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  • ‘A chance’ Austin Wiley, Mustapha Heron, Bryce Brown, Jared Harper all return to Auburn

    Excerpt from AL.com:

    As the deadline for players to withdraw from the NBA Draft draws closer, Bruce Pearl believes the chances of Austin Wiley, Mustapha Heron, Bryce Brown and Jared Harper each returning to Auburn increase.

    Players have until May 30 to withdraw from the NBA Draft and maintain their college eligibility, so Auburn will know a lot more about its 2018-19 roster in nine days.

    “They’re all going to consider coming back. There’s a chance they could all come back; but that’s been the case from the very beginning,” Pearl said before his annual BP Fore the Children Golf Classic at the Willow Point Golf and Country Club in Alexander City on Monday. “I just feel as we get closer to the deadline and they gather more and more information, I think the chance improves. But it would not surprise me, still, to see a couple of them stay in.”

  • Blount County man guilty of capital murder in 2015 hatchet killing

    Excerpt from AL.com:

    A 27-year-old Blount County man has been found guilty of capital murder in the 2015 hatchet slaying of another man.

    A jury on Monday returned the verdict against Justin MacNeill. He was convicted of two counts of capital murder in the killing of 51-year-old Myron Brian Beavers, whose truck and debit card were stolen during the attack, said District Attorney Pamela Casey.

  • Party guest charged with manslaughter in accidental Dothan shooting

    Excerpt from Dothan Eagle:

    The Dothan Police Department has filed additional charges against 20-year-old Fisher Shipes in the fatal shooting of a man on Baker Trace in Dothan Saturday.

    Shipes faces manslaughter charges for the accidental shooting that led to death of 19-year-old Christian Mullins, said Dothan Police Sgt. Ronald Hall. He is being held on a $30,000 bond.

    Shipes shot Mullins with a shotgun, striking the victim in the abdomen. Hall could not confirm if Mullins was shot at close range, and said that, to the best of his knowledge, alcohol and drugs were not involved.

8 months ago

Alabama Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

According to a media advisory from the U.S. Department, Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town of the Northern District of Alabama have announced that a  54-year-old Muscle Shoals, Alabama man was arrested yesterday on federal charges for allegedly producing child pornography.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s affidavit, between Aug. 1, 1997, and Oct. 15, 1998, Charles Mark McCormack used a minor, born around 1992, to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography. The charges say McCormack videoed the child urinating in a bathroom in his residence.

As the press release noted, “The charges contained in the complaint are only allegations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.”

According to the U.S. Attorney’s media advisory,t he U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations is investigating this case with the cooperation of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.  Trial Attorney William M. Grady of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Fortune of the Northern District of Alabama are prosecuting the case.

This investigation is a part of Project Safe Childhood, which is a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. The effort is led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit justice.gov/psc

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8 months ago

Additional Charges Expected Tomorrow in Oliver Robinson Case

According to a press release Yellowhammer received tonight from the Public Affairs firm Rational 360, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama has indicated that charges are expected tomorrow against Mr. Joel Gilbert of the Balch & Bingham law firm in relation to the Oliver Robinson case.

This press release stated that Mr. Gilbert’s lawyer, Jack Sharman, issued a statement tonight proclaiming Mr. Gilbert’s innocence, which read:

“Joel Gilbert is innocent of these charges. He did not bribe anyone. This is a case that never should have been brought. Joel represented a client in a legal dispute with the EPA, a powerful and, in this case, over-reaching federal agency. Everything he did while representing that client was lawful and ethical. He is a longtime partner at a leading law firm. A lawyer with a reputation for honesty and integrity, he did what is routine for good counselors to do for corporate and individual clients every day – he engaged a consultant through a written contract to perform real and lawful services.”

Sharman, a partner at Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC, who heads the firm’s white-collar defense and corporate investigations practice, continued in his proclamation of Gilbert’s innocence, stating:

“The Government has the burden of proof at trial, not Joel, but the evidence – including emails, text messages, contracts, billing records, environmental testing and witness testimony – will prove that Joel is innocent.”

“We will tell the whole story at trial. Because of the recent adverse publicity about these events, however, a few basic facts should be noted.”

“The consulting contract at issue is both lawful and common. Balch & Bingham, Joel’s law firm, entered into a contract with the Oliver Robinson Foundation, on behalf of the firm’s client, Drummond Company, to help with a grassroots effort to understand what EPA was doing in North Birmingham and Tarrant and, where appropriate, to address factual inaccuracies and faulty science. Such contracts and efforts are legal under both federal and state law, including the Alabama Ethics Code. The Alabama Ethics Code is complex, but it explicitly permits public officials, including state legislators and their affiliates, to do consulting work for a fee – the type of arrangement that the Government is now trying to say is criminal.”

“The records will show that the payments under the contract to the Foundation were for community outreach work performed by the Foundation, not to bribe Mr. Robinson.”

As we reported at the time of Oliver Robinson’s plea deal in June, the U.S. Attorney’s press release at that time said an area of North Birmingham that includes Harriman Park, Fairmont, and Collegeville—and that was later expanded to include Tarrant and Inglenook—was found to have high levels of pollution. As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated this area as a Superfund Site referred to as “35th Avenue Superfund Site.” In 2013, the EPA told five companies that they could be responsible for this pollution, which could cost millions of dollars to remediate. One of those companies was ABC Coke, a division of the Drummond Company. The U.S. Attorney’s release continued, stating:

Balch & Bingham represented Drummond and ABC Coke in relation to the 35th Avenue site. A partner at Balch & Bingham, identified in the charges as “Attorney #1,” coordinated the response to EPA’s actions on behalf of ABC Coke and Drummond Company. A Drummond Company executive, identified as “Drummond Employee #1,” was involved with the attorney in responding to EPA. They formed the Alliance for Jobs and the Economy as a tax-exempt corporation in 2015 to raise money to help fund their opposition to the EPA actions, according to the charges.

The strategy employed by the attorney and the Drummond executive focused on protecting ABC Coke and Drummond from the tremendous potential costs associated with being held responsible for pollution within the affected areas. They sought to accomplish this goal by working to prevent EPA from listing the 35th Avenue site on the National Priorities List and expanding the Superfund site into Tarrant and Inglenook.

The plan included advising residents of North Birmingham and public officials to oppose EPA’s actions. As part of the overall strategy, Balch & Bingham paid Robinson, through his non-profit foundation, to represent Balch & Bingham’s and its clients’ interests, exclusively, in matters related to EPA’s actions in North Birmingham. Over the course of the contract in 2015 and 2016, Balch & Bingham paid $360,000 to the foundation.

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8 months ago

Roy Moore’s Victory Speech: Together We Can Make American Great Again

Photo: Courtesy of Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate

In his acceptance speech last night, Roy Moore said, “We are put on earth for a short time and for that time our duty is to serve almighty God and to acknowledge Him in all things.”

Moore also spoke to his desire to unifiy a divided America, stating: “We are one nation under God, and we can become one nation unified.” He spoke of protests, demonstrations, mobs, and racial strife, but that “we’re all made in the image of God.”

Continuing his speech, Moore said:

Together we can make America great! We can support the President. Don’t let anybody in the press think that because he supported my opponent that I do not support him and support his agenda.

As long as it’s constitutional, as long as it advance our society, our culture, our country, I will be supportive. As long as it’s constitutional. But we have to return to knowledge of God and the Constitution of the United States to the United States Congress.

I believe we can make America great, but we must make America good, and you cannot make America good without acknowledging the sovereign source of that goodness, the sovereign source of our law, liberty, and government, which is Almighty God.

We have become a nation that has distanced ourselves from the very foundation. Washington said that of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.

To listen to Moore’s speech in its entirety, please click the audio link below.


 
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8 months ago

Roy Moore Wins U.S. Senate Republican Primary

(R. Moore/Facebook)
Chief Justice Roy Moore
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore

Less than two hours after the polls have closed, major media outlets including Politico and the New York Times are now reporting that Roy Moore has defeated Luther Strange in the runoff for U.S. Senate.

Moore will now face Doug Jones in the general election this fall.

Luther Strange issued this statement moments ago:

“From the beginning of this campaign, my priority has been serving the people of Alabama. Tomorrow I will go back to work with President Trump and do all I can to advance his agenda over the next few weeks. Melissa and I appreciate the many devoted friends and family who have supported us over the past months, the many Alabamians who have given us a warm welcome in every corner of the state, and the brigade of volunteers who left it all out on the field in this campaign. I am especially grateful for the support of President Trump and Vice President Pence, as well as the strong example set by my friends Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions. I congratulate Roy Moore on the result this evening. May God be with him and may God continue to bless Alabama and the United States of America.”

President Trump Tweeted: “Congratulations to Roy Moore on his Republican Primary win in Alabama. Luther Strange started way back & ran a good race. Roy, WIN in Dec!”

Conceding Strange’s defeat, Senate Leadership Fund President and CEO Steven Law tonight released the following statement:

“We are proud to have fought alongside President Trump and the NRA in support of a dedicated conservative who has loyally supported this President and his agenda. Senator Strange can hold his head high knowing that he played a critical role in cleaning up the corruption in Montgomery, confirming President Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court, and strongly supporting the President’s priorities on border security and repealing Obamacare. While we were honored to have fought hard for Big Luther, Judge Roy Moore won this nomination fair and square and he has our support, as it is vital that we keep this seat in Republican hands.”

We will update this story as we have remarks from Roy Moore’s victory speech.

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8 months ago

Roy Moore Pulls His “Smoke Wagon” at Last Night’s Campaign Rally

In a moment that would’ve made Tombstone’s Kurt Russell envious, Roy Moore “skinned his smoke wagon” at his big rally last night and reminded his supporters that he’s their huckleberry when it comes to the 2nd Amendment.

“This has been very hard for my wife and for myself,” Moore said. “We’ve had two or three months of negative ads that we couldn’t answer with money because we didn’t have any….Ads that were completely false–that I don’t believe in the Second Amendment,” Moore said.

At that moment, he reached for his right side and produced a compact concealed-carry revolver, at which point he said, “I believe in the Second Amendment,” before returning it to his hip to the delight of his supporters.

According to an August 4 article in Roll Call, Moore did the same thing at an earlier rally, pulling his wife’s pistol out of her purse to convince voters that he is pro-gun.

The NRA has endorsed Luther Strange instead of Roy Moore.

Christina Wilkie, a reporter for @TheHill and others tweeted the picture of Moore showing the crowd his firearm late last night.

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8 months ago

Alabama State Rep. Hammon Pleads Guilty To Fraud

According to a press release by U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin, Representative Micky Hammon (R-Decatur) has pleaded guilty to commit mail fraud.

Mail fraud was allegedly committed because donors would mail contributions to Hammon’s campaign. Hammon would reportedly deposit those checks into his campaign account and then write checks to himself out of the campaign account, and use the funds for personal expenses.

U.S. Attorney Franklin’s news release read, in part:

Self-dealing by elected officials erodes society’s confidence in its governmental institutions…Self-dealing is precisely what occurred here. Those who donated to Representative Hammon’s campaign expected that the campaign would use those resources lawfully and to foster an informative public debate. Instead, Representative Hammon placed those funds into his own personal piggy bank.

Hammon will be sentenced next month and could face up to twenty years behind bars.

 

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8 months ago

Huntsville Sports Scene: It’s More Than Rocket Science

It doesn’t launch people into space. It doesn’t involve serious problems and serious solutions.

But in the high-tech world of Huntsville, it turns out fun and games are also a major industry.

Sports tourism in the City of Huntsville is a $10 million annual industry, according to Ralph Stone, executive director of the Huntsville Sports Commission. That’s the economic impact of visitor spending for sports events. The National Association of Sports Commission estimates spending of $895 per athlete per event, so imagine the revenue generated from sales and lodging taxes for 50-60 events per year.

“Sports are a big business for us,” says Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. “Plus, it’s just downright fun, whether it’s a 10K race or a state soccer tournament or kids playing baseball.”

Time magazine recently reported that the youth sports industry has become a $15.3 billion annual business. Huntsville has been active in that industry through three different entities: the Huntsville Sports Commission, a full-service entity that is funded by the City that attracts sporting events, often administers them and aids event organizers; the Huntsville-Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, which works on a broader spectrum of tourism but devotes generous resources toward sports; and the Huntsville Parks & Recreation Department, which primarily serves as host and provider of facilities.

All can be summed up within the mission statement offered by Stone: “To identify, recruit and host sporting events for the purpose of economic impact to our community.”

The Sports Commission has hosted the Alabama High School Athletic Association state soccer championships since 2002 and the AHSAA state wrestling tournament since 2007. It will again welcome the University of Alabama for regular-season basketball game in December.

Facilities are important, and Huntsville is keeping pace – or leading the race. Says Stone, “In order to stay in the game, we have to match up.”

The newest facility is the $22.4 million Huntsville Aquatics Center. It recently held the Southeastern Long Course championships, which provided more than a $1 million boost to the economy, and those in the local swim community are optimistic that it will host national-level events in the future.

New venues are in the works, including 11 soccer/lacrosse fields and a multi-purpose athletic mecca for cyclists, runners and walkers, including competitive venues, on the site of a former municipal golf course.

It is essential to think beyond what those in the business call “the stick-and-ball sports.” Softball tournaments are well and good. But many times, non-traditional sports are looking for homes for their events, and they can have an equal economic impact.

Think Quidditch is just a fantasy sport from Harry Potter movies? It’s now a popular “real” game, and it holds regional (Tuscaloosa is hosting one in February) and national competitions. Huntsville has had great success hosting fishing tournaments and many outdoor-related events. Other competitions from Ultimate Frisbee to shuffleboard to juggling to archery have been on the radar.

Don Dukemineer of the Convention and Visitors Bureau is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Sports Commissions. He frequently travels to conventions and meetings, spreading the gospel of Huntsville. Now and again, he’ll find someone who hasn’t heard of Huntsville, “and I’ll say come check it out. Maybe do a tournament or an event. Once they come here and see all we have to offer, they’ll say, ‘When can I sign on the dotted line?’”

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8 months ago

Breitbart’s Editors Discuss Trump’s Endorsement of Strange on Yellowhammer Radio

In case you missed it, As Breitbart reported over the weekend, its News Editors Matthew Boyle and Jeff Poor visited with the Ford Faction on Yellowhammer Radio Friday, sharing their take on President Trump’s endorsement of Luther Strange in the Senate Republican runoff election between Strange and Roy Moore tomorrow.

Boyle started off by sharing his appreciation for Yellowhammer Multimedia, which includes Yellowhammer News, Yellowhammer Radio with the Ford Faction. “We love Yellowhammer, by the way, we think that what you guys do here – and you don’t see this in many states around the country – but you guys have a strong independent media here, and that’s a good thing, and that’s a healthy thing,”

On the show, Boyle expressed his opinion that Trump is taking a political risk endorsing Luther Strange, stating:

“I do think it’s a big risk, and I think he is going to face the consequences for it. And I think he’s going to have to – if what we expect is likely to happen – the president is going to have to look around the room, in the Oval Office and at his friends on Capitol Hill. I think the president is going to have to decide if he can trust these people anymore…I think that’s the question here, is he getting all the information, is he getting good advice or is he not? And I think it’s a risky move by President Trump in a Republican primary.”

Breitbart has strongly advocated for Roy Moore in its recent news coverage, as we’ve reported on Yellowhammer:

Related: All Eyes on Alabama: A Tale of The Swamp

Related: BREAKING: Bannon To Hold Alabama Rally For Roy Moore

The Ford Faction team also asked Boyle if Steve Bannon’s “America First” principles mean that he wants to make America better at the expense of other countries.

Boyle said, “No one wants to tear other places down.” However, he pointed to the long war in Afghanistan and asked why America is sending more troops when there is work to be done at home. The focus should be on ‘America First,’ it’s not ‘America Alone.’ Right, it’s ‘America First,’ and that’s the key thing Steve believes in — making sure that we’re taking care of our people first, and then maybe we can focus on some of the other folks around the world,” Boyle said.

Boyle’s fellow editor, Jeff Poor, concurred, adding said. “I also think it’s a good counterbalance to this narrative in the country right now that likes to beat up on America, a lot of self-deprecation,” “But Bannon kinda represents a counterbalance to that, or at least his message does, and that’s why it succeeds.”

Listen to the Ford Faction’s interview with the Breitbart editor’s below:

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8 months ago

Duck Dynasty Patriarch To Join Steve Bannon at Rally for Moore Tonight

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson will join Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon at a rally for Roy Moore tonight in Fair Hope, Alabama.

According to Breitbart, “Bannon is expected to focus on how to fight for the president’s agenda in Washington against the GOP establishment and its leader, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).”

Related: BREAKING: Bannon To Hold Alabama Rally For Roy Moore

Politico reports that Fox News host Sean Hannity will also be in the state tonight interviewing Bannon live outside the rally. Hannity was also interviewed on Fox & Friends this morning plugging Moore.

State Senator Trip Pittman, who ran against Moore and Strange in the primary, has endorsed Moore and is also on the ticket at the rally, as is a former University of Alabama football player, Siran Stacy, according to AL.com.

The event is slated for 7 p.m. tonight at the Oak Hollow Farm in Fairhope.

Tickets for the free event can be secured at this link at Eventbrite.

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8 months ago

V.P. Pence in Alabama Tonight To Campaign for Luther Strange

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Vice President Mike Pence will be in Birmingham tonight campaigning for incumbent U.S. Senator Luther Strange ahead of tomorrow’s runoff election against Roy Moore.

Pence’s visit comes on the heels of President Trump’s Friday night visit to Huntsville to campaign for Senator Strange.

Related: Trump Stumps Big for Big Luther In Alabama

At that rally, President Trump said:  “Luther wants to end business as usual, stop the insider dealing, and Luther Strange is determined to DRAIN THAT SWAMP.”

“With Luther Strange…you send a fighter to change Washington the way we all know it can be…Together with the great people of Alabama, and your giant in the Senate, we will make America proud again, we will make America rich again, and we will make America great again,” the President said.

In response, Senator Strange said:

“Tonight, it was my honor and privilege to welcome President Trump back to Alabama, where millions of people are proud of his work to Make America Great Again,” said Luther Strange. “From the beginning of my campaign, I have stood with the President to deliver on the promises he made to our great state, and the entire nation, by fixing our broken immigration system, revitalizing our economy, and draining the swamp in Washington.

Looking forward to tonight’s rally with Vice President Pence, Strange added:

“I want to thank President Trump for coming to Alabama tonight and I look forward to having Vice President Mike Pence in Birmingham Monday night. Voters in Alabama value the President and Vice-President’s endorsements and it is their strong support that will lead to a victory for our great state on September 26th.”

Below are the details of tonight’s event.

Tickets: Tickets can be obtained through Eventbrite and are limited to the capacity of the building.

Where: HealthSouth Aviation, 4851 65th Place North, Birmingham, AL 35206

Date: September 25, 2017

Time: Doors open 4:00 PM/Event Begins 7:00 PM

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8 months ago

Trump Stumps Big for Big Luther In Alabama

Donald Trump was in Alabama tonight campaigning for Senator Luther Strange in front of a packed house in Huntsville, as many other stood outside. He opened his speech by saying how much he loves Alabama, to which the crowd responded with chants “USA, USA, USA.”

Not long into his talk, Trump said, “Luther is going to be taking over for a man you all love…Senator Jeff Sessions. He’s doing a good job…we have him very busy.” Again, the crowd cheered.

Trump then mentioned he’d just come from “a very productive week at the United Nations,” and the crowd erupted in applause with more chants of U.S.A. “We’re going to take care of the bad people,” Trump said, adding “the world is starting to respect the United States of America again.”

More applause erupted when Trump told the Alabama crowd, “We’re going to be like your football teams, we’re going to win all the time.”

Continuing to address North Korea, Trump said, “Proud, independent and sovereign nations respect their people…We can’t have mad men out there shooting rockets all over the place. By the way, rocket man should’ve been handled a long time ago…but I’m going to handle it now because it needs to be handled. Little rocket man…we’re going to do it because we have no choice.”

Returning to the topic at hand, Trump said, “I really do love the people of Alabama because you’ve treated me so well,” to another burst of applause.

“If Hillary had won,” Trump said, “You’d be turning over your rifles,” to which the crowd responded with chants of “lock her up, lock her up.” To this, Trump quipped,”you’ll have to talk to Jeff Sessions about that.”

Turning his attention back to the man he came to endorse, Trump said, “He doesn’t even know Mitch McConnell…Luther is a tough, tough cookie. He doesn’t cow-tow to anybody. They were tying (McConnell) around his neck. Because of being saddled with stuff he was down quite a bit in the polls. So I called him and said ‘I’m going to endorse you.'”

“We have to be loyal in life,” Trump continued. “I might have made a mistake because if Luther doesn’t win, they won’t say we picked up 25 points (in the polls) in a short amount of time. They will say, Donald Trump was not able to pull his candidate across the line. By the way, they’re both good men….Luther will definitely win (in the general election). But Roy has a very good chance of not winning in the general election. Luther’s going to win easily (in the general), and Roy will have a hard time winning, but I will be backing him (Moore) if he wins (the primary),” Trump said.

The President then gave a shout-out to Huntsville’s missile defense system, which was largely developed by Boeing. To more rousing applause, the President said, ” we just approved a $700-million budget,” giving Richard Shelby credit for his help. “As long as I’m president you’re going to have so much money spent here” (presumably meaning on defense projects),” Trump promised.

Trump also said “I feel like I’m from Alabama, frankly…I love your values. Those are the values that made this country great.”

As the speech went on, Trump went to great lengths to stress that Luther Strange is not part of the establishment, that he’s beholden to no one, and that he “doesn’t do quid pro quo.” The example Trump cited is that when he called Strange for his yes vote on repealing Obamacare, Strange was the only Senator that granted it with no strings attached. That impressed Trump because Luther asked for nothing in return, and the President made it clear that his loyalty for Strange’s helpful response is what brought him to Alabama tonight.

He also stressed on several occasions that Luther is not close friends with Mitch McConnel and will not owe McConnell anything if he’s elected to the Senate.

“Again, I’m taking a big risk, (endorsing Strange)” Trump repeated, “because these people are going after me…But this is our moment; this is your moment.”

The President repeated his belief that Strange would make easy work of Doug Jones in the general election, but that Moore would have a much tougher path to victory should he be the Republican nominee that faces Jones.  “If this man (Strange) wins (Tuesday),” Trump said, “that race (the general election) is over. If somebody else wins, I will tell you, that’s gonna be a very tough race.”

Several times Trump urged the audience to make sure they turn out and vote for Luther Strange. “We have got to go out and vote. On Tuesday, vote for your country, vote for your family, and vote for victory…vote for Luther Strange, he’s the phenomenal person,” the President said.

Making it clear that he does not see Luther as the political insider Moore’s campaign has made him out to be, Trump said, “Luther wants to end business as usual, stop the insider dealing, and Luther Strange is determined to DRAIN THAT SWAMP.”

“With Luther Strange…you send a fighter to change Washington the way we all know it can be… Together with the great people of Alabama, and your giant in the Senate, we will make America proud again, we will make America rich again, and we will make America great again,” the President said.

In closing, Trump said, “Together with the great people of Alabama, and your giant in the Senate (Strange), we will make American strong again; we will make American wealthy again; we will make American proud again; we will make American safe again; and we will make American GREAT again. Thank you, Alabama, I love you. I love you, Alabama.”

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8 months ago

WEEK 4: Comprehensive College Football TV guide

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8 months ago

Cliff Sims Talks Suits, Winning Streaks, and the Real Donald Trump on the Ford Faction

Special Assistant to the President Cliff Sims and President Donald J. Trump walk down the West Colonnade of the White House toward the West Wing. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead
Special Assistant to the President Cliff Sims and President Donald J. Trump walk down the West Colonnade of the White House toward the West Wing. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

On two laughter-filled segments on the Ford Fusion, Yellowhammer founder Cliff Sims breaks it down for the guys, talking suits, championship belts, and what life is really like behind the scenes in the White House.

In one portion of the segment, Sims gives some insight into life as a senior White House staffer, saying:

“When he says things like ‘we’re going to make sure we get good deals for America and we’re going to be taken advantage of anymore,’ it’s not just a talking point…I’ve heard him behind closed doors meeting with foreign leaders, and I see him look ’em in the eye and say, ‘you guys have got to step up here because we’re not going to tote the load for you anymore,’ and I think that takes some of them by surprise because they think they’re in on the joke, like it’s a wink and a nod. No! There’s none of that (with President Trump).”

You’ll hear this and much more on this audio, so don’t miss Cliff Sims on this segment of the Ford Faction. You’re guaranteed to laugh a lot and you’ll definitely be glad you listened!

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8 months ago

Stimpson Welcomes Nicolas Cage To Mobile and The Actor’s Response Is Strong

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson posted a video on his Facebook page today that shows him handing Nic Cage the keys to the city. The actor was incredibly gracious as he expressed heartfelt fondness of all things Mobile. In a warm exchange that will make your proud to be from Alabama, check out the Mayor’s video with the famous actor below.

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8 months ago

Alabama’s Byrne Says Time Running Out on Obamacare Repeal

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL1)
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL1)

Representative Bradley Byrne of Alabama’s 1st Congressional District issued a statement today regarding the debate in the United States Senate to repeal and replace Obamacare. Needless to say, the Republican Congressman is not pleased with Bernie Sanders’ new suggestion:

“We have now seen the Democrat’s alternative to Obamacare: Senator Sander’s single payer healthcare bill.  The American people overwhelmingly rejected increased government involvement in the last election, yet the Democrats have doubled down, putting forward a multi trillion dollar government takeover of our entire health care system.”

Continuing to point out the socialist Democrat’s flawed proposal, Byrne said:

“Senator Sanders’ bill would require massive new taxes on all Americans and move everyone on to a government healthcare plan.  If you like your current plan, that’s too bad.  This pie-in-the-sky idea is not only unrealistic, but would have devastating fiscal and practical effects on our citizens. That is not a legitimate option. Instead, the U.S. Senate needs to act before September 30th on health care legislation to limit the federal government’s role in health care and ensure real choices for consumers. I once again call on my colleagues in the Senate to join the House in passing a bill to rescue the American people from the failures of Obamacare. Time is running out, and action is desperately needed.”

In May, the House passed the American Health Care Act with the support of all of Alabama’s Republicans in the U.S. House. The bill repealed Obamacare and replaced it with a better version, but a small contingent of Republicans in the Senate led by John McCain sided with the Democrats causing the failure of the upper chamber’s version.

According to Rep Byrne’s media advisory, “The Senate parliamentarian has ruled that the fast-track plan to repeal Obamacare, known as reconciliation, will expire on September 30, 2017. Without this procedure in place, any effort to repeal and replace Obamacare would require 60 votes in the Senate, instead of a simple majority.”

 

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8 months ago

Richard Shelby and Realtor’s PAC Endorse Luther Strange

Alabama’s longtime United States Senator Richard Shelby announced his support for Luther Strange in the U.S. Senate runoff over the weekend.

“Luther Strange has consistently stood up for Alabama’s values,” said Senator Richard Shelby. “He not only understands the complex issues facing our nation, but he is also poised to help continue Alabama’s growth and economic development. Luther Strange is the man for the job.”

Strange released the following statement in reply:

“I am proud to have Richard Shelby’s endorsement in this race and thank him for his kind words,” said Luther Strange. “I look forward to standing up for the values Alabamians hold dear and to pass the Trump agenda.”

The National Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has also announced its endorsement  Senate, following a recommendation from the Alabama Association of REALTORS® RPAC Committee.

Embracing this endorsement, Jeremy Walker, Chief Executive Officer of the Alabama Association of REALTORS stated:

Alabama REALTORS® recognize Senator Strange for his demonstrated record of standing up for homeownership and private property rights, and look forward to his leadership on key real estate issues…Senator Strange has been a leader in standing up for Alabama homeowners and our communities. As Attorney General, Senator Strange fought back against government overreach that threatened to harm private property rights. REALTORS® look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Senator Strange,” said Mugs Mullins, President of the Alabama Association of REALTORS®.

 

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8 months ago

Suspected Killer Arsonist Arrested While Snoozing in Barn

Photo: Chilton County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page

A suspected perpetrator wanted in connection with a fatal house fire has been arrested after a manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies in Chilton County, Alabama.

According to a report by ABC 33/40, Chilton County Sheriff John Shearon says Dustin Wade Martin was found sleeping in a barn off County Road 2 last night. Sheriff Shearon says Martin is the suspect in a homicide investigation that resulted from a house fire Wednesday morning that killed one unidentified person.

The Chilton County Sheriff’s office and the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s are currently investigating the case.

Sheriff Shearon told reporters that Martin’s vehicle was spotted Thursday night, but when police gave chase, Martin wrecked the car and bailed on foot, losing the police. They later found him racked out in the barn, at which time he was taken into custody without incident.

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8 months ago

WEEK 3: Comprehensive College Football TV guide

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8 months ago

Sarah Palin Heading to Alabama To Campaign for Roy Moore

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is scheduled to arrive in Alabama next week to campaign for Judge Roy Moore in the Republican runoff for the U.S. Senate.

Palin will be part of a bus tour put on by the Great America Alliance, an organization of grassroots activists solidly in support of the agenda President Trump campaigned on last year.

Great America Alliance is led by former Trump White House aide Andy Surabian, while former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon—who has assumed his previous position as executive chairman of Breitbart News—is a senior adviser to the organization.

Eric Beach is also a top consultant for Great America Alliance. Beach gained distinction raising tens of millions of dollars for Trump and hosting dozens of events in battleground states during the presidential election.

“Palin plans to barnstorm Alabama the week prior to the special election to double down on her strongly stated support of Judge Moore,” a source familiar with the former Alaska Governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee’s planning told Breitbart News. “Gov. Palin is a conservative rock star and her presence in Alabama is sure to seal the deal for Judge Roy Moore,” said a second source told Breitbart.

Palin, who endorsed Moore in August, said:

“Glad he’s running and am honored to endorse Judge Roy Moore for the US Senate. Judge Moore has shown he has what it takes to stand up to the out-of-touch political establishment. The Judge has proven he’s not afraid of a fight for what is right, and he’s ready to take on DC’s swamp monsters and help make America great again. We need more bold leaders like Judge Moore who will fight for all of us in the U.S. Senate.”

When Palin endorsed him last month, Moore said:

“I am honored to have the endorsement of Governor Sarah Palin,” Moore said then. “Governor Palin has a strong record of speaking out for conservative causes and standing up to the Washington establishment. Having her support shows how conservatives across the country are uniting behind our campaign to send a message to Mitch McConnell and the Washington elites who are trying to buy this election.”

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8 months ago

PAC Supporting Roy Moore Launches New Ads

Yesterday, Yellowhammer reported that a new ad was launched citing President Trump’s endorsement of Luther Strange in the primary run-off for the U.S. Senate, as well as the support of the NRA and National Right to Life. The ad said Strange is supporting the President’s agenda and said that starts with “draining the Washington swamp.”

Today, Roy Moore’s camp answered. In a press release, a Washington, D.C.-based PAC, Great America Alliance, which describes itself as “the leading issue advocacy organization supporting the agenda of President Donald Trump” announced its “support for Judge Roy Moore in the Alabama run-off election on September 26th.”

In doing so, the PAC is launching two ads targeting Strange, saying he’s part of the D.C. swamp, particularly associating him with Mitch McConnel.

The group’s media advisory said “The Alliance is launching two new ads as part of a statewide digital campaign to bolster the surging candidacy of Judge Roy Moore. The Alliance is also planning to barnstorm the state with a bus tour the final weekend of campaign, featuring high profile conservatives to rally grassroots support for Judge Moore.”

Moore has endorsement of James Dobson, Chuck Norris, and Duck Dynasty icon Phil Robertson, to name a few.

View the PAC’s new ads below:

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8 months ago

How an “ESPN Staffer” Beat the System During Clemson-Auburn Game Saturday Night

According to a report by the Tab, a Clemson student referred to only as Nathan was so desperate to see the Tigers play the Tigers Saturday night, he reportedly made a fake ID to get into the game, but not just any fake credentials. Using expert Photoshop skills, this enterprising economics major made a fake ESPN badge, and the gatekeepers at Clemson bought it hook, line, and sinker.

Talk about a pick play that would make Hunter Renfrow envious—though Nathan would probably just call it a rub route—using the hilarious pseudonym “Rocco Refsnyder,” Nathan was waived straight to the sidelines under the guise of an “Operations Technician” for ESPN, according to the Tab.

In a Tweet he later deleted, Dane Szalwinski posted several images (shown below) that captured the bravado of his crafty friend Nathan, who became a temporary sideline superstar with courage that might have rivaled that of the actual boys of fall.

As the old timers say, “stupid’s never scared,” so, in a world where nothing digital is ever truly deleted, Nathan was either really smart, really dumb, or some of both—but he definitely wasn’t scared.

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8 months ago

Justice Will Sellers To Seek Full Term on Alabama Supreme Court

In a news release today, Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Will Sellers announced he would seek election for a full term in 2018, noting: “I am grateful to Governor Kay Ivey for appointing me to the Alabama Supreme Court. I have now served three full months on the Court, and I intend to qualify to run in the June 2018 Republican primary.”

Justice Sellers continued:

“Since my appointment, I have received an outpouring of support from my fellow lawyers and business leaders throughout Alabama. I thoroughly enjoy my work on the Court, and it is a privilege to serve alongside Chief Justice Lyn Stuart and the other associate justices. I know our work makes a big difference to the people of Alabama, who recognize the need for a strong judicial branch of government.”

Related: Justice Sellers on Moving From Private Practice to the Alabama Supreme Court

Sellers, a 1985 graduate of Hillsdale College, earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1988, and a Masters of Law and Letters in Taxation from New York University in 1989. Before his appointment to the bench in May of this year, Justice Sellers worked in private practice in Montgomery.

Sellers is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, and has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Tax Court, and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Sellers has been endorsed by the Business Council of Alabama’s (BCA) Progress PAC and the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee (ACJRC).

ProgressPAC Chairman, Perry Hand, chairman and chief executive officer of Volkert Inc., said:

“ProgressPAC is proud to endorse Alabama Supreme Court Justice Will Sellers in next spring’s primary. Justice Sellers possesses all the qualities that businesses desire in members of the state’s highest court – the ability to look at each case fairly and neutrally and adhere to and strictly interpret the lawThe importance of electing Alabama Supreme Court justices who can rule according to the law cannot be understated. As an attorney in private practice for more than three decades, Justice Sellers possesses all the knowledge, skills, and level-headed qualities required in an appellate judge, and his appointment by the governor shows the trust placed in him.”

Sellers is involved in many civic and community organizations in the Montgomery area, including the United Way, the Business Committee for the Arts, and the YMCA. He has been elected to the Electoral College in each of the last four Presidential cycles.

Will is married to the former Lee Grant, and they have three adult children. They are active members of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Montgomery.

 

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8 months ago

President Trump Approves Alabama’s Emergency Declaration for Irma

Photo: Screenshot from Facebook video. Stormchasingvideos.com
Photo: Screenshot from Facebook video. Stormchasingvideos.com

President Trump declared today that an emergency exists in the State of Alabama. For this reason, he ordered Federal assistance to supplement “State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irma beginning on September 8, 2017, and continuing.”

As the White House media advisory stated:

The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.  This action will help alleviate the hardship and suffering that the emergency may inflict on the local population, and provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives, protect property, and ensure public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in 67 counties and the Poarch Creek Indian Tribe in the State of Alabama.

FEMA’s job is to “identify, mobilize, and provide, at its discretion, equipment, and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.”

 

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8 months ago

Alabama Senate Race: Voter Registration Extended Through Tomorrow Due to Irma

Governor Kay Ivey issued an Executive Order today giving Alabama citizens a 24-hour extension on registering to vote in the upcoming run-off election for the U.S. Senate between incumbent Luther Strange and Roy Moore.

With state offices closed due to Hurricane Irma, Ivey issued the order, stating:

“With today being the deadline to register to vote in September’s runoff, it only makes sense to extend the deadline to tomorrow because of the current weather situation in our state. Voting is a fundamental right in our democracy, and I’m proud to direct the Secretary of State and local boards of registrars to ensure that Alabamians can register tomorrow and still be eligible to vote September 26th,” Governor Ivey said.

Secretary of State John Merrill Tweeted: We were honored to work with to extend the voter registration deadline an extra day to accommodate those affected by Irma!

Related:  Want To Vote In Alabama’s Senate Runoff? Today’s Your Last Opportunity To Register

 

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