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  • Gov. Ivey travels to Japan, meets with automakers

    Excerpt from WVTM:

    Gov. Kay Ivey departed for Japan Tuesday as part of an economic development team to meet with executives of Toyota, Mazda and Honda automakers.

    The goal of the trip is to facilitate growth in the state’s automotive sector and reinforce relationships with the manufacturers.

    “The auto industry has been a key driver of economic growth in Alabama for two decades, and we want to make sure we’re positioned to see that growth accelerate in coming years,” said Ivey.

    The Japan mission comes as the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA joint venture is beginning to move forward with plans for a $1.6 billion assembly plant in Huntsville that will employ 4,000 people.

  • Wetumpka TEA Party Releases 2018 River Region Candidate Fair Straw Poll Results

    Excerpt from Wetumpka TEA Party:

    The Wetumpka TEA Party hosted a fantastic 2018 River Region Candidate Fair on Mon. April 23rd. A special thanks to the 49 candidates who participated and all of the citizens who came out to visit with them one-on-one and find out where they stand on the issues. We hope this helped you in your decision making process before going to the polls on election day, June 5th.

    This poll is NOT the Wetumpka TEA Party’s endorsement of candidates but is used solely for informational purposes.

  • Alabama Rep. Martha Roby Releases First TV Ad

    From a news release:

    U.S. Representative Martha Roby’s (R-AL) campaign for reelection in Alabama’s Second Congressional District today released its first television ad ahead of the June 5th Republican primary.

    The ad highlights Representative Roby’s strong, conservative stance on tackling our nation’s illegal immigration problem. It also shows the stark contrast between Roby’s clear record of supporting smart border security measures compared to Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi’s “lawn mower” strategy, demonstrating that liberals in Washington are not serious about stopping the flow of illegal immigrants into our country.

    “This has gone on long enough. We need to get serious about our border,” Representative Roby states in the ad. “That’s why I voted to use every tool available to secure it – including a wall.”

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 weeks ago

Congressman Bradley Byrne believes Democrats’ goal is the repeal of the 2nd Amendment and ties them to Sen. Doug Jones

(B. Byrne, D. Jones/FB)

Last week’s non-David Hogg related gun news consisted of different entities declaring a need to repeal the 2nd Amendment, followed by savvy Democrats and the media allies declaring no one wants to end the 2nd Amendment. Alabama Senator Doug Jones was asked about the current state of the gun debate, and he said a gun ban is not “feasible right now”. I asked Congressman Bradley Byrne what he thought Democrats wanted to do with gun rights.

“I think very definitely want to repeal the 2nd Amendment,” said Byrne. “I think they understand with the 2nd Amendment in place they cannot do some of the things they keep saying they want to do because the Constitution doesn’t allow it. And I think they are going to continue to push for that. It is becoming the mainstream Democrat position.”

Why this matters: Later on, Byrne mentioned Sen. Jones in his comments saying that Jones “favors gun control over Constitutional rights”. Jones and most Alabama Democrats would not appreciate that comment because they need to convince Alabama voters that there is a massive difference between the national Democrat Party and Alabama Democrats. But the reality is quite simple, over one-third of the Democrat base wants to repeal the right to bear arms and 82 percent want to ban semi-automatic pistols and rifles, even if the betters would prefer we not notice.

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Listen to the whole interview here:

@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: Trump ends DACA debate, Laura Ingraham has been bullied into submission, Sen. Doug Jones says the EPA head is out, and more …

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1. President Donald Trump signals end of the DACA debate as a “Caravan of migrant families” move towards U.S. border

— The president has declared that any DACA deal is officially dead, he also called for a “nuclear option” to work on border issues.

— This is all happening as there is a massive mob of Central American illegals streaming through Mexico with no opposition from the Mexican authorities.

2. Fox News’ Laura Ingraham is bullied in to submission by a 17-year-old kid, he refuses to accept her apology

— Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg took offense to Ingraham mocking his whining about not being able to get into college and called for an advertiser boycott; it worked.

— After Ingraham apologized and announced she will be taking a week off, Hogg declared she is still a bully and that she should spend her Easter vacation reflecting.

3. AL Sen. Doug Jones states the obvious, EPA head Scott Pruitt will be the latest from the Trump administration to go 

— Speaking to reporters, Jones feels the latest scandal involving Pruitt and a lobbyist wife providing a rental to him will do him in and he is “on his way out”.

— Former Gov. Chris Christie, who was part of the early Trump transition agrees saying, “I don’t know how you survive this one, and if he has to go, it’s because he never should have been there in the first place.”

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4. Sinclair Broadcasting is under-fire for all of the things he rightly claims the liberal media does

— A montage of Sinclair’s anchors from around the country reading the same script is making the rounds of social media and anchors and others have complained about the comments about “fake news”.

— Just for a bit of clarity, American media bias already exists and it’s isn’t about conservative oligarchs controlling the message.

5. The media was targeting Easter for some reason on Easter, this doesn’t happen with other holidays

— Am opinion piece at NBC.com told the story of a Christian who can’t celebrate Easter because of its ties to “white supremacy”.

— Another NBC News employee, Chuck Todd, decided to try to explain that there is nothing all that “good” about “Good Friday”.

6. London is trending towards a murder rate higher than New York’s; this is incredibly rare

— For all the talk we are hearing about how our society is plagued by rampant gun violence that no one else sees, we are ignoring that other countries are seeing an uptick in violence while America is seeing a decrease in crime.

— In February, London had more murders than New York with a total of 15 homicides and there were  22 murders in March, which should top New York’s numbers as well.

7. Charles Barkley donates $250k for African-American history education in Alabama

— The outspoken former NBA player and current television analysts says that money will assist kids in Mississippi and Alabama learn more about their culture.

— The program is about African-American History and will share African American stories in public service, sciences, academia, the arts, music, and sports.

3 weeks ago

VIDEO: Another Alabama special election — Economic developers get an ethics carve out — Census will include a citizenship question … 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:

— Is there a lesson for Republicans to learn from the latest Alabama special election?

— Was there a need for a change to Alabama’s ethics laws for economic development?

— Why is there such an outcry over asking people if the are American citizens on during the 2020 census?

Alabama Board of Education Member and candidate for State House Mary Scott Hunter joins Jackson and Burke to discuss allowing guns in schools, the state of Alabama’s education system, and her campaign.

Jackson closes the show with a “Parting Shot” directed at folks who demand that we stop pointing out that there are people out there who want to repeal the 2nd Amendment.

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4 weeks ago

If Democrats are this upset about the census’ citizenship question, they should boycott it

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For some reason Democrats don’t want to know how many illegal immigrants are actually in the country.

It’s odd, they seem to be perfectly content with allowing them to stay, giving them legal status, and forgiving almost all their discretion, but they are not inclined to show us how many people they are actually willing to do this for. The question on citizenship was added by the Trump administration to get an accurate count of what number of illegals we are dealing with. New York, California, and other states are not happy about this, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told the Washington Post:

“What the Trump Administration is requesting is not just alarming, it is an unconstitutional attempt to discourage an accurate census count,” he said.

Why this matters: The argument is that asking illegals to identify themselves as illegals will deter them from participating in the Census, which is used to assign representation in the House of Representatives. This sounds more like a feature than a bug to me. Citizens will be counted, illegals will not, and representation will be based on that count with citizens trumping illegals.

If Democrats truly believe this is “unconstitutional”, they have one option: Boycott the census altogether, throw out your forms, and refuse to be counted.

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The details:

— The Justice Department requested the citizenship question be added to the 2020 Census in order to better enforce the Voting Rights Act, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross issued a memo granting the request.

— The Census is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution.

— If you do not provide accurate information during the Census you could be fined up to $500.

— The now-controversial citizenship question was part of the Census process until 1950.

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

4 weeks ago

7 Things: Democrats push to end 2nd Amendment while denying they are, Alabama election could signal problems for the midterms, Documents alleged collusion between Obama and FBI/CIA and more …

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1. Democrats continue to push for a repeal of the 2nd Amendment while demanding you stop pointing it out

— A former supreme court justice, thousands of protesters, law professors, and multiple media outlets are now calling for the end of the 2nd Amendment.

— CNN’s Chris Cuomo says “no one” is calling for this repeal, The New Republic’s Jeet Heer says this is a “straw-man argument”, but over one-third of Democrats would like to see this happen.

2. There are some real problems for Republicans in Alabama’s latest special election

— Former Head of Public Safety for the city of Huntsville Rex Reynolds, the Republican, beat Democrat Terry Jones to keep the seat out of the blue column.

— 9,367 fewer voters showed up than did in 2014’s general election, but almost 50 percent of 2014’s Democrats showed up, while only 20 percent of 2014’s Republicans did.

3. Signs of actual collusion continue to show up with the CIA, FBI, President Obama’s WH and Congressional Democrats

— There have been absolutely no legitimate signs of collusion between the Trump campaign/transition and the Russian government but that hasn’t stopped a series of year-long investigations, and breathless speculation.

— Once again, there have been serious questions raised about the behavior of the Obama government during the 2016 election and their interaction with intelligence agencies that were highly inappropriate.

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4. High-income Alabamians are benefiting from President Trump’s tax cuts

— Alabama’s high-earners are able to keep more of their own money after the tax cuts than those in high-tax states.

— The $10,000 limit in the tax code for state/local deductions are benefiting those who live in low tax states like Alabama, Florida, and Texas while those in higher tax states like California, New Jersey and New York pay more than that threshold so their taxes have gone up.

5. A bill that got very little attention, could have a very big impact on 1st/2nd-time home owners

— The First-Time Homebuyer and Second-Chance Savings Account bill was passed by the Alabama Legislature this session, it provides a tax-free savings opportunity for homebuyers.

— Tax-free deposits and earnings cannot exceed $50,000 and the purchase must be completed within 5 years.

6. The Senate is done for the year, the House has one day left

— Racial profiling bill stalls in the Alabama House, it is essentially dead.

— A new ethics bill passes that exempts people involved in economic development, in a contentious debate over whether it was necessary.

7. Rev. Al Sharpton’s half-brother accused of killing a 23-year-old woman in Alabama

— Rev. Kenneth Glasgow drove a  26-year-old woman to look for her stolen car, she then shot and killed the person who she believed had stolen her car.

— Glasgow doesn’t seem to understand that Alabama law charges any person who participates in a crime with the crime.

4 weeks ago

Special election in North Alabama: Blue wave or spring break?

(W. Miller/YHN)

It may be a bellwether, it may mean nothing.

The opinion about whether any special election means anything is generally based on where you stand politically. State House District 21 in Madison County, Alabama, probably doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. Former Head of Public Safety for the city of Huntsville Rex Reynolds, the Republican, beat Democrat Terry Jones to keep the seat out of the blue column.

If you are a Republican, when you look at these results all you see is a win:

Alabama House of Representatives, District 21, Special Election, 2018
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRex Reynolds 52.8% 2,431
Democratic C. Terry Jones 47.1% 2,167
Total Votes 4,602

(Ballotpedia)

But if you are a Democrat, you look at the results and see a significant closing of the gap from 2014:

Alabama House of Representatives District 21, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Patterson Incumbent 67.3% 9,428
Democratic C. Terry Jones 32.6% 4,558
NA Write-In 0.1% 13
Total Votes 13,999

(Ballotpedia)

Why this matters:
This is another race that appears to be closer than it should have been. Democrats feel energized and engaged, buoyed by non-stop negative media coverage of a Republican president and various protest movements (women, students, The Resistance) appearing to take over the country’s attention each month. But there are some caveats that may mean that these results don’t really mean much: There was almost no media coverage of this race, it was a special election with 9,367 fewer voters than the last general election in this district, and both school districts in this State House district are on spring break.

Reynolds will probably never cast a vote before his primary election in June, he can’t do anything until the results are officially certified. So the real messages should be obvious, this special election was a massive waste of resources for the state and the way we deal with legislative victories is massively flawed.

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The details:

— Republicans have lost 39 legislative seats across the country since Donald Trump has become president.

— A recent report by the Brennan Center for Justice, indicated that Democrats need to win by 11 points nationally to take back the House, the current Democrat lead on the generic ballot is six points.

— In 2010, the year of the Tea Party, Republicans held a six point lead on Democrats and took back the House after winning 63 seats.

— State Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh has predicted Republicans will pick up seats in Alabama.

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

4 weeks ago

7 Things: Democrats put illegals first, Birmingham votes for new stadium, Former Justice Stevens says to repeal the 2nd Amendment, and more …

(Bham City Council)

1. Democrats put illegal immigrants first again, raise concerns over a census question

— The Trump administration will be asking people their citizenship status in the next census, Democrats feel this will cost them Congressional seats.

— The fear or feature of the question, depending on who you ask, is that illegal immigrants will not fill out the surveys out of fear of the the government.

2. Birmingham goes big, finally seeks a major football stadium, will cost $90 million dollars

— The city council voted 6 to 3 to spend $90 million over 30 years to create a facility for UAB football games and hopefully other events.

— The Alabama Legislature paved the way last week by passing a bill that would raise car rental taxes to help pay for the venue.

3. Let’s be real, Democrats want to take guns away from all gun owners

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— Former Supreme Court Justice lets the mask slip, admits that Democrats want to repeal the 2nd Amendment and polling backs that up.

— In response to all of this talk, the National Rifle Association is reporting increased donations.

4. Republican Rex Reynolds narrowly defeats Democrat Terry Jones to take late Jim Patterson’s seat in Madison County

— Reynold’s defeat of Jones was far closer than many expected, but turnout was low due to the nature of special elections, non-existent media coverage, and spring break being in place for much of the District.

— Reynolds was sworn in yesterday evening, but will not be able to cast votes in this legislative session, which could end today, until the results are certified, according to Secretary of State John Merrill.

5. President Donald Trump has a new plan to build a border wall, but he probably can’t

— Reportedly, Trump wants to pay for the border wall by diverting funds allocated to the military in the latest budget or increasing the fees to enter the country.

— The last budget did not allocate any funds for the new wall, they have only been appropriated to fix current fencing or build new fencing

6. A murderer will not be put to death again because Alabama botched his execution

— Convicted murderer Doyle Hamm will escape his final punishment after an agreement has been reached between the state and his attorney.

— After years of challenges to his death sentence, his execution did not go as planned, and ended with him allegedly sitting in a puddle of blood.

7. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle picks up the endorsement of  former Auburn coach Tommy Tubberville

— In one of the first endorsements of the Governor’s race Tubberville told WANI, “You know, I’ve looked at this race, and I think we need something different for Montgomery. I think we need something different for the state of Alabama. I think Tommy Battle is a very, very good candidate for this state.”

— Tubberville initially flirted with the idea of running for Governor but nothing ever came of it.

4 weeks ago

Former Supreme Court Justice lets the mask slip, admits that Democrats want to repeal the 2nd Amendment

(ABC News/YouTube)

It’s fair to say that on the issue of guns, sometimes Democrats want to keep their actual opinions close to the vest. They assure you, as Vox did yesterday, that the “March for Our Lives” was about gun control not gun confiscation. The media insists that implying otherwise is engaging in hysterics and fear-mongering. But occasionally, a liberal will tell the truth and ruin the whole game, just like Former Justice John Paul Stevens did in his editorial for the New York Times:

“That support is a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms. But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.”

Why this matters: Democrats know this kind of stuff is electoral suicide. But there is clearly a shift happening in public opinion. These trial balloons will be popped by conscientious liberals in swing states and district, but the base is moving this way and they know it. The problem for them could be that America is starting to learn that the Democrat base is in favor of a repeal of the 2nd Amendment.

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The details:

— The “March for Our Lives” drew millions of people, in hundreds of cities, and garnered glowing and supportive media coverage from almost every media outlet outside of Fox News and talk radio.

— More than one-third of Democrats want to do away with the 2nd Amendment, according to a survey by The Economist and YouGov.

— The same survey shows that 82 percent of Democrats want to ban all semi-automatic weapons, which would be an effective ban on most firearms in the U.S.

— All Americans are shifting towards gun control, with 60 percent wanting to “ban assault weapons” in a recent Fox News poll.

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

EDIT: A previous headline listed John Paul Stevens as a a Chief Justice, when in fact he was an Associate Justice. The headline and a line in the story were corrected.

4 weeks ago

7 Things: Trump targets Russia, Alabama’s schools aren’t doing great, Alabama’s legislature could get ugly, and more …

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1. President Donald Trump goes after Russia and expels 60 diplomats, Russia vows to retaliate

— The Trump administration’s expulsion of the diplomats, and the closing of a Seattle consulate, signify the toughest stand against Russia thus far.

— Russia responded by asking Twitter users how to respond, specifically followers of the Russian Embassy were asked “What U.S. Consulate General would you close?”

2. Alabama’s schools aren’t great, the state’s superintendent called this out

— While Alabama graduation rate is 87 percent, while only 66 percent of kids are ready for college, Richardson says this misleads graduates and parents.

— Former Governor Bentley declared that, on a whole, Alabama’s school system “sucks” and that didn’t go over very well.

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3. The last few days of the Alabama Legislature could be ugly

— This legislative session has been rather uneventful, as are most election year sessions.

— With two days left, there could be moves to get bills on racial profiling, changes to the treatment of those pursuing economic development deals in the state, but most school security laws seem dead.

4.  Alabama Democrats may think they can win a special election today, Democrats from out of state want to help

— Late State Representative Jim Patterson’s seat in Huntsville and Madison County is up for grabs between Former police chief Rex Reynolds and retired educator Terry Jones.

— Democrats from outside of Alabama have been sending creative postcards to people in the district imploring them to vote for Jones.

5. Stock market rebounds, China decides they want to buy American computer chips

— After weeks of volatility after reaching all-time highs the stock market saw a major spike of 669 points today, where it regained half of its losses.

— The largest gain since 2008 has led many to believe the fears of a trade war might be overblown as China and the U.S. try to work out a deal.

6. Trump’s low numbers may not be all that fatal to the GOP after all

— While Trump’s approval numbers are not great, the fact is that at this time in their presidency Trump only trails Reagan and Obama by four points.

— A recent report by the Brennan Center for Justice indicated that Democrats need to win by 11 points nationally to take back the House, generic polling only has them up six.

7. The “March for Our Lives” kids aren’t done yet, they have a lot of money

— No matter what your politics are, you have to admit this event was a success. The event this weekend drew massive crowds and is impacting public policy and opinion.

— The organization of this event cost over $5 million dollars, but the group who put it on still has “several million dollars” they plan to use on lobbying.

4 weeks ago

Democrats try to nationalize an Alabama State House seat

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The “blue wave is coming”, or so Democrats would have you believe. Much like in 2010, Democrats view State House seats as pickup opportunities you never would have envisioned in the years prior.

Tomorrow’s special election for Alabama State District 21 probably isn’t one of those opportunities.

Republican Rex Reynolds is taking on Democrat Terry Jones to see who replaces the late Jim Patterson, a two-term Republican from Huntsville. If Democrats want to win this race, this flier I received from California, of all places, can’t really help:

Why this matters: The 2018 midterms are more than likely going to be a reverse 2010. Democrats will pick up a lot of Republican seats, maybe they take the U.S. House of Representatives, and maybe they flip some state Houses as well. Democrats have been successful in winning a few Republican seats, but more importantly for them, they have been performing well in safe Republican districts.

If they pick those off in November, say “hello” to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. 

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The details:

— A recent report by the Brennan Center for Justice, indicated that Democrats need to win by 11 points nationally to take back the House.

— The Democrat lead on the generic ballot for Congressional control has been as big as 15 points, but sits at six points in current polling.

— In 2010, the year of the Tea Party, Republicans held a six point lead on Democrats and took back the House after winning 63 seats.

— In spite of the predictions for a bad year for Republicans nationally, State Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh has predicted Republicans will pick up seats in Alabama.

Dale Jackson hosts a daily radio show from 7-11 a.m. on NewsTalk 770 AM/92.5 FM WVNN and a weekly television show, “Guerrilla Politics,” on WAAY-TV, both in North Alabama. Follow him @TheDaleJackson.

4 weeks ago

7 Things: “March for Our Lives” is a massive success, Republicans want Ivey on a debate stage, A porn star is the latest hope for Trump hating-Democrats, and more …

1. The “March for Our Lives” draws millions in over 800 cities, it features vulgar/confusing signs & attacks on politicians

— The march was organized by students but featured an overtly political message: that Republicans must be defeated and gun control must be enacted.

— Fox News polling shows that this non-stop barrage of attacks on gun owners and the NRA is working.

2. All other Republican candidates want Governor Kay Ivey to debate 

— Sen. Bill Hightower, Mayor Tommy Battle, and Scott Dawson say they are all eager to debate Ivey before the June Republican primary.

— Ivey has mentioned she was ready for a debate, but most people do not expect a debate featuring the governor to happen.

3. The American media has now gotten their “60 Minutes” interview with a porn star, they are ecstatic

— Three storylines  emerged from the interview Stormy Daniels did with Anderson Cooper: 1. They did not use a condom. 2. Someone threatened her. 3. Trump mentioned his daughter again.

— Republicans don’t care, Democrats are outraged.

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4. Alabama gambling supporter Milton McGregor, who probably got away with bribery, has passed away at 78

— McGregor wanted gambling in the form of dog tracks and casino gambling in Macon County, it closed for a while but is operating today.

— In 2011, McGregor was accused of trying to bribe legislators, there was a mistrial but two lobbyists and one other casino owner were convicted in the scheme.

5. Conservative Republicans are furious at President Trump for his omnibus support and weak veto threat

— When Trump tweeted out that he was considering vetoing the $1.3 billion dollar spending bill, some saw this as a sign of hope for some fiscal responsibility, but he ended up signing the bill after delivering a speech about how bad it was.

— Some conservatives are acting like this is the final straw on their support of Trump. The bill included 13 percent increases in discretionary spending, funding for Planned Parenthood, and less than complete funding for the wall.

6. Secretary of State John Merrill disputes Mark Zuckerberg’s claims Facebook helped stop fake news in AL’s Senate race

— Last week, Facebook’s CEO claimed that they thwarted a group of Macedonians who were spreading fake news during 2017’s U.S. Senate race between Doug Jones and Roy Moore, but he did not explain what the fake news was.

— Merrill reached out to Facebook to clarify what they were talking about to no avail. “We said, ‘we don’t know what you’re talking about.’ We wanted one specific example,” Merrill said.

7. More Republicans are bailing on Congress while a judge forces Wisconsin governor to hold an election he doesn’t want to

— A Republican in a newly court-drawn district in Pennsylvania has decided he will not seek re-election, indicators continue to signal a good year for Democrats.

— A court ordered Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to hold two special elections to fill vacant legislative seats, Republicans are seeking to change the law to avoid doing this.

1 month ago

VIDEO: Teacher carry goes down — Stormy times for the president — AL Sheriffs continue to scrimp on food … 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:

— Has the Alabama Legislature failed to do anything on school security?

— Do Stormy Daniels and other female accusers pose more of a threat to President Trump than the Russia probe?

— Will sheriffs continue profiting by scrimping on their inmates’ meals?

Former Huntsville City Attorney Peter Joffrion joins Jackson and Burke to discuss his campaign for Congress in Alabama’s 5th Congressional District.

Jackson closes the show with a “Parting Shot” directed at Burke and the mainstream media who keep pretending Trump is going to fire Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.

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1 month ago

In a fistfight between Trump and Biden, Congressman Robert Aderholt is calling Trump all the way

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We have seen Ali-Frazier, we watched The Rock-Hulk Hogan, and if Vince McMahon could stop screwing around with the XFL reboot, maybe we could get “Crazy Uncle Joe” vs. The Donald.

This is a match where everyone would win because two of America’s largest big mouths would get punched in the mouth. We could raise some money: if Biden wins, the money could go to pay for illegal aliens college scholarships and if Trump wins, the purse could go towards a big beautiful wall.

Even though this fight will never happen, Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) was on the radio this morning and he thinks Trump would clean Biden’s clock:

“No question Donald Trump would win. That’s an easy one. Well, you know, if you have ever been around Donald Trump he is a big man, and of course I know that Biden isn’t a small guy. But Trump is a big guy, full of adrenaline and energy and I wouldn’t  even think twice about it.”

Why this matters: The back-and-forth threats between Biden and Trump are undignified and trashy. Biden is a former Vice President who should know better, but clearly doesn’t. What he does know, through his history of gaffes and boorish statements, is that he will suffer no consequences for being a jerk. He also knows that President Trump cannot help himself to respond. And even though he responds with the same foolishness, he will be treated as the aggressor and the bad guy.

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The details:

— President Trump has 3 inches on Joe Biden and would have a marginally longer reach.

— Biden is in far better shape than the president, he works out regularly and it would be almost impossible for Biden to have a worse diet than Trump.

— Both individuals claim to be men of the people, but neither has any real tough-guy credentials. Trump has been a millionaire loudmouth his entire life while Biden has been a politician for more than 40 years.

— Trump would truly best Biden when it comes to trash talk, Trump uses Twitter to regularly spar with friends and foes alike, while Biden prefers to let the mainstream media do most of his talking.

Listen to the interview with Congressman Robert Aderholt here:

Dale Jackson hosts a daily radio show from 7-11 a.m. on NewsTalk 770 AM/92.5 FM WVNN and a weekly television show, “Guerrilla Politics,” on WAAY-TV, both in North Alabama. Follow him @TheDaleJackson.

1 month ago

7 Things: $1.3 trillion dollar spending bill passes, Macedonians for Roy Moore, a tiny victory for school security, and more …

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1. The Tea Party movement is officially dead, Congress passes absurd spending bill 

— The House passed the legislation Thursday, voting 256-167 with Democrats and Republicans coming together to pass it less than 24 hours after the 2,300-page bill was made public

— Sen. Rand Paul failed to kill the bill, Alabama Republicans Mo Brooks (Huntsville) and Gary Palmer (Hoover) voted against the bill.

2. Macedonians wanted to get involved in the 2017 Alabama Senate race

— Embattled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told CNN that the tech giant attempted to kill off users from Macedonia who were sharing “fake news” stories about the Senate race.

— Facebook still hasn’t commented on exactly what these Macedonians were trying to accomplish, but most reports indicate they were trying to help Roy Moore.

3. A small victory for school security moves forward in the legislature, legislature fails on “stand your ground

— Alabama schools can now use money from a technology fund for school security, this could be used to harden schools or hire security officers.

— The bill involves $58 million being made available to the state’s K-12 schools, community and four-year colleges.

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4. Alabama House approves bill that would allow the Ten Commandments in public building, for some reason

— Alabama voters will vote on whether or not to add a provision to the state Constitution that would allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public buildings.

— Another federal lawsuit over the Ten Commandments is just what Alabama needs, Democrats are already threatening one.

5. H.R. McMaster is out as National Security Advisor, former UN Ambassador Bolton is in

— President Trump accepted McMaster’s resignation and then named John Bolton, a Fox News conservative foreign policy commentator, to succeed him.

— McMasters and Trump had multiple policy disagreements, including issues on North Korea and Iran. Bolton is more in line with Trump’s thinking.

6. House intel Committee finds no collusion between Russians and the Trump campaign, still no evidence of collusion

— The report releases the committee’s final report into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the release was opposed by Democrats.

— The findings are another report of “no collusion”, the report offered up 44 findings, including that Russia attacked U.S. political institutions.

7. It’s a trade war, China targets U.S. goods

— China announced plans for reciprocal tariffs on 128 U.S. products causing unease, Alabama soybeans could be hit.

— The U.S. goods have an import value of $3 billion in 2017, they include wine, fresh fruit, dried fruit and nuts, steel pipes, modified ethanol, and ginseng which will all see a 15 percent tax, a 25 percent tariff could be imposed on U.S. pork and recycled aluminium goods if a bigger deal can not be reached.

1 month ago

We have plenty of gun bills, we lack action

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Is the Alabama legislature serious about dealing with the issue of school violence? If they are, it sure doesn’t seem like it. Yes, we have bills, lots of bills, some good and some bad. We have a bill about allowing teachers to carry, a bill about allowing volunteers to carry, a bill about metal detectors, a bill about banning semi-automatics, and a bill on age-limits. So we have bills, but apparently, we don’t have time. Maybe a special session can get it done:

“Not dissuaded by the announcement, Ainsworth floated the idea of a special session addressing school safety over the summer, and the Guntersville representative was darting around the chamber on Wednesday with petition and pen in hand,” reported Sam Mattison of Alabama Political Reporter.

Why this matters: A special session? For what? Do these legislators not know where they stand on banning semi-automatics or allowing teachers to carry firearms? Yes, these are controversial issues, but they aren’t hard to figure out whether you support them or not.

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The legislature piddled around on this legislation and is letting the clock run out. Now everyone gets to go back to their district and talk about how they’re pro-gun/anti-gun legislation didn’t pass, but if we send them back for four more years they can get the job done.

The details:

— The length of the legislative session is 30 meeting days over a 105 day period.

— The House Public Safety Committee was unable to meet on gun bills on Wednesday because not enough members showed up.

— Depending on the source, a special session would cost taxpayers roughly $400,000.

— If Governor Kay Ivey calls a special session, and no one thinks she will, it will be limited to whatever she specifically puts in the “call”.

Dale Jackson hosts a daily radio show from 7-11 a.m. on NewsTalk 770 AM/92.5 FM WVNN and a weekly television show, “Guerrilla Politics,” on WAAY-TV, both in North Alabama. Follow him @TheDaleJackson.

1 month ago

7 Things: Republicans heading towards huge spending bill, Congressman Rogers unfairly attacked, Sen. Jones speaks on gun control, and more …

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1. President Donald Trump and fellow Republicans decide to spend more, without even reading or debating the bill

— Trump on Wednesday threw his support behind a $1.6 trillion spending bill, defying House conservatives and handing a victory to GOP congressional leaders.

— The bill will include $641 million border fencing and also is expected to include $1.296 billion in funding new border technology, but no larger immigration agreement was reached.

2. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) becomes a target of dishonest activists and lazy journalists

— Rogers was making a joke about the Southern accent of a speaker at a committee hearing “not having an accent” because the two were the only Southerners there, everyone laughed, and now people are feigning offense.

— He made a similar joke in 2015 at an event in North Dakota, but that didn’t stop The Anniston Star’s Phillip Tutor from tweeting, “Well, Saks’ own has a thing against people with accents, apparently”

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3. Sen. Doug Jones uses first floor speech to talk about gun violence, he proceeded to straddle the fence

— In a speech filled with lofty rhetoric, Jones said we must have the “courage to seize this moment” and work together.

— He proposed making background checks universal, including on internet sales, at gun shows and even private sales, as well as implementing three-day waiting periods.

4. Trump White House continues to leak, Chief of Staff John Kelly launches an investigation

— Someone close to the president leaked a document that told Trump that he should not offer Putin “congratulations” on his questionable election win.

— The leak has been called a “fireable offense” and Kelly is working to find out who the leak was.

5. State Representative Will Ainsworth says his bill to allow teachers to carry will not pass this session

— With very little time left in this election year’s legislative session, the issue of allowing teachers to carry could not get addressed in the time allotted, no school safety related bills have passed.

— Ainsworth says he is going to ask Gov. Kay Ivey to call a special session this summer on school safety to address this and other related issues.

6. Austin bomber‘s motive and ideology still a mystery

— The serial bomber’s name was identified as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, who lived 20 miles from Austin with 2 roommates who were both questioned by police.

— Authorities still don’t know what motivated Conditt and added, “We don’t know where this suspect has spent his last 24 hours, and therefore we still need to remain vigilant to ensure that no other packages or devices have been left throughout the community”.

7. Theme park scammer who claimed he was building a venue 10 times the size of Disneyland in Florence found guilty

— An Alabama grifter has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and was ordered to repay his investors, for a ridiculous theme park scam that netted him over seven million dollars.

— The scam bilked over 40 people, and proposed a 1,400-acre amusement park in the Shoals area of northwest Alabama; this obviously did not happen.

1 month ago

Rep. Mike Rogers unfairly attacked for what is essentially a lame ‘Dad joke’

Rep. Mike Rogers (C-Span.org)

In politics, humor is dead if the person trying to be funny is someone you disagree with. Some are now trying to imply Representative Mike Rogers (R-Saks) is being inappropriate because he made a “dad joke” at a Congressional committee hearing:

Yes, Rogers has an accent, that is THE joke. The person he is talking to was fellow Southerner Brock Long, who also has a Southern drawl, which to another person with a Southern drawl is not an accent. Is it a good joke? Meh. But it surely isn’t an insult.

To prove how dishonest this attack is, in 2015 he made the same joke at an event in the exotic racially-diverse North Dakota:

REP. ROGERS:  I’m going to be the first speaker without an accent this morning.

(Laughter).

When I came here I didn’t know they were going to have foreign language speakers before me, but it’s true.  I was in Minot.  As you all know, my ranking member and buddy is from Tennessee.  I’m from the great state of Alabama. 

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Why this matters: In reality, it doesn’t matter. When people take this nitpicky nonsense and try to make an issue out of it, it only hurts them. There are actual racists and bad guys out there, there is no evidence that Rogers is one. There are bad actors, operating in bad faith, hoping some local media schmuck will pick up the story and amplify it:

No one thinks Rogers meant anything negative by what he said. To pretend otherwise shows how phony some people are.

Dale Jackson hosts a daily radio show from 7-11 a.m. on NewsTalk 770 AM/92.5 FM WVNN and a weekly television show, “Guerrilla Politics,” on WAAY-TV, both in North Alabama. Follow him @TheDaleJackson.

1 month ago

7 Things: A good guy with a gun stops a school shooting, Austin bombing suspect is dead, Mobile councilman wants to copy California on gun control, and more …

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1. Good guy with a gun stops school shooting by killing shooter dead, some argue this shows we shouldn’t arm teachers

— A high school student attempted to kill a classmate only to be shot and killed by a school resource officer on the scene.

— In spite of the evidence that a trained adult with a gun can stop these events, a local newspaper in Maryland still believes the situation would have been “made far worse” by an armed teacher.

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2. The serial bomber in Austin, Texas is now dead

— The still-unnamed 24-year old white man killed himself with an explosive device as authorities closed in after tips led them to believe he was a suspect.

— The bomber’s motives are still unknown but they believe he is responsible for all bombings in the Austin area, they do not know if he acted alone.

3. A Mobile city councilman has an idea on gun control, it would force owners to secure their guns

— Councilman C.J. Small brought up a California law that could lead to a $1000 dollar fine and six months in jail if a gun is left unsecured and if someone is killed it could be a $10,000 fine and 3 years in jail.

— In Alabama, municipalities like Mobile cannot enact such laws so Small is trying to talk to legislators to get it brought up.

4. A Huntsville City School Board member may be drunk on the job, another member wants her censured

— Member Elisa Ferrell wants fellow member Pam Hill censured for, among other things, eccentric behavior, and referenced multiple school board meetings where Hill behaved strangely.

— Ferrell says the censure is necessary because Hill’s actions could cost the district its accreditation, while Hill posted on Facebook that she has “received 5 pages of singled spaced accusations. Most, if not all, 100% FALSE”.

5. We need the women not suing the president to please stand up

— Tuesday was a busy day for Trump lawyers, one woman was allowed to sue the President for defamation, one filed a suit against a Trump ally to kill a non-disclosure agreement, and Stormy Daniels was revealed to have passed a lie-detector test years ago.

— The piling on of women targeting the president is not a surprise, Daniels’ lawyer says they have been contacted by multiple women about their non-disclosure deals.

6. Alabama has passed a bill allowing death row inmates to chose nitrogen gas as a method of death

— As executing criminals has become more complex and painful due to court challenges and drug makers refusing to supply drugs, states have sought out new methods.

— No human execution has ever been carried out with nitrogen gas, but when people die by it they have no idea what hit them.

7. Again, no one is firing the Special Prosecutor, but we still can’t stop talking about it

— Rep. Paul Ryan has made it clear that he has received “assurances” that Robert Mueller will not be fired.

— Because the word of the Speaker of the House isn’t sufficient, the White House released a statement as well, “In response to media speculation and related questions being posed to the Administration, the White House yet again confirms that the President is not considering or discussing the firing of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller”.

1 month ago

It’s time to change the law on pocketing money for feeding inmates for the whole state, not just for Etowah County

On the state level, Alabama has a problem funding it’s prison system, it’s expensive, it’s crowded, and it is a mess. Locally, Alabama Sheriffs have to love the way the county jails are set up. Some have been pocketing the extra money for years, some lend that money to failing car dealers, and as we have learned recently, some buy beach houses with the money. State Rep. Mack Butler has had enough, but only for Etowah County, according to Yellowhammer News:

“The text of Butler’s amendment is based off one that Rep. Corey Harbison (R-Cullman) proposed in February specific to Cullman County. Harbison’s amendment directs excess allowances into a special account called the “Sheriff’s Discretionary Fund.” It also requires the sheriff to receive an annual salary equal to that of the county’s probate judge.”

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Why this matters: This issue keeps bubbling up, it is a constant source of embarrassment. The argument has been made that this incentivizes sheriffs to be fiscally responsible, maybe that is true, but these funds should be used for public matters. There is absolutely no reason to not change the law across the state of Alabama to eliminate this incentive and move on from these problems, there is no reason to have different systems in Cullman and Etowah counties.

The details:

— Counties receives $4 per federal inmate, from the federal government, and $1.75 per inmate from the state.

— In 2007, Morgan County’s Sheriff Greg Bartlett was arrested for violating a consent decree and feeding inmates “woefully insufficient” meals.

— Also in Morgan County, Sheriff Ana Franklin was found to have spent $150,000 dollars of inmate food dollars, which she eventually repaid,  to invest in a used car dealership in 2015.

— Some counties, like Madison and Tuscaloosa, have their programs managed by the county commissions.

Dale Jackson hosts a daily radio show from 7-11 a.m. on NewsTalk 770 AM/92.5 FM WVNN and a weekly television show, “Guerrilla Politics,” on WAAY-TV, both in North Alabama. Follow him @TheDaleJackson.

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