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  • Sen Richard Shelby Supports Bipartisan Reform Bill for our Veterans

    From a Senator Richard Shelby news release:

    U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement in support of passage of S. 2372, the VA Mission Act of 2018. The bill, which passed in the House of Representatives last week and the Senate today by a vote of 92-5, will now head to the President’s desk for his signature.

    “I am honored to support this milestone legislation that prioritizes brave veterans in Alabama and across the nation,” said Senator Shelby. “This bicameral, bipartisan bill provides veterans with necessary access to efficient, timely, and quality health care services. As Members of Congress, it is our job to ensure the proper care of those who have risked their lives to protect our freedoms.”

    The legislation – which puts the needs of veterans first by giving them the option of seeking care when and where it makes the most sense for their needs – combines provisions from fifteen different Senate-introduced bills, building upon the success of the Veterans Choice Act.

    The bill was named after U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), the late Senator Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), and U.S. Representative Sam Johnson (R-Texas) to recognize them for their impact and service.

  • VIDEO: John McMillan for Treasurer Unveils TV Ads

    From a John McMillan for Treasurer news release:

    John McMillan is hitting the airwaves in all of the major media markets across the state. With two television ads and a radio spot, McMillan is taking his message of continuing his record of bringing experience and integrity to the halls of state government.

    “We are very excited to announce the release of our new commercials,” says McMillan. “I have had the privilege of serving as Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries and I look forward to taking my experience of bringing a common-sense approach to government to the Treasurer’s office.”

  • Sylacauga pastor apologizes for comments seen to mock #MeToo movement

    Excerpt from AL.com:

    A Sylacauga pastor has apologized for a social media post Tuesday that appeared to mock several pastors who have publicly supported the #MeToo movement within evangelical churches.

    Rick Patrick, senior pastor at First Baptist Sylacauga and publisher of SBC Today, released a statement saying his comments were a “poor attempt at satire.”

    Patrick’s comments came in a closed Facebook group Tuesday and seemed inspired by the controversy involving Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson, who was removed from his job as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    In a comment, which accompanied the picture of a donkey, Patrick wrote:

    “This all reminds me of the time I saw a donkey being gang raped by Wade Burleson, Ben Cole, Russell Moore, Ed Stetzer, and Jonathan Merritt. As the only person who witnessed the act, I knew I should have reported it at the time, but I was afraid. That poor animal! No donkey should have to suffer like that. Sadly, it’s too late for Hee Haw. But after all these years, I cannot keep quiet any longer.”

17 hours ago

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers says he has seen no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, calls it a distraction

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As the calls to investigate the investigators continue to grow, America has clearly started to tire of non-stop news coverage and the politicking off of the narrative of the narrative that the Russians and Trump campaign colluded to steal the election from Hillary Clinton. Congressman Mike Rogers was asked on WVNN this morning if he has seen ANYTHING that leads him to believe actual collusion took place:

“None, and this town leaks like a sieve. If there was anything it would have been leaked months ago. They have nothing. All they can do is keep this cloud out there in the fake news media that there’s some corruption going on between the Trump Administration and the Russian government and there is no evidence of that. This is all about trying to keep people distracted from all the good things the Trump administration has been doing.”

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Why this matters: Rogers is hardly the first Alabama politician to make this statement. Congressman Mo Brooks called for the probe to end soon. As this drags on, Americans have soured on House Democrats, giving Republicans an edge for the first time. The investigation has gone from collusion, to Internet ads, to financial crimes committed by people years before the campaign, to a porn star’s payment, to a former attorney trying to sell access, and all along NOTHING proving collusion has been brought forward while plenty of information continues to come out.

Like Rogers, America is over this.

Listen to the interview here:

23 hours ago

7 Things: Alabama sues over illegals, Trump thinks N. Korean summit may not happen, Ainsworth has strong words for Gov. Ivey, and more

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1. Alabama’s Attorney General and Congressman Mo Brooks sue the federal government to stop the counting of illegals in the next census

— Democrats demand illegals continue to come into the country; they continue to want them counted for federal dollars and representation allocation.

— AG Marshall and Brooks believe that Alabama will lose a Congressional seat of the allocation if they are counted this way. They argue that statutes “require a census enumeration of the total of legally present resident population” instead of all people present.

2. President Trump says the summit with Kim Jung-un might not happen

— The summit is scheduled for next month but tensions between the South Koreans and North Koreans have bubbled up recently.

— Trump said there is a “substantial chance” the summit does not go down as scheduled; North Korean negotiators did not show for a planning trip two weeks ago.

3. State Representative and candidate for Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth says Gov. Kay Ivey will have “blood on her hands

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— Ainsworth has called on Gov. Ivey to call a special session now that her special committee on school safety has been completed.

— Speaking on the radio Tuesday morning Ainsworth said, “I want to be real clear on this, if the Legislature and specifically Governor Kay Ivey does not do anything before school starts back in the fall and there ends up being an incident or accident, the blood is on her hands.”

4. Vicious murderer could be paroled today, but Governor and Attorney General oppose

— Judith Ann Neelley and her husband chained 13-year-old Lisa Ann Millican to a bed, raped, beat her, injected drain cleaner into her, shot the girl in the back and tossed her body over a ledge, but Gov. Fob James commuted her death sentence, setting her up for a parole hearing today.

—Alabama’s Governor and AG have both have spoken out against the option of paroling Neelley; Marshall said she, “is not someone who needs to be out.”

5. Blue wave continues to wane, could be breaking at just the right time

— For the first time since the Reuters poll was taken, Republicans are leading Democrats when asked, “Thinking about the elections in 2018, if the election for U.S. Congress were held today, would you vote for the Democratic candidate or the Republican candidate in your district where you live?”

— 67 percent of Americans also view the job market for a quality job as “good”, which is the highest percentage since 2001.

6. Alabama school can’t punish kids for chanting racial slurs, but the NAACP wants them to

— Five white males are seen in a 32-second video chanting and spelling the n-word, and saying “To hell with the NAACP.”

— The Phenix City Schools superintendent says there is no connection to local area schools so there is nothing they can do.

7. School shooter’s father declares, “My son, to me, is not a criminal, he’s a victim

— Antonios Pagourtzis believes his son was the victim of bullying, saying “Something must have happened now, this last week.”

— He also appeared to put some of the blame on himself saying, “The kid didn’t own guns, I owned guns.” There are plenty of people who want to hold him accountable.

2 days ago

State Rep. Ainsworth on Gov. Ivey: ‘The blood is on her hands’ if we have Alabama school gun incident

(Will Ainsworth for Lt. Governor)

Gov. Kay Ivey convened a committee to study school security in the wake of the massacre at Marjory Douglas High School and the committee found that we need more school resource officers and buildings that are harder to get into.

These no-brainer solutions require funding and planning, two things no government is good at. Bottom line: there is no way these things get implemented anytime soon. But Alabama already has a model in place for allowing trained teachers to carry in classrooms, it just needs an approval from the Legislature and a signature from the governor.

State Representative Will Ainsworth isn’t holding back his criticism of Gov. Ivey’s handling of this:

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“The reason I called for [a special session] Friday after the shooting, and really it’s too late, we should have done it last session when we actually had legislation and we had the opportunity. And so, we got an opportunity with the Legislature, the governor has an opportunity to fix the problem. She’s got the study back, and I want to be real clear on this, if the Legislature and specifically Governor Kay Ivey does not do anything before school starts back in the fall and there ends up being an incident or accident, the blood is on her hands.”

Why this matters: Ainsworth is completely correct. There has been a complete lack of action on this issue in the state of Alabama and elsewhere. Florida acted after the shooting in Parkland, and Texas will do SOMETHING after the shooting in Sante Fe. To say that the outcomes of these responses are appropriate is debatable. But we are not required to wait until after we have our own funerals because of a mass shooting event at an Alabama school before we do something.

Listen to the interview here:

2 days ago

7 Things: Deputy AG agrees with Trump on investigating abuses, Alabama black Democrats may push Walt Maddox over the top, mistaken identity could create chaos in Public Service Commission race, and more …

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1. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein agrees with Trump the IG should look in to surveillance abuses

— The White House released a statement that reads like a vindication of Trump’s premise and an acquiescence to his request: “Based on the meeting with the President, the Department of Justice has asked the Inspector General to expand its current investigation to include any irregularities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s or the Department of Justice’s tactics concerning the Trump Campaign.”

— Some members of Congress are not happy, Rep. Mark Meadows says, “His belated referral to the IG is not news… it is a ruse.”

2. Both of Alabama Democrats’ black groups endorse Walt Maddox

— The Alabama Democratic Conference, and the New South Coalition, have endorsed the clear front-runner in the Democrat primary, all but signalling the Democrat race over.

— Maddox’s primary opponent Sue Bell Cobb embarrassed herself with Hallary-esque tweet, “On Saturday, walls came crashing down in England as royal heritage blended beautifully with African American culture. But on that same day, walls stood firm in Montgomery as the same solo Gatekeeper chose who to let in and who to keep out. #ADC #Democrats #ItsTime

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3. Support for allowing teachers to carry in Alabama schools continues to be ignored

— The issue is a clear positive among potential voters in a Republican primary with 69 percent of Republicans in favor of allowing teachers to carry and 78 percent of parents saying they would feel more safe, or just as safe, with their child’s teacher being armed.

— The only statewide candidate to seize on this issue is State Representative Will Ainsworth, who is running for lieutenant governor.

4. Mistaken identity could place racist idiot on ballot for Public Service Commission

— “Jim” Bonner is leading in some polls for Public Service Commission and pollsters believe it is because he shares positve name ID with former Congressman Jo Bonner and a former University of Alabama Chancellor Judy Bonner.

— His Internet history is one of racist and anti-Semitic garbage, the n-word is used regularly and Hitler is referenced on Valentines Day in a post where an image says, “My love 4 you burns like 6,000 jews”.

5. Foreign policy moves by the Trump administration are over-shadowed by chaos narrative

— New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced yesterday that sanctions on Iran will be “unprecedented” in scope.

— Even though some question the move, the trade war with China is postponed as China has agreed to cut the trade deficit; Beijing says it will “significantly increase” its purchases of U.S. goods and services.

6. Obamas to make “8 figures” to make programs for Netflix 

— Their production company is called “Higher Ground Productions”, everyone will now pretend that they never slung in mud.

— People are threatening to boycott Netflix over this decision, but that doesn’t work for conservatives.

7. ESPN’s Jemelle Hill received an award for journalism in a year where she lost her prime gig and made multiple racial comments 

— Hill constantly found herself embroiled in dumb controversy when she called the President “racist”, called for a boycott of the NFL over kneeling, and perfectly embodied the criticism directed at her employer.

— Her experiment as a cooler and hipper host of “Sportscenter 6” was an utter failure on every level.

3 days ago

Any politician not calling for a special session on school security is committing political malpractice

(W.Miller/YHN)

The most predictable thing in America is that we will have another school shooting soon. We don’t know where it will be, but it is coming.

Every delay in addressing these issues is another day closer to more dead kids, and an eventual mass casualty event in Alabama. We can talk about hardening targets via new construction, and limiting access to guns until we are blue in the face, but these things are either expensive or not happening.

Every politician in a heated race in Alabama should be calling for a special session on school safety. State Representative and candidate for Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth is right on track with a real solution:

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“Every school shooting that takes place in another state around the country brings us one step closer to an active shooter attacking classrooms here, in Alabama, so the governor would be wise to call a special session this summer,” Ainsworth said.  “Signs reading ‘Gun Free Zone’ are a magnet for those who wish to do harm, so we must provide teachers with the training, knowledge, and ability to defend their students with something more lethal than a ruler and a No. 2 pencil.”

Of course there is an ad as well:

Why this matters: This is good politics and good policy. The people have decided on this. The media can pretend all they want that people are torn on this, but they are not. Americans, and Alabamians especially, understand that there is nothing stopping shooters from walking into their kids’ school today and shooting it up. The idea that allowing teachers to carry makes a child less safe is laughable, the teacher willing to do harm is not stopped by a gun-free zone. Good teachers with guns, however, are following the law and the law is protecting school shooters.

The details:

— 69 percent of Republicans are in favor of allowing teachers to carry.

— 78 percent of parents would feel more safe, or just as safe, with their child’s teacher being armed.

— The media is lying and saying there have been 22 school shootings in 2018. They include accidental discharge of a firearm in their count.

— As of May 8th, Gov. Kay Ivey had not ruled out a special session, but she has not responded to Ainsworth’s call.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

3 days ago

7 Things: School shooting and irrelevant arguments, Rep. Ainsworth calls for a special session on arming teachers, Alabama set to lose big to Mississippi, and more

1. Another school shooting leads same old arguments 

— Ten were killed and 13 were wounded when a student opened fire on his classmates with a shotgun and a handgun.

— In spite of the numerous laws this kid broke, lawmakers continue to push for solutions that have NOTHING to do with this event.

2. Calls to allow teachers to carry in Texas grow and candidate for lieutenant governor Will Ainsworth calls on Governor Ivey to call a special session

— Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has two ideas drawing attention nationwide, single-points of entry and arming teachers.

—  State Rep. Ainsworth has proposed letting teachers carry in Alabama and it went nowhere in the last legislative session. He renewed his call on Friday after this shooting.

3. Mississippi could have sports gambling by the time college football starts and could become a tourist destination on game day

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— Gambling officials believe casinos could ready to offer betting on professional and college sports within 45 days; casinos are taxed at 12 percent.

— The Mississippi Legislature didn’t even know this was happening; it was slipped into a bill about fantasy sports.

4. President Trump’s lawyer says Special Counsel Robert Mueller plans to end probe by September 1st

— Rudy Giuliani told the New York Times that Mueller shared his timeline while negotiating President Trump’s willingness to sit down for an interview. The end of the obstruction investigation does not mean an end to the entire probe.

— Giuliani also said he wants the results made public saying, “You don’t want another repeat of the 2016 election where you get contrary reports at the end and you don’t know how it affected the election,” Giuliani said.

5. Trump calls for an investigation into the placing of spies/informants in his campaign

— The president tweeted, “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purpose”

— FBI agent, and prolific texter, Peter Strozk texted about how the “the White House is running this“, so this is probably necessary.

6. Multiple stories involving the the 2016 campaign came out over the weekend 

— Yes, there was at least one informant inside the Trump campaign, but the media would have you believe it was there to protect Trump.

— Donald Trump Jr. allegedly met with other foreign nations; they offered help in the election but did nothing.

7. President Trump is reportedly preparing to come after Speaker Paul Ryan.

— “Top Republicans” and the president are preparing to possibly force Ryan out of his speaker position early, creating some unnecessary drama.

— This stuff seems foolish while the U.S. House is still in play because it could fuel a “Republicans Civil War” narrative which only helps Democrats, but it would also force Democrats to vote for Pelosi and create a new attack on them.

4 days ago

VIDEO: A lawmaker tries to “out” the Governor — Alabama could benefit from sports gambling — Scott Dawson no-shows his appearance … and more on Guerrilla Politics!

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Dr. Waymon Burke take you through this week’s biggest political stories including:

— Did Scott Dawson know what he was doing when he started criticizing the Governor for grants to a gay orginization?

— Should Alabama consider legalizing and taxing sports gaming?

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— Why is the media constantly lying about the things President Donald Trump says?

Evangelist and candidate for Governor Scott Dawson was scheduled to join Jackson and Burke but backed out after Dale roasted him on the radio.

Jackson closes the show with a “Parting Shot” directed at people who are constantly declaring “we are better than this” because we clearly are not.

6 days ago

OK, the Ivey/Todd/Dawson circus is over, let’s get back to the issues that actually matter

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There is no evidence Gov. Kay Ivey is gay. Former State Representative Patricia Todd lost her job as the head of a gay rights’ group in Florida as punishment for a stupid tweet. Evangelist Scott Dawson still claims he doesn’t understand the grant process, a process he held multiple press conferences about. The only candidate who struck the right note on this issue is Tommy Battle:

“We want to go back to that conversation about our great state, the great state of Alabama,” WKRG reports Battle said at a Wednesday press conference. “I decided to run for governor of the state of Alabama because I thought we could do better. I believe that with the right leadership, we can implement a vision and even develop a plan that makes Alabama a better place.”

Why this matters:

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Battle got the media into covering a press conference in the middle of the “OUTING!” They thought he was going to wade into the cesspool and hit Ivey on grants to gay groups or hit Dawson for being a disingenuous guy. He didn’t. He did exactly what we all need to do, which is to focus on actual issues and campaign differences.

At his press conference Battle said he wants to talk about the “great things happening in Alabama.”  With less than three weeks left before the primary, all the candidates should do just that.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

6 days ago

7 Things: Trump Tower spied on, Burgess believes Dawson is both naive and brilliant, former State Rep. Patricia Todd has lost her job, and more …

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1. It appears there was a spy placed in the Trump campaign in 2016, IG also finds possible criminal conduct in handling of Clinton probe

— A New York Times report, lays out that “at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos, current and former officials,” which confirms the government run by Obama was spying on the Trump campaign.

— Trump called this revelation  “bigger than Watergate” and Americans continue to grow tired of this.

2. Rick Burgess continues to pretend Scott Dawson had no idea what he was doing BUT says it was really smart anyway

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— Burgess is a supporter of Dawson, has said on social media that he doesn’t think Dawson foresaw the obvious attempted “outing” of Ivey even though Dawson admits to knowing about the rumors of Ivey’s orientation.

— He told his listeners, “When you saw what happened, I think that it might have been a good thing for the Republican Party because, in my opinion, this is what they were going to do in October.”

3. Former State Representative Patricia Todd loses her job for trying to “out” Kay Ivey

— After Todd’s Tweet accusing the governor of being gay, Todd’s to-be employer decided they did not want her leading a coalition of gay organizations in Orlando, Florida.

— One Orlando Alliance’s Jennifer Foster said, “The Board affirms that Ms. Todd’s recent comments are not aligned with the values of One Orlando Alliance. We strongly believe that coming out is a personal choice and we do not support involuntarily outing.

4. Tuscaloosa’s Mayor Walt Maddox picks up endorsement of Birmingham’s Mayor Randall Woodfin

— Woodfin called Maddox a “proven leader” and cited his ability to work with different groups of people as a reason to elect him. “Walt’s ability to convince people to work together – black and white, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican – has inspired how I seek to lead Birmingham to a new era of excellence,” Al.com reports Woodfin said.

— The Democrat primary is far less interesting than the Republican primary, the mayor’s endorsement could hold a lot of sway with the young and black portions of the Democrat Party.

5. Gov. Kay Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall get NRA endorsements

— The NRA’s record of endorsing incumbents in races is pretty obvious, incumbents also have an inside track to winning races.

— Marshall’s track record is far more concrete on gun issues; the NRA pointed out that he worked as AG to “prevent local governments from imposing gun control laws. He also stood strong against efforts to ban commonly owned firearms and magazines.”

6. U.S. birth-rate is at 30 year low and that must mean we need more immigrants

— The numbers are pretty amazing, especially in teen births, “the number of teen pregnancies dropped seven percent in 2017 from 2016, 55 percent since 2007, and an overall 70 percent drop since 1991.”

— Americans are not producing enough babies to replace the population, 1000 women will only produce 1764 births, which is not enough to replace the population.

7. Attempts to justify the media’s lying about Donald Trump’s “animals” comment continue into day two

— This is nothing new, it has been going on since he announced he was running, and it shows no sign of stopping.

— Democrat politicians seized on this obvious lie to declare themselves defenders of all people, gang-bangers too.

7 days ago

If Trump is so terrible, why must the media lie about what he says?

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Americans are constantly being pounded with the narrative that President Donald Trump is a loud-mouthed, brash New Yorker who says crass things. It’s true, no question about it. There is already plenty to hammer the guy on, so there is no reason for the mainstream media to continue their lying about things he says.

Look at these headlines, then read the actual Trump quotes they reference.

USA Today Headline: 

OnPolitics Today: Trump calls undocumented people ‘animals,’ rhetoric with a dark past

Actual quote:

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SHERIFF MIMS: Thank you. There could be an MS-13 member I know about — if they don’t reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about it.

THE PRESIDENT: We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals.

The Atlantic Headline:

Trump Defends White-Nationalist Protesters: ‘Some Very Fine People on Both Sides’

Actual quote:

“What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, at the alt-right?” Trump said. “Do they have any semblance of guilt?”

“I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups. But not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me,” he said.

“You had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists,” Trump said. “The press has treated them absolutely unfairly.”

“You also had some very fine people on both sides,” he said.

BBC Headline:

‘Drug dealers, criminals, rapists’: What Trump thinks of Mexicans

Actual quote:

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Why this matters: All three of these quotes were spun-up as wildly-offensive and racist comments. They are also all taken out of context completely. In all of these instances, Trump separates good guys from bad guys, and he makes it clear the blunt language is for the bad guys. Unfortunately, once it is fed through the national media prism in NYC and DC, the actual context and intent is completely lost.

This is why the media is losing trust every single day.

The details:

— A poll done last year indicated that 63 percent of Americans thought “traditional media outlets” spread fake news before this latest fake controversy developed. Now? That number is 77 percent.

— 90 percent of media coverage has been negative against Trump in the first four months of this year.

— In January, 67 percent of Republicans saw political bias in the news while only 26 percent of Democrats felt that way, which tells us Democrats are enjoying what the media is selling.

— A recent poll shows that 51 percent of Republicans view the American media as the “enemy of the people,” while only 22 percent of Democrats felt the same way.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

7 days ago

7 Things: Trump will not be indicted, Rep. Patricia Todd faces blowback for her reckless claims, Mayor Tommy Battle tries to stay above the fray, and more …

Donald J. Trump (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

1. In a move that shocks no one, the president of the United States will not be indicted; we are one year in

— Rudy Giuliani has relayed a conversation that he had with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team, it appears that even IF they find wrongdoing they will not be indicting a sitting president of the United States.

— The options that remain include writing a report about the president’s behavior for an impeachment or he could declare Trump an unindicted co-conspirator, both better than an actual indictment.

2. LGBTQ group is not happy that Rep. Patricia Todd “outed” the governor

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— Equality Alabama says, “Outing someone without their permission or against their will is an act of violence.” Todd referred to herself as the “head Queer” and said she was tired of “hypocrites.”

— Another group, one who hired State Rep. Patricia Todd, could fire her Friday.

— Gov. Ivey strongly denied she is gay in a TV interview.

3. Most candidates for governor stay quiet on Scott Dawson and Former State Rep. Patricia Todd’s mess

— Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle attempted to stay above the fray, saying, “Running for political office should be about listening to people, about discussing the issues and challenges that face our state, and then determine the best way to take on those challenges and solve those challenges.”

— Alabama Democrats generally stay silent during the controversy, media doesn’t really ask much of them… ever.

4. Trump called animals “animals” and the American media comes out to defend a violent street gang

— During a round-table discussion with California sheriffs on Wednesday, Trump referred to MS-13 as “animals” after a sheriff mentioned them.

— The dishonest mainstream media is implying or flat out saying Trump was referring to all illegal immigrants as animals; this is a lie.

5. Much discussed Trump Tower meeting’s collusion narrative seems like a stretch

— The Russians involved promised some information about illegal Clinton behavior, but couldn’t deliver it, that’s it.

— The only potential problem in this meeting is the fact that Don Trump Jr. doesn’t remember who he called at a blocked number before and after this meeting.

6. Trump’s finances are disclosed, they FINALLY confirm that he paid Stormy Daniels off through personal attorney Michael Cohen

— In a never ending saga of pointless lies, Trump’s latest financial disclosure ensures a final conclusion: Trump paid off Stormy Daniels, he knew it, and he lied.

—  The Office of Government Ethics told the  Justice Department that they believe “the payment made by Mr. Cohen is required to be reported as a liability”, this is not a ” a finding of wrongdoing.”

7. The boring parts of government go on, Sen. Rand Paul is pushing for a major budget vote

— A Senate vote on balancing the budget takes place today, it has little chance of passing, but Paul wants to make it a “litmus test for Republicans who claim to be conservative, but are only too happy to grow the federal government and increase our debt.”

— The plan would cut $400 billion next year and control spending increases until a balanced budget is achieved in 2023.

1 week ago

400 teacher aides to see 25% paycuts as Huntsville City Schools readies to trade a local company for a troubled out-of-state company

(W.Miller/YHN)

On Thursday, the Huntsville City Board of Education will vote on how they handle staffing for over 780 support positions in the school district ranging from cafeteria workers to Special Education Aides. Many people in the community have raised concerns as this could have a huge impact on the future of Huntsville City Schools.

The vendor being recommended by the superintendent has a history of hiring unvetted workers and has been involved in multiple court cases for things like child porn and sexual misconduct. Other vendors are raising questions about how the bid was evaluated, why the district is proposing pay cuts, and why there were no specific specifications about past performance or other factors to block low-quality vendors.

This will cause a lot of problems for Huntsville City Schools and parents, according to Carlos Matthews of Uplifting Huntsville City Schools:

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Posted by Dale Jackson on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Why this matters: This contract represents 26 percent of all the employees that work in HCS. This includes the teacher aides that work with special needs kids, Pre-K teachers, security guards, and more. If the district is unable to fill these jobs with qualified people, it could further degrade the quality of education in Huntsville and compound issues around the desegregation order. I’m all for public-private partnerships, but the Board has to be smart about how it approaches it.

It appears the district needs to go back to the drawing board and rebid this contract with some input from principals and instructional leaders in the district.

The details:
— Current bid proposes a 25 percent pay cut for 400 teachers aides ($15.00 an hour down to $11.25).

— The bid specifications did not include any qualitative requirements for vendors related to past performance or references from other Alabama school districts.

— There are currently 3 vendors serving HCS for staffing – all of which the superintendent is recommending be replaced by an out-of-state company with no prior experience in Alabama schools and a questionable history.

— There are disputes about how the bids were evaluated and whether Alabama bid law has been followed.

1 week ago

7 Things: State Rep. tries to ‘out’ Gov. Ivey, President Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize hits a snag, candidates for governor seem mostly ‘meh’ on gambling as revenue stream, and more

(Governor Kay Ivey/Flickr)

1. Gov. Kay Ivey is attacked for giving money to a now-closed LGBTQ organization, as State Rep. Todd calls her gay

— Ivey dismissed her opponent and Evangelist Scott Dawson’s accusations that she “betrayed Alabama values” as “desperate” and says the Federal dollars had to go to “underserved” communities.

— State Representative Patricia Todd claimed the governor was gay on Twitter last night, Tweeting “I have heard for years that she is gay and moved her girlfriend out of her house when she became Gov.”

2. President Donald Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize is in doubt as North Korean leader acts erratically

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—  A joint exercise with the U.S. and South Korea have thrown the summit between Trump and Kim Jung-un in doubt and North Korea said it was ending talks with South Korea.

— Meanwhile, Gov. Ivey and six other governors have signed a letter calling for the president to get the award for his moves bringing North and South Korea closer to peace.

3. Most of Alabama’s gubernatorial candidates do not seem excited about a new gaming opportunity

— Republican candidate Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says “We can’t solve our budgets by gambling” but he would support a vote of the people, Sen. Bill Hightower talked up the societal ills of gaming and integrity of the games being affected.

— Only Sue Bell Cobb appears to be preparing for a push to promote a move to legalize this gambling in Alabama, her primary opponent Walt Maddox says nothing definitive when he says, “There is currently a law in Alabama outlawing such gaming. There is no specific proposal of any kind on the table from anyone regarding this issue,” according to Al.com. “… An opinion on the broad subject of ‘sports gaming’ at this time would be totally uninformed and meaningless.”

4. Alabama Congressman Robert Aderholt and others in Congress appear ready to act against sports gaming

— Sen. Orin Hatch spoke about a need to regulate gambling from the U.S. Congress and Aderholt apparently agrees citing ‘detrimental impact on the games,’ ‘especially in college sports’.

— He also spoke of the impact on personal finances saying, “being able to rack up gambling debts by placing wagers on your cell phone, is a recipe for financial disaster.”

5. Black church in Birmingham wants black church-goers to bail on white churches

— The pastor of a church in Birmingham is upset that a mega-church is moving into a high-crime area and is imploring: “Black folks need to stay out of white churches.”

— The Mayor of Birmingham Randall Woodfin appropriately called this racism out and said, “There is a spirit of racism and division that is over this city. It must be brought down.”

6. Alabama Senator Doug Jones will vote against CIA Director Gina Haspel, citing torture as a reason

— The next CIA Director was involved in a legal form of “enhanced interrogation” that now we have politicians hand-wringing about years later; however, the interrogations worked.

— In typical Doug Jones-fashion, Jones’ decision was made after the numbers were already counted and Haspel’s nomination was no longer in doubt — allowing Jones to avoid the media spotlight.

7. The UN continues their anti-Israel bias, targets the nation for sanction after a hoard attacked it

— As the American media continues to be dishonest about the skirmish in Gaza, the U.N. attempted to launch an investigation into the deaths of Palestinian “protesters” but the U.S. blocked it.

— Ambassador Nikki Haley made it clear where the U.S. stands, saying “The Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States decided to move our embassy” and “No one would. No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.”

1 week ago

Sports gambling in Alabama should not be used to create new spending

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Alabama’s gambling mouthpieces were out in force yesterday on social media after a Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for states to regulate sports gambling. There is no question that Alabama could use this revenue, that is obvious whether you want higher taxes or not. But for some people, it will NEVER be enough, even if we “fully-funded” our needs, people would call for more. Some won’t even wait for that. The Alabama Political Reporter’s Josh Moon used this opportunity to call for more spending:

Why this matters:

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Alabamians can already gamble on sports. I placed this bet at 7:30 this morning to prove it.

Keep in mind, these are the same people that will tell you our current education system is under-funded, as is our healthcare system, and our bridges and roads too. None of that matters, they will just continue to call for new programs and new spending. No matter how much is generated, more will be demanded because the beast is never satiated.

All of this is a long shot, but Alabama has real needs, and IF Alabama is able to legalize this gaming, the money should be spent to fix our roads and bridges.

The details:

— Polarizing sports analyst claims Alabama is the #1 state per capita for sports betting.
— ESPN is tracking states preparing to enter the sports gambling market; it lists 19 states that have introduced bills or passed bills concerning this matter.
— Nevada’s Gaming Control reported there was $4.8 billion bets in Nevada sports books last year.
— DraftKings’s CEO claims there is $150 billion in illegal bets each year through black market sports books.

1 week ago

7 Things: Gambling ruling confusion in Alabama, Trump keeps a promise made by every president this century, McConnell begs Trump to work with him, and more

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1. Gambling ruling could mean big money for Alabama, but it is still illegal here

— Even though some in Congress want to re-implement a ban on sports gambling, a Supreme Court ruling opens the door for wider betting that could mean $150 billion a year in betting.

— Sports handicapper Danny Sheridan says Alabama is the #1 per-capita illegal sports betting state.

2. Trump keeps campaign promise of every president since 1992 and media acts like rioters are peaceful protesters

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— In recorded remarks to a gathering at the embassy in Jerusalem, the president said, “We extend a hand in friendship to Israel, to Palestinians and to all of their neighbors. May there be peace.”

— In spite of misleading headlines all over the mainstream media, Hamas and other radical Islamists urged these “protesters” to attack the gates in hopes of attacking Israelis and planting bombs.

3. Sen. Mitch McConnell wants to work with President Donald Trump on the midterms, Trump should listen

— McConnell has implored Trump to stop criticizing the Senate because it could make voters feel as if it doesn’t matter who is in control, a common misconception amongst Trump’s base.

— If Republicans can keep the Senate, they can continue confirming Trump’s judicial nominees and remake the American judiciary at a record pace.

4. Scummy lawyer of porn star threatens publications with lawsuits for accurately describing his legal practices

— Michael Avenatti, who represents Stormy Daniels for free, is upset that reporters are digging into his shady business dealings in the past and is threatening to sue anyone who does so in pointless frivolous lawsuits.

— It’s odd to see Avenatti complaining about media coverage after receiving $175 MILLION in free media coverage.

5. ALGOP candidate used racial slur, but he wasn’t a Republican until this election

— Larry Lee has been a liberal blogger and advocate for every Alabama Education Association position imaginable, but apparently he feels he can’t win as a Democrat, but he is being challenged.

— During a run for Congress in 1982, Lee said “As we say down home, there’s a n****r in the woodpile somewhere” when talking about campaign finance laws.

6. Seattle creates a tax targeting employers to pay for homelessness, Seattle’s liberalism is not new

— Seattle City Council to introduced a $275 per employee tax on the companies that have profits of over $20 million a year, this includes like Amazon, Starbucks, Boeing, Costco Wholesalers, and Microsoft.

— Seattle declared a homeless state of emergency, this $47 million dollar tax will be used to provide affordable housing and other services.

7. Alabama resident, and no longer kneeling, Oakland A’s baseball player can’t enter Canada

— After becoming notoriously famous for being a jerk and thinking he was famous in a restaurant in Alabama, Bruce Maxwell went home to Arizona and pulled a gun on a pizza delivery driver while drunk resulting in his ongoing legal issues.

— Maxwell’s plea deal included an agreement that he would plead guilty to disorderly conduct. He will be sentenced June 4th and can’t leave the country until then.

1 week ago

Sue Bell Cobb sides with a rapist over law enforcement and should drop out of the race for governor

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It was bad enough that three different campaigns in Alabama employed a convicted rapist. It got worse when the only coverage the media gave this story was the fact that he was a redemption story, even though he seems careful to not fully admit his crime, making it sound as though he were merely in the wrong place at the wrong time and could have stopped what someone else did:

“I can’t put into words how much it hurts me that I hurt somebody,” according to Al.com’s article. “I regret what happened, regret I was in position to stop what happened and didn’t…. I have a daughter, a mother, a sister. I regret not standing up for another person’s rights; that’s counter to the way I was raised.”

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The media also refuses to share the full details of the crime, instead just saying he served his entire 30-year sentence for rape by forcible compulsion, sodomy I and robbery I, which Littlejohn told Al.com was a plea deal he took and that he “didn’t know any better” because 30 years sounded better than life. They go on to completely ignore his victim (still are).

Yet, Democrat candidate for governor Sue Bell Cobb, after being given every possible benefit of the doubt and opportunity to do and say the right thing, continued to bungle this situation. Cobb decided not only would she defend a convicted rapist AFTER he was arrested for violating the term of his release, she then attacked law enforcement  as “politically motivated” for daring to arrest him:

“Why? The Republicans don’t want to run against Sue Bell Cobb. Governor Ivey doesn’t want to run against Sue Bell Cobb. They found that as an opportunity to take advantage of information that had been sent out into the public forum,” Cobb told Al.com.

Why this matters: Cobb truly thinks all of this is about her. It’s not about the victims. It is not about the children at the church where this convicted rapist is working. It isn’t even about the young women working for her campaign. Everything about this is about Sue Bell Cobb and her inability to do the right thing, her inability to see that law enforcement has to enforce the law. Cobb should apologize to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Mike Hale, and after she does that, she should drop out of the race for the Democrat nomination.

The details:

— Sue Bell Cobbs’ campaign staffer was convicted of forcible rape and sodomy of a young woman.

— Paul Littlejohn spent 30 years in prison, before “turning his life around” by working on now-Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin’s and now-Senator Doug Jones’s campaigns.

— As a registered sex offender, Littlejohn is prohibited from living or working near schools, but he was working at a church with a daycare.

— He was arrested on charges that he failed to comply with registration requirements, yet Cobb still defended him.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

1 week ago

7 Things: Sue Bell Cobb is a disaster, everyone knows John Kelly is correct, Trump administration treatment of McCain is everything wrong with us, and more

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1. Sue Bell Cobb’s handling of her campaign’s hiring of a rapist could not be worse

— Sue Bell Cobb continues to react poorly and attacks the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department as a politically motivated agency that targeted her staffer.

— Jefferson County Sheriff’s Randy Christian said, “How sad that a candidate for governor supports a convicted sex offender over sexual assault victims.”

2. Chief of Staff John Kelly’s comments on immigration were both correct and not offensive

— Liberals and their media erupted on Friday and continue pretending Kelly’s comments about education and assimilation were somehow not based in reality. What they meant is that they are “unkind.”

— John Kelly is 100 percent correct which is why you saw zero “fact checks” that debunked his words, because “Among all undocumented immigrants ages 25-64, 47% have not completed high school (compared with 8% of U.S. born adults in the same age range) and of these, more than half (29% of total) have less than a ninth grade education.”

3. Trump official’s comment on Sen. John McCain exemplifies everything wrong with American politics

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— The American right, which voted for McCain in 2008, only hate him now because he has become so absurdly anti-Trump in both his words and deeds.

— In 2000 and 2008, the liberal media that is losing its mind asked questions about John McCain’s patriotism. Only after he went anti-Trump did they care for him.

4. Senator Richard Shelby is the latest Alabama politician to call out Special Counsel Robert Mueller

— Last week Congressman Mo Brooks was joined by 17 Congressmen, the Vice President, and a majority of the American people in calling out this political investigation. New e-mails showed Mueller and Comey coordinated.

Yellowhammer News quoted Shelby from an event over the weekend saying, “I have voted not to have special prosecutors. That all came about because Senator Sessions recused himself. Then he appointed a deputy who happened to be — let’s be honest, a real liberal prosecutor. And then he appointed Mueller. I don’t know how it’s going to wind up, but the sooner, the better.”

5. Oh good, six weeks of protest are planned for Alabama’s version of “The Poor People’s Campaign”

— The protest kicks off with a rally at the Capitol, and more will take place every Monday at 2 p.m. and are guaranteed to have almost no impact.

— The national protest is targeting the 2017 tax cut and will also call for universal health care and a higher minimum wage.

6. That road project in [insert your area] is a top priority, the road project in [insert another area] won’t impact it

— As Gov. Kay Ivey and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle are fighting over road dollars, Ivey wants everyone to know their project is important, and this is totally not election year finagling.

— Both the Mobile River Bridge on I-10 and I-565 widening  projects are totally moving forward, both can go on without affecting the other, according Ivey’s staff.

7. Most folks think the 2018 governor’s race is over, that’s why money is pouring into the lieutenant governor’s contest

— Governor Kay Ivey is expected to walk away with the GOP nomination with polls showing she has 47 percent of the vote in a 4-way race. Barring an unexpected swing, this is over.

— Because the GOP field will decide the race in November and because of Ivey’s age, PACs and donors have put $2,255,029.81 into the race — almost double 2014’s amount.

2 weeks ago

VIDEO: Trump’s big week on foreign policy — Ivey and Battle’s street fight — Alabama’s Mo Brooks and others call for the Mueller probe to end … and more on Guerrilla Politics!

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Dr. Waymon Burke take you through this week’s biggest political stories including:

— Were President Trump’s foreign policy wins by design or by chaos?

— Are Governor Kay Ivey and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle finally getting into things that actually matter like roads and jobs?

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— Should Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks, Vice President Mike Pence, and others be calling for the end of the Trump-Russia probe?

State Senator Bill Hightower joins Jackson and Burke to discuss his candidacy for the GOP Gubernatorial nomination.

Jackson closes the show with a “Parting Shot” directed at every candidate for governor proclaiming their fitness for office and challenges them to prove it.

2 weeks ago

#MeToo, Sue Bell Cobb?

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If the Roy Moore for Senate campaign had a campaign aide who was a convicted rapist, as Sue Bell Cobb’s does(?), it would be on the front page of AL.com for 5 days. If Roy Moore’s campaign manager defended such a hiring, as Sue Bell Cobb’s did, the social media #MeToo outrage would explode and every Republican candidate would be asked to disavow. If Roy Moore himself defended the rapist, as Sue Bell Cobb did, Rachel Maddow would broadcast from the Flora-Bama and a Reckon panel would tell America that this story is just another sad tale about how backward Alabama is.

What did the Alabama media do at first? A redemption story, but more importantly, they sold it as a good thing that Cobb knew the rapist was a rapist

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“The campaign learned of Littlejohn’s past from a background check prior to bringing him on. According to campaign chair Landon Nichols, Cobb did not know of Littlejohn’s conviction and incarceration until he informed her a few weeks ago.”

Why this matters: Disingenuous inconsistency matters. The national and statewide media would declare a Republican unfit for office. The would demand she drop out of the race. Editorials would be filed at every newspaper in the state the first day this story broke demanding the Republican candidate resign.

But this was a Democrat’s campaign that hired a convicted rapist, after Sen. Doug Jones’ campaign hired the same rapist, this will be treated as any other campaign story. Damn Democrats got it good.

The details:

— None of Roy Moore’s accusers had any of their decade’s old claims proven, yet the media implored Alabama voters to reject him based on the seriousness of the allegation.

— This story is not about a sexual harassment or assault claim, but a forcible rape.

— This is not about an old allegation pushing someone out of their job, Littlejohn served a 30-year sentence for rape by forcible compulsion, sodomy I and robbery I.

— Members of Congress, members of the media, CEOs, and celebrities have lost jobs for far less than this.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Trump’s GREAT week, Sue Bell Cobb’s sex offender is defended and then arrested, VP Pence says to end Mueller probe, and more …

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1. Trump’s poll numbers are improving and he has a pretty good week as his numbers trend in the right direction

— A week of accomplishments, with Americans seeing actual progress, grew throughout the week, including the scuttling of the Iran Deal, 3 prisoners released from North Korean labor camp, a date for the U.S.-North Korean summit and 5 ISIS leaders captured.

— Not all was roses though, his former personal attorney continues to be exposed as an opportunist and a problem, the White House denies he had any actual access.

2. Sue Bell Cobb’s sex offender campaign aide turned himself in after breaking the law… again.

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— After AL.com tried to offer a redemption story for the former campaign worker for Sen. Doug Jones and Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodifin, someone reported Paul Littlejohn III for working with children.

— This is especially unfortunate for Cobb, or would be if she was a Republican, as she just announced she was standing by him. She also acknowledged it would be bad for him to knock on doors.

3. Vice President Mike Pence joins Congressman Mo Brooks and others calling for an end to Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe

— Vice President Mike Pence urged special counsel Robert Mueller to “wrap it up” and said that would be “in the interest of the country”.

— Pence pointed out that the administration provided more than a million documents and has fully cooperated. At this point most Americans believe the probe is politically-motivated.

4. ALDOT says they are fast-tracking the expansion of I-565 after Gov. Ivey and Mayor Battle mix it up

— After a public spat about road-funding in North Alabama over Intersate funding, the ALDOT says the publicly available documents are outdated but they couldn’t point to a date for the project.

— ALDOT spokesman Tony Harris said, “That area is seeing tremendous growth and the state recognizes the need to respond to that.”

5. White House staffer reacted with a “It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway,” when hearing Sen. John McCain was against confirming Gina Haspel for CIA Director

— Special assistant Kelly Sadler made the comment in a meeting with other communication officials; later she called the senator’s daughter Meghan McCain to apologize.

— Politics is ugly, and Sen. John McCain impending death has brought out the ugly on the Internet, but rarely do seasoned pros offer us something so offensive and wrong.

6. Alabama Democrat Rep. Terri Sewell rejoiced as candidates are now able to use campaign funds for baby-sitting expenses

— When you are constantly searching for wedge issues, you occasionally find one; Rep. Sewell believes in changing election law to allow babysitting cost.

— While it is a silly idea, by a silly person, it is a good wedge issue for PR and to bait any Republican into “not supporting women” by pointing out how silly it is.

7. We’ve heard too much about the candidates’ health; every Gubernatorial candidate should prove they are healthy

— Sen. Bill Hightower is apparently in “excellent physical health“, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle’s doctor says he is in “very good” health, Evangelist Scott Dawson can thank God for what his doctor calls “excellent physical health“, and now Kay Ivey has released a letter from her doctor letting us know she is in “excellent health“.

— I have proposed each candidate actually prove their physical fitness by completing 10 burpees, 10 sit-ups, 10 air squats, and a 200 meter run – zero candidates took me up on it.

2 weeks ago

ENOUGH about the candidates’ health, I challenge every Gubernatorial candidate to PROVE they are healthy

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If you are running for governor in Alabama, you are apparently in better health than anyone else your age. Sen. Bill Hightower is apparently in “excellent physical health“, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle’s doctor says he is in “very good” health, Evangelist Scott Dawson can thank God for what his doctor calls “excellent physical health“, and now Kay Ivey has released a letter from her doctor letting us know she is in “excellent health“. For those keeping score, all the candidates have excellent health, except Battle, who may be on his death bed with only “very good” health.

We also know that a doctor would NEVER LIE about the current health of a candidate for political office. Now that we know this, let’s put this issue to rest. I am challenging every GOP Gubernotorial candidate to the, newly created, “Dale Jackson Alabama Gubernatorial Fitness Test”:

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10 burpees
10 sit-ups
10 air squats
200 meter run
(All you have to do is complete this in under 15 minutes.)

Why this matters: It really doesn’t. Ivey is one year older than President Donald Trump; there is no evidence she is unwell. What we have been treated to is nothing but rampant speculation and irresponsible journalism. I personally will travel to each candidate’s location anywhere in the state of Alabama and administer the “Dale Jackson Alabama Gubernatorial Fitness Test” — e-mail me at dale@yellowhammernews.com, unless you are not up for the challenge.

The details:

— Alabama’s political candidates are not “spring chickens”. Dawson is the youngest at 50, Hightower is 58, Battle is 62, and the current governor is 74.

As you age, you obviously become more at-risk for heart disease and cardio vascular issues.

— No matter what happening in the Gubernatorial race, the lieutenant governor should always be ready in Alabama as three have assumed the role of governor in the last 50 years after deaths or legal problems.

— One benefit of getting older is that after you turn 54, your risk of dying by being poisoned drops significantly.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

2 weeks ago

7 Things: North Korea releases three, Rep. Mo Brooks and others demand AG Sessions end the Mueller probe, Battle and Ivey in street fight, and more …

U.S. Rep Mo Brooks speaks on the House floor today (C-SPAN/YouTube)

1. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returns from North Korea with 3 hostages

— One day after President Donald Trump ended the Iran Deal, and his detractors said this would screw up any North Korean negotiations, Pompeo brought Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak-song, and Kim Sang Duk home.

— The release of the three Americans is seen as a goodwill gesture ahead of the planned summit between the two leaders. Some experts believe the release was a pre-condition.

2. Congressman Mo Brooks, 17 others, call for end to Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe

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— On the one year anniversary of the firing of James Comey, Brooks and others called for AG Sessions to act to end the probe by July 5.

— Brooks took to the floor of the U.S. House saying, “Mueller’s inability to finish the special counsel investigation in a timely manner is damaging America.”

3. Governor Kay Ivey releases a letter from her doctor, just like most of her opponents

— After weeks of releases of medical records and doctors’ notes, Gov. Ivey has finally responded in kind to allegations that she is not well, with a release of her own.

— She called the releases a “publicity stunt”, but released a note from her doctor of 15 years that declared, “she is in excellent health.”

4. Gov. Ivey and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle start getting chippy over road dollars

— A ribbon cutting in Huntsville became a gubernatorial forum when Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle raised concern over the widening of nearby Interstate 565; Ivey said the project is a “priority” for her to “set the record straight”.

— AL.com pointed to information available on the state’s website that said the earliest date for road-widening projects is 2043, and other projects don’t start until 2050.

5. Disgraced failed candidate still has people seeking his endorsement for some reason

— Roy Moore is still a thing in Alabama, and his former aide is running for Congress with his endorsement, an endorsement that could loom large in a GOP primary.

— Rich Hobson is running for Congress in Alabama’s second Congressional District against Congresswoman Martha Roby, State Representative Barry Moore and former Congressman Bobby Bright.

6. President Trump’s attorney was selling influence with the president; his clients have admitted this

— Stormy Daniel’s attorney continues his personal war against Michael Cohen with a media blitz and leaked document dump accusing Michael Cohen of selling access to the president.

— Even though some of the transactions have been tied to other Michael Cohen-s, it appears Trump’s personal attorney was profiting from access to the president.

7. Iranians have fired rockets at Israel, and somehow the Iran Deal’s demise could be one reason this happened

—  Iran launched 20 missiles towards Israel; this is considered the first time Iran has fired rockets on Israeli forces.

— Media reports are highlighting that this happened after the Iran Deal ended, but Israel has been hitting Iran in Syria for a while.

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Trump fulfills another campaign promise, Iran Deal is dead, Alabama Governor’s committee on schools is a joke, and more …

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1. The Iran Deal is just one more campaign promise kept by the president and his record on those promises is pretty good

— So far he has appointed a conservative Supreme Court Justice, cut taxes, killed the individual mandate, withdrawn from Paris Climate Accord, withdrawn from the TPP, slashed regulations, cut immigration, increased defense spending, and now has withdrawn from the Iran deal.

— His two major policy failures appear to be neglecting a total repeal of ObamaCare and not building the wall, both which Congress must help him with because these are actual legislative issues.

2. Trump trashes the Iran Deal, as he should have, and the media is NOT happy and neither is President Obama

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— The president followed through on his promise to kill the Iran Deal, to which Iran responded by saying they would enrich more uranium than ever and France said they will work on a broader deal.

— President Obama and his allies can pout all they want about one of their “achievements” going away, but they never got it ratified and because of that, Trump can end it.

3. Gov. Kay Ivey’s school safety report is out and it is as worthless as you would think it would be

— After the Parkland, Florida, shooting the governor of Alabama wanted a committee to offer ideas instead of supporting actual changes to makes schools safer.

— The report has found the obvious, that we should have more school resource officers and make the buildings more difficult targets, but it sidesteps the issue of allowing teachers to carry.

4. Gov. Kay Ivey keeps playing rope-a-dope with her opponents; debate and medical record attacks don’t work

— Another day, another GOP candidate lets you know how healthy he is – this time it is Scott Dawson.

— Gov. Ivey has made it clear she doesn’t care, and continues to tell her opponents that if they have an allegation about her health, they “ought to come out and just plum say it.”

5. Primary elections get results that should make those concerned about “fringe” GOP candidates happy, but it doesn’t matter

— West Virginia’s coal baron felon America person Don Blakenship comes in 3rd in the GOP primary, sending the media searching for the next Roy Moore or Todd Akin.

— The fretting for the “future of the GOP” now moves to Arizona where Sheriff Joe Apario and State Senator Kelli Ward represent the media’s boogeymen against a more established Rep. Martha McSally.

6. Democrat candidate for Governor Sue Bell Cobb is employing a registered sex offender to go door-to-door for votes

— #MeToo seems like a go to issues for a female candidate who also was a Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, but Cobb has a man working the streets for her that served 30 years in jail for rape by forcible compulsion, sodomy I and robbery I.

— Cobb’s campaign defends the hiring of this employee by saying he should be forgiven for his crimes, and asking have you ever made a mistake? Once you have atoned for that mistake, do you believe in forgiveness? The man also worked for Mayor Woodfin and Senator Jones as well.

7. Apparently New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s abusive lifestyle was an “open secret

— Just like with Roy Moore, the minute the allegations started flowing about former AG Schneiderman about sexual misconduct, people claim they knew all along and did nothing about it.

— Allegations of a hit-and-run, drug use, bribery and heavy drinking were all part of the story of this politician that politicos and journalists excused because as one of his victim’s friends stated, he was “was too valuable a politician for the Democrats to lose.”

2 weeks ago

Alabama’s Jeff Sessions is the Trump Administration’s MVP

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This might come as a surprise, but it shouldn’t — one man has been consistent and steady in the seemingly never-ending stream of Trump-fed chaos, and that is Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

He has been attacked by liberals, the media (I repeat myself), Congressional Republicans, and by President Trump himself, but he just keeps on chugging along. Sessions is doing the business of the people, whether that means appointing an investigator to look into DOJ abuses or laying down the law on immigration:

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“I have put in place a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry on our southwest border,” Sessions said at the border near San Diego. “If you cross the border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It’s that simple.”

Sessions took it further than most thought he would, telling potential illegals that he will separate them from their children.

“If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you, that child may be separated from you, as required by law.”

Why this matters:
 Despite being a target for conservatives and liberals alike, Sessions is keeping his head down and fulfilling the promise of the Trump campaign of 2016. He has avoided the spotlight and controversies that have ensnared most members of the Trump Administration. He has resisted the calls for him to step down, and stood strong when people thought he would be fired. Sessions may be the one person keeping America out of a full-blown Constitutional crisis (manufactured or not). When the history books are written, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be seen as President Donald Trump’s best cabinet selection.

The details:

— Then Senator Sessions was the first senator to endorse candidate Trump. He did this because of his position on immigration.

— AG Sessions recused himself from the Trump-Russia matter because he was an integral part of the Trump campaign.

— The media reports that Trump is constantly ready to fire the Attorney General and/or Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, but it has not happened yet.

— Sessions appointed Utah’s top federal prosecutor, John Huber, to investigate GOP concerns about DOJ misconduct.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN in Huntsville.