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7 Things: State health officer says you will get COVID, schools taking different paths to combat the virus as semester starts, Manchin remains a no on ending the filibuster and more …

7. State-sanctioned racism is illegal and bad

  • New York recently announced that they would be allowing non-white citizens to qualify for low-supply coronavirus treatments, claiming, “Non-white race or Hispanic/Latino ethnicity should be considered a risk factor, as longstanding systemic health and social inequalities have contributed to an increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19.”
  • Now, critics are claiming that the rule is unconstitutional and racist. Former U.S. Assistant Attorney Andy McCarthy has said, “New York’s noxious provision violates both the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments…It is also a violation of the federal civil rights laws, including, very likely, a felony violation of the criminal statute that prohibits state and municipal officials, acting under color of law, from depriving people of the constitutional and legal rights by reason of those person’s race or color.”

6. Biden administration buying more coronavirus treatments

  • As the United States deals with an increase of coronavirus cases, President Joe Biden’s administration is planning to increase its purchase of Pfizer’s coronavirus treatment from 10 million doses to 20 million doses. This is for the pill treatment that was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • The country has been diagnosing a record number of coronavirus cases almost daily, and this treatment can be used for people that don’t have symptoms severe enough to require hospitalization.

5. Jessica Taylor has endorsed Mike Durant

  • U.S. Senate candidate and businesswoman Jessica Taylor, who never filed for the U.S. Senate race, has made the decision to exit the race. She also endorsed candidate Mike Durant. Taylor made the announcement at a Republican Women of Huntsville meeting. 
  • In her endorsement, Taylor said, “Mike Durant is the political outsider that Alabama needs in Washington, and I am proud to endorse his campaign for United States Senate.” She added, “Mike will use his business experience and outsider perspective to deliver for Alabama and drain the swamp. I look forward to supporting Mike’s campaign and sending him to Washington for one more mission.”

4. Britt comments on January 6 Capitol riot, but she’s not going after Brooks

  • Recently, U.S. Senate candidate Katie Britt was asked about the anniversary of the U.S. Capitol riot that happened on January 6, 2021. Britt simply said, “The people who need to be held accountable are the people who broke the law.” 
  • Britt didn’t fault U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville), her opponent in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race, for the riot. She stated, “Those things are personal choices by each of those people,” adding, “Those people made a choice to break the law, and if they chose to break the law, then they should be held accountable.”

3. Manchin is still a no on ending the filibuster

  • U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said once again he will not be ending the filibuster so his Democrat colleagues can take over how voting is done in the United States from the states. Manchin seems to be against carving out special rules for votes he likes. He explained, “Anytime there’s a carve-out, you eat the whole turkey because it comes back.”
  • While the media and their Democrats pretend that Manchin is the only thing standing between them and their dreams for a re-made America, Manchin is one of 52 senators (a majority) who have rejected ending the filibuster. In reality, Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) already rejected ending the filibuster, for this reason, weeks ago.

2. Mountain Brook is going virtual

  • Chicago appears to be the largest school system in the country closing its schools, but some districts in Alabama are doing it as well. Mountain Brook Schools will be returning to school virtually for the week. This comes after many of the staff, about 40 employees, have tested positive for the coronavirus. However, the school district has decided to adopt a five-day quarantine policy.
  • Recently, State Superintendent Eric Mackey said that schools would be using a 10-day quarantine rule. Hoover, Homewood and Midfield City are also adopting the shortened quarantine time based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation.

1. You will probably get the coronavirus, according to the State Health Officer

  • State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris held a press conference through the Alabama Department of Public Health where he discussed the recent increase of the Omicron variant of coronavirus cases. Harris said, “[T]he Omicron variant that is becoming the predominant variant in this country is incredibly contagious.” 
  • Harris focused largely on how contagious the variant is, eventually saying, “[I]t is just spreading like wildfire. It will infect everyone in this state at some point, probably, or most of them.” Harris also reiterated how important it is to be vaccinated.