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7 things: Get informed to go vote; flu spreading in Alabama; and more …

7. Elon Musk endorses Republicans and the media handled it as you would expect

  • In a tweet on his new platform, Twitter/Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he wants to see a Republican Congress and pines for a divided government. He wrote, “Shared power curbs the worst excesses of both parties, therefore I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given that the Presidency is Democratic.”
  • “Celebrities” are having as rough of a time, as the media is with, the new Twitter, they don’t seem to enjoy the lack of moderation of speech they find unacceptable or disagree with politically. Whoopi Goldberg is the latest leftist to make a big deal about leaving Twitter.

6. Joe Biden’s administration closes the campaign by lying, so it was a normal day

  • After President Joe Biden undermined all of his previous lyings about how high energy prices and they were the faults of oil companies or Vladimir Putin by telling two separate crowds the truth about how he was responsible for bad energy policy, he sent his press secretary out to lie about it again.
  • Karine Jean-Pierre did just that when asked about his boasts of “shuttering coal plants” and “no drilling,” she suggested it was being twisted and it was hard to hear. She said, “It was loud and hard to hear, I think, or maybe not exactly what was being said, but I currently don’t want to get into punditry from here.” This obvious lie could be used to explain one event but not two separate events where he said two separate things that would harm U.S. energy policy.

5. Autopsy showed that media reports about a killer’s execution were misleading

  • In news that will shock no one, the death of a convicted killer was not nearly as gruesome as some of Alabama’s media would have had you believe. Joe Nathan James Jr., who murdered his girlfriend, had no evidence of a cutdown procedure, a procedure used to find veins. 
  • aldotcom dutifully acted as a repeater for The Atlantic magazine’s claim that the execution was botched and that “(s)taff punctured his hands, wrists and elbows several times before finally cutting open his arm to expose a vein.” The final report found no excess bruising, injuries, signs of a struggle or abuse, nor were excess puncture wounds found.

4. No presidential announcement from Trump, yet

  • Some media outlets absurdly called it a “threat,” sane people called it silly, but former President of the United States Donald Trump reportedly had considered announcing his next for president in 2024 last night.
  • It obviously did not happen, he announced an announcement. Trump first teased an announcement on Sunday saying, “I ran twice, I won twice and I did much better the second time than the first. In order to make our country successful, safe and glorious, I probably have to do it again. Stay tuned tomorrow night in the great state of Ohio. Stay tuned.”

3. Flu raging in Alabama

  • The “unusually high” number of flu cases in Alabama gives us a very high level of flu cases in the country and the highest number in the state since 2008. The Alabama Department of Public Health says there are more flu hospitalizations among children than RSV.
  • At least one school district, Marshall County Schools, will not have in-person schooling this week. This is not the first instance of closings, and more could follow if the flu spread continues. 

2. Amendments on the ballot

  • When voters go to the polls today there will be multiple amendments on the ballot and this usually leads to confusion at the polling place, voters should be aware of their ballot to make their experience go smoother.
  • The 10 amendments include Aniah’s Law (changes bail procedure for violent criminals), changes to how American Rescue Plan Act money can be spent on broadband, changes to how death sentences are commuted, limits on election law changes, removal of language about “orphans’ business,” changes how cities pay for capital projects, allows more spending from municipalities to recruit business, two amendments bring private sewer systems in Shelby, Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties under Public Service Commission control, and some minor changes to the state’s constitution. 

1. The time is here

  • Election Day is here, it is very easy to go vote in person, make sure you bring an ID and it will be very easy to do. In the state of Alabama, there is a U.S. Senate race between Katie Britt and some guy, there is a gubernatorial campaign where your grandmother is beating two people that probably exist, but there are a few contested races across the state. Nationally, there is a lot more at stake.
  • While turnout is expected to be around 45-50% for the state of Alabama, according to Secretary of State John Merrill, voters should be aware of their ballot to make their experience go smoothly.

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