7 Things: Ivey thinks states should lift the mandate she recently lifted, largest-ever General Fund passes, Democrats’ left-wing wants Biden to go further and more …
7. The Auburn coaching family has some thoughts on politics
- Former Auburn head football coach and current U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) was asked by TMZ about athletes and their political opinions, and he said doesn’t want to hear them. Tuberville stated, “Nobody’s looking for an outspoken person,” adding, “[w]e’re too divided as it is.”
- On the other hand, current Auburn head basketball coach Bruce Pearl is under fire for daring to praise U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and his rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress by tweeting, “Tim Scott made sense, he spoke with truth, passion and sincerity!” This has drawn the fire of political pundit wannabee and lockdown fetishist Dan Wolken at USA Today and others suggesting black people can’t play for conservatives, including one praising a black U.S. senator who dares to be a Republican.
6. Tuberville met with Bill Nelson
- Former U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) is President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead NASA, and U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) attended a meeting with Nelson to “ensure he knows the contributions the Huntsville area makes to the industry.”
- Tuberville advised that Nelson told him, “You really have the juice in Huntsville” in a discussion about space. He added, “Nelson is clearly committed to the Artemis program and knows how important Marshall Space Flight Center is to NASA’s mission.”
5. Another candidate for the Fifth Congressional District announced
- Former assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs and Superintendent of Huntsville City Schools Dr. Casey Wardynski, Ph.D., has announced his candidacy for the 5th Congressional District.
- Wardynski said he’s running “to continue the work President Trump began,” and added that there are too many “weak Republicans who want higher taxes, who promote the cancel culture, and who refuse to fight back against the socialist movement.”
4. Police are more popular than Biden
- Despite the push to defund police, a new survey published by NBC News shows that police are viewed by 58% of people positively, while President Joe Biden was only viewed the same by 50%.
- Major League Baseball was also featured in the poll, with 34% positive, the Democrat Party was at 39%, the Republican Party polled at 32% and former President Donald Trump was at 32%.
3. No one is hiding how far-left Biden’s policies are
- As President Joe Biden has repeatedly laid out massive spending packages, with the latest being his $4 trillion infrastructure plans, progressives like U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are touting the spending plans by saying, “That’s the power of organizing, let’s keep going.”
- U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) also wants to give credit “to the countless activists, organizers, and advocates” who worked for these policies and to “Keep going.” U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) also credited “organizers” and added, “This is a once in a generation moment for government to deliver.”
2. Largest-ever General Fund Budget passes
- In a unanimous vote, the Alabama State Senate has passed the General Fund appropriations package that includes five bills. This will be the largest General Fund budget ever in Alabama at $2,482,799,471, which is a 3.74% increase from 2020.
- Included in the package is the creation of the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a 2% raise for state employees, the Children First Trust Fund, the supplemental General Fund appropriations bill and fiscal year 2022 General Fund Budget. The fiscal year budget was sent back to the House for concurrence, which it didn’t receive and has now gone back to committee, while the other four bills go to Governor Kay Ivey to be signed.
1. Alabama had mandates in place until earlier this month
- Governor Kay Ivey had some criticism for blue states when it comes to getting citizens to take the coronavirus vaccine, and in an interview with Fox News, Ivey said keeping strict government mandates in place does little to encourage people to get vaccinated.
- Ivey said that not allowing fully vaccinated people to go without some precautions “is, to put it simply, against the science and definitely not incentivizing for individuals to get their shots.” Ivey also stated, “Endless government mandates are not the answer.” This is interesting given that Governor Kay Ivey kept Alabama under a mask mandate until three weeks ago.