7 Things: Alabama will get coronavirus vaccine in December, Jones has advice for Democrats after big loss, stimulus checks could be tax-free in Alabama and more …
7. Votes found in Georgia
- Reportedly, 2,600 ballots have been found in Georgia’s Floyd County during a recount that is now underway. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says this happened because election officials failed to upload votes that were on a memory card inside a ballot-scanning machine.
- As usual, the errors never seem to affect Democrats. The “found” ballots will now add about 800 votes to President Donald Trump’s total, leaving him about 14,000 votes behind former Vice President Joe Biden.
6. Democrats misread the results of the 2020 election
- In a Biden administration, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is hopeful about how progressive the first 100 days will look. In a recent interview, he said that the focus will be climate change, raising the minimum wage, changing the tax code and even “strengthening labor unions.”
- Schumer added that they also want to focus on “getting rid of student debt.” He continued, “I have a proposal with Elizabeth Warren that the first $50,000 of debt be vanquished, and we believe that Joe Biden can do that with a pen as opposed to legislation.”
5. Huntsville firm will help return people to the moon
- Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. (TBE) in Huntsville has been awarded an $85 million contract and will supply two Launch Vehicle Stage Adapters (LVSA) to NASA for the Artemis II and III missions.
- TBE President Jan Hess said that they’re “thrilled to be a part of the monumental Artemis spaceflight moon missions.” Hess added that this further solidifies “our prominence in designing and building spaceflight hardware.”
4. Biden still can’t condemn his supporters’ violence
- Over the weekend, there were protests in support of President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., but violence did break out as some of the protesters were attacked by counter-protesters. When asked about the violence, former Vice President Joe Biden made a very general statement.
- Biden denounced “all acts of violence” through a statement made by his spokesperson Andrew Bates. The statement continued to also denounce “the repugnant displays of white supremacy that were made in Washington, D.C. this weekend,” which is how the media allows its allies to use as a blanket excuse for the violence of fellow liberals.
3. Stimulus payments could be tax-exempt
- State Representatives Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs) and Andy Whitt (R-Harvest) have pre-filed legislation that would guarantee the stimulus checks people across Alabama received from the federal government are tax exempt.
- Whitt described collecting taxes on the stimulus payments as “almost immoral when you consider the reason they were awarded in the first place.” Mooney explained, “We just need to take care of our citizens; that is what we’re down there for.”
2. Yes, Democrats should listen to Doug Jones
- U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) lost his reelection bid in Alabama, but while on MSNBC, he spoke about some of the races in Georgia and how those could show promise for Democrats in the South.
- Jones said that “there are amazing opportunities in the South despite the losses.” He went on to add that “what you’re seeing in Georgia and other places right now where the base of voters are beginning to look at things in a different way.”
1. First vaccine doses could be available by December
- In Alabama, it’s likely that the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine could be available to some by mid-December, and the Alabama Department of Public Health has also confirmed that the vaccine will be free. There will be no charge for the vaccine, no matter if someone has health insurance or not.
- Many vaccines are still being studied, but a few have been proven very effective and are currently going through steps to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.