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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

Abortion ban sponsor State Rep. Collins: Bill is attempting to establish personhood by using ‘the language Roe v. Wade uses’

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After undergoing a controversial two weeks, the Alabama legislature passed the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, which was a ban on almost all abortions. Then on Wednesday, Gov. Kay Ivey signed it into law.

Those actions led to a national backlash, especially given the bill did not provide an exception for rape or incest. However, the bill’s sponsor Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur) still insists given the law’s language provided the best opportunity to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

During an appearance on Huntsville radio’s WVNN on Friday, Collins discussed the public reaction to the legislature’s actions and how it differs from the so-called “heartbeat” bills other states are passing into law.

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Collins told WVNN’s “The Jeff Poor Show” she was not surprised by the reaction. However, she also noted that given that the Alabama House of Representatives had been working into the late hours, she had not seen much of the national media’s reactions.

“I guess I am not surprised,” she said. “People feel very passionately about this issue regardless of the side that they’re on. And so, I knew there would be lots of rhetoric, lots of hate and lots of love.  So, I’ve seen all sides. I’ve not seen as much of the national media parts of it and maybe some of the blowback because I have had a very busy week in the legislature. And we’ve been there to almost midnight every night. And I’ve been working on other bills that are really, really important. I’ve not watched a lot of the national media.”

The Morgan County Republican explained the distinction between the bill she had sponsored and “heartbeat” bills passed by other legislatures like Georgia, which was an effort to use the same terminology as the Roe v. Wade decision.

“The heartbeat bill and some of the other bills address when the child is just considered a life and that we can protect that child from that point on,” Collins said. “This bill addresses the language that Roe v. Wade uses, which is ‘in utero,’ which is it doesn’t get into contraception. It doesn’t even get into conception of a baby as a person at conception. It doesn’t get into the Morning-After Pill. It simply says ‘in utero,’ which is the term for pregnant.”

“So once a woman is pregnant, then the abortion is now illegal for a doctor to perform,” she continued. “And it actually spells out in the bill that the woman is not held liable, or civilly liable. So, it is as clear and as simple as can be. Roe v. Wade decision was that baby in the womb was not a person. This bill simply says we believe that baby in the womb is a person based on current Alabama and the majority of our voters voting to be a pro-life state last fall. We feel it’s the time. I think you see other states feeling like the courts willing to look at that issue and send that decision back to the states.”

She went on to explain this was not the law she wanted for the state and hoped that ultimately, the federal courts would return the issue to the individual states.

@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.

14 hours ago

State Sen. Arthur Orr: River port proposal to help with ‘wear and tear’ of roads, Would not provide yacht access for Decatur

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Earlier during this year’s legislative session, State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) put forth a proposal that would offer public financing for inland ports, which at the time would have come from revenue generated by an increase in the gas tax that is part of the newly passed Rebuild Alabama Act. Since doing so, the source of funding for his proposal has shifted from new gas tax revenue to money now freed up that was initially used to fund the courts.

However, some critics of Orr’s proposal have alleged the Republican senator was motivated by an allegiance to his employer Cook’s Pest Control, which sought the inland port funding to make Decatur accessible for yachts owned by the company.

During an appearance on “The Dale Jackson Show” on Huntsville radio’s WVNN, Orr clarified his proposal by explaining he sought to improve the inland river ports of Alabama, which includes Decatur as well as others, as an additional way to get goods to and from market.

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“When the bill, the gas tax bill, was coming through, I had an amendment I wanted to offer,” he said. “I think we may have even talked about it on this show. The amendment said this: If we’re going to invest in the Port of Mobile, that’s fine. And dredging that harbor to get in larger ships – a good thing, a good investment for the state. Obviously not roads and bridges, but a good thing overall. When the goods come into the state, a lot of them will be transported on inland waterways. And there are inland ports all throughout the state. They are publicly owned by a local port authority, etc. all through the waterways. And so the premise of the bill was to enhance the tonnage going through Mobile, to and from. And also you could have a plant up here like Mazda-Toyota and shipping cars from up here down to the Port of Mobile. But you’ve got to have the ports to do it.”

Orr told Jackson such an offering could take wear and tear off the state’s roads given waterways would be used instead of roads and bridges to move goods.

“The premise is let’s have a pot of money to enhance the ports, which helps Mobile with its tonnage, and that all gets trucks off the highways and wear and tear off the highways because now they’re going to be on rivers,” Orr added. “If we take trucks’ wear and tear off the roads, then that’s kind of less money we have to spend on the roads. Kind of a wash, if you will, Dale.”

His proposal also included enhancements for intermodal freight transport to and from the Port of Mobile, which is being expanded as a result of the Rebuild Alabama Act.

“And another thing with the bill was to have an intermodal or two,” he continued. “If you look at Savannah, if you look at Norfolk, Hampton Roads, Charleston – if you look at 200 or 300 miles inland from each of those ports, they have a large inland port. If you take the stuff off, they rail it inland 200 or 300 miles, they take it to the intermodal, they offload, it the put it on trucks, and they disperse it. And again, the converse – truck it to the intermodal, rail it to the port and ship it out via the port in Mobile – all to enhance the tonnage coming and going from Mobile. So that’s what the bill did in two things.”

He went on to add that dredging marinas would not be allowed, just the publicly owned ports.

“There’s no dredging allowed, except in the port area,” he continued. “And somebody brought that up in committee, and we actually amended the bill to say no dredging of rivers. It just gets too expensive. You have to have a viable port.”

The Morgan County Republican also said it could not solely be for his home city of Decatur because it was done through a competitive grant program open to the 20-25 publicly owned ports throughout the state.

Orr denied the accusations that he was motivated by offering yacht access for his employer Cook’s Pest Control, and said they did not own a yacht.

“The family that I work for, the company I work for, the owners – they don’t have a yacht. They don’t even have a fishing boat.”

@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

Jones: ‘Deeply disappointed’ with abortion ban — ‘This bill uses rape victims and victims of incest of all ages, even minors as political pawns’

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Thursday during a conference call with reporters, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) expressed his disappointment in the abortion law that was signed by Gov. Kay Ivey a day earlier.

Jones blamed gerrymandering in part for the extreme nature of the bill and argued its passage was going to cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

“I am and have expressed before – I am deeply disappointed with the extremely disappointed with the extreme bill the Alabama Senate and House passed and was signed into law regarding the almost-complete ban on abortions,” Jones said.

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“I think this bill frankly is shameful,” he continued. “It is callous. I have said that. I stand by those remarks. We need to call this bill what it is, and even call it what Pat Robertson said it is: extreme. It is the most extreme abortion ban in the country. And it is, in my view a product of what happens when you gerrymander political districts, so people don’t have to be accountable but to the extreme sides of an issue. This bill uses rape victims and victims of incest of all ages, even minors as political pawns.”

“What this bill’s sponsors hope will be an invitation to a legal challenge is going to cost taxpayers millions of dollars,” he said. “The only people who benefit will be lawyers. The bill is unconstitutional as it stands right now, and I believe irresponsible. The most significant thing to me, though is it is a complete shame that the most extreme voices on both sides of such a sensitive issue have been the loudest during this debate. I just don’t think that is representative of what most people in Alabama think or what they want from their government. I think we have to have more serious discussions about these issues, issues that we can try to find common ground on and not just go to our corners. I really hope that our state legislators stop playing politics and start focusing on policies that absolutely strengthen families. As a society, we have to do much more for women. We have to do much more for children. We have to do much more for others. We have to do so much more in our health care space in general in the state of Alabama. And that is being overlooked and overshadowed by what has happened in the last couple of weeks.”

Jones said he had been working on expanding health care options for his constituents and cited his Healthy Mom Act, which has an intended purpose of helping expectant mothers. According to Jones, it would make pregnancy a “qualifying life event,” which is sometimes required to sign up for health insurance.

“Those are the kinds of things we need to be trying to do in this state and in this country to help the health care of all people,” Jones said.

The junior Alabama senator also made a case for the expansion of Medicaid as a means to create better health outcomes.

“I think we ought to be focusing in Alabama on a way we can come together to reduce the number of abortions in the state,” Jones added. “And that is a variety of things including better health outcomes. We are ignoring health and better health in Alabama. Right now, we need to expand Medicaid. We need to do all we can for infant mortality, all we can to help get pediatricians and OB/GYNs into these rural areas, so people don’t have to drive 60 miles to deliver babies. There’s a lot of things we could work together on.”

@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

Mo Brooks on the 2020 GOP U.S. Senate primary: ‘I will be voting for Arnold Mooney’

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Last week, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) made it official and said he would not be a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) which is up for election in 2020.

During an interview with Huntsville radio’s WVNN on Wednesday, Brooks explained his decision and noted that without an endorsement from President Donald Trump, his candidacy would not be possible.

However, Brooks has determined his favored of the announced candidates, which is State Rep. Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs).

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“Well, there a lot of good people running and I think it’s essential that whoever our nominee is, we get behind them in order to make sure we have the votes necessary on Supreme Court nomination, on other federal judiciary nominations, on border security, on deficit and debt,” Brooks said on “The Jeff Poor Show.” “Just go down the list.”

“That having been said, I know Arnold Mooney,” he continued. “He was my campaign chairman in 2017. He went out on a limb on my behalf. He’s been an excellent legislator from the Shelby County area. He’s got the intellect to understand a lot of these threats that face our country. And in my judgment, he has the backbone to do the right thing in the face of tremendous pressure in Washington, D.C. to do the wrong thing.”

“So, that familiarity with Arnold Mooney, his having helped me as much as he did in 2017 – I will be voting for Arnold Mooney,” Brooks added.

The North Alabama Republican said the other candidates in the field, which include U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) and former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville, were also good candidates as well.

“Now please, bear in mind there are other good candidates running and the best analogy I can give is we’re in an ice cream shop, whether it be Baskin-Robbins or what have you, and there are all sorts of really good flavors, but you only have enough money to buy one scoop,” he said. “Well, some of us are going to pick the mint chocolate chip. Some of us might go with the cherry vanilla – go down the list. And so, I like our field of candidates. I really do. But you can only cast one vote, and my vote is going to be for Arnold Mooney based on familiarity and belief that when it comes down to it, he will do the right thing for our country and the state of Alabama in the United States Senate. I’m highly confident of 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.

4 days ago

State Senator Cam Ward: ‘I’ll be shocked’ if the Supreme Court hears Alabama abortion ban

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Last night’s passage of HB314, a bill that would effectively criminalize abortion, by the Alabama Senate has drawn a lot of national attention to the state.

If Gov. Kay Ivey should sign it into law, it could set up a challenge to the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

However, State Sen. Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) is skeptical of the chances the law could make it to the high court and warns Alabama taxpayers will foot the bill if the law is not overturned.

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“At the end of the day, again, I voted for the bill,” Ward said. “I will say this though, Matt: My honest, brutal opinion is I’ll be shocked if the Supreme Court hears our bill because there are several other states doing the same thing. My real heartburn is this: You know, in federal courts, it’s a loser-pay system. Every time we lose a case, we pay them. Last year, we wrote a nice check to the ACLU. So, I’m pro-life, want to get this fixed. So if it’s going to be us overturning Roe v. Wade, hey that’s great. But if we’re going to be spending a lot of money on a case that never gets heard, I just think we have to think better about 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.

6 days ago

Lawmakers taking on ALDOT over new I-10 Mobile Bayway-Wallace Tunnel tolls

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For over a century, residents of Southwest Alabama have been grappling with a solution to getting back and forth across the Mobile Bay.

Prior to the opening of the vertical-lift Cochrane Bridge and the Mobile Bay Causeway in the 1920s, those making the trek from Mobile to Baldwin County’s Eastern Shore relied on ferry service to Daphne and Fairhope. In the 1940s, the Bankhead Tunnel opened, which offered for a more direct path to the existing Causeway. In the 1970s, the Wallace Tunnel opened. Then in the 1990s came the completion of the $69 million Africatown-Cochrane Bridge that replaced the old Cochrane bridge.

In recent years, Alabama’s transportation policymakers have decided on offering another option for Bay crossers to alleviate back-ups coming in and out of the city of Mobile through the Wallace Tunnel: a new Bayway bridge that will be erected south of Mobile’s downtown.

However, it comes with a catch: tolls.

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Dollar figures for the proposed toll that would be levied on those crossing the new Bayway bridge and the existing Wallace Tunnel range from $3-6 according to reports. The proposal has been met with opposition from residents of Baldwin County, which is one of the most-Republican counties in the state of Alabama.

The opposition comes on the heels of the Alabama legislature passage of a 10-cent gas tax increase, part of Gov. Kay Ivey’s Rebuild Alabama Act.

State Rep. Matt Simpson (R-Daphne), who represents parts of western Mobile County and the area of Baldwin County where the bridge will be constructed, insists the tolls levied would be the same as double-charging some citizens.

“I have met in person with ALDOT to express my concerns not only with the high tolls on the I-10 bridge but also making sure improvements to the Causeway are addressed,” Simpson said to Yellowhammer News on Monday. “The people of our district are already paying an increase in gas taxes. It would be wrong to charge our citizens twice.”

One proposed alternative is using GOMESA [Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act] money in place of tolls, which has been put forth by U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope), who represents the area in Congress.

@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

Roby calls on the FDA to crack down on foreign mail-order abortion drugs

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On Friday, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) released a letter that was signed by her and 117 of her colleagues sent to Dr. Norman Sharpless, the acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

According to a release that accompanied the letter, it urged Sharpless to crack down on Aid Access and Rablon, two foreign companies that have been known to distribute Mifeprex, a chemical abortion drug. That drug is offered mail-order to U.S. customers, which is an apparent violation of the FDA’s safety protocols.

During an appearance on WVNN’s “The Jeff Poor Show” on Thursday, Roby elaborated on the letter regarding the abortion drug, which she argued posed a “significant health risk” to women and unborn children.

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“[I]’m currently leading a letter,” she said. “It’s signed by 117 of my House colleagues that will be sent to Dr. Norman Sharpless, the acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. We are urging him in this letter to crack down on foreign companies that have been known to distribute a chemical abortion drug by mail order to U.S. customers. This practice is already illegal. It violates the FDA’s existing safety protocols. But it is still happening. And so, the drug in question is approved by the FDA, but it’s not available in retail pharmacies, and it’s not legally available on the internet. But certain abortion by mail providers primarily based in Europe – they’ve widened their consumer base to include the U.S.”

“These companies provide remote consultations to U.S. residents,” she continued. “They send this abortion drug to be filled in India. Then they send it by mail to customers in the United States. So, I think it goes without saying that this practice poses a significant health risk to women and their unborn children. And again, the point of the letter is FDA must take decisive action against these companies immediately.”

@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

Ainsworth on abortion ban alleged Senate floor ‘chaos’: ‘Everything was followed properly’

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According to various local and national media outlets, “chaos” erupted on the floor of the Alabama Senate Thursday afternoon as a result of an effort to strip an amendment from HB 314, a bill that would criminalize performing abortions in Alabama.

The amendment would have provided exceptions for rape and incest. However, opponents of the amendment argue it would weaken the bill given its intended purpose is to establish personhood for an unborn child during a likely legal challenge.

Media outlets captured Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro) shouting down Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, who had ruled the motion made by Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) to remove the amendment had been approved by a voice vote.

During an appearance on Huntsville radio’s WVNN on Friday, Ainsworth insisted the procedure was followed according to the rules.

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“We were just doing a normal procedural motion that is in the rules – basically a motion to table,” he explained. “And the way that works is Senator [Clyde] Chambliss, who had the mic, made the motion to table. The people in opposition to his motion weren’t paying attention. The way it works is if there’s a motion to table, it’s not debatable. If there’s three people to object, you would call the roll. No one objected on the motion. As a matter of fact, Senator Singleton, that was seen in the videos arguing with us on multiple occasions, didn’t even hear the motion that was made.”

Ainsworth said Singleton was saying, “You didn’t make a motion, you didn’t make a motion.”

“I was like, ‘No, he definitely made a motion,’” Ainsworth said. “You can clearly hear that in the video. He said ‘motion to table.’ But it’s not debatable. At that point, the only thing he could have done was say, ‘I object,’ and ‘I want a roll call.’ And he’d have to have two other people at that time by a show of hands. That did not occur, so we called the roll, voice vote – you know, yeas and nays.”

“Anyway, he got upset about that,” he continued. “But we talked after and it, and he’s fine. He realized the rules were followed. I think, obviously, Senator [Del] Marsh made the same comment. Secretary of the Senate Pat Harris said the same thing. Our deal is this: We operate fast. We’re quick. You’ve got to pay attention to what’s going on. But, if you’re not paying attention, you’re asleep. You’ve got to pay attention to procedure. But everything was followed properly.”

Ainsworth also noted that the tabling by voice vote procedure used in that circumstance had been consistently used throughout this year’s legislative session while presiding over the Senate.

One critic of the proceeding was Alabama Media Group columnist Kyle Whitmire. However, in his screed condemning Senate Republicans and Ainsworth, Whitmire had gotten some of the facts incorrect, a point which Ainsworth noted.

“With Kyle, my issue is just reporting the truth and actually reporting the facts,” he explained. “I don’t want to get into whether or not he’s a good journalist or not. That’s not really my thing. But to me, a good journalist reports on the truth. They do their due diligence to make sure the facts are accurate. And you know, one of the things he put in there in his article because he’s trying to push this narrative – a couple of things he did, but one thing that’s very egregious I think that hurts his credibility, is he said, you know, the guy with the mic, which was Senator Singleton, was in the committee and he had fought hard to get this committee amendment on there and said it was a small win for them.”

Ainsworth went on to point out Whitmire’s factual errors, which included Singleton having not been the one to offer the amendment in committee the day before given he was at the Regions Tradition golf tournament’s pro-am in Birmingham while the bill was before the committee and the amendment was being offered.

Whitmire had since corrected the inaccuracy.

@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

AG Steve Marshall on abortion ban: With or without rape, incest exceptions ‘we’ll be prepared to defend it’

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On Tuesday, the Alabama Senate is expected to vote on HB 314, a bill that would criminalize performing abortions in Alabama.

The Senate’s version of the bill may or may not include an exception for rape or incest upon final passage. The House version that passed last week did not include the exception.

During an appearance on WVNN’s “The Jeff Poor Show” in Huntsville, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said his office would be prepared to any version of an abortion ban, be it with an exception for rape or incest, or one without the ban.

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“Because we’re going to be the agency that has to be able to defend the law, I don’t really need to comment on the options,” he said. “I will simply say this – whether the exceptions are there or not, we’re going to be prepared to put on factual information that demonstrates the factual fallacy in which Roe v. Wade was decided. And so, once the legislature finishes its work on the bill this session, and it sounds like Tuesday they’ll take that back up, whatever is passed and hopefully the governor signs, we’ll be prepared to defend it. And we’ll defend it with facts.”

@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

Roby vows to continue push for Hurricane Michael relief: ‘My priority is the people that I represent in the Wiregrass in Southeast Alabama’

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Even though Hurricane Michael made its way inland on the Florida Panhandle, then into the Alabama Wiregrass eight months ago, the region is still grappling with the impact, especially the farmers in southeastern Alabama.

During an appearance on Thursday’s broadcast of “The Jeff Poor Show” on WVNN in Huntsville, Rep. Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) offered listeners an assessment of efforts to get disaster relief for those impacted by the storm.

“As you will recall, when Hurricane Michael hit, it hit the southeastern corner of our state,” Roby said. “We had one of the best cotton crops we have had in a long time, and as a result, our farmers had gone all-in. Just at harvest time, the huge hurricane that knows no party lines, or state or district lines, crossed over and really hit hard a portion of my district.”

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As it stands now, disaster relief efforts are held up in Congress, which comes at an inopportune time for some farmers that plant for their crop during this time of the year.

“This disaster funding piece is long overdue,” she continued. “As I’ve had to explain numerous times to folks here in Washington: Our farmers take a loan out, put a crop in the ground and they count on the crop to repay the loan so they can then turn around and put another crop in the ground. We’re within that 30-day window right now where our farmers need to get a crop in the ground. And, you know quite frankly, we won’t even know until next year how many farmers were unable because of Congress’ inability to act to get a crop in the ground this year.”

“This disaster money piece is way overdue,” she said. “And you know, there’s also the tornados that swept through Lee County. That recovery assistance would also be in this bill. But, a bill has been filed in the House. Is it perfect? No, it is not. But it provides much-needed assistance to the tune of $3 billion for crop-related loss, as well as for the tornados that swept across Lee County. We’re waiting to see how all of this is going to play out. At the end of the day, it is my job to represent my district, and I intend to do so as it relates to this disaster bill. It’s a good first step. We need the Senate to move. So again, I know that this bill is not perfect. But it is my job to represent the folks in the Wiregrass and make sure they get this much-needed assistance.”

The Montgomery Republican cited the effort of Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) to end the impasse and reiterated her pledge to make her constituents in the Wiregrass her priority.

“I’ll just use the words of the secretary of Agriculture – he said, ‘Devastation is devastating to the devastated,’” Roby said. “And our folks in the southeast corner of our state have been devastated. So, I know that Senator Shelby has been in conversations with the White House about getting this done.”

“My priority is the people that I represent in the Wiregrass in Southeast Alabama,” she added. “So, I’m hopeful we can reach an agreement so that we can get these folks, especially the farmers, the help that they need.”

@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

House abortion ban sponsor Rep. Terri Collins threatens to ‘kill the bill’ if Senate adds exceptions for rape, incest

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HUNTSVILLE — On Thursday, news outlets across the country proclaimed the Alabama Senate had devolved into “chaos” in the wake of a floor debate over an amendment that would have added exceptions for rape and incest to HB 314, a bill that would criminalize abortions in Alabama.

Shortly after the so-called “chaos,” Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) adjourned the Senate until Tuesday, where debate is expected to pick up where it left off. Bill proponents have warned that by adding those exceptions, the eventual law would be weakened and have less of a chance of being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, where it would presumably be a challenge to the 1972 Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion in America.

However, during a panel discussion put on by the Alabama Policy Institute in Huntsville later in the day, Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur), the sponsor of the House version of the abortion bill, warned against adding those amendments and threatened to kill the bill should the Senate add those exceptions.

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The Morgan County Republican explained why her bill was different than the “heartbeat” bill recently passed by the Georgia legislature given it was specifically crafted to take on the Roe v. Wade decision and not to create other legal questions beyond establishing that a baby in a womb is a person.

“This year after much discussion, prayer and thought as a caucus, we decided we would have one pro-life bill, and we’ll try to make one that counts,” Collins said. “We aimed for language that addresses the language of Roe v. Wade. The decision was based on someone in utero, someone pregnant so we don’t get into conception. We don’t get into birth control. We don’t get into the morning-after pill, but in utero, which is the language they used that when a woman is pregnant. This bill criminalizes abortion through the doctor. And not the woman, but the doctor.

“The reasoning is the same reasoning, Roe v. Wade was decided that the baby in the womb was not a person,” she continued. “So this bill bases its reasoning that the baby in the womb is a person. And we based it on the fact that in Alabama law, we currently consider the baby in the womb a person. If you were a drunk driver and you killed a pregnant woman, you have a double homicide on your hands. We voted as a state to be a pro-life state.”

According to Collins, adding the exception for rape and incest could negate the argument that the baby in the womb is a person.

“The biggest thing to attack it with is to say, ‘What, you’re not going to include rape and incest?’” she explained. “Well, how do we say, ‘The baby inside is a person unless they’re conceived in rape or incest’? If that amendment was to get on the bill, then I’ll kill the bill because it won’t go to the Supreme Court. It will contradict itself. And so that’s why we’re trying to keep it clean, and we’re fighting with the Senate, which is what the House does. So, we’ll see what happens on Tuesday. Stay tuned.”

@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

Siegelman: Trump ‘had reason’ to question political motives of DoJ investigators

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman (Photo: Mike Disharoon)

Former Gov. Don Siegelman’s troubles with the legal system have been well chronicled. In 2006, Siegelman was convicted on federal felony corruption charges and sentenced to serve time in federal prison.

During an appearance on Birmingham radio’s Talk 99.5, Siegelman compared his situation to President Donald Trump, who for two years was under the scrutiny of a Department of Justice special counsel probe over allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Siegelman, a Democrat, said Trump was justified to question “political motives” of the prosecution and argued if offered, exculpatory evidence that might exonerate a target was being withheld.

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“It sounds like treason as a Democrat saying this, but you know when Donald Trump was questioning the political motives of the investigators, he had reason to do that because prosecutors in the secrecy of a grand jury where there is no judge present and no defense lawyer to object to evidence or testimony, prosecutors are free to withhold exculpatory evidence – evidence that might free the defendant or the target,” Siegelman said during Wednesday’s “Matt & Aunie” radio program. “And they are capable of presenting witnesses who will present false evidence in exchange for a light sentence or recommendation of no time in prison at all.”

The former governor suggested a reform to the grand jury process that would it allow it to function much like a civil deposition.

“Trump had every reason, and still does, to raise questions about grand juries that are considering bringing charges against him,” he continued. “If we want to be fair to Donald Trump and to every defendant, one of the reforms that I hope to put before Congress – I have written about it and will continue to talk about it – is that targets of prosecutors should be allowed to have a lawyer present in the grand jury to object to evidence or testimony the same as they’re allowed to do in a civil deposition today, where that objection is taken to a magistrate, and a magistrate decides whether that evidence should be allowed to be presented.”

“Trump is on to something,” Siegelman added. “I don’t know if he intended to get on to it. But, we happened to be on the right side of 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

Mike Rogers responds to backlash for Facebook post condemning Ilhan Omar: ‘Anybody that doesn’t like it — I don’t care’

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Last month, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) reportedly upset some of his constituents with a strongly worded Facebook post on his campaign account pushing back on his colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) describing the September 1, 2001 terror attacks as “some people who did something.”

“Radical Democrats in Congress seek to devalue and degrade our great nation,” Rogers said. “They even make light of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. I believe America is unique in the world and our greatness is because we are one nation under God. I will never apologize for American greatness.”

Some of the responses to that post disapproved of Rogers’ rhetoric, which apparently warranted a report from AL.com’s Howard Koplowitz.

During an appearance on Huntsville radio’s WVNN, Rogers dismissed the criticism.

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“I just get aggravated when these anti-Semites like Omar and radicals up here start downplaying a massive terrorist attack on this country like we had on 9/11,” Rogers said. “That wasn’t ‘some people’ on 9/11 that did ‘something.’ You know, that was radical Muslim extremist terrorists who flew airplanes into our Twin Towers and the Pentagon and killed nearly 3,000 Americans. I’m not going to sit idly by while they dismiss that as an insignificant event in our nation’s history. I just made that point in the Facebook post. Anybody that doesn’t like it – I don’t care.”

@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

Former State Senator Trip Pittman on 2020 U.S. Senate run: ‘I’m considering it’

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As the Republican field for Alabama’s U.S. Senate up for election next year is taking shape, there are still a handful of potential candidates on the sidelines said to be considering a run.

On Monday, State Rep. Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs) announced he was joining former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville and U.S. Rep. Bradley Bryne (R-Fairhope) in seeking the GOP nod.

One of the names said to be still weighing a run was former State Sen. Trip Pittman, who also ran for the Republican nomination in the 2017 special election contest for the seat after Jeff Sessions resigned to become U.S. Attorney General. On Tuesday during an appearance on Huntsville radio’s WVNN, Pittman explained where he was in the process.

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“I’m considering it,” Pittman said. “It’s a big step. It’s a tremendous responsibility in very challenging times, but you know you need good leadership. You need people who have conservative philosophy – people who are fiscal conservatives. That’s something that you don’t hear even debated anymore. So, I’m still looking for a small businessman, someone who is pro-free enterprise – a candidate who can meet that criteria and to this point, I still don’t see one.”

Pittman said he was taking a wait-and-see approach regarding the current field of Mooney, Tuberville and Byrne.

“There’s certainly debate that needs to be happening, you know to be held,” he said. “And I want to see the candidates and see if they’re talking about the issues that I’m willing to discuss and if I run, to run on. You know, we need to be talking about the annual deficits and the national debt. We need to be talking about entitlements. You know, we got news in the last couple of weeks. Now we have definite dates when Medicare and Social Security are going to go defunct.”

“You know, we need a real grown-up debate on foreign policy and health care,” he continued. “You know, there’s a difference between public health and individual health care. You know, we need to be discussing those things and how we’re going to be able to afford all of this government.”

In addition to Pittman, former State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, State Secretary of State John Merrill, former Supreme Court Associate Justice Glenn Murdock and State Rep. Will Dismukes (R-Prattville) are all said also to be considering a run for U.S. Senate on the Republican side.

@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. Shaver: Bill to stop infanticide has nothing to do with a woman’s ‘so-called right to choose’

The legality of infanticide in the United States has become front-and-center in the wake of statements by policymakers in Virginia and New York State. However, one lawmaker hopes to stem the spread of that legality to Alabama.

According to the likes of Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) and others, the concept of a post-birth abortion is legal in their view. However, a bill sponsored by State Rep. Ginny Shaver (R-Centre) would make it illegal in Alabama.

During an appearance on Huntsville’s WVNN on Friday, Shaver emphasized her effort would not interfere with a woman’s right to choose, noting that abortion was being dealt with under a separate bill.

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“This bill does not have anything to do with the legalities of a woman’s so-called right to choose to have an abortion,” Shaver said on “The Jeff Poor Show.” “We covered that bill a few weeks ago and passed a total ban of abortion in the state, which is now going to the Senate to be considered. That bill was designed specifically in wording to challenge Roe versus Wade, and so that was the intent of that bill.”

“My bill addresses another issue, and that is infants who survive an abortion or an attempted abortion,” she continued. “The law doesn’t really protect them specifically, so this law is designed to do just that.”

The Cherokee County Republican also said a provision would require a doctor to administer care to a child born alive after an abortion attempt.

“There is no such thing as post-birth abortion,” she added. “Think about those three words. That’s infanticide. That’s what it is and what my bill does is in this situation where a child survives an abortion attempt and is born alive, it would require a physician to exercise the same reasonable care to preserve the life of the child that is born alive. When this happens, if there is any sign of breathing or any other sign of life … there would then exist a doctor-patient relationship between the doctor and the child so that he would be required to exercise the same degree of physical skill and care to make an effort to reasonably preserve the life and health of that child.”

@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: Lottery proceeds needed to ‘stabilize the general fund,’ protect education budget

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Earlier this month, the State Senate passed a version of a lottery bill that was put forward by State Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Atmore) and State Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston).

The revenue generated from that lottery bill would go to the state’s general fund. That has drawn criticism from some for not being dedicated to education.

On Friday’s broadcast of Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal,” Marsh argued lottery money going to the general fund would protect the education fund.

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“It is estimated to generate about $170 million — money going to the general fund,” Marsh said. “It’s important that the listeners understand that there’s a reason for it to go there. The general fund is the fund with the least amount of money. You got a lot of services from prisons to the courts, DHR, mental health all get dollars out of the general fund. If the general fund is not sound and stable, there’s pressure to move programs … out of the general fund and put them on the backs of education.”

“We need to understand to that,” he continued. “Education has great growth. We had a half-a-billion dollars over last year — biggest education budget ever passed. If we can’t stabilize the general fund, there’s going to be more pressure to move programs over to education. I’m trying to protect that by securing the general fund. People need to understand that by doing what we’ve done, it makes the education [budget] more safe, those dollars more safe.”

@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

Byrne on Tuberville’s Florida voter registration: ‘We don’t like carpetbaggers in Alabama’

Although the early going of the contest for the 2020 U.S. Senate Republican nomination in Alabama has been relatively tame, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) took a dig at his only announced opponent, former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville, on Friday.

During an appearance on Huntsville radio’s WVNN, Byrne offered his reaction to reports Tuberville was registered to vote in Florida and not in Alabama, where he is seeking a U.S. Senate seat.

Tuberville acknowledged he had been registered to vote in Walton County, Fla., but attributed that to the need to be near an airport so he could travel and perform his announcer duties for ESPN.

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Byrne questioned Tuberville’s reasoning, noting the airports and proximity of airports to various places in Alabama.

“Yeah, I think it’s a problem,” Byrne said on “The Jeff Poor Show.” “We don’t like carpetbaggers in Alabama. I mean, the idea that you have to be near an airport — there’s an airport in Mobile, an airport in Montgomery, an airport in Birmingham and Huntsville. I mean, if you want to live in Auburn, you’re an hour and a half away from one of the largest airports in the world. That just doesn’t cut it.”

The Baldwin County Republican also noted an appearance by Sen. Arthur Orr on WVNN’s “The Dale Jackson Show,” which Orr suggested Tuberville was using a Florida residency to avoid Alabama state income taxes.

“Senator Arthur Orr was apparently on Dale’s show earlier today and basically said he doesn’t want to pay income taxes in Alabama,” he continued. “And as you know, Florida doesn’t have income taxes. So, I get that if that’s what he wants to do. But that means he’s not from Alabama. And he needs to do a much better job of clarifying that and I don’t think he should treat it lightly because people in Alabama will not treat it lightly.”

@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

Jones responds to John Rogers’ ‘outrageous’ abortion remarks: ‘I think he owes an apology’ to the people of the state, the legislature

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Thursday afternoon, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) offered a statement to Yellowhammer News regarding the remarks made by State Rep. John Rogers (D-Birmingham) during a debate over House Bill 314, which would criminalize abortion in Alabama.

“So you kill them now or you kill them later,” Rogers said on the bill that passed by an overwhelming 74-3 margin. “You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later.”

Jones called it “outrageous” and called on the Birmingham Democrat to apologize to the people of Alabama and the legislature.

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“I thought it was outrageous. I was absolutely appalled,” Jones stated. “I didn’t see that until this morning. I have known Representative Rogers for a long, long time. I think he owes an apology to the people of the state. I think he owes an apology to members of the legislature. That is one of the problems with discussing these types of issues, people get emotional and people tend not to respect each other’s opinions as much, and you end up with comments like this. It is very, very unfortunate and I condemn it in the strongest possible terms.”

@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

Jones ‘disappointed’ in AG Barr: He ‘seems to be the administration’s personal lawyer’ as opposed to the ‘people’s lawyer’

Sen.-elect Doug Jones appears on CBS Sunday Morning, Dec. 17, 2017 (CBS News/Twitter)

In the aftermath of the final release of the much-ballyhooed Mueller report, many congressional Democrats have turned their ire toward Attorney General William Barr, which was on display during yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing featuring Barr.

Senate Democrats accused Barr of functioning as a partisan for the Trump administration instead of as the nation’s top law enforcement officer.

Although he voted for his confirmation as attorney general earlier this year, U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) expressed his disappointment in Barr during a conference call with reporters on Thursday.

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Jones was asked about Barr’s testimony and actions before the Senate Judiciary Committee, to which Jones said he was “concerned.”

“They certainly concern me,” Jones said. “I can’t go back and look. You know, I did the best I could with the information at the time that I had. But certainly, his actions have concerned me.”

However, Jones also said Barr lived up to what he had said he would do with regards to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

“There were two things – number one, on some of the specifics, Attorney General Barr did what he told me he would do, and that is he protected the Mueller investigation, and he made the report public to the extent that he could make public. I’ve been satisfied with what I’ve seen in the report with regards to the redactions.”

Alabama’s junior U.S. senator said Barr appeared to be acting as the “administration’s personal lawyer” instead of the “people’s lawyer.”

“What I’ve been disappointed in is that I’ve felt given his history and all that I have followed with the Department of Justice that he would be an independent voice for the Department of Justice,” he continued. “They needed that stability. And I have been very disappointed with what I’ve seen with regards to his characterizations of the Mueller report, his testimony yesterday. And so, to say it’s a great disappointment, it would be an understatement for me. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of it.”

“What concerns me the most quite frankly given that, given the fact he has become a partisan for the administration and seems to be the administration’s personal lawyer as opposed to the people’s lawyer, I’m concern about the 12 investigations that are still pending out there and his objectivity when it comes to making final decisions on where those might go.”

@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

Siegelman on 1999 failed lottery referendum: Because of greed — children for 20 years were denied a chance to reach their God-given potential

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman (Photo: Mike Disharoon)

During an interview that aired early this week on Huntsville radio’s WVNN, former Gov. Don Siegelman discussed his 1999 bid to institute an education lottery in Alabama.

Twenty years later, lawmakers are revisiting lottery proposals. One has already passed the Alabama Senate, with another soon to be considered by the Alabama House.

In 1998, Siegelman defeated incumbent Republican Gov. Fob James with a lottery as a key component of his gubernatorial platform. However, in a special election, the lottery referendum failed with some, including Siegelman, blaming gaming interests across the state line in Mississippi, particular the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

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“I was the lottery guy,” Siegelman said. “People were voting for me because they wanted the lottery, and we were torpedoed by the Mississippi Indian casinos owners. And I can forgive everybody for what happened to be me and why it happened and who was involved.”

“You know, what really bothers me is that because of their greed for money, and that’s all it was – our children in Alabama for 20 years have been denied a chance to reach their God-given potential through education,” he continued. “And you know, that has impacted hundreds of thousands if not more of our children and families – you know, that does bother me that they were cheated out of their chance.”

Siegelman estimated that had a lottery been in Alabama for the last two decades, a fully funded pre-K program would have already been instituted in Alabama.

“We would have easily had a fully funded free pre-K for every child in Alabama whose parents wanted to send their children,” he added. “And you know, what that does with parents – that frees them up. Instead of $15,000 a year, $10,000 a year that they have to pay for somebody to take care of their kids while they go to work. So, it impacts families as well.”

Siegelman urged lawmakers to allocate money from any future lottery solely for education. He also suggested lawmakers hoping to have voters approve a lottery to put the referendum on a primary or general election ballot, as opposed to a special election ballot as he did in 1999.

@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

Del Marsh: ‘I would encourage the governor at the proper time to call a special session to deal with prison legislation’

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During an interview with Huntsville radio’s WVNN on Tuesday, Alabama State Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh (R-Anniston) offered his assessment of the legislature’s efforts to address Alabama’s prisons, which are the scrutiny of the Department of Justice.

A letter released to the public last month by the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama stated the Justice Department believed the conditions in Alabama’s prisons for men might violate the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Marsh said he urged his colleagues to proceed with caution in attempting to pass any legislation that would deal with the prison issues.

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“Let me say this: Sen. [Cam] Ward and Rep. [Jim] Hill and other members have been working diligently on this issue,” Marsh said on “The Jeff Poor Show.” “In fact, they got a package of bills they’ve got tentatively ready to go. However, I think we all better be very careful … I think the feds know we are very cautiously looking at this situation and have been. But I think we would be ill-advised to pass a package of bills that aren’t totally ready.”

The Calhoun County Republican suggested the possibility of a special session, which would be called by Gov. Kay Ivey, to address the problem.

“I would encourage the governor – and I’ve talked to the governor about this – I would encourage the governor at the proper time to call a special session to deal with prison legislation, prison reform that addresses all the different issues, from mental health, security, to pay for those who work in the system, sentencing reform – all these things need to be addressed very similar to the way the infrastructure bill was handled. You know months went into that – a lot of meetings, a lot of research. Same thing with the prison system: We need to take what we’ve done, add to it and put together a truly comprehensive package that deals with these issues for the state.”

As for when, Marsh suggested the possibility of a fall special session to give time to put together a plan.

“If that’s down the road, say in October or whatever, and the DOJ understands we’re working diligently to get this done right, I think we’ll be fine,” he added. “So, I’m very guarded just to pass a few bills to think we’re solving a problem, and not fully solving 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

Fan favorite Chase Elliott takes GEICO 500 win at Talladega Superspeedway

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TALLADEGA — It’s been 32 years since an Elliott has gone to victory lane at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway, but on Sunday Chase Elliott was able to follow in his father’s footsteps by winning the GEICO 500.

His win was well received by those in attendance. Given his deep roots in the sports by being NASCAR great Bill Elliott’s son, the younger Elliott is perhaps the favorite of modern-day NASCAR fans.

Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman finished second, with rookie Ryan Preece and Ford driver Joey Logano in tow for third and fourth-place finishes and rookie Daniel Hemric rounding out the top five.

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The 23-year-old Elliott survived a crash-filled chaotic ending to secure his first victory of the 2019 season. He led 44 laps, the most of any driver for four different spans in his first superspeedway win.

Chase Elliott leads the field to the checkered flag, 4/28/2019 (Jeff Poor/YHN)

Elliott’s father Bill Elliott is a two-time winner at the track with wins in 1987 and 1985 and holds the track’s all-time speed record.

“It just kind of happened by happenstance,” Elliott said to the media following the race of his win and his family’s ties to the track. “It was what it was and the day worked out like it did, for sure. You know, dad’s history — very cool.”

Elliott lauded the fans in attendance for the event for their boisterous reception.

“I was blown away by the people and how fired up everybody was,” he explained. “That was an unbelievable experience. We are close to home, so that’s cool, and they made me feel that way. I couldn’t ask for much more there.”

NASCAR driver Chase Elliott speaks to the media after his GEICO 500 win, 4/28/2019 (Jeff Poor/YHN)

“The post-race was unbelievable,” he added. “I’ve never had a crowd — it just felt like in the palm of your hands. I mean, it’s how it felt. You get excited, they get excited. You block, and they don’t say anything. You pump your arms up, and they get pumped up. That’s just something that I’ve never really experienced. That’s one of the coolest moments, I feel like, of my racing career. Hey, you don’t know if that will always be that way. People may not like you in a couple of years or whatever. Today was something I’ll never forget. I just appreciate all the folks making it feel like a home race.”

Elliott leaves Talladega eligible for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. His win puts him seventh overall in driver points. Kyle Busch holds on to the series’ points lead.

@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 Rep. Warren on religion, gambling: Even Jesus might have gone out in the street ‘and started shooting some craps’

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During an interview broadcasted on APTV’s “Capitol Journal,” State Rep. Pebblin Warren (D-Tuskegee) offered her views on morality and religion as it pertained to gambling.

Warren, who represents the district within which Macon County’s VictoryLand is located, has been a proponent of legalized gambling in Alabama.

The Tuskegee Democrat said she respected those who have religious beliefs that compel them to oppose gambling but added people would go to other states to gamble away from Alabama.

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“I understand those who have their religious beliefs, and I respect that – I respect it,” Warren said. “But I also know the reality what I’m trying to get in Macon County is already being done in Alabama. We say things, and we use it when it is to our advantage. But when you look at the reality, we’re not practicing what we are preaching. You go to the gaming places in Mississippi, and you see how many church buses you see there, OK? It’s OK to leave Alabama and gamble, but the whole thing is that revenue generating component that we’re concerned about. I’m pretty sure we give billions to our surrounding states.”

Warren also mentioned the Supreme Court’s ruling on sports betting and the illegal betting going on within the state of Alabama and hinted that could be legalized to benefit the state as well. She also added that her interpretation of Scripture only forbade in “God’s sight,” or in religious settings.

“Again, it’s just dealing with reality,” she continued. “And I think, you know, when it comes to your religious beliefs, you have to do what is pleasing in what is God’s sight. And the only place I can see that he talked against gambling was when it was in the churches. Other than that – that was where it was wrong because they were using the holy sanctuary to do the gambling. Who knows what he would say – he might have gone out there with the crowd in the street and started shooting some craps. Who knows what it was because he started making wine for them to drink. So he said, don’t do it in my sanctuary.”

“Once we start looking at it – sometimes, we put ourselves in a judging position, and he truly says it’s not our position, it’s his position,” Warren said. “So, you come thinking about your religious beliefs and your faith, that’s between you and your God, not you and me. We don’t judge. He didn’t give us that right, OK? He has that sole authority to be a judge and whatever you do, if a person is gambling – they can pray for forgiveness. That’s a good thing about it. He will forgive you.”

@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

Alabama Gang’s Red Farmer makes pitch to be in the NASCAR Hall of Fame

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Sunday during Fox Sports 1’s pre-race coverage of Talladega Superspeedway’s GEICO 500, long-time race car driver and Hueytown native Red Farmer reflected on seven decades of competing in motorsports.

Farmer is an original member of the Alabama Gang, among which also include fellow Hueytown natives Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison and Neil Bonnett, Huntsville’s Jimmy Means, Calera’s Hut Strickland and Gadsden’s Steve Grissom.

Farmer, who still competes at the Talladega Short Track, a dirt track across the street from the Talladega Superspeedway, joked that some have been trying to retire him since his last ARCA win at Talladega in 1988.

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“I’m going on 87 years old right now,” Farmer said. “I’ve been racing for 72 years. [They’ve been] retiring me for probably 30 years, so I know the last time I won the ARCA 500 across the street over there at Talladega Superspeedway, and I was 56 years old. They said that was your last race probably, and that was, you know, that was 30 years ago. I still enjoy working on my cars, and I still enjoy driving them.”

“I’ve won 752 races,” Farmer explained. “I don’t have to win anymore. If I come here and have a good time at the race track, and have a good finish – I run ninth or tenth or something like that and I have a good race, I enjoy it. I don’t have to win anymore.”

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Farmer insists there are only three actual members of the Alabama Gang, Bobby and Donnie Allison and himself.

“People don’t understand – everybody that’s a good driver in Alabama, they’re supposed to add them to the Alabama Gang,” he said. “There’s not – there’s only Bobby, Donnie and me. We always traveled together, two pickup trucks and I pulled a station wagon. We come in like a convoy. The three of us were bumper-to-bumper, and somebody said, ‘Here comes that damn Alabama Gang again.’ And a reporter heard it, and that’s kind of how it got started.”

Farmer made a pitch during his FS1 appearance to be inducted in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

“I would like to get in the NASCAR Hall of Fame,” Farmer added. “I think that would be icing on the cake. I’m in nine hall of fames right now, and I’d like to make it 10. It would be nice to get it while I’m on the green side of the grass.”

@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.