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  • Alabama state Rep. Standridge on ‘In God We Trust’ legislation: ‘It’s a simple message, but I believe it’s a powerful message’

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    Alabama state Rep. David Standridge (R-Hayden) was interviewed Tuesday on “Fox and Friends First,” where he discussed the state’s new law that allows “In God We Trust” to be displayed in public buildings.

    Standridge, who sponsored the legislation in the state legislature, explained that the idea came in part out of recent debate about school safety. He said he views displaying the national motto as a way to bring added comfort to students, teachers and staff while they are at school.

    Along the way, Standridge was shocked by the number of people who were afraid to touch the subject, due to what he views as a modern-day culture of hypersensitivity and “political correctness.”

    Media outlets like AL.com and the Associated Press reported that legal challenges are “expected,” but, like Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, Standridge does not see an issue with simply displaying the national motto – which he points out was passed by Congress and is featured on American currency.

    “It’s a simple message, but I believe it’s a powerful message,” Standridge said on “Fox and Friends First.”

  • Rep. Byrne: Illegal immigrants will not be housed in Baldwin County

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    Tuesday, Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-01) announced that illegal immigrants would not be housed at Navy airfields in Baldwin County.

    Congressman Byrne opposed the housing of 10,000 illegal immigrants at Naval Outlying Field Silverhill and Naval Outlying Field Wolf in south Baldwin County.

    Byrne, along with other members of the Alabama and Florida Congressional delegation, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mattis and Secretary of Homeland Security Nielson expressing their concerns with the proposal.

    Byrne released both a statement and a tweet on Tuesday regarding the decision of the proposal.

  • WATCH: University of Alabama Police Department completes lip sync battle featuring ‘Sweet Home Alabama’

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    Monday, The University of Alabama posted a video of their campus police department participating in a lip sync battle against Clemson University.

    UAPD chose “Sweet Home Alabama” as their song and, afterward, challenged all other SEC schools to join in on the competition.

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7 Things: Trump pulls former CIA Director’s clearance, former Governor Robert Bentley wants us to believe the unbelievable, Trump supporters slammed for something that didn’t happen and more …

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7. In a story that surprises no one, former White House staffer Omarosa lies about being interviewed by Robert Muller’s investigators

— Omarosa already has some credibility issues but there is no evidence she has ever been interviewed in any capacity by the Mueller team. She claims she has and that she has new information for him.

— Sources at the White House say that Omarosa was never requested by investigator and ABC News’ John Santucci tweeted, “We’ve been reporting on the Special Counsel’s interviews from day one – I have never heard her name.”

6. Masterpiece Cakes was targeted again the day they won the right to have their case heard at the Supreme Court

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— After losing on a technicality, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission is targeting the business again, this time arguing they wouldn’t make a cake for a transgender attorney.

—  A lawyer called the cakeshop asking for a birthday cake that was pink on the inside and blue on the outside in order to honor the seventh anniversary of her transition. When the cakeshop refused she filed a complaint.

5. The monolithic mainstream media decided to prove their critics right by publishing similar editorials all over the country attacking Trump

— 350+ newspapers have joined in the effort to assert their First Amendment privileges that they clearly have been expressing for the entire Trump administration with absolutely no repercussions, except some mean words from the president.

— The face of these heroic warriors is none other than CNN’s Jim Acosta who stormed out of a White House press briefing in a huff when Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wouldn’t repeat what he wanted her to.

4. AL.com is starting to telegraph how Democrats will attempt to use recent coal corruption trial in attacks this election season

— The sports blog with a liberal bias posted a graphic that included every Republican member of Congress in Alabama implying inappropriate behavior when there is absolutely nothing to substantiate that claim.

— The only thing most of these men did was sign a letter to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), asking for a 60-day public comment period — a request that was granted by an EPA ran by Obama appointees.

3. The media is now using a non-existent Trump tape to beat up Trump supporters. Even the media’s favorite conservatives are jumping in

— The tape, which almost certainly doesn’t exist, has set liberal commentators off into a tizzy of condemnation over an event that hasn’t taken place. The New York Times’ Charles Blow argued the tape “might actually increase his support among the people who support him.”

— S.E. Cupp, who recently received a Saturday talk show on CNN, declared without any evidence that “plenty of Trump supporters voted for him because they saw him as a protector of white America, whether through rhetoric or policy. They won’t mind.”

2. Former Governor Robert Bentley continues to talk about his alleged extra-marital affair with Rebekah Mason

— Bentley is claiming that the obvious adulterous relationship that ended his marriage and cost him his position as governor was not adulterous, claiming it was just “affectionate friendship” with kissing but no sex.

— The absurd lie, or pathetic truth, was part of a deposition in an ongoing civil lawsuit.

1. President Trump revokes former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance and put the clearances of others under review 

— One of the president’s loudest critics, Brennan claims the revoking of his security clearances is a violation of his free speech rights, which he ironically said during interviews with multiple news outlets after the clearance was revoked.

— Brennan is so in fear of losing his right to free speech that he wrote a column for the New York Times making the same silly claims that got his clearance yanked. He claims there is collusion, he gets the headline and then he doesn’t deliver.

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AL.com is starting to telegraph how Democrats will attempt to use recent coal corruption trial in attacks this election season

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This summer, a Democratic state representative, a lawyer and a major coal company executive were convicted of federal charges including conspiracy, wire fraud and bribery.

The coverage of this story had actually been pretty good. The facts are clear and the villains are easily defined, but now the trial is over and it is time to weaponize the story.

The bad guys? The same people the media always demonizes: Republican elected officials.

This photo is used by AL.com:

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A wide variety of political and business interests testified or were otherwise involved in a trial over bribery regarding a cleanup at a polluted Birmingham neighborhood and who would pay for it. Oliver Robinson (center) pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from David Roberson (left-center) and Joel Gilbert (right-center).
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The problem? Most of those people are not even mentioned in the story, while some have nothing to do with the scandal.

This mess has already been used in scurrilous and questionable allegations against Republican Congressman Mo Brooks, that are not substantiated by the facts.

What parts do Brooks and other Republican Congressmen play in this scheme?

The only link to the Congressmen pictured is a signature on a letter to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), asking for a 60-day public comment period — a request that was granted by an EPA ran by Obama appointees.

There is no corruption there, there is no quid-pro-quo, there is nothing. This is just an attempt to smear them for no good reason.

This is innuendo for innuendo sake, and if you are a Democrat, there is no penalty for doing it.

The political media like to tell us how important their job is. Maybe they should start proving it by investigating false claims by political figures instead of enabling them.

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

1 day ago

7 Things: White House can’t guarantee there isn’t a tape of a racist comment by Trump, Rep. Byrne claims victory over housing illegals in Alabama, Trump praises an Alabama coal mine and more …

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7. Another scandal for the Catholic Church, this time in Pennsylvania

— Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says that over 300 priests molested over a thousand children and the Catholic churches knew about it and covered it up.

— Shapiro says, “The cover-up was sophisticated. And all the while, shockingly, church leadership kept records of the abuse and the cover” in order to avoid financial liability and paid publicity.

6. The defense did not call a single witness in defense of Paul Manafort

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— There was a surprising lack of a defense offered by the Manafort defense team. Experts say this could mean they don’t think the prosecution made their case, or some argue that Manafort is working out a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller.

— Manafort’s freedom seems to rest on the fact that the federal government’s main witness Rick Gates is a questionable character who cut a deal, stole from Manafort and cheated on his wife.

5. Domestic violence claims continue to mount against Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) as a second accuser comes forward

— The DNC has finally broken their silence and a former DNC communications director says Rep. Ellison needs to be suspended.

— The American media has very little interest in this story and devotes almost no time to the story, compared to a similar story involving a Trump employee.

4. Senator Doug Jones wants Alabama polluted Superfund site moved up on the pollution cleanup priorities list

— A coal company and a law firm were involved in a scheme to keep a polluted site from being cleaned up. It ended in convictions or plea deals for a state representative, an attorney and a coal company executive.

— Jones sent a letter asking for the special attention to the site claiming that “it is now abundantly clear, as evidenced by the July 19, 2018 convictions of a former state legislator, a business executive and attorney on a number of federal charges including conspiracy, wire fraud and bribery, that the EPA’s initial public review process was undermined by an illegal misinformation scheme to prevent the North Birmingham site from being added to the NPL.”

3. President Donald Trump has some words of support for a saved Alabama coal mine

— The coal mine was covered by The Atlantic, and the president tweeted out the story with the tagline “Hope and Change in an Alabama Coal Mine.”

— The story starts with a nod to the excavator and a tribute to the president, “It was hulking, it was orange and its name was Trump.” It was named for the man they credit with saving their jobs.

2. Congressman Bradley Byrne confirms that there will be no illegal immigrants housed in Alabama

— Rep. Byrne and other Baldwin County officials have been lobbying the DOJ, the president, the secretary of state, and the secretary of Homeland Security to not choose a closed Alabama airfield as a site to store 10,000 illegal immigrants.

— After learning the news, the congressman tweeted, “BREAKING: My office has learned that there are no plans to house illegal immigrants at Navy airfields in south Baldwin County! This was a bad idea from the start, and I am pleased it will not come to fruition.”

1. The White House “cannot guarantee” that a tape of the president of the United States saying the “n-word” doesn’t exist after the furor over the president saying Omarosa Manigault Newman was a “dog

— In what is an extraordinary movement at a White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked if there was a tape of the president using a racial slur and Sanders stated, “I can’t guarantee anything, but I can tell you that the president addressed this question directly.”

— Omarosa Manigault Newman is obviously a flawed messenger here and the idea that this tape could exist and not be released seems laughable, but there is now a tape of Manigault and Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson talking about the tape. Pierson’s story has changed on that issue after the tape has been released.

2 days ago

The media, including some in Alabama, continue endorsing aggressive action by liberals that will lead to violence

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During the rise of the Tea Party, the American media pretended the group was violent and was going to get people hurt. There are multiple instances where the media disingenuously tied violent acts that were unrelated to the group or others on the American right; the facts didn’t matter.

Now, liberals are in the street punching reporters, cutting audio cables, yelling at people while they eat, showing up and screaming at town halls and throwing items at U.S. Senators like Doug Jones over Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, while shouting, “You can kiss my ass if you vote yes. You can kiss my ass if you vote yes. You can kiss my ass.”

If the woman who committed this act were Republican, we would know every single thing about her and she would have been fired from her job.

But because she is fighting the liberal’s fight, the Alabama Political Reporter’s Josh Moon praised this ridiculousness:

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This comes on the heels of CNN’s Chris Cuomo endorsing violence by Antifa in a “fight between good and evil”:

The violence is going to get worse. It is being fueled by bad people for bad reasons. The cowards in the media will make excuses for these people, and they will tell those who might be considering action that they are morally right. It implies doing nothing is complicit, and that it is more important than ever that Americans resist — even if that means violence.

It is easy to see that Josh Moon and Chris Cuomo aren’t going to get out in the street and start throwing hands, but rather, they will praise violent acts from behind their keyboards and from their televisions studios as they benefit from the carnage.

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

2 days ago

7 Things: Disgraced former FBI Agent Peter Strzok finally fired, 70 percent of Americans want the Mueller probe over, Rep. Mike Rogers says the Space Force is no joke and more …

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7. A Mexican restaurant in Houston is under fire for daring to serve Attorney General Jeff Sessions

— El Tiempo Cantina posted a photo of Sessions and its owner on social media. It was immediately attacked for serving the AG. Eventually, the restaurant apologized for posting the photo and shut down their social media accounts.

— American liberals have decided that serving food to the wrong people is a crime punishable by loss of your livelihood in 2018

6. Alabama Senator Doug Jones makes absolutely no one happy with his incoherence on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

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— Sen. Jones appeared at a town hall in Birmingham and the issue of Brett Kavanaugh arose. Jones seems to be hanging his hat on the fact that he can’t read his notes from his time in the Bush administration and therefore just can’t decide what to do on this vote.

— Conservatives continue to pressure Jones to make his position known. Meanwhile, a Democrat at this town hall heckled Jones and then threw a pair of plush lips at him telling him to “Kiss my ass” if he votes to confirm.

5. Democrats continue embracing socialism while thinking less of capitalism

— The Democratic Party’s embrace of socialism is nothing new. Fifty-seven percent of Democrats view socialism positively, which has changed little since 2010. Only 16 percent of Republicans view socialism positively.

— The party’s view of capitalism continues to decline with only 46 percent viewing the American economic system positively.

4. Governor Kay Ivey continues to talk about issues while her opponent talks about debates

— Gov. Ivey’s focus on education and business matters, she touts investment in pre-K and that Alabama was named the nation’s “Best Business Climate” in the nation.

— Democrat nominee, and former AEA field representative, Walt Maddox continues to release videos about a debate that is just never going to happen.

3. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) makes it clear that Trump and Congress are serious about the Space Force

— While the idea of the Space Force has been mocked because it is an idea from the Trump administration, Alabama’s Rogers believes this new agency is very important. He said, “China set up their own separate space service a year and a half ago, and Russia reorganized before that — we are way behind the curve on it”.

— Rogers drove the point home that space is important to our war-fighting capabilities, saying, “People have to understand that we have become heavily dependent on space to fight and win wars, that’s our eyes and ears for the military.”

2. Sixty-six percent of Americans want the Mueller probe wrapped up

— Polling released this morning show that Americans want special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation wrapped up. This crosses party lines with Democrats and Republicans wanting it over for different reasons.

— The poll also shows 70 percent of Americans think Trump should testify “if asked.” Only 34 percent approve of how Trump has handled this investigation, and Trump’s approval rating is now at 42 percent (higher than Reagan, Clinton and Carter at this point).

1. Embattled FBI Agent Peter Strzok becomes the latest official fired by the FBI

— While the focus is on the anti-Trump e-mails that the agent sent to his lover, there are other issues including him sending a sensitive search warrant to his personal e-mail account, and he made the decision to drag his feet to examine new e-mails related to the Clinton investigation.

— The FBI clearly had some issues in their handling of these investigations in late 2016, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) pointed out how disastrous that period has been for the FBI with a tweet that laid bare all the discipline issues within the FBI with former Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe being fired, Chief Counsel James Baker and FBI Counsel Lisa Page being demoted. All of these issues stemmed from the Clinton/Trump investigations.

3 days ago

As long as Nancy Worley leads the Alabama Democratic Party, they will remain stuck on the toilet

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In early 2015, Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley wrote a letter, and it included details about an embarrassing ordeal where she was unable to get off the toilet, which is still a pretty good metaphor for Alabama Democrats.

“April brought another trauma to my knees which balked when I tried to rise from my lowly 14″ commode. Again, I sat for hours awaiting Wade’s scheduled arrival; however, his attempt to lift me was futile—when he pulled me up, he fell backwards and I fell on my knees again. Solution: we installed the tallest available, 17 1/2 inch commode and a pull-up bar on my bathroom wall,” Worley wrote.

The current head of the Alabama Democratic Party, who just won re-election, has overseen a pretty embarrassing period for her party. The only real victory that she can claim is the election of Senator Doug Jones. But even that victory was nothing to write home about. Most observers believe that election result was more about the national media descending on Roy Moore during the special election than the strength of Worley’s Democratic Party.

And Jones’ failed wish that Worley be removed shows anyone watching that he doesn’t give her any credit; he wanted her gone and he explained to the Montgomery Advertiser’s Brian Lyman that the Alabama Democratic Party has issues he wants addressed without Worley at the helm:

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Jones is absolutely right.

When the Alabama Republican Party was preparing to take their party from a super-minority to a super-majority in one election, their messaging machine was on fire. Former ALGOP Chairman Mike Hubbard and his communication director Phillip Bryan had an agenda. Every day, e-mails and social media posts highlighted the missteps that the entrenched Democratic Party were making.

Most members of Alabama’s political media are lazy, and while they will try not to reprint and regurgitate press releases sent to them, they obviously use those communiques as templates for stories.

Under Worley’s leadership, the Alabama Democratic Party has been unable to gain ground even after multiple Alabama Republicans have been embroiled in scandals, indicted, convicted and removed from office. These were not county coroners we are talking about: the governor, the speaker of the house and the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court were all taken down, yet the Alabama Democratic Party remains the joke of the state.

The party is stuck on the toilet with Worley and if they want to be a legit player in the state, they need to get off.

@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: Omarosa has tapes and no shame, Alabama Sen. Doug Jones stages a failed coup, ‘Unite the Right’ rally fails but the media can’t get enough and more …

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7. The American media wants you to know they are a biased monolith by conspiring to publish 100 similar editorials on the same day

— The “coordinated response” to President Donald Trump’s “enemy of the people” comments is being spearheaded by The Boston Globe, and is predicated on the premise that Trump hasn’t been clear that the “fake news media” is the enemy of the people.

— The Boston Globe’s editor wrote a letter to other papers proposing the papers “publish an editorial on August 16 on the dangers of the administration’s assault on the press and ask others to commit to publishing their own editorials on the same date.”

— The lead investigator Sheriff Bob Gualtieri further highlighted the absurdity of police inaction by pointing out, “There were several other times when he was in that school that his gun was empty,” the sheriff said, noting that the rifle had a six-round magazine.

— This information further compounds the tragedy by making it clear that the Broward County sheriffs deputy on the scene and the school resource officer’s failure to act cost children their lives.

5. “In God We Trust” could be coming back to Alabama schools

— Blount County’s school board is ready to move forward on with an ordinance that will allow some form of religious display at county schools. They are consulting with lawyers and are prepared to move on this within the next month.

— Alabama lawmakers passed a law in February to allow local school systems to permit displays of faith on public property. Lawsuits have been threatened and will follow.

4. Foolish criticism of Huntsville city council as they agree to pay the legal fees of an officer accused of murder

— The Huntsville police department stood behind a police officer charged with murder and at the urging of the mayor and police chief, the city council voted 4-0 to pay for the officer’s defense attorney at a cost of $75,000.

— AL.com’s liberal columnist John Archibald declared that the decision to pay the officer’s legal fees and not release the video of the incidents “implicates” the city. He fails to realize there is still a trial that is going to take place and releasing said video could impact that trial.

3. “Unite The Right” rally a giant bust. Media continues to fuel the fire 

— A completely irrelevant group of two dozen white nationalists appeared in Washington D.C. with the support of no one. They were met by hundreds of cops, hundreds of news media and thousands of counter-protesters.

— Today’s media coverage will consist of complaints that the president didn’t do enough to condemn this, in spite of him actively and directly criticizing this event.

2. Sen. Doug Jones fails to remake the Alabama Democrat Party

— Jones, who shocked the world by winning a long-shot U.S. Senate seat, attempted to push long-time Democrat leader Nancy Worley out of her position and install Montgomery attorney Peck Fox because the party is non-existent on social media and has no communication strategy.

— The 101-89 vote was a defeat for Doug Jones, House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels and those who wanted aggressive change in the Alabama Democrat Party.

1. Omarosa Manigault wrote a book, said Trump uses the n-word and recorded Chief of Staff John Kelly in the White House

— The most outrageous allegation leveled by Manigault is that she has heard a tape of the President saying the n-word, in her book she mentions pollster Frank Luntz being aware of the tape, an allegation Luntz says is “Not only is this flat-out false (I’ve never heard such a thing), but Omarosa didn’t even make an effort to call or email me to verify” on Twitter.

— Manigault’s recording of her termination in the most secure part of the White House is leading to calls for charges against her.

4 days ago

VIDEO: Midterm lessons from OH-12, gambling debate coming in 2019, former Gov. Robert Bentley’s second act, 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:

— Is there anything we can learn about the midterms from OH-12’s special election?

— Will sports gambling be discussed in this election or just debated in the 2019 legislative sesssion?

— Who asked for former Governor Robert Bentley to return to the political stage?

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Democrat candidate for Alabama Lieutenant Governor Will Boyd joins Jackson and Burke to discuss campaigning, gambling, the education lottery and how much power the lieutenant governor actually has.

Jackson closes the show with a “Parting Shot” directed at those who feel like “deplatforming” guys like Alex Jones is a good idea.

6 days ago

Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks hits back at ‘socialist’ opponent over what he calls a defamatory attack

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Mud-slinging is as old as politics itself, but sometimes a line gets crossed and the person attacked fires back in kind.

The Democrat candidate for Congress in Alabama’s fifth Congressional District Peter Joffrion alleged that Congressman Mo Brooks “participated in the scheme by accepting tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and by signing on to a letter drafted by the conspirators to oppose the EPA’s cleanup efforts,” which implies an unethical and illegal behavior on the Congressman’s part.

Brooks says he never signed such a letter. According to Brooks, the only letter he signed in regard to this matter was signed by six other Alabama Congressmen who represent the area involved and requested a 60-day pause to allow for public comment, which the Obama administration granted.

Congressman Brooks did not hold back when he told WVNN radio and Yellowhammer News what he thought about these accusations.

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“The accusation that I participated in criminal conduct is patently false. There is zero … evidence to support Peter Joffrion’s accusations. He just made it up for personal gain. The accusation that I signed a letter to oppose the EPA’s clean up efforts, that is patently false. There is zero evidence to support that accusation rendered by Peter Joffrion,” said Brooks.

The facts of this issue do not seem that complex. Joffrion has a campaign that has an uphill battle. He needs attention and he can’t get that by talking about what Brooks calls his “socialistic policies.” This is desperation by Joffrion, but as long as media outlets act like stenographers and just repeat lies sent out via press releases, candidates will continue to behave this way.

Listen to the entire interview here:

@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: Deep State further exposed, VP Pence praises Alabama as he touts the Space Force, Maddox keeps debating himself in the gubernatorial contest, and more …

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7. NFL players are back to kneeling. Donald Trump is smiling

— After a year of nonsense and political posturing over kneeling, NFL players started the preseason by taking knees, raising fists and standing in the tunnel to protest the National Anthem. They claim it is a sign of unity, and then tell everyone it is not divisive.

— While recent polling says 53 percent of Americans say it is “never” appropriate to kneel, the president’s base is crystal clear on this with 86 percent agreeing. Fifty-one percent of Independents agree.

6. Media bias in the era of Trump is stunningly obvious — this is another countless example

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— Network television offered up 18 minutes of coverage of the arrest of Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) in 24 hours. They offered a combined 68 seconds for two similar Democrat arrests.

— The scandal’s impact could radically change the race for Collins’ House Seat. Scandals cost incumbents 13 points in competitive districts.

5. It’s been an interesting first week for Alabama schools and daycares

— A daycare in Birmingham had a worker arrested for leaving a five-year-old in a van for two hours.

— School issues in Alabama included a surprising resignation, a middle school student with a gun, a student photoshopping Klan hoods on his classmates, a bus attendant slapped a student and a suspended football coach.

4. As unbelievable as it seems, in spite of his plea deal, former Governor Robert Bentley could run for office again

— The disgraced former governor said he was open to running for the U.S. Senate if God opens the door for it, but many questioned if he could, given his plea deal.

— Richard White, a former Montgomery County Deputy District told Yellowhammer News that the agreement that Bentley “will not seek or serve in any public office” on further public service would be unenforceable.

3. Candidate for governor Walt Maddox continues to whine about a debate, but continues to debate himself on key issues

— Maddox still wants to talk about not having a debate with Governor Kay Ivey. This narrative is tired and boring.

— As part of a new online video, Maddox shows an empty podium for Governor Kay Ivey and then proceeds to hem and haw on the three issues he claims he is explaining (abortion, guns and the Supreme Court)

2. Vice President Mike Pence talks up Space Force. Alabama gets mentioned and this could be great for the state

— Speaking at the Pentagon, Vice President Pence laid out why we need to establish the Space Force and how it will “fight adversaries and spread American values beyond Earth.”

— While it is expected to be based in Colorado, Pence specifically praised “the engineers of the Missile Defense Agency at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama who are forging the next generation of rockets to strengthen our missile defense”.

1. As if we needed more info about how the DOJ was compromised in 2016, now we learn the number four in command was in constant contact with Chris Steele about Russian oligarchs

— Long after the FBI cut ties with former British spy and Trump dossier author Christopher Steele, senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr continued to maintain extensive contact with him, according to newly reported emails. The FBI determined Steele had an “unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship with the FBI.”

— The correspondence leaves little doubt that Ohr was communicating with Steele and helping with the “deep state” resistance to the president before and after his election.

7 days ago

Walt Maddox goes back to the debate issue again, still doesn’t answer questions

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Here we go again, Democrat candidate for governor Walt Maddox still wants to talk about not having a debate with Governor Kay Ivey. His stenographers in the media love it and his campaign manager loves it, but there is no evidence anyone else cares.

Maddox has decided to take this issue to Twitter and suggest that he isn’t scared to debate the issues Governor Ivey has raised in her responses to him: Guns, abortion and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

He even went with the empty podium shtick.

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The problem with this tired game and ad is that Maddox does not actually answer the questions at hand.

Even though he starts by saying, “I have been clear and consistent on these positions,” he has not.

Abortion: He is a pro-life Democrat, but his previous statements on this lay out what this really means. “Republicans are more pro-birth than pro-life,” “Although I am personally opposed to abortion, under the law of the land a woman has a right to choose up until the point of fetal viability” and “The courts will ultimately decide.”

All these statements mean the same thing — that he is a Democrat in the South and does not want to make either side mad.

Gun control: He says he is pro-Second Amendment, and then proceeds to tick off all the gun control measures he supports in his ad.

Ignore the fact that he was endorsed by Michael Blooomberg’s gun control group “Mom’s Demand Action.”

U.S. Supreme Court: Let Senators Shelby and Doug Jones do their jobs, he says in the ad — still no position.

This is just more bad decision making by the Maddox campaign, harping on a non-issue and then proving his opponent right by being wishy-washy on guns and Brett Kavanaugh.

The only thing this ad shows us is that Maddox should stick to debating empty podiums until he can finish the debate he is losing to himself.

@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: Trump team responds to Mueller, Alabama AG sees First and Second Amendment issues on 3D gun printing bans, Alabama employers may see higher taxes because of GOP tax bill, and more …

7. Democrats’ Russia hysteria is based on nothing and being drummed up for political purposes in Alabama and other states

— Florida Senator Bill Nelson is in the middle of a tough re-election campaign against GOP Governor Rick Scott and he is claiming Russians “have already penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about.”

— Florida’s election officials are not buying the argument and added, “If Senator Nelson has specific information about threats to our elections, he should share it with election officials in Florida.”

6. Republican Congressman arrested for insider trading. Apparently, his support for President Trump is a huge part of this story

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— Rep. Chris Collins was arrested and indicted on charges related to securities fraud for insider trading regarding an Australian biotechnology company. He pleaded not guilty and said he will continue his run for re-election.

— The media is fixated on the fact that this guy is the the first guy to support Donald Trump in Congress, a huge departure from how President Obama’s early supporters were treated.

5. For as much as we hear about Trump being a Russian asset, he sure doesn’t act like it

— The Trump administration leveled yet more sanctions on Russia poisoning an ex-spy in Britain.

— Additional sanctions may be leveled against nations who meddle in our elections if a reported executive order materializes.

4. The son of an un-indicted co-conspirator in the bombing of the World Trade Center was training kids to be Islamic terrorists

— Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was found to be conducting weapons training on a compound where they found 11 children living in hellish conditions. They were hungry and living in squalor.

— The compound was set up with a firing range and there was training taking place that would teach the children to commit school shootings.

3. A side effect of the GOP tax bill could be higher taxes for Alabama corporations, but the legislature could tweak that

— Alabama’s state law mirrors federal law on corporate taxation and because the bill offsets cuts with some increases on corporations, Alabama corporations may be looking at higher taxes in the state.

— A council on state taxation study stated there may be a net 11 percent increase in corporate income tax revenue for Alabama’s coffers, so don’t expect Alabama to act to cut those taxes anytime soon.

2. Alabama’s Attorney General Steve Marshall is wary of a multi-state lawsuit seeking a ban 3D-printing of guns

— The mainstream media’s coverage of the 3D gun printing issue was abysmal, implying AR-15s would be printed and used in mass shootings. Because of that, multiple states sought to block the release of 3D printable gun plans.

— The state’s attorney general office cites both First and Second Amendment issues with these moves by the Federal government and these states, stating, “In addition to the significant First and Second Amendment concerns at issue in this case, the Attorney General remains skeptical of the uptick in policy-driven nationwide injunctions being issued by activist federal judges around the country.”

1. President Donald Trump’s lawyers have responded to Robert Mueller’s interview request. His lawyers want the probe over, but one lawmaker thinks it doesn’t end until Mueller gets Trump

— Rudy Giuliani won’t be clear about what Trump will end up doing, but made it clear that the obstruction of justice stuff is a non-starter, adding they could talk about collusion.

— What most consider wishful thinking continues to be a main thread from the Trump legal team that the probe needs to end and end soon. Guiliani says, “We do not want to run into the November elections. So back up from that, this should be over by September 1”.

1 week ago

Who asked for the return of former Gov. Robert Bentley?

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You can say a lot of negative things about former Judge Roy Moore, he is a disgrace, a loser and someone that should ride off into the sunset. But, he also has a small constituency of people who support everything he does. Some will donate to his grifts, some will show up to vote for him and others will recount the glory days of the judge losing his valuable and influential positions on the Alabama Supreme Court for no discernible gain.

Former Governor Robert Bentley has far more negative things to be said of him: he is a criminal, a governor who was removed from office and a man who had his dirty laundry exposed for the entire world to see, but he has none of Moore’s positives. Bentley is a man with no constituency, no base clamoring for a return to the public stage, but according to what he told Yellowhammer News, he could be coming anyway:

“I love serving the people of this state,” Bentley said. “Serving as governor was the greatest honor of my life. I have a heart for our people and I believe we are all called to serve one another in some capacity. I found public service was a way to do that. I believe what is missing in public service today is loving the people that you serve and wanting to help those who need help, especially those who are less fortunate and really have nothing. If God shows me a new avenue where I can do that, I’ll do it.”

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No. No. No. No. No. Nobody wants this. Nobody needs this. Bentley scandals were numerous and they were also wide-ranging. He was involved in a creepy love affair with a woman far younger than him that cost him his marriage and his role as governor. He violated campaign finance laws, ethics rules and the rules of common decency in order to shield that relationship from anyone who asked. He used the power of his office to behave in a way that should disqualify him from having any input on public policy for the remainder of his life.

He also agreed not to seek public office again, and that should be one commitment he should actually keep. If he cares about this state, he will.

@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: Midterms not looking good for Republicans, former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is back, Sen Doug Jones is polling well despite looming Kavanaugh vote, and more …

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7. As social media and media distribution companies ban Infowars’ Alex Jones, Twitter’s CEO accurately describes why it is a bad idea

— The CEO of the social media giant Jack Dorsey launched a tweet-storm explaining that Jones had not broke any of their rules and that Twitter would not cave to mob pressure.

— More importantly, Dorsey called out journalists, some who favor deplatforming Jones, pointing out that “accounts like Jones’ can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors, so it’s critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions. This is what serves the public conversation best.”

6. Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to work on ending DACA in spite of what federal judges are trying to do

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— Sessions accurately told the The Hill, “We have recently witnessed a number of decisions in which courts have improperly used judicial power to steer, enjoin, modify, and direct executive policy” and he is having none of this as the attorney general.

— The attorney general says he will continue to “take every lawful measure” to push back against these activist judges, as this now the third judge to rule in this fashion on this executive power.

5. Candidate for Governor Walt Maddox still can’t stop talking about a debate that will never happen

— It is a story that can’t be told enough. “Gov. Ivey doesn’t owe me a debate” Maddox whined, “She does owe the people of Alabama” as he continued to dodge hot button political issues to talk about sewage and highways.

— Ivey accurately described this issue a week ago, and much like when Marco Rubio was nailed by Chris Christie, Maddox can not get off this sad script about debates.

4. Alabama’s Democratic Senator Doug Jones is polling pretty well, but his vote on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee could change that

— No one expected Jones to be a senator today, but he is and his numbers bode pretty well for the caretaker senator making a real run at re-election. He is polling at 46 percent approval, which only trails Sen. Richard Shelby by two points.

— But Jones’ hedging on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination could hurt him because the amount of voters who support him is more than who support Jones.

3. Former Governor Robert Bentley is back, and he may be leaving the door open for further political life 

— The former governor reactivated his Twitter and Facebook accounts and launched the website Bentley for Alabama to offer a look at his time in office, which no one asked for.

— But the Bentley re-emergence is not a nostalgia act, he tells Yellowhammer News that he would consider a run for office, including in 2020’s Senate race,  “If God shows me a new avenue where I can do that, I’ll do it.”

2. Republicans eke out a victory in an Ohio special election

— Ohio’s special election in the 12th Congressional District is a big win for Republicans because it keeps their advantage at 23 seats. The gap is still too close to call, but a win is a win.

— Democrats have to feel relatively good about this. The seat has been a GOP seat for 30-plus years. Romney and Trump each won the district by 10-plus. Trump endorsed the GOP candidate, and the Democrats still almost pulled off the upset.

1. Midterms are coming and Republicans continue to under-perform — it matters

— The trend is undeniable, Democrats are fired up and Republicans are losing ground, even if they aren’t losing a bunch of seats.

— There are months to go, but Republicans better hope all these elections are abnormalities and that turnout will be much different in November.

1 week ago

Every time the media talks about the Alabama Accountability Act, they make the argument to expand the program

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Since the Alabama Accountability Act passed, the media and Alabama Democrats have launched attack after attack year after year on the program.

Usually, the stories focus on the “claims” that the program will gut the public school systems and damage the children still trapped in those schools. Their solution always seems to be lacking — it’s just a horror story of a program that harms someone somewhere by “diverting taxpayer money” — but we never actually get those victims.

Krista Johnson’s story in the Montgomery Advertiser betrays the scary premise with facts.

She writes, “Of the 4,132 children who received a scholarship in 2016 through the accountability act (the most recent data available), 983 were zoned to attend one of the state’s 76 failing schools, a rate of about 24 percent. Scholarship granting organizations can provide scholarships to low-income students as long as students from the failing schools are given preference first.”

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The horror.

Over 4,000 children got a chance at a better education because their parents pursued it, and 24 percent of those kids got out of failing schools. The scholarship program helped low-income students get a leg up after the failing school’s applicants were helped.

If money is the issue, do the math: The scholarship program is created using $30 million in tax credits and the program’s 4,132 kids took 80 percent of their state dollars with them. Using the state average per pupil ($5,964), that accounts for $19.7 million dollars. The state’s education budget is $6.63 billion dollars and we are pretending the combined $49.7 million is killing the school system?

Let’s be honest about what this is about — power. Anything that lets a poor kid leave a public school, it limits the power of the education bureaucrats and elected officials that cater to them. Any school choice or voucher program will be resisted for this reason.

The legislature should expand this program and give more kids an opportunity.

@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: Manafort gets rolled but not on collusion, the Alabama Accountability Act works, and more …

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7. No one in the media seems too upset that provocateur insane Alex Jones has been removed from major media platforms

— Facebook, YouTube, Apple and other media distributors have ceased allowing Jones to distribute his podcasts and video-streams via their distributions channels, citing his content as the reason.

— Jones is a much-maligned conspiracy theorist, most recently famous for his conspiracies surrounding Sandy Hook and other mass shootings being false flag events.

6. A sports betting bill is going to be debated in 2019 — candidates should be talking about this

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— I have begun asking politicians about sports gambling in Alabama because Mississippi is now taking bets on sporting events, and most don’t seem to view this as a campaign issue.

— In spite of this, State Rep. Paul Lee (R-Dothan) believes that there will be a bill debated in the new quadrennium, where legislators will be three-plus years away from another election cycle and could pass.

5. A special election and primaries across the country mean everything or nothing today

— The special election in Ohio’s 12th District (which Trump won by 11 points) could be a sign of a “blue wave” or the Republicans’ ability to hang on, Trump thinks it is about him and he is probably right.

— The former head of the president’s embattled, even in Alabama, voter fraud commission has the president’s endorsement as he battles for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in Kansas, while Democrats fight one of their moderate vs. socialist battles in multiple races.

4. Hardly a Trump ally, Senator Marco Rubio doubts Robert Mueller has anything on the president or his campaign

— As the world is ablaze after a tweet from the president re-acknowledging that his son and campaign staff sought dirt on his opponents from known Russians, Rubio isn’t buying it, saying, “if there was evidence, strong evidence of collusion, I guarantee you it would have been leaked by now.”

— Rubio also said he “believe[s] it’s in the best interest of the president and of the United States of America and the American people for that investigation to run the course”.

 

2. Criticism of the “Alabama Accountability Act” remains the same. It’s helping kids, but not the right kids

— From the day the AAA passed the legislature, media has been hell-bent on taking the program apart by implying it was a scheme to destroy public schools, and every year we get a story about how not every penny is going to poor kids in failing districts.

— The stories always betray the premise, as did Krista Johnson’s latest screed in the Montgomery Advertiser, the student focused on was “able to secure a scholarship based on financial need, like the majority of students that receive scholarships through the AAA,” which is the entire premise of the bill.

1. Paul Manafort’s business partner rolls on him, President Trump reportedly begged to stop tweeting about Trump Tower meeting

— Manafort’s former employee Rick Gates told the courtroom he did all sorts of illegal things at the behest of his boss, including setting up 15 foreign bank accounts that were not disclosed to the federal government to hide payments from foreign players.

— This, of course, has nothing to do with collusion, but all of Trump’s current issues are self-created and his advisers are now begging him to stop tweeting about the Russia probe and Trump Tower meeting.

1 week ago

Alabama’s government wasted their summer break and did nothing on school safety

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School is starting, or has started, all over the state of Alabama and our children’s schools are no safer. During the summer, and the GOP primary, the governor of Alabama released a plan to make schools safer called the “Alabama Sentry Program.” At best, this plan could be called a step in the right direction.

State Rep. Will Ainsworth asked the governor to call a special session on this matter and called Governor Kay Ivey’s plan a “good first step.”

Others, myself included, thought that this was just a political move during her primary. I pointed out, “The idea that a mass-shooter will be stopped by a locked-up gun is almost comical”.

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But it gets worse: it appears that not one school district actually did any of this training. Jackson County’s school board has administrators that say they want to participate, but there has been no vote by the school board. Just last week, the governor and the Alabama superintendent issued guidance and justification for the governor’s program.

To put this bluntly, Alabama’s leaders did nothing on this issue and they probably won’t until the next time some of our kids are killed in a school shooting.

@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: Trump Tower meeting lies exposed, Alabama helps astronauts get back in space, Trump vs. America’s most loved/hated athlete, and more …

7. The people demanding you love the media and honor them as heroes don’t really care what anyone else thinks about their performance

— After several days of complaints about Trump supporters and the president himself “attacking the free press,” the media paused to demand that a non-profit museum stop selling “fake news” t-shirts.

— Humorless as always, reporters feigned outrage and declared this wrong must be righted, “you exist to honor, examine and protect the news media, not embrace the bywords by which others seek to undermine it.” The Newseum caved to the professional scolds.

6. Those same people who play up the threat to their profession disingenuously ignore the threats they may be creating with their rhetoric

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— Last week, a lunatic with an immigration grudge driven by the media’s narrative about “children being ripped away from their parents” and “kids being locked in cages” left  Congressman Steve Scalise a voicemail, telling him, “You are taking ours, we are taking yours”.

— The man was arrested, but they found ammunition, guns, a how-to on making silencers and bombs and a book about creating a new identity. The lack of coverage, self-reflection and outrage by the media is pretty stunning.

5. The people demanding you understand the racism of an Asian-American New York Times writer decided the spectacle should really ask the question, “Is it OK to make fun of white people online?

— The New York Times continues to stand behind the author of such gems as “Oh man it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men,” and “#CancelWhitePeople,” defending her as a victim of racism herself who attacked out of self-defense, which was obviously a lie.

— Her defenders in the media immediately forgot about the “she can’t be racist, she’s a person of color” defense to attack a comedian who went on Fox News and said some equally racist things about Asian Americans.

4. Like most Alabama Democrats, Sen. Doug Jones has found the inability to answer simple questions clearly gives you cover 

— Sen. Doug Jones continues to be vague and cagey on his vote for soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, just like he was during the campaign on abortion.

— Jones told Yellowhammer News’ Jeff Poor that he hopes to meet with Kavanaugh, but won’t do it until after the hearing while he gave himself some wiggle room by implying there is no way to go through all the documents, or answer all the totally serious questions, before a vote. This may telegraph an excuse for a “No” vote.

3. President Donald Trump chooses to attack the nation’s most popular athlete where there is a special election this week for a comment no one watched. His wife disagrees with him

— Trump tweeted on Friday that CNN’s Don Lemon and LeBron James were dumb because of an interview that aired on Lemon’s low-rated TV show where James said the president was divisive.

— Both Michael Jordan, who was mentioned, and the president’s wife dunked on Trump by talking about what a great guy LeBron is.

2. Astronauts are headed back to the moon. Alabama will continue to play a role

— NASA has now named the nine astronauts who fly the first U.S. based spaceflights using commercial spacecraft from both Boeing and Space X, the government’s shuttle program ended in 2011

— Alabama’s senior Senator Richard Shelby shared his delight with Alabama’s role in this new ear of spaceflight, “Exciting day for American spaceflight! @NASA announced 9 brave astronauts selected to fly @BoeingSpace/@SpaceX commercial crew capsules, part of which will be powered by @ULALaunch Atlas V made in . This is a new era as we once again launch humans into space from US soil.”

1. It’s not about adoption anymore, the Trump Tower meeting drama continues

— Another lie by the president exposed, another complete misreading of the situation by the media. Trump has now admitted his kid met to get dirt and he lied about it.

— If anyone thinks the American president is going to be indicted because his kid and some staff met with a Russian lawyer to get dirt on an opponent, I feel sorry for what is eventually coming out of this Mueller probe — nothing.

2 weeks ago

VIDEO: Alabama polling shows Republican strength, Maddox takes anti-gun rights endorsement, Trump vs. media/Sessions/Mueller, 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:

— Can recent polling give Democrats any hope?

— Democrat candidate for governor Walt Maddox’s position on the Second Amendment is contradictory and deceptive?

— Is there anyone Trump won’t pick a fight with?

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Former State Senator Tom Butler joins Jackson and Burke to discuss campaigning for his old seat and Alabama’s potential for sports gaming.

Jackson closes the show with a “Parting Shot” directed at Gov. Kay Ivey, who should look at all those whining about not doing a debate and understand what frauds they are.

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Trump polling with Hispanics surges as he hits 50 percent, Michael Cohen alleged to have deal with Alabama nuke plant owner, Alabama is good at football, and more …

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7. The United States’ failures to rein in Putin’s Russia don’t only start in 2016. They apparently go back 10 years

— An agent for the Russian government worked at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow for a decade. She was detected and fired in 2017.

— She was working for the Secret Service for a decade before she came under suspicion in 2016 during a security sweep. She still had access to sensitive data including the schedules of former presidents and vice presidents and their spouses, including Hillary Clinton.

6. For an administration that everyone claims doesn’t care about Russian interference, they sure are putting on a convincing show

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— FBI Director Christopher Wray and multiple other Trump officials joined the press briefing to explain all the things they were doing to combat Russian interference in elections. Obama’s “cyber czar” is claiming that the Trump team is only building on their success, and that success saw claims the entire 2016 election was “hacked”

— Trump held another campaign rally where he referenced the “Russian hoax,” so the media has decided they are just going to pretend they think the “Russian hoax” refers to election meddling. No one truly believes this.

5. CNN’s Jim Acosta demanded that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders say his magic words about the media

— Acosta tried to get  Sanders to repeat after him and declare the American media is not the “enemy of the people,” she was having none of this mess.

— Another embarrassing performance by Acosta was topped off by him storming out of the room and firing off a pathetic tweet.

4. As the media frets about threats that never materialize, someone else wants to kill Congressman Steve Scalise over immigration

— 63-year-old Carlos Banyon left a threatening voicemail for Scalise over immigration that said, “Hey listen, this message is for you and the people that sent you there. You are taking ours, we are taking yours. Anytime, anywhere. We know where they are. We are not going to feed them sandwiches, we are going to feed them lead. Make no mistake you will pay. Ojo por ojo, diente por diente (Spanish for “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth). That is our law and we are the majority. Have a good day.”

— After a group of Republicans were hunted over politics on a baseball field in 2017, over healthcare, you would think the media would stop demonizing Republicans they disagree with. Instead, they are being accused of torturing children for supporting the enforcement of immigration law.

3. Alabama, the team and the state, is prepared to dominate college football

Earlier this week, Nick Saban received another contract extension. This week, he received another pre-season #1 ranking from his fellow coaches.

— Auburn would not be left out as they cracked the top 10 and are poised to make a run at the SEC West again.

2. One of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s shady lobbying deals included Alabama’s Bellafonte plant

— Franklin Haney made a deal with Cohen where he agreed to pay $10 million to the president’s then-personal attorney helped him obtain a $5 billion dollar loan from the federal government. He never got the loan and Haney denies the deal.

— There’s no allegation the developer of the plant did anything wrong, and there is no blanket federal ban on success fees being included in contracts for Washington lobbyists (which Cohen was not), but this does not reflect well on Cohen at all.

1. Some sunshine for Trump: Rasmussen has him over 50 percent, five points better than Obama was at this point

— The latest numbers are the highest numbers in almost two months, and pretty amazing considering all the stuff that has been going on and how negatively it is all covered.

— Amazingly, another poll has the GOP up 10 points with Hispanics AFTER all the gnashing of teeth over American border policy.

2 weeks ago

The president’s destruction of formerly beloved Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions is happening for absolutely no reason

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The president of the United States attacking his own Attorney General should be a pretty shocking thing.

Unfortunately, in the Trump Administration, it has become a regular occurrence. President Trump’s attacks on Jeff Sessions all center around two issues: his recusal on all things Russia and his failure to put Trump’s political foes in jail, even though he has ordered an investigation into the legal issues surrounding the latter.

Yesterday,  Trump was at it again:

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If this served a purpose, I could understand why he is doing it. But, if there is a purpose, what is it? Sessions is not going to kill the investigation. The firing of FBI Director James Comey for refusing to kill all of this set all this in motion. It is not stopping. This tactic does not serve the President well at all.

The only things this kind of nonsense is doing is making Sessions look weak, driving his approval ratings down to the upper-teens, and making the president look guilty for absolutely no reason.

Is he going to force Sessions out? Then Rosenstein? And then keep going until someone will fire Robert Mueller?

How will that play out? Poorly.

President Trump, stop tweeting about this. Talk about the economy and just let this investigation play out.

@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 says Sessions should end the probe, gun control protesters protest an empty State House, Mississippi started taking Alabama’s sports gambling money today, and more …

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7. Those Russian Facebook trolls banned yesterday led to the three anti-Trump protests.

— 32 different Russian-controlled Facebook pages were removed from Facebook, leaving their hundreds of thousand fans to find information elsewhere.

— The “Resisters” group hosted three different events. All were anti-Trump, which leads one to believe the Russians just want chaos.

6. Democrat candidate for attorney general in New York wants to use her office to “prosecute ICE”

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— Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout released a video calling the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency “a tool of cruelty, unconstitutional behavior, illegality”.

— This is, of course, absurd because both the Supreme Court and Congress have said states cannot prosecute federal agents for carrying out their official duties.

5. More tears streamed down the cheeks of journalists. They then started fact-checking needing an ID to shop

— After Trump said mean things about liberal journalists, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd warned about “journalists being mowed down.” Washington Post’s Greg Sargent said the president is leading a “hate movement.”

— To further prove they weren’t fake news, media outlets seized on the president’s loose but obvious, language how “[y]ou need ID” to shop to say he was lying about grocery shopping.

4. The hypothetical match-up between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump already has polling

— The midterms still haven’t happened has a seven-point gap in favor of Biden. Biden has 44 percent to Trump’s 37.

— This small gap is pretty stunning given all the negative coverage of the current president and shows the weakness of Biden and the Democrat Party. More Democrats (89 percent) would vote for a generic Democrat candidate than would vote for Biden (80 percent).

3. Mississippi sports gambling is here, and Alabama is about to feed them a lot of money

— The first bets are currently being placed in Mississippi and many expect millions dollars to be spent this football season from Alabama. The city of Mobile is only 90 minutes from Biloxi.

— This issue has been almost non-existent in the current election cycle in Alabama, and there doesn’t seem to be much pressure to move towards legalized sports gambling.

2. Anti-gun protesters hit the capital while the legislature is out of session, complain that legislators who aren’t even in town won’t meet with them

— Marjory Stoneman Douglas survivors and local gun control activists showed up at a legislature that is not operating to protest people that aren’t there. Don’t worry, the media was there.

— The chants of the activists included, “Hey hey, ho ho, the NRA has got to go” as they hand-delivered letters to one legislator’s empty office. They also complained about legislators that they never spoke to.

1. President Donald Trump wants Sessions to end the Mueller probe. The White House says it is just an opinion

— Trump took his biggest swing about the probe yet by tweeting, “This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further.”

— This all seems unlikely and this nonsense is wrecking the legacy of one of Alabama’s finest public servants. Only 18 percent view Sessions “very” or “somewhat” favorably.

2 weeks ago

Why do we hate the media? This isn’t hard to figure out

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The media’s obsession with the term “gaslighting” in relation to President Donald Trump’s less than truthful statements and projections is rather amusing. But, what is often missed is that the folks in the media are actively “gaslighting” the American public about the fear the media feels.

The main perpetrator of this nonsense is none other than CNN’s Jim Acosta who vacillates between being an ultra-aggressive in media scrums and whining on Twitter that the American people don’t appreciate him enough and telling us he is scared.

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The anger these Americans feel towards the press is completely justified.

The coverage of last night’s rally is either infuriatingly bad or open dishonest:

It’s like they have no ability to understand what is being said; it has to be intentional.


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The idea that the president makes them fearful for their lives is laughable. They go on television and rip this president daily. 90-plus percent of the media’s coverage is outright negative.

On the other hand, the press has implied for almost two years that the current president of the United States is a foreign asset, or at least colluded with the Russian government, and is attempting to steal the presidency. This same media has alleged that Republican-led efforts to repeal ObamaCare, cut taxes, end net neutrality, resist gun control laws and curb illegal immigration all come from evil and vile places and must be stopped. Their rhetoric and the platforms they provide to the “Resistance,” with little pushback, has actually led to deadly violence on a baseball field in Virginia.

They are whining about people yelling at them.

The First Amendment does not only include the part about the free press.

President Trump has the First Amendment right to slam the media and the American people have a right to tell CNN that they suck. The media needs to stop pretending they are under-siege because Trump says mean things about them.

Stop playing the victim.

@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: No collusion in Manafort trial, President Trump continues to say collusion is not a crime — but the media lies about that, Alabama Democrat Walt Maddox’s pro-gun ploy blows up, and more …

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7. Results of the tax cuts are being felt on every level. More cuts are being suggested, including some using executive power

— 90 percent of Americans are receiving more take-home pay today than before the tax cuts, More employers are announcing benefit increases for employers.

— Trump and lawmakers continue to talk about making the tax cuts permanent, and now the treasury is considering a rule change that will cut capital gains tax for investors.

6. Russian Facebook pages are still attempting to sow discord in America. They aren’t being positive about Trump

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— Facebook has discovered and deleted multiple pages with Russian origins that were pushing divisive social issues.

— The pages included “Resisters,” “Black Elevation,” and “Mindful Thinking,” and are pushing the “#AbolishICE” movement.

5. Birmingham could be staring down an $8.7 million dollar fine for blocking off a Confederate memorial

— The city of Birmingham continues to rack up a stupid $25,000 fine for every day the mayor of the city orders a monument in the city covered up by a black box on the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Linn Park.

— The state of Alabama’s law is pretty clear. You can not remove or alter a monument over 40 years old without the approval of the Committee on Alabama Monument Preservation.

4. Alabama Republicans running statewide have a double-digit lead, which is some good news for Democrats because the candidate at the top of the ticket is polling at about 40 percent

— A recent poll by Cygnal, a Montgomery-based research firm, shows that state-wide Democrats are all polling as well as generic Democrats. This places all the candidates for governor, lt. governor, attorney general, treasurer, secretary of state, in the low 40s.

— While this is not good news by any stretch of the imagination, Walt Maddox is up from a previous poll that had him at 28 points, but this probably will still not scare Governor Kay Ivey into a debate.

3. Democrat candidate Walt Maddox’s stated support for the Second Amendment is “deception on steroids

— Previous answers to an NRA questionnaire are coming to light amid Maddox’s campaign putting out statements about his support of the Second Amendment after he was named a “Gun Sense” candidate by gun control organization “Moms Demand Action”.

— Maddox addressed proposed changes to the Second Amendment if he has a good reason, saying, “[L]et me make my position clear. I will never favor taking any existing constitutional right away from any American unless we, as a people, come to the conclusion that restraint of some rights helps ensure the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by all.”

2. Trump tweets that there is no collusion. Media pretends this is a strategy change, but it is not

— Trump tweeted two things that matter. He said, “Collusion is not a crime,” and, “there was No collusion.” Media seems fixated on a statement he has made numerous times, and is ignoring the second part of the tweet to make it appear like Trump is worried about collusion being discovered.

— All this nonsense is exactly why the RNC called out the media today, declaring the media is a bigger adversary to them than Democrats are.

1. The first trial in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation gets underway. Collusion is not included in the trial and Manafort says “no way” he flips

— The first day of Paul Manafort’s trial is full of news of his lavish lifestyle, including an ostrich feather coat, and they laid out how he set up shell companies off-shore, received millions of dollars of Ukrainian money to avoid taxes. None of this took place during the Trump campaign.

— When asked if he will consider “flipping,” his lawyer said “No,” which may mean there is no there-there on Russian and, in fact, a prosecutor told a judge that he doesn’t “anticipate that a government witness will utter the word ‘Russia.'”