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7 Things: State Rep. tries to ‘out’ Gov. Ivey, President Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize hits a snag, candidates for governor seem mostly ‘meh’ on gambling as revenue stream, and more

1. Gov. Kay Ivey is attacked for giving money to a now-closed LGBTQ organization, as State Rep. Todd calls her gay

— Ivey dismissed her opponent and Evangelist Scott Dawson’s accusations that she “betrayed Alabama values” as “desperate” and says the Federal dollars had to go to “underserved” communities.

— State Representative Patricia Todd claimed the governor was gay on Twitter last night, Tweeting “I have heard for years that she is gay and moved her girlfriend out of her house when she became Gov.”

2. President Donald Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize is in doubt as North Korean leader acts erratically

—  A joint exercise with the U.S. and South Korea have thrown the summit between Trump and Kim Jung-un in doubt and North Korea said it was ending talks with South Korea.

— Meanwhile, Gov. Ivey and six other governors have signed a letter calling for the president to get the award for his moves bringing North and South Korea closer to peace.

3. Most of Alabama’s gubernatorial candidates do not seem excited about a new gaming opportunity

— Republican candidate Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says “We can’t solve our budgets by gambling” but he would support a vote of the people, Sen. Bill Hightower talked up the societal ills of gaming and integrity of the games being affected.

— Only Sue Bell Cobb appears to be preparing for a push to promote a move to legalize this gambling in Alabama, her primary opponent Walt Maddox says nothing definitive when he says, “There is currently a law in Alabama outlawing such gaming. There is no specific proposal of any kind on the table from anyone regarding this issue,” according to Al.com. “… An opinion on the broad subject of ‘sports gaming’ at this time would be totally uninformed and meaningless.”

4. Alabama Congressman Robert Aderholt and others in Congress appear ready to act against sports gaming

— Sen. Orin Hatch spoke about a need to regulate gambling from the U.S. Congress and Aderholt apparently agrees citing ‘detrimental impact on the games,’ ‘especially in college sports’.

— He also spoke of the impact on personal finances saying, “being able to rack up gambling debts by placing wagers on your cell phone, is a recipe for financial disaster.”

5. Black church in Birmingham wants black church-goers to bail on white churches

— The pastor of a church in Birmingham is upset that a mega-church is moving into a high-crime area and is imploring: “Black folks need to stay out of white churches.”

— The Mayor of Birmingham Randall Woodfin appropriately called this racism out and said, “There is a spirit of racism and division that is over this city. It must be brought down.”

6. Alabama Senator Doug Jones will vote against CIA Director Gina Haspel, citing torture as a reason

— The next CIA Director was involved in a legal form of “enhanced interrogation” that now we have politicians hand-wringing about years later; however, the interrogations worked.

— In typical Doug Jones-fashion, Jones’ decision was made after the numbers were already counted and Haspel’s nomination was no longer in doubt — allowing Jones to avoid the media spotlight.

7. The UN continues their anti-Israel bias, targets the nation for sanction after a hoard attacked it

— As the American media continues to be dishonest about the skirmish in Gaza, the U.N. attempted to launch an investigation into the deaths of Palestinian “protesters” but the U.S. blocked it.

— Ambassador Nikki Haley made it clear where the U.S. stands, saying “The Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States decided to move our embassy” and “No one would. No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.”

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WATCH: University of Alabama Police Department completes lip sync battle featuring ‘Sweet Home Alabama’

Monday, The University of Alabama posted a video of their campus police department participating in a lip sync battle against Clemson University.

UAPD chose “Sweet Home Alabama” as their song and, afterward, challenged all other SEC schools to join in on the competition.

Watch the full video here.

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

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Rep. Byrne: Illegal immigrants will not be housed in Baldwin County

Tuesday, Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-01) announced that illegal immigrants would not be housed at Navy airfields in Baldwin County.

Congressman Byrne opposed the housing of 10,000 illegal immigrants at Naval Outlying Field Silverhill and Naval Outlying Field Wolf in south Baldwin County.

Byrne, along with other members of the Alabama and Florida Congressional delegation, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mattis and Secretary of Homeland Security Nielson expressing their concerns with the proposal.

Byrne released both a statement and a tweet on Tuesday regarding the decision of the proposal.

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“Housing illegal immigrants at ill-equipped airfields along the Gulf Coast was always a terrible idea, so I appreciate the confirmation that this plan is no longer being considered. We had a team effort to push back this flawed idea, and I especially want to thank Baldwin County Commissioners Chris Elliott and Tucker Dorsey and Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack for their advocacy on this issue,” said Byrne in a news release.

He added, “While I am glad this issue is resolved, we must continue working to secure the border and eliminate the need for additional housing for illegal immigrants altogether. I remain 100% committed to working with President Trump to build a border wall, hire additional border patrol officers, and ensure our border security is as strong as possible.”

Click here to read the full letter ICE Deputy Director Ronald Vitiello sent to Rep. Byrne regarding the decision.

@RealKyleMorris is a Yellowhammer News contributor and also contributes weekly to The Daily Caller

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Liberal heckler hurls object, expletives at Doug Jones — Jones says ‘there’s just as many people passionate on the other side’

After a liberal heckler hurled an object and expletives at Sen. Doug Jones at a town hall Monday, Alabama’s junior senator compared the incident, which ended with police officers hauling the agitator out, to peaceful conservative efforts to persuade Jones to vote to confirm President Trump’s nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

AL.com’s Howard Koplowitz reported that Jones indicated at the town hall that “conservatives in the state are trying to apply the same pressure on him as the woman at the Birmingham event,” referring to the protester.

Jones said, “There’s just as many people passionate on the other side, so that doesn’t make it real easy.”

While the pressure on Jones from the left has stooped to this kind of antic, conservative efforts have all been peaceful and respectful to this point. They are backed by the fact that a majority of Alabamians polled support Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

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The Judicial Crisis Network’s massive ad buy has been flooding Alabama’s airwaves since July 9, and the NRA started their own ambitious television campaign last week.

Concerned Women for America, a Christian women’s organization, is also focusing grassroots efforts on the state.

Sen. Richard Shelby voiced his strong support for Kavanaugh’s confirmation after meeting with him recently, but Jones remains undecided.

“Senator Doug Jones’ inability to make a decision on casting an Alabama vote for Judge Kavanaugh is disconcerting,” Alabama Republican Party Chair Terry Lathan told Yellowhammer News.

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

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Arab High School to dump ‘Dixie’ tradition at football games

A rural Alabama high school is ending its tradition of playing “Dixie” at football games.

John Mullins, superintendent of city schools in Arab, said he made the decision to quit playing the song at Arab (AY-rab) High School, but not because of any “external pressure.”

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Leaders in the educational system and the school board have talked for months about dropping the song, he said, and local news outlets reported in June that the longtime band director was retiring.

“While I fully understand the difficulty of changing a tradition, the song has negative connotations that contradict our school district’s core values of unity, integrity, and relationships,” Mullins said in a statement reported by WHNT-TV.

School bands throughout the South used to play “Dixie,” but the practice ended as the region got further away from legalized racial segregation.

The Arab High School Band has played “Dixie” after touchdowns for decades.

Students and staff at the school will vote on a new fight song after this football season.

In the meantime, the band will play an instrumental soul song that’s popular among marching bands, “The Horse.”

Census statistics show the town of about 8,200 people, located in northeastern Alabama, is more than 96 percent white.
(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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Rep. Byrne: ‘Great value’ found in traveling around district, speaking with local leaders

Each August, the House of Representatives typically enters a period of recess known as the August District Work Period. This is time set aside for Members of Congress to travel across their home districts visiting with the people they represent.

For me, this is incredibly valuable time that I can spend listening to my constituents and gaining a better understanding of the issues impacting our area. Here is just a quick highlight of my August District Work Period so far.

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As you probably already know, I love to hold town hall meetings throughout the First District to hear directly from the people I represent. This August, I am holding a “Better Off Now” Town Hall Tour with twelve stops in all six counties that make up the First District. So far, we have held town hall meetings in Salipta, Atmore, Brewton, Dauphin Island, Millry, Citronelle and Mobile. Later this month, we will make stops in Grand Bay, Monroeville, Seminole, Loxley and Spanish Fort. You can get all the details about the town halls online at Byrne.House.Gov/BetterOffTour.

Visiting local businesses and talking with employees is another priority for me in August. For example, I have already visited Olin in McIntosh, the Louisiana Pacific facility in Clarke County, Serda Brewing in Mobile, and Metal Shark Boats and Master Marine in Bayou La Batre, just to name a few. The visits help me learn firsthand how federal issues are directly impacting employers and employees in Southwest Alabama.

A really special opportunity was being able to ride along with UPS to help deliver packages on the Eastern Shore. I dressed up in the full UPS uniform, rode in the truck, and personally delivered packages. It really helped to step in the driver’s shoes and see the difficult work they do every day. I am especially grateful to Chris Dorgan for showing me the ropes.

Just last week, I hosted Chris Oliver, NOAA Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, down on Dauphin Island for a Red Snapper research trip. As one of the leading federal officials responsible for our fisheries, I welcomed the opportunity to show off the health of the Red Snapper stock in the Gulf, as well as the very impressive research being done locally by the University of South Alabama and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

Also last week, I traveled to the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi to meet with the director and get an update on services for our veterans. As you may know, the Biloxi VA oversees most of our local VA facilities. It was a productive visit as I work to hold the VA accountable and ensure our veterans receive the care they deserve.

We had the annual Women’s Forum in downtown Mobile, which is organized by the Community Foundation of South Alabama. We had another outstanding crowd as local women had the opportunity to network and hear from speakers and panelists about issues important to them.

I find great value in holding roundtable discussions to hear directly from leaders about specific issues. With this in mind, we held separate roundtables with local school superintendents, economic developers from our area, and community leaders from Chatom. Each of these roundtables were very informative, and we have more scheduled later this month.

As you can probably tell, this August District Work Period has already been a huge success. The good news is that we are just getting started. I look forward to spending more time around Southwest Alabama throughout August to help me be the best Congressman possible.

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne is a Republican from Fairhope.