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7 Things: Special session nears completion; State Sen. Orr’s grocery tax plan emerges; and more …

7. Remember, teachers do not bring sexually inappropriate content into the classroom, especially not this teacher from Oregon who asked the students to write a sexual story using three items (candles, massage oil, feathers, flavored syrup) to tell the story. Fear not though, she added, “This story is a sexual fantasy that will have NO penetration of any kind or oral sex (no way of passing an STI).”

6. Alabama basketball’s Brandon Miller, who was linked to a murder in Tuscaloosa but not charged, has now been assigned an armed guard because of “threats.” As usual, the “threats” are vague and no charges will ever be filed but head coach Nate Oats said, “The entire situation, as you know, is just heartbreaking on all accounts.” But … is it really for Miller?

5. The U.S. House continues looking at the finances of President Joe Biden and his family, including his crackhead son, Hunter. Providing a preview of this hearing were Fox News talking heads on Twitter, Geraldo Rivera suggested that this has been looked at for 5 years and no crimes have been found, Dan Bongino responded, “(o)utside of a potential illicit foreign influence operation, possible public corruption, FARA and tax violations – you’re correct, nothing to see here.”

4. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) says the border needs to be secured in order to actually stop the fentanyl scourge and the surge of illegal immigrants crossing the border. He has proposed legislation that would require border crossers to “be held in a U.S. detention facility or wait in Mexico for their asylum claims to be heard.”

3. More details have emerged about a plan to cut the grocery tax over four years by State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur). Orr’s bill would cut 1-cent per year, given the Education Trust Fund grows at 2% each year and will pause the cut if it does not, it would also bar local governments from raising the tax on the local level.

2. A less talked-about bill being discussed in the special session happening right now in Montgomery has passed both the House and Senate. The bill finalizes the repayment of the Alabama Trust Fund – $437 million was borrowed from the fund in 2012 to run the government, it has now all been paid back.

1. American Rescue Plan Act money passed a Senate committee but not before it is slightly tweaked. State Sen. Sam Givhan (R-Huntsville), who abstained from voting in committee, indicated the change was for spreading the money to address sewer issues around the state.


Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 5-9 a.m. weekdays on WVNN and on Talk 99.5 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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