7 Things: Trump answers Mueller’s questions, Rep. Sewell is latest Democrat to lie about voting issues, a gas tax is coming and more …
7. Sorry, marijuana and CBD oil fans, the state is cracking down on illegal marijuana and CBD oil usage
— The Attorney General’s Office issued a notice pointing out that the laws passed in Alabama only allow for CBD oil to be possessed by certain people under specific circumstances, but do not make the substance legal. The laws only provide for a defense against prosecution.
— This information put forward by the AG’s office is in response to the arrest of a man accused of selling CBD oil at a chain of stores that included, according to AL.com, birthday cake mix, “edibles, creams, lotions, pills, water-soluble hemp oil and pet products.”
6. Alabama’s Pre-K is pretty good — Number one in the nation
— Alabama’s Pre-K is ranked number one in the nation by meeting 14 of 15 benchmarks in National Institute for Early Education Research. The state exceeds the national average by 233 percent.
— Alabama continues to pick up top rankings around the country, it has been called the best in the nation for an engaged workforce, business climate, manufacturing and other top economic development rankings.
— The president announced that the United States would continue its relationship with Suadi Arabia in spite of the death of a U.S.-based journalist at their hands. He stated, “[O]ur relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” Some of Trump’s allies want further sanctions.
— It never seemed likely that this president or any president would abandon Saudi Arabia totally. They are militarily and economically our friends, and they also view Iran as an enemy, even though they clearly committed this heinous crime.
4. Undercover informants are working from inside the caravan and giving information to the United States border patrol
—The Department of Homeland Security has acknowledged it has paid informants inside the migrant caravan at the California-Mexico border and is using them to monitor security threats and the groups text messaging and communications of the 4,000+ wannabe illegal immigrants.
— DHS officials indicated that this intelligence gathering is what led to the agency closing down car lanes at a border crossing near San Diego because a large group of migrants wanted to rush the border in the early morning.
3. Republican legislators and the governor are preparing for a gas tax
— Now that election day has come and gone, a chance to grab some revenue from a tax increase is here. The gas tax proposal that has the support of Governor Kay Ivey, Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon and Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh are ready to move on Alabama’s first gas tax since 1992.
— The issue facing the state is that more cars are driving on the roads and tax revenue is needed for road repairs. The increases are more likely to happen now with the next election as far away as possible.
2. Congresswoman Terri Sewell is latest Alabama Democrat that can’t stop lying about voter suppression
— Sewell’s lie, while repeated many times before and after the election, has been debunked by Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and an Obama-appointed judge, but she still said during a town hall in Selma, “We saw it in Alabama. I want you to know there were historically black colleges in Huntsville where Oakwood and Alabama A&M students were taken off, purged from the voter rolls because the notice that they were given from our secretary of state went to a P.O. box at the school. Many of those students live off campus, so they didn’t respond, they didn’t receive this notification that they had to go and make sure that their names were spelled right. And they were purged from the rolls. We had to get provisional ballots and have election protection officials go to Huntsville on Election Day. That’s in Alabama.”
— This claim is made without evidence. There is no evidence of this suppression, but the election fraud claims continue because elected Democrats are still talking about Georgia and Florida.
1. Trump submits written answers to Robert Mueller’s questions about Russian interference
— President Trump’s attorney issued the following statement:
The Special Counsel has been provided with more than 30 witnesses, 1.4 million pages of material, and now the President’s written responses to questions. It is time to bring this inquiry to a conclusion.
— This appears to be the end of Trump’s willful cooperation with the probe, which could mean a subpoena is coming or it could signify the end of the probe all together. Reports have indicated that investigators are working on their final report after roughly 18 months of investigation.