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7 Things: Democrats resolve nothing on Biden; Alabama’s Sewell stands firm on Biden support; and more …

7. The battle for wokeness demands people of color not be held to the same standards as whites as Duke University School of Medicine’s 2021 strategic plan describes workplace expectations like punctuality and dress codes as aspects of “White supremacy culture,” aiming to create an anti-racist workforce by challenging traditional professional norms. The plan, praised by Dean Dr. Mary E. Klotman, is part of Duke’s broader mission to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

6. Concerns over non-Americans voting grow as U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) is offering his support for The Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act. Introduced by U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), the bill aims to ensure that only U.S. citizens can vote in federal elections by requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration with supporters arguing that this is essential to maintaining fair elections and protecting the democratic process from foreign influence. This legislative move addresses concerns about noncitizens allegedly voting in U.S. elections, particularly in states with high numbers of illegal immigrants, and amends the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, reinforcing election integrity by excluding noncitizens from the voting process.

5. The Alabama Department of Transportation paid significantly more to the left-wing media site Alabama Political Reporter (APR) than initially reported, with documents revealing over $76,000 paid through the Cunningham Group in 2023 and additional payments through other marketing firms. These payments, aimed at advertising highway safety messages, raised questions due to the disproportionately higher spending on APR compared to other media outlets, despite APR’s relatively lower readership and viewership.

4. Alabama State Rep. Kelvin Lawrence (D-Hayneville) was arrested on two felony charges of forgery in the second degree and criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, each carrying a potential prison sentence of 1 to 10 years. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office stated that the case, involving allegations of falsifying a builder’s license, is being prosecuted by the special prosecutions division, with no further details available at this time.

3. Alabama’s only Democrat member of Congress, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham), reaffirmed her strong support for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, despite calls from some of her colleagues for Biden to resign after a poor debate performance and other issues. Sewell emphasized Biden’s commitment to truth, progress, democracy, and voting rights, maintaining her firm backing of the Biden-Harris ticket amid declining poll numbers for Biden.

2. Polls indicate President Joe Biden trailing former President Donald Trump nationally and in key states like Wisconsin, while other Democratic candidates, such as Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), appear less affected down the ballot. Biden continues outreach efforts, including meetings with Democratic mayors, governors, and the Congressional Black Caucus, to rally support.

1. Democratic anxieties regarding President Joe Biden’s candidacy have intensified following his poor debate performance against former President Donald Trump, prompting pivotal House and Senate meetings on Tuesday leading to little clarity. Despite leaders reiterating support, rank-and-file opposition is growing and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) is the first senator to publicly say he is down on Biden.

Dale Jackson is a thought leader for Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 5-9 a.m. weekdays on WVNN and from 10-11 a.m. on Talk 99.5 and News Radio 1440, with a rebroadcast Talk Radio 103.9 FM/730AM WUMP from 3-4 p.m.

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