7 Things: Alabama schools to post COVID-19 info online, Tuberville blisters Jones on abortion, virtual debate is a no-go for Trump and more …
7. Ivey rescinds evacuation order
- Earlier this week, Governor Kay Ivey declared a State of Emergency for Hurricane Delta and ordered those vacationing on the coast to evacuate. Ivey has since rescinded the evacuation order as Delta will make landfall farther west and avoid the Alabama coast.
- The updated order says, “Hurricane Delta is unlikely to make landfall in Mobile or Baldwin Counties and that the mandatory evacuation order is therefore no longer necessary to assist in preparing for, mitigating, or recovering from the impacts of the storm.”
6. Biden will tell you his positions after the election
- Now that former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) have decided to make a position out of not taking a position on Supreme Court-packing, Biden has unveiled that he will never tell you what he is planning. He stated, “You’ll know my position on court-packing the day after the election,” adding, “The moment I answer that question, the headline in every one of your papers will be about that rather than focusing on what’s happening now.”
- The ridiculousness of this position is pretty obvious, much like his refusal to tell people who he will appoint to the court. He fears his answer will make people decide against him at the ballot box, meaning he is admitting he is hiding this information from voters to keep their votes.
5. There was a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
- In a federal affidavit, the FBI has detailed that over the summer there was a plot formed by a group of men to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) and also a plan to try and overthrow the government through domestic terrorist attacks.
- In response to the news, Whitmer took the opportunity to blame President Donald Trump for the plot, since he’s previously tweeted things like “LIBERATE MICHIGAN” due to the coronavirus shutdowns. Former Vice President Joe Biden has supported this blame, saying that Trump’s tweet encourages these types of militant groups, which he rejected out of hand with a series of tweets declaring he rejects all violence while Democrats encourage looters.
4. Pelosi is pushing 25th Amendment talks
- Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other Democrats will discuss the 25th Amendment and President Donald Trump’s health, but Pelosi wouldn’t say if they’re planning to try and invoke the 25th Amendment.
- Pelosi did question why President Donald Trump hasn’t released when his last negative coronavirus test was before he tested positive. So far, there have been 34 people in connection with Trump to test positive since he tested positive one week ago.
3. Trump won’t do virtual debate
- The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced that the next presidential debate scheduled for October 15 would be held virtually, and now President Donald Trump is saying he won’t “waste” his “time on a virtual debate. That’s not what debating is all about.”
- Trump went on to say, during an interview on Fox Business, that if he were to participate in a virtual debate, he would have to “sit behind a computer and do a debate” and they could “cut you off whenever they want.” This decision was made as Trump is still undergoing treatment for the coronavirus.
2. Tuberville hits Jones on abortion
- In a new ad released by U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville’s campaign, a woman from Chilton County, Kacy Gray, shares her first-hand experience with getting an abortion, but she says that she “asked God for forgiveness, and Doug Jones should do the same.”
- U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) has made it clear that he’s pro-choice, and Tuberville’s campaign has made this a focal point in the election. Tuberville, in a statement, said that their new ad “points out that instead of representing Alabama’s conservative beliefs and moral values, Doug Jones chooses to support the Hollywood and New York values of his high dollar, out-of-state campaign donors.”
1. Schools will share coronavirus information statewide
- Alabama Superintendent Eric Mackey has recently said that schools across the state will soon be sharing information on how many positive coronavirus cases have been found in each school system. Mackey said starting the coronavirus dashboard is important, explaining, “So people take it seriously, and so they don’t overreact.”
- Mackey added that this is being done because they “want to be fully transparent so that people know that there are cases in the community,” but it will help deter rumors about how many cases there are within school systems. The data will be provided through the Alabama Department of Public Health website.