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  • Assistant U.S. attorney to replace Hart in leading Special Prosecutions Division

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    Multiple sources have told Yellowhammer News that Anna “Clark” Morris, the first assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, will take over the Special Prosecutions Division of the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.

    The announcement could be made as soon as Tuesday. Attorney General Steve Marshall accepted the resignation of Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart, who has led the division for years, on Monday morning.

    Morris served as the acting U.S. Attorney for Alabama’s middle district last year, in between President Donald Trump firing former USA George Beck in March of 2017 and now-USA Louis Franklin being confirmed that September.

  • EPA official resigns after indictment on Alabama ethics charges, replaced by Alabama native

    Excerpt:

    Even with Trey Glenn leaving his post as the EPA’s Region Four administrator, Alabama will still have strong ties to the leader of that office.

    According to The Hill, Mary Walker was named by EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler to fill the vacant role in an acting capacity after Glenn resigned on Monday following his indictment on ethics charges in Alabama.

    Walker is a native of the Yellowhammer State and had been serving as Glenn’s deputy.

  • Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine coming to Birmingham in 2019

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    The Tim Tebow Foundation’s “Night to Shine,” a magical prom night experience for people with special needs, is coming to Birmingham.

    Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church will serve as one of the nearly 500 churches around the world to host Night to Shine on February 8, 2019.

    Night to Shine is an event for people 14 and older with special needs to receive royal treatment. Guests will enter the event on a red carpet filled with a crowd and paparazzi. Once they make it into the building, guests will be able to choose from an array of activities to partake in including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas and limousine rides. They can also choose their corsages and boutonnieres.

2 weeks ago

Live blog — Election Day

The state of Alabama is voting Tuesday, November 6. Follow along for Election Day coverage throughout the day regarding the race for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, supreme court, Congress, state Senate and more, including the amendment votes.

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Update 11:35:
ALGOP chair Terry Lathan mocks Planned Parenthood for failing to have Amendment 2 stopped.

Update 10:51
See our story on Alabama Lieutenant Governor-elect Will Ainsworth here.

Update 10:27
Alabama Democratic Party still at odds with itself.

Update 10:22:
All four state amendments passed.

Also, see our Kay Ivey victory write-up by Sean Ross, who was at the scene, here.

Update 10:14:
Republican State Auditor Jim Zeigler defeated Democratic nominee Miranda Joseph.
Republican Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker over Democrat Judge Bob Vance.
Update 9:47
The Will to win. Republican Will Ainsworth defeats Democrat Will Boyd for lieutenant governor.

Update 9:45
Not called yet, but AG Steve Marshall is up big

Update 9:30:
Ivey takes the stage:

Update 9:24:
Feel the Byrne. Republican Bradley Byrne wins AL-1 over Democrat Robert Kennedy.

Update 9:12:
Ivey victory speech: “Alabama’s best days are just ahead of us.”
Update: 8:53
Down goes Isner. Republican Martha Roby defeats her Democratic counterpart Tabitha Isner in AL-2.

Update 8:49
‘Ello, guvnah. Kay Ivey defeats Walt Maddox.

Update 8:45
In other news, Alabama remains number one in the new College Football Playoff standings. Auburn is back in the top 25 at #24.
Update 8:43:
Mo’ Mo. AP calls it for Republican Mo Brooks in AL-5 over Peter Joffrion

Update 8:33
The New York Times and AP have called Republican Mike Rogers (AL-3) over his Democrat challenger Mallory Hagan.
The two have also called AL-6 in favor of Republican Gary Palmer over Democrat Danner Kline.

Update 8:24
AP calls it for Robert Aderholt, who beat Lee Auman 79-21 in Alabama’s 4th congressional district.

Update 8:14:
NBC News now projecting Ivey as the winner.

Update 8:12:
Nick Saban continues his winning streak…

Update 8:10:
Big crowd at the Governor Kay Ivey watch party.

Update 7:51:
The scene at the Attorney General Steve Marshall watch party:

Update 7:34:
Secretary of State John Merrill: No reports of voter suppression in Alabama.

Update 7:17
Fox News called the race already for Governor Kay Ivey (Only one percent has been counted).

Update 7:13
Alabama Democratic Party chair Nancy Worley says turnout around the state better this time around.

Update 7:00:
Polls are now closed. It’s go time.

Update 6:40:
Yellowhammer News’ Jeff Poor and Dale Jackson are joined by political scientist Dr. Waymon Burke in providing live video coverage and analysis of Election Day. Their live stream can be found here.

Before results start coming in, check out Yellowhammer News contributor Jeff Poor’s Five things to watch in Alabama on Election Day.

2 months ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on Doug Jones, Kavanaugh investigation and more …

Ford Brown of “The Ford Faction” breaks down the topics of the day, October 1.

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

– Doug Jones, whose office number is (202) 224-4124
– NASCAR’s newest course, “The Roval”
– French Rapper, Nick Conrad, has a new music video – “Hang White People”
– Brett Kavanaugh FBI investigation

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2 months ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on third Kavanaugh accuser, Bill Cosby and more…

“The Ford Faction” host Ford Brown breaks down the topics of the day, September 26.

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

– Brett Kavanaugh has another accuser
– Bill Cosby sentenced to three-10 years
– Alexander Titus
– College president praised and then apologizing for funneling beer
– Spirit week at a Louisiana middle school

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2 months ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on second Kavanaugh accuser, Rosenstein and more…

“The Ford Faction” host Ford Brown breaks down the topics of the day, September 24.

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

– Brett Kavanaugh has a list of accusers
– Trump VS Rosenstein Thursday
– Michigan High School gets rid of “Homecoming Queen”
– East AlabamaWorks!
– Kaepernick might be back in NFL

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2 months ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on the ACLU suing Merrill, Doug Jones dodging questions and more…

Ford Brown of “The Ford Faction” breaks down the topics of the day, September 20.

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

— the ACLU suing John Merrill because they don’t like his Twitter
— Corey Booker’s #MeToo history
— Doug Jones dodging questions
— more Kavanaugh
— Maryland shooting

WATCH:

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2 months ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on the Kavanaugh showdown, the Emmys and more…

Ford Brown of “The Ford Faction” breaks down the topics of the day, September 18.

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

— Kavanaugh allegations turning into a showdown
— Emmys scoring an all-time low rating
— Post-Hurricane Florence
— Concerned parent

WATCH:

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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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 months 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 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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4 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

Update 7:40:

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

10 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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