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  • New tunnel, premium RV section at Talladega Superspeedway on schedule despite weather

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    Construction of a new oversized vehicle tunnel and premium RV infield parking section at Talladega Superspeedway is still on schedule to be completed in time for the April NASCAR race, despite large amounts of rainfall and unusual groundwater conditions underneath the track.

    Track Chairman Grant Lynch, during a news conference Wednesday at the track, said he’s amazed the general contractor, Taylor Corporation of Oxford, has been able to keep the project on schedule.

    “The amount of water they have pumped out of that and the extra engineering they did from the original design, basically to keep that tunnel from floating up out of the earth, was remarkable,” Lynch said.

  • Alabama workers built 1.6M engines in 2018 to add auto horsepower

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    Alabama’s auto workers built nearly 1.6 million engines last year, as the state industry continues to carve out a place in global markets with innovative, high-performance parts, systems and finished vehicles.

    Last year also saw major new developments in engine manufacturing among the state’s key players, and more advanced infrastructure is on the way in the coming year.

    Hyundai expects to complete a key addition to its engine operations in Montgomery during the first half of 2019, while Honda continues to reap the benefits of a cutting-edge Alabama engine line installed several years ago.

  • Groundbreaking on Alabama’s newest aerospace plant made possible through key partnerships

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    Political and business leaders gathered for a groundbreaking at Alabama’s newest aerospace plant gave credit to the formation of the many key partnerships that made it possible.

    Governor Kay Ivey and several other federal, state and local officials attended the event which celebrated the construction of rocket engine builder Blue Origin’s facility in Huntsville.

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Dale Jackson: I made a mistake by voting early, so vote ‘YES’ on Amendment 4

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I dislike early voting.

I oppose it for many reasons. Things change in the race as new info becomes available and, as we will learn this year, it creates a hassle, room for fraud and opportunities for legal wrangling.

But, I thought I would vote early this year.

I was already decided on all the candidates, and I knew the amendments pretty well.

Or so I thought.

As part of my daily radio program, “The Dale Jackson Show” on WVNN, I get to interview lawmakers and decision-makers on a regular basis and get to pick their brains about individual issues.

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A few weeks back, State Senator Sam Givhan (R-Madison) and I were discussing the constitutional amendments on the ballot, and I expressed that I was a “NO” on Amendment 4.

Givhan told me as time was running out that we need to discuss that further, so I agreed to do so at a later date. That time came this week, and now I would like to change my “NO” to a “YES.”

I can’t, obviously, but I would like to.

Amendment 4 is worded as follows:

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to authorize the Legislature to recompile the Alabama Constitution and submit it during the 2022 Regular Session, and provide a process for its ratification by the voters of this state.

In plain English, it says: Alabama’s constitution can be changed only during a constitutional convention or when a majority of voters approve a constitutional amendment.

If a majority of voters vote “YES” on Amendment 4, the Alabama Legislature, when it meets in 2022, would be allowed to draft a rearranged version of the state constitution. This draft could only (1) remove racist language, (2) remove language that is repeated or no longer applies, (3) combine language related to economic development, and (4) combine language that relates to the same county. No other changes could be made.

I was mistaken when I believed that a rewrite of the constitution would open the door to long-desired changed from the more liberal members of Alabama’s legislature.

They have wanted to change the way taxes are raised in the state for at least the last 20 years.

Sure, they cloak it in “the Alabama Legislature is too long” and “there is racist language in the Constitution,” but the end game is a rewrite, and I am always out on that.

I don’t care how long the document is. Attempts to remove racist language in the past was fought by black leaders.

But as I raised these issues to Givhan about the rewrite, it was clear I had made a mistake, and he set me straight and the impact of that language is non-existent in 2020.

As Givhan explained this week on “The Dale Jackson Show” what the bill does, I knew I made a mistake.

“Number one, this gives us the authority to do what for the large part has actually already been done as far as reorganizing it,” Givhan advised.

He added, “This is not going to change the way we do our taxes. We’re limited in what we can do and the voters will have another check on that and we’ll also have to have a super majorities of both the house and the senate to pass this move to recompile the constitution.”

My takeaway:

My reasons for being a “NO” vote were a mistake. I cast a bad vote, but I can’t take it back.

The best I can do is tell other people I made a mistake and hope they cancel me out.

So, vote YES on Amendment 4 on Tuesday!

Listen:

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

 

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7 Things: Only 13 coronavirus deaths in Alabama without pre-existing conditions, Jones’ voting record is closer to Schumer than Shelby, vaccine info by December and more …

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7. Stephen King’s Twitter isn’t IT

  • It’s no secret that famed author Stephen King has been politically outspoken, especially in more recent years. Now, he’s calling out former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville for not being willing to debate U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL).
  • King on Wednesday tweeted, “Tommy Tuberville wouldn’t even debate Doug Jones. Hey, Alabama, do you know a chicken___ when you see one? Or – ha-ha—when you DON’T see one?” This came right after Tuberville was a no-show at the debate event co-hosted by the College Democrats and Republicans at Auburn University, which Jones attended.

6. Walmart is removing guns

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  • Due to continued civil unrest in Philadelphia, Walmart has decided to remove firearms and ammunition from the sales floor in stores throughout the United States. Store spokesperson Kory Lundberg said this is being done as a “precaution.”
  • The firearms and ammunition will still be available for purchase, but they’ll no longer be on display. Lundberg also noted that this has been “done on several occasions over the last few years” in times of civil unrest.

5. Biden campaign refuses to address Hunter Biden issues

  • There has been further confirmation that the FBI has an open investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter. In spite of that, the Biden campaign continues to not even address the issue and declare that they will not engage in questions about the matter.
  • During an interview with financial outlet Cheddar, the Biden campaign’s national press secretary Jamal Brown was asked to respond to the allegations made by Hunter Biden’s former business partner Tony Bobulinksi. He responded by declaring the question off-limits, saying, “We’re not going to waste any time on this smear campaign. It’s just another distraction from Trump’s failed leadership.” Instead of receiving further grilling, the anchor responded by saying, “Fair enough.”

4. Democrats could take the Senate

  • Sheffield, AL’s own Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been very honest about where the Senate stands, and he’s said that there’s a “50-50” chance that Republicans could lose control of the Senate.
  • McConnell also said that looking “at the Democrat Party today, you out to be frightened. We’re fighting for our way of life.” He has remained confident that he’ll win reelection in Kentucky.

3. We’ll know more about vaccines by December

  • As one of the leading infectious disease experts and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Anthony Fauci told the University of Alabama at Birmingham during a virtual coronavirus research symposium that we’ll have more information on a vaccine for the virus in the coming months.
  • Fauci advised, “[B]y the end of November to the beginning of December, we will know – based on the size of the trial and rate of infections that are going on in this country – if we will have a safe and effective vaccine.” Facui added that he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the vaccine.

2. Jones is closer to Schumer

  • FiveThirtyEight.com has released a “Trump Score” for how closely members of the legislature have voted with President Donald Trump, and U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) only scored 34.8% since taking office in 2018.
  • For comparison, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Mark Werner (D-VA) scored closely with Jones at 37.9% and 35.5%, respectively, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) scored 23.4%, U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) had 22.6%, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) had 20.3% and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) scored 23.0%.

1. Cases and hospitalizations are on the rise

  • There have been spikes with the coronavirus across the globe, the United States saw its biggest day ever yesterday. Alabama is now seeing an increase in both cases and hospitalizations, but both numbers are far below the peak of the pandemic Alabama saw in July.
  • The Alabama Department of Public Health is now reporting that there have only been 13 deaths from the coronavirus that didn’t have any underlying health conditions as a contributing factor, which is due to a change in criteria that dropped the number from 130 to 13. This isn’t to say this isn’t a big deal, but it does mean that it is even more important to protect the vulnerable as we continue to safely reopen.

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7 Things: COVID-19 restrictions return, AG Marshall says ‘Big Tech’ is big threat to elections, 2020 polls moving in all directions and more …

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7. New mental health crisis centers

  • Governor Kay Ivey has announced the new mental health crisis centers that are to be built across the state of Alabama. The new centers will be located in Montgomery, Mobile and Huntsville through grants provided to existing mental health organizations.
  • These centers will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and the purpose is to help keep mental health patients out of jail and hospitals so they can receive proper treatment. Ivey said this will “improve the quality of life for Alabama families and communities.”

6. Miles Taylor works at Auburn now

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  • Formerly known as “Anonymous,” now an employee of Google and CNN, Miles Taylor was the author of the opinion piece two years ago published by the New York Times criticizing President Donald Trump. Taylor, a former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, also now has a gig in Alabama.
  • Taylor only recently revealed that he was the one who wrote the piece, which also brought his life into the spotlight for a moment. Currently, Taylor is a senior fellow for Auburn University’s McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security. Taylor said that he only published the opinion piece in 2018 after he realized Trump was “a man without character.”

5. Women in Alabama aren’t happy with the support of Amy Coney Barrett

  • More than 800 women in Alabama have co-signed a letter in response to Governor Kay Ivey’s letter showing support for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. The letter written by Emily Levine criticizes Ivey, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds for their support of Barrett.
  • Levine said that she didn’t feel her voice alone “was very powerful.” She added, “But a letter signed by a lot of women in the state holds more power and shows that we feel like you are supposed to be a governor to everyone in the state and we feel like you’re not listening.”

4. Polls are tightening all over

  • As Election Day nears, most polling shows that some states are getting closer to a decision between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.
  • The Cook Report has moved Texas from “Lean R to Toss Up,” with Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Michigan looking better for Biden. Pennsylvania is moving in Trump’s direction after Biden’s energy statements, and many expect riots to have an impact as well.

3. Big Tech still censoring a huge political story

  • Wednesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey went before the Senate Commerce Committee to answer questions in relation to how Twitter has handled the Hunter Biden story posted by the New York Post. Since posting the story on October 14, the New York Post’s Twitter page has been locked.
  • U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) asked Dorsey about this, and Dorsey said that the outlet will stay banned until they “delete the original tweet, which fell under our original enforcement actions, and they can tweet the exact same material, tweet the exact same article, and it would go through.” Dorsey added that they “recognize an error in this policy, and specifically the enforcement.”

2. Big Tech is the biggest threat

  • Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is working to call out social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook for how they influence elections. Marshall is calling on Congress to change Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
  • Marshall said, “It should concern us all when a platform that holds such tremendous power over information uses that power in contradiction of the principles of free speech and freedom of the press.” Marshall went further in his comments to say that “Big Tech” is “the greatest threat we have to a free and fair elections.”

1. COVID-19 is surging; France re-entering lockdown

  • With new cases up in the United States and around the world, governments are preparing to reintroduce more restrictions and measures meant to limit the spread with nations like France and Germany enforcing a partial lockdown.
  • The most extreme measure so far has come from President of France Emmanual Macron. He stated, “We have been overwhelmed by the rapid acceleration of Covid-19,” adding that “all French regions are now in high alert.” That means all bars and restaurants are closed but schools and nurseries will remain open. The government will now require anyone outside their home to provide a written statement explaining why they are outside.

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Lt. Gov. Ainsworth back to work and channeling Trump on the coronavirus — ‘Don’t live in fear’

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The last few weeks have been very interesting for Alabama Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth.

During a church gathering, he contracted the coronavirus and then passed it to his wife. Although he was not entirely asymptomatic, he did not require any medical treatment. He is now headed back to work and ready to do the people’s business.

This mirrors the recovery of President Donald Trump, who was back to work long before many expected he would be.

Wednesday morning, Ainsworth appeared on WVNN’s “The Dale Jackson Show” to speak about his experiences with this illness and how Alabama Democrats attempted to use the diagnosis to raise money for their party, a move Ainsworth said was “typical” of the behavior of their members. Ainsworth even noted that some in the leadership of the Alabama Democratic Party contacted him to check up on him before the fundraising email went out.

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For Ainsworth, the bigger issue was how they misrepresented his positions by claiming that he opposed masks and science. Neither position is true, he said.

Ainsworth advised that while he opposes the mandate, he doesn’t oppose mitigation efforts like masks and social distancing

“I’ve been wearing masks when I go to events. I practice social distancing, I use proper sanitation. I still got it,” he outlined.

His issue, as it is with many people, is the top down mandate.

“I do not think it’s the government’s role to mandate whether or not we should wear masks. I just don’t believe that,” he advised. “I believe in personal responsibility.”

Ainsworth believes that the fundraising email got sent because Alabama Democrats are in trouble, and they know U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) is going to lose. Ainsworth believes the message Democrats are selling just doesn’t work.

He stated, “They’re desperate, they’re grasping at straws, and I think Dems know in Alabama that their policies and positions don’t resonate with people so what do they do, they try spin stuff and lie.”

While Ainsworth mostly shrugged off the Democrats’ tactics, he also warned that people should take the coronavirus seriously and not weaponize for political gain as some in Alabama and on the national level are doing.

Like President Donald Trump, Ainsworth thinks America has to get back to work but it has to do it safely. He noted that “New York has ruined their economy” with shutdowns and restrictions yet they continue to have issues with the coronavirus.

His advice to Alabamians is simple: “[D]on’t live in fear. Continue to live your life but do it safely.”

Listen:

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

3 days ago

7 Things: The American media prepares for Doug Jones’ defeat, Mayor Woodfin wants a holiday for voting, Joe Biden’s media protection is impervious to reality and more …

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7. Alabama man known for charitable deeds asking for help with green card

  • The Huntsville man who has made a name for himself by starting a charity to mow lawns for veterans and the elderly for free, Rodney Smith, was born in Bermuda, but he’s now trying to gain his permanent residence in the United States. Smith is now trying to start a letter-writing campaign and is asking for services from an immigration lawyer. He has already garnered support from U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville), who has released a letter in his favor.
  • Fifteen years ago, Smith immigrated to the United States legally, but he’s explained that his “stay here is in jeopardy” and he “may be forced to leave the country” as his green card was denied by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Smith is arguing that his charity, Raising Men Lawn Care Services, qualifies him for an EB-1 work visa. Smith also graduated with a master’s in social work from Alabama A&M University in Huntsville.

6. National Guard deployed after police shooting in Philadelphia

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  • In Pennsylvania, the National Guard has been deployed to Philadelphia as more riots took place for a second night following the police shooting of Walter Wallace, who charged police officers with a knife. Riots took place on Monday and Tuesday nights as police warned residents that looting was taking place in the city and to stay indoors to remain safe.
  • Several hundred members of the National Guard have been sent to assist local law enforcement in “protecting life, property and the right to peacefully assemble and protest,” according to Lieutenant Col. Keith Hickox.

5. State of Emergency declared in Alabama

  • Ahead of Tropical Storm Zeta making landfall, Governor Kay Ivey has declared a State of Emergency. The Mobile and Dauphin Island area are most likely to be impacted by the storm, and it’s likely that the system will be a hurricane by the time it reaches land.
  • In a statement, Ivey said that Zeta “is not expected to have an impact as large as storms we’ve seen move through the Gulf earlier this year.” But she explained the State of Emergency is there so we can “be in the best place possible to respond to anticipated rain, storm surge and mass power outage.”

4. A monumental price

  • Madison County Commission Chair Dale Strong has made some of his first public statements on the Confederate monument outside of the Madison County Courthouse being moved to the Maple Hill Cemetery.
  • Strong maintained that the county “operated legally” in the removal, but Attorney General Steve Marshall has said the move is under review. For the actual removal, though, the City of Huntsville paid $33,250 for the almost nine-hour process. Strong did clarify that if they’re ordered to pay the $25,000 for violating state law, Madison County would cover that, not the City of Huntsville.

3. The gatekeeping on Hunter Biden continues 

  • Last night, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson interviewed former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski, who laid out in detail, and with proof, the interactions he had with Hunter and Joe Biden about peddling influence to foreign nations both when Joe Biden was vice president and leading up to his run for president.
  • If you expected to wake up this morning and see media coverage of the Bobulinski story, you haven’t been paying attention to the media over the last 20 years. This is classic gatekeeping, and they all know exactly what they are doing.

2. Mayor Randall Woodfin wants Election Day to be a holiday

  • Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin has announced that he’s “officially making Election Day a city holiday in Birmingham,” because he wants to “make voting easier, not harder.” He’s even cited that the “US Census Bureau survey found that 14% … said the main reason they do not vote was because they were too busy to do so.”
  • In a thread of tweets, he explained, “Making Election Day a day that is free from work should help those who are normally unable to take time off to go vote, particularly employees who work long shifts, have more than one job, and often must balance all of that with childcare.”

1. It’s almost over for Doug Jones

  • The American media has spent most of 2020 covering the race between U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) and former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville like it is a close race, but with one week to go and a 14-point poll showing Tuberville leading, it appears that they have changed their tune.
  • CNN released a list of U.S. Senate seats most likely to flip with Jones on top. a Wall Street Journal headline declared, “Doug Jones Faces Long Odds in Keeping Alabama Senate Seat.” NBC News is reading his political obituary by acknowledging, “Alabama Senate race offers GOP its best chance to gain a seat as Democrat Doug Jones battles Tommy Tuberville.”

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7 Things: Amy Coney Barrett confirmed, Alabama voting issues didn’t have to happen, Ainsworth very popular in Alabama and more …

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7. New York Post has endorsed Trump

  • The New York Post, who recently broke the Hunter Biden story, has endorsed President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Throughout the opinion piece that was released, the Post mentions the unemployment rates before the coronavirus pandemic, rising wages, job creation and the economic health of the country.
  • The Post also takes aim at former Vice President Joe Biden, saying that his “administration would be beholden to a socialist left that sees an opportunity to remake the nation in its vision, one more dependent on government debt.”

6. Trump slams Biden for comments on the oil industry

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  • While campaigning in Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump brought up former Vice President Joe Biden’s stance on energy policies, telling the crowd that Biden would destroy the state’s economy.
  • This is in reference to during the final presidential debate when Biden said he would “transition from the oil industry,” which is in addition to his pledges to end fracking. When Trump brought this up, he simply stated that Biden “blew it,” adding that getting rid of the entire industry “mean no fracking, no jobs, no energy for Pennsylvania families.”

5. Ainsworth is well-liked

  • New polling data released by Cygnal shows that Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth is one of the most popular officials with Republicans in Alabama. While Ainsworth’s name ID with voters is significantly lower than Governor Kay Ivey’s, his likability ratio is much higher.
  • Ivey was viewed as favorable by 71% of Republicans, 39.8% of Democrats and 59.2% of independents, while Ainsworth was viewed as favorable by 30.3% of Republicans, but was only viewed as unfavorable by 5.4%. Ivey’s ratio was 3.51:1, while Ainsworth was at 5.61:1.

4. The Jones campaign doesn’t know when ballots are due

  • U.S. Senator Doug Jones’ (D-AL) reelection campaign recently had an ad taken down by Facebook because it had the incorrect dates for returning absentee ballots for Alabama, stating that they should drop off ballots by October 29 or mail them in by November 2.
  • Turns out, the last day to return a ballot to a county absentee election manager is on November 2, and the last day to request a ballot is October 29.

3. We may need to look at absentee voting

  • Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has brought up concerns about how “the left” could be using the pandemic to gain an advantage in the election. According to Marshall, this is due to courthouses being open over the weekend in Mobile and Jefferson counties for in-person absentee voting.
  • Marshall also predicted that in the “upcoming legislative session, as we kind of look at the pandemic and what has been the consequences of that, I would not be surprised if the legislative body looked a little bit about where we are on voting and how it is taking place.”

2. A judge created voter suppression in Alabama

  • Much has been made about voter suppression in Alabama, but actual voter suppression efforts have been harder to nail down, until now. Judge Abdul K. Kallon was able to change the rules by declaring absentee ballots no longer require witness signatures or notarization and waive the voter ID requirement for those 65 years or older who have pre-existing conditions,
  • This obviously did not stand, and the United States Supreme Court, giving us a preview of the future, put Alabama law back in play and reinstated absentee ballot requirements. This puts the ballots cast incorrectly in a situation where they will not be counted.

1. Notorious ACB confirmed

  • On Monday night, Judge Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the next U.S. Supreme Court justice along almost party-line vote where only U.S. Senator Susan Collins (D-ME) being the only Republican to vote against Barrett. Alabama’s junior Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) voted no, while Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) voted yes. Jones’ opponent, former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville said, “Instead of standing up for our conservative Alabama values and voting to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, Doug Jones voted against her nomination and represented the liberal beliefs of his high-dollar campaign donors in California and New York.”
  • Not surprisingly, the reaction to the confirmation was swift and angry, with Democrats declaring that Republicans will “regret” this, that there will be consequences and the court will be expanded. Even former Vice President Joe Biden declared that he may set up a new rotational Supreme Court.

5 days ago

Dale Jackson: Alabama’s No. 1 source of voter suppression has been found — It’s a liberal judge

(Dale Jackson/Facebook, Pixabay, YHN)

Absentee voting in Alabama is going pretty well.

Despite all the haranguing over voting systems and voter suppression, there is no evidence that anyone’s vote has been suppressed, but some media outlets need to keep the scare tactics going.

Buzzfeed News released a story with questionable sourcing and a notable absence by the man who actually oversees Alabama’s elections, Secretary of State John Merrill.

The crux of the Buzzfeed story is that Alabama voters in Jefferson County were going to potentially miss out on their right to vote. The story says people cast their votes after Judge Abdul K. Kallon attempted to change the rules of absentee voting to no longer require witness signatures or notarization, and waive the voter ID requirement for those 65 years or older who have pre-existing conditions.

As a judge giveth, another judge taketh away. The story goes on to outline that since Kallon’s ruling has been stayed by higher federal courts, voters who followed Kallon’s order could see their ballots invalidated.

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Now, many are worried that their votes won’t count if they show up without their witness signatures and copies of their photo IDs.

They are right. Judge Kallon disenfranchised these people. He suppressed their vote and robbed them of their franchise.

Unlike Buzzfeed, I spoke to Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill about these decisions, and all is not lost.

According to Merrill, the ballots that were collected from the moment of the errant ruling to the moment it was overturned will be counted. The rules the judge created out of thin air will stand for those ballots, but those received after will be held to Alabama’s actual absentee balloting laws, not Kallon’s ruling.

In my opinion, this is arguably the correct decision.

But Judge Kallon should have never changed the rules mid-election, while votes are being counted, because now we have a fiasco on our hands.

Again, this judge actually disenfranchised people — some cast votes that will not be counted, and he is solely responsible.

Alabama law was clear and simple. Judge Kallon made it more complicated.

Because of this, there will be votes not counted. He made things worse.

This right here is the problem with how litigious we have become in dealing with our electoral system. Instead of following and changing the law through the appropriate legislative process, there are those who — like in this case — opt to seek out judges that will unilaterally give the plaintiffs what they want.

Be prepared for more of this as we move forward with courts and the Supreme Court dealing with these issues during the 2020 election and the days that follow. This is an area rife for misinformation and manipulation.

Maybe judges and other officials shouldn’t be screwing around with how votes are counted right before an election?

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

5 days ago

7 Things: Trump supports Alabama candidates, record early voter turnout in Alabama, Democrats fundraising off of Ainsworth’s illness and more …

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7. Alabama school system returning to a full-time school schedule

  • Today, Huntsville City Schools are returning to their full five days a week school schedule for students enrolled in traditional learning. Virtual learning has remained an option for students.
  • For the students returning back to traditional schooling, class sizes will stay reduced, everyone has to wear masks, social distancing is to be enforced, and there will be desk shields in place.

6. Maybe there will be a stimulus package passed

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  • There is yet to be an agreement met on a potential coronavirus stimulus package, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has said that it “could happen” sometime this week. She is blaming Republicans for the delay.
  • Pelosi said that Republicans are “moving the goalposts,” but she said that for something to happen this week, it’s up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “as to whether it would happen in the Senate and go to the president’s desk, which is our hope and prayer.”

5. Barrett nomination advanced

  • The nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court was advanced in a 51-48 Senate vote. The final vote is expected to take place Monday.
  • From Alabama, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) voted to advance Barrett, but U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) voted not to, which was expected from both senators based on previous statements.

4. Alabama can avoid another shutdown

  • As coronavirus cases continue to grow in Alabama and record numbers are seen nationwide, UAB’s Dr. Rachael Lee has discussed the issue of countries in Europe shutting down again as they’re experiencing a second wave of the coronavirus, but Lee has said that there are simple ways to avoid a situation that forces states like Alabama to shut down again.
  • Of course, there has to be strict mask-wearing, social distancing and other general precautions taken to avoid another shutdown. Lee also said that as a precaution, people should pay attention to avoiding large indoor gatherings with groups of people.

3. Some Democrats are fundraising off Lt. Gov. Ainsworth having the coronavirus

  • The Alabama Democratic Victory has made it their mission to fundraise off Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth testing positive for the coronavirus, but they’re also spreading false information about where he stands on the mask issue.
  • While Ainsworth has been opposed to a statewide mask mandate, he still advocates for people to wear masks. The email states that Ainsworth “doesn’t believe in science and doesn’t understand that wearing a mask is about social responsibility and public safety.” Previously, Ainsworth has plainly stated that “Masks should be worn to combat further outbreaks,” and even said that wearing masks “and maintaining social distancing are among the best ways to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

2. Vote totals have already surpassed 2016

  • We are more than one week from Election Day and more people have cast ballots than they did in all of 2016 in early voting, with 58 million+ votes already by mail or in-person with one-third of those votes coming from California, Texas and Florida.
  • Even U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) is pointlessly complaining about the election system in Alabama. The state has surpassed its record of absentee voters with 145,000+ already voting and an additional 70,000 that have not been mailed back yet.

1. Trump shows Alabama candidates love at Florida rally

  • While at a campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida, President Donald Trump took time to mention the state of Alabama, U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville and congressional candidate Jerry Carl. Carl also spoke during the event.
  • Trump said that Tuberville is a “great candidate” and made sure to mention that he’ll “be a fantastic senator.” Trump told Carl before he gave his own speech, “You have my total endorsement. Go get ‘em.”

6 days ago

VIDEO: Democrats believe racism is on the ballot, Biden’s problems grow at the worst time, John Merrill addresses voting issues and more on Alabama Politics This Week

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Alabama Democratic Executive Committee member Lisa Handback take you through Alabama’s biggest political stories, including:

— Why are some Alabama Democrats saying “racism is on the ballot” this year, and does that help or hurt them electorally?

— Have the issues former Vice President Joe Biden is currently having with his son changed the trajectory of the campaign?

— Does complaining about an opponent not debating actually win over any voters less than two weeks from an election?

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Jackson and Handback are joined by Secretary of State John Merrill to discuss the latest Supreme Court ruling about voting in Alabama and the absentee voting currently taking place.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” at those who think judges should be deciding the rules for voting and not the legislators who were elected to do just that.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

1 week ago

7 Things: Final debate and Biden’s dealings, Jones gets support from the ‘Big Guy,’ Alabama ready for unrest after the election and more …

(YHN)

7. Facebook and Twitter called to testify

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to call Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify before the committee regarding accusations of censorship.
  • Of course, this is directly related to both platforms’ actions in attempting to hide the Hunter Biden story. As the story has unfolded, both Hunter and Joe Biden continue to look more involved in corruption, and Facebook and Twitter continue to freeze the story.

6. First FDA approved treatment

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  • The United States Food and Drug Administration has announced the first fully approved treatment for the coronavirus is remdesivir, which was produced by Gilead Science. This decision will allow the usage to expand.
  • Remdesivir was discovered and tested at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is for patients that have been hospitalized. President Donald Trump was treated with the drug during his hospital stay after testing positive for the coronavirus.

5 Democrats don’t actually want to do anything

  • As coronavirus stimulus package talks have failed, again, proving that there won’t be any relief delivered before the general election on November 3, U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) voted against all stimulus.
  • U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) said that they “could have done better,” but ultimately, “the Democrats don’t want anything.” Shelby even indicated that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is likely “looking down the road, maybe, until after the election.”

4. Jerry Carl to appear at a Trump rally

  • Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl will speak at President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Pensacola today. Carl, a candidate for Alabama First Congressional District, has been endorsed by Trump.
  • Carl plans to talk about “economic development” during his allotted time. Carl said, “The last four years, the job market has gotten so good and, around the whole state, we got below 3% (unemployment) before Covid hit.” He’s also crediting Trump with this improvement.

3. Alabama is prepping for civil unrest

  • In anticipation of riots and civil unrest after the November 3 general election, people across Alabama have been stocking up on ammunition, and the concerns have just been reinforced by the general unrest the country has seen in recent months.
  • At The Gun Shop in Gadsden, employees said that ammunition for a 9mm is becoming harder to get, which drives the price up to three times what it normally is in some areas. The owner of Stone Arms Inc., Jeff Stone, has said that sales usually increase during an election year, but this year is “[n]ot even comparable” with previous election years.

2. Doug Jones must be trying to lose

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden was featured in a new campaign email sent out by U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL), where Biden calls Jones an “old friend,” adding he needs “Doug’s help in the Senate.”
  • The email from Biden continues on to say, “I always say this election is a battle for the soul of our country. In a few places are those stakes as clear as in Alabama.” Biden also emphasizes Jones’ record in the Senate. It states, “Every time we needed him to stand up for us, Doug Jones was there.”

1. Final presidential debate

  • Last night, the final presidential debate was held in Nashville, Tennessee, and it was a much more substantive debate because the candidates allowed it to be. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden spent the evening declaring he never wanted to ban fracking (he did), he would end the oil and gas industry, and that no one lost their health insurance under Obamacare (they did). President Donald Trump’s sale’s pitch consisted of praising the economy he built and wants to rebuild, hammering Biden as a do-nothing politician and forcing Hunter Biden’s laptop into the conversation.
  • Moderator Kristen Welker refused to bring up Hunter Biden’s laptop and even asked if it was real, even as President Trump pushed the story. The former vice president declared the whole thing as Russian misinformation in spite of the fact that Hunter Biden’s former business partner held a press conference prior to the debate accusing Joe Biden of being involved in selling access, released text messages affirming that and is prepared to head to Washington, D.C. for hearings.

1 week ago

Alabama Democrats are shambling towards a bloodbath, and they will learn nothing… again

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Let me jump forward about two weeks for you: U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) loses his Senate seat to former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville by 10+ points, incumbent Republican Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh beats Democrat Laura Casey for Public Service Commission president and every Republican running a Congressional race blows out their opponent, as U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham) does not have a general election opponent.

We will then be told that some random Democratic mayor is the next major threat to a statewide Republican sweep in 2022.

This, of course, is not true.

The same was said for Ron Sparks (rural voters totally coming out), Parker Griffith (moderate enough to be a Democrat, then a Republican, then an independent, and then a Democrat again) and Walt Maddox (a “cool” young mayor), and we all know what happened with them.

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Democrats in Alabama had no business winning the Senate seat that Jones will lose in less than two weeks and their behavior, which mirrors national Democrats, only marginalizes them further.

Look at Macon County Democrats: They are placing signs telling voters that “Racism is on the ballot.” It’s not, and this divisive messaging doesn’t stay in Macon County anymore.

All over the state, voters were told that Alabama Democrats can’t stop calling everyone “racist.”

This isn’t 1965 or even 1995. This kind of inflammatory nonsense gets spread to suburbs and rural areas via the internet.

Non-racists don’t like this.

Witness the completely asinine push for a debate by Senator Jones with Tommy Tuberville. This does nothing but scream, “I am going to lose.” We are 12 days out, and all we are getting from Jones is that Tuberville was a bad coach (he wasn’t), swindled people (it appears that is untrue) or that he’s a “coward” for not debating.

Now email me at dale@yellowhammernews.com, and tell me a single candidate that lost a race because he refused to debate. I’ll wait.

Oh, and a Joe Biden endorsement? That’ll really help in Alabama. Was Hunter not available?

You know what Jones, the state’s highest-profile Democrat, can’t do? Explain how he is in touch with the politics and culture of Alabama.

His campaign is one long explanation about how the way he feels is different than what we have all seen with our own eyes.

On guns, he believes Alabamians are ready for gun control. Alabamians aren’t.

On abortion, he has said he is pro-choice until birth, but now he isn’t — and the media is going right along. Alabamians aren’t.

One of two things has to happen for Democrats to be more than a party of Birmingham, the Black Belt and a shrinking media-PR arm that can’t move the needle outside of their congratulatory tweets to each other:

  1. The state has to change.
  2. They have to convince people they are something they are not.

I don’t think the state is going to become a liberal hotspot anytime soon, so it might be time to just start attempting to change people’s minds by being honest about what you want as Alabama Democrats.

Run people that will tell you what they actually believe and not require an untrusted media to repackage your positions.

Yes, Democrats in other states will send you money, but they can’t vote for you.

Go all in. Stop trying to be Republican-lite. No one believes you and November 3’s election results in Alabama will make that point again.

Learn nothing.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

1 week ago

7 Things: A foreign nation has interfered to help Biden, Alabama Democrats claim racism (again), Ainsworth tests positive for coronavirus and more …

(YHN)

7. Mitt Romney voted against Trump

  • U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) has already voted in the 2020 general election, but he’s revealed that he “did not vote for President Trump.” Romney didn’t share who he voted for.
  • He’s previously said that in 2016, he wrote in his wife Ann Romney instead of voting for Trump. Romney voted to impeach Trump in February 2020.

6. Birmingham is refinancing

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  • A statement released by the City of Birmingham shows that they’re currently $179 million in debt, but refinancing so that they can lower their interest and save about $44 million, which has become an important part of Mayor Randall Woodfin’s proposed budget for 2021.
  • Woodfin said that when he initially took office, “the city was not on sound financial footing,” but with this decision, they “have dramatically increased our payment to the pension” that wasn’t being paid on previously. He went on to say that they “have reduced the cost of borrowing money and have strengthened our financial position.”

5. Alabama voting laws restored

  • In a sign of things to come after Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States, District Judge Abdul K. Kallon’s flippant decision to allow curbside voting is the latest voting-related ruling the Supreme Court has overturned. The vote was 5-3.
  • Secretary of State John Merrill responded by reminded people who make laws in America, saying, “During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked diligently with local election officials in all 67 counties to offer safe and secure voting methods — including through the in-person and mail-in processes. I am glad the Supreme Court has recognized our actions to expand absentee voting, while also maintaining the safeguards put into place by the state Legislature.”

4. More Biden corruption — media doesn’t care

  • The American media is disinterested, but more Hunter Biden/Joe Biden revelations have surfaced. Delaware Attorney General has forwarded child endangerment concerns to the FBI as former Vice President Joe Biden calls the information a “desperate smear campaign.”
  • The New York Times is trying to sell a “both sides do it” story about a bank account the Trump Organization had in China since 2013 that has been inactive since 2015. The media only stopped pushing that when they started pushing an unverified, debunked Giuliani scandal.

3. Ainsworth tests positive for COVID-19

  • Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth has announced he tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday afternoon but is asymptomatic currently. In his statement, Ainsworth said that he’s been taking the proper precautions, adding this shows “that even those of us who are the most cautious can be at risk.”
  • Ainsworth has quarantined and will remain quarantined “for the appropriate period and seek follow-up tests to ensure the virus has run its course before resuming public activities.”

2. “Racism is on the ballot”

  • The Macon County Democratic Party has been putting up signs across the area that say “Racism is on the ballot.” The sign portrays a Confederate flag next to a Trump 2020 flag.
  • The bottom of the signs being distributed say “Vote the straight Democratic ticket on Nov 3 and make a difference.” Macon County has regularly voted Democrat. It is known as one of the counties in Alabama that heavily supports U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL).

1. Election interference is happening and Trump isn’t benefiting

  • Last night, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe held a press conference to let Americans know that the Russians and the Iranians have interfered in the 2020 U.S. presidential election with Iran being behind the obviously faked “Proud Boys” emails that targeted registered Democrats with threats of harm.
  • Russian interference has not yet materialized in any quantitative way, but DNI Ratcliffe said both Iran and Russia have obtained voter data and may use it. He advised, “This data can be used by foreign actors to attempt to communicate false information to registered voters that they hope will cause confusion, sow chaos, and undermine your confidence in American democracy.”

1 week ago

7 Things: Pressure to investigate Hunter Biden grows, donations for voting are not ‘illegal, immoral or unethical,’ Shelby says stimulus deal unlikely and more …

(YHN)

7. First lady of Huntsville passes

  • Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle’s wife Eula Battle has passed away at 65-years-old after a long battle with cancer. Eula was a native of Huntsville and spent a large portion of her life teaching kindergarten.
  • Eula also founded the Free 2 Teach charity that provides school supplies to public school teachers in Madison County to keep them from having to pay for necessary supplies themselves. The family is asking that donations be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or Free 2 Teach in lieu of flowers.

6. Raising the minimum wage would cost Alabama big

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  • The proposed $15 per hour minimum wage by former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign would make a big impact on Alabama, but not in a positive way. Estimates done through economic analysis show Alabama could lose 53,227 jobs over six years.
  • The report by Employment Politics Institute shows that across the country, there would be 2 million jobs lost, with most of them being in “Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation and Accommodation and Food Services.”

5. Trump administration investing in Alabama

  • The Economic Development Administration will be granting the University of West Alabama $1.7 million to improve the Port of Epes Industrial Park in Sumter County, which is an inland port on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.
  • This federal grant will be matched with $540,000 in local funds. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross advised, “The Trump Administration is committed to helping communities in Alabama and across the nation grow through strategic investment.”

4. Vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett scheduled

  • U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has announced that next Monday, they will “be voting to confirm Justice-to-be” Amy Coney Barrett.
  • McConnell also said that he thinks confirming Barrett “will be another signature accomplishment in our effort to put on the courts, the federal courts, men and women who believe in a quaint notion that the job of a judge is to actually follow the law.”

3. Shelby isn’t sure a stimulus deal will happen

  • Constant negotiations over a new coronavirus relief or stimulus package seem to have gotten nowhere, and now with another deadline here, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) has expressed skepticism on a deal happening.
  • Shelby said that he and his staff have been working on the language of the bill, adding, “You never know what’s going to happen around here at the last minute … it’s getting to be toward the last minute and the clock keeps ticking away. I’m not optimistic about doing anything.”

2. Nothing wrong with church donation advertisement

  • An advertisement was published in the Choctaw Sun on October 14 that promoted early voting, saying those who did “your church will get $6.00 per person. We will verify if they have registered and checks will be dispersed after October 29th.” This is a new effort led by the Alabama New South Coalition.
  • Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has clarified that this is not “illegal, immoral or unethical,” but it’s still “not a best practice or something that should be encouraged.” If individuals themselves were being paid or if the ad was specifically advocating for a specific party or candidate, then this activity would be illegal.

1. Investigating Hunter

  • President Donald Trump is now requesting and insisting that U.S. Attorney General William Barr investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and his dealings with Burisma Holdings, the natural gas company in Ukraine. Trump made these statements on “Fox & Friends.”
  • Trump has also called on the FBI to investigate the Bidens, saying that they’re an “organized crime family.” This also continues Trump’s narrative that Joe Biden “should be in jail” as he is a “criminal.”

2 weeks ago

No, Doug Jones is not leading Tommy Tuberville

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We don’t have to do this. The media doesn’t have to do this. You don’t have to do this.

Tommy Tuberville is not Roy Moore.

However, U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) is still Doug Jones.

I have been over this multiple times: Doug Jones didn’t win in 2017. Roy Moore lost.

Black women didn’t push Doug Jones over the top. Republicans stayed home and let him win. 2020 is not 2017.

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Doug Jones will lose. My two-year-old could beat him.

The idea that Jones is leading Tuberville comes from one source — Doug Jones. It was then amplified by many sources.

These same sources pushing this clearly unrealistic situation refuse to cover the clear wrongdoing by former Vice President Joe Biden and his son. But, they ignore these stories for the same reason.

Tuberville responded with four polls of his own refuting Jones’ poll.

Tuberville is now fundraising off of the Jones poll, while the folks at Alabama Media Group tell you they don’t understand what is happening.

He’s trolling and fundraising.

Seriously, they are telling you they don’t get it. Believe them.

The media and their Democrats need to build a narrative of inevitability for Joe Biden winning the presidency.

Every year, Georgia is in play, but for real this time.

Every year, Texas is in play, but for real this time.

Now, even Alabama’s Senate seat is in play. Of course, it is not.

What exactly is the reason that an Alabama voter would go from voting for Donald Trump’s reelection to voting for Doug Jones’ reelection?

What issues do they share in common?

Taxes? No.

Abortion? No.

Healthcare? No.

Gun rights? No.

Supreme Court picks? No.

Hunter Biden’s laptop? Doubtful.

This is embarrassing and simple.

Trump vs. Biden in Alabama:

Poll Date Sample MoE Trump (R) Biden (D) Spread

Auburn Univ.

9/30 – 10/3

1072 RV

4.0

57

37

Trump +20

Morning Consult

7/24 – 8/2

609 LV

4.0

58

36

Trump +22

Tuberville vs. Jones in Alabama:

Poll Date Sample MoE Tuberville (R) Jones (D) Spread

Auburn Univ.

9/30 – 10/3

1072 RV

4.0

54

42

Tuberville +12

Morning Consult

9/11 – 9/20

658 LV

4.0

52

34

Tuberville +18

Doug Jones will lose. Period.

It will be a double-digit loss; if it is any closer, consider that a win for the Democrats. Then, we can all get ready for the media to tell you that Walt Maddox, Randall Woodfin or Steven Reed will be the next governor because the state is turning purple. For real this time. Honest.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Even Doug Jones doesn’t believe his own polling, Hunter Biden laptop story isn’t a Russian ploy, SCOTUS meddles in election law and more …

(YHN)

7. Pandemic may be causing DUIs to spike

  • In Alabama, there’s been an increase in DUI arrests throughout parts of the state, and in Morgan County, sheriff spokesman Mike Swafford said they’ve seen a 54% increase compared to last year.
  • Swafford added that they believe the pandemic plays a factor in this. They’ve also seen “more cases of domestic violence, people arguing with their neighbors” that they’re saying is due somewhat to the stress of the pandemic.

6. Debate rules change … again

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  • The mute button has worked its way into a presidential debate after all as the rules for Thursday’s debates are becoming clearer, and we will witness President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have their mics cut for two minutes each at the beginning of each round. However, this does still leave 11 minutes for the moderator and former VP to attack the president and keep him from asking Biden about what he knew about Hunter’s business dealings with America’s enemies.
  • For the second debate in a row, the moderator, Kristen Welker, appears to have a set of biases that have been ignored, including familial Democratic ties, previous behavior and her “deep Democrat ties.” Welker’s questions for the debate appear to omit foreign policy for what was originally scheduled as a foreign policy debate.

5. More jobs coming to Alabama

  • In Alabama, International Automotive Components (IAC) will be investing $55.9 million to expand two vehicle parts manufacturing facilities in Tuscaloosa and Calhoun Counties.
  • This expansion will create 182 new jobs. President of IAC Nick Skwait said, “Alabama was the logical choice due to its skilled workforce and proximity to the customer.”

4. ACB cannot be confirmed soon enough

  • With Chief Justice John Roberts casting the tying vote, the U.S. Supreme Court said election officials in Pennsylvania may accept absentee ballots received three days after the election. This move ignores the will of Pennsylvania legislators and changes how elections may be conducted in the future.
  • The path to confirming Supreme Court justice nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett has become clear. It could happen as soon as Sunday but Monday is more likely.

3. Even more information about Hunter Biden emerges

  • As the American media and Big Tech continue to offer nothing but dismissals and silence on the latest issues surrounding former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, new reporting shows the younger Biden did put his signature on paperwork from the Delaware computer repair shop.
  • Additional documents obtained by Fox News include FBI paperwork that details the bureau’s interactions with John Paul Mac Isaac, the owner of The Mac Shop who reported the laptop’s contents to authorities. Fox News reporting says that the emails were legitimate after speaking to one of the people who was copied on the email. Other sources confirmed that the  “the big guy” referenced in the emails is the former vice president.

2. DNI: Hunter Biden laptop story isn’t Russian disinformation

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden’s alleged involvement in his son’s dealings with Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings has been forced to the spotlight, but some, including U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), have attempted to disprove reports by alleging that it’s “Russian disinformation.”
  • Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has cleared this issue up, at least, and said that in no way is the story involving Hunter Biden’s laptop “part of some Russian disinformation campaign,” and even added that “some of the people who complain the most about intelligence being politicized are the ones politicizing the intelligence.”

1. Tuberville is actually up in the polls

  • Recently, internal polling data showed that U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) has a 1% advantage over former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama, but now, the Tuberville campaign has released their own data.
  • Internal polling from Tuberville shows that Jones is actually at 40%, while Tuberville leads with 55%. Another 4% are undecided or voting for another candidate. The data from Tuberville’s campaign was obtained through the Moore Information Group.

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Jones thinks he is winning, false positive coronavirus test for Saban, establishment rallies to Biden aid and more …

(YHN)

7. Alleged political vandalism in North Alabama

  • A Morgan County woman, Vicky Gibbons, has been sharing her story of how she allowed campaign signs for former Vice President Joe Biden to be put in her front yard, and shortly after they were put up, the signs and her car were vandalized. 
  • The Biden signs were spray-painted, and “Trump” was also reportedly painted on the hood of Gibbon’s car. She said, “It’s what I would expect from the kind of people Trump has attracted as additions to the Republican Party.”

6. Vote on coronavirus relief this week or not at all

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  • There will be a vote in the U.S. Senate this week on a “skinny” coronavirus relief bill of $500 billion, as announced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The funding will be for vaccine production, schools, the Paycheck Protection Program and unemployment benefits. The vote will be held on Wednesday. 
  • But Nancy Pelosi doesn’t seem to be sold on this and has set a deadline for Monday for anything to get done, saying that she and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin need to reach an agreement within 48 hours if they want to pass a coronavirus stimulus relief bill before the nation votes on November 3.

5. Social media continues to do itself no favors while helping Biden

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden has recently been criticized after the New York Post released a report on Hunter Biden and their dealings with Burisma Holdings in Ukraine. After Twitter and Facebook censored the story, there’s been renewed criticism of Biden as his ties to social media have been revealed with a relationship between Democrats and the companies. 
  • Former Facebook executive Jessica Hertz and former Twitter executive Carlos Monje have both been hired for the Biden transition team. Both of these hiring decisions were made just days after the campaign asked Facebook to censor President Donald Trump’s posts and days after Twitter censored the Hunter Biden story. 

4. Voting is apparently super-hard, so you need to register to vote today

  • To qualify to vote in the general election on November 3, you have to be registered by the end of the day on October 19 in Alabama. Voter registration is closed for the last 14 days leading up to the election, and you have to be 18 years or older to register. 
  • Meanwhile, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has said that there have been a record number of voters request absentee ballots with 1,000 absentee ballots cast, which surpasses the previous record of 89,000. It’s expected that by Election Day, 150,000 people will have voted absentee; overall, we’ll have a record 2.8 million voters participate in this election. 

3. Journalists against journalism

  • While Joe Biden and his son deal with issues with a laptop in Delaware, the American media is in full-blown defense mode with the New York Times covering the way the story was published at the New York Post instead of the stories that were uncovered.
  • Even with all the attacks on the story, the facts are pretty simple: Neither Hunter Biden nor Joe Biden claims the hard drive isn’t real or his. A business partner of the younger Biden confirmed it, and the repairman has gone on the record. But, the media’s decision that unverified sources don’t count is a new standard in the Trump era, and hilariously, the media is now pushing a completely unverified angle of the whole thing being Russian misinformation with no evidence of that being true.

2. Saban never had the coronavirus after all

  • University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday last week, and it was initially expected that he wouldn’t be able to coach the game against Georgia. However, through following Southeastern Conference (SEC) testing protocols, it was determined Saban had a false positive. 
  • On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Saban received three consecutive negative coronavirus tests after his initial positive. By protocol standards, it was determined that his initial test was a false positive, and he was able to coach on the sidelines for Saturday’s game. 

1. Jones cites one poll to claim the race is tight

  • In a series of emails sent to his supporters and then echoed in the media, U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) claims polling shows that he has either pulled into a statistical tie, is within the margin of error or is leading former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville in the race for U.S. Senate in Alabama. 
  • The poll being cited has him with a 48-47 lead over Tuberville and represents the only poll showing him with a lead or within 10 points at fivethirtyeight.com.

2 weeks ago

VIDEO: 2020 is starting to look like 2016 all over again, Sessions endorses Tuberville, election laws matter and more on Alabama Politics This Week

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Alabama Democratic Executive Committee member Lisa Handback take you through Alabama’s biggest political stories, including:

— Why is 2020’s presidential election replaying some of the key moments from 2016 and will President Donald Trump benefit from it?

— Has Big Tech finally gone too far by censoring and stopping the spread of the latest series of bombshells about former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter?

— Did anybody expect to see an endorsement from former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for Republican U.S. Senate nominee Tommy Tuberville?

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Jackson and Handback are joined by executive director of United Women of Color Angela Curry to discuss voting issues in Alabama and the 2020 election.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” at journalists who seem to have a problem with journalism when they don’t like the outcome of the story.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

2 weeks ago

Fmr U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama Jay Town: Hunter Biden story goes away if Joe Biden wins

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With less than three weeks before the presidential election, the question of the political elites using their political power for personal gain has reentered the fray.

A billionaire who became president is once again taking on public servants who became millionaires and Joe Biden’s son Hunter has admitted to using his father’s name to access privileges that he was not qualified for.

The question has always been: Did former Vice President Joe Biden know?

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Biden angrily claims the answer to that is no. His son is just a misunderstood 50-year-old kid.

The New York Post has printed multiple stories and photos in recent days that purport to show Hunter Biden was doing more than was known and was involving his father and mother-in-law in the matters as well.

The American media seems uninterested in this story. They don’t even want to discredit it, and the Biden camp doesn’t even dispute it.

Big Tech has decided they will either block the story or limit its spread through their platforms because of the “hacked” information that was never hacked in any way.

We all obviously know what this really is: it’s a story that hurts the Democratic presidential candidate for; the media and Big Tech want Joe Biden to win.

For that reason, Joe Biden must lose, according to former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama Jay Town.

Town appeared Friday on WVNN’s “The Dale Jackson Show” and expressed his dismay that the media is covering up this story. He also said that if Trump loses, we may never get to the bottom of the tale.

Many were concerned that Biden appeared at a town hall with former Clinton spokesperson turned straight-news journalist George Stephanopoulos, and the issue was not even mentioned in passing.

Town noted, “[T]his is real news, this is the New York Post.”

He added that ABC didn’t even have to talk about the actual story because they could have asked about Twitter and Facebook’s use of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and whether it still applied.

Town emphasized that the NY Post is “the fourth-largest distribution in the country for a newspaper” and ABC didn’t touch it.

“[I]t really is astounding, and to think that there is no coordination here would be naive,” he lamented.

Most acknowledge the liberal media bias. The media and their Democrats are working together in the open, and have been for years, but what Town found more alarming is that with the American media taking a pass on this story, the only hope for an investigation is the government to look into this. He said if Trump loses, that won’t happen.

Asked if this goes away if Trump loses, Town asserted, “Oh yeah, for sure.”

“I think the American people deserve to know whether the vice president was giving access to his office through his son and through the rest of his family in sort of a straw man capacity in 2014 and later on throughout the last two years of the Obama administration,” he added.

My takeaway:

Town clearly knows that if Biden were to become President of the United States, the Department of Justice will not pursue this case. We all know that the DOJ was politicized under the Obama/Biden regime, and we have seen that bleed into the transition with the Trump administration, so why would we expect any different if Joe Biden were to win on November 3?

Listen:

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Vaccine coming to Alabama soon, Sessions comes out for Tuberville, dueling town halls and more …

(YHN)

7. Saban is still doing well

  • University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban will be “evaluated daily” and will continue to self-isolate as he has tested positive for the coronavirus; currently, he’s coaching virtually.
  • Saban is still asymptomatic, and the team is currently preparing to play the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday.

6. Social media protecting Biden proves allegations are false?

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  • Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign has come out with a weak defense against the allegation that he met with an executive member of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company, which his son Hunter worked for.
  • Twitter and Facebook have both shut down the distribution of this story, and now the Biden campaign is saying that they’re “glad” the social media sites have done this, adding that it “makes clear that these purported allegations are false.”

5. The media and their Democrats strike again

  • Political editor for C-SPAN Steve Scully has been suspended indefinitely after he finally admitted that he lied about his Twitter being hacked when he tweeted, “@Scaramucci should I respond to Trump.”
  • In a statement to CNN, Scully said he “was subjected to relentless criticism on social media and in conservative news outlets” as he was meant to be the moderator for the second presidential debate. He claims that he sent the tweet to Anthony Scaramucci “out of frustration” after President Donald Trump “falsely” attacked him.

4. Special session possible

  • Governor Kay Ivey has announced that the legislature could be called into a special session soon, mostly to deal with how to protect businesses from coronavirus related lawsuits and bringing business to Alabama.
  • Ivey said that for the state “to get back on track … it is imperative that our businesses are able to operate safely and efficiently to serve the needs of their communities on a permanent basis,” which makes liability protection for businesses even more important.

3. Trump and Biden town halls

  • Thursday night, former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump held separate town hall events instead of attending the second presidential debate, and to no one’s surprise, Biden received softballs while Trump sparred with the moderator.
  • NBC moderator Savanah Guthrie did not allow an audience question until the town hall was 20 minutes in. She was aggressive and combative with questions about white supremacy, transition, QAnon and his debt load. ABC moderators couldn’t get an answer from Biden on court-packing and refused to ask him about the New York Post reports about his son’s trading on the Biden name and setting up meetings with foreigners while Biden was VP.

2. Sessions endorses Tuberville

  • Former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has come out in support of former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville against U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL), saying that he supports Tuberville “100%.”
  • Sessions said in the video of his endorsement released on Twitter that “Alabama must send” Tuberville “to represent us in the Senate.” He added, “We cannot allow a Chuck Schumer acolyte – Doug Jones – to represent Alabama in the Senate.”

1. First coronavirus vaccines coming to Alabama this year

  • In a media briefing, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris spoke about what Alabama can expect in terms of a coronavirus vaccine and said that the first doses of the vaccine should be distributed “by the end of the year.”
  • States are allowed to distribute the vaccine how they see fit, and Harris said that Alabama’s detailed plan on how to distribute the vaccine has been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Harris also mentioned that there’s no “question the vaccine will be a scarce resource” when first available.

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Big Tech meddles in the election, Nick Saban tests positive for COVID-19, dueling Trump/Biden town halls and more …

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7. Florence is trying to remove their Confederate monument

  • The Confederate monument outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse may be removed, as the Florence City Council has just voted to seek permission from the State for the statue’s removal. The council is also requesting that the county commission move to relocate the monument.
  • The city council is wanting to move the monument to the Florence City Cemetery. The Huntsville City Council and Madison County Commission are dealing with a version of this same situation for the Confederate monument outside the Madison County Courthouse.

6. Alabama is a great place to live

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  • Every year, U.S. News releases a list of the “Best Places to Live” in the United States, and for the 2020-2021 list, several Alabama cities were ranked. To qualify for the list, U.S. News said cities have “to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life.”
  • Huntsville was ranked highest of all Alabama cities at 15th, and the next on the list from the state was Birmingham at 109th, followed by Montgomery at 123rd and Mobile at 135th. The four largest cities in the state all made the list.

5. Birmingham will host March Madness

  • In 2023, Birmingham will be hosting the first two rounds of March Madness, the NCAA Tournament for Division 1 men’s basketball. This will take place at the BJCC. In 2025, the BJCC will also host the Division 1 women’s basketball southern regional.
  • Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said that this decision “is a perfect example of cooperation between public and private partners to elevate Birmingham’s position as a great place to host world class events like March Madness.” The BJCC is currently undergoing renovations and will reopen in 2022.

4. Relief is unlikely before the election

  • It’s unlikely that a coronavirus stimulus or relief package could be approved before November 3, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Mnuchin said that getting something done “before the election and executing on that would be difficult.”
  • Mnuchin has been in talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) over relief packages, but there are still key disagreements, particularly on the issue of a national coronavirus testing strategy. President Donald Trump and economic adviser Larry Kudlow have voiced support for a bill that would be even larger than the initially proposed $3.4 trillion.

3. Trump and Biden are both holding town halls Thursday night

  • President Donald Trump has produced the results of a coronavirus test to show that he no longer has the virus and will be holding a town hall event on NBC News on Thursday night. Former Vice President Joe Biden will also hold a town hall event on ABC News at the same time.
  • Savannah Guthrie will moderate Trump’s town hall. These events are taking place instead of the second presidential debate, which was canceled after campaigns continued to go back and forth over the format once the debate was going to be held virtually. The third debate, if it happens, will be on October 22.

2. Nick Saban tests positive for coronavirus

  • University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has tested positive for the coronavirus, as announced by the University of Alabama Athletics Department. Director of Athletics Greg Byrne has also tested positive.
  • Saban reported that he’s asymptomatic and said that as soon as he knew his results he “left work and isolated at home.” Ole Miss, who Alabama played on Saturday, has reported “an issue” with positive tests recently.

1. Hunter Biden’s emails are unveiled; Big Tech then hides story

  • The New York Post has now published two stories about how the former Vice President Joe Biden had reportedly misled the American people about meetings arranged by his son with individuals associated with foreign entities, such as the controversial Ukrainian energy company Burisma and Chinese entities. But social media companies don’t want you to see it.
  • Even though the Biden campaign itself questionably disputed the report based on his official schedule, tech giants Facebook and Twitter have chosen to “slow down the spread of the story” and forbid the House Judiciary GOP from sharing the story, even though there has been no discrediting of the story. Wednesday night, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said, “Our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great. And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we’re blocking: unacceptable.” However, the link is still blocked.

2 weeks ago

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7. Sure, let’s impeach Barr now

  • The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law is joined by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington in calling for U.S. Attorney General William Barr to be impeached and asking that the U.S. House of Representatives start proceedings.
  • The two groups are accusing Barr of using his position to benefit and support President Donald Trump politically, as well as saying that Barr has an “authoritarian worldview.” They argue that makes Barr “see himself as entitled to ignore laws, ethics, and historical practices.”

6. Joe Biden may not have been honest about Hunter Biden

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  • In news that shocks absolutely no one, it appears that Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden may not have been completely honest when discussing the business ties between himself, his son and Vadym Pozharskyi, an advisor to the board of embattled Ukraniain energy firm Burisma.
  • The elder Biden has repeatedly denied any knowledge of his son’s international business deals, even though they clearly traded on VP Biden’s name. Still, the emails discovered recently tell a different story as Pozharskyi writes, “Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to D.C. and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure.” An earlier email asks for advice on how Hunter Biden could use his influence on Burisma’s behalf.

5. Barrett was asked absurd questions by desperate Democrats

  • During the second day of confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, Democratic U.S. Senators took what they thought would be their best shot at the nominee with a series of questions that were at best campaign speeches and at worst were attempts to go viral.
  • U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) asked if Barrett had “ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors, or committed any physical or verbal harassment or assault of a sexual nature.” U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) questioned if Barrett would “condemn white supremacy.” U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) sought to get the nominee to recuse herself from election disputes.

4. al.com has a reporter rewrite a New York Times “bombshell”

  • Much like they did in 2017, Alabama’s most dominant media outlet is relegated to repeater status as they repackage attacks from national media entities. This week, the New York Times released a story on how former Auburn football coach and U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville founded a charity to benefit veterans. The story goes on to report that tax returns from 2015 and 2016 show only about one-third of the funds went to veterans’ causes.
  • The Tuberville campaign has detailed that in 2018, half of the spending from the foundation was for charitable purposes, and the campaign has said that criticism of the spending is an unfair attack on how Tuberville is trying to help veterans.

3. Jones knows he is done and is looking for next job

  • If former Vice president Joe Biden wins the general election, it’s being reported by Politico Playbook that U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) is at the top of the list to be considered for the U.S. Attorney General position.
  • While the list of possible appointments for the Biden administration aren’t formal yet, they are working toward becoming that. Not long after Biden announced his presidential bid, he was endorsed by Jones, and Jones has continued to be a supporter of Biden’s campaign.

2. A win for election integrity

  • For the general election, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has blocked a ruling from Judge Abdul Kallon in the Northern District of Alabama that would remove I.D. requirements for some absentee voters and witness or notary signatures for others.
  • The ruling does allow counties to still provide curbside voting, which Attorney General Steve Marshall says he will challenge, but they aren’t required to provide such service. Secretary of State John Merrill said this recent decision “is a win for the people of Alabama!” He added, “The stay that has been granted maintains the integrity and security of our elections in our state – thus providing that our current election laws are not an obstacle to voters in Alabama.”

1. Pandemic could be over way sooner than thought

  • Operation Warp Speed has already been a massive success. In the original story of the pandemic, 2.2 million Americans were supposed to be dead by mid-October, but the total is actually 1/10th of that as Americans agreed to shut down the economy, wear masks and socially distance, which leads all sane people to realize this has actually been a success.
  • New York Times science and health reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr. wrote, “Events have moved faster than I thought possible. I have become cautiously optimistic. Experts are saying, with genuine confidence, that the pandemic in the United States will be over far sooner than they expected, possibly by the middle of next year.”

3 weeks ago

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7. Alabama small businesses would apply for more loans

  • A new survey through the National Federation of Independent Business shows that in Alabama, only 27% of small businesses saw an employee need time off for the coronavirus and 50% would apply for another loan to help them financially through the pandemic, such as through the Paycheck Protection Program.
  • According to the survey, 80% of small businesses have seen complications with shipping delays or shortages. Also, 75% of businesses reported already having received a PPP loan earlier in the pandemic.

6. Mercedes expanding in Alabama

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  • Mercedes-Benz will be expanding its operations in Alabama by adding a 500,000 square foot facility and creating 373 new jobs as they work to manufacture more electric vehicles.
  • The facility will mostly assist in building Mercedes electric vehicle manufacturing capacity and will be located in Tuscaloosa County. The facility will be a $53.6 million investment.

5. Cost of Hurricane Sally around $86 million

  • Estimates have been released for the damage caused by Hurricane Sally to roads, bridges, utilities and other tax-payer funded property, and the total comes in right around $86 million, but FEMA will be helping fund repairs.
  • FEMA is expected to pay local governments $64 million for repairs, which is through the Public Assistance program to allow a minimum of 75% of costs to local governments to be covered by FEMA.

4. Census response at almost 100%

  • Across the state, Governor Kay Ivey and other officials have been working on getting Alabama’s response to the 2020 U.S. Census up to prevent the state from being undercounted, and those efforts have been working.
  • According to the most recent data, the state is up to a response rate of 99.9%. The data shows 63.4% of households responded on their own, while 36.5% were counted by Census workers. Alabama had been last in the nation for Census response.

3. New documents show the media’s role in the Russian collusion hoax

  • A newly declassified 94-page FBI spreadsheet shows that the FBI used media reporting that its assets were sources on to back up its claims about Carter Page, Paul Manafort and others. Inspector General Michael Horowitz noted that the discredited dossier’s author Christopher Steele gave bad intel to a Yahoo news reporter. The FBI then cited that article as supporting evidence.
  • Although CBS News’ Catherine Herridge broke the story, not a single outlet (including her own) in the mainstream media has covered this angle of the story that shows there was a relationship between unfounded media speculation fed by leaks from the Department of Justice and the investigators who kept the probe going. The FBI used the media to plant evidence against its enemies.

2. Don’t bet on Jones

  • Placing bets on elections isn’t legal in the United States, but there’s a gambling site called US-Bookies based in Denmark that shows the odds in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama between former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville and U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL).
  • For Tuberville, they put his odds at 1/8 to be elected, but Jones is only at 9/2 to be reelected. Jones is showing the worst odds of any incumbent senator.

1. Democrats on the attack at Supreme Court hearings

  • During the first day of Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the Supreme Court justice nominee spoke about her philosophy and some of her views on the way the Supreme Court should work. She said, “I believe Americans of all backgrounds deserve an independent Supreme Court that interprets our Constitution and laws as they are written. And I believe I can serve my country by playing that role.”
  • Democrats looked to score political points ahead of the election, and they came out swinging focusing their potential swing vote on the court for the striking down of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and her future impact on abortion law. However, a lot of the talk was about their convenient opinion on how this appointment shouldn’t be taking place in an election year.

3 weeks ago

A Republican Senate will protect Alabama’s workers

(Doug Jones for Senate, Dale Jackson/Facebook, Tommy Tuberville/Youtube, YHN)

The battle between U.S. Senator Doug Jones and former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville might be the nation’s most important Senate race.

Alabama, like many parts of America, is getting back to work. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.6% in August, down from a peak of 13.8% in April. That’s a huge relief. Unfortunately, another threat to workers is brewing. If polls are correct, Democrats could take control of the Senate.

Even if Donald Trump remains president, a Democratic Senate would still attempt to follow the agenda put forth by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. That agenda would make drastic changes to our country’s immigration policies and, believe it or not, that would bring big changes that could lead to an influx of illegal immigrants and disadvantage Alabama’s workers when people want to return to work.

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Alabamians can prevent this catastrophe by keeping the Senate in Republican hands and doing their part to take out the Senate’s most vulnerable Democrat, Sen. Doug Jones.

A Biden/Harris/Jones agenda would make it easier for illegal immigrants to enter the country by defunding the wall. Jones wants this, too.

Once inside, illegal immigrants would easily be able to stay. Biden plans to “immediately” provide a path to citizenship to the nearly 11 million illegal aliens already here. And he bizarrely wants to freeze deportations for the first 100 days of his presidency.

This would lead to an influx of illegal immigrants and pit them against Alabama’s low-skilled workers, putting Alabamans at a huge disadvantage. One study found illegal immigrants work for wages that are 42% less than U.S.-born workers and legal immigrants’ wages.

This is especially concerning seeing how hard Alabama businesses have been hit. Nearly half of our state’s small businesses have reported that they are “not comfortable” with their cash flow, meaning that they’re not sure if they’ll be able to afford rent or payroll.

That aforementioned wage gap makes it enticing for unscrupulous, and hurting, businesses to hire illegal aliens instead of Americans.

Alabama’s workers need jobs. But if Biden’s proposed policies become reality, workers will face stiff competition from a wave of illegal immigrants who are willing to take jobs at below-market rates. A Democrat Senate makes this a real possibility.

Tommy Tuberville has expressed his strong support for securing our borders and his support for President Trump’s wall and border efforts have been a constant in his campaign.

Doug Jones and his fellow Democrats are hellbent on keeping the border porous with no real plan to fix it. The fact is, Alabama’s junior Senator actually introduced a bill to prevent $3.8 billion from being used to pay for construction for the border wall.

While we often hear that “Alabama is a red state and it doesn’t matter what we do in 2020,” the U.S. Senate race could possibly be the difference between a U.S. Senate maintained by Republicans or controlled by Chuck Schumer.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

3 weeks ago

Mo Brooks wants China out of Alabama universities after K-12 gives them the boot

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China is in the news a lot these days.

The Chinese coronavirus is probably the biggest issue in the 2020 presidential election.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son Hunter was a massive beneficiary of Chinese and Russian money during his father’s tenure as vice president.

The influence of foreign actors in American life is something all Americans should be on guard about. This concern is not just in Washington, D.C. and on the campaign trail. China has worked tirelessly to integrate itself into American and Alabama life.

One of the ways this is done is with the innocuously named “Confucius Institutes” on college campuses and “Confucius Classrooms” in public schools.

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Recently, in response to calls for change from U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and State Representative Tommy Hanes (R-Bryant), Alabama Schools Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey has ordered K-12 schools to wrap up their relationships with these entities.

Mackey noted, “[B]ased on the information provided by the U.S. Departments of State and Education, I would encourage you to end any such Confucius Classroom experiences as soon as practicable, with a goal to end them at the conclusion of this semester. “

During a Monday appearance on WVNN’s “The Dale Jackson Show,” U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) pointed out that the two Alabama universities with Confucius Institutes have been silent on the matter.

“I have had nothing, no communication from Troy or Alabama A&M that suggests to me that they’re willing to take these Confucius Institutes seriously,” he advised.

The congressman, who has sent letters to Troy University and Alabama A&M noted the silence is something he finds troubling with Troy’s proximity to Fort Rucker and Alabama A&M’s relationship with the defense industry in Huntsville. Brooks said other lawmakers have raised the issue as well, and he sees his task “to help them understand the dangers associated with those entities.”

Brooks did not stop there on China, though. He also noted that there is concern if 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is elected president because of the “Biden Family Syndicate and the millions of dollars that they have been paid by a number of different countries and in particular the Communist Chinese party.”

He added, “[T]he communist China’s lying about the dangers of COVID-19 that caused the very quick and widespread of COVID-19 with the hundreds of thousands of deaths related to COVID-19.”

Brooks wants Alabama’s colleges and universities to understand what all Americans should know at this point, and that is the behavior of the Communist Chinese Party over the last many years is “not the conduct of a friend.”

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Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.