The Wire

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

    Excerpt:

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

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

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

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

    Excerpt:

    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

    Excerpt:

    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.

2 days ago

Byrne: ‘Would be surprised’ if Trump doesn’t comment on Senate race; Sessions should have resigned AG post if he thought recusal was necessary

(Jeff Poor/YHN)

On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) said former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, one of his opponents vying for the Republican nomination for Alabama’s U.S. Senate election in November, was fair game regarding his stint as the nation’s top law enforcement officer in the Trump administration.

In a wide-ranging interview with Huntsville radio’s WVNN, Byrne explained that although President Donald Trump has largely remained publicly quiet about their U.S. Senate race, he anticipates Trump will eventually reveal his feelings on the contest and about Sessions.

“I would be surprised if he doesn’t,” Byrne said on “The Jeff Poor Show.” “Every time I’m with him, he wants to talk about the Senate race in Alabama. Even when we’re in a big group of people, he wants to talk about it. He’s paying very close attention. He cares a lot. He cares about Alabama, number one. But he’s got some really hard feelings about Jeff [Sessions]. He really does. Even if he doesn’t say another word, take these two quotes: ‘The biggest mistake I ever made as president is appointing Jeff Sessions U.S. Attorney General.’ Or this quote, ‘Jeff Sessions is a disgrace to the great state of Alabama.’ Those two quotes that he made several months ago — I don’t see how Jeff gets over those.”

580

Byrne said he disagreed with Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from any Department of Justice investigations into the 2016 elections and added that if Sessions believed his recusal was necessary, he should have resigned his post at attorney general given the scope of the investigation into the 2016 election.

“I don’t think he needed to recuse himself,” he said. “But if he felt like he needed to recuse himself, he should have resigned because he took himself out of a big chunk of what the attorney general is supposed to be doing. Look at all the things we learned in the inspector general’s report. Because he took himself off the playing field, months went by before we dealt with that. And now Attorney General Barr is dealing with that, thank God. If he couldn’t do his job, he should have said, ‘Look, I can’t do my job. I’m going to have to resign,’ and didn’t do that.”

Byrne’s sentiments echo those of another one of the candidates in the run for the 2020 GOP U.S. senatorial nod, former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville, who a day earlier raised similar concerns about Sessions.

According to Byrne, Sessions should have seen the controversy looming on the horizon and not have accepted the appointment as attorney general during the 2016-2017 presidential transition.

“I don’t see how he didn’t see it was coming,” Byrne said. “But assuming that he didn’t — still, once he determined ‘I cannot be involved in this. I have to recuse myself,’ he should have resigned and let somebody else do that job. The president would have put him somewhere else. The president would have said, ‘OK, Jeff — you can’t do that. I’ll make you Secretary of Homeland Security.’ He would have done that. But that’s not what Jeff did. The people of Alabama have got to decide how they feel about that. But I think it is perfectly legitimate to bring that up. I think it is perfectly legitimate for Tommy Tuberville to bring that up. If Jeff is not ready to talk about, he needs to understand he is in a political campaign.”

Sessions has previously told Yellowhammer News the controversy regarding his tenure as attorney general had not come up on the campaign trail. However, Byrne said it comes up regularly for him.

“They bring it up with me all the time,” he said. “If I’ve heard this once, I’ve heard this 300 or 400 times in the last few weeks alone — they’re angry with him. They’re angry he even got in the race. That’s something he has got to deal with. And you know, you look at his television commercial — that’s his effort to try to deal with it. I think that’s fair game. When you get into a campaign like this, you’ve got to expect that. We’re going to hear more about that. You’ll be hearing more about that from voters or whoever. I’m sticking with what I’m talking about right now. You know, we’ve hit a real thread with the voters here. They like what’s in that commercial I’m showing right now, the personal touch with it. So I’m going to stay with that. It’s working for me, and I’m just going to stay right there.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

3 days ago

State Sen. Orr sticks with Bradley Byrne in U.S. Senate race — Says he could serve three terms, build up seniority

(Screenshot/APTV)

A lot has changed in Alabama’s race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination since State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) initially gave his endorsement to U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) back in June.

Secretary of State John Merrill has come and gone as a contestant, and former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session, who occupied the seat for two decades, is an entrant in the race.

Although Sessions immediately catapulted to front-runner status upon his candidacy announcement, Orr told Huntsville radio’s WVNN on Monday he was sticking with Byrne over Sessions and the rest of the field.

251

“[A]s I kind of come to the conclusion, even after his entering the race – long-term, the best person for this position I believe would be Congressman Byrne,” he said on “The Jeff Poor Show.” I think he brings an experience level certainly to the position. But he also brings a very good work ethic, a hard work ethic he showed that as a congressman, and I got to know him as state senator, one that is not afraid to take on hard issues, difficult issues. As far as longevity goes, we don’t know what tomorrow holds but I think he would be good for at least three terms up there as our senator, and Sen. Shelby is not going to be there forever, God bless him – so we need to think about the future. To me, the person that meets all those criteria is Bradley Byrne.”

“He has the drive and the passion and would certainly in my opinion be able to serve three terms up there and build up some seniority,” Orr added. “That certainly would be a good thing long term for the state. Again, knowing his work ethic, his history – very smart, capable, and just somebody I think would represent this state well.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

4 days ago

Tommy Tuberville goes on offense — ‘Paul Ryan and Jeff Sessions turned on our president’

(Tuberville Campaign/Contributed, G. Skidmore/Flickr)

On Monday, the rhetoric in the contest for the Republican nomination in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race heated up as former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville, a candidate for the GOP U.S. Senate nod, took some shots at his opponent former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

During an appearance on Huntsville radio’s WVNN, Tuberville weighed in on the response to the impeachment saga while out on the campaign trail and as to whether or not it was an important issue to voters.

Tuberville argued on “The Jeff Poor Show” that Sessions was one of the reasons for the impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, which is set to begin on Tuesday.

758

“You got one thing going on here — one of the guys that started all of this is running in this race, Jeff Sessions,” Tuberville said. “He’s the guy that stepped to the plate, or didn’t step to the plate, recused himself and turned all this impeachment stuff over to the bureaucrat lawyers in Washington, D.C. — the liberal left and turned it over to them. All it is has been a hornets’ nest. This is one of the reasons I got in. When Paul Ryan and Jeff Sessions turned on our president, I said, ‘Enough is enough. I’m going to try to do something.'”

“I don’t whether if I can get elected, but by golly, I’m going to run as an outsider and not as a career politician,” he continued. “I’m running to try to make a difference and try to help this president and try to help this state and country. I think people are looking at it, and if the guy would have done the right thing — if Jeff Sessions had done the right thing, this might not be a problem as it is today. Man, we have opened up a can of worms. I feel bad for the president. I really do.”

When asked what Sessions should have done, Tuberville argued he should have considered the precedent left behind by the Obama administration attorneys general.

“If you just go back and look at the previous president, Eric Holder — he stood up strong for President Obama,” he said. “He stood up strong. He fought it off. There’s many times a guy probably should have recused himself on some of that stuff they were involved in. And then you got Loretta Lynch. She did the same thing. She stood strong.”

“Coming out of the chute, we knew this was going to happen,” he added. “Jeff Sessions knew this was going to happen. He knew he was going to have to make a decision. So why in the world would you even take the position? Why would you even get involved in this if you know you’re going to recuse. He knew it going in. I mean, I’m sure he had his buddies telling him what to do, or this and that. At the end of the day, loyalty is what this country should be built on — not a lot of loyalty there.”

On the possibility of more involvement of Washington, D.C., both financially and organizationally, in the Senate race, as was the case 2017, Tuberville attributed Sessions’ entry into the contest to those efforts and touted his “outsider” credentials.

“What else would you expect?” Tuberville replied. “You know, I was doing pretty good in the polls. I was doing very well, as a matter of fact. And why do you think he got in? They don’t want me up there. I’m not swamp, OK? I’m not a career politician. I’ve actually had a job. I want to go up and help them solve the problems that I’ve seen because my goodness, we’ve got them.”

Immediately following his WVNN appearance, Tuberville’s campaign issued a statement echoing his earlier sentiments.

“In football, a player has to know that he can count on his teammates to watch his back, and a coach has to know that his players will play their hardest until the last second ticks. As attorney general, Jeff Sessions handed the ball to the other team and walked off the field the moment play started getting rough,” Tuberville said according to the statement. “As a result, history’s greatest president will face his darkest day tomorrow as liberal Democrats looking to turn our country socialist argue for his removal from office in a bogus impeachment trial.”

“If Jeff Sessions had stood up and fought instead of letting a bunch of anti-Trump attorneys in the Justice Department bully him into recusal, the Democrats’ persistent persecution of the president could have been stopped a long time ago,” he continued. “It is time for Alabama to elect a senator who will support President Trump, guard his flank, and fight the socialist mob that wants to run him out of Washington. Jeff Sessions had his chance, and he fumbled the ball because he doesn’t know the difference between ‘won’t back down’ and ‘cut and run.’ It is time to elect a senator who knows how to win.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

4 days ago

Rick Santorum endorses Bill Hightower in AL-1 GOP congressional race

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum announces his second run for President.

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) on Monday announced he was supporting former State Sen. Bill Hightower (R-Mobile) in March’s GOP first congressional primary.

Hightower is one of five candidates vying for the opportunity to represent the Republican Party on the November 3 general election ballot.

Santorum, who has won statewide in Alabama before, in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, made his announcement on Mobile radio’s FM Talk 106.5 during an interview with Sean Sullivan.

483

“One of the things I try to do because I do care about the future of the country,” he said. “I’m looking for folks who model my brand of conservatism, and are very consistent with Donald Trump, as we were just talking about — Donald Trump’s brand of conservatism: someone who is strong on national security, but someone who is reasonable. Not someone who is a neo-conservative. Someone who wants America to be strong but doesn’t want to jump at the first thing with a hair-trigger. That’s Bill Hightower.”

“Someone who is not just for family values but to me, the thing that always gets me to commit to a candidate is someone who has proven it in their life’s work,” Santorum continued. “And Bill has unlike most people has led on issues in the legislature on the issue of abortion, which to me is a very very important thing. It shows the person that not just has these convictions but the courage of your convictions to be a leader. That, to me, is a whole separate issue.”

According to the Pennsylvania Republican, now a cable news commentator, Hightower’s candidacy also reflects that of his and President Donald Trump.

“Obviously, the whole blue-collar conservatism — I mean, like me, and I think like Donald Trump — we’re free traders, but at the same time, you know, I think we want to make sure our workers are being treated fairly,” he said. “I know he shares my and Donald Trump’s point of view on the issue of China and making sure we do our best to deal with the unfair trading situation China has created over the last 30 years.”

“He’s the kind of guy on all the issues lines up, and that’s why I get involved in races like that,” Santorum added on Hightower.

When asked by Sullivan what sets Hightower apart from the other four candidates, given they seemingly agree on policy, Santorum cited a personal relationship with Hightower and a strong pro-life stance on the abortion issue.

“There’s a variety of different things,” he said. “Number one, I know Bill, and that helps. The fact that I’ve known him for a few years and had the chance to get to know him a little bit outside of politics. Number two, again that track record to me, is very important — the track record on the pro-life issues. We’re headed up to the March for Life this Friday. I know a lot of churches are preaching on that, and the centrality of that issue for me is very, very important, in knowing somebody I know who is going to be a warrior on that is an important aspect for me.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

4 days ago

AL-1 congressional candidates voice concerns over refugee resettlement costs, burdens on health care and school systems

(ALGOP/Facebook)

DAPHNE — One of the hot-button issues Baldwin County residents have had to deal with in recent years is the possible resettlement of refugees at two abandoned U.S. Navy airfields in southeastern Baldwin County, one at Navy Outlying Field Wolf north of Orange Beach and the other at Navy Outlying Field Silverhill.

The issue is back as the Trump administration has put the ball in the state of Alabama’s court by allowing states to determine whether or not refugee resettlement should be permitted within the state. Although a U.S. District judge in Maryland has placed a temporary halt on the administration’s policy, Gov. Kay Ivey has been noncommittal as to whether or not she believed Alabama should be open to refugee settlements.

During a debate between the five declared Republican U.S. congressional hopefuls for Alabama’s first congressional district hosted by the Baldwin County Republican Party on Saturday, each of the candidates gave their views on whether or not Ivey should open the state to allow for refugee settlement.

483

Former State Sen. Bill Hightower

“We had this issue before with Obama,” Hightower said. “He forced it on us to take the children of illegal immigrants into our area. It created a tremendous burden. The governor has a right to say whatever she wants to on that. What I appreciate about this issue is it is a state’s right issue, and we need to decide what we want. I’ve talked to ministers about whether they want to see this, and they have total confidence in the Gospel of telling these people about a changed life, and they become normalized citizens.”

U.S. Army veteran John Castorani

“We can’t afford it,” Castorani replied. “Look at our education system, dead last [nationally]. We’re a joke. If you go anywhere in the country, we’re the laughing stock of America. If I had a dollar for every time I was in D.C. while working for the agency and someone laughed at me from being from Alabama, I wouldn’t have to fundraise. They google our education system and laugh.  So no, the answer is simple. But I am for refugee resettlement into the United States. That’s what we were founded on.”

Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl

“On my desk right now is a letter from an organization who wants permission to move refugees into Mobile County,” Carl said. “It is a county issue. We on the commission get the last vote on it. The local people get a last vote on it. That’s what happened here when your senators, and your legislators and your county commissioners and all your folks stood up and stopped the refugees. I am not in favor of the refugees being moved here. Let’s deal with it at the border. Let’s deal with it at the border – not here in Mobile, not here in Baldwin County.”

State Rep. Chris Pringle

“I agree it is an issue that is a local issue,” Pringle said. “If the local people want it – that is their decision. But I’m deeply concerned about these children that are coming into our country, being dumped in our education system, and the burden it puts on our teachers, and our faculty and administrators, not speaking their foreign language. They’re not immunized. They’re bringing different diseases in this country we’ve not seen in years. It creates problems. If the local community is willing to address it and pay for, that should be a local decision.”

Restauranteur Wes Lambert

“The cost is going to be outrageous for us to support refugees coming here,” Lambert said. “It’s going to take a toll on Alabama kids and education and our health care system as well because we’re going to be paying for their health care as well. I’m against refugee resettlement as well as illegal immigration, which is what it is.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

5 days ago

Rep. Byrne rips Dems for values at Mobile County stop — ‘They don’t believe in God’

(Jeff Poor/YHN)

GRAND BAY — At a campaign event during a swing through his home congressional district on Saturday, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) seemed to be taking a more aggressive tack in his quest to become Alabama’s next U.S. Senator.

With only 45 days left until Republicans head to the polls to select who they prefer to face Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) in the general election, Byrne addressed the Grand Farms Subdivision Action Group’s “INFORMED and INVOLVED Candidates Forum” at a venue in south Mobile County, just a stone’s throw from the Alabama-Mississippi state line.

Before an audience of more than 50 or so, Byrne honed in on values as a line of attack against Democrats, declaring them not to believe in God and as seeking to replace God with government.

469

“This attack on President Trump is an attack on you and me,” he said. “Let’s make that clear. They don’t believe what you and I believe. It’s a fundamental breakdown in values. Policies are one thing. It’s the values that are at issue here. They don’t believe in God. That is at the root of the founding of the United States of America. They want to take God out of our life. They don’t want you and I to freely exercise our religion. We have to be willing to fight back against that. They don’t believe what the Constitution says what it says and nothing else. They keep adding things to it.”

“The Second Amendment says what it says what it says what it says, right? You have the right to bear arms, period, right? They want to take that right away from us. We have to fight against that. They want to take our right to freely exercise our religion in our everyday life. They want to say you can do whatever you want to in that church building over there. But when you walk outside of it, you can’t act out your faith. We have to stand up and fight against that. They have crazy ideas about what the federal government should do. When you take God out of the center of everything, you put government in the center of everything.”

Byrne cited Democrats’ push for the Green New Deal and Medicare for All as evidence of how an effort by the Democratic Party to put government at the center of everything.

He also took time to get a shot in at Jones, his general election opponent should he win the Republican senatorial nomination, and another in former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville, one of his opponents in the March 3 GOP senatorial primary.

“I look at our United States Senator who is up this year in Doug Jones,” Byrne said. “He does not believe what you and I believe and is sure not going to fight for it. I want a senator who will go up to Washington believing what you and I believe, understanding the issues and will fight for them, who will wake up every day saying I’m the Senator from and for the state of Alabama. I didn’t just show up here yesterday. My family has been here for six generations. I didn’t move here from Florida three months ago, get a driver’s license and say, ‘I want to be your senator.’ We need people who understand who we are, who care about who we are and will fight for the stuff we believe in. I’m that fighter.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

1 week ago

State Sen. Chambliss: ‘Do or die time now’ on prisons — Warns Feds could take over if solution not offered ‘first part of this year’

(Screenshot/APTV)

For nearly a year, Alabama has been under the threat of action by the Department of Justice regarding shortfalls in its prison system, particularly regarding potential violations of the Eighth Amendment, as laid out in a letter to state policymakers in 2019.

According to State Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville), the clock is ticking for the state of Alabama to act.

During an appearance on Huntsville radio WVNN’s “The Jeff Poor Show,” the Autauga County lawmaker said he anticipated the early part of the 2020 legislative session to be “dominated” by the issue.

344

“I expect the first part of the session to be pretty heavily dominated by the prison discussion,” Chambliss said. “It is my opinion that if we don’t — ‘we’ being the executive and legislative branch — if we don’t solve it the first part of this year in the session, then it will be out of our hands beyond that and the cost will double or triple for what we could solve it for if the federal government makes the decisions — the federal courts.”

When asked if he thought the federal government was ready to act this year, Chambliss confirmed that belief and said it was his view that it was indeed “do or die time.”

“I think so,” he replied. “They have been very patient with us. They have been understanding. They have seen the things we have tried to do with [Department of Corrections] personnel, the classifications that we have, the increase in pay that we’ve added. We’ve taken several steps, and they’ve been patient with us, and I’ve been very pleased with that. But I believe — and again, this is my opinion — that it is do or die time now. If we don’t finish the work this session, then they’ll take it from there if we don’t.”

Chambliss also said he was open to the possibility of leading off the 2020 general session with a special session, similar to the legislature’s 2019 passage of the Rebuild Alabama Act.

“I like the idea of a special at the beginning of a regular session,” Chambliss said. “What that does is it puts all eyes on one subject, instead of jockeying for position, jockeying for time. It really brings the spotlight on one particular issue, and this issue is big enough and important enough to our state. Yes, I would favor doing a special within the regular.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

1 week ago

State Rep. Clouse: Elimination of grocery tax riddled with challenges, misconceptions

(Screenshot/APTV)

Earlier this month, State Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) raised a few eyebrows when he said the legislature would take a look at eliminating the state’s sales tax on groceries in the upcoming session.

Alabama, along with Mississippi and South Dakota, are the only states to levy the full sales tax on groceries as it does on other goods. In Alabama, it is 4%, and when combined with other local sales taxes, the amount can be up to 11% in some parts of the state.

However, State Rep. Steve Clouse (R-Ozark), the chairman of the House Ways and Means General Fund Budget Committee, explained Monday such an effort would come with challenges. Lawmakers would have to determine how to make up $400 million in lost revenue that goes to the state’s education budget.

528

“I would think to make that up, the two big funding sources for the education budget are property taxes and income taxes,” Clouse told Huntsville WVNN’s “The Jeff Poor Show.” “I would think you have to adjust those somewhat to make up the difference on taking away the 4% state tax on groceries. Now, of course, both of those are constitutional amendments. So they would have to be voted on by the people. And I’m not sure how well that would fare at the ballot box.”

Revenue sources, according to Clouse, could be property and income taxes. But as has been the case in the past, Alabamians have been reluctant to vote to raise property taxes, which is a requirement of the Alabama constitution.

“I wouldn’t think so at this time,” he said when asked if he thought voters would go along with an effort to raise property taxes.

The Dale County Republican also noted there were some “misconceptions” when it comes to the regressive nature of the state’s portion of sales tax on groceries.

“I think there’s a lot of misconceptions on it,” Clouse explained. “You know, there’s always the argument of helping the poorest of the poor, and you certainly want to do that. But most of that constituency is on food stamps. You don’t pay sales tax on food stamps. It certainly would others — lower-income and middle-class, from that standpoint. But I think there’s a misconception out there thinking it’s the whole sales tax when really it is just the 4% state tax. And cities and counties have got at least another 5%, some 6%, combined. People are still going to have to pay.”

“And I think there would be some frustration on that level, and then pressure on cities and counties to take their’s off,” he continued. “They’re not going to have anywhere to replace that money with. So, you’ll see municipalities and counties — they’re going to be opposed to the state doing it because they don’t want to have to do it. And then, you’d have — if we did it on the state level, you would probably have some cities in particular that would probably try to take advantage of that since groceries would be down 4% and they would try to raise theirs a penny since people were not having to pay that 4% on groceries anymore — try to make up some more money. So I think there’s a lot of pitfalls in the whole argument of it, you know.”

Clouse also reminded listeners that a repeal of a tax on groceries is not one that includes all food but only unprocessed food from grocery stores.

“There’s a misconception on it, too, think that it’s all food,” Clouse added. “I’ve had a lot of folks ask me if we do that, they would save sales tax when they go out to a restaurant,” he added. “It doesn’t include restaurant food. It’s just unprocessed food at grocery stores.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

1 week ago

Tuberville: Democrats ‘are trying to create a civil war in this country’ — ‘They want a dictatorship’

(Jeff Poor/YHN)

Tuesday during an appearance on Talk 99.5’s “Matt & Aunie Show,” former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, warned about the consequences of the hyper-politicization of every nuance of day-to-day living.

Tuberville told co-hosts Matt Murphy and Andrea Lindenberg that Democrats’ unwillingness to put election politics behind them could lead the country down the path of “civil war.”

“I feel bad for the people because there’s nothing any of us can do,” he said. “It’s out of our hands because we watch it, and it is going in the other direction.”

281

“I tell people this: We got two sides that hate each other, and that’s normal in politics, OK? You have an election. One group wins. The other accepts it, and they say, ‘OK, we’ll just run hard and unelect a guy,’ then you’ve got a country because you work with each other,” Tuberville continued. “That’s not how it works anymore. You’ve got one group that doesn’t win. They don’t accept it, so what we’ve got now is a countdown for civil war. I mean, they are trying to create a civil war in this country instead of trying to get along and say we’ll beat him at the ballot box. They’re lying, stealing, cheating — doing everything they can to get this guy we elected. And it’s wrong. It’s absolutely wrong. They want a dictatorship — that’s what they want.”

Near the end of his appearance, Tuberville also called into question the seeming double-standard of justice applied when it comes to Democrats. He gave particular notice to former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and Burisma.

“You know what people are mad about in this state, everywhere I talk to?” he said. “That nobody has gone to jail yet for this mess they tried to spy on the president. And Biden is as dirty as they come. My God, folks. Look at — his son is making $88,000 a month from a Ukraine oil deal that he was involved in? Are you kidding me?”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

2 weeks ago

State Rep. Ball: Marshall opposition to medical marijuana ‘disappointing’; Predicts AG opinion ‘won’t change that many minds’ in legislature

(Facebook)

Last week, Attorney General Steve Marshall sent a letter to lawmakers voicing his opposition to the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Among a number of reasons, Marshall warned legalization by the state of Alabama would contradict federal law.

During an appearance on Huntsville radio’s WVNN, State Rep. Mike Ball (R-Madison), an outspoken proponent of medical marijuana legalization, voiced his disappointment in Marshall’s letter.

Ball argued certain laws can be considered “unjust” regarding this issue.

337

“The thing that was so disappointing to me about Attorney General Marshall, and I don’t think — and I’ve always thought of him as a compassionate man — I think he has turned a deaf ear to the number of people that can be helped by it,” Ball told “The Jeff Poor Show.” “He has spent a lot of time looking at the negative effects. But I don’t think he has spent very much time talking to the doctors who treat with it, listening to the people.”

“There are certain laws — if they inflict suffering, they are unjust laws,” he added. “Now, I will tell you — in the executive branch as the attorney general, I recognize the rule of law. I believe in the rule of law. But I also believe that the legislative branch of government is about debating and discussing and having this process where competing forces come into play and they modify the social contract. Our purpose is to find what does the best good for the most people.”

The Madison County Republican lawmaker said he did not think Marshall’s letter would sway opinion among his colleagues.

“I don’t think this is going to change that many minds because there is a lot of compelling evidence,” he said. “There are a hugely growing number of medical people that need to have this option and want to have this option. I don’t think there’s that many borderline people, votes that that’s going to change, and we had a lot of votes. I do think the people that were opposed to it will remain opposed to it. And this will give them a little extra political cover. I think as we go through this, we’re not going to lay down and die because, ‘Oh, the attorney general said that.'”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

2 weeks ago

State Sen. Orr: How much is ‘Big Pot’ behind Alabama medical marijuana push?

(Screenshot/APTV)

Last week, the push for passage of legislation legalizing medical marijuana suffered a setback when Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced his opposition to it.

Marshall revealed his opposition in a letter to state lawmakers, in which he argued any legalization on the state level would conflict with current federal law.

During an appearance on Huntsville radio’s WVNN on Friday, State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) did not dismiss the prospects of medical marijuana passage this year on the heels of Marshall’s statement. He noted provisions could be added to medical marijuana legislation that would satisfy the business community, which in turn would alleviate one obstacle for any proposal’s passage.

However, the Morgan County Republican lawmaker did question if there were other forces pushing for the legislation’s passage on behalf of “Big Pot” and “Big Marijuana, Inc.”

171

“I don’t know,” Orr said on “The Dale Jackson Show” about medicinal marijuana’s future in Alabama. “There are a lot of people behind it, and the question I would have is how much is Big Pot behind it? You know, because Big Pot is out there, behind the scenes — Big Marijuana, Inc. … and how much are they kind of orchestrating a lot of this, and see it as a first step in towards allowing recreational usage like so many other states have gone down that road.”

“Big Marijuana, Inc. is a multi-billion dollar in recreational states, where they grow it, sell it, etc.,” he added. “And what I’ve seen in Montgomery is more and more new lobbying faces showing up down there and engaging in this issue.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

2 weeks ago

State Sen. Allen defends proposed legislation requiring ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ to be played weekly in Alabama public schools

Gerald Allen

Last week, State Sen. Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) announced he was putting forth legislation that would require Alabama public schools to play the “Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States, at least once a week.

Incredibly, Allen has had a number of critics, one of whom claimed such a push “cheapens” the national anthem.

However, during an appearance on Huntsville radio WVNN’s “The Jeff Poor Show,” Allen defended the legislation. He pointed out that some children in public schools do not have the opportunity for exposure to the anthem.

366

“One of the things that bothered me and was really troubling for quite some time — so many children in K-12, they’re not involved in after-school activities, they don’t have the opportunity to go to functions after school — and they miss hearing and seeing a lot of things. One of those things is the national anthem. That’s one thing that I really felt like needed to be done. That’s important. It really is important to me.”

“I’m in the fourth quarter of my life,” Allen explained. “I’ve got grandchildren just like you and many of your listeners. And one thing we’ve got to do is pass the torch. We want to make sure that everyone understands regardless of where they are, who they are, whatever — they just need to know and understand that this is our country. This is our great country that has been given to us by so many people that had preceded us. It’s important. It really is.”

Allen dismissed the accusations that his bill is a political ploy and noted there are people that take a knee during the playing of the national anthem.

“My intention was to make sure that every child in our public schools will come to learn and come to know and take great pride in this great country,” he added. “That’s hearing at least once a week the national anthem played at school. The beauty of that is the band could play it at least once a week, or the choir director could line up students in their classes to pass the test of singing the national anthem to the student body. What a beautiful thing that would be. So yes, it’s important, but this is not a political game issue at all.”

“It’s important for us to do this,” he added. “It baffles my mind to know that there are individuals in this great country that will take a knee on the national anthem, and that is troubling to me.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

2 weeks ago

Marsh: No ethics reform in 2020; Warns GOP U.S. Senate candidates’ age threatens quest for seniority

(Screenshot/APTV)

In 2019, the Alabama Legislature took a shot at revising the state’s ethics law but came up short when the effort led by State Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Atmore) did not get consideration from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

During a wide-ranging interview given during an appearance on Huntsville radio’s WVNN on Friday, State Senate President Pro-Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) addressed the number of possible issues that could be taken up in the legislature this session, among them prison reform, gambling and education. However, he was doubtful ethics would be revisited in 2020.

Marsh, who also contemplated a run for the U.S. Senate this year but ultimately decided against a bid, said he was not especially thrilled with the slate of candidates currently running, given their age. He said that might hinder their ability to advance in the U.S. Senate, given it is a game of seniority.

427

When asked about another run at ethics reform, the Calhoun County Republican said it was “not worth the political headache.”

“I don’t,” he replied. “We did a piece of ethics reform last session, and when that came up, I had advocated going ahead and doing the more comprehensive reform of ethics because there were several issues of concern. But I tell you, any time you start looking at it, people are quick to say you’re trying to weaken the ethics law. It’s just not worth it. I do believe there are things that need to be fixed, but it’s not worth the political headache. Every time we talk about looking at it, either it’s some media group attacking someone, or there’s disagreement with the attorney general, the ethics commission. It’s just not worth it. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t see us addressing any ethics reform this session.”

Marsh also weighed in on the Republican U.S. Senate field vying for the opportunity to face incumbent U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) in November. He warned Alabama would be hurt by having two U.S. Senators that lack seniority, noting that U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby’s (R-Tuscaloosa) lengthy tenure has been a positive for the state.

“In a way, I say no,” Marsh said. “Let me explain why I say that — I like these people. I know them all. One of [the biggest factors] in my decision not to run was simply because of my age. I’m 63-years old. The Senate is a seniority game. Senator Shelby is extremely powerful for one reason — because of his seniority, having done enough terms. I believe it is going to take someone who can do at least three terms in the U.S. Senate to continue to put Alabama in a position to be these committee assignments of power. And unfortunately, there’s no one in the race that I know of that’s any younger than I am. But it is what it is. They’re all well-versed. All of these people, I think, will do a good job. I’m not picking a candidate. That will be up to the people of the state of Alabama. But we are going to at some point lose seniority because we’re not, in my opinion, going to have someone who can put in the amount of terms to build the seniority.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

2 weeks ago

Doug Jones vows to not be swayed by political forces on right or left on impeachment — ‘It is not worth their time’

(D. Jones/Twitter)

Thursday during an appearance on Huntsville radio’s WVNN, U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) said he would not be influenced by political forces on either the right or the left regarding his vote on impeachment.

Media reports in recent days had raised questions about the possibility Jones would “defect” and vote to acquit President Donald Trump, and what that might mean for him politically.

Jones indicated on “The Jeff Poor Show” that it would not be “worth their time” for any party to push him one way or another and that he would “follow his oath as an impartial juror.”

488

“They know that is just not something that is even worth their time – pushing me one way or another,” he said. “Folks on the right know it is not worth their time pushing me one way or another. I’m going to look at this in a very judicial way, and I’m going to follow my oath to be an impartial juror. That’s what the oath says. You know, what I’ve been focused on is really the process. I’ve called for consistently a full, fair and complete trial. Sometimes we’ve talked about it in terms ‘do the dots connect,’ ‘does the evidence connect.’ That’s probably not the best analogy to make.  You know, I’ve tried a lot of big cases in my day, both as a prosecutor and defense lawyer – and it’s really more like a puzzle, a piece of the puzzle. You have these trials where there are pieces that fit together, and then sometimes there are often pieces missing.”

“The question will be at the end of the day, ‘Can you see the picture? Do you know the picture?'” he continued. “There’s going to be missing pieces in this for sure, but the question is can you see the picture at the end of the day. For me, I think the American people, I think, the American people deserve to have as many of those pieces in place as possible. And I don’t think it is appropriate for the president to withhold and block testimony from those with first-hand knowledge because at some point you’ve got to question why that’s being blocked – if it is testimony that could exonerate him, if it is documents that could exonerate him – one would think he would want us to hear it. I certainly would want us to see that. I want to hear from these folks, and I have no idea what they’re going to say. But I would like to hear from them. They’ve got the first-hand knowledge. I would like to see the documents.”

Jones noted distinctions between the House process and the Senate process, one of which allowed for Trump to have a lawyer present to cross-examine witnesses.

“My whole point going forward has been a full, fair and complete process and trial,” Jones added. “That’s what I think the president deserves, and remember he will have a lawyer here. He has criticized the House for their processes. But he will have a lawyer here when these witnesses testify that he could cross-examine or examine if the case may be. I think he deserves a fair trial. I think the American people deserve a trial that is as complete as possible, and that means cooperation from the administration.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

2 weeks ago

Jeff Sessions discusses his first competitive race in two decades, being confronted with questions about recusal on the campaign trail

(Jeff Poor/YHN)

CULLMAN — It has been a long time since Jeff Sessions has participated in a competitive election. This time he finds himself in a crowded field of Republican senatorial hopefuls vying for the seat he occupied for 20 years.

This week, Sessions has hit the campaign trail, making stops across North Alabama, including Huntsville and Guntersville. On Wednesday, the former U.S. attorney general met with law enforcement officials from the Cullman Police Department and the Cullman County Sheriff’s Department at the Cracker Barrel near the intersection of Interstate 65 and Alabama Highway 157, a popular breakfast stop for travelers and locals.

Sessions sat down with Yellowhammer News to discuss the campaign to date and why he thinks he should be under consideration to serve another six years in the U.S. Senate.

1008

“People have been supportive as I’ve traveled the state,” he said. “We’re working really hard. We’ve made a lot of events. I’m going to take my case to the people of Alabama and seek their support. I believe that President Trump will be re-elected. I believe he’ll be a second-term president, and we’ll have a year or two that we need to get some important things done. I know the Senate. I am the most passionate and committed advocate for President Trump’s agenda in the Senate. I would be. I was before I became attorney general. If I go back, I would be that again, and we’ll have this window of opportunity to end illegality at the border, to protect some really strong trade policies, deal with China and support our military and not make the mistake of foreign interventions. All of those are big issues.”

“We need to continue the fabulous judicial appointments he has done,” Sessions continued. “We need to defend religious liberty. I wrote the government’s policy as attorney general on religious liberty. It’s a fabulous new policy. There are just a lot of things that need to be done quickly.”

Thus far, indications show Sessions is the front-runner among the Republican field competing in the March 3 GOP primary. However, the last time Jeff Sessions was not a lock to win any of his election contests came in the 1990s when he faced then-State Sen. Roger Bedford (D-Russellville) in 1996 vying for the seat Howell Heflin was vacating. He defeated Bedford by a 53-46% margin.

Similar to now, that 1996 race required Sessions to win a crowded GOP primary, which ultimately went down to a runoff between Sessions and former State Sen. Sid McDonald.

Two years earlier, during an election cycle that set Alabama and the rest of the South on a course to permanent Republican majorities, Sessions defeated incumbent Democrat Jimmy Evans in a 1994 contest for Alabama’s attorney general seat by a 57-43% margin.

Sessions explained technology had changed some things, but personal interactions remained an integral part of campaigning.

“The internet is a big difference,” he said. “The power of television ads are somewhat less. You still, though, need to meet with important groups like the law enforcement people we met today, and we met yesterday. You’ve got to have a grassroots. People have got to know you. They have got to know you’re authentic. Everybody makes speeches. Everybody runs ads. They basically say the same thing. One smart person told me that people have gotten sophisticated. They can identify if a person means it.”

Sessions explained part of the campaign has focused on visiting with civic and business leaders and touring the various new private and public facilities being constructed around the state. He emphasized the importance of those interactions in the role of U.S. Senator.

“Those are the things a state’s senator needs to be on top of,” he said. “If you’re not involved in those kinds of things that involve the federal government that are important to local communities, you’re not the kind of senator that people want. You have to do both. Today, I think people want a senator who is going to protect the state’s legitimate interests and who will defend and advocate effectively the values they share. I believe I’ll be able to strike a balance. Right now, we need to help Trump achieve his agenda, which is Alabama’s agenda and my agenda.”

A night earlier, during his appearance at a meeting of the Marshall County Republican Party, Sessions was confronted by attendees regarding his decision to recuse himself from the Department of Justice investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

During his speech at the event, Sessions explained his reasoning for the recusal, citing the specific Justice Department regulation. According to Sessions, the Guntersville event was the only time to date the topic had come up in a public setting.

“That’s the first time at any public meeting that somebody has raised it,” he said. “I just thought I would restate what I said before. One lady said, ‘You haven’t explained it.’ So, I thought I would explain it.”

Additionally, Sessions maintained he wanted the president to be successful and said he understood the frustration Trump felt given the seemingly never-ending saga.

“There was a lot of justification for his frustration throughout the whole process,” he said. “It just seemed to go for an interminable amount of time. Nothing was found, as I expected. But it surely seemed to me it could have been done quicker.”

Sessions insisted his record speaks for itself and emphasized the need for the Republican Party to own what he perceived to be a “right-of-center majority” in the country.

“I had a good record in the Senate,”  he said. “People supported me. I was blessed not to have an opponent last time. People like my service. But it is a new day. They want to know what you’re going to do now. And sometimes, you have to remind them of what you did do in the past, so they’re confident that you’re authentic that you say you’re willing to stand up to the Republican establishment. I’m certainly willing to stand up to Democratic leftists and socialists and defend Alabama’s values. I’ve proven that.”

“I do believe there’s a conservative majority in America — certainly a right-of-center majority in America,” Sessions continued. “Republicans need to occupy that. To do that, you’ve got to appeal to people who go to work every day, who, until Donald Trump came along, had not had a pay raise above inflation in 20 years. That’s not right. The rich were getting richer, and so the socialists abandoned free enterprise, established socialism. We say you’ve got to be sure you’re creating policies that allow the working person to benefit from free markets, too. Trump has been able to do that. We want to keep that up.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

2 weeks ago

Sessions, Byrne woo voters at Marshall County Republican Party event

(Jeff Poor/YHN)

GUNTERSVILLE — Republican voters in Marshall County had a rare opportunity to compare two of the front-runners for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination side by side on Tuesday.

During a meeting of the Marshall County Republican Party at Wintzell’s Oyster Bar on the shores of the Tennessee River just to the south of downtown Guntersville, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) made their campaign pitches to a standing-room-only crowd.

Byrne led off his portion of the event with a moment of silence for U.S. servicemen and women in the wake of the events unfolding in Iraq. After that, he kicked it into a higher gear proclaiming to be the fighter Alabam needs in the U.S. Senate.

446

“Let me tell you something: The fight is not going to end,” Byrne said. “It’s going to go on and on and on. They want to take away your right and my right to freely exercise our religion. They don’t want us to be able to walk out of church on a Sunday and spend the rest of the week doing the stuff we believe that’s part of our faith system. They want to tell us ‘you can’t do that in America anymore,’ even though that’s been a part of your faith and the faith of your church for thousands of years. They want to take that away from us. We have got to stand up and fight for that. We have got to fight to make sure your health care costs don’t continue to go up to these extraordinary rates. While we’re doing all of these crazy things in Washington on impeachment, we’re not dealing with that. And we have got to do more to protect the security of this country.”

Sessions followed Byrne, an order established alphabetically, according to a Marshall County Republican Party official. Sessions, who served as Alabama’s junior U.S. Senator for two decades before his time in the Trump administration vowed to represent the values of Alabama and pointed to his track record in both the U.S. Senate and as U.S. Attorney General as proof.

“I would just say to you, I come out of the soil of this state,” Sessions said. “I think I understand the values of this state. I try to reflect them in Washington. It’s my absolute belief that our values are the values needed today in that capital city, as forsaken as it is. I appreciate the opportunity to serve you.”

Sessions also addressed his recusal from the investigation into allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. He insisted he was following the Department of Justice regulations. He was interrupted by one of the attendees who questioned how President Donald Trump was made aware of the recusal. However, Sessions insisted he was required to follow the rules, noting if the U.S. Attorney General did not follow the rules, there could be no expectation for others to follow the rules.

Sessions and Byrne are two of the front-runners of a field that also includes former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and State Rep. Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs). Republican voters will have the opportunity to select their preference for the party’s nominee in the March 3 GOP primary.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

2 weeks ago

Bradley Byrne: ‘I don’t see World War III coming at all’

Bradley-Byrne-House

A U.S. airstrike that resulted in the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, has many on edge about the prospects of a global war.

According to U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope), such fears are overblown.

During an appearance on Huntsville radio WVNN’s “The Jeff Poor Show,” Byrne reacted to President Donald Trump’s ordered strike on Soleimani. Byrne, a GOP candidate for U.S. Senate said Trump had made the correct decision to order the strike.

447

“I think he made the right decision,” Byrne said. “Now, I have not seen the precise intelligence that they had available to them. I assume I will get that in a classified briefing later on this week. But you know, this has been coming for a very long time. Iran has asserted itself to be in a state of war with America for over 40 years. Ever since President Trump got out of the nuclear deal with them, and then started putting back in the sanctions, they’ve been ratcheting up their efforts to cause tensions with us. You know, they shot down our drones. They took out half the oil production in Saudi Arabia. They attacked those bases that we have in Iraq back during December. President Trump responded by taking out some of their bases. And then they attack — these are Iranian-backed groups. They attack our embassy in Baghdad hoping that a result similar to what happened in Benghazi or worse, what happened in Iran over 40 years ago. Well, it didn’t work. It didn’t work and President Trump retaliated by taking out this man Soleiman. And I think it has changed the calculus in the Middle East, and that is a good thing.”

On the possibility of this resulting in “World War III,” as some have proclaimed, Byrne said he did not see that as likely.

“I think that they’re way, way overblown,” he said. “I don’t want to in any way try to make light of the fact that Iran will do something in response. They will, and they say they’re going to do it against a military target. Maybe they’re going to be true to their word, maybe they’re not. But this idea that we’ve walked into World War III is just not accurate. This president, Donald Trump, has made it very clear he does not want to be in these wars in the Middle East. He wants them to stop. He wants to talk to the Iranians. They just don’t want to talk because they don’t want to get some sort of peace deal. I don’t see World War III coming at all. But there is a high threat, particularly to our military folks all across the globe. We all need to be on our toes about that. I don’t take it minimally but I think it is overblown to say we’re going to have World War II out of this. That’s just not true.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

3 weeks ago

State Sen. Clyde Chambliss: ‘Taking a hard look at’ repealing Alabama’s grocery tax in 2020

(Screenshot/APTV)

During this week’s broadcast of Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal,” State Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) revealed he would head an effort to repeal Alabama’s sales tax on groceries.

Alabama, along with Mississippi and South Dakota, are the only states to levy sales tax on groceries, which is 4%. However, when combined with other local sales taxes, the amount can be up to 11% in some parts of the state.

Chambliss told “Capitol Journal” host Don Dailey the one hang-up was determining how to pay for the repeal.

233

“I’m taking a hard look at that,” Chambliss said. “You know, those who are on the lower end of the wage-earners — you know, it is a significant part of their income — their groceries, their food. Then you add tax, and it’s up to 10% in some areas across the state. It’s something I’ve always had kind of a hesitation about. I’ve talked with other relatives in other states where they don’t tax. I think we’re only one of two or three that do tax groceries. So, there’s really no question about should we take it off. The question is, how do you pay for taking it off. That’s the real research and something I’m looking into now. And I hope to have something ready by the first of the session.”

Dailey asked Chambliss if he was optimistic and if there might be action taken on it during the 2020 general session.

“I do,” he replied. “Again, this is kind of like the prisons. I think the majority in the legislature say, ‘Yeah, we probably need to do away with that. It is regressive, and it hurts those that are, you know, struggling. So, I think the will is there. We just need to find a good way to do it.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

3 weeks ago

Tuberville calls for changes in education, warns of ‘socialism talk’ in schools — ‘We’re not going to have any more conservatives in Washington, D.C.’

(Jeff Poor/YHN)

One consistent theme of former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville’s bid for U.S. Senate in Alabama has been not to dwell on the minutiae of the day-to-day political struggle playing out in Washington, D.C. and on cable news.

Instead, he has put some of his focus on broader issues, including faith, family and education, as he has made his way around the state on the campaign trail.

During an appearance on Huntsville radio WVNN’s “The Jeff Poor Show” on Friday, Tuberville once again visited the issue of education. He referred to education as one of the necessary “fundamentals” needed to prevent the creep of socialism in the country.

331

“I’m a builder,” Tuberville said. “I always was. Most every football program that I took over was a disaster, and I had to build it back. You have to build it back with people believing what you’re doing, and you’ve heard me say this — we’ve lost our fundamentals in this country. If we don’t get that straightened back out and get back to our fundamentals, we’re going to lose the United States of America as we all love it. It will be here. We’ll have some freedoms, but we’ll start losing some of it. The Constitution has kept us on the strait and narrow as long as we don’t change that, and we’re not going to do that, hopefully.”

“But the fundamentals — we’ve got to get God back in the schools for kids,” he continued. “We replaced God in the 1960s with metal detectors. I mean, it is just embarrassing what we’ve done. We’re a Christian nation. We’ve got to continue to remember that. The other one is to build back families. And you’ve heard me say this, and I’m going to tell people this right now — I don’t care what we do with the economy or our military, or how good things are looking — if we don’t change education in the very near future and get our kids away from this socialism talk, we’re not going to have any more conservatives in Washington, D.C. We’re not going to have a president. We’re going to have all socialistic people that will be elected by our Millennials that are all being brainwashed in our universities, all universities, and a lot of our high schools.”

“We have got to get back to basics and start teaching our fundamentals in our schools,” Tuberville added.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

3 weeks ago

Mo Brooks ‘very pleased’ with how Alabama GOP U.S. Senate primary is proceeding — Says national 2020 election crystal ball is ‘foggy’

(Wikicommons)

During an appearance Friday on Huntsville radio’s WVNN on Friday, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) said thus far he was pleased as to how the contest for the Republican Party nod for U.S. Senate in Alabama was advancing toward the March 3 primary.

Brooks told WVNN’s “The Jeff Poor Show” he perceived the back-and-forth barbs between the candidates in the current field as not a threat to divide the party in a way that would put the ultimate nominee at a disadvantage in November against incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook).

“As long as we come out of the Republican primary in March and runoff, whenever that may be, in a position where we can rally behind the Republican nominee, then Doug Jones is going to be defeated,” he said.

431

“That is the key,” Brooks continued. “And to date, I think the little barbs that the candidates have tossed at each other are not going to create a schism that prevents us from rallying behind our nominee and getting Doug Jones in November. So in that context — yes, I am very pleased with the way the Republican primary is being conducted.”

“We’ve still got two months left, and there’s always a risk that as you get closer to the primary election day or when it gets to be one-on-one when we get closer to the runoff election day that the long knives come out,” he added. “And the scorched-earth campaign tactics erupt. I hope that will not happen. I hope each of our candidates will put their best foot forward, talk about public policy issues that they distinguish themselves from their opponents, and they do so in an honest way. And as long as we have a professional, high-level debate about who our nominee ought to be, then we’ll come out of this smelling like roses, and we will win in November, thereby giving us another confirmation vote for the next Supreme Court chief justice and all those judges at the lower court level.”

Beyond Alabama, Brooks said there was a lot of uncertainty as to what might happen in November and warned the outcome in the general election could go either way.

“My crystal ball is foggy, as it is with most people,” Brooks said. “We’re still talking 10 months away. A lot can happen between now the November general election. There is a possibility if things go well that Donald Trump will get reelected, that we will keep the Senate and we will capture the House and be in a better position to promote, protect and preserve America’s traditional values that have made us the greatest nation in world history.”

“On the other hand, there is still a chance that things go south, and the Democrats capture the White House, capture the Senate and keep the House,” he added. “There’s a broad spectrum of possibilities, and at this point in time, it’s too early to know who is going to prevail. The only thing I know for certain is both sides are going to fight and fight hard to help the American people understand which philosophy of government is best for our country long-term.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

3 weeks ago

High-speed rail in North Alabama ‘will happen 20 years, 25 years from now,’ says Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle

(Pixabay)

As the city of Mobile grapples with the decision as to whether or not to invest in restoring rail service to its city, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says his city is also looking at rail option, but on a much more long-term scale.

In a wide-ranging interview with Huntsville CBS affiliate WHNT, Battle offered a look back at 2019 and previewed what could ahead for the Rocket City in 2020.

Among those coming attractions, the Huntsville mayor pointed to improvements to infrastructure, which included laying the groundwork for what WHNT called a “magnetic train system” in the long-term.

129

“Looking even further ahead, Mayor Battle says the city wants to lay the groundwork now for what might come decades down the road, including more bike and pedestrian lanes, High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, even possibly, a magnetic train system,” WHNT’s Melissa Riopka wrote.

Riopka included “preserving necessary rights of way, even air rights” to make way for high-speed rail “that goes from one community to another.”

“It’s not anything that will happen in the next five years or 10 years, but something that will happen 20 years, 25 years from now,” Battle said according to the report.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

4 weeks ago

Demopolis celebrates $99 million wood pellet plant announcement; Mayor applauds state government efforts for rural economic development

(Two Rivers Lumber Company)

Earlier this week, Marengo County’s economy got a shot in the arm with the announcement Demopolis’ Two Rivers Lumber Company was teaming up with Tuscaloosa-based Westervelt Company and Canada-based Pinnacle Renewable Energy to build a $99 million wood pellet production plant.

The announced facility, first reported by the Demopolis Times and subsequently Tuscaloosa News, will manufacture wood pellets, which are made “from the leftover scraps at lumber mills or branches and other woody material collected from forest floors.”

In an interview with Yellowhammer News, Demopolis Mayor John Laney explained how the project came to be and what it means for his city.

777

“This is an offshoot Two Rivers Lumber,” Laney said. “As far as their mill here, they had a relationship with Pinnacle. Because of that relationship and us living in the wood basket and having the raw materials a wood pellet mill needed in the way of wood product, they were able to convince them to come locate at their site.”

“The employment for our area – full-time jobs will be somewhere around 65 full-time,” he added.

All told, the project set for completion in mid-2021 could create 200 direct and indirect jobs for the area. In the meantime, Laney says preparations are underway.

“During that time, you’ve also got to train people, which we have a workforce here that’s capable of being trained to be employed in this area,” he added.

He credited efforts of West Alabama Works, which connects employers, job seekers and workforce developers, for preparation.

“One of the things that has already happened, and this is with West Alabama Works – they have already opened up an office here that’s dedicated to training people and helping with the workforce. We’ve got Wallace Community College that’s working in this area. And then when you look at the timing of this new facility with all these new ventures – West Alabama Works, they just opened up their office about three or four weeks ago.”

“There are a lot of positive things going – what I call infrastructure that government provides one way or another through education, or things like West Alabama Works that helps to prepare the workforce, to make sure that we got that workforce ready when that plant is ready to start hiring and training people. I’m sure AIDT [Alabama Industrial Development Training] will be involved. And the state will help as much as they can that way. There’ll be a full-court press to make sure this plant gets the resources that it can to help the people it needs to operate the plant.”

Laney said overall, the state of Alabama had been helpful with his community’s efforts to improve the quality of living, and pointed to infrastructure improvements made possible by the fuel tax increase in the Rebuild Alabama Act passed earlier this year.

“The state has been very helpful,” he said. “The gas tax – we’re starting to receive revenues for that. They told us that Highway 43 – this is through ALDOT, that it’ll make the April letting of next year, which we needed to get that resurfaced. So, they’re doing that. We’ve got a CDB project through ADECA that we’ll be finishing up. We’ve got ATRIP projects where we’re putting sidewalks to prepare for our young people to be able to get back and forth to school, as well as for older people to be able to walk without having to walk out in the street.”

“The state has been very, very supportive, and I think we’re moving in the right direction,” Laney continued. “This new effort that ADECA has on rural development is beginning of recognition that we really need to help the rural counties so that we’re not bringing all the people from the rural counties to the Metropolitan Statistical Areas and to where we do have a healthy environment in our rural counties.”

Laney also boasted of the 4-mill ad valorem tax Marengo County residents approved to benefit the local hospital while many rural areas around the state struggle to meet health care needs.

“This goes a long way to giving our hospital a strong financial footing,” he said.

The Demopolis mayor emphasized his desire to reverse the trend of so-called brain drain, which has residents of the rural areas in Alabama, leaving for the more populated areas. He says the population decrease creates a burden on maintaining public facilities in rural Alabama, which in turn places a strain on the entire state.

“The key is economic development in the way of jobs because you can’t continue to have population depletion and expect to maintain facilities for higher population,” Laney explained. “We need the emphasis on new jobs like Pinnacle, the Two River of the last couple of years. Those types of things give us the population base to support the other things that they need to operate.”

“The more the state can do to help incentivize industries, and I’m not talking about just Marengo County – but the more the state can do to incentivize industries to locate in the rural counties, the stronger they’re going to make the rural counties, and the less of a burden the rural counties will be on the state.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

4 weeks ago

Gary Palmer: Pelosi won’t send articles of impeachment to Senate ‘until she is sure there is a rigged process’

(Jeff Poor/YHN)

It has been a week since the Democrat-led U.S. House of Representatives passed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has not yet formally transferred them to the U.S. Senate for trial.

Pelosi claims she will not do so until the GOP-led Senate promises a “fair” impeachment trial. However, Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) says he suspects other motivations for Pelosi’s inaction.

Palmer told Birmingham radio Talk 99.5’s “Matt & Aunie Show” that he believed Pelosi wanted promises of a “rigged process.”

276

“She says that she will not send the articles of impeachment over until she is sure that there will be a fair process,” Palmer said. “What she is really saying is, ‘Until she is sure there is a rigged process.’ The whole process in the House was rigged. I spoke on the floor and it got under Adam Schiff’s skin a little bit when I pointed out a lot of what they did was in secret, he didn’t like that. But it was in secret.”

“There’s testimony from witnesses that they declared classified so you and I and the rest of the country couldn’t see that, couldn’t hear what they were saying,” he continued. “When we get the majority back, I want all that declassified. I want people to know what really happened. They made up this whole idea of an abuse of power. It is not a crime. And the Constitution requires high crimes and misdemeanors. And it is not a crime. And this obstruction of Congress — we used to call that executive privilege.”

Palmer recounted efforts by the then-Republican-led House of Representatives to investigate the so-called Fast and Furious scandal and alleged abuses by the IRS regarding the tax statuses of conservatives groups, and how the Obama administration used “executive privilege” to stymy those efforts. He noted the different standard that applies to Trump.

“When this president does it, that’s obstruction of Congress,” Palmer added. “That’s made up.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

1 month ago

North Alabama minor league baseball’s Trash Pandas surpasses $2 million in merchandise sales months before debut

(Screenshot/milb.com)

On Monday, North Alabama minor league baseball team the Rocket City Trash Pandas announced the team passed the $2 million mark in merchandise sales Friday.

The soon-to-be Los Angeles Angels AA affiliate accomplished the feat in just over 13 months, and nearly four months before playing any baseball.

According to a release, the team began selling merchandise in October 2018 immediately after unveiling the team’s logo.

156

Through December 22, the Rocket City Trash Pandas sold a total of $2,031,660.25 in licensed Trash Pandas merchandise, including nearly $500,000 in online sales and over $1.5 million at its store in Huntsville at the Bridge Street Town Centre.

“This surpasses even our wildest expectations,” Trash Pandas President and CEO Ralph Nelson said in a statement. “We are grateful to our fans throughout North Alabama and the entire Tennessee Valley,  as well as those around the world, for support that is simply unprecedented in Minor League Baseball. As I’ve said repeatedly, I do not believe any fan base has ever embraced a new team like ours has.”

“We are truly humbled by this,” he added. “And it is only the beginning.”

The Trash Pandas make their Toyota Field debut April 15, 2020, against the Mississippi Braves.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.