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  • Trump explores tariffs on autos, auto parts

    Excerpt from AP:

    The Trump administration launched an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on the imports of automobiles into the United States, moving swiftly as talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled. President Donald Trump predicted earlier that U.S. automakers and auto workers would be “very happy” with the outcome of the NAFTA talks.

    The White House said in a statement Wednesday that the president had asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to consider whether the imports of automobiles, including trucks, and automotive parts threaten U.S. national security. The president said in the statement that “core industries such as automobiles and automotive parts are critical to our strength as a Nation.”

    The U.S. remains far apart on the talks over rewriting the trade pact with Canada and Mexico, with the discussions at an impasse over rules for car production. The initiation of the trade investigation could be seen as an attempt to gain leverage in the talks with the two U.S. neighbors. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that efforts to renegotiate the trade agreement could spill into next year.

  • Alice Martin stresses experience in campaign for attorney general

    Excerpt from Montgomery Advertiser:

    Before Alice Martin was an attorney, she was a nurse.

    “The nurses have the minute-by-minute contact with the patients, versus the doctors making rounds in the morning and afternoon,” Martin said in a recent interview. “It was so important to be the eyes for the physicians when they weren’t there, so you could tell them more than what you could chart.”

    While she ended up going into the law, Martin said her time as a psychiatric nurse proved valuable in a career where she’s worked as a private attorney, a prosecutor and a judge.

    “I used it in criminal cases when I was looking at autopsy reports, in forensic reports,” she said. “You can use it because it’s so much easier to communicate with doctors and nurses when you’re defending them in liability cases.”

    It goes with Martin’s chief argument in her campaign for attorney general: She has a resume no other candidate can match.

  • Roy Moore postpones news conference to announce new lawsuit

    Excerpt from AL.com:

    There won’t be an announcement today of a new lawsuit by Roy Moore today after all.

    Moore’s defense team issued another press release Thursday morning, postponing the news conference scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday in Gadsden.

    The full statement from Moore’s attorneys:

    “The announcement of new charges against additional defendants in this matter will be postponed due to delay of cases already pending before two separate courts of the state, as well as at the Alabama Supreme Court, making it inadvisable to proceed at this time.

    “We fully intend to announce new charges against new defendants in the coming months.”

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Alabamian Davey Allison named to NASCAR Hall of Fame along with Jeff Gordon, Alan Kulwicki, Jack Roush, Roger Penske

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On Wednesday, NASCAR announced the five inductees who will make up its 2019 Hall of Fame class. Among those is Hueytown native Davey Allison, the son of Bobby Allison, who is also a NASCAR Hall of Famer.

Allison compiled 19 race wins and 14 pole positions in stock car racing premiere series before his death in a tragic helicopter accident in 1993. He won his first race at Talladega Superspeedway in the 1987 Winston 500. He would win at his home track two more times, in 1989 and 1992. Allison’s biggest win came at the 1992 Daytona 500.

The late Allison is joined by Jeff Gordon, Jack Roush, Roger Penske and the late Alan Kulwicki to complete the 2019 class.

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The induction weekend is set for Jan. 31, 2019 through Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. The ceremony will take place on Feb. 1, 2019.

Watch — Allison wins 1992’s The Winston All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

22 hours ago

It’s your fault! Decatur Daily, TimesDaily blame Alabama, not illegal immigration for possible loss of US House seat

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Alabama is in danger of losing one of its seven congressional seats, and it’s your fault.

That is according to a Wednesday editorial that appeared in two north Alabama newspapers, the Decatur Daily and Florence’s TimesDaily.

The editorial board of the Daily and the TimesDaily reacted to a lawsuit filed by the state of Alabama and Rep. Mo Brooks’ (R-Huntsville) against the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Census Bureau announced a day earlier. The goal of the suit is to stop illegal immigrants from being counted in the 2020 census. If they are included, it could mean the loss of a congressional seat for Alabama after the data is compiled and the U.S. House seats are apportioned.

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According to the editorial, Alabama only has itself to blame if it loses a House seat given the tack the state has taken on illegal immigration, which it argued sent the wrong message to legal immigrants.

“The rest of the South is booming, and Alabama is the only state in the Deep South that looks likely to lose a congressional seat following the 2020 census. There is a reason for this: In 2011, the state Legislature passed HB 56, a draconian measure aimed at “illegal immigration.” The law had the net effect of making Alabama look inhospitable to immigrants legal and illegal.”

There’s no question HB had its problems. It was hastily conceived legislation, and it was destined to fail in the long run because it couldn’t pass muster with the courts.

However, if the message sent from Alabama’s tough stance on immigration is to blame, why isn’t Arizona in danger of losing one of its nine congressional seats for the similar immigration legislation it passed in 2010?

Arizona’s SB 1070 had much more of the national spotlight than Alabama’s HB 56. We all remember then-Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) tangling with President Barack Obama on the tarmac at the airport in Phoenix.

Instead, Arizona is expected to gain a seat after the 2020 Census according to Bloomberg.

So much for that theory.

Beyond that incorrect assumption, this editorial is just wrong in its key criticism that Alabama was in need of improvement on how “inviting” it has made itself to immigrants.

“Instead of suing the federal government, Alabama should instead work on making itself inviting to immigrants from abroad,” the editorial added. “Otherwise, in another 10 years, it may fall even further behind the rest of the country.”

Alabamians have welcomed Hispanic immigrants to its state. A trip through Franklin County’s Russellville or Marshall County’s Albertville doesn’t seem to suggest Alabama has closed its doors to them.

The Decatur Daily and TimesDaily make the dubious claim that all people in a congressional district, legal or illegal, are constitutionally guaranteed representation and therefore Alabama and Mo Brooks don’t have a legitimate gripe. But what it ignores is why Alabamians take issue with the federal government’s handling of immigration.

A mass influx of immigrants may make newspaper editors feel good about themselves, as they drive to and from the newspaper office while listening to the intellectual ramblings over the airwaves of Alabama Public Radio.

“Ah, if our state could only be as enlightened about humanity as we are!”

Immigration policy has a significant impact on the existing communities. Schools and infrastructure are often overwhelmed, public safety concerns are increased given any new population requires police and fire protection, and on and on.

How is any of this addressed by blaming voters for electing politicians that run on frustrations with immigration? Is it wrong to challenge an advantage given to other states that encourage illegal immigration through sanctuary city and lax drivers license policies?

Rather than publish some left-wing screed that reads more like a column written by a sophomore for a college newspaper, consider things from the point of view of your readers. Consider the impact of immigration on the communities they have built and have lived in all their lives.

That doesn’t seem like too much of an ask for newspapers of record in two of Alabama’s biggest cities.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

1 day ago

‘Rick & Bubba’ radio show’s Bill ‘Bubba’ Bussey: I’m supporting Scott Dawson, Will Ainsworth, too (AUDIO)

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On Tuesday’s broadcast of the syndicated “Rick & Bubba” radio program, co-host Bill “Bubba” Bussey called out Yellowhammer News for highlighting his co-host Rick Burgess’ comments about the 2018 gubernatorial race and neglecting to mention Bussey was in “lockstep” with Burgess’ views.

Bussey and Burgess are both supporters of Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott Dawson and Republican lieutenant gubernatorial hopeful Will Ainsworth.

The “Rick & Bubba” co-hosts were reflecting on a previous caller’s criticism of Burgess on the issue of global warming, to which Burgess noted he is often on the receiving end despite the two having the same opinion issues. Bussey stated that Burgess also tended to be the one showcased by news stories on the particular topic of Dawson’s run for governor.

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“We have an opposite effect in other things,” Bussey said. “And one — we have a state news agency here called Yellowhammer News. We can talk on the air about the same topic — just like what you’re talking about. You may say a few more words than I do about it, whatever. But we’re together. We’re in lockstep on something. The headline will be ‘Rick Burgess says this.’ ‘Rick Burgess says that.’ ‘Rick Burgess man of the year.’ ‘Rick Burgess…’ And it is never ‘Rick and Bubba.’ You have that opposite effect.”

“It’s just like with Scott [Dawson],” he added. “Look, I’m supporting Scott just like you are. I support Will Ainsworth just like you are. The story will come out, ‘Rick Burgess says Will Ainsworth blah, blah, blah.’ ‘Rick Burgess says.'”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

3 days ago

Listen: NPR’s ‘On the Media’ features Mobile’s Africatown

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A recent broadcast of National Public Radio’s “On the Media” took an in-depth look at Africatown, a community three miles north of downtown Mobile that was built by a group of West African slaves brought illegally to the United States on The Clotilda in 1860.

The episode of “On the Media” hosted by Brooke Gladstone featured Africatown resident Joe Womack, MOVE Gulf Coast Community Development Corporation president and CEO Vickii Howell, and History Museum of Mobile historian Charles Torrey.

Recently, ship wreckage was discovered in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta that some thought might have been the Clotilda. Archaeologists determined it was not the Clotilda, but that discovery has given Africatown’s future a renewed focus.

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@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

5 days ago

‘Rick & Bubba’ radio’s Burgess warns Kay Ivey ‘is going to be a Roy Moore, part two’ — ‘Walt Maddox is going to walk into Montgomery’ (AUDIO)

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Friday on the Birmingham-based “Rick & Bubba” radio show, co-host Rick Burgess sounded off on what the future may hold if current Gov. Kay Ivey wins the Republican gubernatorial nomination next month and is in a head-to-head match-up with potential Democratic Party nominee Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox.

Burgess, a supporter of Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott Dawson, was responding to a caller that was seemingly a supporter of Ivey and offered a warning to those willing to support Ivey given any circumstances.

According to Burgess, such blind support sets up a potential repeat of Alabama’s 2017 special election GOP U.S. senatorial nominee Roy Moore’s performance, who lost narrowly to Doug Jones last December.

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“That’s the problem with politics now,” Burgess said. “Some of y’all get upset because we think a different candidate should be in and all of that. Look, go vote your conscience and vote what you think is best. I will tell you this – there seems to be some similarity with the Kay Ivey supporters — they have that Roy Moore feel. No matter what this person does, or what they do – we’re going to defend them on every turn and we’re going to push them to the end of that election.”

“My concern for the state of Alabama is if all of you push her through, as some of you want to do no matter what comes up, no matter what is said, no matter what she does – you’re going to get to October and you’re going to run into another formidable Democrat – Walt Maddox out of Tuscaloosa, and Walt Maddox is going to beat her,” he continued. “Because all of this playing nice with her right now – ‘How dare you bring up this ADECA thing! That’s mean!’ It’s the first thing that has ever been brought up of anything negative, even if its true. The Democrats, they can’t wait. I’m telling you, the Paula (sic) Todd thing was them outing themselves a little bit. They’re going to go after all of these things that nobody wants to talk about, OK, because you want to be nice.”

“They’re not going to be nice in October, I promise you,” Burgess added. “And it is going to be a Roy Moore, part two. They’re going to bring up everything they can find and its going to turn off some evangelicals that will say, ‘Maybe I just shouldn’t vote at all,’ kind of like what happened with Roy. And Walt Maddox is going to walk into Montgomery.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

6 days ago

Listen: Scott Dawson acknowledges knowing possibility Kay Ivey sexuality rumors raised — Denies it was his intent

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Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott Dawson appeared on Birmingham’s Talk 99.5 “Matt & Aunie” radio show Friday to discuss the controversy tied to his efforts to highlight the potential misappropriation of Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) grant money to the LGBTQ activist group Free2Be.

Dawson initially raised the issue in two press conferences earlier this week, which led to State Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) posting a tweet that acknowledged rumors about Gov. Kay Ivey’s sexuality.

In a sometimes-contentious exchange with co-host Matt Murphy, Dawson insisted it wasn’t his intent to play up those rumors when he first raised the ADECA issue. However, he acknowledged those rumors might be associated with his efforts.

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Exchange as follows:

MURPHY: Do you understand why people see the timing of it and believe the reason you did it three weeks out was to bring up the rumor Kay Ivey was gay?

DAWSON: If they want to believe that – I can’t choose other people’s thoughts. I can’t determine other people’s actions like I realized this week. I told y’all at the very beginning I am a fallible person. But when I was looking at this, we knew we were going to get this out as transparency and being accountable in front of the people.

MURPHY: In the press conference before Patricia Todd’s tweet, before all of this blew up – before the press conference. You referenced the rumors. You said I’m not here to talk about rumors or spread rumors. What rumors were you talking about specifically?

DAWSON: I mean, OK. You said everyone in politics has heard the rumor that our governor is gay. She has come out and flatly denied that, and I understand that. But, during that time –

MURPHY: So, you knew that there would be a connection made at the time you held the press conference.

DAWSON: I tried my best to stay away from that and bring it toward the transparency of government. That’s what I was focusing on –

MURPHY: But you knew that someone was –

DAWSON: How do you avoid that? Do you just not talk about it?

(CROSSTALK)

MURPHY: If you knew the connection would be made, how do you avoid someone like me saying that it serves your purpose to get that rumor out there because it benefits you politically?

DAWSON: I don’t know how in the world you cannot discuss that community, and not go, ‘Hey, I’m not here to dispel that. I want you to look at this organization. I want you to look at where this money is going. That’s where we were focused on. If you go back and just – anyway, look at the video.

MURPHY: So, you knew at the time the press conference was held that someone would bring up the rumor Kay Ivey was gay publicly?

DAWSON: No.

MURPHY: Then why did you bring up the rumors?

DAWSON: I did not –

MURPHY: You brought up the rumors.

DAWSON: I was trying my best to focus us on transparency of government. I was trying my best to keep us away from that, and unfortunately, someone did something.

MURPHY: But when you say something like, “You know, I know that there are rumors going out there,” don’t you know members of the press are going to go, “What rumors is he referring to?”

DAWSON: OK, now you’re accusing me of not know, but you’re saying you do not know.

MURPHY: No, I’m saying you knew specifically what rumors you were talking about. You admitted that this morning.

DAWSON: I was trying to avoid that.

MURPHY: Then why did you bring it up?

DAWSON: I was trying my best to keep us toward this for the for-cause of what we wanted to do with ADECA. That is where we were.

(CROSSTALK)

MURPHY: Why did you bring up the rumors? You knew someone was going to associate with the rumor Kay Ivey was gay.

(CROSSTALK)

MURPHY: Did you, or did you not know that? That’s why you brought up the rumors.

DAWSON: Did I know what? You’re backing me into –

MURPHY: You said there are rumors out there, and I can pull up the quote. You know what you said in the press conference. This was before Patricia Todd before anybody brought up any of that. You said, “I knew there were rumors out there.” You were referring to the rumors Kay Ivey was gay.

DAWSON: Well, I guess in that situation I was.

MURPHY: So you knew at the time of the press conference that your press conference was going to bring this up?

DAWSON: It’s not about that.

MURPHY: But don’t you accomplish your goal? Don’t you accomplish a goal in that?

DAWSON: A goal? The goal for me is for-cause about what we need to do for that. We’re going to have a difference of opinion on that, I guess.

MURPHY: That’s fair.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

6 days ago

Patricia Todd takes ‘personal responsibility’ for ‘outing’ tweet, but won’t offer full apology to Ivey on Birmingham radio

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Friday on Birmingham’s Talk 99.5 “Matt & Aunie” radio show, outgoing State Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) gave her first remarks since posting a tweet that publicly acknowledged the existence of rumors that Gov. Kay Ivey was gay.

Ivey promptly dismissed Todd’s claim by calling it a disgusting lie. And also, as a result of that tweet, One Orlando Alliance, an LGBTQ advocacy group in Central Florida, rescinded a job offer to Todd.

After a brief dialogue about her beginnings in politics, Todd explained her reasoning for the tweet and what she suggested was a hypocritical culture in politics that inspired it.

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Remarks as follows:

I take personal responsibility for the tweet. And I will take all of the heat that comes with it. I will stand up and do that as an adult and try to move forward. It’s been a valuable lesson for me. I wish there was a pause button on Facebook — you know, let’s take 30 minutes to think about this before you push that button. I did it in haste.

I was frustrated by the Governor’s comments about Free2Be funding, and I reacted. That is one of the negative sides of social media is those words are there forever. And I made a decision that I needed to come and talk to you all and talk to the people — take the heat. I mean, it has been brutal what some people have said about me. And honestly, I don’t care about people who don’t know me. I have gotten that for 12 years. I get emails and phone calls that call me everything but a child of God, and they always attack the way I look — that I’m fat and ugly, and you know, I don’t care.

That doesn’t hurt my feelings. But it was brutal with people in my own community came out and attacked. That’s been an interesting lesson for me to learn, and obviously, I have touched a nerve about outing. And I want to make it clear to everybody that you don’t ever out an individual. You know, I’m 63. I’ve witnessed some conservative Christians who talk about their faith all the time, and have voted against my interests. At the same time, they have skeletons in their own closet. That’s frustrating. This isn’t the first time this has happened.

There’s been many, many Republicans or conservatives that have been outed, and they vote consistently against us. And so, I want to make that distinction clear. This was not — it wasn’t like, ‘OK, I want to out Joe Smith.’ That was not the case. It was my frustration in hearing people, you know, saying negative and disparaging things about my community. At the same time, the rumors abound about themselves. That’s what spurred it.

Murphy asked Todd if she owed Ivey an apology, to which Todd said she was uncertain.

“I don’t know,” she replied. “You know, as public officials pretty much our life is scrutinized in various ways. I might apologize for the inappropriate way I said what I said, but I think she can take the heat.”

“I know this sounds like I’m wishy-washy on this,” she said. “Apologies sound like, ‘Oh, I did bad. Please forgive me.’ I got to stand up and take responsibility for what I did and what I said, and suffer the consequences that I already have. I would apologize that I frame my message wrong, and I wish I had addressed the issue of her disparaging remarks versus trying to out her. If I could go back and have a rewind button, of course, I would do things a lot different, but I don’t. And I’ve got to suffer the consequences of my actions.”

When asked if she believed that Ivey was “gay,” Todd declined to answer but added she didn’t think Ivey would identify as gay.

“I refuse to answer that question,” she said.

“Let me clarify that — I don’t think she would ever identify as gay,” Todd added. “An identity — there’s a lot of men who have sex with men that don’t identify as gay. But they still have relationships with men. It’s not the identity as gay. It’s, ‘Have you ever had a romantic relationship with a woman?'”

Co-host Andrea Lindenberg pushed back on Todd’s reply by saying that Todd was still basing her comments on rumors that she didn’t know were true, and they could have easily been said about anyone. Todd claimed there was a distinction between the governor of Alabama and others.

“Well, we don’t, but you haven’t said disparaging remarks about my community and signed into law legislation that hurts us,” Todd replied. “That’s what I responded to.”

The Birmingham Democrat also took exception to Ivey’s terminology regarding Todd’s tweet.

“I guess I would pause here and say, the comment here about this being a ‘despicable lie’ — it almost felt like she thought that accused of being gay was despicable … disgusting, and there’s nothing wrong with being gay,” Todd said.

She dismissed any ties to Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott Dawson and said it wasn’t her intention to promote his campaign.

“It was not my intent to elevate him in any way, or be a part of that discussion,” Todd said.

Todd listed Ivey’s signing a bill into law that restricted adoptions for same-sex couples and her remarks she made after the Supreme Court’s decision that legalized same-sex marriage as instances when Ivey had taken “hurtful” stances against the LGBTQ community.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

6 days ago

Watch: Scott Dawson, Rick Burgess lay out issue with Gov. Kay Ivey awarding federal grant money to Free2Be

Thursday on the “Rick & Bubba” radio program, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott Dawson elaborated on why he raised the issue of Gov. Kay Ivey’s distribution of federal grant money through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) to Free2Be, an organization described as an LGBTQ activist group that has an apparent questionable past.

Earlier this week, Dawson held two press conference raising the issue. Dawson received backlash and was accused of having an ulterior motive by raising the issue, especially given outgoing State Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) used the announcement to advance the rumor Ivey was gay.

However, with the aid of “Rick & Bubba” co-host Rick Burgess, the two dismissed the notion there was any other intent behind raising questions about the grant money and explained why that it was an issue.

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“Some things have happened that were not really the original intent,” Burgess said. “I know there’s a lot of other commentators that they’re so certain this was the original intent, and this was intended all along, and they’ve been in politics. … Whatever the case is, I know you as a man, and they don’t. And I know the conversations that we’ve had.”

Burgess went on to emphasize that whether the money was federal or not, it wasn’t relevant because “the money belongs to the people.”

Dawson explained the purpose of making the case at multiple stops statewide given the timing of the June 5 GOP gubernatorial primary.

“Whenever I found something out, I was just trying to make sure people knew about it,” Dawson added. “I’ve gone back in my mind, and have kind of researched this. The reason why we did it across the state is that we’re three weeks out from the election.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

7 days ago

Scott Dawson ally ‘Rick & Bubba’ show’s Rick Burgess: Patricia Todd tweet ‘might have been a good thing’ for GOP (AUDIO)

Thursday on his syndicated “Rick & Bubba” radio show program, co-host Rick Burgess, a supporter of Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott Dawson, speculated on what might have caused Alabama State Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) to post a tweet questioning the sexuality of Gov. Kay Ivey.

Burgess’s comments were in response to a caller’s remarks about Todd’s tweet. The caller suggested the tweet set Ivey up for the sympathy vote in next month’s Republican gubernatorial primary, and he went on to add that Ivey would be an easier opponent for Democrats in November.

Burgess made the case that Todd may have tipped off Democrats’ strategy for November in a possible general election setting, which he said was a good thing for Republicans.

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“I thought the same thing,” he replied. “When you saw what happened, I think that it might have been a good thing for the Republican Party because, in my opinion, this is what they were going to do in October. And I think this particular person, Democrat, got angry and kind of launched before this gameplan was supposed to launch.”

“But I feel very confident that was coming from the Democrats,” he added. “They would act like it was not them doing it. But that was going to happen in October if Kay Ivey were to be the nominee. And I think that that strategy just got outed, no pun intended, quicker. So, I think the Democrats showed their hand a little bit on that.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

1 week ago

‘Disgusting lie being pushed by a paid left-wing liberal political operative’ — Alabama Gov. Ivey responds in TV interview (VIDEO)

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Wednesday in an interview with Birmingham NBC affiliate WVTM, Gov. Kay Ivey (R-AL) denied being gay in response to a tweet from Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) posted a night earlier.

A spokesman for Ivey immediately responded with a statement and called it “a disgusting lie being pushed by a paid liberal political hack.”

She elaborated on that statement in the interview with WVTM’s Jeff Eliasoph that aired on WVTM on Wednesday afternoon.

Watch the interview below:

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“This most recent personal attack against me is beyond disgraceful,” Ivey said. “It’s a disgusting lie being pushed by a paid left-wing liberal political operative. There is absolutely no truth to it. It’s false. It’s wrong. It’s a bald-faced lie. And I’m not going to let them get away with it. Whether these attacks are malicious or ignorant or both – they represent everything that’s wrong with politics today.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

1 week ago

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones: ‘I cannot support’ Haspel’s confirmation as CIA Director

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Late Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) announced he was not going to support President Donald Trump’s nominee Gina Haspel to be the director of the CIA.

Jones cited Haspel’s “role in programs that conducted torture” as a reason for his decision to not support her confirmation.

“After spending several weeks carefully evaluating all of the information available to me about Ms. Haspel and her career, reviewing her confirmation hearing, speaking with current and former public officials, and meeting with her in person yesterday, I have come to the conclusion that I cannot support her confirmation as the Director of the CIA,” Jones’ statement said.

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“While her career has been impressive, Ms. Haspel’s role in programs that conducted torture is very troubling; her refusal to acknowledge the immorality of such conduct even today with the benefit of hindsight is even more so and reflects poorly on our nation’s reputation as a moral leader in the world,” it continued. “Her statement today that the ‘enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken’ has not relieved my concerns, which are rooted in both the responsibility I feel as a Senator and in my own deeply held faith.”

“I appreciate the commitment of Ms. Haspel and her colleagues to the service and defense of our nation, and I do not doubt the skills and expertise she has gained during her long career in the CIA,” the statement concluded. “However, the leader of the CIA, an organization tasked with operating clandestinely to keep Americans safe, must be held to the highest possible standard. There is a legal and moral responsibility that comes with operating in secrecy. Some of Ms. Haspel’s past actions and beliefs did not meet that standard. We must choose leaders that consistently embody our highest ideals, rather than our darkest moments.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

1 week ago

Alabama’s U.S. Rep. Aderholt on SCOTUS gambling ruling: Sports betting would have ‘detrimental impact on the games,’ ‘especially in college sports’

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt speaks from the House floor, Feb. 2018 (Aderholt/YouTube)

On Monday, the Supreme Court announced its 6-3 ruling striking down a 1992 federal law that prevented most states from legalizing sports betting.

The high court wrote in its decision that Congress can regulate sports gambling directly. However, if it elects not to do so, then each state can determine its regulations on sports betting.

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) spoke out against the sports betting in general in the wake of the ruling.

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“I believe that allowing sports betting, especially in college sports, would have a detrimental impact on the games, the institutions, and most importantly, the student-athletes,” he said in a statement to Huntsville’s WHNT. “In addition, being able to rack up gambling debts by placing wagers on your cell phone, is a recipe for financial disaster.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

2 weeks ago

Long-time editor Bob Davis departs Anniston Star, Anthony Cook named new editor

On Saturday, Consolidated Publishing’s Anniston Star announced Bob Davis was stepping down from his role as the paper’s publisher and editor to accept a job as High Plains Public Radio executive director, a network which serves parts Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

Davis has been part of Consolidated Publishing, the parent company of the Star since 2003, and the Star’s editor since 2006.

Earlier this year, the Star was embroiled in a controversy involving its former long-time publisher H. Brandt Ayers. In January, Ayers resigned from his role as Consolidated Publishing’s board of directors after a number of sexual harassment allegations surfaced against him.

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According to the Star, Ayers’ wife Josephine will now serve as the Star’s publisher.

“I see the publisher as the support for the creative and business leaders in the community,” Josephine Ayers said of her new role. “The publisher assists in setting the policy, but the responsibility for the newspaper in all of its iterations lies with the professional staff. And I honor that and intend to continue the legacy that I have been given.”

Anthony Cook, an on-again, off-again Star employee that spent time as the opinion editor at the Alabama Media Group in between stints at the Star, was named its executive editor.

According to the Star’s report, Davis’ last day at the Star will be later this week.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

2 weeks ago

Alabama Sen. Shelby on the Mueller probe: ‘Not a big fan’ of special prosecutors; Rosenstein ‘a real liberal prosecutor’

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Saturday at the Mid-Alabama Republican Club at Vestavia Hills Public Library, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) fielded questions about the Department of Justice’s special counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election headed by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Shelby was asked if he would call for an end of the “witch-hunt on President Trump,” referring to the Mueller probe.

“I like a lot of the things President Trump is doing,” Shelby replied. “I supported him. I flew down to Huntsville with him — spent an hour and a half with him. I’ve never done that before with any president. I like a lot of his policies, supported a lot of his policies, and plan to support. I think he’s doing some good things. Let’s look at Korea right now. Now, that’s all in flux. But if they can make some kind of agreement that’s meaningful and substantively there, he might be the best one to do it, and the new secretary of state.”

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“If they do that, my God — I saw a CNN poll that said he had an approval of 52 percent,” he continued. “That’s unusual. The media, the Democrats, the left don’t realize and don’t want to realize they lost the election. You know this,  and that’s part of the problem. A lot of it is fanned by, you know, by different people than the media. I think that at this point in time — you got a special counsel and special prosecutor out there. I haven’t seen anything out there that involved Trump, directly involved in any Russian influence of our election, that most of it has been on the periphery of people that did things that work on the campaign. I don’t see it tied to him that has anything to do with the campaign that I know of yet.”

“But I’m not a big fan of special prosecutors,” he added. “I have voted not to have special prosecutors. That all came about because Senator Sessions recused himself. Then he appointed a deputy who happened to be — let’s be honest, a real liberal prosecutor. And then he appointed Mueller. I don’t know how it’s going to wind up, but the sooner, the better.”

Shelby took a follow-up question on the topic, which pertained to Trump being responsible for the actions of his staff during the campaign.

“I got a staff,” he replied. “I can’t be responsible for everything they do. Are you kidding me?”

Watch Shelby’s entire presentation (courtesy of the Greater Birmingham Republican Women):

Senator Richard Shelby

Posted by Greater Birmingham Republican Women on Saturday, May 12, 2018

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

2 weeks ago

The incredible shrinking relevancy of the Alabama Education Association

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Last week, the Alabama Education Association (AEA) teachers’ union lost a pivotal case at the Alabama Supreme Court. Specifically, the court dismissed the AEA’s challenge of interim State Education Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson’s authority to close and sell the Montgomery Public School (MPS) system’s underutilized property.

To recap, elements of the MPS system have been under intervention by the State Board of Education since last year because of the system’s “low performing” grade. That included struggling finances, lackluster standardized test scores, poor attendance and student transportation safety concerns.

Under Richardson and his predecessor, former State Education Superintendent Michael Sentance, the state school board sought to implement a series of reforms to the Montgomery system, including staff reductions, the closure of underutilized schools and the sale of properties, including the Georgia Washington Middle School to the nearby Pike Road school system.

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The AEA intervened with a lawsuit challenging Richardson’s authority to close the schools but ultimately lost when Alabama’s high court ordered the suit’s dismissal.

What was the AEA doing getting involved in the first place? Out of the 173 school systems in Alabama, many of which are facing similar struggles, why did the teachers’ union feel it was in its best interests to meddle in the affairs of this particular school district?

Perhaps it was more cosmetic than anything, and the AEA did not want to have to watch this happen on its home turf of Montgomery County.

But it lost. With all the resources it dedicated to this lawsuit throughout the 2017 calendar year, the AEA could not stop the state from proceeding with reforms that run ideologically counter to its interests in one lone school district.

That is symbolic of how far the AEA has fallen as a relevant institution in Alabama politics.

Gone are the days of Paul Hubbert sitting in the balconies of the state legislature and pointing to his eye for a yes vote and nose for a no vote.

No longer can the AEA get what it wants by holding the legislature hostage with threats to halt the entire business of the state by flexing its muscle alone.

Before 2011, the AEA could make a campaign contribution here or there, and that would be enough to keep loyalists in the legislature. It ended when the Republicans took control of both chambers of the legislature for the first time in 136 years after the 2010 elections.

Later in 2011, Hubbert retired, and the AEA has struggled since.

In 2013, the AEA was dealt a devastating blow when the Legislature passed the Alabama Accountability Act, a law that made school choice, private or another public school, possible for the family of a student, if he or she is attending a failing school.

Although the law has weaknesses with regards to its funding, it has the AEA playing defense. Instead of being a driving force behind new legislation, the AEA now leans heavily on having its few remaining loyalists in the Legislature use parliamentary tactics to prevent anything else that threatens the status quo.

And now, eight years after the end of Hubbert era the AEA is attempting to wield influence through longshot lawsuits in the judicial system, like its involvement in the MPS intervention.

Some advice for the AEA (not that the AEA is expected to take advice from Yellowhammer News): Alabama is a Republican-controlled state now. All those years seedy Democratic Party politics in Montgomery and Paul Hubbert acting shadow governor didn’t do any favors for your image. K-12 education policy was dictated by the AEA for decades, and how has that work out?

It will be uncomfortable, but the AEA should get with times and realize it has to play ball with this power structure. The rules aren’t the same as they were in 1990. The time for making ideological arguments against school choice and charter schools has passed.

The people of Alabama elected leadership to Montgomery that have differing views on education. If the AEA is really interested in serving the schoolteachers it represents, and by extension the students they teach, then it would operate within these parameters.

Otherwise, the only thing of value the AEA will have to offer is the high-priced piece of real estate it occupies on Dexter Avenue near the steps of the Alabama State Capitol.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

2 weeks ago

Alabama Rep Terri Sewell to FEC: Allow candidates to use campaign funds on childcare

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In a letter sent to Federal Election Commission acting general counsel Lisa J. Stevenson on the FEC to allow candidates to use campaign funds on childcare.

She argued such a move would “break down barriers” that prevent women from running for office and work toward making Congress a body “that reflects the diversity of the American people.”

“If we want a Congress that reflects the diversity of the American people, then we have to break down barriers for women and working parents who want to run for elected office,” Sewell said in a statement issued on Wednesday. “Affording childcare is a major barrier keeping working parents from getting out on the campaign trail. Today’s letter urging the FEC to allow candidates to use their privately-raised campaign funds for campaign-related childcare is a sensible step forward.”

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“In a world where candidates spend campaign funds on private jet travel and steak dinners for donors, there is no reason why a working mother should not be able to pay for a babysitter while they make their case to voters,” she continued. “As the FEC makes its decision on campaign childcare expenses this week, women candidates across the country and many of us here in Congress will be watching.”

Sewell also pointed that 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in favor of this.

Twenty-three other members backed Sewell, including Democratic Reps. Lois Frankel, Brenda Lawrence, Carolyn Maloney, John Lewis, Barbara Lee, Jan Schakowsky, Bob Brady, Maxine Waters, Judy Chu, Debbie Dingell, Dina Titus, Ruben Gallego, Robin Kelly, Kathleen Rice, Yvette Clarke, Colleen Hanabusa, Sheila Jackson Lee, Don McEachin, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Frederica S. Wilson, Jamie Raskin, Gwen Moore, and Ted Deutch.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

2 weeks ago

Mo Brooks, 17 US House colleagues call on AG Sessions to end Mueller probe on July 5

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On Wednesday, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and 16 other members of the House of Representatives issued a letter calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election by July 5.

In a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Brooks explained how he and those other members hoped Sessions would proceed in handling the Mueller investigation.

“Two years is more than enough time for a competent and thorough prosecutor, backed up by the resources of the FBI and Department of Justice, to do this job,” Brooks said. “Mueller’s inability to finish the special counsel investigation in a timely manner is damaging America. For emphasis, the alleged Russian Interference and Trump Collusion investigations have taken on the character of an endless political persecution that not only harms Americans’ trust in the justice system but also severely damages and distracts from the ability of a duly elected president to fulfill his duties to the American people.”

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Brooks explained he was asking for the July 5 given that it marked two years after the start of the FBI investigation and added that until then, Sessions should limit the scope of Mueller’s effort to that involving alleged Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

See letter below:




@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

2 weeks ago

Doug Jones campaign: We will bring Rosie O’Donnell ‘situation’ into ‘full compliance’ with refund for contribution over $2,700

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On Monday, Doug Turner, the campaign treasurer for Sen. Doug Jones’ (D-Mountain Brook) 2017 special election campaign, responded to an allegation that first surfaced in a New York Post report in which their campaign was accused of receiving an “illegally oversized campaign donation” from Rosie O’Donnell.

Turner said in a statement to Yellowhammer News the campaign will seek to bring the situation into “full compliance” and return the amount in excess of $2,700.

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“Ms. O’Donnell made two separate contributions to the Jones campaign. Using the ActBlue online fundraising system, which does not automatically prevent over-the-limit donations, she contributed the maximum of $2,700 in late September 2017. Using the same online system, she contributed again the day before the election. The campaign will bring this situation into full compliance which, in this case, will be done with a refund of the amount over $2,700.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

3 weeks ago

Doug Jones urges Alabama Dems to focus on ‘kitchen-table issues’ — ‘I don’t subscribe necessarily to this blue wave that people are talking about’

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Friday in an interview with Mobile’s FM Talk 106.5, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) talked about the upcoming midterm elections and what that could mean for his party, especially coming off of his 2017 U.S. Senate special election upset victory.

With a full slate of Democrats vying for statewide and congressional offices, Jones argued the key to their success would be to focus on what he deemed to be “kitchen-table issues.”

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“My message is to any candidate,” Jones said. “I think that one of the things that we were successful about is that we really focused on those what I call ‘kitchen-table issues,’ those issues that mean something to people every day. All the time in the past, we have seen so many issues that divide us. And those issues, it’s not that they aren’t important, but they’re not the kind of issues that people talk about every day with their family. And we’ve got some real opportunities in this state to make inroads on health care, both in cities as well as the rural areas. We’ve got opportunities in Mobile and Huntsville, and Birmingham and other areas have done a great job of bringing in businesses. We can attract those same businesses into the other areas. Everybody has to focus I think on talking about those issues that really mean something to people every day when they sit down at the table with their spouse, or their children, or their parents.”

“And I think if the Democratic Party does that, they can have some success,” he continued. “And I think we’re seeing that both with the Democratic Party, but also, I think you’re seeing that at some point – you’re not seeing it as much in the Republican primary, but I think you’ll see that going into the fall election – that one thing people are yearning for is answers to real questions and answers to everyday questions. And that’s been my advice to candidates on both sides of the aisle: Focus on the people, don’t focus on those issues that divide us. Find that common ground, find that solution. And I think that’s a winning formula for anybody.”

When asked about the possibility of legislating from the majority, which is contingent on Democrats winning control of the U.S. Senate this November, Jones dismissed it and noted that even if that were to happen, the federal government would still be split given Republicans have control of the White House.

“It’s really not,” he replied when asked if he had thought about the U.S. Senate being controlled by Democrats in the future. “I’m just trying to do the kind of things for the state that I feel like are appropriate regardless of who is in control. I don’t subscribe necessarily to this blue wave that people are talking about. I think folks are going to be looking at the issues. If things change, it will only be a portion of the change. You know, there’s two branches of government here with the executive and the legislative. They both all have to work together. That is not completely happening right now, even with one party controlling both of those branches of government. What I’d like to see is people moving to that center, moving to where we can talk to each other and find that common ground. That is the key to everything.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

3 weeks ago

What are Alabama Democrats running on in 2018?

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Election night this November is probably going to be a win for Democrats. That’s how it usually goes in midterm elections – the party that won the White House suffers a setback two years later.

It won’t help the GOP’s cause with President Donald Trump, still underwater in approval polling and a revved-up Democratic Party base.

What about within the confines of Alabama? Doug Jones proved that given the right circumstances, a Democrat could win statewide. But not every Democratic candidate running in Alabama will have the fortune of facing a weak Republican opponent with a cloud of underage sexual misconduct allegations hanging over his head.

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As Gov. Kay Ivey’s Republican challengers are demonstrating, it’s hard to make the case against the status quo. The local economy is improving. With a year as governor, Ivey has avoided the pitfalls of scandal that have plagued her predecessors.

At the top of the ticket, what will Democratic Party gubernatorial hopefuls Walt Maddox, Sue Bell Cobb or James Fields offer in contrast to Ivey if they are selected? A lottery? More entitlements? Higher gas taxes?

As history has shown, this isn’t the path to power in Alabama.

Perhaps we go back to Roy Moore, the Confederate flag, and Donald Trump. Ivey and all three of her opponents aren’t shying away from any of that.

But are there enough votes in Homewood, Mountain Brook, and Vestavia Hills to be won by a Democrat, as Jones did against Roy Moore? Will Democrats get the guy to the polls who is driving the blue Toyota FJ Cruiser with his “Doug Jones | U.S. Senate” bumper sticker—which seems to be more of a fashion statement like a “Salt Life” or “30A” sticker than a political gesture?

Additionally, in the Democratic Party strongholds like Alabama’s seventh congressional district, which includes inner-city Birmingham and much of Alabama’s Black Belt, there aren’t many contested races, and therefore no incentive for to drive a successful get-out-the-vote effort like the one for Jones in 2017.

In some of the down-ballot races, particularly in the congressional contests with an incumbent Republican, there is a clear left-wing agenda. A platform that centers around abortion and LGBTQ issues isn’t going to work.

Six months out, the Democratic Party’s vision for Alabama is not entirely clear. That, combined with the absence of an anti-Trump fever evident in some other places nationally, are some headwinds for Democratic Party hopefuls.

But what else is new?

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

4 weeks ago

Joey Logano wins Talladega’s GEICO 500

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TALLADEGA — The wins have been few and far between as of late for Joey Logano, one of NASCAR’s premier drivers, but he ended that 36-race winless streak at the Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

After the “big one” crash late in the race on lap 166, the field settled down and coalesced into a single-file pack with Logano, driver of the Shell Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford, leading the way to the end.

“Man, it was crazy,” he said. “Such a powerful team, powerful car — got everything working really well today. It feels so good to be back in victory lane.”

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Logano did not have the benefit of his teammates Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney to draft with him in the race’s closing stages, but there were two other Fords driven by Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lined up behind him, which worked to his advantage. Although that group of Fords ultimately got split up, it wasn’t enough to thwart Logano’s charge to victory.

“There at the end, you work together as much as you can,” he added. “You just want to make sure a Ford wins, and you hope it’s you. But you try to do the right thing as well. I had some Stewart-Haas [Ford] cars behind me, which aren’t necessarily teammates. But with the Ford Performance relationship, it’s the closest thing I’m ever going to have to it. I was thankful to have them behind me. I was wondering what kind of fight they were going to put on at the end, but they go split up and that kind of changed the complexion of the race.”

Second-place finisher Kurt Busch posted his fourth top-10 finish of the season and his 19th top-10 in his 35th start at the Talladega Superspeedway in the Monster Energy Cup Series.

Kyle Busch addresses reporters after the race

Busch lamented finishing second but applauded Logano for winning in a Ford.

“I’m happy that a Ford won,” Busch said. “It wasn’t the right one. Kevin [Harvick] was in good position, and I was going to roll with him in any direction that I could. We just got broken up by [Ricky] Stenhouse. But man, it was just so close. You wish you could go over and do it again, and I feel like I left that one out on the table.

Fan favorite Chase Elliott finished third, his second top-10 finish in his first five races at the track. Although he didn’t have the fastest car throughout the race, he was able to make a late-race push.

“It was definitely interesting last few laps,” Elliott said. “I was really trying to make a run and do something there at the end. Those guys were being very patient with each other. I was surprised. It was more than obvious they were not going to help me move forward.”

Chase Elliott addresses reporter following the race

Winning crew chief Todd Gordon acknowledged his team’s recent struggles but said the Talladega victory provided an opportunity for momentum.

“It’s a great momentum-builder,” Gordon said. “As the season has gone on, we’ve worked on trying to make ourselves better. We struggled through the year last year, and I think everybody dug in through offseason to try to figure out where we needed to go.”

Legendary car owner Roger Penske said his team’s win was a reflection of its superspeedway effort and commented on what winning at Talladega meant to him personally.

“I just have to say, it was a perfect day and one we needed,” Penske said. “We’ve been hanging around the top five for most of the season, except right there at Daytona. So, it shows we’ve got our big track game together. We got to do some more work to get where we need to be.”

“I want to thank the fans here at Talladega,” he added. “We’ve had some good luck down here. I remember racing here with Rusty [Wallace] and Bobby Allison. So, a lot of memories here for me.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

4 weeks ago

VIDEO: Auburn’s Gus Malzahn gives command to start engines at Talladega

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TALLADEGA — This isn’t Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn’s first time as one of the honorees of Talladega Superspeedway’s marquee spring event, but it was the first time he said “the most famous words in motorsports.”

Malzahn had grand marshal duties for Sunday’s Geico 500 got to give the command for NASCAR drivers competing that day to start their engines.

“It’s an honor to be back,” Malzahn said in a pre-race press conference. “In 2014, I had a great experience at my first NASCAR event, to be able to drive the pace car — great memories with that. Just glad to be back to kick this thing off.”

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“I like being here, and I like meeting the guys,” he added. “I don’t have one particular guy but I got a chance to meet quite a few of them last time.”

Malzahn also addressed the 11 Auburn players that were either drafted or signed as free agents with NFL teams over the past few days.

“Very excited for our four guys that were drafted,” he said. “We got seven that signed free-agent deals, too, that I think will have an excellent chance to play at the next level.”

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“It’s really unique for me to see professionals that are the best at what they do and just sit back and watch, and kind of be a fan and see how they go about their business,” he said. “And now, have a chance to be able to get here, enjoy it and really understand it.”

Malzahn also spoke about Auburn starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, and gave an optimistic report.

“He could have went in A-Day,” said Malzahn. “As soon as we get back from the break, he’ll be ready to go.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

4 weeks ago

Heavyweight champ Tuscaloosa’s Deontay Wilder handles Talladega pace car duties, predicts division unification

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TALLADEGA — He may not be an expert on stock car racing, but does drive a fast gator-skin Lamborghini in his spare time.

On Sunday before the drop of the official start of Talladega Superspeedway’s Geico 500, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, affectionately known as “The Bronze Bomber,” will lead the field to the green flag.

“I’m excited more than anything,” Wilder, a native of Tuscaloosa, said before the race. “Like I said before, I can’t stop smiling. I’m like a kid at a candy store. This is a new sport that I’m learning about.”

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Wilder told a group of reporters assembled at the track’s media center Sunday morning he foresees the unification of the heavyweight championship.

“We’re almost on the verge of unifying the division, in which those that don’t understand the term of that, it means obtaining all belts that are possible to obtain in a division and I’m right there on the verge of doing it,” he explained. “With that being said, it will take a lot of hard work. It will take a lot of dedication and just the mindset and the focus to be able to compete and the level I’m competing on. Sometimes it takes sacrifices, too. And I take a lot of them.”

Wilder was asked about the possibility of a match with Anthony Joshua, who holds the WBO, IBF, and WBA heavyweight belts.

“I think this fight will definitely happen,” Wilder said. “When you put $50 million on the table, I think it is hard to say no that, no matter what the terms and conditions are. My team is some of the best guys in the business. My team puts on some great cards.”

Deontay Wilder speaks to reporters before Geico 500

“It’ll definitely get made, just matter of time with the magnitude of this fight,” he added. “It takes time, right now, I think the negotiations and different things that are going on, it’s part of the build-up of it. When the fight happens, it’s going to be an epic one. At the end of the fight, we want a champion — one face, one name, and his name is Deontay Wilder.’

Wilder stressed the element of what his accomplishment would mean for his home state.

“Being from Alabama, it’s also a pride and joy to be able to say a guy from Alabama is accomplishing and doing some great things in this sport of boxing.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

4 weeks ago

Spencer Gallagher uses last-lap heroics to notch first win in Talladega Superspeedway’s Sparks Energy 300

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TALLADEGA – What ended up being a failed risky bet for at least one driver opened the door for another driver to have the biggest moment of his career in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race.

Spencer Gallagher, the driver of GMS Racing’s number 23 Allegiant Chevrolet, led the first lap of his career at the Talladega Superspeedway, which happened to be the final lap of Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300.

“This is a day I will remember for the rest of my life,” Gallagher said, after winning Saturday’s race. “Today was the culmination of what we at GMS had worked for, for a year. We brought an incredible race car to the track. These guys put it together amazingly well.”

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“We had very good speed all day here and anyone that knows what they’re talking about, that’s going to be a big deciding factor in coming down to the end at a place like this.”

Gallagher was able to hold on to the race lead on the last lap by using defensive driving tactics around the 2.66-mile track. However, his good fortune came after Justin Allgaier and others experienced misfortune.

Allgaier and Austin Cindric both looked to be cruising to possible fuel-mileage wins at various stages of the race until they ran out of fuel. Allgaier’s fuel tank went dry during a caution flag near the end of the race.

Tyler Reddick, the driver of the number 9 Armour Chili Chevrolet, leads drivers to the green flag

Yet, he was still able to rally his Trademark Nitrogen Chevrolet up to third place before the checkered flag was thrown.

“I was really disappointed when the caution came out to be honest with you, when Daniel [Hemric] had his issue,” Allgaier said. “Because at that point, we were a straightaway or more ahead of second and I thought it was going to work out OK. Obviously, in hindsight, we kind of questioned if would we have made it all the way to the end of the race.”

“I was really, really surprised that we did run out,” he added.

Another one of the day’s big winners was veteran NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler, who scored a fifth-place finish, which gave him the top finish among the series’ “Dash for Cash” qualifiers and a $100,000 bonus.”

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“It feels good – I mean, for the up-and-down day we had, for us to kind of battle back at the end, it felt good.”

Saturday’s event is a prelude to Sunday’s Monster Energy Cup Series Geico 500, the grand finale of the Talladega spring race weekend. That event is slated for 1 p.m. CT and will be broadcast nationally on FOX.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.