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  • Mo Brooks Wins FreedomWorks’ Prestigious 2017 FreedomFighter Award

    Excerpt from a Rep. Mo Brooks news release:

    Tuesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) was one of only 31 members of the U.S. House of Representatives awarded the prestigious 2017 FreedomFighter Award by FreedomWorks, a leading conservative organization with more than six million members nationwide. Only members of Congress who score better than 90% on the FreedomWorks scorecard receive the FreedomFighter Award. Congressman Brooks’ FreedomWorks score was in the top 4% of all Congressmen in 2017.

    Brooks said, “FreedomWorks is a leading organization in the conservative movement. I thank them for their work keeping members of Congress accountable and scoring key House floor votes which helps the American people better understand the impact of those votes. I was proud to receive the prestigious FreedomWorks 2017 FreedomFighter Award for my voting record in 2017. If America is to maintain its place as the greatest country in world history, more members of Congress must fight for the foundational principles that made America great. I’m fighting in Congress for those principles, and I’m glad to have a partner as effective as FreedomWorks in the fight.”

  • Black Bear Sightings Continue to Increase in Alabama

    Excerpt from an Outdoor Alabama news release:

    Add Jackson, Limestone, Marshall, Morgan and St. Clair counties to the growing list of black bear sightings in Alabama in 2018. In recent years, bears have also been recorded in Chambers, Elmore, Jefferson, Lee, Macon and Tallapoosa counties. These recent sightings are more evidence of the state’s expanding black bear population.

    Biologists from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources say the increase in sightings may be due to a combination of factors including changes in bear distribution, habitat fragmentation, seasonal movement and the summer mating season. However, most spring and summer bear sightings are of juvenile males being pushed out of their previous ranges by their mothers and other adult males.

    Historically, a small population of black bears have remained rooted in Mobile and Washington counties. Baldwin, Covington and Escambia counties on the Florida border host yet another population of bears. In northeast Alabama, bears migrating from northwest Georgia have established a small but viable population.

    “While seeing a black bear in Alabama is uncommon and exciting, it is no cause for alarm,” said Marianne Hudson, Conservation Outreach Specialist for the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF). “There has never been a black bear attack on a human in Alabama.”

    Black bears are typically secretive, shy animals that will avoid human interaction. Occasionally, a curious bear will explore a human-populated area in search of food.

    “If you are lucky enough to see a bear, simply leave it alone,” Hudson said.

  • Rep. Byrne Releases Statement on Russia

    From a Bradley Byrne news release:

    Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, this morning in Helsinki.

    Congressman Byrne said: “I applaud President Trump’s decision to start a dialogue with President Putin and I’m glad he is making it a priority. However, we must remember that Russia is not an ally – economically or militarily. They are an adversary. The United States should not tolerate actions by the Russians that intervene in our domestic affairs or pose a threat to our national security.”

6 days ago

AG Steve Marshall shares his story about moving forward with the election after hardships hit his family

(Marshall Campaign)

Attorney General Steve Marshall joined The Ford Faction for a lengthy interview to talk about what the past month has been like for him. AG Marshall went through a traumatizing event the past couple of weeks where his wife, Bridgette, took her own life. Marshall talked about how Alabama support and love has been helping him and his family and how he is dependent on a strong family presence. AG Marshall talked about the campaign ahead and what is going on and when to vote.  Lastly, Steve Marshall even shared a laugh and voiced his support in the upcoming wedding coming up this Fall for his daughter.

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6 days ago

Sloss Tech in Birmingham will feature some of tech’s biggest names

(K. McLendon/Twitter)

Kevin McLendon joined The Ford Faction to talk about Sloss Tech and what it has to offer.  McLendon talked about the upcoming event and the speakers that will be present and how big it is for a city like Birmingham to be hosting something like this.  In the interview, Kevin went into depth about the work going into this event and some of the special guests being there including Mayor Randall Woodfin.

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1 month ago

‘California will NOT split into three states no matter how bad they want it to happen’- The Hollywood Conservative

Amanda Head made her weekly call into The Ford Faction to talk about Natalie Portman’s comments about Jared Kushner being a “super-villain.”  Amanda mentioned her take on the state of California possibly being broken up in 3 states. In lengthy interview Amanda touches up on the latest news.

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1 month ago

Here is your chance to listen to one of the greatest story tellers of all time: Andy Andrews   

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New York Times Best Selling Author Andy Andrews joined The Ford Faction to talk about his life. Andy is a Birmingham native, told the guys the story of him graduating from Berry High School and attending Auburn University and not quitting, but leaving college. Andy went into detail about what influenced him, being homeless, and even shared his book “The Travelers Summit.”

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Great quotes from Andy throughout the interview- ”Still working on that college degree”

“Homeless wasn’t a word back then”

“I had a way of making a bad situation worse”

“I went from having $2500 after my parents died to spend it on a trailer, then I had a car and a trailer. Next, I had a trailer and a motorcycle. Then I just had a motorcycle and a tent. Then just a tent…..then I slept under a bridge”

Zac- “What happened to the tent?”

“I don’t know”

We erupted in laughter because the story was so humbling to hear in person.

Andy went on about his time being “Homeless”

“Met an old guy that told me how it was”

“I said I don’t believe in God”

“He said you don’t have to, Gold still believes in you”

“He also told me that thinking thing will get you in trouble”

“You will not see anyone successful who doesn’t have a great imagination”

“When you’re an adult you discipline yourself or society will discipline you”

Andy goes into meeting Pete Rose one day in Las Vegas and Pete Rose calls him the PBS guy, and said “I’ll sign anything you ask me”

Andy replied- “Write sorry I bet on baseball, Pete Rose”

“AND HE DID!”

Andy received another baseball a couple of months later from someone who asked him about being friends with Pete Rose?

The baseball said-

“Andy, please pray for me…. Pete Rose ”

Such an incredible story Andy Andrews shared with us today!

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1 month ago

(AUDIO) Yellowhammer News editor slams Planned Parenthood of Birmingham, reminds conservatives we’re held to a ‘radically different standard’

Yellowhammer News editor J. Pepper Bryars recently discussed Planned Parenthood, double standards for conservatives and North Korea on the Ford Faction radio program, which airs from noon-2 p.m. daily on WDYE 101.1 FM in Birmingham and Huntsville.

Listen to the interview here:

Among the topics discussed:

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— Bryars said we should remain skeptical of any deal reached with the North Korean regime based upon their decades of deceit and deal-breaking, but that maybe the key difference now is President Donald Trump.

— Many in Alabama’s pro-life community are protesting a new Planned Parenthood clinic that will be visible from I-65 in Birmingham. Bryars said that we should use the location to remind Alabamians, and the millions of motorists who’ll pass the location annually, of what is really happening in the clinic by purchasing signs telling people what’s happening there, and how many unborn children have been murdered at the location since its opening.

— Bryars then commented upon recent complaints about conservatives being held to a double standard in terms of their behavior or even language, saying that conservatives should indeed be held to a double, if not radically different, standard. “Fundamentally, that double standard could be more accurately described as a different standard, and one we conservatives freely choose to accept,” Bryars said. “Sure, it can be infuriating when those with, shall we say alternative standards, use ours as weapons against us, but regardless, they are our standards. We either have them or we don’t.”

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1 month ago

How beneficial was the USA & North Korean Summit? Congressman Mike Rogers weighs in.

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Congressman Mike Rogers was able to make a call in to The Ford Faction to talk about the Kim Jong-Un/Donald Trump summit that took place this week in Singapore.  Rogers went into depth on what this meant for the country and how it showed leadership to do it.

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1 month ago

Angels of America’s Fallen is doing work for fallen service members’ kids that we can all be proud of

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Joe Lewis and Myla Calhoun joined The Ford Faction to talk about Angels of America’s Fallen. They were recently featured on the #55 Nascar that was driven by Jeffrey Earnhardt, and that car was made possible by sponsors like Nine-Line Apparel, Xtreme concepts, IK9, Tripwire Explosives, and Black Rifle Coffee Company.

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We found out that they provide a figure for children of fallen veterans and they partnered up with Jeffrey Earnhardt to put the list of names of fallen soldiers on the hood of his car.  In the interview, Lewis and Calhoun go into depth on what got them started with such a great cause to help out children of soldiers who passed away and give them a chance in life to achieve something they want to go into.

In the second half of the interview, we have on Alyssa who’s husband passed away serving our country, and her 6 kids were on the waiting list for Angels of America’s Fallen. Her 2-year-old daughter sadly drowned shortly after. Now, the AOAF is starting swimming lessons, Lessons From Lylah, named after her daughter Lylah for kids who have lost parents in action or to PTSD. AOAF does incredible work for some incredible people!

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1 month ago

Do you agree with Donald Trump canceling the Eagles visit to the White House? Amanda Head does!

Amanda Head joined The Ford Faction to talk about the Kate Spade story that is taking over the news world.  Amanda touches on the anthem protests and how the Philadelphia Eagles weren’t invited and how she can manage to change California, a blue state, to a red state.

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1 month ago

Jeffrey Earnhardt’s Coca-Cola 600 race-car honored 617 fallen soldiers! What an athlete.

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Jeffrey Earnhardt is in town with Xtreme Concepts and stopped by the studio to show us why Nascar needs more of these kinds of drivers. Down to earth, humble, and red blooded American, Jeffrey Earnhardt first discusses his car with 617 hero’s names who fell in action. Then, he goes into detail what he is doing for veterans, and how being around the Gold Star families affected her. Next, how he came into the sport by putting a team together himself. Finally, to what being an Earnhardt was like growing up and how it is now. We pull a side of Jeffrey Earnhardt that the media needs to see more of in Nascar. Jeffrey spent Friday at the Xtreme Concepts facility in Anniston flying in helicopters, taking dog bites, and shooting all types of new firearms. In all Jeffrey Earnhardt could not be more humble, kind, and compassionate for a guy who could just live off of his last name.

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1 month ago

Athletes can criticize anything & everything, but Russell Berger was let go because he spoke his mind

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Russell Berger called into The Ford Faction to talk about the latest controversy he’s been caught up in. Russell was recently let go for tweeting about LGBTQ pride being a “sin.”  Russell was in support for a Crossfit gym canceling an LGBTQ event.  In a segment with the guys, Russell talks about what led him to do it and him staying strong in what he believes in.

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1 month ago

Veteran Clayton Hinchman takes on incumbent Mo Brooks for the 5th Congressional seat in Alabama

Clayton Hinchman made an appearance on The Ford Faction to talk about the upcoming election between him and Mo Brooks. Hinchman talked about his proposals being made on interstate road I-65 and how much hard work that’s been put into this run. He even mentions his take on some attack ads and how he doesn’t pay any attention to them.

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2 months ago

“Alabama needs a businessman as governor”- Bill Hightower

Bill Hightower called into The Ford Faction to talk about the race to be the next governor of Alabama.  Hightower talks about how the race has gone for him. In the interview, Hightower talks about how the bar is set low for Alabama governors and “it’s time for somebody that can stand on their own two feet.”

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2 months ago

California GOP labeled as Nazism on Wikipedia, the Hollywood Conservative weighs in

The Hollywood Conservative, Amanda Head makes her weekly call on The Ford Faction. The guys start it off by having a spelling bee between Ford, Sam, and Amanda that eventually, Amanda won.  Amanda touches on the Trump/Kim Jong-Un meeting being back on and how this is a “once in three lifetimes moment.”  Amanda even mentions the Samantha Bee/Roseanne news that broke earlier this week.

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2 months ago

Gubernatorial candidate, Tommy Battle – “Look at my past 10 years, we all run on our records”

(Battle Campaign)

Listen to the full interview here.

Tommy Battle joined The Ford Faction today to talk about the race for Alabama’s governor spot. Battle goes into depth about his upbringing in Hoover and his background in the restaurant industry. Mayor Battle elaborates about the growing success in the city of Huntsville and why he thinks he can bring it Montgomery. Mayor Battle mentions that some of the candidates have become good friends with him and some of the things he’d bring to the table if he wins the upcoming election.

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2 months ago

“My opposition is just printing out lies, I’m trying to run a clean campaign”- Dickie Drake

Dickie Drake joined The Ford Faction to talk about his run in the 45th District State Representative in Alabama. Dickie talks about his start up and what got him to where he is today. He mentioned he served over forty years in the Air Force and describes himself as a family man who will fight for low taxes, willing to protect the unborn by being pro-life, and will always protect our gun rights.

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2 months ago

“Are you surprised West Hollywood gave Stormy Daniels a key?” – The Hollywood Conservative, Amanda Head

Amanda Head made her weekly appearance on The Ford Faction and started it off by joining the guys in some Memorial Day trivia (and losing to Zac). Amanda touches upon her appearance at “Stormy Daniels Day” and being harassed by people there who didn’t like her support for President Trump.  She talks about what else happened in West Hollywood for the porn star. Amanda elaborates on the Harvey Weinstein jail sentence where he could be seeing decades in prison.

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2 months ago

Audio: Jefferson County DA discusses Acton Bowen case, claims of police systemic bias, and more

(YHN)

Jefferson County District Attorney Mike Anderton appeared on “The Wake-Up Call with Baylor and Hannah” Tuesday to discuss claims of systemic bias made against U.S. police officers, the upcoming Jefferson County District Attorney election, the Acton Bowen case, the Hoover bus driver DUI incident, and much more.

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2 months ago

Is Starbucks going crazy? Amanda Head explains!

On this edition of the Final 30, we talk with Amanda Head about a “small world” situation, we cover Spotify and their new non-hate policy, and we cover another edition of Starbucks’ bias.

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2 months ago

LISTEN to an update on where President Perine is at now!

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President Austin Perine and his dad, T.J., joined the Ford Faction crew to discuss his visit with the Atlanta Braves, why he helps feed the homeless, and what he has planned for the future.

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2 months ago

What’s the real meaning to being a lawyer? The Alexander Shunnarah”Shark Of The Week” Tom Moore explains

(YHN)

Tom Moore, Alexander Shunnarah’s “Shark of The Week”, joined The Ford Faction to talk about what he does at the law firm.  Tom talks about his start up growing up in Mountain Brook and attending Auburn University and graduating and going into a sales job, he mentioned it wasn’t the right career for him. Tom then went to Cumberland Law School to get his degree and work in the DA’s office to work with particularly heinous crimes. Tom talks about when he joined the Shunnarah team and how good of a career move it was for him. In a lengthy interview, you can hear Tom’s story here.

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2 months ago

AlabamaWorks! Is putting Alabama back to work!

(YHN)

Mickey Hutto joined The Ford Faction to talk about “Alabama Works!”, the company that has a goal to employ people for skilled labor jobs.  Mickey talks about the various opportunities they have to offer for people who want to get in the field.  Mickey elaborates on what is on the horizon for Alabama Works.

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2 months ago

“We have to catch up to China and Russia with our Space Defense”- Mike Rogers

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Congressman Mike Rogers joined The Ford Faction in Washington to talk about The Farm Bill that is being proposed to help aid farmers and in particular, Alabama farmers.  Mike goes into explanation about what this will do for the agriculture of the state. Congressman Rogers mentions that farming is a booming business and it needs to be looked at and be taken very seriously. Congressman Rogers also mentions a new space race being taken place between China and Russia. In a detailed interview, Mike Rogers hits the points Alabamians have been hoping gets attention.

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2 months ago

“Look what president Trump has already done in less than two years”- Bradley Byrne

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Bradley Byrne and Ford Brown sit down in Washington, DC to discuss how the new “Farm Bill” will not only impact Alabama, but put some new farmers to work. We get an update on the North Korean-USA Summit in South Korea, and Bradley Byrne drops his prediction on the 2018 midterms.

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2 months ago

Does hard work pay off? It did for Angela Graugnard of the Alexander Shunnarah law firm

(YHN)

Angela Graugnard joined The Ford Faction in this week’s Alexander Shunnarah Law Firm “Shark of The Week” to talk about her introduction into the firm.  Angela mentions her great story of almost “begging” Alex into his law firm by saying she could fit nicely in the very packed office.  Angela mentions how she and her Southern Louisiana husband attempted a plant-based meal diet and it blows the guys minds in a very funny and interesting interview on The Ford Faction.

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