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

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    Construction of a new oversized vehicle tunnel and premium RV infield parking section at Talladega Superspeedway is still on schedule to be completed in time for the April NASCAR race, despite large amounts of rainfall and unusual groundwater conditions underneath the track.

    Track Chairman Grant Lynch, during a news conference Wednesday at the track, said he’s amazed the general contractor, Taylor Corporation of Oxford, has been able to keep the project on schedule.

    “The amount of water they have pumped out of that and the extra engineering they did from the original design, basically to keep that tunnel from floating up out of the earth, was remarkable,” Lynch said.

  • Alabama workers built 1.6M engines in 2018 to add auto horsepower

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    Alabama’s auto workers built nearly 1.6 million engines last year, as the state industry continues to carve out a place in global markets with innovative, high-performance parts, systems and finished vehicles.

    Last year also saw major new developments in engine manufacturing among the state’s key players, and more advanced infrastructure is on the way in the coming year.

    Hyundai expects to complete a key addition to its engine operations in Montgomery during the first half of 2019, while Honda continues to reap the benefits of a cutting-edge Alabama engine line installed several years ago.

  • Groundbreaking on Alabama’s newest aerospace plant made possible through key partnerships

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    Political and business leaders gathered for a groundbreaking at Alabama’s newest aerospace plant gave credit to the formation of the many key partnerships that made it possible.

    Governor Kay Ivey and several other federal, state and local officials attended the event which celebrated the construction of rocket engine builder Blue Origin’s facility in Huntsville.

2 months ago

ALGOP chair: Doug Jones supports everything Alabamians oppose and opposes everything Alabamians support

(Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan/Contributed, Senator Doug Jones/Facebook

Hillary Clinton … Barack Obama … John Kerry … Al Gore … Bill Clinton … Mike Dukakis … Walter Mondale.

This rogue gallery of liberal Democrats was rejected by Alabamians by large margins when each of them sought the presidency, but interim U.S. Senator Doug Jones proudly voted for each of them when they appeared on the ballot. His support and his personal votes tell us exactly the principles he champions.

Jones accepted a presidential appointment from Bill Clinton during his scandal-ridden administration, welcomed the endorsement of Barack Obama while running for the Senate, and loudly proclaims his current support for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, perhaps the most liberal pairing to ever appear on a major party ticket. In fact, during President Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate, Kamala Harris was quoted as saying she and Jones were “cuttin’ up” with each other, showing a deep disrespect for the seriousness of the situation.

Those simple facts alone offer positive proof that Jones sits on the far-left fringe of the political prism and remains outside the mainstream of the citizens he claims to represent, but allow me to offer even more evidence.

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When Obama was elected president in 2008, he earned only 38% of the vote in Alabama, yet Jones told the Associated Press, “We need to be dancing in the streets rejoicing about his election.” Following Jones’s victory dance, Obama delivered us a stagnant economy, millions more Americans on food stamps, open-border immigration policies, the disaster known as Obamacare, and other liberal policies.

After 60% of voters ratified a 2018 state constitutional amendment that declares Alabama a pro-life state and positions us to take immediate action when Roe v. Wade is overturned, Jones, once again, ignored the majority’s vote. He opposed a federal ban on partial-birth abortions and voted to use our dollars to fund abortion procedures.

Even though the Alabama Legislature passed the nation’s strongest state law to combat illegal immigration, Jones has compared Donald Trump’s border wall to the Berlin Wall, opposed the president’s effort to declare a national emergency along the Mexico border, and voted in favor of sanctuary cities that refuse to enforce federal immigration laws – he is complicit in wanting to break the laws of our nation.

Despite Alabama’s strong pro-Second Amendment tradition, Jones told AL.com in 2018 that “Alabamians are ready for restrictions on guns,” and used his maiden speech in the U.S. Senate to attack the National Rifle Association and demand universal background checks. His guy, Joe Biden, told Beto O’Rourke, “You’re going to take care of the gun problem with me.” Believe them on this.

Though similar efforts swiftly died in the Alabama Legislature, Jones told a tele-townhall in July that he supports a federal government study on paying economic reparations for slavery and called it something “we’ve got to do.”

And while Donald Trump carried Alabama with more than 60% of the vote in 2016, Jones has repeatedly attacked the president by telling Newsweek he has given some “a green light to commit hate crimes” and accused him of using “outright bigotry justified as straight talk.”

Of course, he also famously voted twice to remove President Trump from office following the impeachment sham created by Nancy Pelosi and Jones’s other liberal allies. It appears without a doubt that Jones has made it his mission on the Senate floor to support everything that Alabamians oppose and oppose everything that Alabamians support – again ignoring the majority. All of these examples, and hundreds more like them, explain why President Trump recently tweeted, “Doug Jones is a terrible Senator who is just a Super Liberal puppet for Schumer and Pelosi. Represents Alabama poorly.”

The good news is that Alabama voters can soon recall their interim senator by supporting Republican coach Tommy Tuberville in his bid for the U.S. Senate. Coach Tuberville will represent our conservative Alabama values, not the liberal California and New York values that Doug Jones promotes – the two states he gets most of his funding from … that’s not an accident. That’s a signal to us.

Coach Tuberville will make Alabama proud by fighting to protect the Trump tax cuts, the unborn, the Second Amendment, conservative federal judges, plug the holes in our porous border while standing strong with President Trump to drain the swamp and combat liberal and Socialist policies.

It is time for us to end the cancellation of our two U.S. Senate votes and stand united for the cause of conservatism. I will proudly cast my vote for Coach Tommy Tuberville on November 3, and we strongly encourage each of you to do the same. It’s time for you to cancel Doug Jones in the U.S. Senate. It’s time to cancel his ignoring of the majority. It’s time to reset this seat for Sweet Home Alabama. Show the nation Alabama will not be ignored or disrespected anymore – now that’s sweet!

Terry Lathan is the chairman of the Alabama Republican Party

7 months ago

ALGOP’s Lathan: Not signed, sealed and delivered

(Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan/Contributed, YHN)

Here they come … again — the Democrats rallying cry for a nationally imposed all mail-in ballot system. While their push to force every possible voter to receive a ballot in any election is not new, they have been reinvigorated for trying to implement this very dangerous scheme due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This viral threat is not a reason for the federal government to mandate national voting laws — especially seriously flawed ones.

Democrat Senators Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Ron Wyden have proposed the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020. This bill would allow all vote by mail elections while undoing state voter ID laws. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing states to remove an eyewitness signature. Courts are being asked to allow votes to be counted AFTER the election.

The Democrats are on a mission to destroy our time-tested system of voting in person by most Americans. They have apparently forgotten that our nation is a republic with the states making the decisions on their election laws and procedures.

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There is overwhelming evidence that an all-mail voting election dictated from Washington, DC is not to be trusted. The headlines tell the story —the one that the Democrats always fail to share with us: 28 Million Mail-In Ballots Went Missing in Last Four Elections; Error and Fraud at Issue as Absentee Voting Rises; Brokers’ Exploit Absentee Voters; Elderly Are Top Targets for Fraud; Five States Face Federal Lawsuit Over Inaccurate Voter Registrations.

Multitudes of studies have warned of ballot harvesting (letting anyone handle, mark or take your ballot), voter mail fraud and inaccurate voter registration mailing lists. Anyone who says that this is not an issue and it doesn’t happen is simply ignoring the facts or doesn’t want to hear them. According to research by Judicial Watch’s Election Integrity Project in 2017, “Some 3.5 million more people are registered to vote in the U.S. than are alive among America’s adult citizens,” (Source: The National Review). The U.S. Election Assistance Commission and the Election Administration and Voting Surveys report roughly 16.4 million ballots mailed to registered voters went missing between the 2016-2018 elections – including the Trump-Clinton presidential matchup.

As noted in RealClear Politics, there have been 28 million mail-in votes that vanished between 2012-2018. That’s 28 million Americans who were disenfranchised as their constitutional rights were denied. How is this the best practice for our democracy? It opens up a clear path to fraud and easily can question the integrity of elections.

Following the contentious Bush-Gore election in 2000, the bipartisan Carter Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform, chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker, concluded that “Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.” Rarely is it that I have agreed with Jimmy Carter on a policy, but here’s one where he is absolutely correct.

In the third April 2020 stimulus package for the COVID-19 crisis, what did the Democrats in the U.S. House do while Americans are losing their jobs and truly fearful for their families’ futures? Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats tried to insert their national mail-in scheme into the package. It was utterly outrageous and clearly showed us what their end game is — no ID, no accountability, no eyes on the ballots, no deadlines and no way to see who has what. One needs to ask — why are Democrats aggressively trying to water down safeguards of our democracy?

Democrats are not addressing the problems of fraud, missing ballots or a lack of accountability in our elections. They are trying to wrestle away the states’ rights on elections. They have no answers to these repeated issues, nor do they offer solutions for real problems.

If a state chooses to do all mail-in ballot elections, it is taking a great risk for all engaged citizens to be dutifully counted. History and data clearly validate these concerns — however, it is not Washington, D.C.’s place or responsibility to force states into an “one size fits all” voting mechanism.

There is a joy to voting in person with your fellow citizens. Watching your ballot being counted and walking out of your precinct secure in the knowledge that your vote matters is truly an American moment. It is the most powerful tool in a democracy and to verify it in real time is the fundamental foundation of our elections.

Any national all mail-in election ideas should be simply marked “Return to Sender” to the Democrats and placed in a pile of junk mail.

Terry Lathan is the chairman of the Alabama Republican Party

10 months ago

ALGOP’s Lathan: State of the Union confirmed why Trump needs second term

(Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan/Facebook, YHN)

Two terrorist leaders killed. Two Supreme Court Justices confirmed. Two trade deals signed into law.

Throw in a record-breaking economy and what do you get? Two terms for President Trump.

That’s what Alabamians heard loud and clear from President Trump’s State of the Union Address this week. With the 2020 election just nine months away, the president continues to compile an undeniably impressive record, despite the fearmongering rhetoric and witch hunts from Democrats.

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With this address, President Trump firmly laid out his reelection platform to the nation.

Take the economy, for starters. With an unemployment rate straddling all-time lows and an economy surpassing record after record (after record), everyday Americans are reaping the rewards of his efforts through higher wages and good jobs. In fact, Alabama is benefiting to the tune of a never-before-seen 2.7% unemployment rate.

And this boom is just the tip of the iceberg for economic success thanks to the USMCA, which President Trump signed into law after over a year of obstruction and delay by Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats. With this new trade deal comes major wins for our farmers, manufacturers and businesses across the country: 176,000 new jobs, $68.2 billion added to the economy and a trade policy that finally works for them.

Democrats don’t stand a chance running against President Trump’s unprecedented economy, nor do they have a leg to stand on when it comes to putting America first on the World Stage – including protecting our nation from terroristic threats.

When the president isn’t busy completely obliterating ISIS or killing terrorist leaders, he’s standing tough abroad on a multitude of areas, holding foreign powers accountable on everything from regime sanctions on North Korea and Venezuela, withdrawing from the Iran Nuclear Agreement and urging NATO members to pull their weight on defense spending. These foreign policy achievements not only make our country stronger, but they send a clear message to the world that the days of pushing America around are over.

All of these accomplishments over the past three years mentioned above don’t even touch on the fact that President Trump is quietly reshaping our judicial landscape for generations to come. Not only have two Supreme Court Justices been confirmed, but the president has installed more federal court judges than any president in the past four decades. This tireless commitment to fixing our nation’s court system will have a long-lasting impact on the future of our nation’s courts, and the lives we live every day.

And now Alabama’s own Doug Jones has just voted to remove President Trump in the baseless “let’s get him!” impeachment debacle, firmly showing the Yellowhammer State that the Senator does not represent our values. He needs to be loudly replaced on November 3. Alabamians deserve a senator that supports our president and is willing to work alongside him as he enacts his prosperous agenda, not against him with New York’s Chuck Schumer. Ignoring the majority will come with a heavy election price.

Clearly, a record of achievement at the level of President Trump’s is unbeatable at the 2020 ballot box. This week’s State of the Union Address confirmed what Alabamians already knew: We need another four years of President Trump.

Terry Lathan is the chairman of the Alabama Republican Party

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

(CNN, PolitiFact/YouTube)

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.

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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.