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
— 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.”
— 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.”