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


    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


    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


    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.

Will Sen. Doug Jones vote to protect vulnerable babies?

(Pixabay, Senator Doug Jones/Facebook, YHN)

It’s hard to believe that, in 21st century America, the life of a baby more than halfway through pregnancy is considered up for debate – but it’s true, thanks in part to Senator Doug Jones and his extremist Democrat friends in Congress. In many parts of the country, even newborn infants are uniquely vulnerable to being killed or left to die, all because they were slated for abortion and miraculously survived.

This flies in the face of basic decency and fundamental American values. Surely, we can all agree that at the very least, unborn babies who can feel pain, or babies born alive deserve protection – can’t we?


That is the idea behind two bills pending in the U.S. Senate. Last week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, setting the stage for consecutive votes expected to take place this month. One stops late-term abortions after five months of pregnancy, a point when science clearly shows that unborn children can feel excruciating pain. The other ensures that babies who survive failed abortions receive the same medical care as any other baby born prematurely at the same age.

The overwhelming majority of Americans – including 75% of Independents and 70% of Democrats – support Born-Alive legislation, and a strong majority want to protect unborn children after five months of pregnancy. If the will of the people had prevailed, both would already be law – but pro-abortion Democrats in both houses of Congress have stood stubbornly in the way. Senator Jones, who presents himself as a moderate, voted to block Pain-Capable legislation – one of his first major votes as a new U.S. senator.

We hope Senator Jones was paying close attention during President Trump’s State of the Union address this year. The President invited as his special guests Ellie Schneider, one of the youngest surviving preemies ever born in the U.S., and her mom Robin. Ellie was born at 21 weeks and six days. Through the skill of her doctors and prayers of her parents, Ellie is now a happy, healthy two-year-old.

Every year, more than 11,000 babies like Ellie are legally killed under the radical status quo imposed on our nation by Roe v. Wade – and in states like New York and Virginia, Democratic politicians have pushed to expand abortion on demand and strip away what modest protections existed. By the abortion lobby’s own admission, many are healthy babies of healthy mothers. These babies are routinely administered anesthesia during surgery at this stage because they feel pain.

President Trump is on their side. Once again, he has called on Congress to send the Pain-Capable bill to his desk and give these precious children a fighting chance at life. He has continually called out Democratic Party leaders on their extreme stance favoring abortion on demand through birth and even infanticide. While his opponents running for president on the Democratic ticket can’t manage to name a single limit on abortion they support, refusing to draw the line even at the moment of birth, President Trump uses his platform to give voice to abortion survivors, exposing the lies of the abortion industry and showing the nation that “choice” has a human face. The contrast is stark.

Alabama is a profoundly pro-life state that supports President Trump. Voting to protect babies who can feel pain and babies who survive abortions ought to be a no-brainer for Jones as he faces reelection – it’s the morally right and politically smart thing to do. But it will require him to find the courage to stand up to the extremists in his party. Will he stand with innocent children and his constituents, or bow to the radical abortion lobby?

Defenseless babies cannot wait any longer for Congress to act. We urge all compassionate Alabamians to make their voices heard loud and clear today. Let Senator Jones know that if he can’t take a stand for the most vulnerable among us, he doesn’t deserve to represent this great state in Washington.

Jessica Taylor (AL-02) hopes to succeed pro-life powerhouse Congresswoman Martha Roby. An Alabama native, former president of a pregnancy center, and mom-of-3, Jessica made a splash when she announced her run for Congress, promising to protect life. Her husband recently served as general counsel to Governor Kay Ivey, one of America’s most pro-life governors. Jessica is unapologetically pro-life and will always support legislation that protects unborn children and preserves the sanctity of life.

Marjorie Dannenfelser is the president and an original organizer of the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), a national pro-life group dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates to reduce and ultimately end abortion. She also serves as national co-chair of Pro-Life Voices for Trump. Under Marjorie’s leadership, the SBA List has grown to more than 837,000 members nationwide. Since its founding, SBA List has helped elect more than 118 pro-life candidates to the U.S. House of Representatives, 26 to the U.S. Senate, and 30 to state office.  

Guest Opinion: An Alabama, pro-life plea to confirm Judge Kavanaugh

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Earlier this month, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. Senator Doug Jones has been noncommittal about Kavanaugh saying, “I’m going to take an independent look at this nominee and do what I ultimately believe is in the best interests of my state and my country.”

This should not be a difficult decision for Senator Jones. Judge Kavanaugh is an extremely distinguished jurist in the mold of Antonin Scalia and Neil Gorsuch. He has served on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for more than a decade, establishing a reputation for being principled and fair. In his time on the bench, he has ruled wisely in major cases involving the protection of life and freedom of conscience.


Dissenting from the majority in Garza v. Hargan, Kavanaugh rejected the ACLU’s attempt to create a radical, new constitutional right to abortion on demand for illegal immigrant children in federal custody and stood up for the administration’s “permissible interest in favoring fetal life, protecting the best interests of a minor, and refraining from facilitating abortion.”

In another case, Priests for Life v. HHS, Kavanaugh defended a pro-life religious organization from the Obama administration’s unconstitutional mandate forcing them to provide abortifacient drugs in their health plans.

These issues matter immensely to the pro-life voters of Alabama, who showed their trust in President Trump by electing him by almost a 30-point margin in 2016. Two years later, 63 percent of Alabamians approve of the job President Trump is doing. Another recent poll found that 53 percent of Alabama voters think President Trump has chosen well-qualified judges for the Supreme Court. They see the president delivering on his promises.

Can the same be said about Senator Jones? He was supposed to be a moderate – encouraging his Senate colleagues to “rise above partisan politics and find consensus” – but he already made a big mistake in January when he voted to keep  late-term abortions legal. Only seven nations – including North Korea and China – allow abortion on demand through birth, making U.S. abortion laws some of the most permissive in the world.

The federal Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act or “Micah’s Law” would have protected as many as 18,000 unborn children a year from late-term abortion after five months of pregnancy – a point by which science shows they can feel pain. Alabama is one of twenty states that have already enacted this popular legislation (and has been since 2011).

Instead of representing the views of his own constituents, who are strongly pro-life, Senator Jones sided with the radical abortion lobby and extremists in his party to block that compassionate bill. It is a permanent blot on his record. The least he can do now is to vote to confirm a Supreme Court justice who won’t try to negate the will of the American people by legislating from the bench. That is clearly what Alabama voters want; 54 percent agree that the Senate should confirm Judge Kavanaugh.

Ever since Jones was elected, political commentators have pegged the Democrat senator from deep red country as the man to watch on everything from the budget to immigration. Would he respect his constituents and walk the fine line of moderation? A University of Alabama professor outlined a strategy for Jones: side with Republicans just often enough, when the outcome doesn’t matter, and the voters will “give him a pass.”

2020 is not as far away as it may seem, and on issues as important as the protection of innocent human lives and the future of the Supreme Court, it’s insulting to expect the voters to give Senator Jones a pass. He should stand with President Trump and his constituents, and do the right thing by voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.

Terry Lathan is chair of the Alabama Republican Party.  Marjorie Dannenfelser is president of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List.

2 years ago

Alabama prolife voters should stand with U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, because she stands up for them

(M. Roby for Congress/Facebook)

As president of Susan B. Anthony List, I’ve had the privilege of working together with many amazing pro-life women in Congress. Even so, there are a few who stand out for going above and beyond in their commitment to unborn children and their mothers – a description that perfectly fits Martha Roby. We were proud to see her advance in her primary last week.

Earlier this year, SBA List kicked off our endorsement of Martha’s re-election campaign with a tour of the 2nd District. Our team was grateful for the opportunity to meet with conscientious pro-life voters who were concerned about how policy being made in Washington affects them.

These voters want a champion, and they couldn’t have a better one than Martha Roby. Martha speaks with passionate conviction and seizes every opportunity to be a leader on life, so much that we can hardly imagine the House without her.


Martha was one of the first to speak out on the House floor when shocking undercover videos surfaced showing high-level staff of Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion business, discussing their techniques for crushing the bodies of unborn babies in late-term abortions in order to harvest fresh organs, for which procurement companies would pay them. It soon became apparent that, beyond the horror of watching a casual chat about such brutality over salads and glasses of wine and realizing that these precious babies truly are worth more to Planned Parenthood dead than alive, there was compelling evidence of possible federal crimes.

More recently, an investigative report and video series by Live Action has exposed Planned Parenthood’s systematic failure to report suspected human trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls. The abortion giant portrays itself as a champion of women’s rights, but has actually helped pimps, traffickers, and abusers cover their tracks, all while raking in more than half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding every year.

Martha, like all of us, is sickened and outraged by these abuses. She has fought tirelessly to hold Planned Parenthood accountable, and her efforts along with those of her colleagues are beginning to pay off. Already facing federal investigation for their role in the harvest and sale of baby body parts for profit, Planned Parenthood now has lawmakers calling for an investigation of their failure to report child sexual abuse. The Trump administration has taken an important step to disentangle taxpayers from the scandal-ridden abortion business with the new Protect Life Rule, which draws a bright line between abortion and family planning in the Title X program. Since Planned Parenthood refuses to comply, they stand to lose approximately $50-60 million a year.

Martha will not rest until tax dollars are completely redirected away from Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses to community health alternatives that outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities by an average of 20 to one nationwide and provide the comprehensive health care women want and deserve – not abortion.

Martha took a leading role in two of this year’s biggest pro-life victories in the House of Representatives. She co-sponsored the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to prevent babies who survived failed abortions from being left to die – yes, believe it or not, this happens in America and some of our staff have personally witnessed it – by requiring them to be treated like any other premature baby born at the same age. Martha also spoke on the House floor in support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would save an average of 15,000 babies each year from excruciating late-term abortions after five months, more than halfway through pregnancy. The United States is one of only seven nations in the world – China and North Korea included – that allow abortion on-demand through birth. Polls consistently show that two-thirds of Americans think this is unacceptable and want to change our laws. Martha Roby is working to do just that.

Martha is also a tremendous supporter of the good work of pregnancy help centers and an advocate of adoption as a loving, courageous option. She won’t stand for the abortion industry’s self-serving attacks on those who provide compassionate support to women in need without charging a dime. She demonstrates that the pro-life movement has so much to offer women and families, the abortion industry with its one pitiful offering of death for the child is truly backward.

This year’s elections present the greatest opportunity the pro-life movement has had in many years, and there is so much work to be done. When it comes to policies that have a very real, lifesaving impact in Alabama and across the country, voters should know they can count on Martha Roby to fight for them. SBA List wholeheartedly supports her and urges pro-life Alabamans to send her to Washington once again.

Marjorie Dannenfelser is president of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, a network of more than 630,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.