.

  • Birmingham considering another Democratic National Convention bid

    Excerpt from WBRC:

    Birmingham is going after another Democratic National Convention, but the city says this time the committee asked to make a pitch.

    Last month, the Democratic National Committee reached out to Mayor Randall Woodfin about the city applying to host the 2020 convention.

    In a statement to WBRC, Mayor Woodfin says he’s considering applying.

    “We are very excited that the Democratic National Committee has recognized the City of Birmingham as an attractive, possible site for the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Such recognition shows how much progress our city is making when we receive these kinds of unsolicited invitations,” Woodfin said.

1 day ago

Kay Ivey did not kill the PACT program

(Governor Kay Ivey/Flickr)

For some reason the popular consensus in Alabama politics is that now-Governor Kay Ivey single-handedly killed the Alabama’s Prepaid Affordable College Tuition in cold-blood. That would be impressive if it were true, but it is not. But this is politics, and sometimes the ends justify the means. Ivey’s opponent, Mayor Tommy Battle of Huntsville is seizing on this widespread perception with a new attack on Governor Ivey:

Balancing the Alabama budget: it's common sense

As many of you know, Kay Ivey continues to refuse to debate me. All Alabamians deserve to hear what our vision and plans are for the state. I personally reached out to her to try to coordinate schedules but heard nothing back. So, I thought we’d put together a series of videos to give Alabamians a taste of what a debate might look like. Here are our views on the Alabama budget. Watch and share. #BattleforGovernor

Posted by Tommy Battle on Thursday, April 19, 2018

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Why this matters:
Alabama’s Prepaid Affordable College Tuition program was not prepaid, affordable, nor did it cover college tuition. It was a boondoggle passed in 1989 (14 years before Ivey entered public office) that did not take into account tuition hikes, stock market fluctuations, reality, or Alabama’s lack of unicorns. If everything worked perfectly, every child involved would be GUARANTEED a paid-in-full college tuition when it started. This was in the original plan, the guarantee was removed in 1995 (8 years before Ivey was Treasurer) from all the documents, and in 2001 (2 years before Ivey was Treasurer) state law was explicitly changed. The market proceeded to tank, the dollars were lost, and the program was busted. Ivey was at the helm when this happened, but is it her fault? Not unless you blame her for the Great Recession.

The most legitimate gripe that anyone can level at Ivey over the PACT is that she continued to push people towards this collapsing Ponzi scheme in order to keep it going, but the collapse was not her fault.

Does this suck? Yes. Is it terrible? Yes. Were real people hurt? Of course.

Is it Ivey’s fault? No.

This is good politics done in bad faith.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN in Huntsville.

1 day ago

7 Things: A great news day for the president, Battle’s PACT attack is off track, killer finally gets what he deserves, and more …

(White House/Flickr)

1. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein has reportedly told Trump he IS NOT a subject of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe

— When Rosenstein visited the White House last week, he told the president he was not under investigation for the second time.

— Rosenstein brought up the investigations himself and the revelation has assured the president that doesn’t need to fire Rod Rosenstein or Mueller.

2. One more time, Republicans in Alabama have already rejected Roy Moore

— Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) are constantly floating the idea that Moore is a dominant force in Alabama politics in spite of losing an election any other Republican would have won because Republicans stayed home.

— Moore’s 640,000 votes under-performed Trump’s 1.3 million votes in 2016 by roughly 50 percent, while now-Senator Doug Jones turned out more than 90 percent of Hillary Clinton’s votes.

3. Alabama kills killer over objection of killer’s attorney that it is cruel to kill an old killer

— The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the killer appeals for the bombing death of a federal judge; they also lifted its Thursday evening stay which had delayed the execution.

— Yellowhammer News Editor J. Pepper Bryars says we should bring back public executions.

4. Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle takes on Gov. Kay Ivey’s role in the PACT fiasco

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— In a recent campaign video Battle compares Huntsville’s finances to those of Alabama’s Prepaid Affordable College Tuition, which was busted.

— This avenue of attack is effective, but its basis in reality is a bit questionable because the program existed before she had any role in it.

5. Former FBI Director James Comey has walked back his comments about Russia having dirt on President Trump

— Comey told ABC George Stephanopulos that it was “possible” that Russians had dirt on Trump.

— When asked this question again, for some reason, Comey told CNN’s Jake Tapper that it was “unlikely, but possible”.

6. It looks like former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe could be looking at more than just losing his pension

— When McCabe was fired, the reaction was one of horror as the conventional wisdom said it was a mean and punitive decision to punish him.

— It now appears that James Comey’s #2 has been submitted for prosecution by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General for lying to investigators multiple times.

7. Alabama’s “poop train” is no more

— The train was filled with excrement byproduct from New York City and was headed for the Big Sky landfill, but was stuck in Parrish. It is now gone.

— New York will not be sending poop to Alabama for the near future, however, its citizens will be allowed to visit.

2 days ago

Can we all stop talking about Roy Moore? The ALGOP dismissed him

(W.Miller/YHN)

Roy Moore is no longer a thing. Republicans need to understand this, Democrats need to understand this, and the media need to come to grips with this. There are zero LEGITIMATE reasons to be asking Republican candidates if they supported Roy Moore in the 2017 Senate race. They did. They all did. The only reason this keeps coming up is so the media can imply Republican candidates supported a “child molester” for U.S. Senate. Here’s recent Pulitzer Prize winner John Archibald’s question at the latest debate in Birmingham:

“And there were many people in and outside the party who said that they would support [Roy Moore] no matter whether the accusations were true or not because politics was more important than that. What is your reaction to that and did you support Roy Moore?”

Why this matters:  This is not a question for a debate, this is a narrative being created. No one thinks these men might not have voted for Roy Moore. There were not “many” people who said they would support Roy Moore EVEN if he did the things he was accused of. That’s inaccurate — there were a few. Almost all of Moore’s voters didn’t believe the reports … why? Because they don’t trust the media. Again, largely, Moore’s voters did not believe the accusations. Voters in the room shouted out that “we are passed that” and “Roy Moore is not here”, but Archibald doesn’t care because he is crafting his post-primary narrative in which whoever the GOP nominee is, they will be representing the party of Roy Moore, even though the reason Moore lost is that most Republicans stayed home. Roy Moore’s loss in 2017 was not an embrace of Roy Moore; it was a rejection.

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The details:

— The idea the ALGOP is Roy Moore’s party is now an argument rooted in reality.

— Roy Moore lost to now-Senator Doug Jones by about 21,000 votes.

— While much was made of Jones’ turnout machine, Moore lost because the GOP stayed home.

— Moore’s 640,000 votes under-performed Trump’s 1.3 million votes in 2016 by roughly 50 percent, while Jones turned out more than 90 percent of Clinton’s votes.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN in Huntsville.

2 days ago

7 Things: ALGOP debate goes on without governor, State Rep. Jack Williams enters not guilty plea, President calls out Stormy Daniel’s “con”, and more …

1. AL.com’s most liberal brand “Reckon” hosted a GOP debate with an empty podium for Governor Kay Ivey

— The misunderstood ethics bill, votes for Roy Moore, and arming teachers all showed differences in the candidates who appeared at the debate.

— There is no benefit for the sitting governor to make herself available to Alabama’s liberal thought leader so they can harangue her for supporting Roy Moore.

2. State Representative Jack Williams pleads not guilty to corruption charges, continues Jefferson County campaign

— Williams, lobbyist Marty Connors, and health industry executive G. Ford Gilbert were arrested earlier this month and charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and mail fraud.

— The charges are related to payments made to to Rep. Micky Hammon to push a failed insurance bill through the Legislature.

3. President Donald Trump calls a con artist’s con job a “con“, she threatens to sue him for more money

— President Trump broke his Stormy Daniels-related silence when he responded to the release of a sketch artist’s depiction of a man Stormy Daniels says threatened her years ago with a Tweet saying, “A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!”

— Daniels responded by declaring that she could now sue the president for defamation, stating “I absolutely think we can make a defamation claim about what happened this morning.”

4. One of Trump’s mistresses is released from her non-disclosure agreement by American Media

— The parent company of the National Enquirer has released ex-Playboy playmate Karen McDougal from her agreement and she can now speak freely about her relationship with President Trump.

— A.M.I. will get the first $75,000 McDougal makes from the story, they will run a cover story on her, they will publish her fitness columns, and allow her to have the “life rights” to her story.

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5. The Trump organization wrote a check to the Treasury for profit derived from foreign governments, liberals are still mad

— One of the left’s more far-fetched attacks on President Trump has been based on a misreading of the “Emoluments clause” that implies the president’s businesses can’t make money with foreign governments, which is not what it says.

— The Trump organization wrote a check to the Treasury Department for $151,470 for profits the company made from foreign governments, which the “Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics” claim doesn’t solve the Emoluments issue.

6. Alabama gun range is the latest target of Facebook’s selective censorship program

— Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg came under fire from Senator Ted Cruz for blocking conservative content on their platform, including advertising, while allowing controversial liberal groups to operate unimpeded.

— Huntsville gun range, Bullet and Barrel, and Yellowhammer News have been blocked from boosting content Facebook has declared promoted the “sale of firearms (which it did not) and other content they said was “shocking” or disrespectful” which was laughably not.

7. Fresno State professor says she is glad Barbara Bush is dead and declared herself untouchable, the school disagrees

— A professor took to social media declaring Barbara Bush was “a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal”. When criticized she decided to give out the phone number of a different university’s counseling line.

— Fresno State sought to distance themselves from the professor by saying she could be fired, she is currently on leave, they are looking into the matter, and taking it “very seriously”.

3 days ago

The “Just bake the cake!” argument only cuts one way

(W. Miller/YHN)

For years Americans have been told that we need to provide services to people no matter our personal beliefs or the state will come down on them with a vengeance. But this argument is NEVER used in favor of conservatives. There are a couple reasons for that and most conservatives believe businesses should be able to tell them to “get lost” for any reason.

It’s easy for liberals to talk about inclusiveness when they control the rules. Huntsville shooting range and training facility, Bullet and Barrel was recently denied a chance to place an ad on Facebook, the reason is laughable:

Yellowhammer News has been blocked from advertising as well:


Why? Because I wrote a piece about Congressman Mo Brooks’ position on illegal immigration, where he used the word “invasion”. It was hardly controversial.

Why this matters: Mark Zuckerberg’s speech policing is completely legal, but it is a bit hypocritical to see that these limits mostly affect gun owners, Christians, and conservatives. Sure, after a Congressman complains, clowns like Diamond and Silk can get an arbitrary Facebook decision reversed, but where are the liberals on this issue? They screamed at bakers, florists and a pizza restaurant, telling them they had to do business with everyone, but they have remained largely silent as Facebook silences, demonetizes, and actively suppresses completely legal business activities at its whim. Liberals and their media allies remain silent because they are completely fine with Facebook actions as long as they aren’t directed at them.

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The details:

— Conservative Facebook traffic has been “crushed” by changes to their algorithm with conservatives sites seeing a 14 percent drop and liberal sites seeing a 2 percent increase.

— At a Congressional hearing last week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that while pro-life groups have been blocked, Planned Parenthood has never been censored.

— A baker in Oregon was fined #135,000 for failing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.

— A Washington florist receives a fine of $1,000 for refusing to provide services for a same-sex wedding.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN in Huntsville.

3 days ago

7 Things: It’s still about the economy and the voters want the GOP leading it, Ivey nods to base with stance on Confederate monuments, Rep. Brooks challenged to debates, and more …

1. The economy continues to be strong and most Americans want the GOP running it, generic ballot tightens

— In a change from three months ago, two polls found that 35 percent believe the Republican party is better suited to handle the economy, compared with 28 percent who think Democrats have the better economic policies.

— Another fun poll result shows an increasing number of Americans view the FBI as biased against President Trump.

2. Governor Kay Ivey is playing the hits, touts her support of keeping Confederate monuments up

— Primary elections are all about playing to the base, Ivey has a new ad focusing on “special interests” who wanted her to tear down the Confederate monument on the grounds of the Capitol.

— Ivey isn’t the only candidate talking monuments, Attorney General Steve Marshall is still fighting the city of Birmingham over their silly obstruction of a monument

3. Like Gov. Ivey, Congressman Brooks has been challenged to debates that will probably not happen

— Clayton Hinchman sent a letter to Brooks attempting to set up debates in each of the five counties in the 5th Congressional District.

— Weeks ago, Hinchman’s campaign put out a press release talking about how they were up big. This move calls that obviously false information in to further question.

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4. President Donald Trump may solve this North Korea issue after all, or they may not meet at all

— It was reported by The Guardian that CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with the North Korean leader over Easter to lay the groundwork for a summit.

— In a joint photo event with Japanese President Abe, the president talked about how he had the blessing of South Korea to meet with Kim Jong Un but also how it may not ever happen.

5. IRS extends tax deadline as tax system fails, Trump applies for an extension

— Government bureaucracies rarely function well, so it shouldn’t shock people that as people scrambled to file their last-minute tax returns the system to accept them was knocked offline, so now you get another day.

— In a politically tone-deaf move, the President of the United States did not have his taxes ready on time which allows his opponents to point out how he still hasn’t released his tax returns.

6. Starbucks will actually close almost 8,000 stores to give all their racist employees a lecture

— After a ridiculous event in Philadelphia that led to two arrests and protests that claimed the notoriously liberal coffee chain was anti-black, the chain announced it would close stores for an afternoon for “racial bias training”.

— Former Attorney General Eric Holder, the president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, will help design the program, so of course people are complaining about it.

7. CNN’s Don Lemon is willfully putting guests on the air who are lying, other CNN hosts have to be doing the same

— In a podcast interview Lemon acknowledged they have guests on who say things they don’t believe to be true, but they keep having them.

— His larger point was that no Republicans will truly defend Trump, but all he did was point out CNN is populated with frauds and charlatans who guest all over the network even though they are known liars.

 

4 days ago

Is this cable news or the WWE?

(CNN/YHN)

When we watch a car crash panel discussion on cable news we also find ourselves asking “Is this real life? Is this scripted like WWE?” Apparently, on CNN, it is not. CNN Don Lemon has admitted they put people on the air who he knows are saying things they don’t believe. He is acknowledging that he is asking questions to people he knows are lying to him and, more importantly, his audience while Lemon sits there like a potted plant and allows it. Lemon admitted this on a “The Jamie Weinstein show” podcast earlier this month when asked if Trump supporters on CNN don’t really believe what they say:

“I won’t give names, but absolutely,” Lemon replied.

“I think that they feel that they have to defend him, on a personal level, not anything the network is telling them to do,” Lemon elaborated.

Weinstein then asked why Lemon continued to invite guests on his show who weren’t being truthful.

“Yeah, and they’ll say they are speaking for the Trump supporter who doesn’t have a voice,” Lemon said.

Why this matters: If Lemon allows pro-Trump voices to lie, does he allow anti-Trump voices to lie? How do we know? A better question here is probably “Is this real news or fake news?” It is fake news. This is CNN and Don Lemon’s fault, they continue to put people on they know are lying. Fox News’ Sean Hannity is under-fire for not disclosing his relationship with embattled Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen. Other networks, rightly, are seizing on this to question his credibility. But no one believes that Sean Hannity is saying something he doesn’t believe, maybe they question his motives BUT they cannot question his beliefs. But maybe CNN has some reasoning for this, because for the week of February 26th, World Wrestling Entertainment’s Monday Night Raw received higher ratings than Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC combined. Maybe Don Lemon is on to something.

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The details:

— WWE’s Monday Night Raw drew over 3 million viewers between the ages of 18-49 for Monday, February 26th. Its 3 hours were the top 3 rated shows on cable Monday night.

— Don Lemon’s “CNN Tonight” is the 36th ranked cable news program for February.

— The highest rated show on CNN for the month of February was “Anderson Cooper 360”; it was ranked 24th.

— Fox News’ Sean Hannity continues to dominate cable news, but MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has edged him out in March for the top show.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN in Huntsville.

4 days ago

7 Things: Trump’s lawyer’s day in court brings surprises, Birmingham seeks to override state law, Pulitzer Prize-winning liberal news in Alabama and beyond, and more …

(White House/Flickr)

1. No one wins in court clash over the raid on President Trump’s lawyer’s office, home, and safe deposit box

— Trump and Michael Cohen wanted to be able to see what the Feds seized, the judge ruled against them.

— The judge also denied the prosecution’s requests to allow them to start going through the seized information, she added she views their integrity as “unimpeachable”.

2. Birmingham wants to be able to trump state law, which would have some serious consequences

— A trio of claimants made up of the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus, the NAACP, and fast-food workers, are arguing the majority-white Alabama State Legislature can not make laws that restrict majority-black Birmingham’s ability to raise their minimum wage.

— Even the lawyers are arguing that this is a tough case to make, but if they did it would set off an earthquake across the state and country for majority-black cities like Selma, Montgomery, Detroit and Atlanta.

3. The Pulitzer Prize is awarded for unproven news stories, this includes Russian collusion and Roy Moore accusations

— The New York Times and the Washington Post shared an award for “Mr. Trump’s possible ties to Russia”, while the Washington Post received one for their coverage of unproven allegations against Roy Moore.

— AL.com’s John Archibald won the award for commentary and AL.com stated it was because of how he “tends to champion common, simple Alabama values” which is, oddly enough, his main topic of derision.

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4. Sean Hannity is secret client #3, but that may not mean much

— Hannity was named after President Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen’s lawyer asserted Cohen only has had 3 clients in the last two years and a federal judge demanded to know who the 3rd client was.

— Hannity asserted on his radio program, and in a statement, that he has never paid Cohen for anything and he has never represented him in any manner.

5. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is completely fine with Alabama using the death penalty.

— Sessions said the U.S. will give Alabama custody of convicted judge murderer Walter Leroy Moody so the state can execute him.

— The lawyer for the killer argues he shouldn’t face the death penalty because the judge he killed was against it.

6. The movement to boycott Starbucks has almost completely died out, maybe the era of outrage is over

— Silly slogans like “A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black” seem to be contained to Philadelphia and social media.

— In spite of the weakness of the claims of the mob, the manager who called police “is no longer at that store”.

7. Lebron James threatened Alabama and Nick Saban; now he is being sued

— James made news when he criticized Alabama head coach Nick Saban for daring to talk to a pro football player in a barbershop. Saban eventually backed down and changed the name of his video series.

— Unfortunately for “King James”, he is now being sued by Adventure Enterprises for using the series after it was pitched to him.

 

5 days ago

Would a Birmingham win render majority-black cities ungovernable?

(YHN)

The Alabama Legislature and the state’s biggest city are never going to truly see eye-to-eye because the politics and the demographics are too different. But when Birmingham decided to increase its minimum wage in 2016, the state Legislature asserted its control over the city in a way that many viewed as heavy-handed and anti-conservative. Birmingham pushed back with a lawsuit claiming racial discrimination. A judge blew that up, but the city appealed to a circuit judge. The argument for this case by those who want Birmingham to be able to do their own thing is that as a majority-black city, a majority-white legislature can’t tell them what to do. Bloomberg News lays out their argument:

“The law effectively ‘transfers all control to legislators elected by the statewide majority-white electorate’ and takes away the power of local officials in majority-black cities, opponents of the measure argued in a June 2017 brief to the appeals court. They allege the law violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution and the non-discrimination provisions of the federal Voting Rights Act,” wrote Bloomberg’s Chris Marr.

Why this matters: Precedent. If a lawsuit of this nature is successful, the city of Birmingham can literally do whatever it wants.  Not only will Birmingham be free to do as it wishes on the minimum wage, but they will also have control over matters of gun control, immigration, and monument protection (all matters the city of Birmingham has signaled they would like to act upon). The real-world impact of an adverse ruling for the state of Alabama would be that cities like Montgomery and Selma could make the same argument on any law they don’t like. What about cities like Detroit, and Atlanta? Cities around the country could become completely disconnected from the states in which they live. The laws passed by state legislatures will be undone by city councils, creating a fracture that will be seized upon by city leaders and will lead to these cities being states within states.

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The details:

— Alabama is one of 5 states without a minimum wage law. The state goes off the federal minimum wage.

— Zero states have a majority-black population. If Birmingham is successful, every majority-black municipality has an argument against state-wide laws they oppose.

— As of 2016, five states are majority–minority populations, they are Hawaii, New Mexico, California, Texas and Nevada.

— Washington D.C. has a majority-black population. Its “home rule” exists “at the pleasure” of the majority-white United States Congress and can be revoked at any time.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN in Huntsville.

5 days ago

7 Things: Comey’s media circus begins, Trump and Syria, Roy Moore still looms over GOP politics in Alabama, and more …

(ABC News)

1. Former FBI Director James Comey’s ABC interview doesn’t disappoint, everyone agrees they win

— One of Comey’s most quotable lines was about whether the president of the United States is unfit to hold the job, saying “I don’t think he’s medically unfit to be president. I think he’s morally unfit to be president.”

— In speaking about Clinton, but it could have been Trump talking about Mueller, Comey says “if you’ve been investigating something for almost a year and you don’t have a general sense of where it’s likely to end up, you should be fired because you’re incompetent.”

2. President Trump’s attack on Syria, for using chemical weapons, angers everyone

— The president’s base is upset that he is continuing interventionist policies, some Republicans are mad he didn’t seek Congressional approval.

— The left is not happy because they believe the president is trying to distract from the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling.

3. The Ten Commandments are back as an issue in the Republican primary for governor, for no reason

— Candidate for Governor Bill Hightower was asked how he feels about a Constitutional amendment that would allow public buildings to post the Ten Commandments. He stated the legislation has “no teeth” because the state can’t defend the statue with public funds.

— Former strategist for Roy Moore, Dean Young, who led Moore to his loss to Democrat Doug Jones in 2017, slammed Hightower for not being “enthusiastic” enough about the amendment. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Evangelist Scott Dawson support the amendment.

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4. Starbucks arrest causes another racial outrage; police chief defends officers

— Philadelphia police officers arrested two men after receiving a trespassing call from Starbucks where the men were asked to leave and refused.

— Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said his officers “did absolutely nothing wrong” and pointed out that the men were asked by officers to leave, but refused and ended up being detained.

5. Women’s March endorses Backpage.com 5 days before they plead guilty to human trafficking charges

— The CEO of Backpage pled guilty to human trafficking and money laundering charges related to his operation of a website that was known to be used by prostitutes.

— The Women’s March Twitter account showed their support for Backpage earlier in the week by tweeting, “The shutting down of #Backpage is an absolute crisis for sex workers who rely on the site to safely get in touch with clients. Sex workers rights are women’s rights.”

6. Alabama’s ban on local minimum wage hikes will be challenged in court

— Attorneys have alleged a 2016 law banning cities from raising their minimum wage is racially discriminatory.

— The lawsuit claims that it takes “power” from majority-black Birmingham voters and gives it to the majority-white state electorate, a claim already knocked down by one court.

7. 92-year-old former First Lady Barbara Bush is near death

— The Bush family announced that the former First Lady will not be accepting any additional medical treatment and will now focus on comfort.

— Barbara Bush and former President Bush recently celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary.

 

6 days ago

VIDEO: Ivey unbeatable? — Congress vs. Facebook — Sen. Jones more popular than Sen. Shelby … and more on Guerrilla Politics!

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Dr. Waymon Burke take you through this week’s biggest political stories including:

— If Gov. Kay Ivey has a 67 percent approval rating, can she be beat?

— Do members of Congress have any idea what Facebook actually does and do they have any business regulating it?

— How is Democrat Sen. Doug Jones more popular than Sen. Richard Shelby and can this last until Jones’ re-election?

J. Pepper Bryars, editor of Yellowhammer News, joins Jackson and Burke to discuss the role of new media in 2018 and what role it will play in the midterm elections.

Jackson closes the show with a “Parting Shot” directed at folks on the right who are thrilled about Speaker Paul Ryan leaving Congress and he explains what they can expect next.

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1 week ago

7 Things: Ivey passes on debate but tosses out 1st pitch, Comey’s tell-all gets “Fire and Fury” treatment, Sen. Doug Jones is more popular than Sen. Richard Shelby, and more …

(Governor Kay Ivey/Flickr)

1. 3 GOP candidates debate while the Governor threw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game in the same city

— Governor Kay Ivey’s refusal to debate is a key talking point for Republican opponents but probably doesn’t move the needle all that much with actual voters. This won’t stop us from talking about it.

— All of this talk may be for naught, Ivey is either the 2nd or 3rd most popular Governor depending on who you ask.

2. President Donald Trump didn’t want false stories about his life in the media; former FBI Director finds this odd

— James Comey’s book is being treated just like Michael Wolff’s tell-all from earlier this year. The glowing praise and breathless reporting is being treated as gospel and agenda-free.

— Wednesday’s big takeaway was that the president was upset that people were reporting the “pee tape” story as fact and he wanted the FBI to knock it down. Comey relayed that this was especially painful for Melania Trump.

3. Alabama’s Democrat senator has a pretty solid approval rating, for now

— Sen. Doug Jones’ approval rating is a net +22 while the senior Republican Sen. Richard Shelby has a +21 rating, but Shelby is the one of the two with a raw approval number over the 50 percent mark.

— Most of this rub for Jones can probably be attributed to his defeat of Judge Roy Moore. Eventually he will have to cast votes with his party.

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4. Republicans continue to angle for the House Speaker job, even though it seems unlikely they control that position

— Representatives Steve Scalise and Kevin McCarthy are raising money for a potential shot at Speaker of the House, Ryan has tossed his support behind McCarthy.

— Not many people think Ryan would have stepped down if Republicans were expected to hang on to the House; currently Democrats are up 6.6 points on the generic Congressional ballot.

5. Alabama Democrats continue to read from the same playbook, this strategy has cost them the last 3 elections

— Democrats of the last 3 elections have argued for a lottery and increased government spending on healthcare. These ideas have not brought about any signs of actual success but that isn’t stopping them.

— The only reported dust-up came when former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Sue Bell Cobb and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox debated who would best raise the state’s minimum wage.

6. Former QB Colin Kaepernick was reportedly denied a job opportunity because he wouldn’t stop kneeling, which he denies

— Kaepernick had a workout planned with the Seattle Seahawks that was allegedly canceled after he would not agree to end his National Anthem protests.

— The embattled QB is not the only player being questioned about his willingness to end the on-the-clock protests, free-agent safety Eric Davis was questioned by the Cincinnati Bengals about the issue when he met with them.

7. Yesterday was Holocaust Remembrance Day; Americans don’t remember

— The day was established in 1980 – at the time only the U.S. and Israel had a day of remembrance – a study released this year shows that 58 percent of respondents believe it could happen again.

— One-third of all respondents and over 40 percent of millennials believe only 2 million or fewer were killed during the Holocaust, it is more troubling that 22 percent have no idea what the Holocaust is.

2 weeks ago

7 Things: FBI targets President Trump’s attorney, The U.S. comes out swinging on Syria, Nick Saban was in no mood for drama over today’s White House visit, and more …

FBI Swat Team member (Photo: Brendan Smialowski)

1. FBI agents have raided the office of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney

— Michael Cohen’s office was raided Monday afternoon. Agents seized emails, tax documents, and records related to his payment to Stormy Daniels which indicates this is a campaign finance issue.

— An important point in all of this is that this involves, “Issues separate from the Russia investigation,” according to USA Today.

2. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley calls out Syria AND the United Nations

— Haley stated that the position of the United States is clear: Russia’s hands “are all covered in the blood of Syrian children.” Russia has warned there will be “grave repercussions” if the U.S. acts alone.

— Trump has multiple options: limited strikes, strikes attempting to take out the Syrian regime, attacks on Syria/Iran/Russian assets, or nothing.

3. Alabama’s football coach handled players concerns before today’s trip to the White House

— Multiple sports teams have balked at visiting the Trump White House, but Nick Saban was not going to let this become an issue for Alabama’s football team.

— An Alabama lineman relayed Saban’s words to AL.com, “Hey, we’re doing this regardless of your political thoughts. We’re going, just to celebrate this team. It’s an honor. And just to be able to say that you’ve gone to the White House is something that you can cherish forever.”

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4. Israel has a friend in Auburn’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl

— On college campuses, and newsrooms around the country, Israel is maligned as a bad actor, an aggressive presence in the Middle East, and not an ally of the United States.

— Auburn’s head coach isn’t buying it, he tweeted that America would not tolerate the behavior of Israel’s enemies: “If a foreign country threatened to destroy Boston Massachusetts, where I grew up or Auburn Alabama, where I live now, within the next 25 yrs, how should our country react? Really?”

5. Alabama’s tax burden is the 8th lowest in the country

— WalletHub compared the 50 states based on the three components of state tax burden vs. personal income — property taxes, individual income taxes, and sales and excise taxes.

— Alabama is the place to be for lower taxes: The state is 43rd in overall tax burden at 7.24 percent but its highest category was total sales tax at 3.97 percent.

6. Facebook’s CEO goes to Washington wearing a tie, and he apologized. No one will accept it, and they will crush him

— Zuckerberg’s apology was wide-ranging: “That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy,” according to the Washington Post.

— Zuckerberg’s issues aren’t only coming from D.C. His employees are quitting and asking to be reassigned.

7. London’s mayor is working to ban knives, although it sounds like it, this is not a joke

— Mayor Sadiq Kahn has implemented stop-and-frisk policies with 300 additional officers in high-crime neighborhoods to search for knives.

— The mayor also banned home deliveries of knives and acid because Londoners are using them to attack each other. London also is seeing a higher murder rate than New York for the the first time ever.

2 weeks ago

Note to journalism deans concerned the public is losing trust in the media: That ship has sailed.

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If you were looking for a perfect story to illuminate how out of touch the media elites in this country are, this is it. Thirteen journalism college deans have decided to try and stop the American public from losing their faith in the mainstream media. The culprit, they believe? Bias in favor of conservatives. Seriously. These deans sent a letter to Sinclair Broadcasting’s president after Sinclair recorded a series of corporate-scripted promotional pieces, which were then edited into a creepy video by Deadspin:

“In making the leap to disparage news media generally — without specifics — Sinclair has diminished trust in the news media overall,” said the letter.

Why this matters: Where have they been? Americans don’t trust the media; in fact, they hate the media. If Sinclair’s bias is conservative, it is controversial because most Americans view the press as overwhelming liberal (evidence supports this view). Most would laugh at this letter, if it was not so absurd. Let me know when these 13 deans decide to send letters to MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times and the Washington Post.

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The details:

— A poll done last year indicated that 63 percent of Americans thought “traditional media outlets” spread fake news before this latest fake controversy developed. Now? That number is 77 percent.

— 91 percent of media coverage was negative against Trump in the early months of his presidency. Even 30 percent of Democrats thought the media was Trump’s “opposition party”.

— In October of 2016, it was disclosed that members of the media donated “about $382,000” to Hillary Clinton. Trump received “about $14,000” from media sources.

— Sinclair even allowed an anti-Sinclair group to use Sinclair’s own airwaves to criticize the media group with an ad, while CNN would not allow such self-criticism.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN in Huntsville.

2 weeks ago

7 Things: The world responds to Syria, Gov. Ivey may be wise to skip a debate, AG Sessions enacts “zero tolerance” at the border, and more …

Suspected chemical attack in Syria (Fox News/Youtube)

1. Syria has once again gassed its own people; President Donald Trump and the United Nations plan to act

— Dozens are reportedly dead and hundreds are injured by what is being called a gas attack delivered by artillery, but Russia has called it a hoax.

— Syria’s latest attack on men, women and children has drawn international condemnation and Israeli action, with Trump blaming Russia because of their unwavering support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assaad.

2. Political science professors think Gov. Kay Ivey skipping the debate is a good call; they are probably right

— Political commentators, media outlets, and Gov. Ivey’s opponents have decried the governor’s refusal to debate her Republican opponents but political scientists across the state believe it may be a smart move.

— University of Alabama’s Richard Fording told AL.com, “The frontrunner has a lot more to lose and relatively little to gain by debating”, and Cal Jillson of Southern Methodist University told them, “I cannot think of examples where someone refused to debate and there was such an uproar over it which led them to lose.”

3. AG Sessions demands a “zero tolerance policy” at the border, as Alabama’s National Guard may be sent

— After calling the situation at the border “unacceptable”, Sessions warned that those illegally entering the country will face the “full prosecutorial powers” of the Justice Department.

— As President Trump continues to talk about immigration and the National Guard moving to the border, Colonel Jim Hawkins of the Alabama National Guard told WKRG,  “We can certainly support this mission if the governor approves it and if we’re asked to participate by the national guard bureau.”

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4. Just because Governor Bentley isn’t facing criminal charges, it doesn’t mean his legal problems are over

— All 9 members of the Alabama Supreme Court refused to grant immunity to Governor Robert Bentley, so the case will move forward.

— The next step for this embarrassing matter could be a deposition of the former governor and discovery in the case.

5. President Trump is not going to let liberals and the media take out the head of the Environmental Protection Agency

— Pruitt is facing multiple scandals including travel costs, a condo scandal and security concerns, but Trump feels Pruitt is a target because he has been working on deregulation.

— The president Tweeted his support, “Rent was about market rate, travel expenses OK. Scott is doing a great job!”

6. Journalism schools are worried about Sinclair’s impact on the public’s trust in the media, seriously

— Multiple journalism school deans signed a letter to the president of Sinclair taking the company to task for making local news anchors condemn “fake news”.

— These worries are misplaced. Americans don’t trust the media already, and all Sinclair did was weirdly explained why.

7. North Korea continues to signal willingness to denuclearize; not the first time they have said they’d do this

— Press reports say that the North Korean leader is willing to talk about the matter with Trump in their summit which could take place in May.

— North Korea said it would not go nuclear in 1994, Bush tried in 2005, and Obama didn’t really do anything.

2 weeks ago

VIDEO: No more charges for Bentley or Mason — President Trump is not a “target” in Mueller’s Russia probe — Gov. Kay Ivey will not debate her fellow Republicans … and more on Guerrilla Politics!

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Dr. Waymon Burke take you through this week’s biggest political stories including:

— How did former Governor Robert Bentley and Rebekah Caldwell Mason escape further charges?

— Should President Donald Trump feel good about not being a target in the probe into Russian meddling in the election?

— Should Governor Kay Ivey participate in debates before the Republican primary in June?

Mayor of Tuscaloosa and Democrat candidate for Governor Walt Maddox joins Jackson and Burke to discuss Alabama’s ethics issues, Democrats’ chances in 2018, and his campaign.

Jackson closes the show with a “Parting Shot” directed at folks who complain about Facebook using their “personal” data while continuing to post their data on Facebook.

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2 weeks ago

Congressman Mo Brooks tells the truth about immigration, the media clutches their pearls

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It happens every couple of weeks, Alabama’s most quotable Congressman speaks some obvious, albeit harsh, truths about something happening in the country and liberals start to squeal. Whether he is calling his Democrat colleagues “socialists“, explaining the racial aspect of the Democrats’ campaign strategy, or talking about defending the border, Huntsville’s Mo Brooks says what he is thinking. It happened again when Brooks visited CNN to talk about illegal immigration:

Why this matters: The word they are quibbling with is “invasion”. As usual, Brooks is right. The definition of invasion is, “an act of invading; especially incursion of an army for conquest or plunder”. Illegal immigrants as Brooks points out are invading our nation, crossing our borders illegally, and plundering our country. They are coming for this reason, they aren’t coming here to help us, they are coming to benefit. President Donald Trump and Rep. Mo Brooks have this in common: They are straight-talking and honest about illegal immigration and they don’t care if that upsets the liberal elites.

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The details:

— There are more than 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

— 8 million illegal aliens are in the American workforce, taking jobs and driving down wages for Americans.

— According to a Center for Immigration Studies report, there is a net cost to taxpayers of nearly $63,000 per illegal immigrant.

— Brooks referenced this study, which says illegal immigrants cost state, local and federal taxpayers $116 billion dollars a year in net tax loses.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN in Huntsville.

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Calls for special session on ethics begin, Gov. Ivey officially bails on debates, Trump knows nothing about porn star payment, and more

(Governor Kay Ivey/Flickr)

1. Fixes to Alabama’s ethics laws would require a special session; a Democrat candidate for Governor wants to see one

— As part of the conclusion of the state’s Bentley/Mason grand jury, there were multiple suggestions made for improvements to Alabama’s ethics laws which would require a special session.

— Speaking to Guerrilla Politics, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox stated he would support a special session on ethics but does not expect Governor Kay Ivey to call one.

2. Governor Kay Ivey officially bails on scheduled Birmingham debates

— After a few days of speculation, and nothing but bad press, the Governor’s spokespeople wrote in an email that Ivey has official engagements on the dates of scheduled debates. They did not answer questions about future debates.

—Evangelist Scott Dawson has stated that Ivey was never elected to the position and should explain to the people her vision. Mayor Tommy Battle took to Facebook to point out that Ivey has been a politician for 36 years, a Democrat, and that she sent a telegram to an opponent who wouldn’t debate.

3. President Trump says he knows nothing about the payment to Stormy Daniels by his attorney

— Trump denied Thursday that he knew about his lawyer’s $130,000 payment 11 days before the 2016 election.

— Daniels’ attorney continues to try and keep the story in the news, this includes the president’s private parts and calling CBS a “conservative” channel

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4. Oregon’s governor will not send National Guard troops to the border, will become a punching bag for Trump

— The Department of Homeland Security is preparing to use 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard soldiers to bolster the nation’s border patrol.

— Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she would not send her National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, “If @realDonaldTrump asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no,” Brown tweeted.

5. National Democrats see Congresswoman Martha as vulnerable after Sen. Doug Jones’ improbable win

— Democrats are looking for vulnerable Republicans and they think they have one in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District, if she survives her 4 person primary that includes a former Congressman.

— DCCC spokesperson said, “We think that Doug Jones’ win coupled with Congresswomen Roby’s poor performance in the 2016 election could create room for a Democrat to win this seat, while still understanding the path is not easy.’’

6. Democrats in Alabama will campaign against allowing teachers to carry; former Tuscaloosa mayor calls it “idiotic”

— Maddox told a group of Democratic women, “Arming teachers may be the most idiotic idea that I’ve heard in the legislature since, well, since they didn’t expand Medicaid.”

— 58 percent of parents support allowing teachers to carry, 68 percent of Republicans support it, and this is Alabama.

7. Facebook could use this latest controversy to actually make money

— Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg says users would have to pay to opt out of all data-targeted ads.

— Users’ data is used by Facebook to deliver ads to individual users.

2 weeks ago

It’s time for a special session on ethics

(W.Miller/YHN)

Alabama’s ethics laws are imperfect and always in flux. In just a few years, Alabama has seen the speaker, governor, and multiple other elected officials found guilty of ethics charges. But even with all of those victories, apparently, the law is still pretty weak. If you don’t think we need a special session on ethics, read the grand jury report and look at the gigantic gaping festering diseased holes in the current law:

— The ethics law does not cover non-spousal intimate or romantic relationships.

— The law authorizes the governor to appoint the secretary of law enforcement and does not prohibit the governor from initiating, directing, or receiving reports on criminal investigations for illegitimate political purposes.

— State law does not prohibit non-government personnel from performing the work of a public employee while receiving payment from a private entity for that work (so-called loaned executives), and there is a question whether the Ethics Act clearly covers such individuals.

Why this matters: In Alabama, the governor can be in a sexual relationship with his/her assistant, as long as they aren’t married, a power-broker can pay the assistant’s salary, and the governor can then interfere in any investigation into these matters. This is all legal. This is absolutely insane and unacceptable.

Governor Kay Ivey is currently being pummeled for not agreeing to debate her opponents. If she wants to change the subject she should call a special session of the Legislature and address these issues that the grand jury investigation has just raised.

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The details:

— A special session in Alabama must be called by the governor and she must declare what the session is about in the “call”. Anything not listed can only be debated after a two-thirds vote of both chambers.

— The cost of a special session could be anywhere between $110,ooo and $320,828.

— Mason and Governor Bentley carried on an affair during the time Mason worked in his office, and used state resources to cover it up, but Bentley ended up cutting a deal and pleading to campaign finance violations.

— Rebekah Caldwell Mason was paid by the Alabama Council for Excellent Government to work in the governor’s office. This is legal.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN in Huntsville.

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Trump is not a target of the Special Counsel, Bentley/Mason get off again, Rep. Jack Williams says he’s innocent, and more

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1. President Donald Trump is not a target of the investigation, media declares this shows he is in big trouble now

—  Trump’s lawyers have told the president that Robert Mueller does not consider him a target, but does consider him a witness.

— In an attempt to make all news bad news, the media insists this is a brilliant Mueller trap to entice Trump to perjure himself, but the US Attorney’s manual says a target (which Trump is not) is someone the investigators have “substantial evidence” of wrongdoing.

2. Governor Bentley and his lover Rebekah Caldwell Mason walk with no charges or penalties

—  A grand jury has been impaneled for close to a year but has determined no additional charges will be filed in the Bentley/Mason case, they also want the Legislature to fix the state’s ethics laws.

— The investigators found that Bentley never personally profited, and Rebekah Caldwell Mason was never covered by ethics laws because she was just sleeping with him and was not married to him.

3. Arrested lawmaker Rep. Jack Williams insists he has done nothing wrong; he will continue to serve

— Williams’ statement reads, “I have done nothing wrong, and once the facts are presented, I expect to be found innocent.”

— It has been reported that his alleged crime may have included calling a public meeting on the bill State Rep. Micky Hammon wanted passed when Williams knew that “Trina Health had offered and given things of value”.

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4. Trump will send the national guard to the border and continue building a border wall

— Just like presidents Obama and Bush, President Trump is activating the National Guard and sending them to the border.

— This comes after Trump told reporters, “We’re going to be doing things militarily. Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military.”

5. Maybe Gov. Kay Ivey doesn’t need to be involved in debates if she keeps raising money and dishing out burns

— Governor Ivey continues to face an onslaught of negative PR for passing on a series of GOP debates, but she is crushing her opponents in fundraising,  Ivey has $3.2 million which is $1 million more than any other candidate in the June Republican primary.

— When pressed on her debate schedule, Ivey’s campaign hit back, “Is Tommy Battle applying to be governor of Alabama, or campaign scheduler for Kay Ivey?”

6. Once again, cops knew about the YouTube shooter and her problems with YouTube

— San Bruno police said in a statement Nasim Najafi Aghdam did not know the victims she shot; she was a disgruntled user.

— After police contacted the family and told them that Aghdam had been found, her brother warned them that she might be going after the company and they did nothing.

7. Cambridge Analytica had access to the public data of 87 million people, but not private data

— Facebook announced that Cambridge Analytica might have used publicly available information from about 87 million Facebook users without the users’ knowledge; it was not private info.

— Worry away about this information while you continue to post your political opinion non-stop, check in everywhere you go, tell us your relationship status, and which Gilligan’s Island cast member you are.

2 weeks ago

Did Alabama’s leaders fail to explain why Alabama’s ethics law needed to be tweaked?

(W.Miller/YHN)

In the last session of the quadrennium, before an election, the Alabama Legislature passed a law changing the ethics rules for economic developers, which was supported by Alabama’s Attorney General Steve Marshall.  Opinion columnists in Alabama’s political press have declared “Alabama politicians aren’t even trying to hide the corruption anymore“, “The fat cats win. Ethical government loses.”, and stated that “you don’t have to break the law when you’re the one who makes the law”, all of which is untrue.

But, this isn’t about the authors of those opinion pieces, and Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh acknowledged a failure by the authors and supporters of this fix to refute these absurd notions. That failure of messaging on this bill has created a golden opportunity for Alabama Democrats and their media outlets. The real explanation is far less nefarious, as explained by Marsh on the radio this morning:

“There are many times, at the state level, that projects are under consideration that they don’t even disclose to me as the Pro Tem of the Senate. Because they have given agreements to these people looking at the state of Alabama that they will keep extremely quiet until a decision is made.”

Why this matters: To be clear, no developers were registering as lobbyists. This codified into law what was being done in practice. The fear was, the way the ethics law was written, it could have required they do so in the future which would hamper Alabama’s ability to attract manufacturing and retail development, and the jobs that come with those programs. Other states were using this to compete against Alabama. The real world impact of not changing this law would be less economic development in the state, fewer jobs, and a happy liberal media. The ethics bill was fixed by this bill, not broken by it, anyone telling you otherwise has probably been lying to you about other things as well.

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@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN in Huntsville.

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Mueller’s first sentencing, Battle hits Ivey over debates, Nick Saban is worth every penny, and more …

Nick Saban plays commissioner at A-Day 2015. (Photo via UA Athletics)

1. Special Counsel Robert Mueller gets his first sentence in the Russia probe, it’s 30 days for lying to investigators

— An attorney from London, Alex van der Zwaan, was sentenced to serve 30 days in prison for lying to the FBI about his contacts and destroying emails the special counsel’s office had requested.

— van der Zwaan was a business associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates. He did not work on the campaign.

2. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle strikes out at Governor Kay Ivey for not debating, absurd choices made for debates

— Multiple media outlets, not including Yellowhammer News, have scheduled a debate for April 18th and Gov. Ivey will not be attending.

— Internal polling places the Governor at above 50 percent in the GOP primary with her opponents wallowing in the teens and single-digits.

3. Every year we hear about Nick Saban being the highest-paid public employee, he deserves it

— Saban makes $11.1 million a year, the 2nd-highest paid public employee in the nation is Kentucky’s basketball coach John Calapari, who makes $7.75 million.

— The 35 highest paid, of the top paid in each state, are all coaches and most bring in far more than their salaries to their universities.

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4. Shooting at YouTube appears to be the work of a woman and appears to be about YouTube videos

— A woman shot three people at random Tuesday at the YouTube headquarters and then took her own life.

— Only eight of the 230 mass shooting events since 2002 have been carried out by women.

5. A white nationalist will be speaking at the University of Alabama and the president, correctly, says to ignore it

— The university’s Students for America First group invited Jared Taylor, a self-identified white nationalist, to speak about diversity.

— President Stuart Bell said two very important things, “This ideology is counter to our institutional values” and “the best way to demonstrate distaste for hateful dialogue is not to give it an audience”.

6.  Mexico says it will stop the caravan of illegals after Trump Tweets about it

— After criticism from President Trump, Mexican authorities have stopped a group of illegals who were marching from Mexico’s southern border to the United States, some will be deported.

— Mexican authorities issued temporary papers to some in the group; they told the Washington Post that they will continue towards the United States to seek asylum.

7. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says there is a blue wave coming after another electoral loss shifts the WI court

— Liberal Rebecca Dallet crushed conservative Michael Screnock in the race for a 10-year term on the state’s high court; the court now has a Democrat majority.

— Walker Tweeted, “Tonight’s results show we are at risk of a #BlueWave in WI. The Far Left is driven by anger & hatred — we must counter it with optimism & organization.”

3 weeks ago

It may be time for Gov. Kay Ivey’s opponents to rent Parker Griffith’s giant inflatable duck

(W.Miller/YHN)

If things stay the way they are right now, there will probably not be a GOP Gubernatorial debate in 2018. In February, Gov. Kay Ivey said she would be open to a debate, but in April it appears that a debate won’t happen. This isn’t new, in 2014, then-Governor Robert Bentley’s Democrat opponent accused Bentley of “ducking debates”. To drive this point home, Griffith brought an inflatable duck with him on the campaign trail. The ridiculousness of this publicity stunt was only topped by the Montgomery Advertiser’s ridiculous story:

Why this matters: This is nothing new, Bentley didn’t want to debate his general election opponent in 2014 because he had no need to. Like Ivey, Bentley was crushing Griffith. Also like Ivey, Bentley knew there was little to gain by boosting the campaigns of her political opponents when she knows they are floundering. This may not be the right thing to do, Alabamians deserve to hear these candidates out, but it is smart politics on the part of the Governor to sit this out.

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The details:

— Not debating in 2014 did not hurt Gov. Bentley, he trounced Griffith 63.9 to 36.1 on election day.

— Multiple media outlets, not including Yellowhammer News, have scheduled a debate for April 18th.

— Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, evangelist Scott Dawson and Alabama Sen. Bill Hightower of Mobile, have all agreed to take part in the April 18th event but Gov. Ivey has stated she has an engagement in Mobile that day.

— Internal polling places the Governor at above 50 percent in the GOP primary with her opponents wallowing in the teens and single-digits.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN in Huntsville.

3 weeks ago

7 Things: Alabama political arrests, Gov. Ivey probably won’t do a debate, Florence mural shows Trump and dead kids, Putin gets a White House invite, and more …

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1. An Alabama lawmaker, ex-GOP chief, and business executive have been arrested

— In what appears to be a never-ending stream of criminal charges against elected officials, new charges ensnare the three for allegedly engaging in a scheme to pass legislation to force Blue Cross and Blue Shield to cover treatment at a diabetes clinic.

— Another former lawmaker, former State Representative Micky Hammon has already been sentenced to three months in prison for felony mail fraud.

2. There probably won’t be a debate for Republican Gubernatorial candidates

— Gov. Kay Ivey has not agreed to take part in an April 18th debate event in Birmingham. The other candidates have all agreed to be there.

— Internal polling shows that Governor Kay Ivey is up above 50 percent with all of her rivals in the teens or below, if this is true, there will be no debates in this race.

3. Alabama mural depicts President Donald Trump and dead school children

— A mural has appeared on private property in Florence, Ala., and the city has no way to make the owner take it down. Attempts to contact the owner have been unsuccessful.

— The mural shows Trump holding a gun and throwing paper towels to murdered children and the mayor says it disgusting.

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4. Teachers across the country are going on strike, free publicity will cause these to spread

— After a successful teachers’ strike in West Virginia , other states are now seeing the strikes cause school to be cancelled in Oklahoma and Kentucky.

— Teachers in Phoenix may be next; they are demanding a 20 percent pay raise after Oklahoma teachers got 16 percent.

5. Congressman Bradley Byrne believes Democrats are targeting the 2nd Amendment and Sen. Doug Jones is too

— After two weeks of different liberal entities calling for an end to the 2nd Amendment, followed by claims that no one is calling for its repeal, Byrne called out Sen. Jones and his fellow Democrats for not being honest about their intentions.

— Byrne believes Jones supports gun control, and said, “It is becoming the mainstream Democrat position.”

6. Mayor of Geenville, Ala., feels tariffs are going to hurt his city as China’s response tariffs go into effect

— Mayor Dexter McLendon said Trump’s tariffs on imported aluminum and steel would have consequences for Butler County’s economy, which relies on a Hyundai plant.

— Chinese tariffs that were announced in March have gone into effect, they target 128 products.

7. Fox News has shown their support for embattled host Laura Ingraham

— Their statement says, “We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts”, as the host takes what they say is a scheduled week off.

— As the media has an aneurysm over Sinclair Broadcasting’s odd “fake news” script, they have uniformly attempted to enforce a policy that no one can criticize the Parkland students, no matter what they say.

CORRECTION: The mayor of Florence said that the mural is “disgusting”, a previous version indicated he thought it was a accurate depiction of the debate happening in the country.