7 Things: Trump continues to lash out at impeachment inquiry, Rogers denied impeachment information, Schiff survives censure and more …
7. San Francisco has blacklisted Alabama
- The 22 states on San Francisco’s blacklist all have “restrictive abortion laws,” so now city employees aren’t allowed to do official business with companies based in any of the states or travel to those states for work.
- States like Alabama and Georgia made the list. Mayor London Breed said that this is their response to “states that put women’s health at risk and that are actively working to limit reproductive freedoms.”
6. More candidates are emerging to replace Rep. Martha Roby
- Jessica Taylor, attorney and businesswoman, has announced that she will be campaigning for the Second District congressional seat that’s being vacated by U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery).
- Taylor said that she’s running “because Alabama needs a new generation of conservative leadership to take on these radical liberals.”
5. Big Luther’s involvement in the opioid lawsuits
- As opioid manufacturers face continued pressure to settle cases involving the opioid crisis, the first of which involves $260 million for two Ohio counties, NPR has reported on the attempts by manufacturers to limit the damage.
- There doesn’t appear to be much evidence of wrongdoing in this story, but that doesn’t seem to matter much to those who cover Alabama politics who have taken to social media to imply otherwise when all Luther Strange is doing is warning about the precedent the cases might lead to on other matters.
4. Republican policies are detrimental to labor, according to Sen. Doug Jones
- While speaking to labor union members, U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) said that the Republican candidates in the U.S. Senate election in Alabama are mainly talking about how much they support President Donald Trump, but that they need a candidate who’s “got your back.”
- Jones also said that Trump’s policies and policies he’s supported have been detrimental to labor (he means unions) but Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan pointed out in a statement that unemployment is at a record low, especially in Alabama where “unemployment dropped to a whopping historic 3%,” adding that earnings across the state have increased.
3. Republicans fail to censure U.S. Rep. Schiff
- U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) escaped, with ease, an attempt by Republicans to censure him over his repeated false statements with an outcome that most expected as all Democrats voted to table the resolution and all Republicans voting to move it forward.
- Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) appeared to sum up Alabama Republicans’ thoughts by noting in a press release three separate times Schiff has misled the American people in regards to President Donald Trump, including Russia collusion, the Ukraine “whistleblower” complaint and his contacts with said whistleblower.
2. Rep. Rogers highlights how he can’t get information on the impeachment inquiry
- U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-Saks) has requested that U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, allow him to access the transcript from when Ambassador Kurt Volker was interviewed, as well as pointing out that Democrats’ “closed door meetings should be open to Members of Congress and the American people.”
- Rogers wrote, “House Democrats’ continued refusal to share information or even bring a vote to the House Floor on the impeachment inquiry shows their disregard for fairness.” He also declared that he will continue to support President Donald Trump and “fight against this partisan nonsense and waste of the American People’s time.”
1. President Trump just wants to run the country
- President Donald Trump spoke out on Monday, calling out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) specifically, saying that the only reason they want impeachment is “because it’s the only way they’re gonna win,” adding, “The president of the United States should be allowed to run the country not have to focus on this kind of crap—while at the same time, doing a great job on Syria, and Turkey and all of the other things that we’re doing.”
- Trump has faced constant criticism his entire term, but more recently tension has grown between him and Democrats as they push an impeachment inquiry, critique his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Northern Syria and fight him on his suggestion to hold the 2020 G7 summit at a Trump National Doral.