2 months ago

Dale Jackson’s 7 Things: The president insults entire nations, incentives pile up for Toyota-Mazda, Alabama legislators eye additional tax cuts, and more …


The 7 Things You Should Be Talking About Today

1. The President of the United States reportedly referred to other countries as “s***holes“, outrage commences

— President Trump made the comments during a meeting with bipartisan lawmakers who were discussing immigration reform.

— The comment was reportedly made as part of a discussion on whether the US should restore temporary protected status for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.

— Republicans have remained largely silent on the president’s words. This morning the president denies making the comment.

2. Toyota-Mazda incentives start to pile up, nears $800 million

— The state already offered the companies $379 million in incentives; this beat a bid from North Carolina that was totaled $1.5 billion.

— Huntsville itself kicked in $320 million including free land and infrastructure improvements.

— A vast majority of the incentives are abatement for tax revenues that didn’t exist before this deal was made.

3. Alabama Republicans could propose tax cuts in Alabama

— State Senator Del Marsh wants more Alabamians to claim the maximum standard deduction.

— Currently, those making $20,000 a year can claim the full deduction and Marsh wants to change it to $23,000.

— Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) said the state government’s finances are on sound ground and that opens the door to this small exemption increase.

4. A “Gang of 6” has emerged with an immigration plan that no one will like

— Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin and four others have come to an agreement on immigration, and must now sell it to the larger Senate and the House.

— The proposal includes border fencing, curtailing the Diversity Visa Lottery and imposing some limits on the chain of family migration.

— Some Republicans and the White House aren’t impressed. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “There has not been a deal reached yet, however we still think we can get there.”

5. Alabama wants a cut of Uber/Lyft/ride-sharing dollars

— Gov. Ivey and two legislators have unveiled a plan to create a state-wide policy on ride-sharing apps.

— Alabama is one of six states with a patchwork of rules governing these companies, instead of a blanket policy.

— Drivers would turn 1 percent over to the Public Service Commission and the commission would return a portion of that revenue to the city where it is generated.

6. Wal-Mart cites tax cut when raising their minimum wage, then shutters 63 Sam’s Club stores

— Wal-Mart announced it would be raising its minimum wage from $9 to $11 dollars an hour, expanded its parental and maternity leave policy, and it is giving employees a bonus of $200 to $1,000 because of the tax cut bill.

— Following that good news, the company also announced it would be closing 63 Sam’s Club stores after reports from former employees hit social media.

— The closed stores employ almost 10,000 people, over one million will receive increases or bonuses.

7. Alabama legislators may raise the state’s smoking age

— State Representative Chris Pringle (R-Mobile) wants to raise the state smoking age from 19 to 21.

— The argument is that people start smoking when they are young, this will stop people from smoking.

— The idea seems like a fine plan but seems rather non-consequential, I remember when I was 14, no one had problems getting cigarettes.


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13 hours ago

Alabama wins private property rights case against Obama-era regulations

In a victory for private property rights this week, the federal government agreed to reconsider rules adopted during the Obama-era that unreasonably restrict the freedom of Americans to use their land.

“We are encouraged that the Trump administration has agreed to revisit these rules, which threaten property owners’ rights to use any land that the federal government could dream that an endangered species might ever inhabit,” Alabama Attorney General Marshall said in a statement.

Why this matters: Under these rules, unelected federal bureaucrats could designate a piece of private property as “critical habitat” for an endangered species even if the land doesn’t contain that particular species and, moreover, doesn’t even contain some of the features needed to support that species. Use of the land would then be severely limited. 


The details:

— The state filed a lawsuit, Alabama v. National Marine Fisheries Service, in November of 2016 challenging the rules, calling them “an unlawful federal overreach.”

— Nearly 20 other states joined the lawsuit, along with four large trade associations.

— The settlement forces federal agencies to submit revised rules for public review within 60 days and retains our freedom to file another lawsuit if their new rules are as excessive as the old ones.

@jpepperbryars is the editor of Yellowhammer News and the author of American Warfighter

13 hours ago

Jeff Sessions is right to sue California for ignoring federal immigration laws

America may be a country of immigrants, but it’s also a country of laws. No one is exempt from those laws regardless of what some local officials in sanctuary cities may think.

As you may have seen on the news recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced a lawsuit against the State of California for failure to completely cooperate with federal immigration enforcement officers.  I stand with AG Sessions’ decision.

From the mayors and local politicians disregarding federal immigration law to the illegal immigrants they are prioritizing over American citizens, it’s about time we hold these lawless individuals accountable.


The “leaders” in these cities are violating their oath of office and the Constitution.  They should be immediately removed from their positions and the illegal immigrants they are protecting should be deported. Period.

I agree with President Trump that we need to strengthen our borders.  We should build the wall and we should continue to support law enforcement’s crackdown on violent foreign gangs like MS-13.

These efforts mean nothing though if illegal immigrants and criminals can continue to seek refuge in some of our country’s largest cities.

It boils down to fairness, safety and what it means to be a sovereign nation.

A country without borders is hardly a country at all. I’m fed up with seeing the tax dollars from hard-working families across East Alabama go to cities who snub their nose at the very ideals that make America great.  Congress should withhold funding from sanctuary cities that refuse to uphold federal law.

President Trump has proven his tough stance on illegal immigration is much more than just campaign rhetoric. He has already done so much to curtail our illegal immigration crisis but he can’t do it alone.

Elected officials – from the state and local level to Members of Congress – must do their part.

And if they refuse, then they aren’t fit for public service.

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers is a Republican from Saks.

(Image:U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Flickr)

15 hours ago

WATCH: Cam Newton’s leadership message resonates with Boy Scouts

When Cam Newton speaks, people listen.

The Carolina Panthers quarterback had the full attention of the audience at the 11th annual American Values Luncheon.

Boy Scouts were among attendees that filled the meeting room at the North Exhibition Hall of the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.


Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn joined Newton during a question and answer session. Famous for leading the Auburn Tigers to the 2010 National Championship under Malzahn’s leadership, Newton’s talk followed in the tradition of several other football greats, including Nick Saban, Shaquille O’Neal and Bo Jackson.

Dr. James Andrews, Dr. Jesse Lewis Sr. and Jimmy Rane were honored at the luncheon for their contributions to the community.

Newton shared his life experiences and lessons learned.

(Courtesy Alabama News Center)

15 hours ago

Celtic Pride! Joel Blankenship shares his Irish roots with The Ford Faction

Joel Blankenship makes his weekly return to The Ford Faction to talk the St. Patrick’s Day parade held in Birmingham and what the holiday means to him.  Joel mentions the law that can be passed to put Police K9’s in schools to help sniff out guns or drugs.  He provides feedback on what this could mean for schools and how it will benefit the need for police K9’s.

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16 hours ago

VIDEO: Alabama Rep. Roby thanks Air Force secretary for decision to bring F-35s to Montgomery

U.S. Representative Martha Roby participated in a defense appropriations subcommittee hearing this week where she expressed her appreciation to Secretary Heather Wilson for the Air Force’s decision to base F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at Dannelly Field in Montgomery.

Roby also discussed other military-related programs in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District, including helicopter training at Fort Rucker near Enterprise and the professional education programs at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery.

(Image: Representative Martha Roby/YouTube)