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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

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    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.

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Mo Brooks questions Trump administration’s reaction to lawsuit about counting illegal aliens in the census

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Republican Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-5) and Attorney General Steve Marshall have filed a suit against the federal government and their plans to count illegal immigrants in the 2020 census and use those numbers for congressional reapportionment, as well as the allocation of federal funding.

An adverse decision for Brooks, Marshall and Alabama would most likely cost the state a congressional seat, untold federal dollars and an Electoral College vote. States that have welcomed illegal immigrants are poised to benefit from their inclusion, and if this is allowed, it would incentivize policies that bring more illegal immigrants to those states.

Brooks appeared on WVNN’s “The Dale Jackson Show” Tuesday and said counting illegal immigrants on the census would result in American citizens losing out on representation while illegal immigrants gain power and influence.

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He added that members of Congress would become more inclined to pander to those who advocate for more illegal immigration.

“These large non-citizen populations in the state of California have an adverse effect on all the rest of us because they’re taking congressional seats from the rest of us,” Brooks explained. “[T]hat is the equivalent of about 25 or 30 congressional seats that are being taken from law-abiding states and given to those states that, by in large, are sanctuaries for illegal conduct.”

The Department of Justice helmed by Trump appointee and acting-Attorney General Matt Whitacker has asked federal courts to dismiss the lawsuit on a procedural basis for lack of standing. This move leads one to believe they will fight this lawsuit in court, a decision that has Brooks “baffled.”

“I am baffled that the Trump Department of Justice, at least in this instance, would side with sanctuary cities,” he said. “I would hope that they would do what you’re supposed to do as an attorney representing the United States of America, analyze it, and do what I have done. And that concludes that the 14th Amendment for the United States Constitution and Equal Protection Clause guarantees that no one citizen’s vote will be worth any more or less than another citizens vote.”

He argued the decision by the DOJ harms Americans and empowers pro-illegal immigration states.

“[W]hen you count illegal aliens in the census count, that redistributes Electoral College votes, and that redistributes congressional seats, those jurisdictions – particularly those who are sanctuary cities or sanctuary states – their citizens get more power per vote because there are fewer citizens in each of those Congressional Seats and the difference is the illegal alien headcount,” Brooks stated.

You would think Brooks would find a common ally in the current administration with a president who has made his campaign and administration about protecting Americans first and reigning in our out of control immigration policy but it does not appear to be heading that way on this issue and Alabama could lose out big time.

Listen here:

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

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7 Things: Controversial deputy AG is out, Walt Maddox gets a participation trophy from himself, the SPLC demands no penalties for unpaid speeding tickets and more …

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7. Ivanka Trump has a Hillary Clinton problem

— In what will surely be viewed as hypocritical and foolish behavior, President Donald Trump’s daughter and White House official, Ivanka Trump reportedly had been using a personal email account to conduct government business including interactions from a private email account with cabinet secretaries and forwards of her schedule to her assistant.

— There are no serious allegations that Trump used the email for anything that would be considered classified, but with the Democrats taking over the House of Representatives, they will surely be looking to exact revenge for the issues raised in the 2016 campaign. The fact that Jared Kushner set up a series of ijkfamily.com email accounts will also be scrutinized.

6. Alabama native and Yellowhammer founder Cliff Sims has written “Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House” about his time in the White House

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— While going from Trump’s campaign to the West Wing, Sims kept pages of notes from his time as one of Trump’s trusted confidants.

— Sims summed the book up with a twist on one of Trump’s famous quotes, “Lincoln famously had his Team of Rivals. Trump had his Team of Vipers. We served. We fought. We brought our egos. We brought our personal agendas and vendettas. We were ruthless. And some of us, I assume, were good people.”

5. The dumb fight with the Trump administration and CNN may be over

— After suggesting the White House would still revoke the press pass from CNN’s Jim Acosta, it appears they are prepared to give him back his pass permanently and issue a series of rules that all reporters must follow.

— The rules state that reporters may only ask one question, follow-ups are given “at the discretion of the president or other White House officials” and reporters must “physically surrender” the microphone when asked to, but these have not been agreed to by the press so this could enter another contentious phase.

4. Another federal judge has decided he is in charge of immigration enforcement and stops President Trump from enforcing new asylum rules while the border patrol had to close a border entry point yesterday

— A federal judge says the Trump administration can no longer deny asylum to migrants who illegally cross the southern border. The judge added, “[H]e may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden” while the previous president’s DACA decision still stands.

Democrats are also raising concerns about an email conversation between Trump administration officials wondering if the administration will share census information with other agencies, making it less likely that illegals will fill out the census.

3. The Southern Poverty Law Center thinks Alabama shouldn’t be able to use unpaid traffic tickets to suspend licenses — They already want bail ended 

— The SPLC wants to block Alabama Law Enforcement Agency from suspending driver’s licenses of drivers with unpaid parking tickets, leaving the tickets unpaid and without penalty for not paying them.

— The lawless argument the SPLC is making here is basically that people shouldn’t have to pay the penalties for the offenses they commit, which is similar to their argument that bail is illegal.

2. Failed gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox gifts himself a participation trophy for getting 20,000 more votes than Senator Doug Jones and still losing

— In what millennials would call a “weird flex,” Tuscaloosa’s mayor decided to take to Twitter and post an infographic laying out how his loss to Governor Kay Ivey in early November was a really some symbolic victory.

— Maddox cited his 20,000 more votes than Sen, Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) got in 2017, claimed he had enough votes to win any other gubernatorial election since 2018 and surpassed his expected vote total and his number of donors. But he still lost by 300,000+ vote.

1. Alabama’s Attorney General fires/accepts the resignation of controversial prosecutor Matt Hart

— Matt Hart, the deputy attorney general of Alabama who led the Special Prosecutions Division, left his position on Monday. Hart has a series of high-profile government corruption convictions under his belt.

— Hart oversaw the convictions of former Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, the deal that saw Governor Robert Bentley resign and numerous other high-profile cases, but his tactics have been questioned repeatedly and many have alleged there is something more to this move than meets the eye.

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Another day, another political contest where the media wants a Southern state to replicate Alabama’s Doug Jones mistake

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When now-Senator Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) was elected in December 2017, people around the globe pretended it was the beginning of something new for Democrats in the South. It was not.

Jones’ election was a one-off event, a blip not a trend. It was an event that happened in spite of rather than because of Jones, his political views and the massive turnout effort of Alabama Democrats.

The national media and their Democrats keep attempting to create the firestorm so they can get their next Doug Jones moment.

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They tried to stop now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by calling him a gang rapist. They failed.

They tried to stop Governor-elect Ron Desantis in Florida by pretending he was racist. They failed.

They tried to bring Stacey Abrams across the finish line in Georgia by claiming her opponent was running a massive voter suppression machine. They failed.

Now, with Mississippi moving into a run-off election for a United State Senate seat where they want to deal the president of the United States another loss on top of his loss of 30+ House seats.

See Sunday’s “State of the Union” on CNN where Jake Tapper leads a “discussion” about the Mississippi Senate race that devolves into a denouncement of “lynching,” which their target Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith never mentioned, as well as a strategizing session about reaching out to black women like Doug Jones did to win in Alabama.

Karine Jean-Pierre on State of the Union – 11-18-18

Democrats want to make every seat in the South into the next Doug Jones.They tried racism in Florida and Georgia, now they are trying it in Mississippi.Oddly, they keep mentioning how Sen. Doug Jones won and pretending it was because he focused on black women.That's just not true, Jones won because Republicans stayed home. The math is simple:President Donald Trump's election in 2016:Donald Trump (R) – 62.08% – 1,318,255Hillary Clinton (D) – 34.36% – 729,547Sen. Doug Jones’ election in 2017:Roy Moore (R) – 48.4% – 649,240Doug Jones (D) – 49.9% – 670,551Gov. Kay Ivey’s election in 2018:Kay Ivey (R) – 59.6% – 1,014,821Walt Maddox (D) – 40.4% – 686,774

Posted by Dale Jackson on Sunday, November 18, 2018

The problem with this is clip is pretty obvious. Jones didn’t win because he energized black women. The only reason Jones won is that Republicans were convinced to stay home in large numbers because they were told their candidate was probably a child molester.

Jones won because Republicans stayed home.

President Donald Trump’s election in 2016:
Donald Trump (R) – 62.08% – 1,318,255
Hillary Clinton (D) – 34.36% – 729,547

Sen. Doug Jones’ election in 2017:
Roy Moore (R) – 48.4% – 649,240
Doug Jones (D) – 49.9% – 670,551

Gov. Kay Ivey’s election in 2018:
Kay Ivey (R) – 59.6% – 1,014,821
Walt Maddox (D) – 40.4% – 686,774

The Democratic turnout in Alabama’s 2017 U.S. Senate race was about one thing and one thing only — liberal hatred of President Donald Trump. The same can be said for the turnout of Democrats in Alabama in 2016 and 2018.

Democrats have plenty of reason to be excited about recent elections – even in the South. They won a race in Alabama that shouldn’t have even been competitive, but the repeated notion that Jones was some trendsetter who fired up a sleeping Democratic base is just a lie.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

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7 Things: Trump gives himself an A+, Alabama’s unemployment rate is still really low, the caravan is at the border and more …

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7. Democrats see a rising star in Beto O’Rourke — He agrees

— O’Rourke joins Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) as a potential 2020 candidate who said no to the presidential race before the midterms and who now is cracking the door open to a run.

— Recent polling shows O’Rourke ranking as high as third on polls where Hillary Clinton is left out. He is viewed as someone who can get votes in red states.

6. The Florida recount is over while some still can’t get over the results in Georgia

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— Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) on Sunday conceded the Florida Senate race after a hand recount had him trailing by 10,000 votes, which is down about 2,500 votes from the machine recount.

— While Nelson and Andrew Gillum conceded their races in Florida this weekend, Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams remained defiant calling Governor-elect Brian Kemp the “legal” winner. She added, “But will I say that this election was not tainted, was not a disinvestment and a disenfranchisement of thousands of voters? I will not say that.”

5. Voting changes could be coming to Alabama, but not as many as you might think 

— Even though none of the claims of voter disenfranchisement and suppression came to fruition in Alabama, there will still be a push to change some of Alabama’s voting laws to include “no excuse absentee balloting.” Alabama is one of 20 states that requires a reason.

— But don’t expect early voting in Alabama because Secretary of State John Merrill sees no reason for the added cost, telling AL.com, “There is no future for early voting as long as I’m secretary of state.”

4. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) says the government has nukes so you should just turn in your guns

— In another incident of a Democrat saying something a Republican would be criticized hourly on cable news for, the California Congressman responded to a Twitter user about government gun confiscation causing a war by saying, “And it would be a short war my friend. The government has nukes. Too many of them. But they’re legit. I’m sure if we talked we could find common ground to protect our families and communities.”

— This isn’t the first time Swalwell, who came to Alabama to campaign for losing candidates, talked about this topic of gun confiscation. He wrote in USA Today, “Ban assault weapons, buy them back, go after resisters”.

3. The caravan is coming and the locals are not happy; No one thinks they will show up for their hearings if they are let in

— About 2,000 illegal immigrants have reached the American border. The mayor of Tijuana has called it a “tsunami,” referred to them as “bums” and added that they have turned some over to Mexican authorities for deportation.

— And if the U.S. allows them to enter the country in any way, it is increasingly less likely that they will remain in the legal system as a government report notes about others granted access: “The number of [unaccompanied alien children] who were ordered removed in absentia, that is, after failing to appear for immigration court, has skyrocketed from 450 in FY 2010 to 6,662 in FY 2018, an almost 1,500 percent increase during a period of time when the number of UACs apprehended increased about 272 percent (from 18,411 in FY 2010 to 50,036 in FY 2018). In fact, in FY 2018, half of all case completions involving UACs were in absentia orders, according to [Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review] compared to an overall in absentia average of 25 percent of all case completions.”

2. Alabama’s unemployment rate stays low as the economy keeps humming

— The state’s unemployment rate is now at 4.1 percent. More than 40,000 people who didn’t have jobs last year are now employed.

— The trend continues with a record number of people employed, 2,122,970, and that has continued for the last six months, with Vestavia Hills, Homewood, Alabaster, Madison and Northport leading the state with sub-three unemployment rates.

1. President Donald Trump gives himself an A+

— Trump, who just lost 30+ seats in the House, told Fox News’ Chris Wallace, “I would give myself, I would – look, I hate to do it, but I will do it, I would give myself an A+, is that enough? Can I go higher than that?”

— When discussing his accomplishments Trump said, “I think I’m doing a great job. We have the best economy we’ve ever had” and “We’re doing really well. We would have been at war with North Korea if, let’s say, that administration continued forward.”

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VIDEO: Voter suppression angst disappears, Doug Jones is running for re-election, pension problems plague Alabama and more on Guerrilla Politics…

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Dr. Waymon Burke take you through this week’s biggest political stories, including:

— What happened to all of the voter suppression stories?

— Sen. Doug Jones is running for re-election, can he actually win?

— Are Birmingham and Alabama’s pensions able to be salvaged?

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Jackson and Burke are joined by Alabama State House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels to discuss the Democrats campaign and where they go next.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” directed at those who think they are going to take down the Alabama Accountability Act.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

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7 Things: Doug Jones continues to draw fire for moves in D.C., DOJ fights back against Alabama on counting illegal aliens in the 2020 Census, poll shows 60 percent of Americans don’t want a second Trump term and more …

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7. Disgraced former Governor Robert Bentley and his mistress are running around Las Vegas

— Bentley and his former political advisor Rebekah Mason were seen in Las Vegas this week, the site of dermatology conference this weekend. Mason works for Bentley’s dermatology practice in Tuscaloosa.

— Bentley hilariously claimed that he an Mason never had an affair. He admitted to  “inappropriate” behavior,  but not “sexual activity” with Mason.

6. Florida takes another step towards getting their votes counted; Evidence of attempted fraud emerges

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— The Florida governor’s race has been decided in favor of the Republican, but a machine recount has triggered a hand recount in the U.S. Senate race. The recount must be done by Sunday, leaving plenty of time for more lawsuits and shenanigans.

— The media seems to be stuck on the idea that there is no evidence of voter fraud, in spite of a Naples Daily News story of a Democratic party leader telling staffers and others to use altered ballots to alleviate signature problems on absentee ballots and send in ballots after the state’s deadline in hopes a judge would allow them.

5. America is still not done with Hillary Clinton — A judge orders her to answer more questions

— An activist group, Judicial Watch, won a victory requiring the former secretary of state to explain her decisions involving her former aide Huma Abedin and the creation of the clintonemail.com system.

— The other question she must answer is concerning her answer to the House Select Committee on Benghazi where she said that 90 to 95 percent of her emails went through and “were in the State’s system” and “if they wanted to see them, they would certainly have been able to do so.”

4. Alabama infant mortality rate drops 

—Alabama’s infant death rate has gone from worst in the nation to an all-time low for the state. The Alabama Department of Public Health said new figures show the state’s infant mortality rate declined to 7.4 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2017.

— The drop was so drastic, the state was not sure all the deaths had been reported.

3. As if the midterms weren’t bad enough for the president, a new poll shows 60 percent say they don’t want Trump in 2020

— The Republicans lost 30+ House seats in the biggest Democrat gains in 40 years. They did make gains in the Senate, but those were smaller than expected. And, according to a recent poll, only 36 percent want to see a Trump second term.

— In our polarized world, independents are very important and 59 percent do not want Trump to win a second term. Keep in mind that this poll is done without an opponent for Trump. But as a base, these polling numbers do not bode well two years out from the next election.

2. The Department of Justice wants a case brought by Alabama over the counting of illegals dismissed; Then AG Jeff Sessions wanted the question asked

— This week, the DOJ argued for the dismissing of a case brought by Congressman Mo Brooks and Attorney General Steve Marshall to force the federal government not to count illegal aliens in the next census.

— Now, the former head of the DOJ, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has been accused of using “political influence” to keep a controversial question about citizenship in the 2020 Census. The “fear” is that the question will keep illegal immigrants from answering the question and being counted in calculations for Congressional representation and Electoral College votes.

1. Alabama Senator Doug Jones votes for Sen. Chuck Schumer for Majority Leader, giving the ALGOP another reason to pound him

— After Jones voted against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, many wrote him off. So, it should come as no surprise Jones’ decision to support Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as Senate minority leader has drawn a rebuke from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, who criticized Jones’ “latest embrace of the liberal Schumer-Pelosi agenda that already includes opposition to President Trump’s Supreme Court nominees and support of sanctuary cities and late-term abortions.”

— The ALGOP is clearly ready to take on Jones. They have regularly been criticizing his moves. They have a countdown clock to the end of his term on their website and ALGOP Chairwoman Terry Lathan told Yellowhammer News, “There is a deep hunger in our state to win this seat back”

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7 Things: Alabama has pension problems, the media is fine with Democrats calling legitimacy of elections into question, voter suppression gets lots of headlines but few real cases and more …

The 7 Things You Should Be Talking About Today

7. As Congress comes together in Washington D.C., two Alabama Congressmen make moves

— No one is officially challenging Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House. She is “100 percent confident” she will win, but Rep. Terri Sewell  has remained silent on whether she will support Pelosi. Sewell is also running for a leadership position herself.

— Congressman Gary Palmer has been elected as Republican Policy Committee Chairman, fifth highest ranking leadership role amongst Republicans, which is a good position for him as he previously led the Alabama Policy Institute.

6. Illegal immigrants from a nonexistent caravan are climbing the border fence

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— When banned CNN journalist Jim Acosta was haranguing the president over the caravan, he said, “They are not going to be doing that,” when the president referenced them climbing gates at the Mexican border, but they are doing just that.

— The Border Patrol released a statement about migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador. It read, “If they attempt to enter illegally, they will have violated U.S. criminal law and in accordance with the President’s proclamation and the Interim Final Rule they would be ineligible for asylum.”

5. Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker had his appointment cleared by the Department of Justice as President Donald Trump slams the Mueller investigation again

— Much to the chagrin of Maryland, the media and members of Congress who at one point wanted former Attorney General Jeff Session fired before they were mad about him being fired, the hiring of the acting attorney general is legal.

— The president tweeted this morning about the special counsel investigation, saying, “They have found no collusion and have gone absolutely nuts,” adding that it is “A TOTAL WITCH HUNT LIKE NO OTHER IN AMERICAN HISTORY!”

4. President Donald Trump says Jim Acosta is a “grandstander” and “bad for the country”

— Trump ramped up his attacks on Acosta as reporters asked about the lawsuit CNN filed as Fox News and other outlets sided with CNN. Trump said, “Jim Acosta is just somebody who gets up and grandstands, he doesn’t even know what he’s asking you half of the time.”

— The Trump/CNN lawsuit will see some conclusion today as the judge said he will decide whether to return Acosta’s press pass, but the judge Timothy Kelly appeared to question the legitimacy of CNN’s argument saying, “We’ve all seen the clip.” He added Acosta “continued speaking after his time expired” and “wouldn’t give up his microphone.”

3. Voter suppression apparently didn’t happen anywhere — not in Georgia and not in Alabama

— The media and Democrats claimed there was voter suppression all over the country, specifically Alabama, Georgia and North Dakota. But post-election, there doesn’t appear to be much to it and now Georgia Democrats are running TV ads trying to find it.

— In Alabama, Election Day came and went and there were zero legitimate cases of voter suppression in the state of Alabama. In fact, four students who claimed suppression had their court cases dismissed in court by a Barack Obama-appointed judge.

2. Declaring things to be voter fraud without evidence is fine if you are a Democrat

— Two powerful Democrats, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), have declared that the reason Democrat candidate for Congress Stacy Abrams lost is because of voter fraud.

— When President Donald Trump made similar claims, also baseless, the media hammered him for it by saying the claims were “without evidence.” But these media darlings did not get that treatment.

1. Birmingham has a massive pension problem, as does the state

— Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin took to social media to announce that the city has a $378 million dollar pension problem over the next 30 years. he also said he will have a solution in a few weeks.

— Alabama’s pension problem is in a similar state. The state has up to $15 billion in unfunded liabilities face the state up to 2050 and we don’t seem ready to face that issue at all.

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None of the ‘voter suppression’ stories pushed by the media in the run-up to the election came to fruition, including Alabama’s

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The Madison County Democratic Party said hundreds of people were disenfranchised in 2016, and Alabama’s political media dutifully reported the story without evidence. They lied.

Election Day came and went and there were zero legitimate cases of voter suppression in the state of Alabama. In fact, four students who claimed suppression had their court cases dismissed in court by a Barack Obama-appointed judge.

Keep in mind, this happened after an election of a Democratic United States Senator in Alabama that was solely, incorrectly, on the turnout of black female voters.

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The same story could be told about the media feeding frenzy on voter suppression in Georgia that never panned out. It was so non-existent Georgia Democrats are running ads and have set up a hotline seeking it out a week later.

But Alabama Democrats wanted to get in on that fake nonsense, too.

It wasn’t just the South, though. The national media pretended that North Dakota was attempting to keep Native Americans from the polls. If they were, they failed.

That’s right, suppression was so rampant that more Native Americans than ever turned out at the polls.

It’s time we move past this idea that getting an I.D. is an insurmountable task or a threat to our way of life.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

6 days ago

7 Things: Republican midterms continue to show major warning signs, Alabama’s media and Democrats know they are screwed, CNN escalates its war with Donald Trump and more …

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7. Amazon goes big, liberals and conservatives complain about the way the world works now

— Arlington, Virginia, and Long Island City in New York will each get $2.5 billion in investment and 25,000 jobs. Both will offer massive incentives to get the new split headquarters.

— A total of 238 cities competed for these sites, including non-qualifying Birmingham and Huntsville. Now, Amazon knows what all of these cities are offering and will probably use that information later.

6. Recount in Florida will continue on until November 20

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— In what appears to be a never-ending midterm election, Palm Beach County will continue to get more time to count their ballots. This will affect who Floridians elect as their next senator, governor and agriculture commissioner.

— Both Palm Beach County and Broward County continue to be flashpoints, but Bay County is getting in on this issue because they allowed 120 people to vote via email and fax.

5. Speaker Mac McCutcheon will be speaker of the Alabama State House

— The 77 members of the Alabama House Republican Caucus on Tuesday unanimously nominated Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) for another term leading the chamber in Montgomery.

— Speaker McCutcheon will oversee what many expect to be a controversial session of the Alabama legislature that will include lottery, Medicaid expansion, sports betting, gas taxes and other issues brought to the table for discussion.

4. The White House is preparing their answers in the Mueller probe as some Trump allies prepare for indictments

— President Donald Trump and his legal team are reportedly almost done with written answers to questions posed by special counsel Robert Mueller about Russian interference, but they are not expected to be answering obstruction of justice questions.

— Meanwhile, father of the birther conspiracy Jerome Corsi, believes he will be indicted in a perjury trap, and many believe Mueller is also closing in on Trump confidant Roger Stone for his ties with WikiLeaks. Stone has denied having any prior knowledge of the email dump other than what was publicly available.

3. CNN foolishly sues the White House because Jim Acosta lost his permanent press pass

— The argument CNN is making is based on the First and Fifth Amendment, saying that CNN “demands the return of the White House credentials of CNN’s Chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta. The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process. We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process.”

— Legal experts are split on the matter, with the Washington Post reporting that Stuart Karle, former general counsel for the Wall Street Journal, pointed out that no reporter has an absolute right to attend these briefings. But Jameel Jaffer of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University says CNN is “entirely justified” and has a case.

2. The Alabama Democratic Party’s biggest backers, hacks in the media, have turned on them

— When Alabama Political Reporter’s Josh Moon isn’t calling everyone in Alabama “racist,” he spends his time shilling for whatever is the liberal cause of the day or pretending Democrats have a legitimate chance to win statewide elections, but now he is joining other Democrats in calling out the state party for their failures and saying lacks everything need to lead, saying, “Not the plan. Not the voice. Not the leadership.”

— Moon isn’t the only Democratic backer in the press that is voicing his frustration. Last week, AL.com’s John Archibald lamented the ineffectiveness of the Alabama Democratic Party. He said, “It’s that Democrats in Alabama face all that and their own inept, corrupt, corrosive party structure.”

1. If demographics are destiny, Republicans are screwed

— Republican strategists are starting to lick their wounds over the midterm losses where they lost 30+ House seats and made small gains in the Senate (losing two red states and finally flipping a few others). They don’t think the trends are good, but all is not lost.

— With Trump the face of the Republican Party, white men (a shrinking portion of the electorate) are the focus, while the focus for the Democrats is shifting to female, minority and suburban areas — where Trump’s brand of smashmouth doesn’t play well. Now we will see the fruits of the Russian investigations, Congressional investigations and two more years of non-stop media/Trump noise.

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Alabama Democrat Ella Bell’s comments on the AAA being used to ‘destroy a whole race of people’ are absurd, but exactly what the AEA wants to hear

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Give Alabama Board of Education Member Ella Bell credit. She knows exactly what her constituents want to hear. And apparently, they want to hear that Alabama’s school choice program, the Alabama Accountability Act (AAA), “destroys a whole race of people.” She also believes the AAA “took money from the poorest counties in the state to send kids to private school,” called it “stealing” and said that it is “just awful.”

Her constituents? The Alabama Education Association (AEA).

The AEA has had it out for this bill from day one. The idea is that this is draining resources from the state’s Education Trust Fund.

It’s a lie.

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The state’s education budget is $6.63 billion dollars. Recent stats indicate that a total of $49.7 million is taken out of that budget every year is somehow “stealing” from the school system. This, obviously, ignores that the money is following these kids, in fact, 20 percent of the money that would be used to educate these kids stays in the schools they are zoned for.

To clarify: For every $10 the state would send for the kid to attend a school, the new school that student attends under the AAA receives $8 and the school with the student is zoned for receives $2. That simple math clearly increases the per-pupil spending.

But this is about power; anything that loosens the death grip of the AEA must be resisted. A poor kid leaving a public school limits the power of the education bureaucrats and elected officials that cater to them. Any school choice or voucher program will be resisted for absolutely no reason.

The AEA knows they own Alabama Democrats, but it’s a worthless investment, so now they have recently started playing in Republican politics as well.

The Alabama Education Association is coming for the Alabama Accountability Act in 2019. Watch who goes along with it.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

1 week ago

7 Things: Dems want impeachment, AL BOE member makes absurd racial allegation, Sessions may not be electorally viable and more …

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7. Hillary Clinton is allegedly running, but rising star Beto O’Rourke is flying up in the polls amongst Democrats

— A new poll shows that Clinton isn’t even rating enough attention to be polled. Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and O’Rourke are polling in the top three with Democrats.

— This weekend, an aide for Hillary Clinton said that she is lurching to the left and will run again in 2020.

6. Bellefonte nuclear power plant may still be bought, but an extension has been granted

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— The developer now has until November 30 to secure financing for the plant, an extension from the November 14 deadline. He needs $89 million to pay for the mothballed plant located in Hollywood, Alabama.

—Franklin Haney believes there is money to be made with the plant, jobs to be created and he wants to keep pursuing the project. He is quoted saying, “We’ve been working day and night on this project for two years because it has such a great potential for thousands of jobs in the Valley and power that could be generated for an attractive price.”

5. Pretend outrage in Mississippi as everyone pretends to not understand a benign statement

— Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said about a supporter who invited her to a speaking engagement, “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”  Now, the national media is giving her the Roy Moore and Justice Brett Kavanaugh treatment.

— Some media outlets have referred to the comment as a “lynching remark,” but there is no evidence that is what she was referring to.

4. Another flip for Democrats as Arizona’s Senate seat falls

— After a week-long count, Kyrsten Sinema beat Republican Martha McSally by 1.7 percent in a race for Senator Jeff Flake’s vacated seat.

— Democrats are excited and Republicans are not. The ripping of Arizona Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain by the Republican president did not play well as 12 percent of Republicans voted for the Democrat. The Republican governor won by double-digits.

3. It is possible that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is damaged goods as a future candidate

— Discussion of Sessions’ political future may be for naught as more Republicans view the former Alabama Senator negatively (46 percent) than positively (33 percent).

— There is little doubt that Sessions could beat Alabama Senator Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook), but there are questions about whether he could win a Republican primary against Trump-friendly candidates.

2. Alabama State Board of Education member believes that the Alabama Accountability Act is about an attempt to “destroy a whole race of people

— The school boards Ella Bell nonsensically claimed the program harms black children, saying, “They took money from the poorest counties in the state to send kids to private school.” She called it “stealing,” even though over half of the students in the program are minorities.

— The fight over the AAA will probably be short-lived as Senate Pro-Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) is the sponsor. It is his bill and any repeal or modification will have to go through the body he controls.

1. Impeachment may not be a good idea for Democrats, according to polling

— Overall support for impeaching Trump is only at 33 percent, with a majority of 51 percent saying they do not support impeachment.

— There is no sign that the leadership won’t placate the 78 percent of Democrats who voted in the midterms who want it done right now, which is a bit higher than Democrats who support it overall (61 percent).

1 week ago

7 Things: Trump criticized during Europe visit, America’s ballot counting goes on, Alabama Democratic chair defends her own party members and dismisses suppression claims from Democrats and more …

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7. The migrant caravan that we are told isn’t coming to the United States is coming to the United States

— The AP reports that thousands of migrants were back on the move toward the U.S. Trains from Mexico City took them to the outskirts and they began walking north.

In unrelated news, an illegal immigrant who was released because ICE couldn’t pick him up murdered three people. But don’t worry, they have a lower crime rate than U.S. citizens.

6. Congressman Mo Brooks applauds President Donald Trump’s attempts to remake America’s asylum process

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— President Donald Trump’s made a Presidential Proclamation that asylum seekers can no longer attempt to claim asylum after being caught entering the country illegally. Liberals are already challenging it.

— In response to the president’s move to end this “abuse,” Brooks released a statement that partially read, “Let me make this clear: no one has a right to demand asylum from any nation. Asylum and sanctuary is a discretionary benefit given by nations to those with clear justification. Too often, illegal aliens are coached by attorneys to say ‘magic words’ that help them take advantage of America’s generosity. Their exploitation of America’s already generous immigration laws must stop! As such, I support President Trump’s steps to close asylum loopholes and stop the damage to America caused by illegal aliens’ wrongful conduct.”

5. Nationwide Democratic wins could lead to Democrats loving federalism 

— Democrats took 62 of the 99 state legislative seats and added seven new governorships. Some elected officials are talking about taking on some thorny issues under the guise of state’s rights.

— The newfound power by Democrats could lead to new laws on guns, pot, health care, abortion rights and higher taxes.

4. Four Alabama A&M students claim they were disenfranchised on Election Day

— The students claim they were denied the right to vote, even though they all cast provisional ballots. this is a far cry from the hundreds that the Madison County probate judge and former Democrat Party chairman claimed were disenfranchised in 2016.

— Two of the students were rejected because they were not registered. The other two aren’t residents of Madison County.

3. The head of the Alabama Democratic Party calls out her own candidates for lying about voter fraud

— Alabama Democrat Chairwoman Nancy Worley explained that Mallory Hagan, who was challenging Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Saks), was prepared to lie about what was happening in Alabama. She said, “Having been secretary of state, I knew how our purge process works. And it takes a long number of years to get on that list. And so I tried to explain to them that you don’t want to say things that are not true. You don’t want to make an issue out of something that is not an issue. And they disagreed with me greatly on that. That’s a process of ‘Nancy Worley is not going to tell somebody she knows when she knows it’s not the truth.’ And other people are willing in politics to get out there and create strawmen. So, that’s the way politics works.”

— Worley also fielded questions about whether the state party did enough to help candidates. She said thinks they are doing fine, explaining, “I think we’ve got a lot of work to do. We certainly need to go out into many of our counties and have a more active organization because all politics is local. It’s grassroots.”

2. Lots of questions about vote counts in Florida, Georgia and Arizona

— The media’s knew trope of “without evidence” is being used to dismiss any and all questions about the improprieties taking place in South Florida and that includes dismissed media suppression, illegal voters, a history of misdeeds, missing deadlines, ignoring court orders and more.

In Georgia, new ballots are being found and Arizona now apparently will have a Democratic senator after calling the race for the Republicans the night of the election.

1. Media is on the attack over President Donald Trump not attending a World War I event — They are telling half the story

— Never missing an opportunity to hammer the president, the American media took him to task for not attending a ceremony after the Secret Service grounded his helicopter due to the weather, implying he was dismissive of the sacrifice of American and allied soldiers.

— Trump delivered remarks at Suresnes American Cemetery the next day in the pouring rain. The media then pivoted to reading statements by foreign leaders as rebukes of Trump.

1 week ago

VIDEO: A red wave hits Alabama, the midterms bring mixed results to Congress, Jeff Sessions is finally cut loose by President Donald Trump, and more on Guerrilla Politics…

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Dr. Waymon Burke take you through this week’s biggest political stories, including:

— How did Republicans gain seats when they already had a supermajority?

— Which is the bigger story, Democrats taking the House or Republicans hanging on to the Senate?

— What is next for former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions?

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Jackson and Burke are joined by former Congressman Parker Griffith (D-Huntsville) to talk about the current state of the Democratic Party in Alabama.

Jackson closes the show with a “Parting Shot” directed at U.S. Doug Jones (D-AL), who should probably not buy a place in Washington D.C.

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Mueller probe rattles on as protests pick up, loser Alabama Democratic candidates seek someone to blame, Trump moves to restrict asylum seekers’ options and more …

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7. Democrats don’t want Nancy Pelosi as the speaker of the House — They will get her anyway

— While only a small number of members have said they won’t vote for Pelosi, others are being more guarded. Most expect her to easily win the post.

— The elected Democrats may break for Pelosi. More than half of the Democratic voters polled before the election want to see someone else leading the House of Representatives, while only one-third want to see her in charge.

6. Sen. Doug Jones supports CNN’s Jim Acosta and frames it as a constitutional right

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— Jones responded to the White House pulling the press credentials of the controversial CNN reporter by declaring it a “freedom of the press” issue.

— In a tweet, Jones added, “In America, we should not only applaud the tough questions- but strive to answer them honestly… & ensure the press is able to keep power in check. Without exception”.

5. Congressman Bradley Byrne warns: “Get ready for crazy season from House Democrats”

— Byrne stated “crazy season” will involve Democrats having “all sorts of their own investigations.” He added, “They’ll plow the same ground over and over again.”

— Democrats have talked about the impeachment of the president, impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and a two-year period of never-ending investigations.

4. The Department of Justice prepares to move forward with restrictions on asylum claims

— As the media took Trump to task for not talking about the caravan after the election, the DOJ announced that asylum seekers will be required to apply at a port of entry as opposed to declaring asylum anywhere they are caught entering.

— Another migrant caravan says they will not take asylum in Mexico and is now demanding buses take them to the United States.

3. After loser candidates attack the Alabama Democratic Party, others are gnashing their teeth — Nothing will change

— Failed candidates for Congress Mallory Hagan and Tabitha Isner have pointed out that the state party failed them. Former State Supreme Court Justice Sue Bell Cobb said the party lacks “decent party leadership” and State Rep. Chris England declared, “It seems like a lot of people somehow just realized during this election cycle that the Alabama Democratic Party is a dysfunctional mess the needs new leadership”.

— To show exactly how screwed the Alabama Democratic Party is, there were roughly 660,000 straight-ticket votes for the Republican Party and 450,000 for Democratic Party in an election where the Democratic candidate for governor only received 686,774 total votes.

2. Protests break out across Alabama because people who never wanted Jeff Sessions appointed saw him fired

— In spite of the fact that the current acting attorney general has no reason to recuse himself, it is one of the main demands of the protesters. They are also demanding that Congress “protect Mueller” and his investigation.

— There were 900+ protests planned all over the country. Alabama had events in AuburnBirminghamDothanFairhopeFlorenceHuntsvilleMontgomery and
Tuscaloosa.

1. Special counsel Robert Mueller is working on his final report while the media whines the whole thing is about to be blown up

— As protests and belly-aching continue nationwide, reports indicate the investigation into Russian meddling appears to be wrapping up and the final report is being written as Trump’s team finishes their responses to the probe’s investigators.

— Although the investigation has gone on for 18 months and Trump repeatedly has said he will not cancel the investigation and called the whole thing a “hoax,” he wasn’t worried about the investigation.

2 weeks ago

The never-ending stream of protests continues — Now we have ‘protect Mueller’ events all over Alabama

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President Donald Trump has said numerous times he doesn’t plan on firing FBI special counsel Mueller, but it doesn’t seem to matter.

Protesting is fun for those on the left since Trump took office. There has been Indivisible, Black Lives Matter, The Resistance and now we have a movement to protect the Mueller investigation. It is nationwide and has been promoted by the liberals’ favorite personalities.

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MoveOn.org has events planned all over the state of Alabama: AuburnBirminghamDothanFairhopeFlorenceHuntsvilleMontgomery and Tuscaloosa.

They even have Facebook pages.

EMERGENCY CALL TO ACTION . 5PM THURSDAY IN FRONT OF MO BROOKS OFFICE IN HUNTSVILLE!!

Posted by Indivisible Decatur on Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The protests are spurred on by the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the fear that this means Trump will kill the investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.

Evidence of this? There is none.

When Trump was asked about the investigation yesterday by the combative, and now press pass-less, Jim Acosta, he responded by dismissing the whole thing as “a hoax.”

That language hardly screams that he will be committing this act that the media and their Democrats have been fretting about since the Mueller investigation started.

This is just sad, loser political performance art an nonsense, but local media outlets will no doubt still send reporters to show you pictures of six people outside your local congressman’s office.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Alabama election results doom Doug Jones, Sessions out as AG, Trump pounds losing Republicans but seeks deals with Democrats and more …

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7. Red wave in Alabama is bigger than most expected — ALGOP adds seats to supermajorities

— A bloodbath for Alabama Democrats whose huge turnout yielded roughly the same number of votes as the party received in the 2017 special U.S. Senate election. Alabama Republicans swept in all statewide constitutional officers and judicial candidates on the ballot, and they also rendered “yes” verdicts on all of the Republican legislature’s constitutional amendments.

— Most shockingly, the ALGOP strengthened their supermajorities by gaining one seat in the Alabama Senate, making it now 27-8, and five seats in the Alabama House of Representatives, making it now 77-28.

6. Missing from all election talk is the fact that Republicans still control most legislatures

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— Most of the coverage of the midterms focuses on the Democrats capturing the House and Republicans holding on the Senate with moderate gains. Missing from all of this is that Democrats seized six legislative chambers while leaving the GOP in control in 30 states, which is down one.

— The six bodies that changed control is far below the historical average and significantly less than the last wave election of 2010 Republicans took 24 legislative chambers.

5. Democrats push more post-election stupidity with talk of a “popular Senate vote

— Some in the media and their Democrats don’t understand that the reason they got more votes in the Senate races yet lost seats is that Democrats is because they were defending a total of 26 states, while Republicans were defending just nine.

— Even the Washington Post found this to be silly because they actually won 63 percent of the Senate seats up for election while only winning just 55 percent of the vote

4. Failed Alabama Democrat candidate Mallory Hagan attacks failed Democrat power structure

— The Democratic loser in Alabama’s third congressional district contest was addressing supporters after a 28-point beatdown to Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) when she told them that the current Alabama Democratic leadership did not have “your best interests at heart.”

— She told her supporters, “I told you that I would fight for you and I will continue to do so because there are people who are in control of the Democratic Party who do not have your best interests at heart.” She added, “There are people who are in control of the Democratic Party who say they are fighting for you, who say they are standing up for you, who say they care about you and your communities. And yet, they shit on Democratic candidates left and right, excuse my language.”

3. Trump takes on losers in his own party for some reason, says he is glad Democrats won so they can make deals

— Soon to be former Representatives Mia Love, Barbara Comstock and Mike Coffman caught the president’s ire for not seeking his help in the 2018 midterms at a rambling press conference where he didn’t mention the folks he supported who lose. The conference also featured a weird confrontation with CNN’s Jim Acosta where Trump called him “a terrible person.”

— Speaking on a potential bipartisan deal-making posture, Trump said, “Now we have a much easier path because the Democrats will come to us with a plan for infrastructure, a plan for health care, a plan for whatever they’re looking at, and we’ll negotiate.”

2. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is out, his chief of staff is in — Seemingly baseless speculation continues about the Mueller probe

— Sessions and President Trump have had a contentious relationship ever since the former Alabama senator rightly recused himself from the Russia/Trump investigation because he was on the campaign. Trump never forgave him and Sessions never cared.

— Alabama’s elected officials lavished praise upon Sessions. Former Alabama Senator Luther Strange wants him to run for Senate, while conservative commentators attacked Sessions for not being loyal enough to Trump

1. Alabama’s 2018 election results doom Senator Doug Jones in 2020

— Jones and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox got roughly the same number of votes, but Republicans who stayed home for Moore in 2017 showed up for Republicans in the midterms and crushed Democrats in Alabama by over 300,000 votes.

— As if the results weren’t bad enough, recently resigned former AG Jeff Session is reportedly considering running for his old seat. But many question if the rank and file Republican voters will accept him after his dust-ups with Trump.

2 weeks ago

Doug Jones is doomed after Alabama’s Democrats get obliterated in midterms

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Prior to the 2018 midterms, Republicans had a supermajority in the Alabama State House, a supermajority in the Alabama State Senate and they held every single statewide seat with the exception of the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook).

Our cowardly caretaker junior senator from the great state of Alabama in an ill-fitting suit who looks like he just woke up was gifted his seat by Roy Moore, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) and the hundreds of thousands of Alabama Republicans who sat out that 2017 special election.

Jones should look at yesterday’s results and know that he is doomed. It doesn’t matter what he does. Even if Jones becomes a Republican, and he could even become a new-era Lindsey “Make America Graham Again” Graham pro-Trump Republican, it probably wouldn’t matter.

Why? Math.

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It is simple.

Sen. Doug Jones’ election in 2017:

Roy Moore (R) – 48.4% – 649,240
Doug Jones (D) – 49.9% – 670,551

Gov. Kay Ivey’s election in 2018:

Kay Ivey (R) – 59.6% – 1,014,821
Walt Maddox (D) – 40.4% – 686,774

Jones and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox got roughly the same number of votes because Democrats were jacked up by anti-Moore/Donald Trump sentiment. In contrast, the Republicans stayed home with Moore on the ballot in 2017  showed up for Republicans in the midterms and crushed Democrats in Alabama by over 300,000 votes.

In 2018, Republicans came out and unless Republicans decide to sit out again, Doug Jones will not have a chance to repeat his miraculous 2017 win in 2020.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

2 weeks ago

7 Things: We now have a divided government, Ivey and statewide Republicans trounce hapless Alabama Democrats, voter suppression didn’t happen and more …

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7. 2020 is now

— With 2018 in the books, all attention turns towards the 2020 presidential elections. Every decision made by our new divided government will be seen through that lens.

— The 2020 Senate map looks better for Democrats, with the exception of Alabama’s Doug Jones, but both parties hold two seats in enemy territory that will be up.

6. Donald Trump makes voting great again

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— Huge early voting turnout was, in fact, an indicator of how big the overall turnout was going to be. Turnout was up everywhere, red and blue states alike. A total of 114 million votes were cast in U.S. House races in 2018, compared to 83 million in 2014.

— The final turnout will be tweaked over the next few days, but, as of now, 2018 turnout trailed 2016. It did, however, crush a normal midterm’s election in numbers.

5. Gubernatorial races in states you don’t live in were a mixed bag

— Florida stayed in the Republican camp with Governor-elect Ron DeSantis beating Andrew Gillum, while Iowa Democrat Fred Hubbell beat Republican Governor Kim Reynolds. Other surprises included Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker losing.

— Georgia’s election may go to a run-off as votes aren’t done being counted. It may fall below 50 percent for GOP Secretary of State Brian Kemp. This election could continue on for a few more weeks.

4. Voter suppression that was touted never materializes in Alabama — Again, glitches happen in some places

— The much promoted and clamored for white Republicans in Alabama punishing minorities for voting never came to fruition, which is local journalism’s “hardest hit.”

— There were issues with technology in Madison County. Glitches were a thing, they always are. They occurred in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Ohio and Wisconsin.

3. Republicans make gains in the Senate

— Democrat losses in the Senate include Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp and Bill Nelson, with a very unforgiving map.

— Republicans had one close race as well, but none closer than Ted Cruz of Texas who squeaked out a win against Democrat favorite Beto O’Rourke.

2. Democrats take the House with a huge win

— Big losses for Republicans across the country as Democrats gained 28 net seats and control of the House, which goes down as a big blow to the president’s agenda. Expect a future of divided government, investigations and more animous are coming.

— The Republicans have an uphill climb here fighting an unpopular president, history, the media, retirements and inevitability.

1. A bloodbath for Alabama Democrats as Republicans sweep and keep a super-majority in both chambers of the Alabama Legislature

Governor Kay Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall win re-election to their appointed seats easily. Chief Justice-elect Tom Parker won the closest of all statewide races as Lt. Governor-elect Will Ainsworth, Auditor Jim Ziegler and Secretary of State John Merrill cruised to election.

— Republicans ended up picking up more seats in the legislature as this was just a total repudiation of Alabama Democrats. The Doug Jones myth is dead. He won because Republicans stayed home.

2 weeks ago

Alabama Media Group and the state’s political media are on the ballot — Reject them

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They tried.

They tried to tell you voter suppression is real five days before the election. They lied.

They tried to tell you again on Election Day. They lied.

They tried to tell you that Steve Marshall took illegal contributions. They lied.

They told you Governor Kay Ivey was deathly ill. They lied.

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They told you Governor Kay Ivey was using secret e-mails. They lied.

They tried to tell you Amendment 2 would lead to women who had miscarriages and who used in vitro fertilization would being charged with crimes. They lied.

They told you Walt Maddox was pro-life. They lied.

They told you Walt Maddox was pro-2nd Amendment. They lied.

They told you the Alabama Accountability Act was a racist money drain. They lied.

They told you that incumbent congressmen were vulnerable in primaries and general elections. They lied.

We could do this every election. The Alabama political media is full of C+ J-school grads who are overwhelmingly liberal, hate the state they live and the people that live here. They are terrible at hiding it.

The media was emboldened by stopping the election of Roy Moore to the United State Senate, which somehow resulted in AL.com winning awards. This, of course, misses the fact that the Washington Post and the national media carried the weight of that story.

Do not further embolden these people. Vote against them. It is the only way they will ever learn.

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Alabama’s political media is on the ballot, Ivey and Maddox make their final pitches from the air, record early voting could bring record turnout and more …

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7. Alabama Democrats are running a candidate that may not be able to hold office in Florence

— Caroline Self, the Democratic Party nominee for Alabama State Senate District 1 in Lauderdale, Limestone and Madison Counties, claimed she moved back to Alabama in 2017 in order to “make the stories of Alabamians better.”

— But she hasn’t been in the state long enough, according to the law, which states, “They shall have been citizens and residents of this state for three years and residents of their respective counties or districts for one year next before their election.”

6. Maddox campaign to return $10K to an admitted sexual assaulter … after being called out

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— Maddox spokesperson Chip Hill claimed they didn’t really accept the money. He said, “[W]e did not solicit the Ayers contribution, [i]t was an online donation, we reported it as required by law, and are returning it.” But you only report the donation if you accept it.

— Ayers had to step down after his attacks on women were made public, but Maddox had made no plans to reject the donation until it became publicly known.

5. Firearms manufacturer Remington has failed to hit its hiring goals; Huntsville will give them more time

— In a blow to those who support government incentives for job creation, Huntsville’s city council has given Remington three more years to hit their goal of hiring 1,868 individuals. They now have until 2022.

— Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle described the problem, “They’re 450 right now and it probably should’ve been about 600 at this point, so the ramp-up is not as rapid.”

4. While the media declares no one hacked into Georgia’s election infrastructure, they also describe over a dozen states suffered attacks

— A nearly unanimous declaration was made that there was no hack into the Georgia elections system by the media that has declared Russians hacked the 2016 election with absolutely no evidence to back up claims.

— The Boston Globe now reports that hackers have attempted to “hack” election systems more than 160 times since August, but the Department of Homeland Security does not believe it is a coordinated attack.

3. Record turnout is coming; Early turnout has been huge — 70 percent are sending Trump a message

— Most election watchers expect almost every state to have higher turnout than the 2014 midterm elections. Democrats have a massive money and small energy advantage. Republicans have historically shown up better in the midterms.

— In 2014, 21 million early votes were cast vs. 35 million that have already been cast this year. Surprisingly, 42 percent of these are Republicans, 41 percent are Democrats and 17 percent are independent or other party affiliated.

2. Dueling plane tours around the state for Governor Kay Ivey and her Democratic opponent  Walt Maddox

— Governor Ivey hit Montgomery, Huntsville, Mobile, Dothan, Auburn and Birmingham to sell her message that she has “steadied the ship of state” and that Alabama is on the right track.

— Tuscaloosa Mayor Maddox visited Mobile, Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa with his message of progressive leadership and hope that Democrats in Alabama can seize on the blue momentum that may be taking hold elsewhere.

1. Alabama’s political media went all in for Democrats, sad arguments and liberal stances on constitutional amendments — Their agenda is on the ballot

— There was not a single Republican politician that the media fawned over as they did with Democratic candidates like Maddox, attorney general candidate Joseph Siegelman and chief justice candidate Bob Vance, even though a victory by any of the three will be a shocker.

— The media’s ability to be out of touch with their behavior was best on display by their coverage of “voter suppression” that will not materialize and continuous lies about Amendment 2. This is a Democrat “get out the vote” technique that will probably not bear fruit in the results.

2 weeks ago

More fake news on Alabama’s Amendment 2 blown to bits by Alabama AG Steve Marshall

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Misinformation is all the rage in every election, but rarely is a state’s leading media outlet as guilty as Alabama Media Group is for spreading it.

The inaccurate reporting about voter suppression was just another black-eye for the beleaguered “journalists” at the state’s leading sports blog with a liberal bias. The reporting on that issue was so bad that the Alabama secretary of state called it “a lie.”

Monday while speaking on WVNN radio’s “The Dale Jackson Show,” Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall took their reporting on Amendment 2 to task after they ran a fact-free report quoting a doctor that declared that women who had miscarriages or fertilization treatments could be prosecuted if this Amendment passes.

Marshall was adamant that this is just not the case, adding that he was supporting Amendment 2.

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“Not at all,” Marshall stated. “And, in fact, what is being said out there and the lies perpetrated by Planned Parenthood by dumping $1 million into our state. I mean, this does set up Alabama as a matter of public policy to the extent that we are able to get Roe v. Wade eliminated as the law of the land, but really this is just an affirmation for the people to vote on about where we feel about the right to life. And I surely hope, and I will personally support Amendment 2 and I hope others will as well.”

Marshall was asked if it was correct that this amendment would not allow people to be prosecuted for having an abortion if this passes.

“That is correct,” he replied. “And, in fact, Dale, if people will go back and look, if you remember the Brody Act we’ve talked about before which gave us the ability to prosecute somebody who killed a woman who was pregnant, you know I had the first person on death row for it. Specifically, within that law, we changed the definition of person but there’s a provision within that definition of person that also makes sure that it’s clear that no one will be prosecuted for an abortion.”

Contrary to the poor reporting at AL.com, the amendment does not do anything to change any law in Alabama.

The text on the amendment makes it clear the amendment is a declaration of support.

Excerpt as follows:

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended; to declare and otherwise affirm that it is the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, most importantly the right to life in all manners and measures appropriate and lawful; and to provide that the constitution of this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.

The TV ads from advocacy groups are spreading the same lies, but that is to be expected.

These lies from advocates are not OK, but at least they are nakedly pushing an agenda. The media is expected to hold itself to a higher standard, but, sadly, they are falling short consistently.

Listen:

@TheDaleJackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a conservative talk show from 7-11 am weekdays on WVNN

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Polls tighten with a day to go, Alabama leaders see lottery and gas tax votes coming, Maddox takes money from admitted sexual assaulter and more …

7. Voting issues bubble up before the election — not just made up stories like in Alabama

— Georgia’s secretary of state, and gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, is alleging that Georgia’s Democratic Party had launched a “failed attempt to hack the state’s voter registration system.” A spokesperson says they are under investigation for “possible cybercrimes.”

— Last week in Texas, four women were indicted for voter fraud and one of them alleges the money she used to pay others involved came from a Democratic Party leader.

6. Another one of Brett Kavanaugh’s “accusers” has been referred to the DOJ for lying about her interactions with Kavanaugh

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— Judy Munro-Leighton has been referred for “materially false statements” about Kavanaugh raping her in the back seat of a car, turns out she never wrote that e-mail or met Kavanaugh.

— Grassley noted this was a “ploy” to oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination, saying, “She further confessed to Committee investigators that (1) she ‘just wanted to get attention’; (2) ‘it was a tactic’; and (3) ‘that was just a ploy.’ She told Committee investigators that she had called Congress multiple times during the Kavanaugh hearing process — including prior to the time Dr. Ford’s allegations surfaced — to oppose his nomination.”

5. Numbers indicate the economy is still booming right before the midterms

— The total number of workers and people looking for work are all up, showing the economy is still strong. It is going so well that President Barack Obama Obama is taking credit for the economy he said couldn’t happen.

— 250,000 jobs were created versus an expected 190,000. Wages were 3.1 percent, which is an increase over September’s 2.8 percent.

4. Disinformation over Amendment 2 is rampant and intentional — not accidental

— AL.com’s pre-election misinformation campaign continues as they produced a piece this weekend declaring that miscarriage and in vitro fertilization could be changed if the amendment passes.

— The amendment has no force of law. It is essentially a referendum that states a public policy position. It was a GOP get out the vote measure and nothing more.

3. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Walt Maddox took money from a guy who was spanking his employees and had to give up his newspaper

— As Democrats across the country try to build an entire movement on the sexual misconduct of politicians and celebrities, Maddox has accepted $10,000 from the former longtime publisher of the Anniston Star, Brandt Ayers.

— Ayers admitted to multiple sexual assaults in the 1970s against his employees, declared he wouldn’t step down because he “served honorably, even courageously, in the public interest,” only to then step down and hand over the reign of power to his wife.

2. Both Speaker Del Marsh and Speaker Mac McCutcheon are talking lottery, infrastructure and healthcare while all of these issues are missing in our election conversation

— In separate interviews with Yellowhammer News’ Jeff Poor, both Alabama State House leaders discussed issues that will come up in 2019’s legislative session.

— The most hot-button issues are sure to be a lottery (which Marsh says 65 percent of Republicans favor a vote) and infrastructure (which means a gas tax and a potential change from a flat rate to a percentage) will come up, but their outcome is uncertain.

1. Pollsters indicate a tight race for control of the House

— While Democrat control of the House is considered to be a major possibility by most predictors, generic balloting that was in the upper-teens is now back into single-digits.

— The main data point for the Republican argument is the economy and 65 percent of respondents view the economy favorably. The only time this number was higher was in January of 2001 when 70 percent viewed the economy favorably.

2 weeks ago

VIDEO: Immigration takes center stage, Democrats think Alabama is terrible, Alabama has its own fake news media problem and more on Guerrilla Politics…

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Dr. Waymon Burke take you through this week’s biggest political stories, including:

— Is the issue of illegal immigration a strong one for the president of the United States to close with for the 2018 midterms?

— Who is to blame for the tone of our political debate, President Donald Trump or the media?

— Why can’t Alabama Democrats get away from the “Alabama sucks” campaign strategy?

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Jackson and Burke are joined by Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall to talk about his re-election campaign.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” directed at Lee Roop, Paul Gattis and the fake news media’s garbage articles about voter suppression.

3 weeks ago

7 Things: Trump pounds away on immigration as his message, Dems believe they are ‘within the margin of error’ in Alabama, more people blame the media than Trump for division and more …

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7. Alabama Media Group’s fake news masquerading as an important news story is a nakedly political ploy

— The report claimed “hurdles” were put in place by the state of Alabama to keep African-American students from being able to vote. It also repeated claims that hundreds were disenfranchised in 2016.

— Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill slammed the report as a “lie.” He stated, “[I]f you think for one minute that one student, not hundreds, but one student was denied the right to vote at Alabama A&M University in the most controversial presidential election in our lifetime in 2016 and waited until five days before the 2018 gubernatorial general election in 2018 to tell that?”

6. Roger Stone seems like he is in trouble and he wanted to speak to President Donald Trump’s campaign folks about WikiLeaks

— The Trump confidant says he reached out to the Trump campaign to talk to them about WikiLeaks, the website that released Hillary Clinton’s emails. The media claims this shows collusion. It was generally ignored.

— The email shows that former Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon asks Stone what was going on at WikiLeaks, saying, “What was that this morning???” after a promoted dump was a publicity stunt. Stone tells Bannon more is coming, but he claims it was from publicly available information and Stone looks like a crank.

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5. If Democrats win the House, they are coming for Trump and they will tie him up in investigations

— Impeachment is on the table — as much as they want to hide it. But Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) says they are going to “ramp up” opposition to the current administration with non-stop Congressional investigations.

— They even want to investigate the president’s attempt to send troops to the border ahead of the election. Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) says the Democratic House will hold hearings to dig into why the president made the decision.

4. Hollywood vs. the rest of America 

— The media loves big dogs campaigning for long shots. Oprah Winfrey spent yesterday campaigning in Georgia for Stacey Abrams and the media is ecstatic, but Vice President Mike Pence said, “[T]his isn’t Hollywood.”

— Comedy Central even mocked the Hollywood attempts to influence, with videos of their own #ShouldWeVote movement.

3. The country is divided and Americans blame both Trump and the media for it

— The media’s tone policing of the current political debate is meant to convince Americans that they are the last group of people standing between the current president and a total fragmentation of American society. America blames the media and the president, but they blame the media more.

— Of those polled, 56 percent say the president is to blame for our current climate, but 64 percent say the media has done more to divide the country. This is not reflective in the mainstream media.

2. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox thinks he is polling “within the margin of error”

— In one of the more amusing comments of the Alabama campaign season, Maddox claimed at the Madison County Democratic Women’s Luncheon that he’s got a shot. He told the attendees, “Yesterday, we had some new data points come back that shows us within the margin of error, with a chance to win.”

— This flies in the face of all public polling that has been seen in 2018. Most polls have shown Governor Kay Ivey with a roughly 20-point lead, but some continue to pretend this race is in striking distance.

1. President Donald Trump wants to continue to pound illegal immigration and wants to make this the final issue for next week’s election

— Trump held a press conference today and declared that he will continue to be the president of real immigration reform, taking up a change to America’s asylum process and promising long-term detention of illegal border crossings.

— Trump declared, “[T]his is an invasion.” He said soldiers may face rock throwing illegals (as seen in videos), and once again said he will end the “endemic abuse” that “makes a mockery of our immigration system.”