7. Bill Cosby could be going on tour
- Since Bill Cosby was released from prison, he’s now allegedly been in talks to start a comedy tour. Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s spokesperson, has said that Cosby “is just excited the way the world is welcoming him back.”
- When Cosby was released from prison, he continued his narrative that he is innocent. Wyatt has also insisted, “[C]omedy club owners have called. People want to see him.”
6. Steve Clouse running for speaker, Poole withdraws
- State Representative Steve Clouse (R-Ozark) has announced that he will be running for the speaker of the House position after current Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) announced that he would not be running for reelection.
- While Clouse has just announced his candidacy, State Representative Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa) has withdrawn his candidacy for speaker, saying that he’s “decided that it is not in the best interests of my family for me to pursue the position of Speaker of the House.”
5. Sheriff Blakely’s trial starts next week
- Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely will go on trial next Monday for charges of corruption. There have been dozens of people subpoenaed to testify in the trial that’s expected to take about a month.
- Blakely is facing five felony counts of theft, five felony counts of using his position for personal gain and one misdemeanor charge of theft. It’s also expected that there will be at least 15 current and former employees of the sheriff’s office that will testify.
4. Legislative scorecards are out
- The American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Legislative Accountability released the scorecard for 2020. Legislators are scored on education, health care, regulations, taxation, monetary policy, Second Amendment, government transparency, elections, environment, foreign policy, free speech and federalism.
- For the U.S. Representatives from Alabama, Bradley Byrne (R-Mobile) was scored nationally No. 29, while Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) nationally was No. 26, and Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) was No. 42 nationally. U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) was ranked No. 23 nationally, and U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) was ranked No. 56. For Alabama State Representatives, Andrew Sorrell (R-Muscle Shoals) was ranked No. 1, and for State Senate, Shay Shelnutt (R-Trussville) was placed at No. 1.
3. State Sen. Elliott doesn’t like that legislators are negative about the prospects of new prisons
- Recently, State Representative Steve McMillan (R-Foley) commented that he doesn’t believe the prison issues will be handled in the 2022 legislative session since it’s a campaign year.
- State Senator Chris Elliott (R-Daphne) expressed his disappointment with this perspective. Elliott said he’s “frustrated to hear some of my colleagues say this is a mountain too high to climb … that’s just very undermining when we’re trying to work on and solve this problem.”
2. Default judgment against Brooks denied
- U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) has requested that there be a default judgment issued in his civil lawsuit against U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville), which happens in scenarios where a defendant is unresponsive to a lawsuit.
- U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta has denied this request, though, saying that they couldn’t consider Brooks “an essentially unresponsive party” and strong policy reasons favor resolution of disputes on their merits.” Brooks recently requested that he be dismissed from the lawsuit.
1. Jeff Sessions warns of the left’s attack on American history, then they do it on July 4
- On Sunday, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared at the First Baptist Church of Huntsville and warned that Americans should not allow “the left to demoralize the founding of the greatest country in the history of the world.”
- As if Sessions was predicting the future, U.S. Representative Cori Bush (D-MO) used the Fourth of July holiday to fire off an ignorant tweet claiming, “When they say that the 4th of July is about American freedom, remember this: the freedom they’re referring to is for white people. This land is stolen land and Black people still aren’t free.” None of this is true, and she knows it.