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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21 hours ago

7 Things: Two articles of impeachment, polling has Sessions still up, Trump gets trade win and more …

(YHN)

7. Biden is still first, but Warren is falling

  • New polling data from the Quinnipiac University has been released that shows former Vice President Joe Biden is still in first place with 29%, but U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has moved up into second with 17%.
  • U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has fallen to third place with 15%, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is down to 9%, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg follows with 5% and entrepreneur Andrew Yang has 4%.

6. Stopping the spread of misinformation

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  • Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has met with Twitter and Facebook representatives in an effort to stop misinformation from spreading online throughout the state in preparation for the upcoming 2020 election cycle.
  • Merrill said that it’s important that everyone in Alabama is “informed with up-to-date, complete, and accurate information.” Merrill added, “[E]lection security and protocol is higher than ever in Alabama. We continue to introduce new ways to improve security every single day.”

5. Ainsworth has endorsed Ward

  • Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth took to Twitter to endorse State Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) for the Alabama Supreme Court. Ainsworth confirmed the endorsement, saying, “I am supporting his candidacy and encourage my friends to do the same.”
  • Ward responded to Ainsworth’s endorsement by saying he’s “honored” to have the support and that Ainsworth “knows my legislative record and the conservative values I will bring to our Supreme Court.”

4. Tuberville doubles down on his reasonable drag queen take

  • When former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville expressed that a Christmas parade may not be the appropriate place for a drag show, you knew the media would take the bait and attack him for it.
  • In response, Tuberville further explained that a parade designed for children isn’t really the place for this stuff. He stated, “Christmas is about celebrating with family,” adding, “Our public celebrations ought to be family-friendly for young and old.”

3. Democrats are supporting trade agreement

  • The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is now supported by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) caucus, which is the trade agreement that would replace NAFTA.
  • Pelosi’s announcement of her support comes only one day after Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston), House Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia), State Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) and State Representative Wes Allen (R-Troy) sent a letter to Pelosi pushing for her to support the trade agreement.

2. New polls in Alabama Senate race

  • The Alabama Farmers Federation has released new polling data that shows former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Auburn Football Coach are polling closely, with Sessions at 35% and Tuberville at 31%, whereas data released by the Sessions campaign showed that Sessions was at 44% and Tuberville was at 21%.
  • The Farmers Federation data also showed that U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) is at 12%, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is at 8% and State Representative Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs) and Stanley Adair are only at 1% each.

1. Abuse of power and obstruction

  • The House Democrats have announced formal articles of impeachment they’re bringing against President Donald Trump, which are abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. In doing so, U.S. Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said that Trump “endangers our democracy; he endangers our national security.”
  • U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) responded to the articles of impeachment, saying it’s “nothing more than a pathetic witch hunt.” U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) said that the “charges are so political, not even all their members will be able to stomach voting for them.”

2 days ago

7 Things: Formal impeachment details laid out as IG report is released, internal polls show Sessions up big, drag queens in a Christmas parade in Opelika and more …

(YHN)

7. Flags at half-staff Tuesday

  • Tuesday, flags around the state will be flown at half-staff to honor fallen Huntsville Police Officer Billy Fred Clardy, ⅠⅠⅠ, who was killed last Friday by a career criminal.
  • Governor Kay Ivey ordered that the flags be lowered, and wrote in a memo, “We offer our heartfelt condolences and prayers to his wife and five children, the Huntsville Police Department and the city of Huntsville.”

6. Biden would be a terrible POTUS

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  • Former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter previously held a job at the Ukraine energy company Burisma Holdings, and now Joe Biden is saying that he didn’t know the job would be a conflict because “nobody warned me.”
  • He’s maintained that Hunter did nothing wrong, but he’s now saying that someone “should have told” him that the job was going to look suspicious. Biden has said that this “gave folks like Rudy Giuliani an excuse to come up with a Trumpian kind of defense, while they were violating the Constitution.”

5. Vote Tuesday on Huntsville school tax

  • Huntsville voters in Madison, Limestone and Morgan Counties will go to the polls in very small numbers to change the way the property tax laws are written so that all Huntsville residents are included.
  • The new tax would just replace the current property tax language so that Huntsville city residents in Morgan and Limestone County are also included in the text. To remove any ambiguity in the code, there will be no new taxes if voters vote yes.

4. Drag queens are really unhappy with Tuberville

  • One of the floats at the Opelika Christmas parade was a “Mean Girls” setup where four drag queens dressed as the four main characters, but former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville took to Facebook to voice his concerns, saying, “Hard to believe that right in my own backyard the city of Opelika allows drag queens in the city Christmas Parade…What is next?”
  • One of the men on the float, Marcus Gulatte, has said that Tuberville was the “loudest” of all the “cowards” who spoke out against their performance at the parade, but Gulatte has also stated that he’s “not ‘sick and disgusting,’” referencing some of the words used against him in Tuberville’s comment section. Jeremy Leff, who says he’s running for local office, wants to “encourage” Tuberville to be “more open-minded and inclusive.”

3. Formal impeachment details have been laid out

  • Democrats are getting ready to bring formal impeachment charges against President Donald Trump; the Democrats will file charges that allege abuse of power and obstruction of Congress but will leave out bribery.
  • U.S. Representative Doug Collins (R-GA) said that impeachment is only being pushed because “[t]hey can’t get over the fact that Donald Trump is the president of the United States and they don’t have a candidate that can beat him.” The House Judiciary Committee could vote on formal impeachment charges as soon as this week.

2. Sessions leading the field

  • The Sessions campaign released polling Tuesday morning that showed former Attorney General Jeff Sessions with a commanding lead to regain his former Senate seat, with Sessions at 44%, followed by Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville at 21%, U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) at 14% and former Judge Roy Moore at 7%.
  • Sessions continue to be the frontrunner in this race with a long history and name ID. Those vying to catch him are going to need to figure out a way to target him and knock him down a few points or he could win without a runoff.

1. The FBI investigation included multiple misdeeds

  • The media and their Democrats have gone into full spin mode on a report that showed multiple misdeeds, including 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions” alone involving the authorization of the investigation into Carter Page at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has commented on the recently released information, calling it a “criminal enterprise” that got out of control.
  • President Donald Trump had already made it clear that this report was not the end all be all of this debate with the coming Durham report as the one he is waiting for. He stated, “I do think the big report to wait for is going to be the Durham report,” adding, “That’s the one that people are really waiting for.”

3 days ago

Dale Jackson: Let Roy Moore run his sad campaign in peace — It’s almost over

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A bunch of people gave 2020 GOP U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore exactly what he wanted on Saturday when they protested his speech at the Shoals Republican Club in Tuscumbia.

The club had invited Roy Moore to speak, as they previously had every other Senate candidate, and so a bunch of losers with nothing better to do with their Saturday morning stood outside in December and yelled at him.

And yes, of course, we are going to cover it.

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The protesters chanted “No more Roy Moore” and “Go to hell, Roy Moore.” All things that I’m sure completely devastated the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice and failed Senate candidate.

The problem with these protesters is that they give Roy Moore exactly what he wants: a chance to play the victim and show how everybody hates him because of what he stands for.

Moore’s entire candidacy in this election cycle has been that everybody is out to get him.

Roy Moore’s schtick is as follows:

  • I was screwed over when I stood up for the Ten Commandments and lost my job.
  • I was screwed over when I fought gay marriage and lost my job.
  • I was screwed over in 2017 by questionable allegations (and a separate shadowy Democrat disinformation campaign).

He’s right about the last one. Those allegations don’t make it to print if Moore was a Democrat.

The reality is that he’s disliked because he failed to do his job and then lost a Senate seat to a liberal Democrat in ruby-red Alabama.

But most people are smart enough to see through this stuff and realize this is the end of Roy Moore’s public life and are content to let him fade away.

So, why do people continue to give him the ability to play the victim?

Right now, Roy Moore is polling in the low teens. He’s not really relevant, so why make it seem like he is?

Giving him the opportunity to claim that he won’t back down from a fight lets him off the hook. It takes a completely unlikable candidate and makes him seem like a hero for standing up to the outrage mobs, cancel culture and liberal Democrats who are condemning him to hell for standing up for God.

If people want Roy Moore to go away, the best thing to do is to treat him like he’s irrelevant, because that’s exactly what he is.

Moore has no money and is recycling old campaign ads. His support keeps dwindling by the day as the obituaries do their thing.

Moore is the fourth man in a three-man Senate race.

Let Roy Moore talk to a crowd that won’t vote for him, let him head back to Gadsden afterward, and, eventually, the age of dealing with this grift will be over.

Until then, these people need to find anything else to do on a Saturday morning.

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

3 days ago

7 Things: Impeachment crawls on, Huntsville police officer killed, terrorist attack in Pensacola and more …

(YHN)

7. Alabama and Auburn’s bowl season will seem far less interesting this year

  • For the first time since the College Football Playoff system was implemented, the University of Alabama and its fans are on the outside looking in at the playoff and will have to settle for a Citrus Bowl showdown with the University of Michigan where some big players may sit out.
  • Auburn University’s bowl game selection is about as interesting as Alabama’s, as Auburn will take on the surprising University of Minnesota from the Big 10 in the Outback Bowl on New Years Day.

6. Border apprehensions continue to decline

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  • The Department of Homeland Security has released new data that shows border apprehensions were down in November by 6% since October with a total of 42,649 migrants apprehended at the border.
  • The data released also shows that apprehensions at the southern border of families has decreased by 85% since May. Most of the change is attributed to the change in practices at the border, such as sending migrants to a different country or home to await their hearings instead of releasing them in the United States.

5. Moore met with protests

  • While former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore went to speak at the Shoals Republican Club in Tuscumbia, he was met by around two dozen protesters.
  • Protestors stood outside the meeting chanting, “No more Roy Moore” and “Go to hell, Roy Moore,” but at the meeting Moore essentially said he won’t be backed down by protestors, and he also disputed claims that he’s homophobic and racist by saying that if he was, he “couldn’t wear this cross on my lapel. You’re commanded to love people, but you’re also commanded to abhor sin, that which is evil.”

4. Alabama abortion ban still blocked

  • The court injunction that blocked the Alabama abortion ban has not been appealed by the state; the injunction blocked the ban from taking place on November 15.
  • The courts are also hearing a lawsuit that calls the ban unconstitutional, but Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has maintained that the purpose of the Alabama abortion ban is to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge Roe v. Wade and Pennsylvania v. Casey.

3. Act of terrorism in Florida

  • While speaking at a news conference, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis pushed for stronger “precautions” to be taken when a foreign national is coming to train at a U.S. military base, which comes after the shooting at the Pensacola naval base.
  • The Saudi Arabian gunman, Lt. Mohammad Alshamrani, was at the base for training when he opened fire on the base on Friday. He shot and killed three people in an attack that is being treated as an act of terrorism.

2. Impeachment and the IG report

  • Monday will be a busy day for those in the elite media bubble as they push forth the necessary narratives that only Russia interfered in the election, the president could be removed over a phone call and there is nothing to see in a report about misbehavior at the DOJ/FBI in 2016.
  • Obviously, there are multiple threads to pull on all these issues, but the insistence by the media that there remains only one villain in Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump, continues to undercut their objectivity and influence.

1. Huntsville officer killed over the weekend

  • Huntsville police officer Billy Fred Clardy ⅠⅠⅠ was shot and killed by suspect LaJeromeny Brown. Clardy is a husband and father of five children. Mayor Tommy Battle said that Clardy was a “special gift” to Huntsville and he “set a standard for us as a community.”
  • Clardy’s funeral will be held at Mayfair Church of Christ on Tuesday afternoon. This is the seventh officer to be killed in Alabama this year. He is the first officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty in Huntsville since Officer Eric Freeman died on December 14, 2007.

4 days ago

VIDEO: Byrne talks impeachment, a real compromise on gambling might be possible, Buttigieg enters Alabama and more on Guerrilla Politics

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

—When will Democrats realize impeachment isn’t working for them?

—Are House Speaker Mac McCutcheon and Alabama Republicans ready for a grand bargain on gambling?

—Why did presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg visit Alabama?

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Jackson and Burke are joined by U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) to discuss impeachment and his run for United States Senate.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” at Democrats who are acting like racism and sexism took down Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign in their primary.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=544010349511696

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

6 days ago

7 Things: Pelosi pretends she has to do impeachment, Alabama could get transgender bathrooms, Trump could endorse Sessions and more …

(YHN)

7. Biden goes off at a town hall

  • At an Iowa town hall, a voter asked former Vice President Joe Biden about the Ukraine scandal involving Hunter Biden and Joe’s potential involvement. The voter also questioned if he might be too old to take the position of president.
  • Biden was clearly upset by the questions, and called the voter “a damn liar.” He went on to make a backhanded comment on the voter’s weight by saying, “I’m not sedentary.” The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate then challenged the voter to push-ups or an IQ test to prove himself.

6. Pentagon might send more troops to the Middle East

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  • Due to an increasing threat from Iran, 7,000 troops could be sent to the Middle East. The undersecretary of defense for policy has said that they’re “watching this situation where the Iranians both have conducted attacks in recent months, and we are concerned about the threat stream that we are seeing.”
  • The option of moving troops around is also being considered, but they’re mainly considering sending in additional warships in addition to air and missile defense units.

5. No decision on the Democratic Party

  • In the lawsuit filed by Nancy Worley to dispute her losing her position in the Alabama Democratic Party, Montgomery County Circuit Judge Greg Griffin has now said he’s going to delay making a decision.
  • Griffin said that he’s waiting for the Alabama Supreme Court to make a decision since the case has already been sent to the Supreme Court, but State Representative Chris England (D-Tuscaloosa), a defendant in the suit, has said that the case should be dismissed in the circuit courts, reasoning they don’t have jurisdiction over political party issues.

4. Tuberville wants you to buy his plastic straws

  • Former Auburn Football coach Tommy Tuberville’s 2020 U.S. Senate campaign is now selling plastic straws because “liberals are banning straws.” Tuberville described them as “the perfect stocking gift.”
  • In the post about the straws, Tuberville also added, “Can you believe Democrats won’t even say Merry Christmas?”

3. Merrill thinks Sessions will get the Trump endorsement

  • Despite President Donald Trump apparently expressing displeasure with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions entering the 2020 U.S. Senate race, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill thinks that Trump will ultimately endorse Sessions.
  • Merrill said U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) has been “using power and his clout to ensure Senator Sessions is protected” from Trump, saying, “It would not surprise me one bit if he ended up endorsing Senator Sessions.”

2. Transgender bathrooms might come to Alabama

  • Nease High School student Drew Adams from Florida has a case that went before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta for the first time to decide if the Florida school district should allow students to use the bathroom for the gender they identify with.
  • The court heard arguments in the case on Thursday, but if they rule in favor of the lawsuit, the ruling would affect schools in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

1. Remember, they totally didn’t want to do this

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has announced that President Donald Trump has left the Democrats “no choice but to act” and the House will move forward with drafting articles of impeachment against Trump.
  • Pelosi said that Trump’s “actions have seriously violated the Constitution,” adding that it’s “with confidence and humility” that she’s asking the House to move forward with impeachment. She also noted that his Constitutional violations are “abuse of power, undermining our national security and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections.”

7 days ago

Pete Buttigieg’s silly grievance tour in Alabama is a joke

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Any time a candidate for president comes to Alabama we should be thrilled.

It gives them a chance to meet voters that normally don’t factor into presidential elections and it gives the state the chance to put its best foot forward.

But that’s not what 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s trip to Alabama was about.

He is here because he has no black support in a primary where black support is very important, so he comes to Alabama to rip on the state.

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He swings by the National Memorial for Peace and Justice outside of Montgomery, not to learn anything, but to attack a fictional problem of “white supremacy.”

No one in the press dared to ask what he has done about this in his current position, or even what he will do if he becomes president. They acted like the dutiful scribes and staff photographers that they are so he can say, “I went to the lynching memorial” the next time his lack of black support is questioned.

And what better way to gain street cred nationally among black voters than to attack Alabama lawmakers for passing an abortion ban that the citizens of this state solidly support?

Buttigieg said, “What we see in Alabama unfortunately among legislators is a refusal to follow the law of the land.”

But this is not true.

Alabama lawmakers passed a law that was specifically meant to challenge the interpretation of the “law of the land,” which is, obviously, not a law at all but a Supreme Court ruling.

Supreme Court precedent is challenged all the time. He should know this.

Again, expecting the American press or their less competent Alabama counterparts to question him on these things is a mistake; they don’t have the knowledge necessary to do so.

But Buttigieg’s pandering was so broad he needed to be in the state for more than one day to get it all in.

While appearing at an event in Birmingham, he made the point that raising the minimum wage would disproportionately benefit non-white Americans.

How he reconciles that argument with his suggestion that we bring in more immigrants to compete with low-income workers is beyond me, but again, no one in the media seems interested in drilling down on these poorly thought-out arguments.

This is all just a PR trip and nothing more. Buttigieg is bumping up in some polls but is still struggling with black voters.

The first state with a large number of black voters is South Carolina, where he is polling fourth overall with 6% of the vote and a whopping 0% among black voters.

Remember why Buttigieg came to Alabama: It wasn’t to court voters here. It was solely to pander to black voters in other states.

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

7 days ago

7 Things: Impeachment hearings go on, Sessions destroys Harris, Buttigieg keeps searching for black votes in Alabama and more …

(YHN)

7. We are back to Russia, apparently

  • The impeachment hearings started up again, and now it looks like the House Judiciary Committee Democrats are going to try and include the Mueller report in the ongoing impeachment inquiry.
  • Until now, the impeachment inquiry has just focused on President Donald Trump’s interactions with Ukraine, but House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) has now said, “President Donald Trump welcomed foreign interference in the 2016 election, and demanded it for the 2020 election.” This just seems to open the door for the Democrats to include another investigation that failed to bring a conviction.

6. Brooks praises food stamp changes

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  • U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) applauded the Trump administration tightening work requirements for people receiving food stamps and making it harder for states to waive work requirements for able-bodied individuals — a plan that will save $5.5 billion dollars over five years.
  • Brooks said in a statement, “I fully support the Trump Administration’s efforts to bar able-bodied, working age Americans from receiving food stamps, SNAP, or any other food benefits they can and should be paying for with money they earn themselves.”

5. Executions coming back?

  • In a brief filed with the Supreme Court, Alabama and 13 other states are advocating for President Donald Trump’s plan to bring back federal executions, which came after the Justice Department requested that the Supreme Court allow the first execution in 17 years.
  • The DOJ wants to carry out the execution using a new process, as opposed to a three-drug cocktail that was previously used because of lawsuits by murderers and their advocates that the process is “cruel and unusual.”

4. Byrne highlights how illegal immigration is harming children

  • During a Democrat hearing called, “Growing Up in Fear: How the Trump Administration’s Immigration Policies Are Harming Children,” U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) made the point that not enforcing immigration laws harms Americans and specifically children.
  • Byrne also confronted his colleagues about the cost of illegal immigration to America’s schools, which they had no response to, and criticized them for attacking President Donald Trump for enforcing current immigration law.

3. Buttigieg’s pandering tour of Alabama continues

  • South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg visited Birmingham to meet with Birmingham leaders, including Mayor Randall Woodfin, and he discussed immigration and raising the minimum wage.
  • Buttigieg made it clear that he supports raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, but then he went on to discuss immigration and his visa program to increase immigration, saying “If we want population growth in rural America, let’s welcome new Americans.”

2. Sessions finishes off Harris

  • Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions mocked U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) for ending her 2020 Democratic presidential campaign. Recently, she had made headlines for asking her supporters to donate to U.S. Senator Doug Jones’ (D-AL) reelection campaign, saying that she “fought Jeff Sessions every step of the way, voting against his nomination as Attorney General and calling for his resignation when it became clear he lied under oath to protect the President.”
  • When she announced her campaign was ending, Sessions appeared on Fox News where he discussed the issue, saying that Harris claimed some of her “great achievements was to stand up to Jeff Sessions, Brett Kavanaugh, Attorney General Barr and President Trump.” He added, Well, she’s 0 for 4. All four of them are still standing – and she’s out.”

1. A hearing with constitutional law professors will surely move the needle

  • The latest round of impeachment hearings took place in Washington, D.C. with four constitutional law professors testifying before Congress on the matter of impeachment. There were three Democrat witnesses and one Republican witness in the hearing that went on all day and convinced absolutely no one to change their mind.
  • The Democrats’ witnesses insisted that impeachment was necessary, while the Republican witness made the point that moving forward with impeachment given the current facts will only lower the bar for future impeachments.

1 week ago

7 Things: Democrats have their impeachment report, Buttigieg seeks black votes in Alabama, Tuscaloosa could have a curfew for minors and more …

(YHN)

7. Appeals court rules banks need to turn over Trump’s financial records

  • The Second Circuit Court of appeals has upheld the decision that President Donald Trump’s financial records held by Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corporation must be turned over to the House Intelligence and Financial Services Committees in compliance with the issued subpoena.
  • The subpoenas won’t give access to any of Trump’s personal tax returns, but rather his business financials. Counsel to the president Jay Sekulow said they “are evaluating our next options including seeking review at the Supreme Court of the United States.”

6. No chance for Alabama or Auburn

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  • The latest College Football Playoff rankings show Alabama and Auburn will not see the playoff with the top seven teams all in action on the final week, including the SEC Championship game between LSU and Georgia.
  • Alabama fell an astonishing seven places to 12 and is now ranked behind Auburn, who moved up four spots to 11. Auburn’s new ranking could help them land a New Year’s Six Bowl if Georgia beats LSU and they both make it to the playoff.

5. Harris is out

  • U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has written a note to her supporters to let them know that she is ending her 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, saying that her “campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue.”
  • While Harris was a favorite when she launched her campaign in January, she has slowly fallen in the polls throughout the year. It’s been speculated that her campaign would be ending after information was released about her campaign treating staffers poorly.

4. Property tax changes could come to Huntsville

  • There will be a vote held on December 10 where the voters in Huntsville will decide whether to change around the property taxes in Huntsville, but Mayor Tommy Battle has already said that this won’t increase any taxes.
  • The city is seeking to replace three separate taxes with one tax that would be equal in amount and would cover subdivision expansion into Limestone and Morgan County so that people still living in the subdivisions would pay taxes that benefit the schools their kids attend.

3. Tuscaloosa could start a daytime curfew for minors

  • A proposal that would make it illegal for minors to be in public from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. without an adult has been approved by the Tuscaloosa City Council’s public safety committee in an effort to keep kids from skipping school.
  • If the proposal is approved by the full council, parents could be fined up to $500 or serve up to six months in jail if their child violates the curfew. If approved, the curfew would take effect in January.

2. Buttigieg visited Alabama to complain about race and abortion

  • In a trip to Montgomery, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate,  visited the “National Memorial for Peace and Justice” and pledged to attempt to get black voters to finally support him by stating, “[W]e have got to act in our lifetime to dismantle racial inequity or it will, I am convinced, drag down the entire American project.”
  • On the issue of abortion, Buttigieg said, “What we see in Alabama unfortunately among legislators is a refusal to follow the law of the land.” This, of course, is not true as Alabama legislators are challenging that law.

1. Another report is out just before impeachment hearings start again

  • The House Intelligence Committee has released a report on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, laying out the claims made against him of seeking foreign help in the 2020 presidential election and misuse of office.
  • The report states that “Trump’s scheme subverted U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine and undermined our national security” in an effort to benefit his reelection campaign through political investigations, but the Intelligence Committee is yet to actually prove these claims in the impeachment hearings, which start again today.

1 week ago

7 Things: GOP makes its impeachment case, Ivey wants you to participate in the 2020 census, Auburn fined for Iron Bowl win and more …

(YHN)

7. Capital murder charges filed in Aniah Blanchard case

  • Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes announced that Ibraheem Yazeed, the man who was charged with the kidnapping of Aniah Blanchard has now been charged with capital murder for her death.
  • Hughes also said that his office is planning to seek the death penalty with Yazeed, and there are two others also charged in the kidnapping of Blanchard.

6. Candidates you probably forgot were running are dropping out

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  • Montana Governor Steve Bullock has announced that he will be suspending his 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, but with such a crowded field, it’s no surprise that low polling candidates are dropping out.
  • Bullock released a statement saying that he realized he “won’t be able to break through to the tier of this still-crowded field of candidates.” While Bullock is just now exiting the race, people like Mayor Michael Bloomberg are just now entering.

5. Trump will be at a NATO meeting when impeachment starts up again

  • President Donald Trump voiced his displeasure with the fact that while he’s in London for a NATO meeting, the Democrats will be holding the next round of impeachment proceedings, which will begin on Wednesday.
  • Trump was invited to participate in the hearing, but he’s claiming that Democrats were aware of the timing when they scheduled the hearing, saying that the NATO trip was scheduled last year. He added that impeachment is “a hoax to start off with.”

4. Nothing is ever Roy Moore’s fault

  • Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has been polling in fourth place in the 2020 U.S. Senate race, and in a new campaign ad put out on social media, Moore said that “Washington insiders” are to blame.
  • Moore said that the “insiders … just don’t like conservatives like us,” and went on to list examples of being called “warmongers” for being pro-military, “racists” for wanting strong borders” and “bigots for recognizing the sanctity of marriage.” This ad is exactly the same as one Moore’s campaign released in 2017, with just a small addition about the “misinformation” spread about Moore.

3. Auburn doesn’t care — they won the Iron Bowl

  • For the fourth time since 2013, Auburn University will have to pay a fine because their students rushed the field/court after an emotional and hard-fought victory.
  • Auburn has been fined in the past after winning the 2013 and 2017 Iron Bowls, and after the men’s basketball team upset Kentucky at Auburn Arena in 2016.

2. Alabama needs people to participate in its census

  • Governor Kay Ivey has awarded 34 government agencies and organizations funding to assist in the 2020 Census. Ivey and her administration continue to promote involvement and participation in the census because those counts will affect Alabama’s federal dollars, representation and electoral college impact.
  • Ivey released a statement where she stressed the importance for Alabama residents to participate in the 2020 Census, saying, “Those numbers have a direct impact on billions of dollars in funding that affect schools, community programs, health care, job opportunities and just about every other aspect of our state.”

1. They have no evidence and Ukraine’s president says “nah”

  • On the same day the president of Ukraine once again said he was not pressured, House GOP members have released a report in an effort to fight the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, saying, “The evidence presented does not prove any of these Democrat allegations.”
  • The report went on to state that out of all the testimonies in the impeachment inquiry, there was no “evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor.” The report also notes that the impeachment inquiry is just a political effort by stating it is “not the organic outgrowth of serious misconduct.”

1 week ago

Dale Jackson: Time for other Senate candidates to follow John Merrill’s lead

(John Merrill/Twitter, Jeff Sessions/Contributed, Arnold Mooney/Contributed, Tommy Tuberville, Bradley Byrne, I Stand with Roy Moore, Stanley Adair/Facebook, YHN)

The Alabama United States Senate field got less crowded after Secretary of State John Merrill decided he would drop out and leave the field at six legitimate candidates on the Republican side.

In order of latest public polling, the following candidates remain:

  • Jeff Sessions
  • Tommy Tuberville
  • Bradley Byrne
  • Roy Moore
  • Arnold Mooney
  • Stanley Adair

There are six individuals in this race, but only three have a legitimate shot at securing this nomination: Sessions, Tuberville and Byrne.

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Roy Moore is damaged goods; the state of Alabama is over him.

The other two candidates are completely irrelevant to this election, and nothing I have seen out of either of them shows that they are willing or able to change that perception and become a factor.

What the state needs is a vigorous and idea-filled GOP primary where the candidates with a legitimate chance, via name ID and polling, are battling it out.

Merrill realized there was no benefit to the state or himself to continue in this race. His exit allows his supporters and those who were thinking about supporting him to choose a more likely candidate.

It is time for the other also-rans in this race to get out as well.

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

1 week ago

7 Things: White House isn’t participating in impeachment, Alabama growth is located in four counties, Merrill out of U.S. Senate race and more …

(YHN)

7. Harris aide claiming mistreatment

  • One of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris’ (D-CA) top aides, Kelly Mehlenbacher, has resigned. In her resignation letter, she claims that Harris’ 2020 Democratic presidential campaign “treats its staff so poorly.”
  • Mehlenbacher said that she’s never seen a campaign treat people the way Harris’ has, adding she doesn’t “have confidence in our campaign or its leadership” In her letter, she also pointed out how the campaign has asked people to move across states and then will “lay them off with no notice, with no plan for the campaign, and without thoughtful consideration of the personal consequences to them or the consequences that their absence would have on the remaining staff.”

6. Schiff will be the first witness

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  • U.S. Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), a ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, has already said that he plans on making U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) the first witness during the committee’s role in the impeachment inquiry.
  • Collins said on “Fox News Sunday” that if Schiff chooses not to appear as a witness, “then I really question his veracity and what he’s putting in his report. I question the motive of why he’s doing it.” Collins went on to say that “If they have such a case, give us all the materials.”

5. An Auburn legend passes

  • Former Auburn Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan passed away at 69. The former star quarterback was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2003; a statement by the family noted he “fought a long and difficult battle as a result of his treatments.”
  • Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn noted that Sullivan was involved in his hiring and was appreciative of Sullivan helping him return to Auburn. He stated, “I will forever be indebted to Coach Sullivan for helping bring me back to Auburn to serve as the head football coach.” He also referred to him as “one of Auburn’s all-time greats on and off the field.”

4. Hunter Biden and Joe Biden had a weird Thanksgiving holiday

  • News stories surrounding the older Biden were rather odd over the last few days, but the former vice president continues to lead in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary as he bites his wife’s finger on stage and an old video surfaces where he makes a strange statement about kids playing with his hairy legs and jumping in his lap and then refers to black kids as roaches.
  • The younger Biden had a series of embarrassing news stories break about his penchant for strip clubs, smoking crack in strip clubs, having sex toys used on him in strip clubs, stacks of pre-paid credit cards and his ongoing issues with a former stripper he conceived a child with while in a sexual relationship with his brother’s widow.

3. Merrill is out

  • The crowded Republican primary for the United States Senate seat got a little smaller as Secretary of State John Merrill has made a decision to suspend his campaign. Merrill’s statement made it clear that he felt the GOP field was so large that current U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) was benefitting from the battle.
  • Merrill also cited former Attorney General Jeff Session as part of the reason for his decision, stating, “With the announcement by Sen. Jeff Sessions on November 7, the dynamics of this election have changed dramatically.”

2. Four counties account for a large portion of the state’s growth

  • Baldwin, Madison, Lee and Shelby are keeping the state of Alabama from shrinking over the last decade with massive population growth in areas that are booming, while 43 of the 67 counties are losing population.
  • Interestingly, according to U.S. Census Bureau, Alabama is gaining more population growth from international migration than other states in the country, which can be tied to all of the international business recruitment the state has sought.

1. White House won’t participate in House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearings

  • In news that should surprise no one, the White House has announced that they have no interest in participating in the U.S. Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NJ)-led hearings, citing the unfairness of the situation.
  • In a statement, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said, “[W]e cannot fairly be expected to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are yet to be named and while it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the President a fair process through additional hearings.”

 

2 weeks ago

VIDEO: Democrats ready to send Trump’s impeachment to the Senate, ALFA/Mo Brooks, Birmingham loses confederate monuments case 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:

—Are Democrats ready to actually move forward on impeachment?

—Why didn’t Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) get the Alabama Farmers Federation endorsement?

—Will legislators change the law protecting historical monuments to up the fine and create a real deterrent to those who violate it as the Alabama Supreme Court suggests?

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Jackson and Burke are joined by retired U.S. Army General Jim Link to discuss the recent decisions on military justice by President Donald Trump.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” at the people who still think prison reform is coming instead of more prisons being built.

VIDEO: Democrats ready to send Trump's impeachment to the Senate, ALFA/Mo Brooks, Birmingham loses confederate monuments case and more on Guerrilla Politics

Posted by Yellowhammer News on Sunday, December 1, 2019

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

2 weeks ago

Dale Jackson: Want to shut down Thanksgiving political debates? Ask your family members to find Ukraine on a map

(PIxabay, Wikicommons, YHN)

As we head towards Thanksgiving dinner with our loved ones, some of your family members may want to debate impeachment for some reason.

Some sociopaths want you to set aside a separate room to have these debates.

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Why?

I don’t know. This doesn’t really seem like something that is going to change any minds or make anyone have a better time.

Here is how you shortcircuit this conversation: Ask your family members to point out Ukraine on a map.

Use this one:

https://thefutureofeuropes.fandom.com/wiki/Maps_for_Mappers?file=Alrighgh.png
https://thefutureofeuropes.fandom.com/wiki/Maps_for_Mappers?file=Alrighgh.png

Or use this one — it won’t matter:

https://atlasoficeandfireblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/the-size-and-extent-of-westeros/
https://atlasoficeandfireblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/the-size-and-extent-of-westeros/

None of these people care about Ukraine. This is all about their desire to get rid of President Donald Trump or, as U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) put it, “dirty him up” ahead of the 2020 campaign.

They will tell you: “Ukraine is one of our most trusted allies.” They are not and never have been.

They will tell you: “The president violated his oath of office.” He did not.

They will tell you: “He is going to be removed from office.” Not going to happen.

Just ask them to point out Ukraine on a map and go back to watching football and shun these losers.

If they can’t refrain from the political talk, just be happy that, like stuffing and cranberry sauce, you only have to pretend to like them once a year.

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

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Impeachment support continues to fall among independents, Ivey prison plan is to build, too many jobs in North Alabama and more …

(YHN)

7. Sessions asks that people give thanks for law enforcement

  • On the heels of the murder of the Lowndes County Sheriff, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is calling on people to remember law enforcement is who we rely on in times of danger, highlighting that assaults on police are up 22% since 2014.
  • In an editorial for Yellowhammer News, Sessions wrote, “As we gather around the table this year to give thanks for our loved ones and many blessings, we should all pause to give thanks for the men and women of law enforcement. Every time they put on a uniform, neither they, nor their families, know if they will come home.”

6. Democrat who was for impeachment, then against it, is now for it again

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  • The Democratic Party is almost completely unified in its desire to see President Donald Trump removed from office, but U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) announced she had changed her mind and has now changed it again.
  • After telling a radio host that she thought impeachment was too much and that she wanted a censure instead, she reacted to the blowback by releasing a statement reaffirming her support. She stated, “The House Intelligence Committee followed a very thorough process in holding hearings these past two weeks. The information they revealed confirmed that this President has abused the power of his office, therefore I continue to support impeachment.”

5. U.S. Senate forum

  • During a forum at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, Alabama 2020 U.S. Senate candidates U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope), businessman Stanley Adair, State Representative Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs) and Secretary of State John Merrill all agreed U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) is too liberal for Alabama. They also shared they stand with President Donald Trump while supporting his goals of reigning in illegal immigration.
  • Frontrunners former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville did not appear at this event, citing busy schedules and other events in other parts of the state.

4. Obama wants to stop Sanders, not a fan of Biden

  • In a new Politico report, President Barack Obama spoke about current 2020 Democratic presidential candidates U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden, where he essentially said that he would do what he needed to stop Sanders from becoming the nominee.
  • The report states the Obama intended to “speak up to stop him” if Sanders seemed like he was doing well enough to be the nominee, but Obama has been outspoken about a few issues in the Democratic race like warning candidates that voters don’t want to “tear down the system.” He’s also spoken out against political “wokeness.” In the piece, Obama states that Biden doesn’t have a real bond with voters.

3. North Alabama is facing an employment problem because of too many jobs

  • Every community in the country would love to have the “problem” North Alabama is having right now: too many jobs and not enough people to fill them. According to a new report, there is a need to “ramp up a moonshot effort to get people to be interested to move to this region.”
  • The report says that the Huntsville area will have 25,000 new jobs by 2023, which creates a strain on available labor as Alabama’s unemployment rate sits at 2.8% while the Huntsville area’s rate is at 2.1%.

2. Ivey working on a prison plan

  • Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) announced that they will be reviewing propositions from four different teams on how to move forward with new prisons and, make no mistake, this is headed towards being the solution to solving longstanding concerns with the state’s prisons.
  • Details are expected of the upcoming proposals in the spring of 2020.

1. A majority of independents won’t support impeachment

  • Despite Democrats constantly playing up the idea that they’ve got President Donald Trump right where they want him and they’re definitely going to get him, the evidence to support those claims seems to be lacking, and now support for impeachment among independents is lacking.
  • Support for impeachment among independents has slowly started to drop, standing at 42% supporting and 50% not supporting impeachment in the most recent NPR/CBS/Marist poll, which puts support down 3% from before. Democrats seem to get that this is going poorly and are ready to get this over with.

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Jones chooses sides in the Democratic Civil War, Birmingham mayor wants to pardon pot conviction, Iron Bowl attack ads are coming and more …

(YHN)

7. Good dog honored at the White House

  • Conan, the dog that was part of the mission to kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and was injured, has been honored at the White House where he visited President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
  • During the visit, Trump said that Conan was given a plaque and a medal, and he stated that the mission was a “flawless attack.” He also joked “Conan is trained to attack if you open your mouth” as he warned the press to be careful.

6. Democratic congresswoman backs off impeachment

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  • U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) has declared that she is no longer in favor of impeaching and removing President Donald Trump from office. She told a radio show over the weekend, “We are so close to an election. I will tell you, sitting here knowing how divided this country is, I don’t see the value of taking him out of office.”
  • In an apparent flip-flop, Lawrence wants Congress to censure the resident instead, explaining, “I do see the value of putting down a marker saying his behavior is not acceptable.”

5. Ex-White House counsel must testify

  • U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has ruled that former White House counsel Don McGahn must testify before Congress in compliance with a subpoena issued on April 22.
  • Jackson said during her ruling that “this Court holds that Executive branch officials are not absolutely immune from compulsory congressional process.” She did allow that if McGahn wishes to use executive privilege to avoid testifying, he has to appear before Congress himself to do so.

4. ALFA chooses not to endorse Mo Brooks

  • In a somewhat unprecedented move, the Alabama Farmer Association decided they would not endorse an incumbent Republican who is all but assured to win reelection in 2020. instead of endorsing U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville), the group tossed an endorsement to Chris Lewis.
  • Brooks responded to the endorsement by highlighting the positions he finds himself in disagreement with ALFA on. He stated, “I support border security and resulting higher wages and lower tax burdens for American families. I support fair trade agreements that cut the hundreds of billions of dollars of American wealth that is hemorrhaging each year to China and other bad trade partners. I support enterprises competing without taxpayer subsidies.”

3. Sessions allies will come out swinging during the Iron Bowl

  • Your Iron Bowl viewing will undoubtedly be filled with a few political ads. One of those will come in the form of an attack on GOP U.S. Senate candidate Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) from the Jeff Sessions-aligned Club for Growth PAC accusing him of working to send taxpayer money to China, Russia and Sudan.
  • The attack ad is pretty confusing but centers around three “aye” votes Byrne cast: a continuing resolution vote 2014, a procedural vote in 2015 and a 2015 infrastructure bill, but the purpose of the ad is to make you question those votes by making them seem ominous. As Yellowhammer News’ Sean Ross points out, “Of these three votes in question, the entire Alabama delegation voted “aye” on the first, everyone but Congressman Gary Palmer (AL-06) voted “aye” on the second and everyone but Palmer and Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted “aye” on the latter.”

2. Birmingham mayor wants to pardon marijuana convictions

  • Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin has announced his new initiative called “Pardons for Progress” where those convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession within the city of Birmingham would be pardoned.
  • Woodfin has said that some of those “who have been convicted deserve a second chance in order to secure a job that may be blocked due to a one-time possession conviction.” He clarified that people would be able to seek a pardon and would “receive a pardon if the individual meets certain requirements.”

1. Doug Jones appears to be over Alabama Democratic Party infighting

  • U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) has made it no secret that he supports State Representative Chris England (D-Tuscaloosa) as the head of the Alabama Democratic party, and he confirmed that support during an interview with FM Talk 1065’s “Mobile Mornings” on Monday.
  • Jones went on to discuss Nancy Worley’s comments about the “splinter faction” of the Democrats in Alabama that don’t support her and has held the position that she’s still the head of the “state democratic executive committee,” to which Jones replied was “just silly, it’s just a silly comment.” He then listed why he sees England as a more qualified candidate.

 

2 weeks ago

Democrats obviously hate Trump more than they love America

(screenshot/WAAY-TV)

For the last three years, the American economy has been humming, incomes are growing, unemployment rates are falling and the average American is doing better.

This is not up for debate; I don’t need to provide you with links. You know it, I know it, the media and their Democrats know it.

So why does Donald Trump not have a higher approval rating?

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Hatred.

The media and their Democrats have fixated on every statement, joke and off-handed comment to attack this president as a cad.

They never got over Hillary Clinton, their favored candidate, getting waxed in 2016.

They made it clear they were going to get him.

Russia. Tax returns. Stormy Daniels. Robert Mueller. Anonymous authors. S-hole countries. Kids in cages. Ukraine.

Do they really care about these things? No.

They need to undo 2016, or at least pretend they are trying to, so they can get whichever septuagenarian tumbles out of the 2020 Democratic primary over the finish line — that is all this about.

Stopping Trump. Demonizing Trump. Getting others to hate Trump.

Occasionally, a Democrat will admit this.

On a television segment on WAAY-TV in Huntsville, Doctor of Political Science Waymon Burke acknowledge that President Donald Trump’s record should be helping him waltz into 2020 with a 70% approval rating, yet he sits there in the 40s.

Why? Hatred.

Remember: When people tell you who they are, believe them.

All of this is pretty self-explanatory. All you need to do is listen to the clip.

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

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Schiff thinks he has Trump this time, Lowndes County Sheriff killed, parent complains about Thanksgiving plans for kindergartners and more …

(YHN)

7. Ginsburg hospitalized

  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was in the hospital over the weekend to be treated for a possible infection. It was released that she was taken to the hospital due to a high fever and chills.
  • Ginsburg’s health complications are nothing new, as within the past year has been treated for cancer, including radiation treatments and surgery for lung cancer; earlier this month she was absent on November 13 for what was described as a stomach bug.

6. Bloomberg has entered the race

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  • On Sunday, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he would be joining the already crowded field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates because he wants to “defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America.”
  • It’s only 10 weeks until the first primary, but Bloomberg decided that this was the appropriate time to enter the race, reasoning, “We cannot afford four more years of President Trump’s reckless and unethical actions.” Bloomberg called Trump a “threat to our country and values” and ominously put that if Trump is reelected, “we may never recover from the damage.”

5. CNN and the Daily Beast are getting sued

  • While appearing on “Sunday Morning Futures,” U.S. Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) reaffirmed his threat to sue CNN and the Daily Beast for a piece they both posted claiming that Nunes met with Viktor Shokin, a Ukrainian prosecutor, to advocate for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
  • Nunes said that this is just “another fake news story” and confirmed that he hopes to take CNN and the Daily Beast “into federal court, right after Thanksgiving.” Later in the interview, he again said that he hopes the organizations “will cooperate with the court.” He added, “They should comply with the subpoenas once we file this and go through different depositions. It should be fun.”

4. Sessions knows he can do the job well

  • Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared on Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal,” where he emphasized that he’s the best candidate and how strong he is as a candidate when it comes to Trump’s agenda.
  • Sessions said that he’s “confident” he can “advocate for “President Trump’s agenda” the best, mentioning how he was with Trump all throughout his 2016 candidacy and campaigns. Sessions also stated that his opponents “are talking today how strong they were” during Trump’s candidacy, “but maybe not when it counted.”

3. Madison County mom has complained of a racist school activity

  • At Central School, a Madison County elementary school, a “powwow” was planned for this week just before Thanksgiving, and students were told to “dress in Native American attire,” but Apryl Arthurs took issue with the event, saying that “dressing up as a stereotype of a culture is racist.”
  • Arthurs is a member of the Mohawk tribe, and she said that the attire is still wrong “Even if no one has spoken up before now.” School principal Alex Hughes wrote a letter to Arthurs stating that there’s “no evidence that there is any level of racism in this activity.” District spokesperson Tim Hall said that “adjustments” have been made to ensure the programs “are culturally sensitive,” but Arthurs has filed a complaint with the ACLU.

2. Lowndes County Sheriff killed in the line of duty

  • John “Big John” Williams, Lowndes County Sheriff, was on duty on Saturday night when he was shot and killed. Governor Kay Ivey released a statement where she mentioned Williams’ U.S. Marine Corps service and his career in law enforcement, mentioning that “he dedicated his life to law enforcement.”
  • Williams was elected sheriff in 2010 and reelected in 2014 and 2018. Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a statement that Williams “gave more than 40 years to public safety in his home country.” The suspect who shot Williams has been arrested and is in custody.

1. I guess this is where they finally get Trump 

  • House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that “the case in terms of the Ukraine misconduct is ironclad” against President Donald Trump, adding “so is the case of the president’s obstruction of the Congress.”
  • Despite Schiff believing that Trump is guilty and their case against him is “ironclad,” when asked if Trump should be impeached, Schiff deflected and said he doesn’t want to make “final judgment” until he discusses the issue with his “constituents and colleagues.” Schiff also seems to believe America is behind him, even though this seems to be completely untrue.

3 weeks ago

VIDEO: Democrats whiff on impeachment, Jones targets Sessions, Chick-fil-A pleases absolutely no one 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:

—Now that the impeachment hearings are over, how can Democrats cope with the fact that no one has been moved?

—Is U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) viewing former Attorney General Jeff Sessions as his most likely opponent?

—Why has Chick-fil-A turned on its fanbase after they have supported them for years, and will their detractors ever accept their new decision to stop giving to certain Christian charities?

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Jackson and Burke are joined by Democratic Executive Committee member Michael Smith to discuss the multiple factions of the Alabama Democratic Party and where they stand with the Democratic National Committee.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” at the people who claim bureaucrats, veterans and diplomats are somehow unassailable because of their service.

Guerrilla Politics – 11/24/19

VIDEO: Democrats whiff on impeachment, Jones targets Sessions, Chick-fil-A pleases absolutely no one and more on Guerrilla Politics

Posted by Yellowhammer News on Thursday, November 21, 2019

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

3 weeks ago

Brooks believes impeachment hearing testimony would violate Hatch Act in any other setting

(M. Brooks/Facebook, YHN)

Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) has been a very vocal opponent of what President Donald Trump’s supporters have called a “sham,” and now he seems to believe the tide is turning for Republicans.

Brooks summed up the hearings during a Friday radio appearance on WVNN by saying, “[T]he Democrats are doing their utmost to use federal tax dollars to illegally engage in opposition research in order to enhance their chances in the 2020 elections. It is no more than that.”

The accusation is an intentional one, as he is stating clearly that Democrats in D.C. are using taxpayer dollars to fund a political exercise meant to damage their political opponents.

Brooks also added something pretty important: if these witnesses conducted these kinds of behaviors in any setting other than these congressional hearings, they could very possibly be in violation of the Hatch Act, which generally says that federal employees are forbidden from engaging in partisan political activity in their official roles.

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On this, Congressman Brooks said, “Certainly [their testimony] has had a partisan effect.”

Brooks went on to add that, “[I]f they were to openly say anti-Republican, [anti-]president things, outside of being subject to a subpoena or a call to a hearing, there would be that risk.”

The result of these hearings may not be what the media and their Democrats wanted them to be, and Brooks said that congressional Republicans have left these hearings feeling angered and united in support of the president while “the Democrats are huddling together, and there is some anxiety on their part, because they don’t know how it’s playing to the American people.”

Let me tell you how it’s playing to the American people: not a single person has had their mind changed by these hearings.

The average American could not care less about what happens in Ukraine, and they want their elected officials in Washington to actually get something done.

Democrats have decided that they will hate Trump more than they love their country and that his personal downfall is more important than immigration, jobs, the economy or any other issue.

For Republicans, these few weeks have been a win — and the winning probably won’t end here.

Congressman Brooks said that if/once this gets to the Senate, everyone that the Democrats have so far shielded, such as the whistleblower and the Bidens, won’t be able to hide any longer. With Republicans in charge, the game could change significantly.

However, the best news of the weekend is that there is now reporting that indicates the investigation into the investigators is now underway and people are being investigated for their roles in the falsification of FISA warrants and how they led to spying on the Trump campaign.

The investigation into the origins of the Russia collusion hoax, started by 2020 Senate candidate and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, are now bearing some serious fruit.

Brooks thinks this information only confirms what we already knew, saying, “[S]omebody someplace created some false information that began the Russian collusion narrative, when there is zero evidence to support it.”

I know the media and their Democrats are having a tough time right now, as this was meant to be their Christmas morning but the stockings turned out to be full of coal.

This could get even worse for the media and their Democrats moving forward.

Bless their hearts.

Listen here:

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

3 weeks ago

7 Things: Impeachment for Christmas, noose found in Auburn dorm, Jones still wants to protect the whistleblower and more …

(YHN)

7. Investigating the investigators

  • A former FBI lawyer is under criminal investigation after allegedly altering a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act document related to 2016 surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page; this evidence has been turned over to John Durham, who is conducting the investigation of the Russia investigators.
  • This will be downplayed, but the significance of this cannot be understated because if this is in fact what went down, it absolutely will be proof that there were people inside the American government who were willing to fabricate evidence to justify looking into the then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign.

6. Trump doesn’t have to give California his tax returns

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  • The California Supreme Court has blocked the law that would require President Donald Trump to release his tax returns to be able to qualify to be on the primary ballot, saying that the law is unconstitutional.
  • California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said that despite the “authority the Legislature may have in defining how presidential primaries are to occur in this state, the challenge sections of the act exceed such authority and are unenforceable.”

5. Migrants are going to Guatemala

  • The “safe third country” agreement has taken effect, and now the first group of migrants have left the United States and arrived in Guatemala. While this was just the initial flight to Guatemala, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf stated, “We will continue to work with the Government of Guatemala and international organizations as we expand the program in the weeks and months ahead.”
  • The program is set up so that any migrants that are seeking asylum will have the option to either enter Migrant Protection Protocols and wait in Mexico, be sent back to their home country or be sent to Guatemala.

4. Noose found in Auburn dorm hall

  • An extension cord tied to a noose was found in an Auburn University residence hall common area and has since been removed, but now an investigation into the situation is underway.
  • When the noose was found, the safety and security department tweeted out that it had been removed and that this behavior doesn’t belong on campus and that officials “condemn this action as antithetical to the values of the Auburn family.”

3. Jones wants to protect the whistleblower

  • The whistleblower that sparked the impeachment process now has the support of U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL), as he expressed during a television interview in Washington, D.C. Jones is still saying that it’s too soon to say whether or not Trump should actually be impeached.
  • Jones said that the whistleblower needs to remain protected to support the “whistleblower law,” adding that the “complaint is nothing more than a roadmap.” He concluded that it’s up to the House and Senate members to determine if the evidence warrants a conviction.

2. Last day of impeachment hearings supposed to be full of bombshells

  • After every single impeachment hearing, the media and their Democrats have assured us that this was the information that would put the President of the United States in danger of being removed, even as polling seems to be showing a different narrative that they can’t grasp.
  • The latest “hero” was a British-born American foreign affairs specialist Fiona Hill, who made a false statement about Republicans refusing to believe Russia tried to meddle in the election, shared stories of how she told Gordon Sondland that this all was going to “blow up” and continued the parade of diplomats who were not pleased with the Trump administration’s Ukraine policy.

1. Censure or impeachment vote by Christmas

  • Scuttlebutt from Washington, D.C. suggests that the House may decide to go with a censure motion and offer Trump a critical rebuke, but that seems unlikely to please the media and their Democrats. Instead, they are ready to draw up four articles of impeachment before handing it over to the Senate.
  • Republicans seem unmoved by any of this as the ones who were thought to be on the fence have expressed they don’t see this as impeachable. It also seems that Republicans are ready to move this all ahead and get it done in the Senate in less than two weeks.

 

3 weeks ago

There is a lot of information missing from the Houston County story on bad teachers

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In Houston County, a group of teachers is in hot water for a text message thread that mocked students, talked about their sex life and used at least one racial slur.

The Ashford High School teachers had their text message group that was self-titled “Bad Ass Bitches” group exposed when a teacher allowed a student to use her phone during school hours. The student found the group, screen recorded the messages and posted their messages to social media.

The teachers allegedly discussed if one student was pregnant, called a number of students dumb and one message used the “n-word” to describe an alum of the school.

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The teachers have been suspended but have not been named due to “the nature of how the texts were leaked and possible legal ramifications associated with it.”

Students and parents are pretty upset about this, and rightfully so.

The aunt of the student who was called the “n-word” responded by saying, “Two of the teachers that’s in the group chat, I can’t believe that they was actually in the group chat because I’d never think they’ll be like that, but the other ones, I think they’ll do it.”

But I want to take a step back and ask one question: Would this story be getting this amount of coverage had the “n-word” not been used?

Let’s be honest. Teachers probably talk about their students all the time; they probably do it in text threads and email chains, but when they become public people are going to get burned.

It’s no secret that I was not the best student in high school. I went to school long before group chats were a thing, but I can almost guarantee there were some water cooler conversations about how dumb I was.

Would a story about teachers crudely discussing their students be a national thing? Would BET be reporting on this story had the “n-word” not been used? Probably not.

I’m not saying any of this is right, but clearly we need some more information. Most importantly, we need to know the identity (and races) of these teachers.

Like it or not, the “n-word” being used by a black teacher about black students is bad, but a white teacher saying it about a black student is exponentially worse.

Should these teachers be fired? With the information we have, I am not sure we can make that decision.

And despite the fact that I am not in the field of education, let me educate you on this: If you are a teacher with messages about your students, delete them.

While we wait to find out some more important details on this story, I’ve spent most of this morning clearing out my texts, and so should you.

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

3 weeks ago

7 Things: Democrats believe they have made their case for impeachment, Dem presidential candidates debate, Alabama teachers suspended and more …

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7. Charles Barkley is now apologizing for an attempted joke

  • Axios reporter Alexi McCammond previously tweeted that Charles Barkley said to her, “I don’t hit women but if I did I would hit you.” She added that when she said something in objection to his comment, Barkley said she “couldn’t take a joke.”
  • For obvious reasons, Barkley has now apologized, saying, “My comment was inappropriate and unacceptable. It was an attempted joke that wasn’t funny at all. There’s no excuse for it and I apologize.” The context of McCammond’s original comment was how she pointed out to Barkley that he was flip-flopping between supporting former Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

6. Congratulations, Grandpa Joe

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  • Hunter Biden continues to be a massive headache to his father while he runs for president; now, he has been confirmed as the father via a DNA test of a baby born to an Arkansas woman he initially denied being involved with while he was in a relationship with his brother’s widow. He then dumped her to marry an Instagram model after only knowing her for 10 days.
  • Additionally, one of Hunter Biden’s former employers is now under further investigation as Ukraine has expanded its investigation into the founder of energy company Burisma to include suspicion of embezzling state funds.

5. Not shocking: Medicare for All won’t lower middle-class costs

  • The Heritage Foundation recently conducted a study that tested the idea that the liberal “Medicare for All” plan would actually lower costs for middle-class citizens but ultimately found that claim to be false.
  • The study determined that 65.5% of American households would be worse off under “Medicare- or All,” and a majority of working Americans would be giving about 36.5% of their income to the federal government. The plan would disproportionally benefit people who don’t work and are Medicare recipients by increasing their income by about $5,000. Also, 82% of working households would have “their taxes increase by more than they would save from no longer paying privately for health insurance and medical care.”

4. Democratic presidential debate

  • The fifth Democratic presidential debate took place Wednesday in Atlanta with the top 10 candidates participating. With the impeachment of the current president being the first topic and a non-stop cloud over the event, talk of Medicare for All seemed to be a major dividing-line for the candidates on the stage. The candidates also all seemed to misunderstand Sen. Doug Jones’ (D-AL) 2017 election.
  • National frontrunner and former Vice President Joe Biden continued to push two major points: His electability and the fact that the ideas the other candidates are pushing are doomed to fail and are non-starters.

3. Polling trending towards Trump on impeachment

  • New data has been released from Marquette Law School that shows President Donald Trump matched up against former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). The poll had Trump beating all four candidates in Wisconsin.
  • Not only does Trump beat these candidates, but impeachment is also moving in the wrong direction for Democrats, in spite of the media and their Democrats’ non-stop efforts, with 53% opposing impeaching and removing the president, compared to 40% who support it.

2. Alabama teachers are facing the consequences of their actions

  • A group of teachers at Ashford High School in Houston County have been placed on administrative leave for a text message group where they discussed students’ sex lives, mocked their intelligence and used the “n-word.” Now, the teachers are forming a defense as they await their first hearing.
  • Houston County Superintendent David Sewell hasn’t specified what actions will be taken against the teachers. A student was given access to one of the teachers’ phones and then posted the text messages on social media.

1. Media and their Democrats think they have Trump now 

  • European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland excited the media and the Democrats with an opening statement declaring there was, in fact, a “quid pro quo,” but eventually, Sondland’s bombshell was made less of one when he acknowledged, “No one on this planet told me that President Trump was tying aid to investigations.” This makes it clear that Sondland made a lot of presumptions that he later backtracked on or have been officially denied.
  • The media and their Democrats apparently checked out after the opening statement and ignored the Republicans picking Sondland apart and highlighting that a lot of his statements were based on his feelings about what has happened. Sondland admitted the president told him, “I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I just want Zelenskyy to do the right thing and do what he ran on.” or words to that effect.”

 

3 weeks ago

Dale Jackson: It’s Sgt. Jackson to you!

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For far too long I have allowed civilians to get away with not properly addressing me by my military rank.

Until Lt. Col. Alex Vindman’s testimony Tuesday in which he corrected U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), I had forgotten how important it is that I am addressed as Sgt. Dale Jackson.

This is obviously an important distinction, because it now means that nobody can ever again question a single thing I say.

Apparently this is how things work now.

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Any time anyone wears a military uniform, they are automatically beyond reproach. You cannot question their motives, and everything they say must be taken and accepted as absolute truth.

For anyone who has ever served in the military, you know idiots like this, and you know how absurd this is.

We all know the blue falcon who tells the waitress at Pizza Hut, “That’s Lieutenant,” when the waitress addresses him without respecting his rank. (True story)

Everybody that acts like this is universally hated in the military.

If you served in the military and you disagree with this, I am talking about you.

And let me let you in on a little secret: People who served in the military can be scumbags, too. They can lie and do all sorts of stupid things.

The idea that anyone that has served their country, no matter how honorably, can’t be questioned on anything is a horrible take.

Furthermore, it is a disgrace to use your military service as a shield.

When asked why he wore his uniform to testify when he normally wears civilian clothing in his day-to-day operations, Lt. Col. Vindman explained that he felt like people tweeting at him had diminished his military service.

So he showed those very relevant people on Twitter just how important he was by wearing his dress uniform to testify that the president had made him feel uncomfortable.

Effectively, Vindman used his uniform and rank as a shield from criticism.

We know from his testimony that Vindman disagreed with and then disregarded the chain of command, and it is pretty obvious that he had colluded with the whistleblower even after being advised that he should not disclose what he knew.

Vindman was upset that the president had not used his talking points on Ukraine and had decided to go in another direction, which is his prerogative as Commander in Chief. So Vindman decided to lash out at President Donald Trump.

For this reason alone, the media and their Democrats will hail this guy as a hero.

But being in opposition to President Trump does not make you a hero.

Vindman’s actions were cowardly, and he should in no way be rewarded for it. His testimony should be considered as the petty, partisan garbage that it really is.

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