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

    Excerpt:

    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.

4 hours ago

7 Things: Abortion ban takes a toll on Ivey, Doug Jones losing support and the feud between Trump and ‘The Squad’ rages on

(Governor Kay Ivey/Flickr)

7. Racial slur spray-painted on Birmingham real estate sign

  • Husband-and-wife real estate team Jeremy and Gina Miller from Birmingham found that one of their “For Sale” signs had a racial slur spray-painted on the sign, but the Millers won’t be pressing charges.
  • While the incident has gained viral attention, the identity of whoever spray painted the sign is still unknown. The Millers have declined to press charges because they don’t think anything good would come from it, and the Millers want to use this situation to spread a positive message to unite people.

6. Ivey taking action on the prison system

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  • An executive order signed by Governor Kay Ivey will create the Governor’s Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy which will analyze data to help address the serious issues with Alabama’s prison system.
  • Ivey said this study group will lead to more reforms in the system, adding that “we are well on our way to making meaningful progress.”

5. Al Green thinks this impeachment vote was successful

  • After U.S. Representative Al Green’s (D-TX) latest attempt to impeach President Trump, he stated that this attempt wasn’t a complete failure since this time they got almost 100 votes in favor of impeachment, whereas before they had only gotten 58 the first time and 66 the second.
  • Green went on to claim that Trump is causing harm to society, and if he continues to do so “with his inciteful and hateful rhetoric then he will be impeached.”

4. House votes to increase the minimum wage to $15

  • In a brilliant piece of political theater, the House passed a bill that would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, setting up a nice battle over the measure in the media, even though it has no chance of passing the GOP-controlled Senate.
  • The bill would increase wages for some but the bill as passed in the House would kill close to 4 million jobs for the lowest earners, speed automation, drive up prices, hurt the economy, shrink family incomes and increase the deficit, inflation and interest rate, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

3. Trump and “The Squad” keep at it

  • According to U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN), President Donald Trump has moved away from politics, and now “we are in racism…we are in a fascistic government.” They believe criticism against them is violence.
  • Trump is backing away from the “Send her back!” chants at his rally, but continues to point out that he views this as a battle over ideology and love of America. He even tweeted a video that included a Lee Greenwood song and declared America was “ONE ‘SQUAD’ UNDER GOD!”

2. Doug Jones is a one-term Senator

  • Morning Consult released a poll that shows U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) is losing support in the state, with his 2019 first-quarter approval rating 20% lower than the first quarter of 2018.
  • The poll showed that 39% of registered voters approve of Jones, 37% disapprove and 24% are undecided. His overall his approval rating has gone down 3% since the beginning of 2019.

1. Kay Ivey loses far more ground than other governors that signed abortion bans

  • A flurry of one-sided national and local media attention after signing a bill ban most abortions in the state of Alabama, which her constituents supported, Governor Kay Ivey’s approval rating plummeted 17 points, according to a Morning Consult poll of Governor Approval Rankings
  • While Governor Ivey still sits with a +28 point approval rating, her fall was not mirrored by governors in Missouri, Georgia and Louisiana.

 

21 hours ago

Apollo 11 is now problematic?

(NASA on the Commons/Flickr, D. Jackson/Facebook, Wikicommons, YHN)

Right now, Alabama, along with the rest of America, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. A mission that culminated in man walking on the moon and fulfilled the vision put out by President John F. Kennedy that it would be done before the end of the 1970s.

In normal times, this would be a time for celebration and unity. Americans from all sectors and political parties would drop their swords and join together to consume media of trying times and magnificent accomplishments.

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Unfortunately, this is Trump’s America and because of that, the overarching theme that must pulse through every aspect of American culture, which is dominated by the media and their Democrats, is the simple undeniable and universal belief that America sucks.

It’s racist, stupid, sexist, stupid, homophobic, stupid, Islamaphobic, stupid and stupid.

Our soccer team believes it. Our celebrities believe it. Our politicians believe it.

And the news media is going to feed it to us non-stop.

For example, Werhner Von Braun was a Nazi, therefore his accomplishments on this matter are unworthy.

Another example: The space program had too many men, therefore it was problematic.

Another argument is Soviet Russia had more firsts (or something), so America should have focused less on accomplishing the mission and more on diversity.

Who is this for? What American wanted this? Who is the consumer for this news?

Inhabitants of American newsrooms and their woke superfans online.

This was not one outlet, one reporter, one editor — it is across the board.

These are major American media outlets and they cannot resist the urge to scold their fellow Americans for, in this case, the perceived sins of the past.

This is why people hate the media as a whole.

They aren’t offended, they aren’t going to write a letter, they aren’t going to demand someone be fired.

Your average American is sick of this nonsense. They roll their eyes and go on about their business.

This is why people don’t trust them. This is why they are called things like the “enemy of the people” and people applaud it.

This is how you got Trump.

President Donald Trump is the embodiment of the people who are sick of this crap.

And every time the people who work in these newsrooms and under these “legendary” banners write these articles try to scold Americans for some clearly arbitrary offense of the day, or the past, they might as well drop a dollar into Trump’s reelection campaign.

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

1 day ago

7 Things: ‘Send her back’ chants, impeachment fails, Alabama politicians push back on racism charge and more …

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7. Toll fate uncertain

  • The Alabama Toll Road, Bridge and Tunnel Authority only meets when called on, and they may be called on to deal with a growing concern over the potential tolls to pay for a $2.1 billion bridge project in Mobile. The board includes Governor Kay Ivey’s Cheif of Staff Jo Bonner and Speaker of the Alabama State House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia).
  • Candidates for U.S. Senate are still slamming the plan. U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Mobile) called it “unacceptable” and former Chief Justice Roy Moore asked, “Why would we want to be like New York or California?” while wondering why Alabama Republicans “would even consider such an agenda.”

6. Democrats are just in it for the money and power

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  • Former Auburn football coach and 2020 U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville has started questioning why Democrats seem to be pushing so much for socialism to be the new normal.
  • Tuberville believes Democrats are pushing for socialism for “money and power” and they don’t actually care about people. He also mentioned how when he was growing up, socialism and communism were cuss words and “a total scam.”

5. Congressmen brag on Alabama’s contribution to the Apollo 11 program

  •  Representative Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) spoke on the House floor to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 in favor of Alabama’s future involvement with the Space Launch System (SLS). Aderholt mentioned how proud he is of Alabama’s involvement in developing “our most powerful rockets.”
  • Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) also took to the House floor to praise the Marshall Space Flight Center for its role in past space exploration and its part in propelling the program forward, stating, “As we reach for the stars, I have confidence that the Tennessee Valley, Marshall Space Flight Center, and Huntsville, where we say The Sky is NOT the Limit.”

4. El Chapo gets sentenced — Ted Cruz and Mo Brooks still want his money for the wall

  • Notorious drug trafficker Joaquín Guzmán Loera, better known as “El Chapo,” was sentenced to a life sentence plus 30 years and the restitution of $12.6 billion dollars for crimes that the judge said were “overwhelming evil,” including drugs, murder and money laundering.
  • Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), and House sponsor Mo Brooks have renewed calls for the federal government to use El Chapo’s money to build the wall, but the U.S. government doesn’t know where that money is.

3. Alabama Republicans don’t think Trump is being racist

  • All of the Republican Alabama members of the U.S. House voted against the resolution to deem President Donald Trump racist for his tweets against “The Squad,” but Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) explained his position on the whole situation.
  • Palmer didn’t agree with Trump, but he said that the tweets were “ill-timed and insensitive.” He does not think the tweets were racist. Palmer has even called attention to the hypocrisy of the Democrats with the examples of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tweeting that supporting Israel is only “about the Benjamins” and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s claims that there are concentration camps at the southern border.

2. There will be no impeachment 

  • The House of Representatives has voted to kill the resolution from Rep. Al Green (D-TX) that would bring articles of impeachment against President Trump.
  • The vote on Green’s third attempt to impeach Trump was 332-95, but when speaking in favor of the resolution, Green referenced the decision to condemn Trump’s actions on Twitter as racist, saying that this resolution was the opportunity to “punish him.”

1. Latest media tizzy is over a crowd chanting “Send her back!”

  • The battle between “The Squad” and President Donald Trump took another turn on Wednesday night when the president was criticizing  Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and the crowd began chanting “send her back” in reference to her nation of birth, Somalia.
  • This obviously sent the media and their Democrats into an apocalyptic reaction about the appropriateness of the chant and how it is all Trump’s fault that we are here in our current political environment, which ignores years of claims that everyone who disagrees with Democrats is racist and the current president is a traitor to the nation.

 

2 days ago

Outrage over John Merrill’s comments is dishonest

(J. Merrill/Twitter)

Almost every week, Alabama is subjected to a dishonest cycle of news coverage from something that is either misinterpreted or an outright lie.

This week is no different.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill attended a Republican meeting in Fort Payne over the weekend and during a question and answer period, he responded to a question about the culture war by making a reference to “homosexual activities.”

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Media outlets pounced on the quote to feed the outrage beast because nothing generates click like “Alabama politician” and “homosexual activities.”

The explanation of those comments is far less interesting than the media narrative surrounding it, the headlines it generated and the social media reaction it attracted.

The question Merrill was responding to was about changes in America’s pop culture. Merrill lamented the lack of television shows like “Gunsmoke” and “Andy Griffith,” which included him musing, “We’re too interested in homosexual activities.”

When Merrill appeared on WVNN radio’s “The Dale Jackson Show” Wednesday morning, he was asked what exactly he meant by that line.

He elaborated that he was talking about all of the media attention directed to the United States women’s national soccer team as the “most significant cultural event “ and how the focus on their activism and lifestyle opposed to their exceptional soccer accomplishments turned off many.

The 2020 candidate for U.S. Senate talked about how the media focused more on personality than the country they were playing for, saying, “The liberal mainstream media has promoted a narrative that has identified them as gay and as advocating for gay rights and homosexual issues related to their participation on the field as a secondary item.”

My takeaway:

Merrill is dead on here.

You were told either support the teams’ politics or you were not welcome.

Sports and entertainment used to be a respite from the real world, but that is now gone.

You will now have to view every aspect of your life through the social justice prism or risk the backlash.

Even the Apollo 11 anniversary.

 

A large number of Americans are generally tired of this, which is what John Merrill is accurately dialed into.

Listen:

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

2 days ago

7 Things: House Democrats vote to declare Trump racist, Jones keeps pulling in national money, Alabama’s abortion ban may need to wait until 2020 and more …

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7. Donald Watkins and his son go down hard for fraud

  • Donald Watkins and Donald Watkins, Jr. were both sentenced to jail time and will be forced to pay restitution for defrauding a number of investors as part of a non-existent $1.5 billion bio-fuel scheme involving turning trash into ethanol.
  • The case involved Martin Luther King III, Condoleezza Rice, Charles Barkley and other professional athletes who were defrauded, and it included testimony from former NBA player Damon Stoudamire’s wife Natasha Taylor-Stoudamire also spoke at both sentencings saying, the Watkins duo took money from “victims that were trying to have generational wealth for our children’s children.” 

6. No federal charges in chokehold case

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  • In 2014, Eric Garner passed away after an altercation with police in New York where a chokehold was used, and now the Justice Department has declined to federally charge any of the police officers involved.
  • During the altercation with police, Garner famously said, “I can’t breathe” multiple times, which became a rallying cry for those advocating for officers to be charged. But a Staten Island grand jury declined to press charges.

5. More jobs for Alabama

  • Motus Integrated Technologies will be building a new $15 million manufacturing plant in Gadsden that will provide 90 new jobs.
  • It’s planned that the plant will be opened in mid-2020, and automotive interior parts and headliners will be produced at the plant. This further destroys the idea that there is a boycott on Alabama over an abortion ban.

4. Everyone “The Squad” disagrees with is racist

  • U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is “complicit in advancing racism” in the United States because he didn’t speak out against President Donald Trump’s comments.
  • This isn’t the first leader they have described as racist. The Squad called out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for singling out women of color, which Trump rejected out of hand.

3. Both sides want Alabama’s abortion bill put on hold

  • Both the attorney general’s office and those suing the state of Alabama want Alabama’s abortion bill put on hold until May of 2020. The issue is one of discovery and legalese, but it will delay the implementation of the law if a judge grants the request.
  • Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood’s CEO had to step down because she was more interested in women’s healthcare than all-out political advocacy and abortion activism, further disproving a popular media narrative about this organization.

2. Doug Jones doesn’t actually have that much support in Alabama

  • Sure, U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) reported that he raised $2 million in the second quarter, but 87.78% of those donations came from out-of-state. Almost half, 45.35%, of his donations came from California, New York, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
  • Jones has to convince Alabamians that he represents their values. His votes and his party’s most outspoken members are going to make that a pretty hard sell.

1. I guess it is official, Trump is a racist … or something

  • On Tuesday, the House passed a resolution that condemns President Donald Trump’s remarks on Twitter about four progressive House Democrats, which has been deemed racist.
  • The resolution passed in a 240-187 vote. It claimed that “Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color,” but in reality, it means nothing just like the claim Speaker Pelosi broke House rules by calling the president “racist.”

 

 

3 days ago

7 Things: Trump gets what he wants, Byrne offers to pay for “The Squad” to fly Venezuela, Moore has a hard time raising money and more …

(A. Cortez-Ocasio, I. Omar, A. Pressley, R. Tlaib/Facebook)

7. “Made in America” is getting more American

  • President Donald Trump has announced that any “Made in America” products used by the government will now be required to use more American components to still be considered American products.
  • Currently, American products are actually allowed to contain 50% foreign components, but the executive order Trump signed would require that American products contain at least 75% American components.

6. Biden wants to save Obamacare with higher taxes

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  • Due to most Democratic 2020 presidential candidates wanting to replace Obamacare with Medicare-for-all, former Vice President Joe Biden has come out with a plan that he hopes will save Obamacare.
  • According to Biden, his plan would include “a public option to Obamacare as the best way to lower costs and cover everyone.” New taxes on the wealthy would pay for the plan.

5. The Alabama Democratic Party website was as dead as the party for a while

  • When people visited the website they fittingly found links to “types of abortion” and “cheap abortion services” because the party failed to pay their web hosting bill because Chairwoman Nancy Worley said she paid with a credit card that canceled after they found fraudulent out of state purchases.
  • The website hasn’t been used for much over the last few years and still has a top post congratulating U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) for his 2017 victory. They don’t use their social media much either with al.com reporting their “last post on Twitter was May 16, and the last post on Facebook was June 5”

4. More restrictions on asylum seekers

  • President Trump has announced a new policy that would require most asylum seekers to first seek asylum from the country they traversed, and only when their denied asylum there would they be eligible in the United States, but the ACLU is prepared to sue over this. Democratic presidential candidates are unhappy as well.
  • Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said that this policy “will reduce the overwhelming burdens on our domestic system caused by asylum-seekers failing to seek urgent protection in the first available country,” as well as keeping out those who want to take advantage of our system. 

3. Moore has less 

  • Former Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore is falling far behind the other candidates with only $16,964 in donations. Since he announced his candidacy on June 20, everyone else is killing him. U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) raised $750,000 in the last quarter, former football coach Tommy Tuberville raised $420,000  and State Representative Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs) raised $300,000.
  • However, Secretary of State John Merrill didn’t declare his candidacy for the 2020 U.S. Senate race until June 25, and according to Merrill’s social media pages, he raised $217,000 in only 12 days, which makes him a prolific fundraiser.

2. Byrne offers to buy a ticket for Omar

  • Byrne told Yellowhammer News that he would pay the airfare for U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) to live in Venezuela, and he said that way “they can enjoy their failed Socialist Paradise.”
  • Byrne is siding with the president that “America is an exceptional country, and I’m proud to live here.” Trump has doubled down on his earlier tweets, saying, “IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE!” He also stated that America will never be socialist or Communist.

1. “The Squad” reacts

  • During a news conference on Capitol Hill, Omar said that President Trump has been violating his constitutional oath. She added that “it is time for us to impeach this president” for a number of things including false claims of collusion and “committing human rights abuses at the border.”
  • For his part in all this, President Donald Trump seems to be happy the media and their Democrats are defending the four congresswomen, saying, “The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four “progressives,” but now they are forced to embrace them. That means they are endorsing Socialism, hate of Israel and the USA! Not good for the Democrats!”

 

4 days ago

7 Things: Immigration raids have started, Trump tweet gives Democrats a reprieve, Doug Jones advocates for Obamacare and more …

(CNN/YouTube, ICE/Flickr)

7. Support for impeachment craters 

  • The support for impeaching President Donald Trump has fallen to new lows with only 21% of the nation agreeing it should move forward, while 18% of independents, and, more surprisingly, only 39% of Democrats are on board.
  • The poll shows that the American people do not believe the president committed an impeachable offense, that the Russian investigation came up empty and a new report finds another much-ballyhooed investigation into the Trump Organization will lead to no charges.

6. Facebook is getting fined

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  • Facebook is getting fined $5 billion for privacy violations. The fine was approved by a 3-2 vote from the FTC.
  • This was the settlement to the long debate over the Cambridge Analytica debacle that started over a year ago. Facebook later admitted to giving Amazon and Yahoo access to users’ personal data, as well as collecting call and text data from phones on Google’s Android system in 2015.

5. More tolls for Alabama

  • State Senator Chris Elliot (R-Daphne) has said that tolls coming to help build the $2.1 billion Mobile Bay Bridge could open the opportunity for more tolls coming to additional roads in Alabama.
  • Elliot warned that this could be the first case it will be used, but it will not be the last, stating, “And that toll authority legislation, while it is probably going to be rolled out for the first time in coastal Alabama, could be used in other parts of the state as well, which is why I think it ultimately passed both houses and had the governor’s signature on it because the next time it gets used is going to be in Birmingham, or it’s going to be in Huntsville between Huntsville and Decatur, or some other area like that.”

4. Chaos and terrorism at detention centers across the country

  • Talk of mistreatment, child separation, “concentration camps” on the southern border and new immigration raids have led to an escalation in rhetoric, calls for immediate action and protests to end the practice of detaining people who enter the country illegally.
  • This weekend, the American flag was ripped down in Colorado so the protestors could fly a Mexican flag, and more seriously, a domestic terrorist attack a Tacoma, Washington detention facility with “incendiary devices” and firearms by Willem Van Spronsen who sent a manifesto laying out his reasoning for his attack.

3. Doug Jones wants to keep Obamacare

  • In New Orleans, the federal appeals court heard arguments over a lawsuit that says the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Alabama is included in the lawsuit, but U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) wants you to know that the Affordable Care Act is essential to Alabama.
  • Jones said that for people with pre-existing conditions or those who rely on their health care coverage for mediations and treatment, getting rid of the Affordable Care Act “could literally be a life or death matter” and Alabama apparently “has the most to lose.” Jones also claimed that the lawsuit is just another “attempt to take healthcare away from folks.”

2. Trump tweets give the media and their Democrats a common enemy

  • As the Democrat civil war escalated, President Donald Trump decided to unify them by tweeting that U.S. Representatives Ayanna Presley (D-MA), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) should “go back to and help the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” amid the four congresswomen being critical of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
  • The tweet was roundly criticized with some calling it racist. Others pointed out that it was a foolish thing for the president to do while the Democratic Party was engaging in open infighting and their more vocal members were becoming wildly unpopular.

1. The raids have started

  • As promised, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has begun immigration raids across the country. Acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli has kept most of the details quiet, including not saying whether families will be separated in the raids, which happens every-single-day in America.
  • What Cuccinelli did say is that 1 million people have removal orders. He didn’t confirm that raids have started, but according to Fox News, a senior administration official said that they began on Saturday evening.

5 days ago

VIDEO: McConnell’s Alabama relatives were slaveowners, big money being raised in the U.S. Senate race, citizenship question on census impacts Alabama 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:

— Does Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) ancestors make him responsible for reparations?

— What does a surprising $300,000 in fundraising by State Representative Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs) say about the Republican 2020 U.S. Senate primary?

— Now that Trump has caved on the citizenship question, what happens to the reapportionment lawsuit that has been brought by Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall?

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Jackson and Burke are joined by criminal defense attorney Jake Watson to discuss the Jeffrey Epstein case and its fallout.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” at the national media’s desire to have extremely flawed candidates on the ballot in Republican states solely so Democrats will have a chance at winning.

Guerrilla Politics – 7/14/19

VIDEO: McConnell's Alabama relatives were slaveowners, big money being raised in the U.S. Senate race, citizenship question on census impacts Alabama congressional seat lawsuit and more on Guerrilla Politics …

Posted by Yellowhammer News on Sunday, July 14, 2019

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

7 days ago

The Washington Post says Doug Jones’ Senate seat is the most likely to flip

(D. Jones/Facebook, YHN)

In 2018, Republicans in the United States Senate fared well because of the make-up of the map of seats in play that election cycle.

But, 2020 could be different.

The Washingon Post’s “The Fix” columnist Amber Phillips has written a piece pointing out the top 10 seats that could flip, naming seven of those seats at risk of flipping as Republican seats.

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The number one at-risk seat is our own junior Senator Doug Jones (D-AL), meaning even this author accepts Jones’ time is running out.

Unfortunately, everyone insists on viewing this through the Roy Moore-lense.

The framing by “The Fix” seems a bit off.

Phillips shares the Democrat wishful thinking and silliness that the allegations against Moore were not the reason he lost, claiming, “Democrats argue Jones didn’t win because of Moore, but rather that he put together strong coalition largely of African American voters.”

That, of course, is garbage.

Republicans stayed home, which is how Moore lost.

2017:

U.S. Senate, Alabama general election, December 12, 2017
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Jones 50% 673,896
Republican Roy Moore 48.3% 651,972
Independent Write-in 1.7% 22,852
Total Votes 1,348,720
Source: Alabama Secretary of State

2018:

Governor, Alabama general election, November 6, 2018
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKay Ivey 59.5% 1,022,457
Democrat Walt Maddox 40.4% 694,495
Independent Write-in 0.2% 2,637
Total Votes 1,719,589
Source: Alabama Secretary of State

The math is infallible. Turnout in statewide races is a pretty clear indication of what happened.

Republicans rejected Roy Moore and stayed home because he was the only thing on the ballot.

The Republican turnout for now-President Donald Trump is Alabama in 2016 was much bigger than both 2017 and 2018. Those voters will be back in 2020.

U.S. presidential election, Alabama, 2016
Party Candidate Vote % Votes Electoral votes
Democratic Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine 34.4% 729,547 0
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDonald Trump/Mike Pence 62.1% 1,318,255 9
Libertarian Gary Johnson/Bill Weld 2.1% 44,467 0
Green Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka 0.4% 9,391 0
Other Write-in votes 1% 21,712 0
Total Votes 2,123,372 9
Source: Alabama Secretary of State

Whether Roy Moore is on the ballot or not, Jones has no chance of keeping his seat.

Additionally, some of the seats mentioned here at play for Republicans to lose include seats in Georgia and Texas, making it seem unlikely Republicans lose a seat. The Washington Post also lists longtime Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who has held onto her red seat in an increasingly blue state.

If these are some of the top 10 seats that are going to flip, don’t expect many seats to flip.

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: Trump backtracks on census question, Jones and Byrne raise a lot of money, Trump wants Sessions to stay out of the Senate race and more …

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7. More subpoenas

  • The House Judiciary Committee voted 21-12 to issue subpoenas for a group of people associated with President Donald Trump in their attempt to continue the obstruction of justice investigation; Republicans have called this decision a “subpoena binge.”
  • Those subpoenaed include Jared Kushner and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) has vowed to issue more subpoenas for those involved with Trump’s immigration policies.

6. Changes for possession of stolen guns in Alabama

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  • Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill that makes it a felony to possess a stolen gun, whereas before it was a misdemeanor unless the gun was worth more than $500.
  • This bill was first introduced after Mobile Police Officer Sean Tuder and Birmingham Police Sgt. Wytasha Carter were killed with stolen guns earlier this year. State Representative Matt Simpson (R-Daphne) and State Senator David Sessions (R-Mobile) sponsored the bill, and Simpson has said that there were more than 1,200 guns stolen in 2018 from vehicles.

5. Biden still leading, Harris slipping

  • The 2020 Democratic presidential field is still being led by the former vice president, who is leading with 26% but the real surprise in the latest poll is that Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is second with 19% while Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are tied at 13%.
  • Interestingly, this same NBC/WSJ poll shows how far-left the Democratic primary voters are. Seven in 10 Democratic voters support government funded single-payer health care system, while only 14% of Republicans and 36% of independent voters want government-run health care.

4. The difference on immigration is clear

  • Both leading Democratic candidates for Congress made statements that indicate that they are going to allow more refugees to enter the United States, with Elizabeth Warren saying she wants to increase the limit 800% to 175,000. Frontrunner Joe Biden says he will “raise our target for refugees to a level commensurate with our responsibility.”
  • President Donald Trump has other plans. This weekend, the long-awaited immigration raids are coming as the media squeals about families being separated and due process when the reality is that those being targeted have already had their due process and have been ordered to be deported.

3. Trump doesn’t want someone who isn’t running for Senate to run for Senate

  • U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) has said that President Trump doesn’t want former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to join the 2020 U.S. Senate race. It seems unlikely that Sessions would enter the fray without the president’s blessing.
  • When talking to The Hill, Shelby said that Trump “was not on board” with a Sessions candidacy, but he wouldn’t provide specific details on what Trump said, other than that they “talked about the seat” and “how to win the seat.”

2. More numbers roll in for the United State senate race and Jones is trouncing

  • Incumbency has its advantages and Doug Jones is cashing in with $2 million raised during the second quarter as he claims $4.2 million in the bank. He raised $22 million in his 2017 special election win. 
  • U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) has raised $750,000 in the second quarter of his U.S. Senate campaign and $2.5 million overall. All other GOP candidates have raised less than Byrne, with Tommy Tuberville at $420,000 for last quarter and State Rep. Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs) at $300,000.

1. Trump caves on census question, will seek alternate sources for data

  • In a Rose Garden ceremony, President Trump announced he will not be pursuing a citizenship question on the 2020 cCnsus but instead will use current federal resources to gather accurate information. Attorney General Bill Barr said the information will be useful in determining “congressional reapportionment.”
  • During his announcement, Trump declared that this was not him backing down, saying, “Today I’m here to say we are not backing down in our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population.”

1 week ago

7 Things: McConnell continues slamming Moore, no boycott on Alabama, Democrat infighting angers Pelosi and more …

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7. SUVs are in and the Corolla is out at the coming Mazda-Toyota plant

  • Originally, the Mazda-Toyota manufacturing plant in Huntsville was going to produce Corollas, but now the company has announced that it will instead produce a not yet announced SUV.
  • Toyota said that the change is due to a growing demand for light trucks and SUVs. More information on what SUV will be produced at the plant is set to be released at a later date.

6. Big money for Arnold Mooney

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  • State Representative Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs) isn’t always the first name that comes to mind when you think about the 2020 U.S. Senate election, but despite his lack of name ID, his Senate campaign announced that within the last 30 days the campaign has raised over $300,000.
  • Mooney has been endorsed by some pretty big names, such as talk show host Mark Levin, U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson.

5. Fire Acosta

  • Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has defended himself pretty well on how he handled the plea deal for Jeffery Epstein in 2008 by saying that his office wanted a harsher punishment, but state prosecutors wanted Epstein to walk.
  • This is all probably for naught because the media and their Democrats have continued to call for Acosta’s resignation and Republicans don’t want to die on this battlefield. Even failed lawyer Michael Avenatti took to Twitter to say that the Democrats “have no guts” and they’ll just tweet and send letters if Acosta doesn’t resign.

4. SPLC prepared to fight Montgomery over aggressive panhandlers

  • Montgomery has recently passed a city ordinance that allows panhandlers to be fined and jailed, and now the Southern Poverty Law Center is asking Mayor Todd Strange to veto the ordinance, claiming that it is punishing people living in poverty as well as violating the First Amendment.
  • SPLC has indicated that if the ordinance, which passed 9-0, isn’t vetoed, they’re going to file a lawsuit against the city “for violating the constitutional rights of its most vulnerable and needy citizens.”

3. Pelosi wants her fellow Democrats to grow up

  • On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had a stern talking to with the Democratic caucus because people have been taking their complaints to Twitter instead of trying to solve issues face-to-face, and according to Fox News, Pelosi said, “You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just ok.”
  • It’s assumed that Pelosi was mainly targeting U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) who recently tweeted and referred to the Problem Solvers Caucus as the “Child Abuse Caucus.” Her comments come only days after her public disagreement with U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) where AOC also vented her frustrations on Twitter.

2. There is no boycott on Alabama

  • German automotive supplier Gerhardi, Inc. has opened the new $41.6 million German automotive facilities in Montgomery, Alabama. It will employ 235 people and, according to Managing Director Reinhard Hoffman, the facility will be a “state-of-the-art injection molding, electroplating, and assembly plant.”
  • Every other week, some group claims they are going to stop businesses from coming to Alabama and the frauds in the media and their Democrats fret about it, but it never happens (see: immigration, abortion, and bathroom laws) and Alabama’s abortion ban outrage will be no different.

1. If you ask Mitch McConnell Alabama is done with Moore

  • U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has dismissed the possibility that people are seriously considering former Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore for the Senate even though it appears there is no real momentum for Moore.
  • While the national media frets and pretends Moore is a thing, McConnell said, “I think the people of Alabama have figured this guy out. I think they’ve seen quite enough of Roy Moore.”

1 week ago

We are a nation of children

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In 2019, the American media acts as if every single person is on social media, specifically Twitter.

Why?

Because the media, myself included, live on Twitter. America does not. It is not the real world.

But whether we are talking about the president of the United States or the latest version of “The Little Mermaid,” Twitter is king.

People are outraged over “The Little Mermaid” being cast with a black lead? No. Some people on Twitter are.

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In fact, it’s some people on Twitter with almost no followers.

Some of the outraged were groups on Facebook that had their name recently changed to further the charade that people were furious about this.

Media will tell you it’s a real problem, a racial problem and a societal problem. It’s not.

That doesn’t matter. You will be made to care.

Twitter matters so much that a court has actually decided that President Donald Trump is not allowed to block people on Twitter.

Why? Because he is a public figure and you would never be able to see what he tweeted if he blocked you, unless you watch the news, peruse the Internet, read a state-funded newspaper or exist in the year 2019.

With that ruling in place, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was sued for blocking people on the platform.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has been sued by former political opponents and trolls.

Eventually, people get sick of them and block them. I block people and I get blocked. I understand the process and why people do it.

But this entire exercise is asinine. The fact that we have people going to court and wasting time and money on this is absurd.

The court actually decided that this must be handled on a case by case basis, so we get more of these absurd cases for every city councilman who blocks someone on Twitter.

Let me make this simple: President Trump should unblock those he has blocked and mute them. Ocasio-Cortez should unblock those she has blocked and mute them. Merrill should unblock those he has blocked and mute them.

Let’s all grow up and if we can’t do that, just try to be slightly better people.

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: GOP members tout support for citizenship question, correctional officers get raises, HudsonAlpha brings Alabama bank and more …

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7. Being vice president has been very profitable for Joe Biden

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden released three years of tax returns and his financial disclosure form, which showed that in 2017, Biden and his wife, Jill, made around $11 million and $4.8 million in 2018.
  • Biden’s campaign has said that a majority of the income was from book sales, but he has been making way more than he ever did in his political career previous to his time as vice president, including lucrative speaking gigs at colleges that are sometimes worth as much as $400,000.

6. When in doubt, issue a subpoena

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  • House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) announced on Tuesday that the committee will be authorizing subpoenas this week for at least 12 individuals linked to President Donald Trump to further their obstruction of justice investigation.
  • Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein all made the list of those to be subpoenaed. The committee’s top Republican, U.S. Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), said that the efforts to continue the investigation remain “unimpressive and unproductive.”

5. Amtrak thirst continues in Mobile

  • On Tuesday, the Mobile City Council approved a “positive” resolution addressing Amtrak coming back to Mobile in a 6-0 vote. It is a different revised resolution than the one introduced on June 25 that requested Governor Kay Ivey promise funding to Amtrak, which would be absurd.
  • The resolution that was approved instead asks that “responsible state, county, and city officials examine the feasibility of a return of passenger rail service to the Gulf Coast.” Mobile City Councilman Joel Davis has said that more information is needed before city officials can decide whether or not it’s worth investing in Amtrak.

4. Cocaine Mitch smacks down a media campaign to boost his 2020 opponent

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) responded to a report from NBC News that tied him to his former slave-owning ancestors by highlighting how absurd that notion is, saying, “I find myself once again in the same position as President Obama. We both opposed reparations and we both are the descendants of slave-owners.”
  • This report was all about laying the groundwork for an announcement by failed U.S. House candidate Amy McGrath to announce her run against McConnell that included glowing national press, softball interviews and proclamations that this no-shot candidate is in a “blockbuster race.”

3. HudsonAlpha means big money for Alabama

  • Since the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology opened in Alabama in 2006, they have had a $2.45 billion impact on the state’s economy through employment, revenue and capital expenditures like equipment purchases and construction.
  • According to the study that was conducted by the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), 71% of the impact was from the research, testing and medical laboratories.

2. New salary packages coming for correctional officers

  • The Alabama Department of Corrections announced on Tuesday that after increased funding from the state’s general fund budget, new salary packages will be made available for correctional officers that have incentives for job seniority and training.
  • Getting correctional officers has been one of the major issues that contribute to the overall conditions in Alabama’s prisons, and according to the Alabama Department of Corrections staffing analysis, state prisons only have one-third of the number of correctional officers they actually need.

1. Brooks highlights poll showing Americans want citizenship question on census

  • On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared on “America’s Newsroom” where he discussed the 2020 census and said that a citizenship question is “basic common sense.” Attorney General William Barr has said that he knows of a way to include the question on the 2020 census that President Donald Trump supports.
  • Americans largely agree with Cruz and Barr. Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) tweeted out as much, stating, “A Harvard/Harris poll found that 67% of U.S. voters say the 2020 census should ask the citizenship question. Open-borders Socialist Democrats who oppose the citizenship question are in direct conflict with the American people’s views once again.”

1 week ago

7 Things: Doug Jones will block Trump nominees, shooter in Marshae Jones case speaks out, Roy Moore gets nothing but bad press and more …

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7. Disgusting people are licking food in grocery stores

  • After a 17-year-old woman in Texas had her boyfriend video her grabbing a tub of Blue Bell ice cream in the grocery store and then returning the canister to the freezer went viral, copycats videoing themselves doing the same thing have surfaced.
  • In one case, Lenise Martin III from Louisiana made a copycat video and was arrested since tampering with food is illegal. He was charged with criminal mischief and unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity.

6. If you can’t get him on anything else, get his tax returns

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  • A bill that would allow Congress to access President Donald Trump’s state tax returns has been signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Previously, state tax returns were supposed to stay private with few exceptions, and Trump’s legal team has already called this bill “Presidential harassment.”
  • The bill would mandate that the state’s commissioner of the Department of Taxation and Finance would be required to turn over tax returns when requested by the House of Ways and Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee or Joint Committee on Taxation.

5. The Russians are coming to help Planned Parenthood in Alabama

  • A Russian band called “Pussy Riot,” which is known for its social activism, is coming to Birmingham for a concert that will benefit Planned Parenthood. While the concert was being discussed before the abortion ban was passed, it wasn’t until the Alabama Human Life Protection Act was signed into law that the plans were more official.
  • The band’s co-founder Nadya Tolokonnikova has said that the band wants to come to Alabama because to her it is “ridiculous” that the right to an abortion is still a question, as well as noting that her home country, Russia, is patriarchal in many ways, but at least they have access to abortion.

4. McConnell attacked over his great-great grandparents from Alabama

  • In an odd attempt to make the wildly unpopular Democrat debate over reparations seem like a legitimate issue, NBC News published an “exclusive” story about two of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) great-great-grandparents, who owned slaves in Alabama over 150 years ago.
  • The hook here is that McConnell’s opposition to reparations is unseemly given his familial connections and the fact that his former Alabama relatives “James McConnell and Richard Daley, owned a total of at least 14 slaves in Limestone County, Alabama.”

3. A lawsuit is the only thing keeping Roy Moore’s name in the news

  • As Moore’s candidacy seems to be fading, there is a reason why Roy Moore keeps appearing in headlines: the lawsuit Leigh Corfman filed against Moore, From last week’s court filings, Moore’s legal team is calling the lawsuit “the theatre of the absurd,” which was in response to Corfman’s team asking to expand the boundaries of Moore’s deposition.
  • Despite these legal proceedings dragging on and not really presenting new information, we will continue to keep hearing about the lawsuit, his fledgling candidacy and low poll numbers because they have to pretend Moore is viable and scary.

2. Shooter in Marshae Jones case says she won’t get over the shooting

  • AL.com spoke to 23-year-old Ebony Jemison who said, “I will never get over the baby but I will get over doing what I had to do to protect myself,” as she recounted the events of the day where she fired the shot that may have ricocheted and hit Jones in the stomach killing her unborn baby as Jones was menacing her.
  • Embarrassingly, the prosecutor caved to media pressure and dropped the charges against Jones. Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynneice O. Washington cited the fact that people were mean to her online when she was on vacation for dropping the case, stating, “All the while my name was being desecrated across this…this nation.”

1. Doug Jones will oppose Trump nominees, even if he doesn’t have all the details

  • There’s a new video of Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) promising to stop a future Supreme Court pick from President Trump, even though it’s completely hypothetical, further making it clear that Jones knows his Senate career is going to be a short one.
  • The video was taken at the University of North Alabama town hall held by Jones. It also showed Jones saying that he can “raise hell” about the hypothetical nomination and acknowledging that there’s nothing he can realistically do other than “shame him” for the nomination.

 

2 weeks ago

Marshae Jones case an example of mob rule and political cowardice

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Any time a woman who just lost her baby is charged with a crime, it will elicit a negative reaction. No one wants to see anyone punished further after going through such an ordeal, but the Marshae Jones manslaughter case was one that probably warranted a jury of her peers taking a look at it.

Most know the story: Jones and another woman were fighting over a man in a Dollar General parking lot. It somehow escalated to a point where the other woman was cowering in a car with a handgun. Jones was hit in the stomach by a ricocheted warning shot and ultimately lost her baby.

A grand jury was presented the evidence and decided not only not to charge the shooter, but to take it a step further and charge the person who got shot.

This was not an overzealous politically-motivated prosecutor taking a case and trying it in the media. It wasn’t a misuse of power. This was a grand jury hearing all the evidence presented and deciding the woman who was shot and lost her baby was the aggressor and cause of that death.

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Then politics, the Alabama political media and the national media got involved.

Stories about how Alabama was engaging in yet another “War on Women” were back in the news and, even though it was completely unrelated, Alabama’s recently passed abortion ban somehow became part of the story.

None of that is accurate. None of it is relevant. What happened next was pure politics and nothing more.

Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynneice O. Washington returned from a cruise to the Dominican Republican and buckled under the pressure. She returned home and decided they would be dropping the charges.

This is not conjecture. The pressure was real and effective — she said so while publicly deliberating on whether to continue with the case and declaring that she could “do what I please.”

AL.com reported the following statement about the press coverage and pressure:

“There was a barrage of insults–desecration of my integrity, my character, my name—all the while I was in the Dominican Republic,” she said. “All the while my name was being desecrated across this…this nation.”

She announced there would be no charges while flanked by “local church leaders.”

Imagine if she had decided to continue to prosecute and brought pro-life preachers to the press conference. I think that decision would be discussed in a very different way than how this one is being discussed.

This doesn’t seem like justice. It sounds more like the modern version a mob breaking into a jail and letting a prisoner go. But it is OK in this case because the mob is made up of members of the media.

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: Census fight goes on with Alabama’s backing, Marshae Jones gets a reprieve, Trump’s great weekend and more …

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7. Trump offers congrats to ungrateful American soccer players

  • Despite controversy between United States women’s national soccer team player Megan Rapinoe and President Donald Trump, the president tweeted after the team’s win of the Women’s World Cup, “Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!”
  • Later, Trump was asked about the unequal pay between the men’s and the women’s national soccer teams, and he said that he would want to see the numbers on how much each team brings in year-round.

6. Everyone sees their enemies suffering as billionaire Jefferey Epstein is arrested

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  • Republicans believe this will be the moment former President Bill Clinton and others connected to him will finally face the reckoning for decades of suspected misbehavior and criminal activities. Flight logs show Clinton traveled with Epstein dozens of times to a private island.
  • The media and their Democrats believe there are ties to President Trump in this situation, and it could cause him great embarrassment. Epstein was a member at Mar-a-Lago and the president referred to him as a “great guy” in the past, as well as saying there were problems with his island.

5. Kamala Harris wants to close the racial wealth gap

  • If elected, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) wants to use $100 billion federal tax dollars to invest in housing for black families in an effort to close the racial wealth gap. Her plan would include granting up to $25,000 to individuals to help with a down payment and closing costs.
  • According to Harris’ campaign, if the racial wealth gap in homeownership was eliminated, “median black wealth would grow $32,113 per household, and the wealth gap between Black and white households would shrink 31 percent,” but the plan is blatantly unconstitutional.

4. Iran abandoning nuclear deals

  • Despite the 2015 nuclear deal that Iran made with other countries, on Sunday they surpassed the limit allowed for uranium enrichment stated in the deal. Europe has had trouble responding to Iran’s increase uranium enrichment, despite the 60-day warning they received.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has responded to Iran by tweeting, “Iran’s latest expansion of its nuclear program will lead to further isolation and sanctions. Nations should restore the longstanding standard of no enrichment for Iran’s nuclear program. Iran’s regime, armed with nuclear weapons, would pose an even greater danger to the world.”

3. Trump approval rating continues to climb

  • Good news this weekend for President Trump as he got his enemies to attack his 4th of July event which was a success. The latest jobs reports show a strong June, and his approval rating is the highest it’s been throughout his entire presidency at 47%, which is five points higher than April.
  • Despite Trump reaching such a high approval rating, he’s still struggling in polls against 2020 Democratic candidates, which still shows former Vice President Joe Biden beating Trump 55-41%, as well as Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) beating Trump by at least 6%.

2. Charges dropped against Marshae Jones

  • Prosecutors in Alabama have dropped the manslaughter charges against Marshae Jones, who was shot in the stomach while five months pregnant after initiating the altercation. The charges being dropped allows the rest of the country to paint Jones as an innocent victim.
  • The decision to drops charges only came after District Attorney Lynneice Washington’s office was bombarded with angry calls and messages expressing displeasure with her arrest and indictment; activists even attacked the case arguing that Alabama values the life of unborn babies over the life of a woman.

1. Alabama backs Trump on his census fight

  • At least three Alabama politicians want Trump to keep fighting to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill sent a letter to the Trump administration to show his support of including the citizenship question on the 2020 Census, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) spoke of his disappointment in Justice John Roberts and Attorney General Steve Marshall reiterated the fear of Alabama losing a House seat.
  • All three Alabama leaders want the Trump administration to keep fighting to add the question back to the 2020 Census. The president has made it clear he isn’t done yet and Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services office, said, “I think the president has expressed determination. He’s noted that the Supreme Court didn’t say this can’t be asked. They said they didn’t appreciate the process by which it came forward the first time.”

2 weeks ago

VIDEO: Charges dropped against Marshae Jones, Joe Biden struggling, John Merrill has no conflict and more on Guerrilla Politics …

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and political consultant Dexter Strong take you through this week’s biggest political stories, including:

— Should Alabama have charged a pregnant mother who was shot after she started a fight?

— What has happened to former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign and can he recover?

— Why the obsession with Secretary of State John Merrill running for office while holding the same office he held when he ran in 2018?

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Jackson and Strong are joined by Madison County School Superintendent Matt Massey to discuss the new Alabama School of Cyber & Engineering.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” at the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team in which he says he hopes they lose their finals matchup.

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: Trump’s big plans for Independence Day, McConnell keeping an eye on Alabama, boycott Alabama failure and more …

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7. Trump administration admits defeat on the citizenship question

  • According to the New York attorney general’s office, the Department of Justice will be issuing the 2020 census without the citizenship question that has been widely disputed recently, despite President Donald Trump saying he would attempt to delay the census until the question was included.
  • Last week, the Supreme Court ruled against adding the citizenship question to the census, and now that the question won’t be asked, the makeup of Congress and the Electoral College will soon be affected.

6. Birmingham protesters want an end to “concentration camps”

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  • Protesters in Birmingham gathered outside of the federal courthouse downtown to speak out against the conditions at border facilities. 
  • Multiple activists spoke, lamenting how immoral the facilities are. A child welfare worker, Genie Taylor channeled U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), saying, “It’s hard to look at this and not think about the concentration camps. I think most people are appalled.”

5. AOC is lying… again

  •  Ocasio-Cortez recently made some brutal claims about the conditions of the border facilities, including that women were being forced to drink out of toilets and being subjected to psychological warfare.
  • However, former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director Tom Homan is speaking out against her claims, saying that her claims are false. He added that AOC was “clearly, intentionally misinforming the American public,” as well as explaining that her toilet claim is false because while the sinks and toilets are attached, they have separate water lines.

4. Hugh Culverhouse, Jr. is lying … again

  • After Hugh F. Culverhouse, Jr. lied constantly about what transpired between him and the University of Alabama, he now, about three weeks later, has released an ad in the Wall Street Journal titled, “When We sing ‘God Bless America’ on the fourth, in Alabama some will sing ‘Dixie.’”
  • In the ad, Culverhouse ignores the truth and carries on with his own narrative, such as when he stated the falsehood that a state law allows “a father who has sex with his daughter to obtain custody rights,” as well as stating that the abortion ban won’t pass judicial review and then goes on to state that the ban “will lead to cruel unthinkable results”, which is a massive contradiction. Culverhouse’s ad ignores logic and attempts to reinforce a false narrative.

3. Boycotting Alabama isn’t working

  • Despite efforts to “boycott” Alabama after the state passed an almost complete abortion ban against the wishes of Hollywood, the media and their Democrats and the state of California, it’s now been announced that a California tech company will be relocating to Alabama.
  • The Alabama Futures Fund recently invested in the tech company Prepaid2Cash Holdings, Inc. (P2C), which is a company that allows customers to turn gift cards into cash with their smartphones, and they’re moving their international headquarters to Birmingham with their co-founder saying, “We were blown away by the ample resources and support available to a growing business like ours. This gives us confidence in our ability to scale our company and access new customers and tap regional connections.”

2. McConnell talks Senate election in Alabama

  • According to Perry Hooper, Jr., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) discussed some of the candidates in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama. Those who came up were U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope), former Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore and former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville.
  • Hooper said that McConnell was happy to hear that Moore is only polling at 13%, and that he doesn’t dislike Moore, but he wants a candidate that can defeat Senator Doug Jones (D-AL). Hooper also said that if Moore starts polling around 20-30%Vthat Republicans in Washington are “definitely” going to get involved in the election again.

1. Trump wants an American holiday while Democrats find Betsy Ross and her flag offensive

  • If you believe there isn’t a difference between the two major American parties at this point, it appears you haven’t been paying attention to modern American politics where one side wants tanks and planes to celebrate America’s July 4th holiday, while the other party finds the American flag offensive.
  • Trump’s “Salute to America” celebration is under attack from the media and Democrats who think his celebration is unacceptable. District of Columbia Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton stated, “This president is trying to do is to make it into Bastille Day.” She added, “That’s not an American way to approach our Fourth of July.”

2 weeks ago

Dale Jackson: I hope the U.S. women’s soccer team loses 1776-0

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I can’t stand Colin Kaepernick. I want him to get a job in the NFL just so he can play badly.

His latest move to call for Nike to stop selling shoes with an older version of the American flag should make it clear to everyone what a joke this guy is. Hopefully, Nike will understand that they have aligned themselves with an anti-American movement that tarnishes their brand and could hurt their business.

This strand of anti-Americanism is boosted by a complicit media that agrees with Kaepernick and other athletes while not caring what normal Americans think.

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At the same time an American company that does business in China while they run actual concentration camps, the United States women’s national soccer team is being led by a loud-mouth wannabe hero of “The Resistance.”

Megan Rapinoe is a media darling just like Kaepernick was and for the exact same reasons. She took a public position that required no risk and knowing there would be no real pushback.

Sure, people like me and regular Americans will hate her, we will complain, but eventually, we will just go back about our lives and not care about this woman or her soccer team for four more years. If a soccer star came out as a huge supporter of America or, heaven forbid, President Donald Trump, real calls for boycotts and public destruction would cause real damage.

This is America in 2019.

None of her teammates will call her out or say she doesn’t speak for them. The silence is deafening and that is their choice.

This should be a point of pride for America. instead, they have decided they want to be overtly political to cater to the media bubble that hangs over Washington, D.C. and New York City.

The sooner these women are back into obscurity the better it will be for America.

For this reason, this is my choice: I will actively root for the U.S. soccer team to be destroyed by the team of women from England.

God Save the Queen!

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: Ivey touts success of Paris Air Show, Roy Moore may have failed his polygraph, Biden in trouble and more …

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7. Mississippi lottery will make $40 million in the first year

  • Beginning December 1, Mississippi will start selling lottery tickets, making them yet another state surrounding Alabama that has the lottery, while Alabama sits on the sidelines with Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.
  • Mississippi’s lottery will likely generate $40 million the first year, and more than double that by the second year. Alabama could still move towards a lottery if an expected special session on prisons includes a call to discuss a lottery as well.

6. AOC gets in a cage at a detention facility

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  • U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) visited a detention facility and made numerous claims about the conditions, including that women were being forced out to drink water out of toilets, a claim that has been disputed and mocked.
  • It is alleged that AOC entered a cage as part of a performative protest, refused to tour the facility and yelled at border patrol agents before adding on Twitter later, “After I forced myself into a cell w/ women&began speaking to them, one of them described their treatment at the hands of officers as ‘psychological warfare.'”

5. Alabama could help end DACA program

  • Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments and rule on the constitutionality of former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) during their next term. Its ruling could have a major impact on the presidential election because the next term of the Supreme Court runs from October 2019 to June 2020.
  • Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall laid out the case that Alabama and other states will be making, explaining, “The U.S. Constitution makes clear that Congress alone has the legal authority to write U.S. immigration law, not the president through an executive branch memo. I am hopeful that the Court will rule in support of the Constitution and allow the president to finally terminate DACA.”

4. Teen charged as an adult in Bramblett case

  • The 16-year-old, Johnston Edward Taylor, that caused the wreck that killed Rod and Paula Bramblett in May has been arrested and charged as an adult with two counts of manslaughter. He is currently being held on a $50,000 bond.
  • While Taylor previously said that he fell asleep and didn’t remember the accident, a toxicology report showed that Taylor was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the wreck. Police have said that he was traveling well over the speed limit.

3. Biden is bleeding support

  • CNN has posted a new poll that shows the field is narrowing and former Vice President Joe Biden could be at risk of losing the lead, since now his lead is down to 5 points above his opponents.
  • The poll was conducted after the Democratic debates and shows that 22% of Democrats would vote for Biden, 17% for Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), 15% for Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and 14% for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), while none of the other Democrat presidential candidates made it to 5%.

2. Roy Moore accuser claims he failed a polygraph

  • In December 2017, Roy Moore took a polygraph to prove that he wasn’t guilty of the allegations made during his campaign that he was involved with minors previous to his marriage, and now the attorneys of one of the accusers, Leigh Corfman, are saying that the polygraph test didn’t clear Moore’s name.
  • Now, Corfman’s attorneys have filed a motion to reopen Moore’s deposition in a previous lawsuit filed by Corfman; in the motion, it states that Moore “likely failed” the polygraph which Moore has maintained that he is innocent. There is only one way he can prove he passed his polygraph and that is by releasing it.

1. Governor Ivey says “Alabama is an easy sell” to the aerospace industry

  • Governor Kay Ivey spoke to Yellowhammer News about her trip to the Paris Air show and called the trip “very valuable” during a conversation about the state’s soaring aerospace industry where the value of the industry is $2.4 billion and growing.
  • During the discussion about site selection, workforce development, supply chains and more, Ivey touted Alabama as a “business-friendly state” with “an unparalleled workforce.” Alabama looks to continue growing while America is experiencing a record period of economic expansion.

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Those who support abortion on demand cannot allow Marshae Jones to be held accountable

(Birmingham PD)

For the media and their Democrats, abortion is the Holy Grail — it must be defended at all cost.

No matter how ridiculous or unpopular the position, it must be treated as if it is completely reasonable.

Abortion after 13 weeks? Fine.

Abortion after 22 weeks? Fine.

Abortion after viability? Fine.

Abortion after and up until birth? Fine.

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As if that wasn’t ghoulish enough, the case involving a shooting in Jefferson County that resulted in the death of a five-month-old fetus is the latest battleground for abortion rights.

A grand jury met and decided to charge the mother of the fetus in this case. That same jury chose not to charge the shooter as she was acting in self-defense.

Now, the media is advocating for the mother and tying the story to Alabama’s recent abortion ban.

From CNN:

“The investigation showed that the only true victim in this was the unborn baby,” Reid said.
But that characterization incensed critics who say Alabama keeps prioritizing fetuses over women.

It has nothing to do with that ban, but they cannot help themselves.

Alabama’s own AL.com has been notoriously on the side of women who harm their own children for years.

They are doing it here as well.

Why? It doesn’t involve abortion, but it does involve acknowledgment that a fetus that far along is a viable living thing.

Accepting that fact would destroy their entire worldview and give those who despise abortion on demand ammunition for their fight.

For that reason, fetuses harmed by their mother and their actions must be ignored and dismissed.

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

3 weeks ago

7 Things: Trump meets with Kim Jong-un, Doug Jones thinks he’s smarter than you, Merrill dismisses conflict claims and more …

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7. Public magnet school for cyber and engineering will open in 2020

  • The Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering in Huntsville will be led by current Madison County Superintendent Matt Massey, will reportedly include slots for roughly 300 students from around the state of Alabama with at least two from every county and the school will have on-campus housing for students.
  • While the school is a public school, it has also received a substantial amount of private donations from private entities including Redstone Federal Credit Union, who announced a $3 million donation to the school.

6. Biden in hot water again

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  • During a campaign fundraiser hosted in Seattle, Washington, former Vice President Joe Biden stated that five years ago it was acceptable to make “fun of a gay waiter.” His comment immediately struck a chord with his audience and people shouted, “Not in Seattle!”
  • Oddly, Biden is the person responsible for pushing Obama to recognize gay marriage, but these repeated gaffes and controversies could be starting to pull his campaign back to earth as he lost 10 points after the first two debates.

5. Media continue its advocacy for irresponsible expectant mothers, Jeff Co. DA about to toss case

  • AL.com has long advocated for mothers who harm their children with drug use during pregnancy, and now they are publishing pieces pushing for Marshae Jones to not be charged after putting her child at risk by starting a fight that ended in a shooting that killed the unborn child. Their advocacy is working
  • Jones’ attorney, Mark White, plans to file a motion to dismiss charges against her. He says that the indictment has many errors and he believes it was politically motivated to begin with. He went on to say that the indictment is an “unprecedented, inappropriate charge that is not permitted under the law in Alabama.”

4. Gary Palmer wants you to know how many abortions are happening

  • U.S. Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) is working to make sure that accurate counts of abortions are reported to the Center of Disease Control & Prevention. Palmer has said it is necessary to know how many abortions or attempted abortions occur for public health research and when determining policy.
  • Currently, states can withhold data on abortions, and Palmer wants to standardize the reporting process. If passed, the bill would require states to report the number of abortions performed and the number of failed abortion attempts where the child lived. Penalties for withholding or falsifying data would result in lost eligibility for funding from Medicaid for family planning services temporarily.

3. John Merrill dismisses conflict of interest claims once again

  • With Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill running for U.S. Senate, journalists and social media are abuzz with claims that he has the same issues they errantly claimed Georgia’s secretary of state had when he was running for governor in 2018.
  • The ploy here is as transparent as it sounds. The idea is cast doubt upon Merrill’s integrity without making any actual claims, but it won’t work here. Merrill has been knocking down dubious and politically motivated allegations for months.

2. Doug Jones thinks insulting his constituents will get him reelected

  • U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) continues to prove he has no interest in winning his reelection campaign in 2020 with his latest comments about how he understood the issues surrounding his vote against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
  • Jones says his vote was based on how angry Kavanaugh was about being accused of multiple sex crimes. He explained, “If somebody had acted that way with you and you saw that kind of demeanor, I don’t think you would have hired that person,” and he condescendingly stated, “The people in Alabama, voters, didn’t do the due diligence I did.”

1. Trump crosses the line

  • On Sunday, President Donald Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Tucker Carlson of Fox News attended the meeting and shared that Kim sounded like an emphysema patient from all of his wheezing, adding that Trump “dominated” Kim and “towered over” him.
  • Carlson was very insistent that he believes Kim is in poor health, but also that Trump truly admires Kim for his toughness. But, despite Trump being the first sitting president to visit North Korea, many people are taking issue with his relationship with Kim.

 

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VIDEO: Tommy Tuberville discusses U.S. Senate campaign, poll shows Moore falling, border crisis escalates 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:

— What does new polling tell us in the Alabama Senate race?

— Are Democrats serious about actually solving the border crisis?

— What is Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) doing to prepare for 2020, and why is he focusing on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)?

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Jackson and Burke are joined by former Auburn football coach and candidate for U.S. Senate Tommy Tuberville who talks about his campaign.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” directed at Roy Moore, who is currently pretending his entry into the race for U.S. Senate is not against President Donald Trump’s desires.

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

3 weeks ago

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(Senator Mitch McConnell, Speaker Nancy Pelosi/Facebook)

7. More jobs on the way

  • U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta visited north Alabama to take in the area’s tech boom by touring Calhoun Community College’s Decatur campus and Huntsville’s ADTRAN before traveling to Dynetics Technical Solutions to check out their manufacturing facility while touting the relationship between education and industry to create new opportunities.
  • Dynetics CEO David King touted how Dynetics already employs over 2,000 people and signed Trump administration’s “Pledge to America’s Workers,” and said the company plans on hiring “700 new employees,” many of which will be in Alabama.

6. Supreme Court rulings please and anger everyone

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  • Issues of gerrymandering are used by both parties to maintain power in state legislatures and in Congress. Courts have been increasingly stepping in to redraw the lines and the Supreme Court has said that is not the job of the courts.
  • The Supreme Court blocked the citizenship question on the 2020 census, for now, handing high-immigrant states like California a victory and leading President Trump to ask lawyers to delay the census “no matter how long” in hopes of eventually getting the citizenship question on the census.

5. Shelby is on a winning streak

  • The U.S. Senate has passed the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will provide $750 billion for national defense, as well as a 3.1% raise for troops. U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) has praised the passing of the NDAA, saying that it “is an essential step in providing our military with the means and resources to protect our nation efficiently and effectively.”
  • There are several provisions within the NDAA that benefit Alabama, such as new opportunities for shipbuilding along the Gulf Coast, the authorization of three new military construction projects in the state and support for missile defense efforts in Huntsville and Troy.

4. Some say she is a victim, some say she is a criminal

  • In the case of Marshae Jones, a new petition has gained 1,466 signatures asking for the charges of manslaughter against Jones be dropped after gaining a lot of attention over the last 24 hours. The case is even being used to reinforce the narrative that Alabama cares more about the life of a fetus than the life of a woman.
  • In December 2018, Jones was five months pregnant and started a fight with Ebony Jemison, and after Jones initiated the fight, Jemison shot Jones and Jones’ baby died; charges of manslaughter against Jemison were dismissed, and Jones was arrested and charged for child endangerment. Bessemer District Attorney Lynneice O. Washington’s office said in a statement they are still deciding whether to prosecute Jones on manslaughter charges or a lesser charge “or not to prosecute it.”

3. Another Dem Debate

  • The winners of last night’s debate were Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), who dominated the stage and took on former Vice President Joe Biden’s past on bussing and segregation, and illegal immigrants, who learned that not only will they be welcomed at the border, but that they will also receive free healthcare when they get here. President Donald Trump also gets a win here as his potential opponents run further and further to the left with the help of MSNBC.
  • The big loser in this debate was Biden, who took a pounding from Harris in the most viral moment of the night. He raised his hand when asked about free healthcare for illegal immigrants, and generally seemed confused at multiple times, including yielding his own time while defending his record on race and saying he would defeat Donald Trump on his first day in the Oval Office.

2. You paid a lot for the “Love Gov”

  • In total, the cost of settling the lawsuit involving former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency leader Spencer Collier case was $1.02 million, with $525,000 being the cost of the settlement and the $498,456 the state paid in legal costs.
  • Governor Kay Ivey commented on the issue, saying that the funds came from the General Liability Trust Fund, which is meant to cover the “damages arising out of the negligent or wrongful acts or omissions committed by the state employees or agents of the state.” In this instance, that means former Governor Robert Bentley.

1. McConnell crushes Pelosi as Democrats fold on border crisis

  • After spending months pretending there was no crisis at the border and ignoring 17 requests for additional funding, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) collapsed, bucked the more progressive members of her caucus and passed a $4.59 billion humanitarian aid bill.
  • As the Democrats on the debate stage and in the media continue to drag the Democrat Party to the left, Pelosi was under pressure to pass the bill by more moderate members of her caucus who weren’t willing to kill the Senate bill that passed 84-8 in the Senate to please Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY).