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8 months ago

Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers: How could anyone with a heart not support what this pro-life bill will do?

(Congressman Mike D. Rogers/Facebook)


As the father of three beautiful children and a Christian man, I fully understand how precious the gift of life is.  Throughout my almost 60 years on earth, I have found fatherhood to be the greatest accomplishment of my lifetime.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision in the Roe v. Wade case, a dark shadow over our nation’s conscience.  We have come a long way in the pro-life movement over the past few decades, but we still have a long way to go.

On Friday, hundreds of thousands of people will gather on our National Mall to defend the rights of the unborn.  I stand with them.

In Congress, my conservative colleagues and I continue to support legislation to protect life.  We even have the pro-life caucus, which I am a proud member of, to help keep pro-life issues in the spotlight.

This week, in honor of The March for Life, the pro-life caucus had a very important piece of legislation come to the Floor of the House of Representatives.

H.R. 4712, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which I co-sponsored, amends the United States criminal code to prohibit any health care practitioner failing to exercise the proper degree of care for a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.

This legislation would just help ensure that an unwanted baby who survives an abortion procedure be given the same appropriate level of care that a planned baby with any type of birth complications would receive. How can anyone with a heart not understand and support this?

The legislation would also establish criminal penalties for any practitioner who intentionally kills a baby who survives an abortion with up to five years in prison and fines.  

You may remember the Planned Parenthood videos that were brought to light in 2015 about the selling of baby organs and tissue.  These acts are unconscionable to me and this bill should help prevent the practice of practitioners selling these babies’ body parts.

Lastly, this legislation gives the mothers of the babies that survive abortions the ability to sue the practitioner if they do not try to save the life of the baby.

I am proud of this legislation.  I will always fight for the rights of the unborn.  Those innocent, tiny babies have no voice and it is up to us to be their voice and give each baby a chance to live. They are precious gifts from God and our responsibility to care for and not destroy.

U.S. Representative Mike Rogers is a Republican from Saks

47 mins ago

Walt Maddox proposes already-existing mental health cabinet position at bus tour campaign stop

At a stop on his statewide bus tour that is currently underway, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, offered attendees some of the health care policy proposals he would put forward if elected governor.

Among the items that Maddox included according to a tweet from Montgomery’s WSFA were the expansion of Medicaid, money for “school-based mental health,” the creation of a mental health cabinet position and legalizing sports gaming and taxing gaming for funding to expand “crisis care units.”

However, Maddox’s proposal for a mental health cabinet position is a position that already exists. In 2017, Ivey appointed Lynn Beshear to her cabinet to serves as the commissioner for the Department of Mental Health.


In that role, Beshear also serves on other boards related to mental health, including the Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council, the Securing Alabama’s Facilities of Education (SAFE) Council and the Alabama Juvenile Justice Task Force.

Ivey iterated her commitment to mental health, noting it was an appointment she made very early in her tenure as Alabama’s governor.

“As Governor, I am committed to ensuring we continue to help Alabamians lead healthier, safer and happier lives. Shortly after being sworn in, I quickly appointed an experienced and dedicated new commissioner to the Department of Mental Health who understands the complexity and importance of this work, secured additional funding to create new programs and services, and ensured the Department of Mental Health had a voice on a number of commissions and tasks forces. I’m proud of the progress made so far, and I look forward to continuing to work together with educators, health care providers, and job creators across the state to improve life for our children, youth and adults who are affected by mental illnesses.”

Coming out of the legislative session earlier this year, Ivey secured $11 million for behavioral health services for Medicaid-eligible children to be administered by Beshear’s Department of Mental Health.

Maddox kicked off his statewide bus tour last week and despite this possible oversight, he has attempted to make mental health a significant campaign issue on the tour.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

3 hours ago

Speaker Mac McCutcheon: Hypothetical lottery bill will not come from House leadership

Alabama Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon released a statement on Monday confirming that a lottery bill, which is expected to be proposed in the state legislature in 2019, will not be driven by House leadership.

News came out over the weekend of McCutcheon telling WHNT, “I can say for sure that you’ll see a lottery bill in the first session coming up.” But a press release from the speaker clarified that some outlets took his words out of context.

The headline from one outlet read, “Lottery could be on lawmaker’s agenda this year,” but McCutcheon says this is far from the truth, saying, “[A]ny effort to come forward with a lottery bill in the House would not be led by the leadership, which obviously includes me.”


“A reporter from station WHNT in Huntsville asked me last week to comment about the efforts that surrounding states are undertaking to implement lotteries, sports betting, and other forms of gambling,” McCutcheon explained in a Monday news release. “I said the Legislature will likely see a lottery bill introduced in the first session of the quadrennium, but that response was based on a general feeling and no concrete knowledge on my part.”

Again, right now, the lottery bill being discussed is strictly hypothetical.

McCutcheon continued, “As far as I am aware, no lottery bills have been drafted, pre-filed, or even discussed in any detail among members. And any effort to come forward with a lottery bill in the House would not be led by the leadership, which obviously includes me.”

The speaker also reaffirmed his belief that bringing other gambling interests into the lottery mix could very well sink the yet-to-exist bill.

“I do feel that if any lottery bill were to have a chance of success, it should be defined as a traditional paper ticket lottery rather than an electronic lottery that could open the door to slot machines and other gambling devices,” McCutcheon concluded.

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

3 hours ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on second Kavanaugh accuser, Rosenstein and more…

“The Ford Faction” host Ford Brown breaks down the topics of the day, September 24.

The show’s “Final thoughts” segment touches on:

– Brett Kavanaugh has a list of accusers
– Trump VS Rosenstein Thursday
– Michigan High School gets rid of “Homecoming Queen”
– East AlabamaWorks!
– Kaepernick might be back in NFL



Listen to the Ford Faction on Yellowhammer Radio every day from noon to 3:00 p.m. on WYDE 101.1 FM.

5 hours ago

The Roy Moore-ing of Brett Kavanaugh is complete

If Republicans give in to Democrat dirty-tricks, media misinformation, last-second garbage and Michael Avenatti, they will deserve every single thing they get.

Our caretaker junior Senator Doug Jones is not a senator if we aren’t told all the allegations against Roy Moore were “credible,” as long as credible means they all said the same thing. The only evidence that exists was a yearbook, which has a questionable veracity, to be kind.

But that is over. It worked, so it is now the standard.

Here are the “credible’ allegations against Brett Kavanaugh:


1. He attempted to rape a woman at a high school party in 1982.


Three of those people, PJ Smyth, Mark Judge and Kavanaugh, have already denied any recollection of attending such a party.

On Saturday night, Leland Ingham Keyser, a classmate of Ford’s at the all-girl Holton-Arms School and her final named witness, denied any recollection of attending a party with Brett Kavanaugh.

“Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford,” lawyer Howard J. Walsh said in a statement sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Doesn’t seem very credible to me.

2. He shoved his penis in the face of a woman at Yale in 1984.


In a statement, two of those male classmates who Ramirez alleged were involved in the incident, the wife of a third male student she said was involved, and three other classmates, Dino Ewing, Louisa Garry and Dan Murphy, disputed Ramirez’s account of events in a statement.

The statement read, “We were the people closest to Brett Kavanaugh during his first year at Yale. He was a roommate to some of us, and we spent a great deal of time with him, including in the dorm where this incident allegedly took place. Some of us were also friends with Debbie Ramirez during and after her time at Yale. We can say with confidence that if the incident Debbie alleges ever occurred, we would have seen or heard about it—and we did not. The behavior she describes would be completely out of character for Brett. In addition, some of us knew Debbie long after Yale, and she never described this incident until Brett’s Supreme Court nomination was pending. Editors from the New Yorker contacted some of us because we are the people who would know the truth, and we told them that we never saw or heard about this.”

That’s from the end of the story that has started round two of this.

Doesn’t seem very credible, but we keep calling it “credible.”

There is no evidence any of this happened, but no one seems to care.

If Republicans allow this to derail this confirmation barring any real evidence, the Democrats will never have to win another election.

The media has declared that all would be well if Republicans would just nominate another conservative. They know there is no way to do that before the midterms, and they also know they will fight that nominee tooth-and-nail.

This is it folks, Kavanaugh or nothing.

The media and Democrats know it, Republicans know it, too.

Republicans have to make a stand here unless real and credible accusations come forward.

If Republicans give in on this with these weak accusations, any accusation kills a nominee and it will continue to be weaponized.

6 hours ago

KyKenKee lumber expansion will add more than 60 jobs

Officials say an Alabama lumber company will add dozens of new jobs following the approval of a tax abatement package.

The Tuscaloosa News reports the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority approved the tax abatement package as part of a $28.2 million capital investment at KyKenKee Inc. during its Thursday meeting.


The company will add more than 60 jobs and currently employs more than 600 people.

The authority’s interim executive director, Jo Bonner, says the new investment will allow the company an opportunity to enter new lines of business and to produce new wood products and goods.

The authority estimates the project will contribute around $14 million during the next 20 years in taxes.

KyKenKee manufactures hardwoods and Southern Yellow Pine, as well as specialty cut items and greenscape products.
(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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