7. America still has never had a Filipino-Canadian furry trans albino man as press secretary at the White House
- With White House press secretary Jen Psaki leaving her position to join MSNBC, Karine Jean-Pierre has been named the next White House press secretary, and she has already been championed as the first gay person and first black woman to be in the position.
- Jean-Pierre has already been working as the deputy press secretary. Psaki said, “Representation matters and she will give a voice to many, but also make many dream big about what is truly possible.”
6. Ivey receives pro-life endorsement
- The pro-life group National Right to Life has endorsed Governor Kay Ivey in her reelection bid. Since becoming governor, Ivey has been outspoken about being pro-life, and in 2019, she signed the Alabama Human Life Protection Act into law, showing her support for overturning Roe v. Wade. Changes could be coming to that law.
- After the endorsement announcement, Ivey said, “It’s easy to talk about protecting life, but it’s a different thing to act on it, and that’s what our state did when I signed the strongest pro-life bill in the entire nation, which struck at the core of Roe v. Wade itself. This bill is particularly important now in light of recent events in the United States Supreme Court.” It should be noted that since it was leaked that the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade, there has been talk in Alabama of changing or rewriting the abortion ban to allow several exceptions.
5. Trump says MAGA is “saving America”
- According to former President Donald Trump, his political movement of “Make America Great Again,” or MAGA, is “saving America” in light of President Joe Biden’s administration. He declared, “Inflation, incompetent withdrawals from Afghanistan, leaving hostages horribly wounded, soldiers, $85 billion of military equipment – MAGA is saving America.”
- Recently, Biden said that MAGA was the “most extreme political organization that’s existed in recent American history,” but Trump called this “divisive.” He stated, “[Biden] is being very divisive, but it is more than that, it is all misinformation just like the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax and all of the hoaxes. That’s what they’re good at.”
4. Wes Allen releases first television ad
- State Representative Wes Allen (R-Troy), a candidate for Alabama Secretary of State, released the first television ad for his campaign. In the ad, Allen describes himself as “the last person” the left “want to see in that office.”
- In the ad, Allen says that he’s “spent years fighting liberal attempts to change our elections.” He goes on to say, “[D]on’t be fooled, the liberals are not giving up. They’re coming to try to weaken our voter ID laws. I won’t let them. They are coming to try to establish mass-mail balloting. Not on my watch. They’ll want to establish online voting. I’ll never let an Alabama voting machine be connected to the internet. Never.”
3. Tuberville confident Space Command will still move to Alabama
- U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) is confident that the plan for U.S. Space Command headquarters to come to Huntsville will remain in place, despite the efforts of Colorado lawmakers to keep headquarters in their state.
- Tuberville declared, “[T]his has become a political point that Democrats are trying to make. Space Command was appointed by the Trump administration on that fact that we deserved it in Huntsville. If Colorado had been the best place, that’s where we needed it. But after all the investigation, the best place they said for the future of Space Command was Huntsville because of a lot of different reasons.”
2. Ivey gets more endorsements from legislative leadership
- More names are emerging to support the incumbent governor of Alabama as it seems that Governor Kay Ivey is cruising to reelection even if that requires an unlikely run-off with the list of candidates looking to unseat her. The sheer number of opponents could make that possible, but recent polls show her rolling. New legislative endorsements come from both majority leaders in the Alabama Legislature as the Ivey campaign continues to roll these endorsements out. Senate Majority Leader Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville) and House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) are officially on Team Ivey.
- Ivey touted her accomplishments in a new statement, saying, “With over 50,000 new jobs, over $25 billion in new business investment, and the lowest unemployment rate in the history of our state – we have one of the best business environments in the entire nation. That’s something that all Alabamians should be proud of, and I appreciate these strong Republican leaders’ work in bringing these results to our state. We’re going to win big on May 24 and continue our state’s historic economic success and defend our freedoms and way of life.”
1. Fences have been put up, White House won’t condemn plan to go to justices’ homes
- In the wake of the leaked opinion that the U.S. Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade, large fences surrounding the court have been put in place. The fences were put up due to expected protests from the decision. No matter how those protests go, they will be called “peaceful” and rationalized.
- White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that President Joe Biden’s message to all those demonstrating was, “Ensure it’s peaceful. Have your voice heard peacefully. We should not be resorting to violence in any way, shape or form.” When asked about the posting of justices’ addresses or protesting outside of their homes and if those actions qualify as “peaceful,” Psaki replied, “The president’s view is that there’s a lot of passion, a lot of fear, a lot of sadness, from many, many, many people across this country about what they saw in the leaked document.”