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’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.
"Frontier Airlines will begin direct flights from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on April 11, the airline announced today. Frontier Airlines will start by offering direct service to Denver, Orlando and Philadelphia from Birmingham. Introductory prices will start at $39."
"At 87, Clint Eastwood is not only trying new things, he’s trying daring new things, and his new film 15:17 to Paris represents one of the most audacious gambits of his career. To dramatize the tale of three Americans who tackled and subdued a heavily armed Islamist terrorist on a train out of Amsterdam in 2015, Eastwood cast the young men, none of whom had professional acting experience, as themselves. It’s a decision with little precedent in the entire history of motion pictures."
State Rep. Wes Allen: Biden administration’s mixed message on COVID shows he doesn’t put Americans first
(Elect Judge Wes Allen to the Office of Alabama Secretary of State, President Joe Biden/Facebook, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol/Flickr, YHN)
The Biden administration is issuing warnings to Americans regarding the increasing number of COVID cases across the country. Calls for a return to mask-wearing and social distancing are becoming more frequent from the President and his advisors.
Businesses, large and small, fear the possibility of mandated shutdowns that plagued our nation last year. Parents are wondering if they will be forced to face the inadequacies and challenges of remote schooling again. These are all worries that are being forced upon law-abiding, tax-paying Americans by the Biden administration.
But it goes further. Our northern border with Canada remains closed to non-essential travel for fear of spreading the virus. Biden and his team cited concerns over the Delta variant as the reason for banning travel from 26 nations including most of Europe, South Africa and Brazil.
This all seems like a concerned President who is trying to save our nation from the death and damage of a pandemic. But a closer look at Biden’s policies proves that his concern is not for Americans and he has little to no desire to stop the spread of COVID from coming across our border.
His policy that allows thousands of illegal immigrants to move freely across our southern border and into our towns, neighborhoods, restaurants and schools without any regard for their immigration status or their COVID test results prove that the Biden administration doesn’t care about America or Americans. Is the health of Americans, the success of our economy and the fate of our schools and health care system of any concern to this President or his advisors?
I think not.
State Rep. Wes Allen is a Republican candidate for Alabama Secretary of State.
For months, we have been inundated with stories of a federal proposal named by the Democrat Party as the “For the People Act.” Upon closer examination of this mammoth piece of legislation, it should be renamed the “From the People Act” because this legislation clearly seeks to take the election process out of the hands of the American people. As a former probate judge, I see this for what it is – a federal attempt to take over our elections in violation of the United States Constitution.
The number of things wrong with this “Act” could fill a novel, but the most troubling aspects of this historical attempt to alter our elections and change the fabric of our nation include:
Automatic voter registration — The bill mandates that individuals who have interaction with certain government offices would be automatically registered to vote, but there is no mandate in the bill to only limit that registration to American citizens with the right to vote. Therefore, an individual who goes to the DMV for a driver’s license is automatically registered to vote, even if a felony has eliminated their right to vote or if they are not a citizen of the United States. The same holds true for those interacting with other government offices for assistance with a variety of services. Democrats argue that is not the intent of the provision but still refuse to establish any voter eligibility verification requirements in their proposal.
Funding of political campaigns — This act would divert money collected from fines of corporations from the nation’s general budget to a fund that would be specifically earmarked for the funding of political campaigns. This newly created “Freedom From Influence Fund” will serve as the exclusive source of funds for all federal public financing programs of political candidates. The idea that this bill increases funding for political campaigns from our government’s coffers is sickening. Our government has a gargantuan debt but this bill seeks to collect fines and, rather, than devote them to paying down that debt, diverts them to the accounts of political candidates. Absolutely mindboggling.
The list of problems with this proposal goes on and on and, although the proposal appears to be at a dead end now, it will rear its ugly head again. “We the People” must remain aware of attempts, such as these, to undermine our Democracy and we must oppose such measures at every turn.
Wes Allen currently represents Pike and Dale Counties in the State House of Representatives.
Allen: In Alabama, the mud on our floors pays the bills — and we shouldn’t forget that
I recall a recent encounter with a man wearing muddy boots who reminded me of the true greatness of our country.
A couple of weeks ago, while responding to emails at my desk, that man (a friend) knocked on the door and asked to speak with me. I invited him in to sit down. For about the next 15 minutes, our discussion focused on a few issues of the day. My friend is a job creator who works outdoors from daylight to dark. As he left following our talk, he was unaware mud from his boots was left behind on the office carpet.
While retrieving a vacuum cleaner to remove the dried mud, I recalled what an attorney once told me, “That mud on our floors, pays the bills!”
What a true statement.
That mud represents working people. Mud on our floors represents hard work. Mud on our floors represents men and women who get up every day to make our communities a better place to live, work, worship and play. What that mud represents is all the taxpayers who fund government. Mud on the floors represents all those unsung heroes who fuel our economy.
If it wasn’t for the people who have mud on their boots our communities and our country would not function.
For far too long, too many elected officials and unelected bureaucrats on the local, state and federal levels have forgotten what mud represents, or they simply don’t understand it at all. Too many of those same officials and bureaucrats believe government was created to be served by the taxpayers.
In our probate office, we see mud frequently and count it a blessing to have mud on our floors. It is great to enter the courthouse every day and serve people from all walks of life. I am especially proud to be able to serve those who track mud into the courthouse. I will never forget what that mud represents.
As we embark into 2017, it is my hope that those of us in all levels of government will never forget who we truly serve, the people.
Wes Allen is currently serving as Probate Judge in Pike County. You can follow him on Twitter @judgewesallen
The UN is sending foreign ‘election observers’ into Alabama. They must be stopped. (opinion)
The United Nations is sending "election observers" into Alabama, other states.
On November 8, 2016, the citizens of America will elect a new president. As the chief election official for Pike County Alabama, our team is currently preparing for the upcoming general election. I always take this responsibility very seriously and remain committed to ensuring an honest election process.
A recent Reuters report states the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe “aims to send 500 international observers to observe November’s U.S. presidential election”. The OSCE is being prodded by the liberal progressive Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, based out of Washington DC, to send 500 international observers to monitor polling places across the United States. This proposal cannot and will not be tolerated in Alabama.
I have some good news for the OSCE and the Leadership Conference. Here in Alabama, we have sound election laws currently in place that protects every eligible citizen’s right to vote, at the same time protecting against voter fraud.
For instance, current Alabama law requires every eligible voter to produce a valid Photo ID at the polls to cast a ballot. This is sound public policy that ensures honest elections and also that no illegal immigrants are attempting to influence our elections.
I would like to inform the OSCE and the Leadership Conference that current Alabama law allows for eligible voters to be appointed as a poll watcher to monitor our election process at each polling precinct. Each political party is allowed one appointee per polling precinct. We are very capable of appointing Americans to monitor our elections.
The citizens of Alabama have a right to freely exercise their right to vote without fear from any outsiders who wish to intimidate us. The prospect of an international group sending foreign observers to our country, to monitor and interfere with our free elections infuriates me and will not be tolerated if they show up in Pike County.
In the event any foreign election monitors are dispatched to Alabama, I am calling on Governor Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange to use every resource under their authority and control to ensure the sovereignty of Alabama is not violated.
As Alabamians and Americans we cannot and will not surrender our sovereignty and our God-given constitutional rights to anyone.
Wes Allen is Probate Judge of Pike County, Alabama.