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  • Effort underway to have Alabama inmates vote this election cycle

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    As reported first by the Troy Messenger, an effort is underway by the Pike County NAACP to have eligible inmates vote in Alabama’s upcoming November 6 general election.

    Only inmates convicted of “crimes of moral turpitude” are disqualified from voting, however being in prison obviously bars inmates from heading to the polls on Election Day. This is where absentee voting comes in; yet, incarceration is not currently available as an option on the state’s absentee ballot request forms.

    “There’s nowhere on the absentee ballot application that lists being incarcerated as a reason you can vote absentee,” Jamie Scarbrough, Pike County absentee election manager, explained. “You have to be out of the county, have a physical impairment, a work conflict, a member of the armed forces or a student in another county.”

  • Governor Ivey criticizes ‘Lying Liberal Walt Maddox’

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    After Democratic gubernatorial nominee and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox on Thursday held a press conference to spread unsubstantiated allegations about Governor Kay Ivey’s health and accuse her of a coverup 19 days before Election Day, the governor’s campaign responded by giving the Democrat a new moniker – “Lying Liberal Walt Maddox.”

    “Apparently Walt Maddox isn’t just a liberal. He’s a lying liberal,” Ivey’s campaign said in a statement. “The people of Alabama will see this for what it is – a desperate false attack from a shameless politician who will say or do anything to get elected.”

    Ivey has repeatedly denied the allegations about her health since last year, and her doctor even refuted them this week, providing a detailed letter to back up the conclusion that Ivey is in good health.

    Besides the allegations regarding the governor’s health, the Maddox camp is alleging that then-Lieutenant Governor Ivey had a member of her protective detail demoted and transferred over her 2015 hospitalization in Colorado.

    Ivey’s campaign said, “As it relates to the officer, that’s another Maddox whopper. News outlets reported last year that the officer actually received a promotion and raise in late 2015.”

  • Byrne: Odds better than 50/50 GOP keeps House — ‘There is truly a Kavanaugh effect going on here’

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    FAIRHOPE – What a difference a month can make for Republican lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

    Heading into the summer, most political watchers anticipated that the GOP was set to lose at least the House of Representatives in the upcoming midterms. By mid-August, some Republicans thought losing the Senate was even a possibility.

    However, the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court associate justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh appeared to have been a game-changer for Republicans, and according to Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope), the public’s reaction to the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings could be enough for Republicans to hold on to both the House and the Senate.

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7 Things: Illegal immigration argument in the WH, libs complain about pot enforcement costs, Maddox demands Ivey prove his smear, and more …

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7. 2020 is definitely underway, with Sen. Kamala Harris proposing a straight-up giveaway to every person making less than $100,000 a year.

— Sen. Harris says she wants to provide Americans whose wages haven’t increased a “basic income” to “keep up with cost of living increases.”

— The proposal has absolutely no chance of becoming law, but this is more about her appealing to the Democrat base before she enters the primary for President.

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6. As Canada legalizes marijuana, a new report tells how much marijuana costs Alabama.

— The Southern Poverty Law Center is claiming the enforcement of pot laws cost the state $22 million dollars a year, clogs up forensic labs, and as a kicker, they also claim that drug laws are racist.

— Madison County District Attorney dismisses the claims of racism and says law enforcement is just doing their jobs, “I can tell you law enforcement officials on the street do not care what color you are, they do not care whether you’re a man or a woman, if you’re breaking the law, they’re going to address it.”

5. Nick Saban endorses an old friend in West Virginia; Alabama liberals want him to endorse Walt Maddox here.

— Sen. Joe Manchin’s campaign in a red state looked to Saban, a native son and life-long friend, for a boost to swing voters in the state President Donald Trump won big.

— Every election year people wonder if Nick Saban will wade into Alabama politic; he never does even though some people fake it.

4. A Speaker Nancy Pelosi would make you pay if you disagree with her; an Alabama Democrat won’t support her if she is elected.

— Former Speaker Pelosi knows there is a good chance she will get her hand on the gavel again, and if she does there may be some pain. Pelosi said, “If there’s some collateral damage for some others who do not share our view, well, so be it, but it shouldn’t be our original purpose.”

— In what is becoming a bit of a ploy for Democrats looking to distance themselves from the national Democratic Party, Mallory Hagan who is running for Congress in Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers 3rd District, has declared she isn’t voting for Pelosi. Hagan said, “Sixteen years is too long for Mike Rogers and too long for Nancy Pelosi.”

3. George Soros involvement in Alabama elections is not as complicated as some are pretending.

— After a report that George Soros donated $200,000 to Tuscaloosa PACs this week, PACs that have given Mayor Walt Maddox $600k+ overall this cycle, people are equivocating, saying the PACs donated to Ivey in the past.

— The fact is PAC funding is a mess, the pass-through process is a joke, but the idea that Soros is giving Ivey money is comical deflection that no one with any scruples would try to make and Ivey’s response is perfect: “Bottom line is [if] George Soros puts $200 [thousand] in Alabama elections, for sure it’s not for conservatives like I am.”

2. Phase two of “The Governor is sick” rollout is underway, Maddox allies allege a cover-up, and he then demands it be explained.

— Phase one of this sad charade included revisiting a previous smear that Governor Kay Ivey is secretly-ill, but adding a twist of a grudge-holding former state employee who is also Maddox’s friend.

1. There was a shouting match at the White House over the plan to actually enforce our borders.

— White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser John Bolton got into an argument over a proposed policy to step up border enforcement in the lead up to the election. Trump sided with Bolton and threatened to send the military to the border to stop a caravan of future illegal aliens.

— Trump’s threats of military action and cutting foreign aid payments have apparently pushed Mexico into attempting to stop the flow at their southern border; they are sending federal police and reaching out the UN for help.

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7 Things: A lame October Surprise, illegal immigrant caravan, Medicaid expansion misunderstood by Maddox again, and more …

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7. Definitely not a mob

— In the last 48 hours, multiple Republican candidates have been attacked in Nevada when a “tracker” was arrested after assaulting a staffer for the Nevada GOP gubernatorial candidate, a Minnesota House candidate was punched at an event at a bar and a Minnesota State Representative Sarah Anderson was assaulted by an anarchist who was going after her campaign signs.

— These recent attacks don’t seem like much, but this is all in addition to the threats directed at Senators Corey Gardner and Susan Collins, and an attempted stabbing of a GOP candidate in California.

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6. The media continues to push the completely bogus narrative that tax cuts are driving the deficit while also pretending all spending must continue

— Republicans have not done their part to reign in the deficit, that is true, but the argument that the tax cuts drove this problem is just not true. Tax cuts actually spurred job growth, tax collection and economic activity, but spending just kept going.

— The drivers for the deficit are actually the three entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare); any attempts to reign in those problems is seen as an assault on America by a biased media and their Democrats.

5. A caravan fleeing South America swells to 4,000 and keeps heading towards the United States

— A day after the President threatened to cut off any funding to Honduras ($175 million) if they do not stop this caravan of future illegal immigrants, the group continued to grow, split in two and kept heading towards the U.S.

— Mexican authorities are sending additional police resources to the border with Guatemala to potentially stop the caravan. Trump has also threatened Guatemala’s foreign aid as well.

4. President Trump continues to wait for more confirmation of Saudi Arabia’s involvement in a journalist’s death

— Our second strongest ally in the Middle East is embroiled in a controversy over a dead journalist, and the American Secretary of State was dispatched to get the official story, while pressure mounts at home for a strong reaction to this crime.

— President Donald Trump, seeing that we have a transactional relationship with the kingdom, is not keen on dropping the hammer on them because of security and economic concerns without hard evidence of official wrongdoing, which seems pretty obvious.

3. Tuscaloosa mayor and Democratic candidate for governor is confused about Medicaid, again

— The campaign of Walt Maddox is based on a complete misunderstanding of how government works. This was highlighted when Maddox declared “[t]he first thing I do as governor would be signing an executive order expanding Medicaid” but without a real plan to fund this the plan means nothing.

— Further misunderstanding his role, Maddox says he will “propose to the Legislature that the payroll taxes generated from new jobs that are created from the expansion — which is an estimated 30,000 new jobs — would be escrowed to pay off any offset to the expansion of Medicaid.” This is silly because the legislature would have to budget this expenditure first.

2. A liberal columnist admits that Walt Maddox’s gubernatorial campaign is doomed

— al.com’s Kyle Whitmire says Maddox had a shot but has blown it and has “already lost” after a weak campaign ad and a weaker series of attacks on Governor Ivey.

— Whitmire argues Maddox’s “name ID” ad where he declares himself to be a pro-life, pro-gun, 45-year-old who won’t lie is nothing more than a “blank stare and an empty promise.”

1. The media and their Democrats’ “October Surprise” is very lame and a retread from last year

— The hook here is they claim Governor Ivey had a series of strokes but her doctor denies, so they trot out a disgruntled state employee to make the allegation again. This is Roy Moore 2.0 where we are told that Ivey is unacceptable so you have to vote for the other guy regardless of what he believes.

— Once again, Gov. Ivey puts this accusation to rest by telling Birmingham’s WVTM reporter who asked if she was in good health, “You’re right about that, friend, no step too high for a high-stepper.”

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The “October Surprise” in the governor’s race is something we heard about a year ago?

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If this is really the final push for Walt Maddox to get his campaign’s “Kay Ivey is sick” narrative into the news, they may want to try again.

The Alabama Political Reporter published a “bombshell” is just a regurgitation of an old story. Their report includes comments from the former head of ALEA, Spencer Collier, who is currently suing former Governor Robert Bentley and is probably unhappy that Governor Ivey’s office has spent money defending Bentley because the law requires it.

Again, we already heard all of this, from this same outlet, in 2017. Ivey denied it then, too, Collier was part of this denial.

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Pretty damning? I guess.

Or not. Kim Chandler from the Associated Press used the APR report as a jump-off into a story on Ivey’s health. The big takeaway? Ivey’s doctor calls BS.

Ivey said she had altitude sickness during the trip and released a letter from her doctor saying he saw no evidence of a mini-stroke when he examined her a day after her discharge and that hospital tests in Colorado were also negative.

I guess the Collier angle is new, but is this it? The Governor is sick, trust us? Her opponent says she is too sick to be Governor, so vote for him?

There are no public incidents, except clear deception by APR’s Josh Moon and NBC’s affiliate in Mobile portraying some meltdown. There have been no spills, no stumbles, and don’t pretend she not out there on the trail because she is.

If I believed she was too sick to be Governor, why would I vote for a guy I disagree with on most things instead of voting for her and a Lieutenant Governor from the same party with the same general views?

This is Roy Moore 2.0, she must be viewed as unacceptable so you have to vote for the other guy regardless of what he believes.

To further highlight how sad this all is, al.com’s Kyle Whitmire finally got around to writing about how disastrous Walt Maddox’s first campaign ad was and declaring the gubernatorial election over. Whitmire used the APR story in his piece, too, talking about how it is all too little too late.

Don’t bank on that. This is literally the only thing Maddox and his media allies have going for them.

This will get much worse.

Yes, it is October, but this is hardly a surprise.

@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: Ivey and Maddox clash on abortion, Alabama candidates load up on cash for the final stretch, “Horseface” and “Tiny”, and more …

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7. Secretary of State John Merrill wants the state to go after those who are committing voter fraud.

— While speaking to Dale County Republicans, Secretary Merrill made it clear that current laws on voter fraud not being enforced is a serious problem for his office, and a lot of the fraud is absentee voter fraud taking place in Alabama and elsewhere.

— Merrill cited the work done by his office but sees bigger problems with local officials being unwilling to pursue these casesj. “We’ve had four convictions on voter fraud,” said Merrill. “We’ve had three elections that have been overturned since I’ve been the secretary. We want some more of that to happen because we have identified people that have broken the law. We just got to have some prosecutors that are willing to step up and help us take it and make it happen at the district attorney level, as well as those that would be assigned by [Alabama Attorney General] Steve Marshall. So, we got to work together to get that done.”

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6. Another red state Democrat is lying about where they stand on the issues (gun control and abortion) in order to get elected.

— Embattled Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is on camera saying, “Of  course!” when asked if she supports some gun control as her staffers, who include staffers from Mom’s Demand Action, say she truly supports a ban on semi-automatic weapons and that “[p]eople just can’t know that” McCaskill and President Barack Obama have the same policies.

— Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi is being pretty honest about the liberal agenda she wants to enact if she wins and it isn’t going to help red state Democrats one bit.

5. Alabama Senator Doug Jones still doesn’t get it, he is not Sen. Chuck Schumer’s personal senator.

— Over the weekend, Jones weakly employed the over-used “country over party” trope when discussing the fact that he voted against the wishes of the people of the state of Alabama.

— Jones failure to vote for Kavanaugh is another mark against him and further damages any chances he hopes to have for re-election. The more he votes with Sen. Chuck Schumer on major issues, the less likely he is to return to Washington D.C. after 2020.

4. An Alabama polling firm says that Taylor Swift’s endorsement of Tennessee Democrat candidate Phil Bresden did not help him.

— Cygnal, a Montgomery-based firm, found her endorsement did little to sway people and those that were swayed were actually more likely to vote for Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn instead of the Swift-backed candidate (5 percent for the Democrat vs. 6 percent for the Republican).

— While millennials are aware that Swift made the endorsement, because of glowing media coverage of said endorsement, Cygnal’s VP of Research & Analytics Matt Hubbard said, “Swift’s endorsement is providing a boost to get-out-the-vote efforts, but we’re seeing minimal impact on the race.”

3. The President of the United States and a porn star are attacking each other on Twitter.

— After getting a big win in court, that included a ruling for Daniels to pay President Donald Trump’s legal fees, Trump fired off a Tweet calling Stormy Daniels “Horseface” and her lawyer “3rd rate” while promising to go after them at a Texas rally.

— The porn star Daniels responded by saying Trump’s penis is small and implying she was ready to win a game of insults. The American media claimed they found it all terrible while covering it non-stop.

2. Q3 fundraising numbers are in for 2018 elections in Alabama, and some incumbents are raising tons of money.

— Governor Kay Ivey has doubled her Democratic opponent Walt Maddox in fundraising and has a huge lead in cash on hand, but Democratic candidates for Attorney General and the Alabama Supreme Court raised more money and have more money on hand than their Republican incumbent opponents.

— All incumbent members of Congress who filed on time are crushing their opponents in the fundraising game, with Congresswoman Martha Roby’s opponent the only one over $100k. This further drives home the fact that these races are not as competitive as the media and their Democrats would have you believe.

1. Governor Kay Ivey continues to pound on Democratic candidate Walt Maddox for being disingenuous about his stances on the issues.

— Outside of not having a debate or Maddox’s half-baked schemes to expand Medicaid, the issue of abortion is the only other issue getting any attention in the race at the top of the statewide ticket in Alabama, this is partially because of a constitutional amendment the candidates for Governor are split on.

— Gov. Ivey questions Maddox’s pro-life credentials in a scathing message saying, “it is unconscionable to me that Walt Maddox would join abortion rights activists from across the country in opposing this measure that simply recognizes the rights of our precious unborn babies” as he accepts an endorsement from Planned Parenthood and opposes the amendment that will “affirm that it is the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children.”

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Doug Jones just doesn’t get it; he represents Alabama and is not Chuck Schumer’s personal senator

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The cowardly caretaker junior senator in an ill-fitting suit from the great state of Alabama apparently doesn’t like being criticized. As reported by Yellowhammer News, Senator Doug Jones was astonished that political leaders in his home state expected him to actually represent the wishes of the vast majority of the people in the state he represents instead of the political party he belongs to.

In a self-own on the level of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “1/1024th Native American” claim, Jones scolds his state’s citizens for supporting a man convicted of nothing based off of 36-year-old allegations that could not be corroborated in any way.

Jones weakly employed the over-used “country over party” trope, “This is a Republican Party that puts party over Alabama, party over country. So, I’m not surprised they put this in political tones.”

Oddly, this is exactly what Jones is doing.

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Alabamians wanted Kavanaugh confirmed, polling indicated this clearly:

While Kavanaugh has the lowest net support among SCOTUS nominees since Robert Bork in 1987 according to Gallup polling, his confirmation was backed by 54 percent of registered voters in Alabama in a July survey from the conservative advocacy group Judicial Crisis Network.

Still, Jones voted “no.”

ALGOP Chairwoman Terry Lathan referred to Jones’ actions as “arrogance.”

Jones’ obstinance put that confirmation in danger. Granted, Jones is free to vote as he sees fit, but he knew what his constituents wanted.

Jones election to the U.S. Senate was hardly a rejection of President Donald Trump’s worldview. Rather, it was a rejection of Roy Moore’s body of work and a deluge of uncorroborated and unconfirmed negative attacks by the national and statewide media in Alabama.

Jones was elected for the same reason he chose to vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, a series of completely uncorroborated charges made at the 11th hour. This may be considered consistent but it is NOT choosing country over party.

Jones has no options at this point; he is essentially New York’s third Senator. Jones continues to be is a placeholder Senator and he should not look at buying a house in Washington D.C. anytime soon.

@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: Alabama Senator Doug Jones still doesn’t get it, Trump tours areas ravaged by Hurricane Michael, and more …

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7. Trump and the Cherokee nation respond to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s ancestry test

— The strange move involved Warren releasing a video that declared “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor” from six to ten generations ago which means she is between 1/64th to 1/1024th native American.

— Any fair-minded observer would view this a rebuke of Sen. Warren’s claims to be a “woman of color” not a response to President Trump’s “attacks”.

6. Alabama Republicans may be softening on Medicaid expansion

— Republicans in Alabama have been steadfastly against the Medicaid expansion proposal because it will require an additional outlay of up to $200 million dollars. This is a wildly unpopular idea amongst Republican legislators but lame-duck Republica State Senator Gerald Dial is stepping out and advocating for it.

— While this is one of Democratic candidate for Governor Walt Maddox’s issues, support from legislators switching positions after an election wouldn’t be much of a surprise. They did something similar in 2007 with a pay raise, and in 2015 Governor Robert Bentley advocated for additional revenue after running a campaign saying that very thing would not be necessary.

5. Three percent of U.S. taxpayers pay a majority of taxes in the United States

— A trope from the media and their Democrats is that tax cuts only help the top 1 percent, this is patently false, in fact, the top few percents of the American citizens pay a majority of taxes collected in this country.

— Amazingly, the top 1,409 taxpayers pay more income tax than the bottom 70 million, with expectations in the fiscal year 2018 to be close to $1.7 trillion dollars which surpasses 2017’s collection of $1.5 trillion dollars.

4. The Saudis are ready to admit they had something to do with a journalist’s death

— Saudi Arabia will reportedly admit that they accidentally killed Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi during an interrogation that went south. The alleged claim will be that they were just trying to abduct the journalist from Turkey.

— This all comes less than 24 hours after the President seemed to accept the denial of the leader of the oil-rich kingdom that has made a threat to retaliate against any nation that sanctions them.

3. Governor Kay Ivey has assigned a new chairman of the Alabama Board of Pardon and Paroles and froze paroles for 75 days

— Governor Ivey has issued an executive order that freezes all early paroles for 75 days, which requires the board implement a plan of which Ivey and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall approve.

— Ivey and Marshall acted yesterday, and for good reason. 100 more violent inmates were set for possible early release before the end of October.

2. President Donald Trump tours areas devastated by Hurricane Michael 

— The President spent the day on the Gulf Coast, taking a helicopter tour of and visiting damaged Panama City and Lynn Haven on the ground where he spoke to survivors and handed out water bottles before heading to Georgia.

— The President praised Alabama’s Governor saying, “She’s in there fighting” as he praised the farmers damaged by the storm, “[T]hinking about our GREAT Alabama farmers…We are with you!”

1. Alabama Senator Doug Jones doesn’t get why people are upset with him over his vote against Justice Brett Kavanaugh

— Speaking to Alabama Public Televsion’s “Capitol Journal”, Jones lashed out at the Alabama Republican Party. Jones said: “This is the same Republican Party who voted for a guy last year – who continued to support someone who ran against me who there were very, very serious and credible allegations. This is a Republican Party that puts party over state, party over country. So, I’m not surprised they put this in political tones. The very thing that I avoided from the beginning, from my standpoint and my standpoint was what mattered to me and my staff – we were not looking at this in political terms.”

— The problem with Jones’ analysis here is that he doesn’t seem to grasp that the state views him as turning their back on them. He supported the wishes of Senators Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren as opposed to those in the state of Alabama.

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Are Alabama Republicans softening on Medicaid expansion?

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The race for Governor in Alabama has been boiled down to three issues:

  • Governor Kay Ivey’s claim she steadied the ship of state
  • Democrat challenger Walt Maddox whining about not being able to secure a debate
  • Maddox wanting to expand Medicaid without a serious plan for doing so

Republicans in Alabama have been steadfastly against the Medicaid expansion proposal because it will require an additional outlay of up to $200 million dollars. The infusion of federal dollars that would come after an expansion has been sighted numerous times, by numerous Democrats running for statewide office. The flawed argument is that the program will pay for itself.

It won’t.

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The facts are simple, the Alabama legislature, which will probably retain their super-majority status, will have to budget for any expansion. This is a wildly unpopular idea amongst Republican legislators, but now lame-duck State Senator Gerald Dial is stepping out and advocating for it.

He writes:

For years, we have used state dollars to recruit industries to locate in Alabama, and we have been very successful. We now have an opportunity to support existing health care jobs and make sure every Alabamian has access to care when they need it, and where they need it. Investing in Medicaid expansion will keep our rural hospitals open, save hundreds of local jobs, and provide basic insurance coverage to almost 300,000 Alabamians. These are our friends and neighbors, hardworking Alabamians who don’t earn enough to afford health insurance. They work in our local restaurants, in our local retail shops and build our houses. Medicaid expansion would enable them to continue working while keeping their family healthy.

Now there is nothing earth-shattering about this suggestion or the argument being made here. The expansion would bring in buckets of federal tax dollars, and that money would be spent in the state of Alabama. It will also boost the bottom lines of hospitals and provide money that will matriculate its way around the Alabama economy.

The argument could easily be made that the fight against ObamaCare is lost politically. “Pre-existing conditions coverage” has led to higher costs, but that aspect remains popular. Republicans failed to repeal and replace it in 2017, and they don’t seem to keen on revisiting that fight right now.

Even with those battles fought and lost, Republican voters still dislike ObamaCare.

But lawmakers’ desire to acquire new spending in Alabama may be leading us toward a push to expand Medicaid after this round of elections.

There is a history for taking on politically unpopular issues in Alabama shortly after elections take place. In 2007, legislators gave themselves a pay raise. In 2015, Governor Robert Bentley (and the real Governor Rebekah Caldwell Mason) found himself advocating for additional revenue after running a campaign saying that very thing would not be necessary.

Senator Dial seems to be on an island by himself on this issue right now, and he may be a lone voice in the Alabama Republican Party making this call.

But don’t be surprised if this changes after November 5th.

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

4 days ago

7 Things: Sanctions on Saudi Arabia could be painful for all, President Trump grants Governor Ivey’s disaster request, and more …

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7. NBC News, and plenty of other outlets, told a lie this weekend about President Donald Trump, President Ulysses S. Grant and General Robert E. Lee,  and they took two days to correct it.

— President Trump was at a rally in Ohio telling a story about Ohio-born then-General Grant beating Robert E. Lee. When Trump talked about Lee he said he was a great general and most outlets decided this was Trump praising the Confederate cause.

— The NBC News’ retraction via Tweet was long after the story spread, “CORRECTION: An earlier tweet misidentified the general President Trump described as ‘incredible’ at a rally in Ohio. It was Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, not Gen. Robert E. Lee.”

6. Still too early to poll 2020, yet we are still going to do it.

— Democrats are already thinking about 2020. The leaders before the race even starts are former Vice President Joe Biden with 33 percent and Sen. Bernie Sanders with 13 percent. Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren are next, with 9 percent and 8 percent, respectively.

— In 2014, Trump wasn’t even in the running for Republicans, Mitt Romney was in the lead with 20 percent, while Hillary Clinton was polling at 65 percent.

5. Hillary Clinton LOVES the sound of her own voice.

— On CBS Sunday Morning, Hillary Clinton denied her husband’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky was an abuse of power, and that President Bill Clinton was right not to resign during the scandal, where he committed perjury.

— The comments were a reaction to Leslie Stahl asking Clinton what the difference was between her husband’s allegations and Brett Kavanaugh’s. Clinton chose to focus on the least serious of her husband’s many sexual misconduct issues.

4. Imprisoned pastor released in Turkey, Alabama Congressman Robert Aderholt praises the decision.

— On Friday, after months of sanctions on the country, Pastor Andrew Brunson’s was released from a prison in Turkey after almost two years in confinement, accused of associating with a group that tried to carry out a coup.

— Congressman Aderholt’s statement read, ““I’m so thankful for the release of American Pastor Andrew Brunson from prison in Turkey.  He was detained simply for practicing his Christian faith. I’m also thankful that President Trump and his administration took unprecedented action to work for Brunson’s release.  The President made his release a top priority from the moment he took office.  And of course, above all else, I am thankful to God for Dr. Brunson’s release, health and safety.””

3. Everybody wants prisoners released until they start releasing prisoners.

— Gov. Kay Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall are planning to meet with the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles after learning that violent offenders are being released too early; the board says there is no evidence to that assertion.

— The early releases were brought to Ivey and Marshall’s attention by Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey who wrote, “The current Board has repeatedly and consistently released violent offenders after they have served only a minute portion of lengthy sentences.”

2. President Trump approves Governor Kay Ivey’s request for a disaster declaration.

— President Donald Trump approved Governor Ivey’s Emergency Disaster Declaration and Ivey thanked him in a press release saying, “This assistance will help us recover some of the cost of response and recovery efforts conducted by the state and local governments. This will be a huge benefit to the smaller communities in Alabama that have been affected.”

— The Alabama Farmers Federation has set up a fund to help farmers hurt by the storm, and you can donate to farmers who lost their crops and barn by going to alabamafarmersfoundation.org.

1. Saudi Arabia threatens that any sanctions against their kingdom will be met with retaliatory measures.

— The fallout from the disappearance and suspected murder of a Washington Post contributor by the Saudi Arabian government continues and President Trump is now promising “severe punishment” if the royal court was responsible.

— American leaders are calling for action, and if action is taken, there is a good chance the retaliation will be in the form of higher oil prices which will impact every aspect of the world’s economy.

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7 days ago

VIDEO: Kavanaugh dooms Senate Democrats, Trump and Ivey’s popularity in Alabama is sky-high, Tay Tay/Yeezy and more on Guerrilla Politics…

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

— Did the Kavanaugh vote doom Sen. Doug Jones and other red state Democrats?

— Do Governor Kay Ivey and President Donald Trump’s popularity kill any chance for Alabama Democrats?

— Why are Taylor Swift’s and Kanye West’s politics being treated so differently?

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Jackson and Burke are joined by former State Senator Tom Butler to talk about his campaign to reclaim his old seat in November.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” directed at those who can’t call an obvious mob a “mob”.

https://www.facebook.com/YHN/videos/1546555135444844/

1 week ago

7 Things: Trump and Kanye, Tennessee’s version of Doug Jones, Saudi Arabia probably killed a journalist and more …

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7. Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson says he will not be testifying before Congress

— Simpson’s firm was hired during the 2016 presidential campaign by the law firm with ties to the DNC and Clinton campaign. He helped plant stories with news outlets which were then used as justification to launch further inquiries into the Trump campaign.

— His attorney says he is not appearing because the query “is not designed to discover the truth,” but some believe he may have perjured himself in a previous testimony where he and embattled Justice Department official Bruce Ohr told two different version of stories about their interactions.

6. A domestic terrorist wanted to blow himself up with a 200-pound bomb on election day to bring election to a process called “sortition” 

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— A New York man is facing charges for making a 200-pound bomb and planning to blow himself up in Washington, D.C., on Election Day. On Wednesday, FBI agents continued searching a home just north of New York City, which is where they discovered the device.

— According to court papers, over the past two months, Paul Rosenfeld allegedly sent letters and text messages to a Pennsylvania resident detailing his plan to detonate the bomb on the National Mall to draw attention to the “sortition” political system, in which government officials are randomly selected.

5. President Donald Trump will talk to special counsel Robert Mueller via written communications instead of a face-to-face interview

— President Donald Trump’s legal team is putting together answers to written questions that have been provided by Mueller and this could mean that the Mueller investigation could be entering a final phase with regard to the president and he won’t answer questions during an interview.

— This investigation has been going on for over a year and a half. Negotiations over this part have taken almost a year, and while this doesn’t end the investigation because there could be follow-ups to this phase, it appears the end is near.

4. Governor Kay Ivey is surveying the damage and urging patience in the recovery following Hurrican Michael

— Gov. Ivey spent time in the Houston County Emergency Management Center and conducted a flyover and land tour of damage in the Wiregrass area as she urged people to be patient with recovery crews.

— The governor also was thankful that there was no loss of life in Alabama as of yet, saying, “I’m grateful to learn that there’s no loss of life in this area that we know of yet.”

3. It is becoming more evident that the Saudis killed a journalist and resident of the U.S. in their embassy

— The plot continues to thicken in the apparent death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi as the Turkish government says it has audio and video recordings that appear to show he was tortured and killed in the Saudi embassy and dismembered.

— An anonymous source told The Washington Post, “You can hear his voice and the voices of men speaking Arabic,” and, “You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered.”

2. Tennessee has their own Sen. Doug Jones in Democratic Senate nominee Phil Bredesen

— Our cowardly caretaker junior senator from the great state of Alabama publicly hemmed and hawed on where he stood on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Most believed he was already a “no,” but was trying to appear as if he was being sincere on his pledge to have an open mind.

— In Tennessee, Phil Bredesen is now trying to play the same game. His lie was a little more brazen, but his staff has told Project Veritas that Bredesen is only saying he’d vote for Kavanaugh to “get the Republican vote.”

1. Kanye West has an amusing and weird meeting with the president of the United States

— The much-anticipated lunch with Kanye West and Donald Trump finally happened and it was all you would have expected: it was strange, it was silly, it was bizarre and the media bit on the troll job hook, line and sinker.

— West spoke extemporaneously about liberal Hollywood not being happy with him, daddy issues, North Korea, MAGA hats, Hillary Clinton, opportunity zones, jobs, African-American unemployment, opioids, high-crime rates and clemencies, but he also brought Trump a hat that read “Make America Great” and Yeezys. Ivanka Trump got a hat with “Make Earth Great Again” and Jared Kushner received a “Travel Space Again” hat.

1 week ago

It looks like Tennessee has their own wannabe Doug Jones

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When Alabama’s cowardly caretaker junior senator from the great state of Alabama was running for office, he argued that he would represent the state of Alabama and not the Democratic Party, at least according to what he told the Associated Press.

An excerpt from the AP:

“I’m going to consider anything,” said Jones, explaining that he doesn’t plan on labelling himself a progressive or a conservative Democrat but a “Doug Jones Democrat.”

In Tennessee, Phil Bredesen is now trying to play the same game. His lie was a little more brazen, though.

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During the confirmation fight, and before the coveted Taylor Swift endorsement, Bredesen told potential Tennessee voters he would vote for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

It’s just not true.

James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas got the following quotes from the Bredesen team and they accidentally told the truth:

When asked to clarify that Bredesen is only saying he’d vote for Kavanaugh to “get the Republican vote,” Amalla, a field organizer for Bredesen’s campaign, affirmed, “Yes.”

Amalla reiterated, “[Bredesen] thought that like by coming out in support [of Justice Kavanaugh] that it would get more republicans on his side. He wasn’t doing as well in the rural parts.”

“[B]etween you and me, once Phil actually gets into the Senate, he’ll be a good Democrat.”

So, if you listen to Bredesen staff, given the opportunity, he would have more likely than not cast a vote against Kavanaugh just like Jones did.

The chances of Southern red state Democrats getting elected if they tell the truth is very slim. It is becoming clear that they know this and they are willing to deceive the public. And the media will help them win elections.

How they can stay after showing their true colors is becoming their biggest problem.

@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 slams ‘Medicare for All,’ Ivey and Trump still very popular in Alabama, Democrats keep calling for violence and more …

7. Things are getting harder for Democrats in the Senate, but possibly easier in the House

— Last week, polls for Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) moved the race out of range for Democrats. This week, Tennessee’s Senate seat appears to be moving, as well (Taylor Swift be damned). And now the one seat where a Republican is defending in a Hilary Clinton-won state (Nevada) is moving towards the GOP.

— Generic polls for House seats have Democrats generally leading by double-digit margins, with a few outliers. This does not bode well in a midterm election.

6. Republicans vote to provide more options for healthcare — Democrats want to use it for politics

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— The Trump administration gave people options to buy cheaper plans for one year vs. 90 days under the Obama administration. Democrats wanted to block it because the plans didn’t require pre-existing conditions to be covered, which made the plans cheaper.

— In the last 10 years, healthcare costs have gone from an average employer-sponsored deductible of $303 to $1,350.

5. Apparently, the fear of Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court has been realized — He is for following the law

— Justice Kavanaugh spoke out in defense of a Trump administration idea that that legal immigrants who have committed crimes can be arrested and deported, including immigrants who have completed their sentences.

— The crimes at hand include violent felonies to simple drug possession. The law is clear. It says the government “shall take into custody any alien” with a deportable offense even “when the alien is released” from jail.

4. Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham) would not sign a resolution against illegal aliens voting

— It was just a simple resolution, but it allowed Congress to speak out against illegal aliens voting in elections in light of San Francisco allowing them to vote in their elections. On top of that, a “mistake” may have sent voter ID cards to illegal immigrants in California.

— A total of 141 representatives voted “no” or “present” on this vote, including Rep. Sewell, who gave a cowardly “present” vote which means she was there but wouldn’t take a position — which is taking a position.

3. Now former Attorney General Eric Holder is saying to “kick” the opposition and Rand Paul is worried someone is going to get killed

— The attempted assassination of multiple congressmen, an attack on Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and mobs harassing leaders in restaurants isn’t enough because the former AG told cheering Democrats, “Michelle [Obama] always says ‘When they go low, we go high.’ No. No. When they go low, we kick them.”

— Hatred of our fellow Americans who have different political views is growing rapidly and shows no signs of stopping.

2. Governor Kay Ivey is still the nation’s third most popular governor

— As Alabama Democrats attempt to swing back to the right and away from their national mob, Governor Ivey continues to get great numbers and waltz her way to victory with an approval rating of 65 percent.

— Also, Alabama is back to being the most pro-Trump state in the nation.

1. President Donald Trump savages Democrats’ “Medicare for All” scheme

— Trump accurately points out that the plan would cost $36 trillion dollars over 10 years and eliminate all private insurance plans. The plan would place every person in the government system and raise taxes to pay for it.

— In what the Washington Post calls a “scare scenario” that they admit would occur in their “fact check” of the president’s piece, the president notes, “The Democratic plan would inevitably lead to the massive rationing of health care. Doctors and hospitals would be put out of business. Seniors would lose access to their favorite doctors. There would be long wait lines for appointments and procedures. Previously covered care would effectively be denied.” 

1 week ago

141 members of Congress, including Alabama’s Terri Sewell, chose not to sign a resolution against illegal aliens voting in our elections

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Last month, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution against illegal immigrants voting.

Text of the resolution reads as follows:

Whereas voting is fundamental to a functioning democracy;

Whereas the Constitution prohibits discrimination in voting based on race, sex, poll taxes, and age;

Whereas it is of paramount importance that the United States maintains the legitimacy of its elections and protects them from interference, including interference from foreign threats and illegal voting;

Whereas the city of San Francisco, California, is allowing non-citizens, including illegal immigrants, to register to vote in school board elections; and

Whereas Federal law prohibits non-citizens from voting in elections for Federal office: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives recognizes that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.

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There is nothing controversial here. It’s just an acknowledgment that only those who can legally vote in our elections should be voting in our elections.

But, somehow, 141 representatives voted “no” or “present” on this vote. All but one of the “no”/”present” votes were Democrats.

Included in this count is Alabama’s own Terri Sewell, who gave a cowardly “present” vote. This means she was there but wouldn’t take a position, which is taking a position.

The fact that Democrats are fine with illegal aliens voting should not come as a surprise to anyone.

Yesterday, Alabama representatives Bradley Bryne, Mo Brooks and Robert Aderholt joined with 20 other members of Congress urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to combat voting by illegal aliens.

Congressman Brooks explained how dangerous this is for America’s electoral system, saying, “Every single illegal vote by a foreigner in American elections dilutes and cancels the votes of American citizens and rightful voters! All Americans, whether Democrat or Republican, should agree that foreigners should not be influencing U.S. elections.”

For those who think this not an issue, the problem is being exacerbated by states like California giving drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants and then registering them to vote.

This issue is real; the fact that our congressional representatives are unwilling to stand united against this is unacceptable.

@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: Ivey sees a lottery in the state’s future, Democrats love guns even though the NRA doesn’t love them back, poor Hillary Clinton can’t go away and more …

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7. A socialist has won a city council seat in Alabama

— Liberal Huntsville activist Frances Akridge defeated former Superintendent and State School Board member Mary Jane Caylor who called Akridge a “tax-and-spend liberal who supports Bernie Sanders and avowed socialists…”

— Her opponent highlighted the donations that Akridge gave to Bernie Sanders and other “radical left-wing candidates” in a non-partisan election that had 17 percent turnout.

6. Fear not, Kanye West will be at the White House today

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— After saying he liked musician Taylor Swift “25 percent less” following her endorsement of two Democrats, President Donald Trump welcomes rapper and Trump super-fan Kanye West to the White House for dinner.

— West will meet with the president and his son-in-law to discuss job opportunities for ex-cons and how to bring more manufacturing jobs to Chicago.

5. Hurricane Michael is giving illegal immigrants a reprieve 

— The spokesperson for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told the media that illegals have no fear of enforcement. He said, “In consideration of these circumstances, there will be no immigration enforcement initiatives associated with evacuations or sheltering related to Michael, except in the event of a serious public safety threat.”

— The pretend narrative here is that illegals won’t ask for help because they fear ICE will arrest and deport them and, as a result, they will end up being hurt by the storm.

4. United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley resigns and surprises everyone but President Trump

— President Trump praised Haley’s job performance after accepting her resignation, saying, “She’s done a fantastic job and we’ve done a fantastic job together. We’ve solved a lot of problems and we’re in the process of solving a lot of problems.” He added that he has known about her desire to resign for six months.

— As the media does with every departure, they stop attacking Haley and declare her “one of the adults.” Potential successors include Republican Sen. Bob Corker and Trump’s former deputy national security adviser, Dina Powell.

3. Hillary Clinton can’t go away

— The multi-time failure of a presidential candidate feels like she has to insert herself in every single hot-button political issue. Clinton argued that civility is overrated, stating, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about”

— Clinton declared civility can return, but only when her team has power. She said, “I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.”

2. Alabama Democrats love guns in election years, but the rhetoric is hollow

— Democrats across the state are declaring themselves “pro-Second Amendment” or posing with firearms in an election year tradition of pandering to people you clearly don’t like. Both Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox and Congressional candidate Tabitha Isner have taken this route this week.

— The National Rifle Association isn’t buying much of this act as they are rating another Alabama Democratic candidate, Mallory Hagan, with an “F” rating, which means, she is a “true enemy of gun owners’ rights,” and “a consistent anti-gun candidate who always opposes gun owners’ rights and/or actively leads anti-gun legislative efforts, or sponsors anti-gun legislation.”

1. Governor Kay Ivey continues to say she won’t stand in the way of a lottery

— In what is clearly her most pro-lottery statement yet, Governor Kay Ivey made it clear that she expects a lottery to be proposed very early on in the 2019 legislative session. She thinks it could pass “if it’s a pure and simple plain lottery, just a real simple sure-enough plain lottery.”

— Ivey didn’t get into where the lottery money should go, but she warned against funding essential services, explaining, “There’s a principle in public policy that says never fund an essential service of government with an unstable source of funding. So, you’ve got to be careful what you do with the money.”

1 week ago

Democrats in Alabama love guns, but only during elections

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We are less than a month before an election and Democrats are looking down the barrel at another round of embarrassing and demoralizing election losses.

Endorsements by pro-abortion and anti-gun groups don’t help.

But fear not, because they totally relate to Alabama’s voters on the issue of guns.

Just watch them over the last week:

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Candidate firing guns? Check.

Same candidate offering support for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders-style gun reform? Also check.

I used to think that dead schoolchildren would be enough to change our country's gun laws. Clearly, I was wrong. Here's…

Posted by Tabitha Isner for Congress on Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Candidate declaring himself pro-2nd Amendment? Check.

Same candidate saying he is open to restriction on the 2nd Amendment? Also check.

“[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.”

Their signaling to a pro-gun electorate right before an election is transparent pandering, and no one believes them.

Mostly because it is obviously untrue.

These groups who support the actual positions of these candidates are out campaigning for them while the candidates state very different positions.

Moms Demand Action was out this weekend campaigning for Democrat candidates:

It’s hot, but you know what’s hotter? Electing Gun Sense Candidates!Find your candidate at https://gunsensevoter.orgVOTE NOVEMBER 6th!!!

Posted by Moms Demand Action – AL on Sunday, October 7, 2018

Does this sound like a group that gets Alabama voters?

The vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh is imminent, so the time is NOW to contact your senators and urge them to vote NO….

Posted by Moms Demand Action – AL on Friday, October 5, 2018

Do they sound like a group that supports Alabama values?

The real question is where are the Democrats who see all these people they are giving their money, time and vote to pandering on positions they don’t believe in?

@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’s poll numbers, GOP chances improve during Supreme Court fight, Maddox calls pro-life legislators ‘disgusting,’ out-of-state money pours in to fight the abortion amendment and more …

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7. The world is over in 12 years, according to CNN — It’s over in 22 years, according to the New York Times and they mean it this time

— The latest dire warning comes from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and requires “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,” or we may face irreparable harm.

— Former Vice President Al Gore, who claimed in 2006 that we only had 10 years, now says we are almost out of time, said, “Today the world’s leading scientific experts collectively reinforced what mother nature has made clear — that we need to undergo an urgent and rapid transformation to a global clean energy economy.”

6. Roy Moore is now being used against Senate and House candidates in other states

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— Former Hillary Clinton vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine is running a new ad tying his Republican opponent to Moore, saying he chose to campaign for an “accused child predator” as opposed to vote on opioid assistance legislation in his capacity as chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors.

— The real rub here is that Kaine is attempting to depress turnout for Republican House candidates in Virginia and they think Roy Moore’s unpopularity could do that.

5. Alabama gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox slams pro-life legislators as his lies are completely ignored by the mainstream media

— In Maddox’s TV spot, he claims to be pro-life and pro-Second Amendment in spite of endorsements from far left groups and opposition to an actual pro-life constitutional amendment. His reasoning for opposing this pro-life law is because, as he puts it, it victimizes those who disagree. He went on to call the lawmakers who proposed it “disgusting.”

— The Alabama political press has written numerous stories about Gov. Kay Ivey refusing to participate in a partisan questionnaire, but few have said a sniveling word about Maddox’s first major foray into television advertising.

4. California and New York forces are sending money to Alabama to beat a pro-life constitutional amendment

— Last week, a PAC working to defeat the amendment called “Alabama for Healthy Families” took in donations totaling $750,000 from a New York City-based Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino counties.

— The amendment those groups are opposing “would add language to the state constitution acknowledging the sanctity of unborn life and stipulating that the state constitution provides no right to abortion.” It is expected to pass easily.

3. Women are not fleeing the GOP — This won’t stop people from pretending they are

— After Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice, multiple hours of cable news have been spent lamenting the GOP’s female problem, but this problem may be overblown and/or wishful thinking because new polling shows “55 percent of women thought Judge Kavanaugh should be confirmed as long as the FBI investigation didn’t turn up anything.”

— This information isn’t shocking. It is the identical threat that the Democrats and the media were using in 2016 when they said now-President Donald Trump would doom the GOP with women and sink his chances of winning. But he eventually beat a female candidate.

2. President Donald Trump’s polling numbers look better as the Kavanaugh confirmation fight concludes

CNN’s polling indicates that Trump’s approval has jumped a good portion. Now, 40 percent approve of the job Trump is doing, which is up five points from a September poll. His disapproval decreased six points to 52 percentage points, which is an 11 point swing.

— Granted, these numbers are not great, but every point Trump picks up in approval ratings improves his chances of helping his party keep the House and Senate.

1. President Trump is being criticized for saying Judge Brett Kavanaugh was found “innocent

— The president’s swearing-in ceremony for Kavanaugh included an apology for the hell the new judge and his family were put through. Trump said, “On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure.” He added, “You, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent.”

— The fact that this is an attack line is rather amusing considering the media spent the better part of three weeks declaring he was guilty of everything from attempted rape to a series of gang rapes.

2 weeks ago

Walt Maddox says he will ‘never lie to you,’ but that’s not believable

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Democrats have it good.

If a Republican started a campaign commercial with this image, they would be mocked by every media outlet in Alabama, CNN would cover it and late night shows would have a blast.

Instead, there is almost no coverage of it at all.

Why? It’s terrible and reminiscent of another media darling.

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The other reason this ad is ignored? Walt Maddox is lying, and not just about lying.

Walt Maddox is not pro-life like he claims, nor is he pro-Second Amendment like he claims.

On abortion, Maddox wrote:

“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. The federal Hyde Amendment prohibits use of federal funds to pay for abortions except those that endanger the life of the woman, or that result from rape or incest, and Alabama law does not provide any state funds for abortions. The courts will ultimately decide which of Alabama’s several laws regulating abortion are constitutional, including any restrictions on new abortion clinics. As a governor sworn to uphold the federal and state constitutions and the laws of Alabama, I will faithfully execute Alabama’s laws within the constitutional limits defined by the Supreme Court.”

That’s obviously not a pro-life position. It’s a series of reason to not act to end abortion.

He’s also opposed to a legit pro-life constitutional amendment and is endorsed by Planned Parenthood. In no way does that resemble the characteristics of a pro-life candidate.

On guns, Maddox stated:

“[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.”

He’s also endorsed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group Mom’s Demand Action.

This stuff is not even close to believable.

The media has to be disappointed in Maddox. They view him as a progressive hope who was going to carry the momentum of Doug Jones, who the media allowed to lie as well, to a Medicaid expansion and a new era in Alabama politics.

Instead, he is going to get destroyed because this entire act is unbelievable and embarrassing.

@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: The nation has been radicalized, Alabama Republicans celebrate Kavanaugh confirmation, Doug Jones has a terrible weekend and more …

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7. Unemployment is the lowest it has been since 1969

— The good economic news keeps coming for President Donald Trump as we approach the midterm elections. The unemployment rate fell again and now sits at to 3.7 percent.

— Previous months were good, but they were already providing good news. They were better than reported as August and July’s jobs numbers were revised up.

6. Media is attempting to push a narrative that the president, the Senate, the House, the FBI and the Supreme Court are now illegitimate

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— The media and their Democrats believe there is some inherent unfairness in the way the founding fathers designed the legislative branch to protect against mob rule. NBC’s Ken Dilanian wants to strip power from smaller states and hand it to the metros across the country.

— The Democratic Party that has already spent much of the last few weeks attacking the presumption of innocence now attacks the founding principles of our nation that are being carried out.

5. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox announces he is pro-life and pro-Second Amendment in a strange new campaign ad — he’s neither

— Channelling every failed Democrat gubernatorial candidate of the last 20 years, Tuscaloosa’s mayor told Alabamians watching TV this weekend that he is just as conservative as they are, claiming he loves guns and is pro-life.

— Gov. Kay Ivey responded to this ad by pointing out the obvious contradictions between Maddox’s publicly available positions. He has the endorsements of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action and Planned Parenthood.

4. Governor Kay Ivey supported Judge Brett Kavanaugh, her opponent refused to take a position three straight interviews

— A protracted Supreme Court battle over Judge Kavanaugh has led to renewed enthusiasm for Republicans and worry for red-state Democrats. Gov. Ivey supported the new Supreme Court justice by saying he “should be confirmed.”

— When Walt Maddox was asked, he demurred in three straight interviews including a nonsensical word salad where he stated, “We watched a very compelling testimony that people on both sides of the aisle readily admitted it was powerful and needed to be vetted. I’m glad that process is happening. I believe the governor should do the same.”

3. Alabama’s Senators Richard Shelby (yes) and Doug Jones (no) explain their votes by referencing the allegation by his accuser

— Sen. Shelby did not find the allegation to be credible, explaining, “I also found the subsequent FBI report to be thorough. As a senator, my job is to carefully consider and review all available information. After doing so, it is evident that the accusations against Judge Kavanaugh are uncorroborated, and there is no confirmation of any of the alleged misconduct.”

— Sen. Jones, who doesn’t feel representing his state’s wishes is the “the be all to end all,” said even though he doesn’t think the case was made against Kavanaugh, he didn’t like how angrily he defended himself.

2. Alabama’s Republicans react to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh

— The state’s Republican officeholders put out press releases, tweets, and statements applauding the Senate for voting for Kavanaugh. Congressman Bradley Byrne, who is expected to challenge Jones for Senate, said, “This process and the shameful tactics used have been an embarrassment to our nation, but I hope we can now move forward as a country and not return to these pathetic political games again.”

— ALGOP Chairwoman Terry Lathan ripped into Sen. Doug Jones, calling him “One and done Doug,” and congratulated the new judge. She stated, “The Alabama Republican Party congratulates Judge Brett Kavanaugh on his confirmation. Judge Kavanaugh has our full support as he begins his honorable journey serving the American people on our nation’s highest court.”

1. After Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed, the Democrat freakout commenced

— A mob appeared at the doors of the Supreme Court literally clawing at the door and chanted, “Shut it down!

— Now that Kavanaugh is on the nation’s highest court, Democrats are wondering if they are the “wet rag party” and pretending that they actually live up to Michelle Obama’s “When they go low, we go high” motto. Some want to go more radical.


2 weeks ago

VIDEO: Democrats get their FBI investigation, Doug Jones’ ‘no’ could be a big problem, Alabama Democrats’ statewide candidate cannot get traction 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:

— Will any investigation into Judge Brett Kavanaugh be enough for his detractors?

— Should Senator Doug Jones consider renting in Washington D.C. or does he have a real chance to win re-election after a “no” vote?

— Will any statewide Democrats put up a real fight in November?

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Jackson and Burke are joined by Democratic candidate for State Senate (SD-02) Amy Wasyluka to talk about her campaign.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” directed at those in the media who will not stop being dishonest about their intentions.

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Kavanaugh defends himself ahead of the Senate vote, Alabama Republicans decry this entire mess, Jones defends his ‘no’ vote and more …

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7. The Ethics Commision obviously drops the case against the Etowah County “Beach House” sheriff because he followed the law

— The Alabama Ethics Commission voted to drop an ethics case against Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin, who was accused of misusing public funds “related to food accounts.”

— As much as Alabama residents may not like this law, the man followed the law, which must be changed if this is to stop.

6. Alabama Senator Doug Jones will still be a ‘no,’ even though the process was full of “hate and ugliness.” Now, one prognosticator thinks he can run for president

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— Senator Jones lamented how Republicans and Democrats were both treated during the process, declaring his hope that this “does not reflect who we really are as Americans.”

— Jones is clearly a long-shot to keep his Senate seat in 2020, but fivethirtyeight.com‘s Nate Silver believes Jones could be a 2020 presidential nominee. This might explain why he is running around red states trying to get Democrats elected.

5. If there isn’t a Judge Roy Moore isn’t on the ballot, try to create one

— Democratic nominee for Supreme Court Chief Justice Bob Vance is running an attack ad against his Republican opponent, and Moore ally, Associate Justice Tom Parker, comparing him to Moore because Vance almost beat the former judge in 2012.

— Vance is outraising Parker, a rarity for Alabama Democrats, but he is still polling far behind in the race with a little more than 30 days left before the general election.

4. Congressmen Bradley Byrne and Gary Palmer denounce how the Supreme Court nomination was handled

— Byrne says this process is bad for the country. He stated, “It hurts the country.” Palmer said he believes people will look at how this was handled and worry, “This could be your father, your brother, it could be your husband, it could be your son.” He added, “I think that really resonates with a lot of people.”

— Republican enthusiasm is boosted by the confirmation battle as the FBI investigation failed to turn up corroboration of any wrongdoing. Republicans feel like they can rally behind Kavanaugh and fire up their base.

3. The votes appear to be in order for a Judge Brett Kavanaugh confirmation vote. Democrats say this is a “coverup”

— The Senate is ready for a critical vote this morning on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination as they hope to move it forward, but one member may hold up the final vote because Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) says he will be in Montana for his daughter’s wedding.

— Democrats are still trying everything to stall the process. They have said there is a coverup, a secret sexual misconduct or alcohol abuse and they think Kavanaugh being frustrated about being called a gang rapist is disqualifying.

2. This whole issue is far more than “Republicans said, Democrats said

— The premise that this is a partisan issue with wrongs on both side is an angle the traditional media is pushing, in spite of the fact that the FBI investigation turned up nothing close to corroborating evidence of any of the claims against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

— So, the media and their Democrats can not pretend this hasn’t been investigated. Democrats threw every dirty trick in the book at this man and still came up empty. Confirmed or not, it will be clear that Brett Kavanaugh was subjected to a level of unfairness, anger and dishonesty that should terrify fair-minded Americans.

1. Judge Brett Kavanaugh himself pens an op-ed defending his behavior at the confirmation hearing

— Kavanaugh’s piece titled “I Am an Independent, Impartial Judge” which ended with an apology for some words spoke at his hearing, read, “I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been. I might have been too emotional at times. I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said. I hope everyone can understand that I was there as a son, husband and dad. I testified with five people foremost in my mind: my mom, my dad, my wife, and most of all my daughters.”

— The purpose of this op-ed is to explain to some Republicans why he was so angry at his hearing, ” I was subjected to wrongful and sometimes vicious allegations. My time in high school and college, more than 30 years ago, has been ridiculously distorted. My wife and daughters have faced vile and violent threats.”

2 weeks ago

Kavanaugh is not a ‘Democrats said, Republicans said’ situation

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After 10 a.m. CT on Thursday, CNN’s Gloria Borger, a political analyst, declared that the information gleaned from the FBI investigation into Supreme Court justice nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh didn’t really matter and the sexual assault allegations will just be a “Democrats said, Republicans said” issue.

She could not be more wrong.

This should still be America where we still have the presumption of innocence, and we should still be hesitant about declaring an American citizen guilty of a crime with zero evidence. From the beginning of Kavanaugh’s accusers being thrust into the public spotlight, the media has given the Democratic Party the benefit of the doubt and said Kavanaugh had to prove his own innocence.

We’ve been told:

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— The women must be believed.
— The lack of evidence is evidence.
— The lack of corroboration is evidence.
— There must be a hearing.
— There must be an FBI investigation.

In spite of this, at every turn, the media and the Democrats acted in complete bad faith.

— They held the initial letter from Kavanaugh’s accuser until the 11th hour.
— They declared allegations of gang rape brought by Michael Avenatti as credible.
— They declared anonymous allegations as credible.
— They declared anyone willing to make an allegation about Kavanaugh’s drinking credible.
— They all but ignored any questions of Kavanaugh’s accuser’s credibility.
— They investigated whether Kavanaugh throwing ice in a bar in 1985 was disqualifying.
— They defended Kavanaugh’s accuser’s delays in responding to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
— They defended Kavanaugh’s accuser’s delays in testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
— They defended Kavanaugh’s accuser’s refusal to share information with the Senate Judiciary Committee.
— They defended Kavanaugh’s accuser’s attempts to offer information after the FBI investigation was complete.

After all of this, there is still not a single shred of corroborating evidence available. Every person alleged to be at the event described by Kavanaugh’s accuser either denies the event took place or has no recollection that said event took place.

So the media and the Democrats can wail and scream about Brett Kavanaugh, but they can not pretend this hasn’t been investigated.

So, no, this is not a “Democrats said, Republicans said” situation. It is a situation where Democrats threw every dirty trick in the book at this man and still came up empty.

Whatever happens this weekend, confirmed or not, it will be clear that Brett Kavanaugh was subjected to a level of unfairness, anger and dishonesty that should terrify fair-minded Americans.

@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: New claims as Kavanaugh report is delivered, media begs Republicans to vote ‘no’ because Trump is rude, Ivey trouncing Maddox in money and polling and more …

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7. Democrat lunacy on Judge Brett Kavanaugh is firing up Republican men and women

— The enthusiasm gap between Democrats and Republicans is down to two points with Republican excitement up 12 points each. Enthusiasm amongst Democratic women is actually going down.

— Other polls have indicated things are moving in the GOP’s favor after the Kavanaugh allegations and hearing revealed very little when it comes to evidence.

6. Alabama Republicans are crushing Democrats in Alabama fundraising

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— As we enter the last 30+ days of the general election, Governor Kay Ivey and her opponent Walt Maddox have roughly the same amount of money on hand but Ivey has raised over four million more dollars in the course of the campaign.

— The only statewide race where a Democrat has outraised their Republican opponent is the race for the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, where Bob Vance has outraised Tom Parker by more than $200,000. Vance also has $550,453.82 on-hand versus Parker’s $181,999.81.

5. The Alabama political media’s theme that “Governor Kay Ivey is sick” falls apart if you leave the cities of Birmingham and Montgomery

— When Walt Maddox’s allies in the media aren’t ranting about how he can’t get a debate scheduled, they are declaring the governor of the state of Alabama is terribly ill and the state is being run by a shadow government.

— Yellowhammer News’ Jeff Poor followed Ivey on the campaign, found her to be accessible, posing for pictures and delivering speeches in the unseasonably warm Monroe County heat. Not one of the reporters who has questioned her health was there.

4. Walt Maddox is headed towards a slaughter if he doesn’t change course

— Polling shows Governor Kay Ivey is up on Walt Maddox with over 50+ percent of the vote while he has between 26-32 percent even though they both have about the same amount of money.

— It is “Hail Mary” time for Maddox. It is time for him to stop being a generic Alabama Democrat. He must go on the attack, draw (metaphorical) blood, and he must explain how he is going to accomplish his more ambitious goal.

3. The cowardly caretaker junior senator from the great state of Alabama is ignoring constituents while endorsing liberals across the country

— Senator Doug Jones dealt his own re-election a blow last week when he declared he would not support Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Some of his constituents have attempted to reach out to Jones’ office and they are either being ignored or hung up on.

— Against this backdrop, Jones continues to reach out to other states attempting to play the role of “kingmaker” for Senator Clair McCaskill (D-MO), which comes after he endorsed Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Democratic House candidate Danny O’Connor (OH-12) and now-Rep. Conor Lamb (PA-18), and even traveling to Democratic Party events in GeorgiaTennessee and Mississippi.

2. Media is wish-casting that President Donald Trump’s crass words on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers’ accusation could cost him Senate votes

— Senators Flake (R-AZ), Murkowski (R-AK) and Collins (R-ME) were swarmed by reporters seeking condemnation, which they got. Speculation then ran rampant that the senators would not vote for a Supreme Court judge over this.

— The same media misinterpreted the words of Sen. Lindsey Graham as he explains how ugly the left and media were to President Bill Clinton’s accusers.

1. The Kavanaugh report is out today. Kavanaugh’s accuser tried a last second delay, and Democrats claim there is a secret in the last six investigations

— The report is in the hands of the White House and Senate. Parts could be released to the public, but only after all 100 senators get a chance to see what is in it.

— Some members of the Democratic minority on the Senate Judiciary Committee say there are previous allegations of sexual or alcohol misconduct in Kavanaugh’s background checks that they never brought up for some reason. The majority responded forcefully, stating, “[N]owhere … was there ever a whiff of any issue – at all – related in any way to inappropriate sexual behavior or alcohol abuse.”

2 weeks ago

Walt Maddox needs to get serious or he will get destroyed in November

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It’s time for the media and Democrats to acknowledge that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox is in the last gasps of a dying campaign.

Recent polls continue to show that the Tuscaloosa mayor is down, and down big.

ALFA:

Maddox – 36%
Ivey – 56%

NBC/ Survey Monkey:

Results from the poll found that 51 percent of those surveyed said they would vote for Gov. Kay Ivey if the election were to be held today. Her opponent, Democrat Walt Maddox, garnered the support of just 26 percent of respondents. Another 22 percent said they are still undecided.

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It’s clear the campaign and his supporters are never going to acknowledge these things, but the Alabama political press has an obligation to offer sober analysis during the coverage of the lead up to the election.

Instead, the silliness of the Alabama political media is apparent, no better exemplified by this clip of the “The V”:

Bill and Susan Britt on The V – 9/30/18

🚨A SCORCHING HOT TAKE FOLLOWS🚨The geniuses on "The V: The Voice of Alabama Politics" (even though most of you have never heard of them) have a brilliant take on the latest poll in the Governor's race.Ivey 56 – Maddox 36Bill Britt: A misstep by Governor Kay Ivey and Walt Maddox actually walks away with this thing.Susan Britt: And then the poll went on to say and two missteps he's definitely gone.Nailed it.Ivey 56 – Maddox 36No poll shows anything like what they are saying, nor could they,

Posted by Dale Jackson on Sunday, September 30, 2018

Yes, this is an opinion show, but the coverage by the leading political media in this state would lead those reading just those outlets to believe Maddox is a savior with a serious chance of upsetting Governor Ivey.

He’s not.

It is “Hail Mary” time for Walt Maddox.

Ivey is not Roy Moore.

If he wants to get close, he needs to do a couple of things.

First, he has to attack. And I am not talking about whining about debates — this makes him look like a little kid whose mommy won’t let him go outside to play with his friends. He needs to (metaphorically) draw blood.

Secondly, Maddox needs to explain how he plans on accomplishing his goals.

I have been asking his campaign for weeks about how they plan on paying for their Medicaid plan, and this is the best they have done so far:

But, it’s just not true.

The tax revenue generated by massive government spending doesn’t come close to paying for it.

A report in the Montgomery Advertiser laid it out pretty clearly, saying, “The 2012 UAB study estimated that Medicaid expansion could generate $2.2 to $4.6 billion of new economic activity in the state annually and between $12 and $26 million in new tax revenue each year.”

Mayor Maddox himself put the price tag at close to $200 million. He has no plan to close that, at a minimum, $124 million dollar gap.

Maddox better get serious or he is going to get wrecked come November.

@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: McConnell stands firm on having a vote, Alabama Dems don’t understand tax cuts, Jones doesn’t want to hear from you and more …

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7. Amazon decides to raise their wages to $15 an hour, blowing a hole in the argument that government should force it

— Amazon is clearly caving to political criticism, much to the benefit of their employees. CEO Jeff Bezos admitted as much, saying, “We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead.”

— Now that Amazon has increased their wages on their own, the company will use their economic might to lobby Congress to force their competitors to do the same by using their public policy team to lobby for an increase in the federal minimum wage.

6. While Donald Trump dominates the Republican Party, Democrats have no clear leader

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— For better or worse, a USA Today poll indicates that Donald Trump is the leader of the Republican Party, with 54 percent choosing him, 23 percent saying they don’t know and “there currently isn’t a leader” coming in third at six percent.

— The Democratic Party has a much bigger leadership void problem. Thirty-three percent say they “don’t know” who their leader is, 14 percent say former President Barack Obama is leading them and “there currently isn’t a leader” comes in third again at 13 percent.

5. While Walt Maddox is right about the Governor Ivey’s Alabama Sentry Program, his plan is just as silly

— Maddox rightly believes that Ivey’s announcement of her plan right before her primary was “asinine and political rhetoric at its best. There is no way to know if a single school has taken up the plan at all.

— Maddox, Tuscaloosa’s mayor, believes there should be no firearms on school campuses unless they are in the hands of law enforcement. Instead, he wants trained law enforcement at every school, which is a plan that is expensive and completely unlikely to ever be implemented. This leaves schools vulnerable.

4. Alabama Democrats do not understand how taxes work, they want to raise yours

— Republicans in Washington D.C. are planning on making the Trump tax cuts permanent. Democrats used the temporary status as one of the reasons to oppose it last year but that was largely a disingenuous tact.

— Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-7) and Democrat candidate for Congress Tabitha Isner have expressed concern about the tax cuts, with Isner repeating the canard that the tax cuts drove the deficit while, in reality, tax receipts are at record levels.

3. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is still planning a vote for the end of the Supreme Court confirmation mess this week

— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to show his frustration and he has now doubled down on his plans to hold a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before this week is over.

— He mocked the non-stop deluge of silliness being pushed by the media and his Democrat colleagues by pointing out, “One can only imagine what new bombshell might be published today or tomorrow,” including a college bar fight that was used as one of the reasons “why we need an FBI investigation.”

2. Alabama’s cowardly caretaker junior senator Doug Jones is not interested in hearing from his constituents on Judge Brett Kavanaugh

— Yellowhammer News attempted to contact the Washington D.C. office of Senator Jones and his staff had no interest in hearing from his constituents.

— Jones is also replying with a form letter, which is not unheard of, to all those who contact him about this matter stating, “I am concerned about the message that this vote will be sending to our sons and daughters, as well victims of sexual assault. Therefore, I will be voting no on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.”

1. Americans blame Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Democrats and partisanship for this mess with Kavanaugh

— The poll shows 75 percent blame Feinstein for her handling of Kavanaugh’s accuser’s letter, 69 percent call the hearing “a national disgrace” and 55 percent say Democrats have been “completely partisan” in the process.

— This nonsense could be fatal for Democrats’ hopes for the House and Senate. Their lead in a generic ballot has been cut in half.