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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.

2 days ago

Tuberville on Dem socialist push: ‘Money and power is what it is about for the left — They could care less about these people’

(Jeff Poor/YHN)

In American politics, the term “socialism” no longer carries the taboo it once had evidenced by the success of self-proclaimed socialist political candidates on the Democratic side of the aisle.

Given these changing times, it is certain to cause Republicans to question socialism in campaigns by sounding the alarm and warning those who are listening about the perils of that ideology. Such is the case with former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville, a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2020.

During an interview with “Alabama’s Morning News” host JT Nysewander on Birmingham radio’s 105.5 WERC on Tuesday, Tuberville questioned the reasoning for the push toward socialism for Democrats.

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“Money and power is what it is about for the left,” Tuberville said. “They could care less about these people. They really could. They want to go to socialistic ways. It is really scary. When you and I grew up, if you brought up socialism or communism, it was a cuss word. Nowadays, they are pushing it. Biden said the first thing he is going to do if he is elected is raise taxes. The poor people are tired of sending all of their money up there and getting nothing back for it. It is a total scam.”

@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 days ago

2020 U.S. Senate hopeful State Rep. Mooney: ‘We’ve lost the 10th Amendment’ — ‘The federal court system is out of control’

(Jeff Poor/YHN)

ATHENS — In this early going of the 2020 election cycle, the declared U.S. Senate candidates for the seat up next year are starting to make their ways around the state of Alabama and are defining their stances on ideology and policy.

On Tuesday, North Alabama Republican voters got one of their first glimpses of State Rep. Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs), who announced he was seeking the seat currently occupied by U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) back in May.

Mooney, speaking at a meeting of the Limestone County Republican Party, warned Americans were losing their freedom and explained that the “liberal socialist left” under the banner of the Democratic Party had their designs on further intrusions.

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“I think it is very simple as you have watched what was has gone on in relation to the whole concept of what we’re seeing and changing of our nation,” Mooney said. “We used to talk about Republicans and Democrats and independents. Then we had a Constitutional Party. Then we had the Libertarian Party and all of that. But now we’re talking about the liberal socialist left. They’re destroying freedom. They’re attacking the foundations of everything we believe in. You know, they wear a banner and say they’re a Democrat. I am sure there are Democrats turning over in their grave at some of the things that are being said.”

“My view is very simple: Conservative is a great word,” he continued. “It’s a positive word. I’ve heard people say it’s a racial term. It’s not a racial term. It talks about a people who believe in foundational values, constitutional principles – that are determined to stand on those values and principles and see our nation governed on them. The rule of law is significant, and we need to follow it.”

The Shelby County Republican pointed to the federal court system as an enabler of the expansion of government, resulting in deterioration of freedoms. He also declared the 10th Amendment, which reserves powers not delegated to the federal government by the Constitution for the states and the people.

“We’ve lost the 10th Amendment, folks,” Mooney added. “The 10th Amendment existed to reserve everything to the states, including abortion decisions, because there is nothing in the Constitution about abortion. But all of those things were supposed to be reserved to the states. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see much that’s being reserved to the states. The federal court system is out of control even with the massive number of people we have appointed, and that is something I can say the United States Senate has done well. But, I’d be concerned that that is the only thing that is being done.”

@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

ALDOT denies I-10 Wallace Tunnel will be subject to ‘early tolling’

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During an appearance on Mobile radio’s FM Talk 106.5 on Monday, Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl, a candidate for Alabama’s first congressional seat to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope), told listeners it was his understanding the Alabama Department of Transportation intended to levy a toll on vehicles using the existing I-10 Wallace Tunnel immediately upon the proposed new Mobile Bay Bridge’s construction.

“Immediately, so I am told,” Carl said. “They will start tolling it immediately [upon breaking ground of the bridge]. I was told at that meeting it would be immediately.”

However, according to reporting from Mobile NBC affiliate WPMI’s Andrea Ramey, the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) says that is not the case.

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“Bridge project spokesperson Allison Gregg said Carl’s statements are ‘not true. We have always said and are committed to no early tolling,'” Ramey wrote.

The proposed toll for both the new bridge and the existing tunnel have been met with strong opposition, including a Facebook group that has amassed nearly 26,000 followers in just a few weeks.

@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

Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl: Existing I-10 Wallace Tunnel to be tolled ‘immediately’ upon the start of construction of proposed Mobile Bay Bridge

(Jeff Poor/YHN)

The details of the seemingly unpopular tolling aspect of the proposed new I-10 Mobile Bay Bridge have been limited. One verified detail is that in addition to the new bridge, the proposed $3-6 toll would also apply to the existing twin-span Wallace Tunnel completed in 1973.

However, the tolling of the Wallace Tunnel could come long before the new bridge is opened to traffic. In fact, the toll could come as soon as the ground is broken for the new bridge according to Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl.

Carl, who is seeking the Republican nomination for Alabama’s first congressional district open U.S. House of Representatives seat to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope), told Mobile radio’s FM Talk 106.5 that was made clear to him in meetings with officials from the Alabama Department of Transportation.

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Carl told “Midday Mobile” host Sean Sullivan his original understanding of the project was that the existing Wallace Tunnel would not be tolled.

“Never, and I sat on the council that helped pick the engineering firm that took it over,” he said. “Never ever was the Wallace Tunnel brought up. We all assumed that it was being left alone. It wasn’t until the meeting in Spanish Fort two months ago, maybe three months ago – I’m losing track of time – that I found out about it. I backed off then. I said, ‘No, I can’t support. I will not support it.’ Because I always viewed that as the alternative route for the locals.”

“We were sold on the bridge project based on tourism traffic and trucking traffic,” he said. “Now what we’re learning is it is going to be based on the locals back. It’s going to be you and I paying for it. And I can go into the problems with that, but as a county commissioner, it’s positive in some ways and it’s negative in a lot. As your next congressman, I promise you it is a problem. It is a huge problem.”

The Mobile County Republican lamented the lack of federal money for the project and noted that by virtue of being part of the Interstate Highway System, the bridge could be used for federal purposes.

“That is a federal highway,” he added. “That highway was designed to take traffic from Jacksonville, Fla. to Los Angeles, Calif. Troops, if we move troops, they’ve got to cross that river. They’ve got to go through that tunnel or over that bridge. So why is not the federal government more involved?”

Carl was asked by Sullivan about the timeframe for implementing the toll, to which Carl said officials told him immediately and long before the opening of the new completed bridge project.

“Immediately, so I am told,” Carl said. “They will start tolling it immediately [upon breaking ground of the bridge]. I was told at that meeting it would be immediately.”

“Let’s say it takes eight years on the project,” he said. “That will be eight years they’ll charge on the tunnel.”

Later in the appearance, Carl reiterated that the toll would come “immediately.”

“Immediately is what I was told by the engineering firm,” Carl said.

“I think their PR on this has just been horrible,” he 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 days ago

State Auditor Jim Zeigler: ALDOT mishandling of federal funding request for proposed Mobile Bay Bridge ‘deserves an investigation’

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It has been a mystery to some as to why the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) did not aggressively pursue federal funding for the proposed new bridge and settled on a toll as a means to finance it.

The point was raised earlier this year by U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope), a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2020, who questioned the half-hearted effort from ALDOT for an Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“I’m not saying they wouldn’t take it,” Byrne said. “I think they would. But, they told me it’s just not a priority for them — that they’re just totally focused on tolling.”

During an appearance on Huntsville radio’s WVNN on Monday, State Auditor Jim Zeigler, who is spearheading the “Block the Mobile Bayway Toll” movement, suggested an investigation was in order to determine as to what ALDOT’s motivations were for not making federal money a priority.

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Zeigler noted there had been issues with the original INFRA grant application they may have led to the state’s inability to nail down funding for the bridge. Thus, he argued the investigation was needed to determine if it was negligence or if it was intentional.

“They’re dead set on a toll,” Zeigler said. “They’re excited about getting some fat-cat tolling partner. And here they come and on one hand, they say, ‘We don’t want any federal money. We want to be able to toll. On the other hand, they applied two years ago for this $250 million, qualified for it, blew the application and lost the $250 million. That deserves an investigation.”

@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

Mobile County’s House of Representatives delegation comes out against I-10 Mobile Bay Bridge toll on locals in letter to Ivey

As the toll on the proposed I-10 Mobile Bay Bridge continues to be the hot-button issue of the day in southwestern Alabama, the number of those in support of tolling is shrinking.

Republican candidates for Alabama’s 2020 U.S. Senate election and the first congressional district of Alabama’s U.S. House of Representatives seat to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) have all spoken out against an Alabama Department of Transportation proposal that would levy a toll of up to $6 each way for bridge-crossers.

The opposition does not stop there. In a letter to Gov. Kay Ivey obtained by Yellowhammer News, the Mobile County legislative delegation has voiced its opposition to a toll that would be levied on those in the “greater Mobile area.”

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(Special to Yellowhammer News)

The letter to Ivey, with ALDOT Director John Cooper copied, was signed by Reps. Victor Gaston (R-Mobile), Adline Clarke (D-Mobile), Shane Stringer (R-Satsuma), Sam Jones (D-Mobile), Chris Pringle (R-Mobile), Napoleon Bracy (D-Prichard), Matt Simpson (R-Daphne), Chip Brown (R-Mobile), Margie Wilcox (R-Mobile) and Barbara Drummond (D-Mobile).

“The below undersigned members of the Mobile County delegation of the Alabama House of Representatives are opposed to charging Mobile area residents a toll to use the I-10 bridge that will be constructed over the Bayway. A toll would have a detrimental impact on individuals and families that we represent in the greater Mobile area. A toll could cost an individual hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars a year, which would be a huge financial burden on many of our constituents.

We are mindful of the efforts to improve the infrastructure in our state and appreciate these efforts to meet the needs of the citizens of Mobile County. We are certainly grateful that the bridge will be built, and hope that other funding possibilities will be explored to pay for its construction. Allow recreational users from out of state to pay the toll, not the working men and women of Mobile and Baldwin counties.”

@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

State Sen. Chris Elliott: After Coastal Alabama, Toll Authority legislation could be next used in Birmingham, Huntsville

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The use of tolls to fund part of the estimated $2.1 billion price tag for the proposed I-10 Mobile Bay Bridge has been the hot-button political issue for Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

Not only has it become a major topic in Alabama’s first congressional election campaign underway in southwestern Alabama, but it has also become one for the 2020 statewide U.S. Senate election campaign also underway.

Last week, Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law legislation that according to State Sen. Chris Elliott (R-Daphne) could cut between $100 million and $200 million off that $2.1 billion price-tag for the project. During an appearance on Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal” that aired Friday, Elliott touted the SB154 bill’s cost-cutting effect.

However, he argued that beyond its use in Coastal Alabama, the bill could be used in other parts of the state, which suggests more tolled roadways could be on the way for Alabama.

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“It’s going to be utilized,” Elliott said. “And when we realized this is where ALDOT was headed, we knew we needed to update the legislation. We needed to make sure we did everything we could to make efficient as possible so that if a toll was necessary, and ALDOT seems to think and probably is correct in saying a toll is necessary because of the lack of federal funding, then we do everything we can to drive the price down as much as we can to make sure that the cost to the folks in Alabama is as low as possible.”

“And that toll authority legislation, while it is probably going to be rolled out for the first time in coastal Alabama, could be used in other parts of the state as well, which is why I think it ultimately passed both houses and had the governor’s signature on it because the next time it gets used is going to be in Birmingham, or it’s going to be in Huntsville between Huntsville and Decatur, or some other area like that,” he 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.

5 days ago

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle to 2020 U.S. Senate candidates: ‘They need to be looking at what we do here’

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Sunday marks 234 days until Alabama Republican voters go to the polls to cast a ballot for their preference on who will likely face incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) in an election for the U.S. Senate seat up in 2020.

As candidates campaign for that vote, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle told WVNN’s “The Jeff Poor Show” that he urged the candidates to take into account his city’s role as a so-called federal town with affordability that cannot be matched by many cities around the country.

That, according to Battle, gives taxpayers “a bigger bang” for the buck, which he said those U.S. Senate candidates should recognize.

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“They need to be looking at what we do here,” Battle said. “A lot of people talk about we’re a federal town because we have Redstone Arsenal and we have 74 different agencies working out there. It contributes a lot to our economy, and it is, it does make us somewhat a federal town. But we want to make sure that each one of these people, whether it’s Bradley Byrne, or Tommy Tuberville, or Doug Jones, or any of them as we talk to them – we want to make sure that they understand that the reason that it’s such a great deal for the government to be able to do business in Huntsville is because we’re affordable. U.S. News & World Report just named us the number one most-affordable city in the nation. When you come here, and you decide we’re going to put Army material command here. We’re going to put a missile defense agency here. We’re going to put Marshall Space Flight Center here with NASA. Or we’re going to put ABTF here. When you put all those together, when you put all of those factors together, you’re able to bring people in there. A dollar goes a lot further. You get it for a better price than you would on the East Coast, West Coast. So, we’re able to save the taxpayers dollars. The taxpayer gets a bigger bang for his taxpayer buck. And that’s what it should be about. I want each of them to understand the capacity of what we do here and what all happens.

The Huntsville mayor said he had met with some of the candidates and anticipated meeting with others as we get deeper into the campaign cycle.

“I’ve had conversations with all of them,” he added. “Bradley Byrne had conversations with him. Tommy Tuberville, I’ve seen him here quite a bit. He’s been in the North Alabama area. John Merrill has already emailed, and he’s planning on making some trips up here. We want all the candidates to understand what we’re about, what kind of community we are, and understand that the North Alabama area is an area that we would love them to get to know.”

In 2018, Battle earned Tuberville’s endorsement in his failed bid for Alabama’s GOP gubernatorial nomination.

@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

John Merrill on the stump: U.S. Senate hopeful talks immigration, culture, fiscal responsibility and attacks opponents

(Jeff Poor/YHN)

FORT PAYNE – If you have spent any time in politics around the state of Alabama, you have likely heard one of Secretary of State John Merrill’s talks about the progress he has made while in office, which is usually accompanied by figures like the number of voters registered or taxpayer dollars saved to back up his claims.

However, since announcing his candidacy for U.S. Senate last week, Merrill the U.S. senatorial campaigner is not as well known.

At an appearance on Saturday before the monthly Dekalb County Republican Breakfast Club meeting, Merrill laid out some elements of his campaign and argued why he thought he was the best candidate among the field of declared Republican candidates seeking the party’s nod.

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Merrill acknowledged that he was not with President Donald Trump from the very beginning given his support for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in the early stages of the 2016 presidential election cycle. However, he said once Trump won the nomination he gave his full support from then through now, despite some “hard” times along the way.

“People will tell you they want to be your United States Senator because they want to support the president,” he said. “I’ve supported the president. I supported the president when he was the nominee. I remember being in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention. I was being interviewed by CSPAN on the floor of the convention. And the lady that was interviewing me – she said, ‘Have you always been a supporter of the nominee, Donald Trump?’ And I said, ‘No, ma’am. I supported Mike Huckabee in the primary, and I don’t make any apologies for that. But I’ll tell you this: Not only did I not support him then, but 85% of the people that are here didn’t support him, either. But you want to know something? We’re all supporting him now because he’s our nominee and he’s going to be our next president. And he’s going to help turn this country around.’”

“From that point to November, there were a few times it got hard for a few people to support him. It didn’t get hard for me, and it didn’t get hard for y’all,” he added. “Because we understood what he was trying to do. That is why when I become your next United States Senator, we’re going to help build the wall. Why are we going to do that? Because we’re going to stop the bleeding of illegal immigrants that are coming in this nation.”

With those remarks, Merrill earned the gathering’s applause and touted being the only candidate in the race to have helped Trump on immigration given that included among his duties of being Alabama secretary of state, he has promoted voter registration and photo identification and insured the integrity of the voter rolls, which he said has kept illegal immigrants off voter rolls and out of the election process.

The U.S. Senate hopeful also railed against the move toward socialism by some on the Democratic side of the aisle.

“We’ve got to push back against that socialist agenda that’s being advanced by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, by Senator Chuck Schumer, and by Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” he said. “We have to push back against what they’re doing because they will continue to tear down the basic foundational principles of our country and what has made our country great today.”

Merrill also urged fiscal responsibility, and pointed to his opponents, presumably referring to former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope) and former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville.

“You ask the other candidates how you push back against record spending, where have you been. Ask how they’ve cut their budget, how they’ve cut staff,” he said. “Because you’re not going to get a positive answer from somebody who expanded the court system. You’re not going to get that answer from somebody who has been in Congress who has been a part of the swamp. And you’re not going to get that answer from an athletic administrator football coach who says I need more coaches and more money. You’re not going to get that answer from them.”

According to Merrill, he had, in fact, cut his operation to do more with less by downsizing his staff from 49 to 36 and significantly expedited business filings that once ranged from taking seven to nine months before confirming receipt, to same-day service.

“We’re not operating at the speed of government anymore,” he added. “We’re operating at the speed of business.”

Merrill took a jab at Byrne for his remarks about the proposed toll for the new Mobile Bay Bridge. Byrne told a town hall meeting in Magnolia Springs last week he had “pretty much done as much” as he could do, to which Merrill seemed to indicate was an unsatisfactory response.

“Those people are not prepared to do what I can do for you,” he said. “They don’t have the proven track record that I have of accomplishment and effectiveness to show you what they’ll be able to do when they’re there. One of them is already there. They asked him about a major bridge project that’s going on down in Mobile. He said, ‘I’ve done all I can do. My hands are tied.’ What if you told your son who is out working in the yard you needed that wood finished and he said, ‘Daddy, I’ve done all I can do. I’m through.’ You’d jerk a knot in his tail until he got out there and got it right.’ We need people who are not going to accept ‘no’ for an answer. We’re going to find a way to get it done. That’s what my daddy taught me. That’s what y’all’s daddy taught y’all.”

He fielded a question from the group gathered about the shift in the culture and noted that some of that shift could be attributed to the changes in pop culture, including what was being shown on television.

“[T]hat’s what we’ve allowed to happen,” Merrill said. “How have we allowed it to happen? There are no more good TV shows on like ‘Gunsmoke,’ ‘Bonanza,’ ‘The Virginian,’ ‘Andy Griffith,’ ‘I Love Lucy.’ We don’t have those shows anymore. We’re too interested in homosexual activities. We’re too interested in seeing how this family’s finding a way to mess on this family or to see how people are trying to date on TV, or having wife-swapping on TV. That’s what we watch. When we push back against that, and we quit allowing it to be in our homes – that’s how those changes have occurred because we’ve allowed them to slowly but surely come into our lives.”

Merrill pledged that he and his wife Cindy were willing to face the scrutiny of what is likely to be a very competitive statewide campaign.

“One of my friends asked me, he said, ‘John, are you prepared to go through what you’re going to have to go through if you run for the United States Senate,’” Merrill said. “He asked me this on the Sunday before the Tuesday. He said, ‘Are you prepared for the attacks that you’ll face and that Cindy will face? Are you prepared to stand up and fight against that? Is it worth it to you to go through what you’re going to have to go through and pay the price to make it happen? Is it worth it?’”

“’And I said, ‘Ron, let me ask you a question,’” he continued. “He said, ‘OK.’ I said, ‘Is the Republic worth it? Is the Republic worth it? It is worth it to me. And I know it is worth it to y’all and that’s why there is a room full today because y’all understand it. We have got to stand and push back, and continue to fight and support the president and to make these changes that we have to make in order to protect and defend our country as we have known it to be or it will cease to be that way.”

@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

Rush Limbaugh: Mo Brooks ‘brilliant’ in effort to have panel of climate experts admit humans weren’t responsible for past 20,000 years of global warming

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Friday on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh offered high praise for Alabama’s own U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) for his handling of four members of a panel of climate experts during a House Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing on Thursday.

According to a release from Brooks’ office, everyone on the panel admitted humans were not responsible for global warming that has occurred over the past 20,000 years.

Limbaugh called the North Alabama congressman’s effort “brilliant” but shared his disappointment that the admission Brooks was able to obtain would not make it into more mainstream news outlets.

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Transcript as follows (courtesy RushLimbaugh.com):

So yesterday there was a hearing in Congress. Mo Brooks, Congressman Mo Brooks issued a press release yesterday. “Bipartisan Panel of Scientists Confirms Humans Not Responsible for the Past 20,000 Years of Global Warming.” This is not a spoof. This is not a joke. It’s brilliant. It is one of the best attempts at knocking sense into people I have ever heard. It is one of the best attempts at persuasion I have seen.

“In a House Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing on climate change, under questioning by Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05), four members of a bipartisan panel of climate science experts all admitted that humans are NOT responsible for the Earth’s global warming that has occurred over the past 20,000 years.”

Why the past 20,000 years? Because that is when the Earth’s last glacial maximum occurred. The point is — well, the points are these. “Average global temperatures were roughly 11 degrees Fahrenheit colder than they are today. Stated differently, global temperatures have risen, on average, roughly 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit per century over the past 20,000 years.
Sea levels were roughly 410 feet lower 20,000 years ago than they are today.”

This is according to the United States Geological Survey, which the global warming crowd loves and cites often. Stating this a different way, “sea levels have risen, on average, roughly two feet per century over the past 20,000 years (roughly double the global warming enthusiasts’ claimed average sea level rise rate of one foot per century since 1993). Almost all of Canada, Northern Europe, and America (north of the Missouri and Ohio Rivers, east to New York City) was under glacial ice and uninhabitable,” 20,000 years ago.

“The gist of the experts’ opinions is that the earth was too lightly populated by humans to make humanity responsible for the Earth’s global warming that began 20,000 years ago.”

This is one of the most brilliant ways of nuking this entire silly notion that man is destroying the planet that I have ever seen. It points out the last glacial maximum 20,000 years ago, New York City, most of America north of the Missouri and Ohio rivers was uninhabitable because it was under ice. For 20,000 years we have been warming. Sea levels have been rising. Parts of the world that were uninhabitable have become habitable. They have become filled with vegetation and agriculture. Areas that were useless are now feeding entire populations.

This warming has been going on 20,000 years and there hasn’t been any enough activity by man to be responsible for it at all. There weren’t enough human beings on the planet 20,000 years ago to effect any kind of change according to current theories, which are bogus, such as industrialization, output of CO2s, the driving of SUVs and everything else they claim that we’re doing now that destroys the planet.

If the earth has been in a warming trend — and it’s obviously been in one, if we had the last glacial maximum 20,000 years ago and we’re not under ice now, we’ve obviously been dealing with a lot of warming, 20,000 years. That’s a long time. People can’t comprehend it because a life span’s 85.

But the fact of the matter is the earth has been warming for 20,000 years. Man’s had nothing to do with it. Now all of a sudden, the warming continues as it has been, and here come a bunch of left-wing, liberal Democrat partisans and charlatans who want to now claim that all of this is the result of man-made activity going back to the industrial age. It’s bogus.

I love this way that Mo Brooks did this to illustrate this. Now, this is a press release. It got picked up on a couple of websites, but it’s not gonna go mainstream because it nukes the entire political premise of climate change. So, of course, it’s not gonna be widely distributed or broadcast. It’s going to be shelved and ignored. But I want you to know about it because we’re always looking at ways to persuade people here, always looking at ways to cut through the stupidity, to cut through this ignorance. It’s a dangerous thing.

@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

Roy Moore rips Colin Kaepernick for taking Frederick Douglass ‘completely out of context’ — ‘Kaepernick only knows what it is to be privileged’

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On July 4, shortly after criticizing Nike for a line of shoes that featured the Betsy Ross flag, which resulted in the athletic wear maker pulling the product from its offerings, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick posted a quote from Frederick Douglass on Twitter.

“What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? This Fourth of July is yours, not mine…There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour,” the Kaepernick tweet read, citing Douglass.

Critics accused the former San Francisco 49er of taking the quote out of context given Douglass said before the abolition of slavery.

During an interview on Huntsville radio’s WVNN on Friday, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, a candidate in the 2020 U.S. Senate contest in Alabama, weighed in on Kaepernick and other anti-American displays.

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“We’re confused culturally,” Moore said on “The Jeff Poor Show.” “That’s certainly the truth. I’ve never seen a time in my life, and I go back to the ‘60s when I was at the academy – you know, people were patriotic. Yeah, there was opposition to the Vietnam War, but people still were patriotic to their country. I think today we see so many people trying to tear down the country, trying to destroy and actually, you know, like burning flags, refusing to stand for the National Anthem. We never dreamed of anything like that back then. And I had classmates die in Vietnam. And, I think of what they would think if they were here and how much we’ve changed.”

On specifically Kaepernick, Moore accused him of not fully recognizing Douglass’ appreciation of Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

“Certainly I’ll never give into it, and I never appreciate people like Kaepernick, who was raised in a much different culture, and he wasn’t raised as was Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass, although he was raised in slavery, when he found out the truth about things and started fighting it, he actually appreciated the Constitution and appreciated the Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence. These things that Colin Kaepernick quotes of Frederick Douglass are taken completely out of context.”

“He knew what it was to be a slave,” Moore added. “Kaepernick only knows what it is to be privileged.”

@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

Terri Sewell rejects AOC, staffer’s claims of racism within House Dem caucus — ‘Deeply offensive and couldn’t be further from the truth’

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In recent days, it has become more apparent there are some deep divisions within the Democratic caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives, which holds a 37-seat majority and is under the leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Freshman member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) accused Pelosi of “the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color” in comments to The Washington Post. That was a sentiment Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti had echoed earlier in a tweet and pointed to “New Democrats and Blue Dogs” specifically.

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham), the vice chair of the New Democrat Coalition and also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, rejected such racial criticisms.

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“So, to even insinuate that I, or any other member of the New Dems, would promote policies that are racist and hateful or ones that would negatively impact communities of color is deeply offensive and couldn’t be further from the truth,” Sewell said in a statement.

Ocasio-Cortez, along with Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) have formed what they are calling “the squad,” which has directly taken on Pelosi in recent days.

A story from Politico on Thursday offered more details of Sewell’s role in the on-going internal Democratic caucus dispute. According to the account, Sewell reached out to Ocasio-Cortez.

Rep. Terri Sewell, a vice chair of the New Democrats, has reached out to Ocasio-Cortez several times to discuss Chakrabarti’s controversial tweets but has not heard back, according to an account relayed by Rep. Derek Kilmer during a meeting in Pelosi’s office on Wednesday.

Kilmer, who is chairman of the New Dems, recounted the story during Pelosi’s weekly meeting with leaders of the various Democratic interest groups within the caucus, according to two sources with knowledge of the exchange.

Sewell, who is African American, represents Birmingham, Ala., a city with a lengthy and at times horrific civil rights legacy. On Thursday, she released a statement strongly criticizing the comparison of New Dems to pro-segregationists.

In an interview, she said, “I’m not going to talk about my own private talks with members. But it’s enough to say that I’ve issued my statement about the tweet that her chief of staff did. I was highly offended by that — I represent the Deep South.”

But Ocasio-Cortez disputed the account that she had ignored a phone call from Sewell: “I do know that she called me once and I returned her call. We missed each other right before I went to the border.”

Sewell’s office declined to comment further about the two members’ private conversations.

@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

U.S. Attorney General William Barr cites Mo Brooks-Steve Marshall lawsuit in remarks applauding Trump citizenship executive order

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On Thursday outside at the White House, President Donald Trump unveiled an executive order on gathering citizenship information, which was seen as a shift from his earlier posture insisting that a question about citizenship status would be on the 2020 census.

Also speaking on the issue was U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who spoke favorably about Trump’s announcement.

During his remarks, Barr referenced the legal effort underway from U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall challenging the federal government’s Department of Commerce and Census Bureau that argues against including those who have entered the country illegally in the final census count for purposes of congressional apportionment and the allotment of Electoral College votes.

Alabama is in danger of losing one of its seven congressional seats as the state has struggled to maintain the growth pace of other states, especially as some of those states have local policies that encourage an influx of illegal immigrants.

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Remarks as follows:

Thank you, Mr. President, and congratulations on today’s executive order, which will ensure that we finally have an accurate understanding of how many citizens and noncitizens live in our country. As the Supreme Court recognized, it would be perfectly lawful for the federal government to ask on the census whether individuals are citizens of the United States. And it’s entirely reasonable to want to know how many citizens and noncitizens there are in the United States.

In fact, the federal government has routinely asked questions relating to citizenship ever since the 1820s. But while the Supreme Court correctly recognized that it would be entirely appropriate to include citizenship questions on the census, it nevertheless held that the Commerce Department did not adequately explain its decisions for doing so on the 2020 census. Because, as the Supreme Court recognized, the defect in the commerce department’s decision was curable with a better record, the president asked me to work with Secretary Ross to determine whether there remained a viable path for including a citizenship question on the census. I did so.

In my view, the government has ample justification to inquire about citizenship status on the census and could plainly provide rationales for doing so that would satisfy the Supreme Court. And there–therefore, there is no question that a new decision to add the question would ultimately survive legal review. The problem is that any new decision would be subject to immediate challenge as a new claim in the three ongoing district court cases.

In addition, there are injunctions currently in place that forbid adding the question. There is simply no way to litigate these issues and obtain relief from the current injunctions in time to implement any new decision without jeopardizing our ability to carry out the census, which we are not going to do. We’re not going to jeopardize our ability to carry out the census. So as a practical matter, the Supreme Court’s decision closed all paths to adding the question to the 2020 Census. Put simply, the impediment was not–was a logistical impediment, not a legal one. We simply cannot complete the litigation in time to carry out the census.

One other point on this, some in the media have been suggesting in the hysterical mode of the day that the administration has been planning to add the citizenship question to the census by executive fiat without regard to contrary court orders or what the Supreme Court might say. This has been based on rank speculation and nothing more. As it should be obvious, there has never been under–this has never been under consideration. We have always accepted that any new decision to add a Census–citizenship question to the census would be subject to judicial review.

Turning to today, I applaud the president for recognizing and his executive order that including a question on the census is not the only way to obtain this vital information. The course the president has chosen today will bring unprecedented resources to–to bear on determining how many citizens and noncitizens are in our country and will yield the best data the government has had on citizenship in many decades. That information will be used for countless purposes as the president explained in his remarks today.

For example, there is a current dispute over whether illegal aliens can be included for apportionment purposes. Depending on the resolution of that dispute, this data may be relevant to those considerations. We will be studying this issue. Congratulations again, Mr. President, on taking this effective action.

@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 on new Mobile Bay Bridge: We pay taxes but we still have to pay tolls — It makes no sense

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The proposed toll for the new I-10 Mobile Bay Bridge has become the hot political issue of the summer for Mobile and Baldwin Counties, and so much to an extent, it could have a profound impact on the U.S. Senate contest set to take place in 2020 in Alabama.

The Alabama Department of Transportation has gone as far as to proclaim the proposed bridge will be a toll bridge, or there will not be a bridge at all according to one report.

During an interview on Thursday’s broadcast of Huntsville radio WVNN’s “The Jeff Poor Show,” former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville, a candidate for U.S. Senate, spoke out against tolls when asked about the I-10 bridge situation.

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“They’ve needed to do something down there for years,” Tuberville said. “We all know that. You know again, I’ve driven over 30,000 miles on our roads and bridges in just this past six weeks. There needs to be a lot of work. I mean, we’re behind. It’s a huge problem nationwide. It’s not just the state. It’s nationwide. And the toll bridge is typical. Throw money at it with tax money, and tax the American people. Keep taxing. What happens to the money that we send? What happens to all of that?”

“I’ve always complained – you know, I pay property taxes. I pay sales tax. I pay gas tax. We pay state income tax. We pay federal tax. But we still have to pay tolls at some of these roads. It makes no sense. And when they’re supposedly paid for, you know they still keep it going. They still keep using the tolls.  That’s all over the country.”

“If you go up in the Northeast now – I don’t know how they would probably operate if they didn’t have all these toll roads,” Tuberville added. “It’s a joke. We’re a ship without a sail in this country, and thank goodness we have a guy with a paddle, and his name is Donald Trump. And you got a bunch of people on a boat watching him paddle, and nobody is helping him. It’s just mind-boggling to me how we can just self-destruct ourselves because we are in real trouble. And if we don’t start making some critical decisions, it’s going to be hard to get it back.”

@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. Ward warns fed takeover of prison system could result in mass releases, increase in homelessness; Predicts special session in early 2020

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While the focus has shifted away from state politics to national and presidential politics, still on the horizon is a possible special session of the legislature to address Alabama’s beleaguered prison system.

Earlier this year, the Department of Justice through the three U.S. Attorney’s offices in Alabama advised the state government that some of the current men’s prisons were in violation of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution’s “cruel and unusual punishment” provision. It also implied that if measures were not taken to improve the situation, the prison system could face action from the federal government, which could come in the form of a takeover.

During an appearance on Huntsville’s WVNN on Wednesday, State Sen. Cam Ward (R-Alabaster), who has been leading the effort on prison reform in the Alabama State Senate, explained policymakers were awaiting data that was necessary to determine what steps needed to be taken to rectify the problem.

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“What we’ve got to do is – I’ve told the governor,” Ward said. “I’ve also told other legislators – let’s get this right. Let’s do this and not have every year we come back and have to deal with a court ruling, a court finding or a [Department of Justice] finding. But in order to do that, we need the data. If there’s going to be sentencing changes, if there’s going to be prison changes, let’s get the data to get it done. We’ve talked to the Sentencing Commission, which is a non-partisan group, agency in the state of Alabama. And they said we need about three or four months to get you the data you need. So, let’s don’t rush this. Let’s do a special session but let’s do one when we know we’re going to get it right the first time and not keep coming back to this year after year after year.”

The Shelby County Republican said construction of new prisons was a minor part of the resolving the situation.

“Everyone focuses on the construction aspect,” he said. “I would say that’s only 25% of the issue.”

The possible consequences of inaction or further delayed action could be the federal government putting Alabama’s prison system in receivership, which could result in a mass release of inmates, as was the case in California.

“The federal courts don’t care because they’re not policymakers,” he added. “We are. All they look at is you’ve got to be in a constitutional standard, and then your state government – you’re basically surrendering control of your system when you do that. And that’s what happens. You see the situation like in L.A. where you have the huge homeless issue. We don’t want to go down that route. California is not the way to go.”

Late in this year’s legislative session, State Senate President Pro-Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) suggested Governor Kay Ivey could call a special session as early as this fall to deal with the problem. However, Ward said early 2020 was more of a realistic timeframe.

“I think realistically you’re talking about the first of the year, maybe the end of January, first of February,” he 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.

1 week ago

Byrne: ‘I’m encouraging’ Trump, DoJ to go forward with 2020 U.S. Census citizenship question

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration in its efforts to include a question about the citizenship status of 2020 U.S. Census respondents, which could have a profound impact on Alabama in future reapportionment of congressional seats and Electoral College votes.

Despite the ruling, President Donald Trump has pledged to proceed with alternative means of having the question included on the Census, which has come to the chagrin of many Democrats.

However, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope), a candidate for the 2020 U.S. Senate election’s Republican nomination, told Huntsville radio’s WVNN on Wednesday he supported Trump and his administration’s efforts to have the question included in the Census.

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“I support them,” Byrne said. “I think that’s a perfectly legitimate question to ask. By the way, it has been asked in the past. I don’t understand the Supreme Court’s decision, by the way. I’ve read it. I don’t know why they came to the conclusion they did. It is interesting to note that they said, but they’re not saying the president or the Secretary of Commerce can’t do it. They’re saying the Secretary of Commerce did not give a good enough reason for doing it, which strikes me as being sort of non-sensical. But what I think the president and his legal team are doing is to come up for a better-stated reason as to why we need to do it and use that as a justification to go forward. So I’m encouraging the president, the White House, the Justice Department, everybody working on this to go forward with this question. And a lot of us in the House have sent that message over to the White House and it looks like they’re trying to do it.”

“Now, exactly how they do it and how it is going to come out, we’ll just have to wait and see,” he 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.

1 week ago

Mitch McConnell: ‘I think the people of Alabama have figured this guy out — I think they’ve seen quite enough of Roy Moore’

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The fingerprints of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on the primary phase of the 2017 U.S. Senate special election will long be remembered as an integral part of that saga.

McConnell and his Senate Leadership Fund PAC backed then appointed-Sen. Luther Strange and spent millions to promote his candidacy. However, it was not meant to be for Strange with his runoff opponent former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore winning the nomination, but losing to the Democratic Party nominee Doug Jones.

According to a story from The Washington Times by reporter Stephen Dinan, McConnell dismissed the possibility of a Roy Moore-repeat in the 2020 U.S. Senate GOP primary in Alabama.

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“I think the people of Alabama have figured this guy out,” McConnell said. “I think they’ve seen quite enough of Roy Moore.”

Moore’s entry into the Alabama race and the recent announcement of former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach that he is seeking a seat in the U.S. Senate are viewed as two potential adversaries for the senior Kentucky Republican senator from within his own party.

@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

Mo Brooks: ‘I discount’ the possibility of Dem crossovers voting for Roy Moore in a GOP primary to better Doug Jones’ reelection chances

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Some have floated the possibility of a 2020 rematch of the 2017 U.S. Senate special election between incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. Jones pulled off the upset against Moore in the December 2017 contest to give Democrats their first major statewide contest win in over a decade.

The reasoning offered for the repeat match-up is that Democrats might consider participating in the 2020 Republican primary to vote for Moore given that some view Moore as the weaker possible opponent for Jones in the 2020 general election.

During an appearance on Tuesday’s “Matt & Aunie Show” on Birmingham radio’s Talk 99.5, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) dismissed the possibility of such a crossover strategy playing out for those hoping for Jones’ reelection.

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Brooks told co-hosts Matt Murphy and Andrea Lindenberg he was aware of that theory but could not see it playing out given the strong support for President Donald Trump in Alabama and that Democrats would be more interested in participating in their own primary given the stakes of the presidential contest.

“I have heard it,” he replied. “I discount it. I don’t think there’s much of a chance of a role of having any kind of significant effect on the Republican primary Senate race for two reasons. In my judgment, first and foremost whoever our nominee is, is going to win against Doug Jones. Doug Jones now has a record. He cannot pretend to be a moderate. On the other hand, our voters are all going to show up for the presidential race, OK? So, our people are going to be there in force. And the second reason is the Republican senatorial primary is on the same day as the presidential primary. The big election is on the Democrat side. Are they going to vote in our primary and not get to vote on who’s going to be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States? I don’t think so.”

“There might be some small, small, small, small smattering – maybe some of Doug Jones’ family members,” Brooks continued. “But every other Democrat is going to vote in the presidential primary, which means they cannot vote in a Republican Senate race.”

“A lot of Democrats would have a real hard time voting for Roy Moore – even if there’s a strategic reason in their own heads for doing so,” Brooks 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.

1 week ago

Byrne on opposing new Mobile Bay Bridge toll: ‘I’ve pretty much done as much as I can do’

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With just under eight months until Alabama Republicans go to vote for who they want representing them on the general election ballot in a match-up that will likely be against incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook), there is one issue that could be make-or-break for campaigns in southwestern Alabama — the proposed toll for the new I-10 Mobile Bay Bridge.

During the summer months, which is usually a slow time for local politics, the estimated $3-6 toll is dominating politics on social media, talk radio and the local broadcast news.

On Monday, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope), a candidate for the GOP nod in that U.S. Senate race, hosted a town hall in Magnolia Springs and the toll bridge was a significant concern for attendees.

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Byrne has been outspoken against a toll, arguing there were alternative ways for bridge financing. However, he told Mobile television FOX 10 WALA’s Hal Scheurich there was little he could do at this point.

“I can advocate against a toll,” Byrne said. “I can advocate for buying down the tolls for the people of the state of Alabama which I’ve done. But at the end of the day state officials don’t have any obligation to listen to me and quite frankly, they haven’t been very receptive to what I’ve been trying to tell them so it’s up to the state officials to what they’re going to do. I’ve pretty much done as much as I can do.”

@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

Mo Brooks on SCOTUS Census ruling: ‘Justice Roberts’ decision does not help American citizens control their own government’

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration for its efforts to include a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census.

The president insists he is still exploring options to have the question included on the Census, including done through an executive order.

On Huntsville’s radio’s WVNN earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) called the ruling one in which inhibited the ability of citizens to “control their own government.” It is also one he said that hurts his own legal effort in conjunction with Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall to have non-citizens counted on the Census for reasons of congressional apportionment and the Electoral College.

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“Justice [John] Roberts’ decision does not help American citizens control their own government,” Brooks said. “And the reason I say that is to me, illegal aliens should not be a part of the headcount in determining who gets United States congressmen and who gets Electoral College votes, which elects the president of the United States. They’re not supposed to be in our country. According to the 2010 Census, there are about 11 million. According to a Yale University study, in the past six months, there are about 24 million. You should not reward states that harbor illegal aliens, that support lawlessness. You should not reward them with additional political power at the federal government level both in Congress and with the election of the president of the United States. And so, the Justice Roberts’ decision yesterday to prohibit the question as to whether you are a citizen or a non-citizen to the extent that it inhibits our ability to determine how many illegal aliens there are in each state – that tends to undermine our lawsuit.”

Brooks said there were alternative ways to determine the illegal immigrant count but said the best approach was to wait and see how a federal court rules.

“But having said that, please bear in mind that in 2010, that question was not on the Census,” he said. “Yet, the Census Bureau still came up with an estimated 11 million illegal aliens in America. So there appears to be some way in which the Census Bureau can get us the data. If so, it will not have an adverse effect on the litigation. But if it strips us of the ability to get the data you need to properly apportion congressional seats and Electoral College votes based on citizenship and who should legally be here – in any event, we’re going to have to see how it all plays out. It is going to be up to a federal judge in Birmingham.”

@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

Rep. Gary Palmer won’t rule out 2020 U.S. Senate run — ‘We’re praying about it’

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After last week’s announcement from Secretary of State John Merrill that he was getting into the 2020 U.S. Senate contest, many assumed the field was set.

Other than Merrill, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope), former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and State Rep. Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs) have also made formal announcements of a bid for the seat.

However, such a declaration of a settled field could be premature. During an appearance on Birmingham radio’s Talk 99.5, U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) indicated there was the possibility he could still run for the seat.

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Host Matt Murphy asked Palmer if he had a preferred candidate among the currently announced field.

“I don’t know that everybody that is going to be in has gotten in yet,” Palmer replied.

“You’re not getting in?” Murphy asked.

“We’re praying about it,” Palmer said.

“Are you still on the fence?” Murphy followed up.

“Well, you know, my wife and I pray about everything, and our attitude is that if we feel led and clearly led to do something, we’re going to do it, whether we want to do it or not. But, what I’m trying to get across to people is that you need to look at the long-term, not the short-term. And long-term is we’ll hold the Senate. I think right now, the president will be reelected. But we have got to get the House back. The first two years of a second administration are really the only opportunity to get anything done. And if we don’t have the House, we will have wasted that.”

Later in the appearance, Palmer laid out a timeline for a candidate, which he indicated an announcement could be made as late as the end of September.

“There will be a termination point where qualifying will close, and I anticipate that will be the end of September, somewhere in that range,” Palmer said. “Certainly by the end of September you’ve got to decide. I think with primary being in March, it’s basically going to be a January to March election primarily because October, you’ll have some ads and things like that. You get into November, you start getting into the holiday season for Thanksgiving and Christmas and nobody is paying any attention.”

@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

Marshall on Alabama AG’s office effort to crackdown on robocalls: ‘It’s a problem for everyone, and we get it’

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Last week, King’s Property Solutions LLC, a Huntsville-based real estate investment company, agreed to stop sending out robocalls and reform its business practices after Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office threatened to sue the company.

According to the AG’s office, King’s Property Solutions violated the Alabama Telemarketing Act, the Alabama Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the federal government’s Telemarketing Sales Rule.

During an interview with Huntsville radio’s WVNN on Monday, Marshall said robocalls were a primary complaint from constituents. However, there could be more proactive measures taken like the action against King Property Solutions in the future that are partnerships with other state governments and federal agencies, according to Marshall.

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“I probably get asked when I’m just sort of out-and-about about this issue more than anything else,” Marshall said. “I mean, it’s a problem for everyone, and we get it. A couple of efforts that we’ve made – one of which is what we announced last week when we partnered with the Federal Trade Commission and 19 other states to investigate leads and take enforcement actions against those who violated both provisions relating to the Federal Trade Commission, as well as to Alabama law.”

“You know, we are required at the AG’s office to license those who want to engage in telemarketing,” he continued. “We have the ability to take administrative actions to those who do it that otherwise aren’t licensed. Also, we have the vehicle, not criminally but civilly, through our Deceptive Trade Practices Act to stop deceptive statements from being made as part of those calls.”

Marshall acknowledged the issues of technology outpacing government’s ability to regulate robocalls.

“We were able to identify a company that was doing it unlawfully and really pleased with our ability to partner with the FTC in being able to not only identify those unlawful calls but be able to shut them down,” Marshall added. “Beyond that, we joined with 39 other attorneys general reaching out to both the FCC and the FTC to be able to take stronger stands, and also to be able to enable many of our wireless carriers who had certain restrictions at the FCC that prohibited them from being able to proactive in this area, to be able to block calls, obviously with the consent of the consumer to be able to stop because what we also know is not only are they bothersome but many of these calls relate to scams that prey particularly on our seniors. On so, this is very much an issue of importance and one that unfortunately sometimes technology tends to outpace what we can do, whether it be from a regulation side, or be it from a statute side. But yet, we tend to have many attorneys general from around the country that understand the importance of this and working with agencies that have some regulatory authority here to be able to encourage a very proactive step. But it was a good action. We’re very pleased by it. But there’s clearly more work to be done.”

@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

Jim Zeigler on 2020 AL-1 U.S. House run: ‘I have not had time to look at any other political options’

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The debate over the proposed toll for the new Interstate 10 Mobile Bay bridge has enough political fodder to go around, which could play an integral role in the 2020 election cycle. That is especially true in southwestern Alabama, where Republican primary voters are not only considering a candidate for the U.S. Senate general election but a candidate for Alabama’s first congressional district GOP nomination as well.

The seat is currently occupied by U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope), who is not running for reelection because he is seeking the GOP U.S. Senatorial nomination. Among the announced candidates are Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl, former State Sen. Bill Hightower (R-Mobile), State Rep. Chris Pringle (R-Mobile) and businessman Wes Lambert.

However, there is another candidate who hails from Alabama’s first congressional district that is presently considering a run for U.S. Senate in 2020 and has made the proposed toll for the new Mobile Bay bridge his central focus: State Auditor Jim Zeigler.

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Zeigler’s effort includes a Facebook page he assembled, “Block the Mobile Bayway Toll,” which now has over 17,000 members. Some have taken notice and have suggested that given Zeigler’s ability to organize around the toll bridge debate, he could be a viable candidate for the 2020 AL-1 U.S. House election.

Yellowhammer News reached out to Zeigler about a congressional run, to which Zeigler said it was not something he has considered.

“I have not had time to look at any other political options because of a vital issue that I am trying to lead — blocking the toll charges proposed on I-10 over Mobile Bay. In one month, I have gotten almost 17,000 members, many of whom are passionate about blocking the toll,” Zeigler said. “Not one person has mentioned my potential campaign for US Senate or for anything else except a few — ‘We need you as Governor.'”

The second-term state auditor maintains his political plans are still for the U.S. Senate, which he claims to have an exploratory committee as he considers his final decision.

“My present plan is to make a decision about my 2020 political plans on Nov. 7 — one day before the deadline,” he said. “Right now, I am concentrating on my day job as State Auditor and the campaign to block the I-10 toll.”

@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.

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John Merrill: ‘Doug Jones is the poster child for fair, safe, secure elections in the state of Alabama’

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Since announcing his candidacy his last week for U.S. Senate, there has been questioning whether or not Secretary of State John Merrill is capable of maintaining his role as Alabama’s chief election officer as a candidate given a potential conflict of interest.

Merrill has dismissed those claims and noted that there was no concern about a conflict of interest when he was running in 2018 for reelection to his Alabama secretary of state post.

During an appearance on Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal” on Friday, Merrill also referenced Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brooks) and his 2017 special election win. According to Merrill, Jones is the “poster child” for “fair, safe, secure elections” in Alabama.

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“Look, Doug Jones is the poster child for fair, safe, secure elections in the state of Alabama,” Merrill said. “If it were not for our office and what we’ve done in working with our local election officials to make sure the elections were fair, safe and secure, Doug Jones would not be the senator from the state of Alabama. But the people of Alabama wanted their voice heard and they elected him and that’s why his election was properly certified.”

@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.