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  • Maddox against constitutional amendment ‘acknowledging the sanctity of unborn life’

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    Democratic nominee for governor and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, in a Monday interview on the “Matt & Aunie Show,” said that he will vote against the pro-life “Amendment Two” on the November 6 General Election ballot.

    Per the Alabama Policy Institute (API), the proposed amendment “would add language to the state constitution acknowledging the sanctity of unborn life and stipulating that the state constitution provides no right to abortion.” It will place Alabama in prime position to further limit or ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is eventually rolled back or overturned.

    “I can’t vote in favor of that because, again, it is not going to provide that exemption, if I understand it correctly, that we need,” Maddox said, referring to exceptions (exemptions) he supports in the cases of rape, incest or the life of the mother. To be clear, Alabama law does allow abortions in these cases and the constitutional amendment does not alter this.

  • Listen: Dem gubernatorial hopeful Walt Maddox, Talk 99.5’s Matt Murphy spar over Alabama Medicaid expansion

    Excerpt:

    In an appearance Monday on Birmingham’s Talk 99.5 “Matt & Aunie Show,” Democratic gubernatorial nominee Walt Maddox fielded questions from co-host Matt Murphy about the merits of expanding Medicaid in Alabama, a favorite policy position of many of the state’s Democratic elected officials.

    “I think Medicaid is working in Alabama,” he said.

    “It serves mostly our children and those that are disabled,” Maddox explained. “Those very few people that meet those criteria are on Medicaid. Nearly a million people are on it, by the way. But let me tell you why Medicaid expansion is important because we certainly have talked about it. This is where we are in Alabama 89 percent of our rural hospitals are in the red today. More than 50 percent of our urban hospitals are in the red today, places like Alex City where we were last week.”

    “So what happened?” he continued. “What flipped in the health care dynamic? When the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, passed in 2010, it was challenged in the Supreme Court. And one of the rulings that came out of that challenge was that states had the option to expand Medicaid because initially, states had no choice.”

  • Byrne introduces legislation to enhance school safety

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    Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) announced on Monday his bill to provide school officials with better information regarding students concerning school safety.

    The Make Schools Safer Act ensures that the Director of the Institute of Education Sciences includes studies and resources surrounding school safety and mental health in the What Works Clearinghouse, which educators, counselors and principals have access to.

    “School safety should be a priority for every level of government. While I do not want the federal government to mandate how schools protect their students, I believe it is appropriate for the federal government to provide high-quality research and information to schools about the best practices for keeping students safe, coordinating with law enforcement, and identifying at-risk students. My bill offers a simple yet profound step toward making our schools safer,” Byrne, who serves as a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, said in news release.

23 hours ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on ‘In God We Trust’ in Cullman County Schools, Brett Kavanaugh allegations and more…

Ford Brown of “The Ford Faction” breaks down the topics of the day, September 17.

The show’s “Final Thoughts” segment touches on:

– Brett Kavanaugh allegations
– National motto “In God, We Trust” to be displayed in Cullman County Schools
– Launchpad Alabama to help Alabama entrepreneurs
– Industry coming back to the USA
– Tech making it hard to cheat

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4 days ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on Kavanaugh allegations, Tim Allen and more…

Ford Brown of “The Ford Faction” breaks down the topics of the day, September 14.

The show’s “Final Thoughts” segment touches on:

– Brett Kavanaugh allegations
– Texas high schooler wearing makeup
– Tim Allen asked about President Trump
– Nikki Haley’s curtains as reported by the New York Times

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5 days ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on Hurricane Florence, Pope Francis cover-up and more…

“The Ford Faction” host Ford Brown breaks down the topics of the day, September 13.

The show’s “Final Thoughts” segment touches on:

⁃ Hurricane Florence
⁃ Spain Park High School student racist video
⁃ Pope Francis, cover-up or investigation?
⁃ Victoria Secret model “insensitive”
⁃ Carlos Zetina emails every single girl named Nicole at his college for an awesome reason

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6 days ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on Woodfin’s new PAC, politicized hurricane and more…

The Ford Faction’s Ford Brown breaks down the topics of the day, September 12.

The show’s “Final Thoughts” segment touches on:

– Political hurricane
– Apple’s new iPhone
– Reaction to Colin Kaepernick in Alabama
– Mayor Randall Woodfin new PAC
– AFF- Alabama Futures Fund that grants small businesses start up money

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1 week ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on Serena Williams, Mallory Hagan and more…

The Ford Faction’s Ford Brown breaks down the topics of the day, September 10.

The show’s “Final thoughts” segment touches on:

– Serena Williams’ meltdown
– Mallory Hagan trying to beat out incumbent Mike Rogers for the 3rd Congressional District seat in Alabama
– Tim Allen’s Show “Last Man Standing” is back on Fox
– CBS CEO Les Moonves gets #MeToo’d by 12 women
– Broadway Star Carol Cook on President Trump
– ‘Where’s John Wilkes Booth when you need him?’

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2 weeks ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on Ivey-Maddox audio, Roy Moore and more…

The Ford Faction’s Ford Brown breaks down the topics of the day, September 7.

The show’s “Final thoughts” segment touches on:

⁃ Gov. Kay Ivey cuts up part of Walt Maddox audio
⁃ Roy Moore Sues Sacha Baron Cohen’s show “Who is America”
⁃ NY Times’ “I Am Part of the Resistance, Inside the Trump Administration” op-ed
⁃ San Francisco now a drug users dream

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2 weeks ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on Trump-Sessions, Cory Booker and more…

The Ford Faction’s Ford Brown breaks down the topics of the day, September 6.

The show’s “Final thoughts” segment touches on:

– Did Trump really call Jeff Sessions a “dumb southerner?”
– NY Times’ “I Am Part of the Resistance, Inside the Trump Administration” op-ed
– Cory Booker tries a “GOTCHA” technique with Brett Kavanaugh
– Latest NFL poll
– Should parents be held accountable for their kids’ actions?

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2 weeks ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on Brett Kavanaugh hearing, #BoycottNike and more…

“The Ford Faction” host Ford Brown breaks down the topics of the day, September 5.

The show’s “Final thoughts” segment touches on:

– Brett Kavanaugh hearing
– Twitter and Facebook CEO get drilled for not noticing Russian bots during 2016 election
– Alabama Power takes on Tropical Storm Gordon
– #BoycottNike protest and how it will affect them
– Mike Hale’s plan for Jefferson County Schools safety

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2 weeks ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on Kaepernick, Harvey Weinstein and more…

“The Ford Faction” host Ford Brown breaks down the topics of the day, September 4.

The show’s “Final Thoughts” segment touches on:

– Jon Kyl to fill Arizona’s Senate seat
– Colin Kaepernick
– NBC tries to kill Harvey Weinstein story from the top down
– Weight loss breakthrough
– Nascar in trouble

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2 months ago

Live blog: Alabama votes — Runoff Returns

The state of Alabama (well, likely an “extraordinarily low” percentage) is voting Tuesday, July 14.

The lieutenant governor race pits Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh against Will Ainsworth in the runoff, while incumbent AG Steve Marshall squares off with former AG Troy King for attorney general. Also on today’s ballot, Martha Roby faces Bobby Bright for House District 2 and the race for commissioner of Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries between Gerald Dial and Rick Pate.

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Update 9:40:
It’s no longer Dial time

Update 9:22:

Update 9:08:
Still a tight one for Cavanaugh and Ainsworth

Update 9:05:
A touching tribute

Update 9:01:

Down goes the King

Update 8:36:

AP calls House District 2 for Roby. She will face Tabitha Isner in November

Update 8:22:

NY Times has Roby 19,651 (67.2%) and Bright 9,599 (32.8%)

Update 8:15:

Update 7:48:

Marshall party enjoying the MLB All-Star Game

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Update 7:25:

Per Montgomery Advertiser:
Lt. Gov race is a tight one.
Ainsworth: 105
Cavanaugh: 104

AG race also close early on.
Marshall: 125
King: 93

AG Commissioner close early.
Pate: 108
Dial: 96

NY Times shows big lead early for Roby in House District 2:
Roby: 261
Bright: 101

Update 7:00:

Polls are closed. Now we wait as results come in.

Update 6:50 p.m.:

Listen Live: Yellowhammer’s Jeff Poor and Dale Jackson on with Mobile FM Talk 106.5’s Sean Sullivan 8-10 p.m. at fmtalk1065.com.

Preview stories:

Five things to watch for on Runoff Election Night
The anatomy of races for attorney general and House District 2: What a win might mean
Here are the Alabama candidates who won the money race ahead of runoff

8 months ago

Dale Jackson’s 7 Things: Snow shuts down parts of Alabama, Democrats still seem willing to kill a DACA deal, AL Dems use MLK Day to attack Trump, and more …

 

 

The 7 Things You Should Be Talking About Today

1. Large parts of Alabama are shutting down government functions tomorrow

— Schools from Florence to Montgomery and all over the state are closed or are closing early.

— The National Weather service expects snowfall with “higher than normal impacts” across north Alabama.

— Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has proclaimed a State of Emergency.

2. Democrats are intent on killing the DACA deal and causing a government shutdown

— Funding for the government runs out on Friday at midnight, Republicans seem to be scrambling to avoid that happening.

— While this has nothing to do with “Dreamers”, Democrats do not want to provide the funding for the government without a deal that allows 800,000 illegal immigrants to stay and work in the country.

— Republicans, for their part, have the majority in the House and Senate and could pass a short-term fix on their own.

3. Like President Trump’s inauguration, some lawmakers plan on boycotting his State of the Union

— Congresswoman Fredrica Wilson becomes the latest Democrat to say she will not come to the event.

— She joins Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.; Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.; and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.

— Other protests are planned, some plan to wear black in order to stand in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment, others plan on inviting victims of sexual assault to attend the president’s first State of the Union address.

4. Senator Doug Jones uses MLK Day to attack Trump

— Senator Doug Jones spoke in Birmingham and ripped the president in his first major speech since being elected.

— Jones said Trump’s “s***hole” comments are  “not only beneath his office but is the very antithesis of the very values we hold so dear as Americans.”

— Representative Terri Sewell has already called Trump’s remarks “racist” and demanded an apology.

5. Bradley Manning is running for Senate for some reason

— Manning is running against Democrat Ben Cardin in Maryland.

— President Obama commuted the remainder of Manning’s sentence after he served 7 of 35 years in prison for releasing confidential military and State Department documents.

— Unlike when controversial Republicans run for office, the media has not asked elected Democrats what it means that a convicted felon is running for office as a Democrat.

6. Economic development hinges on our ability to create a friendly economic climate, not our already held political beliefs

— Members of the media have claimed Doug Jones’ election to the U.S. Senate was the clincher for a massive Toyota-Mazda announcement last week.

— The Business Council of Alabama’s Bill Canary has given credit to Senator Richard Shelby for his stand against Roy Moore.

— The more obvious reason Toyota-Mazda came to Alabama is the business friendly environment and our leaders should focus on that success.

7. We are still debating whether Trump said “s***hole”, “s***house“, or nothing

— The White House is publicly denying the president said any variation of the derogatory phrase reported.

— Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham continue to back the original reporting on the story while Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue have vacillated on the issue, from not recalling, to not hearing, and now they say he didn’t say it.

— Now some are claiming the term was “s***house”, which seems like a semantic but insignificant difference.

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