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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.

14 hours ago

Did a police officer go for his gun or not? This is not an appropriate resolution to the Alabama A&M/UNA issue

(Pxhere, YHN)

Last weekend, the Alabama A&M Bulldogs upset the University of North Alabama Lions in a football game that most of you didn’t know even took place by a 31-24 score.

After the game, a series of allegations were made that were pretty serious and require further investigation.

Here are the problems Bulldogs’ head coach Connell Maynor pointed out:

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  • “It ain’t 1959, we don’t have to put up with that type stuff.”
  • Alabama A&M received no free tickets or tickets to sell to the public
  • Alabama A&M player weren’t allowed access to the field prior to two hours before the game
  • Alabama A&M coaches were told to have their credentials hanging around their neck, UNA coaches had theirs around their waist
  • His assistant coaches were not able to use the elevator right away because of fans being given priority
  • “There was too much stuff that went on off the field, behind the scenes that was not professional on their part at all.”
  • “And we were very very disappointed in the way they treated us, in every aspect off the field.”
  • The teams will not play again

And most importantly, according to the Florence Times Daily:

Maynor also alleged an incident occurred in which a police officer put “his hand on his gun” and saying “Did you hear what he said?” during an argument between a coach and security.

Whoa… what?

A police officer put his hand on his weapon during an argument with staff?

Wait.

A police officer put his hand on his weapon during an argument with the staff of a Historically Black College and University at a football game?

Why don’t we know what agency this officer was with?

His name?

The name of the coach involved?

This is a serious allegation and is, no doubt, a racially tinged accusation.

There must be an investigation of this entire situation.

Only, there will not be an investigation. Alabama A&M has made it clear neither the coach nor the school will be commenting further, which is insane.

Alabama A&M’s head coach is alleging some pretty serious stuff, including a police officer going for his gun over a coach’s access to part of a football stadium.

Instead, we got a statement from the two schools that says the following:

“Alabama A&M University and the University of North Alabama are vital educational institutions that serve the North Alabama region and beyond. Both institutions are committed to working collaboratively to advance our respective missions. We are separated by 76 miles; however, we remain united in ensuring the viability of our institutions and the success of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and programs, both academically and athletically. As part of that collaborative commitment, both universities have been in communication since Monday about the recent UNA-AAMU football game at Braly Stadium to decide what, if any, next steps are necessary. Both institutions are committed to providing a safe, accommodating, friendly, and inclusive environment. We remain dedicated to furthering our relationship and enjoying a bright future, both on and off the field.”

The highlight is this (bold text added for emphasis):

As part of that collaborative commitment, both universities have been in communication since Monday about the recent UNA-AAMU football game at Braly Stadium to decide what, if any, next steps are necessary.

To put it bluntly, that statement is complete garbage.

Was there racism or not?

Was this just normal rivalry stuff?

Was there an effort by the University of North Alabama to behave in a way that Alabama A&M’s coach, staff, and players led to these words by a state employee about another state institution?

Is Coach Maynor lying?

If he is, why is he still employed?

If he is not, why don’t we know what actually happened?

Why is this police officer still on the job?

Shame on everyone involved in this situation, especially the leadership of these universities who have no interest in getting to the bottom of what actually happened.

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

21 hours ago

7 Things: Governor Ivey has lung cancer, ICE releases two in Birmingham, racial issues maybe not at play in A&M/UNA controversy and more …

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7. Trump is going to protect his tax returns 

  • After a federal judge halted a California law demanding President Donald Trump turn over his tax returns, the president has filed a lawsuit in an effort to protect his tax returns over efforts from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance to subpoena Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, for the last eight years of Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns.
  • Trump’s lawsuit claims that the subpoena for his tax returns is unconstitutional. Trump’s legal team is also asking for a court order that would grant a “permanent injunction staying the subpoena while the president is in office.”

6. Eight now dead from vaping-related illness

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  • The moral panic around the issue of vaping continues as the state of Missouri has announced, “A Missouri man in his mid-40s died this week at Mercy Hospital St. Louis due to an illness associated with the use of e-cigarettes.”
  • The state’s health department led many to speculate this latest death is related to black market vaping projects with THC by stating, “This is an unfortunate case of a young man with no prior lung illness who started vaping because of chronic pain issues.”

5. Birmingham City Schools investigating after a student was left on the bus 

  • Earlier this week, a special needs high school student that attends a Birmingham city school was left unattended on the bus during the whole school day, and now the school system has said they will “review safety measures” to prevent similar incidents in the future.
  • The company contracted by BCS, School Transportation Solutions, didn’t comment on the situation, but this is obviously a case where a driver didn’t check the bus after dropping students off, which is a requirement of all bus drivers in Jefferson County. Bus drivers for special needs students are also supposed to have an aid with them that double-checks to ensure that no students are left on the bus.

4. Whistleblower complaint against Trump may have involved Ukraine

  • Sources have told the Washington Post that the whistleblower complaint surrounding President Donald Trump is related to a desire for an investigation into the actions of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter in Ukraine in exchange for military aid.
  • The source told the Post, “He was being excruciatingly careful about the language he used” when speaking to the foreign leader.” The president lawyer has said he did encourage Ukraine to investigate Biden.

3. Alabama A&M and UNA to work together 

  • Earlier this week, Alabama A&M’s head football coach Connell Maynor said that his team wasn’t treated well when they played the University of North Alabama, as well as suggesting that their poor treatment was racially motivated without much evidence or actual accusations.
  • In response, the schools have released a joint statement clarifying that they’re still deciding if any further action is necessary, and the statement just emphasized that the schools are “safe, accommodating, friendly, and inclusive.”

2. Birmingham residents released from ICE custody

  • In August, Marcos and Juan Baltazar were taken into custody because Juan had recently turned 18, which changed both Marcos and Juan’s immigration status, but as Marcos is a board member of Adelante Alabama Workers Center, Birmingham citizens drew attention to the case as they advocated for their release.
  • Marcos and Juan’s bond was paid through donations raised by Adelante, and the President of Adelante’s Board of Directors, Julia Calderon, said that this was an example of “how powerful our communities are when threatened and we made a clear statement to ICE that no matter how much they try to terrorize us, we will not back down,” but Marcos and Juan were only released on bond and not due to public pressure.

1. Governor Kay Ivey has lung cancer

  • On Thursday, Governor Kay Ivey sent out a statement announcing that she has been diagnosed with lung cancer, but that it’s “a tiny, isolated malignancy.” In her statement, she affirms that the cancer is “very treatable.”
  • Ivey also announced that she will be undergoing a procedure Friday morning “which will allow me to soon begin a series of specialized radiation treatments,” and she has guaranteed that her work as governor will continue as normal.

2 days ago

7 Things: White House gun control ideas circulating, Space Command hopes for Alabama, Pelosi throws water on liberals’ impeachment hopes and more …

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7. Alabama resident arrested for terrorist ties 

  • Nayef Qashou is being held in a Montgomery detention facility after being found out through a long FBI terrorism probe. Qashou was found to be an Islamic State (ISIS) supporter and is being charged with destroying records and lying to the FBI.
  • Qashou was asked to carry out attacks for ISIS in the United States, and he said that he would only carry out an attack if it was against U.S. soldiers. But he also offered his service to ISIS to “drive fuel trucks, feed troops, and use a gun to defend against U.S.-led attacks against ISIS.”

6. Tommy Battle has announced his reelection 

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  • On Wednesday, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle announced that he will be campaigning for a fourth term as Huntsville’s mayor, which was expected after news that he had an announcement to make was made public last week.
  • At his announcement, Battle spoke about the things already accomplished and ongoing improvements made while he’s been mayor, and he noted that while Huntsville is projected to become the largest city in the state within five years, Battle wants “to be the best, and not just in Alabama.”

5. Whistleblower complaint about Trump phone call with a foreign leader 

  • A whistleblower has alleged that during a phone call between President Donald Trump and a “foreign leader” that a concerning promise was made, but acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire has refused to share details about it with lawmakers because he said it did not meet the “urgent need” standard.
  • This argument will boil down to one of executive power and the Deep State, and whether the president of the United States has the power to conduct business as he sees fit on foreign policy; it will end up before a judge.

4. Iran threatening “all-out war” if the Saudis retaliate 

  • Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif says that if the United States or Saudi Arabia engage in military strikes at Iran that they would fight “to the last American soldier.” The only way they will talk to the United States is if Iran was provided full sanctions relief as promised under the 2015 nuclear deal.
  • The Saudis and the United States have publicly made the case that it was in fact Iranians that attacked Saudi Arabia’s oil sector because “[t]he attack was launched from the north and unquestionably sponsored by Iran,” according to the Saudi Arabian military.

3. Pelosi says “no” to impeachment for Brett Kavanaugh 

  • Once again, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has declined to support impeachment, but this time with Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and, more simply, Pelosi just said “no” when asked about if the House would give attention to the Kavanaugh allegations.
  • Other House Democrats are also against seeking impeachment of Kavanaugh. U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA) said that Kavanaugh isn’t a priority, which seems to be the general consensus of most House Democrats.

2. Alabama is the top contender for Space Command 

  • It was reported by Breaking Defense that it’s rumored that Redstone Arsenal is currently the top pick for the U.S. Space Command headquarters, which would be due to affordability and “access to and knowledge of military space at senior levels.”
  • Mayor Tommy Battle, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope), Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville), Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) and others have argued in favor of making Redstone Arsenal the headquarters, with Battle saying, “We have all the elements of what the Space Command needs to have here.” He added there would be savings of about $100 million if stationed at Redstone Arsenal.

1. Possible gun control proposal going around Capitol Hill

  • While President Donald Trump hasn’t made an official decision on any of the gun control proposals, one of the proposals for a gun background-check is being seriously considered.
  • The bill would require background checks for all commercial gun sales, which would include gun shows. Trump is expected to announce legislative changes soon.

3 days ago

7 Things: Jones now against Kavanaugh impeachment, Biden and Warren separate themselves in new poll, vaping illnesses hit Alabama and more …

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7. Alabama A&M coach not taking the team back to UNA

  • Connell Maynor, the Alabama A&M football coach, has said that he and his team were treated poorly while visiting the University of North Alabama for their game over the weekend, mentioning, “This ain’t 1959. We don’t have to put up with that type of stuff.”
  • While Maynor didn’t specifically say what happened, he stated, “There was too much stuff that went on off the field, behind the scenes that was not professional on their part at all. And we were very, very disappointed in the way they treated us, in every aspect off the field.”

6. Trump not impressed by Warren’s rally size

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  • Both President Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) held campaign rallies, and while Warren was estimated to have 20,000 people in attendance at her rally, Trump was less than impressed.
  • Trump commented on Warren’s rally, saying that he didn’t think she actually had 20,000 people in attendance. He added that “anybody would get a good crowd there” because the rally was held in Manhattan’s Washington Square.

5. Professors at the University of Alabama think the University of Alabama is racist

  • In an attempt to appear woke, the Faculty Senate at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa has voted to declare a recent resignation of a dean was made possible by a “racist and toxic environment” at the school, even though the professor resigned after posting things on social media that were in themselves racial in nature and could easily be seen as toxic.
  • The text of the resolution passed by the Faculty Senate references the past issues and “reputation” of the university and claims the culture on the campus is “non-inclusive and discriminatory,” but they don’t explain what events are taking place on the campus that back that up.

4. Alabama hospitals must report gunshot wounds

  • A new law that goes into effect September 1 will require all Alabama hospitals, clinics, mental health facility and nursing homes to report gunshot wounds to law enforcement, which could have played a role in the arrest of a cop killer.
  • Reports are required to be made before patients are released from the hospital, and, until now, Alabama has only been one of three states that didn’t require gunshot wounds be reported.

3. First vaping-illness cases confirmed in Alabama

  • Three people in Mobile County, ages 17-20, have been hospitalized with the vaping lung disease that’s recently received national attention. But there is no word on whether the products were black market or over the counter.
  • The lung disease has shown up in 36 states, but the percentage of high schoolers vaping is higher in Alabama than it is nationwide, with 24.5% of high schoolers in Alabama using e-cigarette products compared to 20.8% of high schoolers nationwide, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

2. New Democratic presidential polls

  • A new poll put out shows a significant change in where the top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are, but to no surprise, former Vice President Joe Biden is still leading at 31%, a five-point increase since July.
  • U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has gained six points since July, putting her in second place at 25%, while U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has gained one point, but he’s still only polling at 14%. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has stayed at 7%, but U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has fallen eight points, putting her at only 5%.

1. Doug Jones flip-flopped on Kavanaugh impeachment

  • While U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) originally seemed to support impeachment, on MSNBC Tuesday he had a change of heart when he admitted, “I don’t think you move forward with any allegation in which the victim can’t remember anything and is reluctant to talk about it.”
  • When the most recent allegations were made against Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Jones immediately said that Kavanaugh’s impeachment was “inevitable,” adding that “it’s unfortunate we didn’t have all of this information for everyone to have a full investigation, an opportunity to review it back in the fall.”

4 days ago

Of course the guy helped by a media smear supports media smears

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Alabama’s junior Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) has had a lot to say about Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh lately.

On Sunday, a day after the latest liberal smear was launched, Jones scurried to a TV camera outside of a church and said that the impeachment of Justice Kavanaugh was “inevitable.”

He added, “And it’s unfortunate that we didn’t have all of this information for everyone to have a full investigation, an opportunity to review it back in the fall.”

Of course, there was nothing to review; the entire smear has now blown up in their faces.

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So Tuesday, Jones found himself in the unenviable position of looking like a former prosecutor who condemned an innocent man based on scurrilous information so he walked back his position.

The sheepish Jones told MSNBC, “I don’t think you move forward on any allegation in which the victim can’t remember anything and is reluctant to talk about it.”

But don’t think Jones is the only liberal media darling feeling the heat. Even United States Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) thought better of her ill-timed condemnation of Kavanaugh.

And then she put it back up.

Why? Because the facts don’t matter here. Democrats and their media have decided this is how they will proceed on these matters.

The decision to lie or mislead without any evidence in order to gain a political advantage has been an effective weapon for the media and their Democrats.

The truth is irrelevant when the stakes are so high.

If they have to pressure witnesses to lie, they will.

If they have to omit facts that change the whole story, they will.

Jones already knows this — there is no risk to this kind of behavior.

The media will not hold Democrats responsible or point out their embarrassing behavior.

This is how Doug Jones became a United States senator.

The Washington Post wrote a story about an allegation, with no evidence, and the rest of the media ran with it and they declared anyone who would dare vote for Roy Moore be forever labeled a child molestation enabler.

Without this playbook, Jones would have been the latest Democrat chump fed into the ALGOP woodchipper and spit out the other side.

Instead of being a less than a one-term footnote in history, Jones would have been just another also-ran loser. Jones would go down as the prosecutor in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing and nothing more — a feat he should be proud of course, but he wouldn’t be called “senator” for the rest of his days.

It’s not Jones’ fault. He is just an unwitting observer in all of this.

He is a Red State Democrat they can point to and say, “See, we can even win in Alabama with the right message!”

Unfortunately, the real message from that 2017 election was the allegations don’t have to be true or provable, they just have to be made and the media will do the rest.

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

4 days ago

7 Things: Tuscaloosa police officer killed on duty, Doug Jones is a loyal Democrat soldier, more jobs for Alabama and more …

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7. Three states target vaping

  • Even though the Center for Disease Control has downgraded the number of people impacted by vaping-related illnesses, we are still in the middle of a full-blown moral panic with California, New York and Michigan getting in on the action to solve the crisis.
  • Michigan and New York have targeted all flavored vaping flavors, while California is targeting black market vape sales, instituting a $20 million state-run advertising campaign and looking to raise taxes on it.

6. Iran could be to blame for Saudi Arabia attack

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  • President Donald Trump has said that he wants to “avoid” a war with Iran, but it’s likely that Iran is responsible for the recent attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil supply.
  • Iran has denied any involvement with the attacks, and Trump said that there won’t be any retaliation from the United States until there’s “definitive proof” that Iran is at fault.

5. Tommy Tuberville says he is running for the right reasons — Bradley Byrne disagrees

  • While appearing on Fox Business’ “Varney & Co.” former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville said that in Alabama, “they trust football coaches a heck of a lot more than they trust politicians,” and he emphasized that he’s running for Senate “for the right reasons.”
  • His primary opponent U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) disagrees and believes voters will as well because he is trying to draw a contrast between Tuberville’s reasons for running and his saying, “I’m not running for this seat because I got bored and needed something to do,” and, “I’ve spent most of my life serving. I want to help the people of this great state.”

4. More jobs for Alabama through Lockheed Martin

  • On Monday, Lockheed Martin announced that its Courtland facility will get two new buildings for assembling and testing hypersonic programs, which will add 72 new jobs in Courtland.
  • Huntsville will see 200 new management and engineering jobs through Lockheed Martin for the new hypersonic programs, and it’s expected that there will be more jobs created in the future through this program.

3. Tommy Battle has made a new case for Space Command

  • After it was announced that Lockheed Martin will be locating its hypersonic defense program in Huntsville, Mayor Tommy Battle reemphasized why Redstone Arsenal is the best choice for the new U.S. Space Command.
  • Battle said that Redstone has the “world’s most advanced capabilities in aerospace, space and missile defense, and space exploration are already here.” He added that Huntsville has “become the nation’s epicenter for rocket engines, cyber security, and soon – hypersonics.”

2. Doug Jones silent on New York Times correction on Kavanaugh

  • U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) eagerly appeared on MSNBC where he said that the push for impeaching Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh is “inevitable” but he has been silent on the issue since the New York Times corrected their story to add that the alleged victim doesn’t think the allegation is true. Both of the earlier allegations against Kavanaugh were sketchy as well.
  • Though Jones hasn’t been shy about expressing his support of nearly every far-left Democratic effort, Jack Panel, the communications director of the Senate Leadership Fund, said that Jones’ support for impeachment on uncorroborated accusations “demonstrates Jones is merely a faithful soldier for Chuck Schumer and national Democrats, not a Senator for the people of Alabama.”

1. Tuscaloosa police officer killed on duty

  • Army veteran and 13-year Tuscaloosa Police Department veteran Dornell Cousette was shot and killed while serving a warrant, which marks the ninth police officer to be shot and the fourth police officer killed in Alabama this year.
  • The unnamed 20-year-old suspect fled after the shooting and was later arrested when he showed up at the hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound he received. He was being persuaded for failure to appear in court on previous felony charges for robbery and assault.

5 days ago

Bradley Byrne previews attacks that are sure to come against Tommy Tuberville

(Wikicommons, T. Tuberville/Facebook, YHN)

Former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville is the frontrunner in the GOP primary race for the right to take on United States Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) but eventually, the attacks will come.

U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) may have been showing how Tuberville’s opponents are going to take him on in the near future at a meeting of the Tennessee Valley Republican Club on Saturday morning.

Byrne touched on the carpetbagger allegation without mention Tuberville, saying, “I’m from here, not from wherever else. I love Alabama and know what we need to get done.”

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Later he added, “I didn’t come back here to run because it’s convenient. I love this state and I love fighting for Alabama. And that’s exactly what you’ll get with me – a fighter.”

This is hardly a new tact for Tuberville’s detractors, and it may be effective because Alabama is a very proud state that loves its homegrown products.

Byrne further questioned Tuberville’s reason for running.

I’m not running for this seat because I got bored and needed something to do,” he said while touting his service to Alabama. “I’ve spent most of my life serving. I want to help the people of this great state.”

But it wasn’t all attacks for Byrne on Saturday morning. The congressman also touted his experience in Washington as the most important for Alabamians to support his candidacy.

“It’s more about being able to sit in a room and get things done for your state. I know how to do that, and I’ll be able to keep getting things done for Alabama,” he explained.

Byrne would mention the Space Force command and praise North Alabama as the perfect place for it while adding, “There is nowhere in the country better equipped for it, and as your senator, I’ll continue to fight every day to see that we get things like this done.”

How an argument about experience and effectiveness works in 2020, and in the era of Trump, remains to be seen.

What is clear, is that the issues Byrne is talking about on the campaign trail now will continue to be heard as long as Tommy Tuberville is an untraditional and inexperienced candidate with an apparent lead in the polls.

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

5 days ago

7 Things: Another questionable allegation against Kavanaugh, Biden praises Jones in Alabama, now Zeigler wants an elected ALDOT director and more …

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7. Beto can’t stop talking and his fellow Democrats don’t like it

  • Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, has attempted to use a platform of banning and confiscating firearms to regain relevancy in the presidential race while other Democrats wish he would stop his absurd comments.
  • O’Rourke said on Sunday he blames President Donald Trump for the El Paso mass shooting, saying he “has the blood of those 22 people in El Paso on his hands.” He referenced Trump’s Florida rally in May where Trump asked, “How do we stop these people from coming here?” referring to illegal immigrants, and someone responded with “Shoot them.”

6. Trump supports Saudi Arabia and authorized the release of oil reserves

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  • President Donald Trump responded to attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry by blaming Iran and stating we “are locked and loaded” and waiting for Saudi Arabia’s verification of who carried out the attack.
  • Trump said that he believes this could impact oil prices and “if needed,” he’s approved the release of United States strategic petroleum reserves. Trump tweeted that he’s “informed all appropriate agencies to expedite approvals of the oil pipelines currently in the permitting process in Texas and various other States.”

5. There could be hope for the shuttered nuke plant

  • State Senator Steve Livingston (R-Scottsboro) believes the potential exists to start-up the currently mothballed Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in northeastern Alabama and have the plant actually produce nuclear power.
  • Livingston believes that if the plant ever actually gets the green light to operate, it could have an impact similar to Toyota-Mazada. He advised, “If we’re fortunate to get both reactors going, we’re looking at the possibility of having some 7,000 construction jobs out there for maybe as long as 10 years. It would be cyclical as maybe one reactor would come on, then they would bring the construction to other one up to speed slowly, but surely – then operating 1,200-1,500 operators for both reactors. Well-paying jobs. It’s all about economic development here.”

4. State Sen. Figures says she didn’t ask for the ATRIP-ⅠⅠ appointment

  • Appearing on Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal,” State Senator Vivian Davis Figures (D-Mobile) spoke about her recent appointment to the ATRIP-ⅠⅠ committee replacing State Senator Chris Elliot (R-Daphne), mentioning how she was removed from a committee for comments she made.
  • Figures stated how in the House and Senate, people are removed and appointed to committees all the time and said that she doesn’t agree with the burden of cost for the I-10 bridge being on the citizens. She added it should instead be paid for by the federal and state government, later saying that she “didn’t ask to be on this committee,” but it’s “ironic” that she’s been appointed since she voted against the gas tax.

3. Zeigler has some ideas for the future of ALDOT

  • State Auditor Jim Zeigler has already said that Governor Kay Ivey needs to remove John Cooper as the director of Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), but now Zeigler thinks Alabama should remodel ALDOT to resemble the Mississippi Transportation Commission.
  • Zeigler suggested that the ALDOT structure should follow Mississippi’s in the way of electing who heads the department and how in Mississippi’s case they have a three-member executive board, saying “They elect their John Cooper. And maybe we need to go to something like that because everything else that has been tried has not worked.”

2. Biden went to church in Alabama and praised his friend Doug Jones

  • On Sunday, former Vice President Joe Biden attended the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham memorial service for the anniversary of the 1963 bombing that killed four girls, took the bold step of rebuking white supremacy and he touted the work of Senator Doug Jones (D-AL).
  • While speaking at the church, Biden said, “[C]hange comes – sometimes slowly, sometimes all at once – and progress continues. Hate is on the rise again, we’re at a defining moment again in American history. Who are we? What do we want to be? After Charlottesville, I said that I believe we’re at a battle for the soul of America. I say it again today, we’re at the battle for the south of America.”

1. Democrats fighting for impeachment again, this time for Kavanaugh

  • New allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh were brought up over the weekend, and now 2020 Democratic candidates are calling for Kavanaugh’s impeachment.
  • But the allegation is dubious as it comes third hand from a former Bill Clinton lawyer Max Stier, who declined to discuss the allegation. He claims that Kavanagh exposed himself at a dorm party where his friends assisted him in assaulting a female student, and apparently, the FBI was notified about the incident but didn’t investigate, and previously the female student has even denied knowledge of the events.

 

6 days ago

VIDEO: Ivey punishes toll opponents, ongoing impeachment talks, Madison shows the state how to raise taxes 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:

— Should Governor Kay Ivey be punishing toll opponents like State Senator Chris Elliot (R-Daphne) for their disagreements?

— Why not just admit that Democrats are trying to impeach President Donald Trump?

— Why did 70% of voters in Madison say “YES” to a new tax increase?

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Jackson and Burke are joined by State Senator Sam Givhan to talk about road projects and how Alabama Department of Transportation and Governor Ivey move forward after their big defeat.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” where he argues that companies banning their customers from carrying weapons in their stores aren’t really doing anything but chasing good press by placating a mob and their media.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=461031881151175

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: Democrats debate again, impeachment confusion, Sen. Shelby ushers through appropriations bill and more …

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7. Beer-drinking non-student gets Alabama professor suspended

  • Professor Joel Strayer was teaching a supply chain management class when Trevor Nappier, a student at Illinois State University, took out a beer and chugged it near a garbage can in the classroom. The professor’s crime was saying, “I am impressed,” and later adding, “I love it.”
  • As if the ridiculous suspension wasn’t enough, and he is gone for the semester, UA officials visited the professor’s classes and explained to them what was going on but wouldn’t answer more questions about the matter.

6. UAB faculty is anti-racism

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  • Very bold moves by the faculty at a major research institution, as they issue a resolution against racism, saying, ” “Every voice, identity, experience and background in our community is paramount to our collective success.”
  • At issue is apparently three students, out of 17,000+, who either belong to a racist organization or made racist comments on social media so the entire university needed every to know “the thoughts expressed by such groups and in such posts are not shared by the institution and do not align with our values.”

5. Charges will likely be brought against Andrew McCabe

  • The Justice Department has rejected the appeal from former deputy and acting FBI Director FBI Andrew McCabe. U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended continuing with charges relating to findings that McCabe made misleading statements about a Hillary Clinton investigation.
  • McCabe’s legal team has met with Liu and sent a letter to Jeffery Rosen in an attempt to prevent the United States Attorney’s Office moving forward with prosecution.

4. Alabama is a job creator

  • Governor Kay Ivey has announced that IBM Services has named Alabama the top job creator for 2018 in America through foreign investments.
  • A Global Location Trends report also shows that Alabama is scoring highly among other states in America relating to foreign investments. Ivey said that foreign investments continue “to generate significant new opportunities for communities and working families around the state.”

3. Shelby leading defense bill that would benefit Alabama

  • On Thursday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations approved a defense funding bill lead by U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) that would benefit Alabama but is also important for national security.
  • Shelby said that the appropriations bill will be good for Alabama’s “thriving defense community,” specifying that the “bill will provide funding to support the development of hypersonic weapons in North Alabama, improve our Navy’s shipbuilding industry in Mobile, and provide additional resources for Army aviation training at Fort Rucker.”

2. Democrats are confused about impeachment

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday wasn’t putting up with questions about impeachment when reporters continued to ask her about her opinion on impeaching President Donald Trump. saying, “Impeachment is a very divisive measure.”
  • She went on to say that if the facts back up impeachment then a decision will be made at that time, but she refused to answer any more questions on the subject of impeachment, even though Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said it is basically impeachment earlier in the day.

1. Winners and losers of the Democratic presidential debate

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden was the big winner Thursday night because he avoided a major meltdown and the media is now attacking the only candidate that came close to harming him. Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) was a winner as well because he wowed Democrats with promises of coming to take your guns.
  • Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) were also-rans, but they will remain in the hunt in early states, while Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) was unable to get her spotlight back and her campaign is probably over.

 

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7 Things: Supreme Court sides with Trump on asylum, more good business news for Alabama, DNC/AL Dems battle goes on and more …

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7. Trump might ban all e-cigarette flavored products

  • In the wake of people getting sick across the country from a mysterious lung disease that’s been linked to vaping and e-cigarettes, the White House is looking to ban all non-tobacco flavors of e-cigarette products, in spite of the evidence that this isn’t the problem.
  • President Donald Trump spoke about the issue in the Oval Office where he said, “We can’t have our youth be so affected. People are dying with vaping, so we’re looking at it very closely.” So far, there have already been nearly 500 cases of the lung disease reported across 33 states and there have been six deaths.

6. Trump offers China a “good will” gesture

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  • After China halted tariffs on some goods from the United States, President Trump returned the favor and announced that he would postpone an increase in tariffs from 25% to 30% on Chinese goods by two weeks.
  • Trump wrote on Twitter, “At the request of the Vice Premier of China, Liu He, and due to the fact that the People’s Republic of China will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary on October 1st, we have agreed, as a gesture of good will, to move the increased Tariffs on 250 Billion Dollars worth of goods (25% to 30%), from October 1st to October 15th.”

5. 145 businesses want gun control

  • In a statement to lawmakers, executives said, “Doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable and it is time to stand with the American public on gun safety.”
  • Obviously, the push for gun control by the nation’s powerful business leaders will be treated as a great thing by the media and politicians who normally decry the top 1% voicing their opinions to lawmakers on issues like the economy, taxation and trade.

4. Tommy Battle expected to run for reelection

  • On Wednesday morning, Mayor Tommy Battle’s supporters received an email from him that stated, “We’re not finished working yet,” and mentioned that Battle has an announcement to make on September 18.
  • While it’s not official yet, it’s expected that Battle’s announcement will be that he’s going to run for reelection. His website tommybattle.com that was used for his gubernatorial campaign now says, “Tommy Battle for mayor.”

3. Nancy Worley is still upset with the DNC

  • Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley released a written statement about the Democratic National Committee, claiming that the DNC has been attacking the state party since she was reelected and now they’re just trying to beat “Alabama into submission.”
  • Worley’s letter comes after the DNC began withholding the $10,000 per month Alabama usually receives, which Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said was because the Alabama Democratic Party has “fallen far short of meeting basic obligations to develop an effective strategic plan and build the necessary infrastructure for success.”

2. Alabama high on the list of “Top States for Business”

  • Area Development magazine has released its 2019 “Top States for Business” where Alabama was ranked number 4 overall but also placed in the top 10 in multiple categories.
  • Alabama placed top in favorable general regulatory environment and speed of permitting, 2nd in most improved economic development policies, 3rd in overall cost of doing business, 4th in business incentive programs, leading workforce development programs, cooperative and responsive state government, 5th place in shovel-ready sites program and competitive labor environment, 6th in corporate tax environment and 8th in favorable utility rates.

1. Supreme Court to allow asylum restrictions

  • After a request from the Justice Department, the Supreme Court has decided to allow the Trump administration’s asylum ban on anyone that comes to the United States through the southern border that first passed through a third country, like Mexico, and didn’t seek asylum or protection there.
  • After the Supreme Court decision, President Trump took to Twitter to celebrate, saying that the ruling is a “BIG United States Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!” He also said while the ruling isn’t a final decision on the policy, it does allow it to take effect while the policy goes through the lower courts.

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7 Things: Counting illegal immigrants hurts Alabama, property tax passes by huge margin, Ivanka Trump touts apprenticeship opportunities in Alabama and more …

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7. Alabama hospitals suing opioid makers

  • Twenty-one Alabama hospitals have filed a civil lawsuit against companies responsible for making opioids, including Johnson & Johnson, Purdue Pharma and Abbot Laboratories, claiming the companies falsely represented how addictive opioid products are.
  • Attorney Robert King said that the “deceptive marketing efforts of the defendants substantially contributed to an explosion in the use of opioids across the country,” as well as mentioning how hospitals have had to care for a “heroic” number of opioid patients.

6. China waives some tariffs ahead of trade talks

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  • The Chinese government could be attempting to show some good faith ahead of trade negotiations with the United States by waiving tariffs on 16 American products, which will go into effect on September 17, but there are still currently more than 5,000 Chinese tariffs on goods from the United States.
  • The motivation could be different however, as Iris Pang, economist for Greater China at ING, told The Hill this might just be about giving the Chines economy a jolt. Pang explained, “The exemption could be seen as a gesture of sincerity toward the U.S. ahead of negotiations in October but is probably more a means of supporting the economy.”

5. John Bolton out

  • It was announced on Tuesday that national security advisor John Bolton had been fired from his position. President Donald Trump said that he “disagreed strongly” with Bolton on national security.
  • Apparently, one of the reasons for Bolton’s dismissal was his opposition to Trump meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, as well as Trump’s efforts to have a secret meeting with Taliban leaders in an attempt to reach a peace agreement.

4. Banning firearms isn’t making anyone safer

  • Recently, more retailers, including Aldi, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and Krogerrequested that customers no longer open carry in their stores, but these new requests aren’t making customers safer — they are leading to more guns being purchased.
  • People shopping at these stores might feel safer because they don’t see a lawful citizen carrying a gun, but in reality, people who want to do harm aren’t going to pay attention to a store’s request for them not to carry a gun into the store.

3. Apprenticeship program announced

  • During Ivanka Trump’s visit to Alabama, Toyota Motor North America and The Manufacturing Institute officially announced their partnership to establish an apprenticeship program.
  • At the event, Ivanka spoke about the success of the program and how much Alabama’s economy has improved, mentioning Alabama’s 3.3% unemployment rate and how there are now more job openings than unemployed Americans.

2. Madison approves massive property tax increase by a huge margin

  • The 12-mil property tax increase in Madison was expected to pass, but not many expected it to pass by a 70-30 margin. The increase is meant to alleviate the stress on the school system brought about by an increase in students in one of the state’s top-ranked school districts.
  • The tax was proposed due to schools currently being near capacity and with the promise that the school system would add a 900 student elementary school, a 1,200 student middle school and expand the capacity two high schools in the district.

1. Cities and states with lots of illegal immigrants want Alabama to have less representation

  • U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor has approved 15 states and major cities, including New York, California, Virginia and the District of Columbia, to oppose Alabama’s legal fight to add the citizenship question to the 2020 Census because they want the illegal aliens counted so they will benefit with more congressional representation and federal funding.
  • Letitia James, the New York attorney general, stated that they are opposing Alabama’s efforts to fight “the Trump administration’s attempts to tip the balance of power in the nation and Alabama’s endeavor to continue down that path,” but U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall are working to only count citizens because counting illegal immigrants could unfairly disadvantage “states with low numbers of illegal aliens to states with high numbers of illegal aliens.”

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How exactly are retailers going to stop people from carrying in their stores?

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As the gun debate rages on, more and more retailers are caving to the pressure of anti-gun folks and “requesting” that you not carry in their stores.

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But seriously, how will they stop them?

They can’t.

The man who allegedly slaughtered 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, in August was never going to listen to a Twitter or Facebook plea by an out of touch public relations department.

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I won’t open carry in these stores for a couple of reasons.

1. I think open carry is foolish. Anyone walking around with a long gun is looking for attention and trouble — they may find both.

2. I respect their property rights — to a degree.

The problem with all of this is quite obvious: Only law-abiding citizens are going to abide by the law.

We also will never live in a world where we have to pass through a metal detector before we enter a big box store.

Two weeks ago, I went to a minor league baseball game and left my firearm in my vehicle thinking there would be metal detectors and bag checks. The stadium had neither, I felt uncomfortable and vulnerable.

Why? Because I was following the rules being dictated to me by a sign on a wall telling me it was a gun-free zone and backed up by… the good behavior of potential psychos.

So, until they find a way to stop people who want to cause others harm, it will be completely reasonable for law-abiding gun owners to break the arbitrary rules of corporate America to protect themselves and their families.

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

2 weeks ago

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7. Ivanka Trump visiting Tanner, Alabama

  • The first daughter will visit the Alabama Robotics Technology Park located in Decatur to make announcements on expanded workforce development and apprenticeship opportunities in Alabama.
  • Prior to her trip to Alabama, she tweeted about the “The Alabama Success story” since the beginning of the Trump administration, including noting that unemployment was down 2.5%, reaching an all-time low at 3.3%, unemployment insurance claims have gone down over 26% and wages are up.

6. Fake news media keeps pushing fake news

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  • America’s political media got ahead of itself again. In an effort to “get” President Trump, CNN ran with a story that claimed the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had to pull a spy out of Russia because President Trump had “repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy.”
  • The CIA responded to the reporting, saying it was “misguided” and “simply false” while The New York Times reported that the decision was made in 2016, which was obviously before Trump took office, but the false narrative continues to advance.

5. Alabama won’t participate in Google probe

  • All states and territories, except for Alabama and California, will be investigating Google’s “potential monopolistic behavior” and it’s not clear why Alabama is not participating.
  • While Alabama and California have decided not to be involved in the investigation, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will join the other 48 states.

4. Mobile port expansion approved

  • On Monday, the Alabama State Port Authority announced that the federal government has authorized improvements to the Mobile Harbor by deepening the bar, bay and river channels and widening the bay channel.
  • The improvements will allow larger vessels to enter the port. James K. Lyons, chief executive officer for the Port Authority, said that when Phase 3 expansion is completed, “the port and its partner, APM Terminals, will have nearly $500 million in container intermodal assets to serve our customers.”

3. No more toll roads for now

  • Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) on Monday said that as of right now, there aren’t any other toll road projects, but he also clarified that there isn’t just “a list of projects out there that are listed on a page that says ‘these are toll projects.’”
  • However, since the Mobile Bridge and Bayway Project, there has continued to be speculation on the possibility that future road projects will be turned into toll roads.

2. Chris Elliot replaced

  • Governor Kay Ivey has replaced State Senator Chris Elliot (R-Daphne) with State Senator Vivian Davis Figures (D-Mobile) on the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program-ⅠⅠ, and now Elliot is claiming that Ivey’s action is due to his opposition to the Mobile Bridge and Bayway Project.
  • Elliot said that he wasn’t surprised by Ivey’s decision, stating, “It’s clear that the Governor’s office is disappointed with my decision to withdraw my support from her flawed I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway proposal.”

1. Doug Jones: Generic Democrat

  • U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) spoke about gun control on Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal” where he said that Democrats and Republicans need to be focused on saving lives, but Jones believes that “special interest groups have divided us,” and went on to emphasize, “This is not about guns. This is about saving lives.”
  • While there is an attempt to paint Jones as a moderate, his words tell a different tale. He also explained that he thinks the issues around mass shootings isn’t just mental health because mental health issues have been discussed, and Jones said that “blaming this on mental health” hasn’t worked. He then took aim at “thoughts and prayers” saying that those aren’t solving the issues either.

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McCutcheon: Don’t expect a bunch of new toll projects after Mobile Bay Bridge’s demise

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Shortly after the apparent cancelation of the $2.1 billion bridge project in Mobile, there has been lots of talk about what projects could be done next.

Thoughts about the feasibility of getting future road projects that can be financed with tolls differ, but the general consensus is that it will not be tried again anytime soon.

Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) appeared on WVNN Monday morning and said there are no plans in place right now.

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“Well, I don’t know if you need to say it ‘well that’s over, next’ the next project, because there’s not a list of projects out there that are listed on a page that says ‘these are toll projects,’ no we don’t have nothing like that,” McCutcheon stated on “The Dale Jackson Show.”

The Alabama Department of Transportation may have other plans, but as of right now there doesn’t appear to be any plans for new tolls in the state.

Listen:

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: Jones kicks off reelection campaign, more investigation into Trump by Democrats, Afghanistan/Taliban peace deal seems unlikely and more …

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7. Ivanka Trump coming to Alabama

  • On Tuesday, Ivanka Trump will make an announcement at the Alabama Robotics Technology Park in Tanner about the workforce development and apprenticeship opportunities in Alabama.
  • Ivanka Trump is planning on meeting students in the apprenticeship program and touring the park. She said that the Trump administration “is committed to ensuring inclusive growth and opportunity in our booming economy by creating pathways for all Americans, regardless of age or background, to acquire the skills needed to secure and retain high paying jobs.”

6. Vaping is causing a school to take the doors off the bathroom stalls

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  • The administrators at a school in Lauderdale County have decided the best way to attack kids taking a vaping break during school hours is to make them use the restroom without doors, exposing their misdeeds and bathroom habits to the world.
  • This is a response to a student who allegedly passed out after vaping in the bathroom and some parents are now calling for bathroom monitors to watch the children while they do their business.

5. Media continue to attack over Trump warning Alabama could be hit by Hurricane Dorian

  • There was yet another week of silly bickering by the national press and the president of the United States, but this time it was over the path of a hurricane, which was projected to impact Alabama according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Alabama National Guard.
  • As the back and forth continued, the media spoke in absolute terms and cited the Birmingham Weather Service as proof. NOAA released a statement over the weekend disputing that certainty which read, “The Birmingham National Weather Service’s Sunday morning tweet spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time.”

4. Unemployment rate stays at 3.7%

  • Despite ongoing trade wars, the media and their Democrats’ attempts to talk down the economy may not be working as well as they want yet as 130,000 jobs were created last month and wages growth continued.
  • These numbers are not great, by any means, but the economy is still strong with near 50-year-low unemployment numbers and growing. But there are signs that growth is slowing and that could mean retraction may be coming soon.

3. No peace with the Taliban

  • After the Taliban took claim for the bombing in Kabul last week that killed a U.S. soldier, peace talks between the U.S., Afghanistan and the Taliban were canceled. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that this shows the Taliban can’t be trusted at this time.
  • Pompeo also said that the Taliban was using “terror to improve their negotiating position.” President Donald Trump announced the secret meeting after it was canceled; he doesn’t believe that the Taliban has the “power to negotiate a meaningful agreement” if they can’t agree to a ceasefire.

2. Democrats try something new and original — investigating Trump

  • In more recent efforts to investigate impeaching President Donald Trump, the House Judiciary Committee stumbled over themselves and now Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) is attempting to define when impeachment proceedings actually began.
  • U.S. Representative Doug Collins (R-GA) claimed that the committee was investigating outside of the boundaries allowed by House rules. He said on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that everything the Democrats have done this year “is simply a show, a travesty, and frankly they should be ashamed,” as well as pointing out that if they really want to start impeachment proceedings, they just have to bring it to the House floor.

1. Jones starts his 2020 campaign as Republicans hit him on socialism

  • U.S. Senator Doug Jones’ (D-AL) used his campaign kickoff to talk about gun control, abortion rights and non-existent voter suppression issues in Alabama. He even brought up Governor Kay Ivey’s blackface scandal to highlight how little his supporters think of the state, arguing, “It is a painful admission that in the eyes of the nation, folks just don’t believe we’ve come very far.”
  • A National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) billboard outside his event reminded Jones, and voters, not to forget that for all his talk of moderation, he has previously said that he would support the Democratic nominee no matter who it is, and declared himself an anti-Trump Democrat. The NRSC added that Jones continues to put “the interests of the most liberal and socialist members of his party ahead of his constituents.”

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VIDEO: Ivey moves past blackface scandal, calls for gun control grow, Roy Moore attacks religious liberty 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:

— Was Governor Kay Ivey’s apology for wearing blackface enough?

— Where is the middle ground on gun control?

— Why doesn’t former Judge Roy Moore understand religious liberty?

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Jackson and Burke are joined by Civil Rights legend Sonnie Hereford, IV to discuss his role in integrating Alabama schools on September 9, 1963.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” where he argues that we should not be pushing to “destigmatize” abortions like a company putting up billboards in Alabama is trying to do.

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

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Trump could move on gun control, University of Alabama dean gets canceled, Alabama gets a starring role in #Sharpiegate and more …

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7. There is never an actual bomb

  • On Thursday morning, a 16-year-old called a bomb threat into Gardendale High School at about 5:00 a.m. and school was delayed until 10:30 while the school was searched for any explosives.
  • The 16-year-old was a student at the high school and has since been arrested for making a terrorist threat, but the teen won’t be charged as an adult so his name hasn’t been released and officials haven’t released specifics on the threat.

6. Alabama is supporting Remington

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  • Alabama is one of the 10 states joining 22 House Republicans and the National Rifle Association in support of Remington Arms in the liability court ruling for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting by filing briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • In 2015, relatives of nine of the victims and one survivor filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Remington, claiming that the company should’ve never sold a weapon that dangerous, as well as saying that through video game product placement the company targeted young at-risk males, but the briefs were filed due to the 2005 federal law that protects gun makers from liability.

5. John Merrill is looking into voter fraud in Montgomery

  • Thursday, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced that there have been 12 alleged incidents of voter fraud from the municipal election in Montgomery last week; no reports of suppression have been made.
  • The 12 incidents are under investigation by the secretary of state’s office, but so far no fraud has been confirmed. Merrill has said that in the municipal election there was “human error” since election workers didn’t follow procedure sometimes, but the upcoming runoff will be monitored by 10 election observers.

4. Terrorist watchlist could be weakened by court ruling

  • A terrorist watchlist that kept some people from traveling may be in danger of being modified or ended altogether after close to two dozen Muslim U.S. citizens won a victory in federal court against the FBI and other federal agencies, however, it is unclear what could happen next.
  • There are currently over 1 million people on this watchlist, with less than 5,000 Americans, and many are suggesting the list be used to keep people from purchasing firearms. Now that the list has been ruled against, that seems less likely than it did previously.

3. Alabama has a role in #Sharpiegate

  • The question has been asked for the better part of the week, “Did the president use a sharpie on a map?” as if it was Watergate, and now a Trump aide has released a statement declaring he told the president that Alabama was in the line of fire and Trump retweeted an Alabama National Guard tweet declaring, “#HurricaneDorian is projected to reach southern Alabama by the early part of the week.”
  • Cable news hosts and commentators are questioning whether the president committed a crime (he didn’t) as if this is going to take him down after Russia, tax returns and porn stars were all declared to be “the beginning of the end” of Trump’s presidency.

2. Cancel culture takes out University of Alabama dean

  • With the “resignation” James. R. Riley, former University of Alabama’s assistant vice president and dean of students, over some stupid tweets, our insatiable thirst for the blood, careers, and platforms for our political enemies has claimed another victim.
  • Riley’s ridiculous tweets about racism, the American flag, white people and privilege were pretty run-of-the-mill liberal thought, but once Breitbart and Fox News’ Laura Ingraham got involved, it caused a ruckus on the Internet that a major American university couldn’t withstand for some reason.

1. Legislation on gun control has been sent to the White House by the DOJ

  • In the wake of mass shootings, the Department of Justice has sent a package of legislative options on what to do about gun violence to the White House for consideration.
  • President Donald Trump has already indicated that he would be willing to consider or approve gun control, depending on how reasonable, but he has also insisted that he strongly supports Second Amendment rights.

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Doug Jones needs to talk to his party about their gun control plans

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Monday evening in Elkmont, Alabama, five family members were killed by a 14-year-old with a history of concerns that are being raised after the fact.

Alabama’s junior U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) has responded to the terrible tragedy by pointing out during a town hall in Rainesville that the crime could have been prevented, stating, “This one was clearly one that I believe was preventable somehow, some way.”

Bold statement, but how was it preventable?

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Jones thinks a background check could have prevented this, arguing, “Universal background checks. We need to have some very narrow parameters on universal background checks.”

But, the father, a victim in this crime, possessed the murder weapon illegally because he was a felon.

That seems to be the end of the suggestions from Jones except for the common liberal trope about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that he shared: “What we need to do is study it and we can fund the CDC to do that.”

A study surely wouldn’t have prevented this, nor would a blue-ribbon committee or even an investigative committee.

Jones and I agree on one aspect of this: mental health. He told WAAY-31 that we need to focus on mental health concerns.

This killer was clearly mentally disturbed. Reports from his family members indicate he had gone off the rails in the last year after learning he was not the biological son of the person he viewed as his mother, he was acting erratically and killing animals.

But Jones’ fellow Democrats disagree with him. In fact, they think tying this issue of gun violence to mental illness is wrong. And their voters agree.

They also disagree with taking people’s guns.

Jones says that’s not the answer and that gun owners should not worry.

“Law-abiding citizens should not have any concern about reasonable restrictions that would save lives,” he advised.

For this to be true, Jones needs to lay out some plans of his own and describe what they would do.

His fellow Democrats have plans of gun confiscation.

Gun owners should worry about this a lot.

Excerpt from NBC:

In addition to the mandatory buybacks O’Rourke is championing, other 2020 Democratic candidates have sought proposals to make themselves stand out. This week, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for a threefold and fourfold tax increase on guns and ammunition, respectively. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, meanwhile, has made requiring a federal license to buy firearms a centerpiece of his campaign, and others, like O’Rourke, Warren, and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, have adopted similar plans.

“You have 20 Democratic presidential candidates each trying to look more anti-gun rights than the other for their base, so they have to have different proposals,” Alan Gottlieb, founder of the pro-gun Second Amendment Foundation, said. “It’s more heated. It’s more in-your-face.”

If this is where Jones stands, he better talk to his colleagues because they are heading in the other direction quickly and voters will notice.

Watch WAAY-31’s report:

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: CNN’s climate town hall was a hoax, ALGOP resolution against Omar is going nowhere, Byrne wants Space Command in Alabama and more …

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7. Auburn alumni are important for Alabama’s economy

  • A study conducted by the Economic Research Services, Inc. and Auburn’s Division of University Outreach has released data that shows Auburn University alumni contribute $5.6 billion to Alabama’s economy annually.
  • A press release from Auburn University stated that the $5.6 billion “marks a 4 percent increase from a 2017 study conducted by University Outreach.” The impact of Auburn is also responsible for creating almost 27,000 jobs.

6. Biden is coming to Alabama

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  • Former Vice President Joe Biden will be making a campaign stop in Birmingham on September 15, but further details about his visit haven’t been announced.
  • Birmingham has already been visited by five other 2020 presidential candidates: U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MD), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) and now withdrawn candidate U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA).

5. Christine Blasey Ford was pretty politically motivated

  • Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of assaulting her when they were teenagers, was apparently motivated to go public so that Kavanaugh’s reputation would be tarnished before he got the chance to make decisions on abortion cases.
  • Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz, said in a video posted by The Daily Caller News Foundation that Kavanaugh will now “have an asterisk next to his name,” as well as saying that if Kavanaugh is faced with Roe v. Wade, then “we will know who he is” and about his character and motivation. According to Katz, “that is part of what motivated Christine.”

4. Trump is taking his victory lap

  • On Wednesday, President Donald Trump spoke to reporters in the Oval Office and discussed the border wall construction, saying that construction is going well and he expects 500 miles of border wall to be completed by the end of next year.
  • Previously, Trump had taken $155 million in FEMA funds to instead use on the border wall. He was asked if he still believed this was a good decision with the current situation with Hurricane Dorian, but Trump’s only response was that the administration is “using much less here than we anticipated” to aid those impacted.

3. Byrne pushes for Space Command

  • U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper urging him to consider Huntsville for the U.S. Space Command headquarters, saying, “The space legacy and unmatched workforce of the Rocket City make it an ideal choice,” as well as noting the contributions Huntsville has made to national security and the space program.
  • Byrne specified that Huntsville would be a good choice due to the workforce’s experience in developing “rocket propulsion systems and technologies.” Currently, the finalists in consideration for the headquarters are the Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado; Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado; Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; and Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

2. Sorry, Congress probably won’t get rid of Omar

  • At the Lawrence County Republican Party meeting with U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope), the 2020 candidate for U.S. Senate was asked if fellow Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) could actually be expelled from Congress after the Alabama Republican Party passed a resolution asking for the Alabama congressional delegation push for expulsion.
  • Byrne said that it “takes a pretty high standard to expel somebody from the House,” adding he is going to look at the standards again and decide if he believes she needs to be expelled, but as of right now, he’s saying Omar is going to stay unless she’s voted out by her constituents.

1. CNN’s climate town hall was a circus

  • Apparently, at least according to CNN’s Climate Town Hall, the way to stop climate change is to ban items like hamburgers, fracking, certain light bulbs, cars, plastic bags, nuclear power plants and plastic straws while pushing for more abortion in third world countries, increases in the minimum wage and jailing energy executives.
  • For any impartial observer, the town hall was an embarrassing political disaster, particularly for former Vice President Joe Biden,  where candidate after candidate pushed for programs and ideas that will make the average American’s life significantly worse, irrationally increase government spending and power and have almost no actual impact on the matter at hand.

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Ivey not resigning, Alabama Dems can’t help themselves, Walmart tries but fails to please the mob and more …

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7. House committee is about to start another investigation into Trump

  • The House Judiciary Committee is going to start an investigation into President Donald Trump possibly being involved in paying hush-money through his attorney to Karen McDouglas and Stormy Daniels, who have claimed they had affairs with Trump.
  • Starting in October, the committee will likely begin holding hearings where they will question witnesses about the payments. This investigation will only add to the long list of existing investigations into Trump’s actions.

6. An attempt to destigmatize abortion in Alabama

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  • Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (URGE) is working with the young people of Alabama to remove the stigma surrounding abortion; they’ve also put up pro-abortion billboards to help further their movement.
  • URGE executive director Kimberly Inez McGuire said that young people in Alabama want reproductive rights that include abortion. An example of what the billboards say is: “Abortion: you do you.”

5. Build that wall

  • The border wall is getting $3.6 billion in Defense Department construction funds, which will provide enough funding for 175 miles of more wall along the southern border.
  • Those against the border wall have already spoken out against the use of Defense Department funds, with U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) saying that President Trump has “made it clear he is willing to take funds from our troops and disaster victims to divert them to try to protect his political right flank.”

4. The defeat of tolls in Alabama was big

  • In an effort to fight against the proposed I-10 toll bridge in Mobile, State Auditor Jim Zeigler started a Facebook group that gained 55,000 members who also opposed the toll. Zeigler is claiming that Governor Kay Ivey putting an end to the I-10 project was due in part to his group.
  • Zeigler said, “The people were against this. Only certain Montgomery politicians were for it. And we beat them,” and Zeigler also went on to say that he hasn’t seen people this fired up “since the Civil Right Movement of the 1960s.”

3. Walmart is doing “something”

  • In response to recent mass shootings, but actually a media-driven mob, Walmart has declared it will no longer sell handgun ammunition and “short-barrel rifle ammunition” while requesting that customers no longer openly carry guns in their stores.
  • The actual impact of this will be almost nothing as people will still be able to purchase firearms and ammunition elsewhere, people will still carry weapons to Walmart, the mob will not be satiated and activists will still target Walmart and payment processors like Visa.

2. Alabama Democrats are just sad

  • Alabama Democrats and their allies in Alabama are so incompetent that they have rarely been able to capitalize on scandal after scandal in Alabama. From a lecherous Republican governor to an indicted and convicted House speaker, they have been unable to gain a foothold with voters because their ideas are bad.
  • So, when Governor Kay Ivey became embroiled in a tepid blackface scandal, few were surprised when Alabama Democrats used that opportunity to offer their stale loser ideas for everyone to hear, again. The NAACP stated that Ivey “refused to Expand Medicaid, did not support Birmingham increase in minimum wage; Governor Ivey even signed a bill approving the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017.”

1. No resignation from Ivey

  • On Tuesday, Governor Kay Ivey made her first public appearance since she released her apology letter for wearing blackface in college in 1967. The incident was quickly brought up and so was the question about her possible resignation.
  • When asked about if she would resign, Ivey responded, “Heavens no.” She went on to say that she isn’t the same person that she was 52 years ago, adding she’s received a lot of encouragement and understanding comments, but she’s not resigning and she’s “full speed ahead.”

 

3 weeks ago

ALGOP should expel Roy Moore

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Whether or not you agree Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is terrible or not is irrelevant. There was never going to be a moment where the U.S. House of Representatives was going to remove her from office because of a foolish resolution offered and passed at the Alabama Republican Party’s Summer Meeting.

Wasn’t happening. Doesn’t matter.

But Ilhan Omar was obviously happy to see the resolution pass because it just gives her the ability to cast herself as a victim and pick herself a new enemy in former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

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Moore, of course, fired back and then fired back again.

The second time was worse than the first and so hypocritical that you have to believe Judge Moore was confused when he said this nonsense about “religious freedom”:

It’s a shame that we’ve got people in Congress that don’t even support American values and support Muslim theology, which is directly contrary to the United States Constitution. If they take an oath on the Koran, they take an oath on an instrument that violates religious freedom. They don’t recognize the God who gave religious freedom under our Constitution. And I think that’s a very big criticism of what they’re doing in Congress. They don’t care for religious liberty because their government just violates it.

Odd.

Does Moore believe that Muslims don’t have religious liberty?

Apparently so.

This is the same Roy Moore that lost his job for putting up a monument to the 10 Commandments and defended it by invoking his religious liberty.

This is the same Roy Moore that wrote a book entitled, “So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle for Religious Freedom.”

This is the same Roy Moore that already walked back this type of stupid comment in the past.

Roy Moore is a mess, and if the ALGOP is interested in improving our country, they should worry less about a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota and more about defeating the blubbering imbecile that cost them the United States Senate Seat in 2017.

The ALGOP cannot expel Omar, but they can keep Roy Moore off their primary ballot.

Some members of the party have tried it with Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)

They did it with another fool who was running for the Public Service Commission in 2018.

Let me put this to the ALGOP in a context that even Judge Moore can understand.

Matthew 7:3-5 reads, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

None of this will happen, though. Alabama Republican voters will have to end Moore’s political career in the 2020 primary.

That rebuke will put an end to this embarrassing farce once and for all.

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

3 weeks ago

7 Things: Trump backs Ivey, Mobile still wants a bridge, Roy Moore doesn’t understand religious freedom and more …

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7. Major U.S. Army contracts coming to Alabama

  • The U.S. Army has announced a contract of $347 million to Lockheed Martin for a Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon prototype system integrator in Courtland and another contract of $351.6 million given to Dynetics Technical Solutions for Common-Hypersonic Glide Body prototypes to be produced in Huntsville.
  • Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) spoke about the contracts, saying “Hypersonic weapons are a critical priority as we continue to innovate and improve our nation’s defense.” Shelby also mentioned how these contracts will “allow us to leverage commercial technology to field needed weapons to our soldiers in just a few years.”

6. Bernie Sanders is going to take your money

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  • U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has a message for anyone who is a “corporate elite”: “Spend that money quick” because if he becomes president, he will rescind the Trump tax legislation “as soon as we get into office.”
  • Sanders has also claimed that we need to end the tax cut because it only benefits the elite and he wants to bring legislation that will help “working families struggling to get by in this country.”

5. “Baby Roe” case tossed

  • After Ryan Magers of Huntsville found out that his ex-girlfriend got an abortion at the Alabama Women’s Clinic in Huntsville, he filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the clinic on behalf of “Baby Roe,” but a judge has dismissed the entire case.
  • Madison County Circuit Judge Chris Comer dismissed the case due to the lawsuit not actually accusing the Huntsville clinic of any unlawful or wrongful conduct, and while Magers’ attorney Brett Helms has argued that the state has passed an abortion ban and a constitutional amendment that recognizes the rights of unborn babies, the embryo was aborted in 2017, which was before the amendment was passed.

4. This weekend in mass shootings

  • At a high school football game in Mobile, 17-year-old Deangelo Parnell opened fire on a group of teens and has been charged with nine counts of attempted murder. The incident stemmed from an earlier altercation and law enforcement says there were adults that were aware something was going to take place at this game.
  • A west Texas gunman killed seven people during a police chase after a routine traffic stop after he was fired from his job, leading to the company calling the police. He also failed a background check and it was illegal for him to possess a firearm.

3. Roy Moore craves our attention

  • A feud between U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore broke out after the Alabama Republican Party passed a resolution urging Alabama’s congressional delegation to push to expel Omar from Congress. Omar responded by essentially saying that Alabama needs to clean up their own politics since they nominated “an accused child molester.”
  • Of course, Moore is taking full advantage of his short time in the spotlight because no one has paid much attention to him since he announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate again. Moore declared that Omar should “go back from whence she came,” and now he’s doubled-down on that statement by saying that because Omar took “an oath to the Koran – no, they should not serve in Congress” because Moore said that the Koran violates our constitutional religious liberties.

2. Albritton wants to see more options for a bridge

  • With a seat on the Alabama Toll Road, Bridge, and Tunnel Authority, State Senator Greg Albritton (R-Atmore) has spoken out in an appearance on Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal” saying he wants to see what else could be done.
  • Albritton noted the 14 other plans that ALDOT had rejected before they decided to move forward with the $2.1 billion I-10 Mobile Bay Bridge project that Governor Kay Ivey has canceled, and Albritton believes that Alabama “could do better.”

1. Trump is backing Ivey

  • After it was revealed that Governor Kay Ivey wore blackface during a college skit back in the 1960s, she released an apology. President Donald Trump is now speaking out in favor of Ivey and her character.
  • When asked about the blackface incident and people in Alabama calling for Ivey’s resignation, Trump admitted that he didn’t know much about the situation, but offered, “[S]he’s a very high-quality woman, Kay Ivey. Very, very high-quality woman. I can tell you that. And I know she apologized.”

3 weeks ago

VIDEO: Ivey’s blackface past, toll bridge dies, ALGOP calls for Omar’s expulsion and more on Guerrilla Politics …

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

— Should Governor Kay Ivey resign over wearing blackface?

— What is next for ALDOT and south Alabama after the death of the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project?

— Was it wise for the ALGOP to target U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN)?

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Jackson and Strong are joined by FM Talk 106.5’s Sean Sullivan to talk about the impact to south Alabama of the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project’s death.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” where he argues that maybe this toll bridge proposal was never meant to succeed.

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