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  • New tunnel, premium RV section at Talladega Superspeedway on schedule despite weather

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    Construction of a new oversized vehicle tunnel and premium RV infield parking section at Talladega Superspeedway is still on schedule to be completed in time for the April NASCAR race, despite large amounts of rainfall and unusual groundwater conditions underneath the track.

    Track Chairman Grant Lynch, during a news conference Wednesday at the track, said he’s amazed the general contractor, Taylor Corporation of Oxford, has been able to keep the project on schedule.

    “The amount of water they have pumped out of that and the extra engineering they did from the original design, basically to keep that tunnel from floating up out of the earth, was remarkable,” Lynch said.

  • Alabama workers built 1.6M engines in 2018 to add auto horsepower

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    Alabama’s auto workers built nearly 1.6 million engines last year, as the state industry continues to carve out a place in global markets with innovative, high-performance parts, systems and finished vehicles.

    Last year also saw major new developments in engine manufacturing among the state’s key players, and more advanced infrastructure is on the way in the coming year.

    Hyundai expects to complete a key addition to its engine operations in Montgomery during the first half of 2019, while Honda continues to reap the benefits of a cutting-edge Alabama engine line installed several years ago.

  • Groundbreaking on Alabama’s newest aerospace plant made possible through key partnerships

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    Political and business leaders gathered for a groundbreaking at Alabama’s newest aerospace plant gave credit to the formation of the many key partnerships that made it possible.

    Governor Kay Ivey and several other federal, state and local officials attended the event which celebrated the construction of rocket engine builder Blue Origin’s facility in Huntsville.

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7 Things: Biden and Ivey keep masks on, cautious start for coming legislative session, Alabama Dems must want Mo Brooks to be a senator and more …

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7. Biden’s plan for vaccinations is already on pace

  • For as much as the incoming Biden administration proclaimed the previous administration was a disaster on the coronavirus, you would think that they would set goals that far outpace the criticized output for vaccine rollout, but this is not the case. Vaccine delivery is already on pace for 100 million vaccines in 100 days.
  • Despite this fact, which angered President Joe Biden, some in the Biden administration claim that the administration is starting their distribution program from scratch. Dr. Anthony Fauci denies this.

6. Just stop with impeachment

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  • As if the nation hasn’t suffered enough from phony and politically-motivated impeachments, freshman U.S. Representative  Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has already filed articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden over his interactions with Ukraine. This is going nowhere.
  • Greene said, “President Joe Biden is unfit to hold the office of the Presidency. His pattern of abuse of power as President Obama’s Vice President is lengthy and disturbing.” She cited Biden’s threat to withhold a loan to Ukraine unless a prosecutor who was investigating Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company that employed Hunter Biden as part of the younger Biden’s scheme  “to siphon off cash from America’s greatest enemies Russia and China” using his dad as leverage, was fired.

5. Keystone Pipeline shutdown wipes out up to 11,000 jobs 

  • In a move that made American liberals and foreign governments very happy, President Joe Biden decided that the previously-approved Keystone Pipeline should be stopped mid-construction. 
  • Biden’s campaign slogan was “Build Back Better,” but the cancellation of the 1,700-mile pipeline stops 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf Coast. This is a costly decision because it ends around 11,000 American jobs that would have generated $1.6 billion in wages.

4. Alabama Democrats hammer Mo Brooks

  • Coming off his controversial speech that took place six hours before the U.S. Capitol riots, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) has drawn fire from the Alabama Democratic Party and former U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith (D-Huntsville).
  • The Alabama Democratic Party is selling “No Mo Bullshit” merchandise to raise money from their email list, and Griffth recorded a YouTube video with 23 views, as of this writing, saying that Brooks should resign. He stated, “He chose to support domestic terrorism over the Constitution and has showed no remorse for his actions. Mo Brooks has become dangerous to democracy. He has disgraced and embarrassed the state of Alabama. Mo Brooks must face the consequences of his actions.  Congress must act now to expel him.”

3. Two-week pause after the beginning of the legislative session

  • The legislative session for the Alabama Legislature will begin on February 2, and now House Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) has said that they will take a break after the first two weeks to assess the coronavirus pandemic situation and how it’s impacting work.
  • This will also be done to make sure that there isn’t an outbreak of cases, and it’ll be time to figure out which legislation needs to be prioritized. It appears that discussions surrounding re-upping economic incentives, coronavirus liability immunity for responsible businesses and gambling matters are all on the table, along with the normal business of passing operating budgets.

2. Biden: Take a mask with you to travel (like you already were)

  • President Joe Biden is planning to require people to wear masks when they travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, a vast majority of people are already doing this as airlines require it.
  • Biden is also looking to increase vaccine supply and testing for the coronavirus. The White House official directing the national response to the pandemic, Jeff Zients, said, “We need to ask average Americans to do their part.”

1. 15 more days to stop the spread for 6 more weeks

  • Governor Kay Ivey has announced that the statewide mask mandate will be in effect until at least March 5 at 5:00 p.m. There were no other major changes to the statewide emergency health order. Ivey said that the masks remain “the one step that we can all take in order to keep some balance in our daily lives, and stay healthy and safe.”
  • One change in the order was allowing more flexibility in recruiting poll workers for upcoming elections across the state. Although, in her statements, Ivey focused on the high number of hospitalizations the state has seen. She said that “of the 1,600 ICU beds in our state, 1,561 were occupied” last week.

23 hours ago

We are about to watch Alabama’s 7th U.S. House seat become Mexico’s 1st

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“America First,” is dead, and “Americans Last” is the new normal. As a result, Alabama is screwed.

No one expected now-President Joe Biden to follow the agenda of now-former President Donald Trump. He ran on being the exact opposite of him in every way.

But now that Biden is in office, the real consequences of those actions are going to be felt, and we are going to feel it right here in Alabama.

On his first day, Biden decided that “America First” would be put down behind the White House. But who knew the execution would be so swift?

Look at the actions Biden has taken so far:

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He immediately rejoined the World Health Organization. WHO is a notoriously corrupt puppet of China that knowingly made the coronavirus pandemic worse by helping the Chinese government conceal the origins and reality surrounding the global issue. Empowering them solely because Trump rejected them will hardly make America better. It will just force us to keep funding them.

The Paris climate accord sounds like a great idea. Who doesn’t want to make the world a better place? But does this do that? No. It holds America and countries like China, Pakistan and India to different standards. This will only incentivize companies to abandon America to avoid stronger regulations, helping China and other countries. What will this do? Increase pollution and harm America’s economy.

Now, let’s talk illegal immigration. We have a caravan headed to America from south of the border. It will not be the first because Biden and his handlers will let them in.

The Biden administration also decided to pause immigration-related removals from the United States on day one.

Biden has announced the building of the border wall will stop, even though it has cut down on human trafficking, drugs, arrests and illegal immigration.

The wall worked. Biden decided to stop building it — not to help Americans, but to help those who would enter illegally.

So what does this mean for Alabama? Barring some miraculous court order, we will lose a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) have been fighting for more than three years to prevent illegal immigrants from being counted in for the allocation of U.S. House seats.

It is astonishing that a decision by an American president is made to intentionally take a seat away from states that have not been friendly to an overrun of our border and country by illegal immigrants.

There is no way to argue this puts Americans first in any possible way shape or form. This, by design, empowers foreign citizens and strips power away from Americans.

“America First” is dead; its execution was public and brutal. The media and their Democrats cheered its death.

“Americans Last” is the new normal, and Alabama is screwed.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

1 day ago

7 Things: ‘America First’ is over, ADPH tells vaccine providers to use it or lose it, Biden takes a House seat from Alabama and more …

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7. QAnon was never a thing

  • There was never a secret plot by President Donald Trump and his administration to punish a cabal of deep state, pedophiles and criminals. The movement known as QAnon was a conspiracy theory, and the suggestion that the inauguration of Joe Biden would be stopped so Trump would remain was just nonsense.
  • While the focus of the media is always on the more ridiculous Trump supporter to demonize all of them, they were just weapons to use against Trump. One Q forum user summed it up by saying, “Q was a LARP the entire f—ing time,” with LARP being a reference to “live-action role-playing games.”

6. President Biden is just a guy who isn’t President Trump

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  • President Joe Biden has already copied the Trump administration in how he plans to handle the coronavirus pandemic, so why not also try and copy something from before Donald Trump was president and start saying, “You’re fired!” all over the place?
  • Biden has now said that anyone working with him could be fired if he hears them “treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot. On the spot.” Biden emphasized that “everybody is entitled to be treated with decency and dignity.”

5. Montgomery mayor is what he hates

  • On Inauguration Day, Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed posted on Twitter, “I prefer to focus on the class that’s coming in rather than the trash that just went out.” This was in celebration of President Joe Biden being sworn in.
  • Many people reacted on social media by saying that Reed needed to “rise above” acting like this and not to engage in petty social media jabs that have become so popular in politics. Of course, there were a few who agreed with Reed and the way he spoke about President Donald Trump leaving office.

4. Carl and Moore reached out to Biden administration

  • U.S. Representatives Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) and Jerry Carl (R-Mobile), joined by 16 other freshman lawmakers, sent a letter to President Joe Biden in an effort to work together on “extended targeted, meaningful coronavirus relief for families and businesses.”
  • The letter also says that they want to work on trying to “protect Americans with pre-existing conditions.” They go on to say they’re also interested in how they can “enforce our antitrust laws against emboldened technology monopolies and restore our economy struggling in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.”

3. Biden decides illegal immigrants will be included in the Census count

  • President Joe Biden intends that illegal immigrants will be included in the 2020 U.S. Census count and included when considering how U.S. House seats are distributed. This act alone could cause Alabama to lose a congressional seat.
  • There’s an estimate that the difference between Alabama keeping or losing a congressional seat might only be about 6,000 people. Previously, U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall have said that illegal immigrants being included in apportionment will disproportionally hurt Alabama due to the low number of illegal immigrants in the state.

2. Vaccine providers will lose doses if they don’t use them fast enough

  • The Alabama Department of Public Health has announced that health care providers that don’t administer the coronavirus vaccine doses fast enough will have them removed and those doses will be sent to places that will use them faster.
  • ADPH said, “Unused vaccine will be redirected to other providers will administer vaccine faster.” The department added that they’re “surveying all providers in the state to ensure that all administered doses have been properly reported to ADPH.”

1. Biden’s big first day

  • President Joe Biden has a pen and a phone, along with a lapdog media ready to grovel at his feet all day, and now he is ready to implement the agenda of the people who elected him. That all started on day one with 17 executive actions.
  • The actions cover immigration, climate change, the economy, racial and LGBT grievances, and government accountability. This was done with executive orders, memorandums and proclamations. Biden’s decisions on immigration, the World Health Organization, Paris Climate Accords and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program show us that Trump’s “America First” era is over and there is a new President of the United States.

2 days ago

Post-Trump America — So now what?

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Maybe you loved Trump. Maybe you hated Trump. Or maybe, like me, you didn’t like Trump one bit but supported his policies.

At this point, it does not matter. It is over. He lost.

There was no secret plan to keep him in office, no plot to expose all sorts of secret crimes and pedophiles that would lead to a second Trump term.

Seriously, if QAnon was real, why would Trump sit on it for four years?

The Trump presidency should be viewed in three parts:

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1. First three years

Three years of a rabid Democratic Party solely caring about stopping Donald Trump while the economy boomed, people were employed, the average family income went up $6,000, and he was on track to a reelection battle that would have been tough but winnable.

2. 2020

His last year was far worse: an economy and world-crippling global pandemic where the president led well and listened to his advisors behind the scenes but his public face was cold and lacked empathy.

He could have been George W. Bush after 9/11. Instead, he was Jimmy Carter with Iran hostages.

This is why he lost.

3. Post-election

His post-election disaster was legacy-killing. Yes, there were a ton of issues and members of Congress should have raised them in the way they planned to, but Trump’s legal team was unable to make the argument that fraud changed the outcome.

The riot at the U.S. Capitol, by his supporters, was the coup de grace. It killed his legacy.

Now what?

For Trump, he has lost his most effective weapon: social media. Trump has almost disappeared for the last two weeks. The media have lambasted him, and the response has been non-existent. They took away his social media; they took away his voice.

If he put out a video, they told you what was in it with their vitriolic spin.

Now, the media controls his narrative completely. His ability to control his narrative evaporated.

He can talk about forming a “Patriot Party” if he wants to, but if he tries to do this, he kills the Republican Party.

Look at the math.

Biden: 81,283,485
Trump: 74,223,744

Obviously, the Electoral College is a factor here, but let’s say Trump splits off 50% of the GOP and takes 10% of Democrats, which seems unlikely.

Biden: 73,155,137
Trump: 45,240,220
Generic Republican: 37,111,872

So, he loses by a bigger margin?

But what happens down the ticket?

Shave half of his votes from Republican Tommy Tuberville’s victory, and he loses.

Democrats are headed to a supermajority.

“Republicans get what they deserve!”

Well then, you, the media and their Democrats agree.

Wonder what they will do with their super-majority.

Statehood for Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Court-packing
Abortion on demand
First and Second Amendments weakened significantly
Higher taxes

This is self-defeating. The only people benefitting from this would be America’s liberals.

But, there is another way: Peaceful and smart resistance to President Joe Biden.

Root for the end of the pandemic through the coronavirus vaccine, and cheer on the nation’s success that will surely follow. Criticize the policies of the administration and the people pushing them. Win local elections. Complaining about how U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is a traitor gets you nowhere.

Republicans of all stripes are needed to keep a 50/50 U.S. Senate or gain seats in 2022 and 2024.

Democrats are smart. They know they need a coalition of winners from all over the country to get what they want.

They won’t get everything, but watch — they will get a lot.

Your friends and family are not evil because they disagree with you. Your best bet is to convince them that your way of thinking is correct.

If they voted for Biden because “Trump is a prick,” that’s fine, but what about ideas that make life better in America and helped the economy boom?

Can we implement them locally?

He probably won’t be on the local ballot. Win there, and the rest will follow.

And this last part is the most important. A lot of you, on all sides of the spectrum, need to calm down and remember it is OK to have friends and family that hate your politics and disagree with them over it.

2020 is over. Pick yourself up, and acknowledge it.

Elections are not the end of the fight. They are just the end of a round. The match goes on.

Ring the bell. It’s time to battle for what you believe in all over again.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

2 days ago

7 Things: Inauguration Day is here, Alabama’s coronavirus numbers are declining, McConnell says Trump provoked the insurrection and more …

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7. Pardonpalooza

  • President Donald Trump has pardoned or granted clemency for 143 different individuals. Among those receiving pardons are drug dealers, rappers, corrupt politicians, Democrat super-donors and former Alabama State Representative Ed Henry (R-Hartselle).
  • Surprisingly, the media got it wrong again on how Trump would use this power. He did not preemptively pardon himself, his family nor his political allies that have not been charged with crimes. He did pardon former campaign chairman Steve Bannon for his role in a border wall scam and Paul Erickson, who was sentenced for a minor financial crime after the Mueller team could not convict him on any Russian-related crimes. Erickson is the only Russian investigation-related pardon.

6. McConnell blaming Trump for the riot

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  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gave a speech as the U.S. Senate met for the first time since President Donald Trump was impeached for a second time. During his speech, McConnell blamed Trump for the riot at the U.S. Capitol.
  • McConnell said that the crowd was “provoked by the president and other powerful people.” McConnell added that there will be “a safe and successful inaugural.” The Senate is expected to take up another impeachment trial soon after Trump has left office.

5. Accidental negative coronavirus results sent out

  • There was a technical problem that occurred which caused “more than 7,500 individuals” to receive a negative coronavirus test result at the University of Alabama, according to the university. All students living on campus have to take a coronavirus test within the first week of returning to campus.
  • The university also said that “anyone who tests positive at UA facilities is contacted by telephone and provided detailed information and instructions for isolation.”

4. UAB has started drive-through vaccinations

  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham is the latest entity focusing on those 75+ years old, and they’ve started offering the coronavirus vaccine in a drive-through setup. The hospital has also started contacting their patients who qualify for the vaccine so they can schedule appointments.
  • UAB has already given about 23,300 vaccinations, mostly for health care workers at UAB and nearby facilities. In Alabama, there have been about 158,116 vaccinations distributed.

3. Alabama coronavirus numbers are declining

  • The number of coronavirus cases around the country are declining, and the state of Alabama is seeing a decrease in the number of new cases and hospitalizations. However, the numbers are still very high.
  • The rollout of the vaccine is drawing the attention of a number of Alabama state senators who say Alabama citizens are paying a “deadly price” because of the issues in getting the vaccine distributed and this could lead to the CDC holding back doses of the vaccine. The Alabama Department of Public Health says the distribution is increasing every day and that claims supply is the big issue, even though their own reporting system shows only 158,116 out of 446,150 doses of the vaccine have been delivered.

2. Tuberville sending the correct message

  • Communications director for U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Ryann DuRant, has confirmed that Tuberville is attending the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
  • Previously, Tuberville suggested that the ceremony and celebration could’ve been delayed some due to the coronavirus pandemic, and he also objected to the election results in Pennsylvania. Despite this, though, Tuberville is doing exactly what he should by attending the inauguration.

1. Biden will be inaugurated today

  • President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are being sworn in today, and Harris will be the first female Vice President in the nation’s history. Authorities are taking increased security measures due to threats of violence. 
  • There have been threats of explosives in the Washington, D.C. downtown area. There will also be more than 25,000 National Guardsmen stationed around the U.S. Capitol and the White House. For the inauguration, the National Mall will also be locked down.

3 days ago

Worst vaccine rollout? Close to the worst? Maybe not that bad? Who cares — Expand eligibility for the vaccine right now

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Alabama may be the worst state in the nation when it comes to delivering the coronavirus vaccine. Or maybe Alabama is just one of the worst. Or maybe Alabama is “not even close” to last in the country.

Honestly, who the hell cares? Just do a better job.

There is no reason for a 31-year-old nurse to be eligible for a vaccine and my 69-year-old mother to not be eligible for a vaccine, but in most states (Alabama included), that is how were are doing things.

Look, I am not a virologist, mathemetician, doctor or even a political scientist, and some of you probably think I am an idiot, but I can read.

Here is what I know:

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Old people are more likely to get sick to the point that they need hospitalization, and they are more likely to die.

These two things lead to hospitals being crowded and in constant fear of being declared that they are in fear of being close to being overrun. We have been hearing this for almost a year now.

If you believe this is an issue, take care of those who are most likely to need hospitalization and those who are most likely to get that 31-year-old nurse sick.

Here is a clue:

78.7% of deaths are over 65.

16.5% of deaths are 50-65.

That means 93.2% of deaths are over 50.

What we are doing is either the worst in the country or looks like the worst in the country.

There seems to be a simple solution here. Farm the vaccine out to doctors and pharmacies, open it up to those who are 65+, and get out of the way.

Get the older people shots on a first-come-first-serve basis. They want it.

Unless you are going to show me a bunch of empty vaccine vials rolling around in a box, don’t tell me this is a supply issue.

If fewer older people get sick, fewer 31-year-old nurses in hospitals will come in contact with the illness, and the strain on our systems will decline.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

3 days ago

7 Things: Alabama not last in nation on coronavirus vaccine rollout, Aderholt defends Brooks’ comments at Trump rally, Biden ready to go big with executive actions and more …

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7. State Sen. Allen: Keep the Monument Preservation Act

  • As there’s more talk to repeal the Monument Preservation Act of 2017, State Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) wants the focus to stay on preserving history.  
  • While on Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal,” Allen said, “If you start removing things and start saying that things shouldn’t exist — I think we need to be of open mind and about how important it is to protect history.” Some have started arguing that cities and counties should have more say in monument locations. 

6. State Sen. Sanders-Fortier wants Selma to decide on Edmund Pettus Bridge name

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  • State Senator Malika Sanders-Fortier (D-Selma) plans to introduce a bill that will allow those representing Dallas County to decide if Edmund Pettus Bridge should be renamed. 
  • Back in 2015, legislation to name the bridge “Journey to Freedom Bridge” didn’t get out of committee in the Alabama House of Representatives. Renaming the bridge would also be in violation of the 2017 Memorial Preservation Act. 

5. 100 pardons by Wednesday

  • A report from CNN says that President Donald Trump plans to issue about 100 presidential pardons to people before he’s out of office this week. 
  • About 90 people have already received pardons from Trump. According to the report, Trump isn’t planning to pardon himself.

4. Biden has some ideas — a lot of them are bad

  • President-elect Joe Biden is ready to hit the ground running with a series of executive orders, presidential memoranda and directives to cabinet agencies ready to go that will signal an obvious difference from the previous administration. The American court system will probably be far less hostile to a President Biden than it was to his predecessor.
  • Part of this initial flurry of action will include rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, killing the Keystone Pipeline, the end of the travel ban, a mask mandate for federal property and interstate travel, reopening schools, immigration, racial justice, and student loan repayment.

3. Migrant caravan heading to the U.S.

  • There’s currently a caravan of migrants traveling to the United States from Honduras, and one in the caravan said they’re coming to the country because President-elect Joe Biden is “giving us 100 days to get to the U.S.”
  • Biden has said he’d pause deportations for at least the first 100 days he’s in office. He has also promised a pathway to citizenship for those in the country illegally. 

2. Ill-advised statements aren’t incitement

  • U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) recently spoke about voting “no” on impeaching President Donald Trump and the threatened censure of U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) for his comments at the pro-Trump rally on January 6. 
  • Aderholt said that he didn’t think what Trump said “would rise to impeachment.” He added that with all of the weapons and equipment that rioters had “was something that had to be premeditated.” Aderholt went on to say that Brooks probably could’ve said what he wanted differently, adding, “I don’t think it rose to the level of inciting the violence that did occur.”

1. We aren’t last in the country

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alabama is ranking last in coronavirus vaccine distribution, but State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris is disputing this. 
  • Harris said that the reason the CDC has ranked the state last is due to them not having all the latest data. Harris did acknowledge that “we would like to be giving doses out faster than we are. We could certainly be doing a better job, and we have a lot of things we’re putting into place to do that.” 

5 days ago

VIDEO: Trump’s second impeachment moves forward, Mo Brooks faces targeting in D.C., Alabama’s vaccine rollout is too slow and more on Alabama Politics This Week …

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Alabama Democratic Party Executive Committee member Lisa Handback take you through Alabama’s biggest political stories, including:

— President Donald Trump has now been impeached again, but will Democrats actually follow through in the Senate?

— Is U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) really in danger of censure, expulsion and/or prosecution in Washington, D.C.?

— Where is Alabama’s vaccine rollout in comparison to other states?

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Jackson and Handback are joined by State Senator Sam Givhan (R-Huntsville) to discuss the U.S. Capitol riots and their fallout, the next legislative session and whether it will be shortened or not.

Jackson closes the show with a “Parting Shot” at those who believe threats of violence actually help their cause in spite of all the evidence that shows otherwise.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

7 days ago

Mo Brooks says Democrats looking to censure, expel and prosecute him are behaving like communists

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Much to the pleasure of the Alabama political media, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) is right in the firing line when it comes to the Republicans the national media and their Democrats are attempting to blame for the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week.

There have been numerous reckless reactions to this by in-state media, who claim to be above political mudslinging and who supposedly just want to bring the facts to the people.

Al(dot)com’s John Archibald declared that the announcement that the Space Command HQ was coming to Huntsville was “sedition on commission.”

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The Space Command HQ was a payoff, for sedition, Archibald claims. Alleging a crime without reason or merit. Journalism.

His colleague and intellectual equal J.D. Crowe drew a picture depicting Brooks and every other Alabama Republican who voted for election oversight as members of the Klan and accused them of treason.

Alleging a crime without reason or merit. Journalism.

All of this is based on three accused wrongdoings:

1. Brooks was an outspoken proponent of having votes on election irregularities, even though he knew those votes would fail.

This is a completely legal and justified action provided for in the U.S. Constitution.

2. He spoke at a rally six hours before the shameful and seditious actions that took place that day and used the phrase: “Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.”

Not great stuff here by Mo Brooks, but it is not a crime, and it is pretty amazing that a prosecutor is suggesting it be prosecuted.

3. He planned the rally itself.

This allegation is weird, and, until Thursday, Brooks had not been asked about the allegation directly.

It is based on the now-deleted Periscope video by Ali Alexander in which he claims, “We four schemed up of putting maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting.”

What does this mean?

That Brooks himself worked to book the space, the sound equipment and sent the mass emails for the riot.

That seems unlikely. A pressure campaign on members of Congress to vote with him? That’s not normal.

The obvious implication that whoever planned the rally also planned the siege is not backed up by facts.

Brooks was asked about the allegation, if you can even call it that, during a Thursday appearance on WVNN’s “The Dale Jackson Show.”

He said, “I don’t recall ever having met the guy, ever having communicated with the guy, ever having seen the guy. I don’t know where he’s coming from.”

But don’t let that stop the mob from alleging a massive conspiracy, which they are doing by tying in guided tours of the U.S. Capitol in the days preceding the riots.

Brooks thinks Alexander may have been “inspired” by his appearances on radio and TV, suggesting that may have led to him wanting to plan the rally.

But Brooks also pointed out that the rally was not the issue (which it wasn’t).

“[F]rankly, a rally is a great idea …  that was a great rally,” Brooks advised. “The rally wasn’t the problem. The problems were these militant groups, along with rally attendees at the U.S. Capitol. That was the problem.”

He continued, “I did not invite anyone, I did not set the time, I did not set the speakers.”

“I have had no communications with anybody involved in the operational planning,” Brooks added.

But this is not going to stop anytime soon. Censuring is all but a certainty; expulsion seems unlikely because of the hurdles required. But an attempted prosecution could be in the congressman’s future because Democrats are emboldened and want to hold as many Republicans as they can accountable.

The District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine is looking for charges.

“I know I’m looking at a charge under the D.C. Code of inciting violence, and that would apply where there’s a clear recognition that one’s incitement could lead to foreseeable violence,” Racine stated.

If all of this seems like a far-fetched nightmare where political speech is criminalized, you are right.

Brooks compared this reaction by his Democratic colleagues and D.C.’s attorney general as dictatorial forces like you would see in communist China or the Soviet Union.

Based on their fervor to make their political foes pay right now, you would be hard-pressed to describe it any other way.

Listen:

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

1 week ago

7 Things: Alabama will send National Guardsmen to D.C., authorities preparing for protests, Shelby will wait to make decision on impeachment and more …

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7. Impeach Biden?

  • Now that President Donald Trump has been impeached for the second time, U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA) has now said that she plans to introduce articles of impeachment against President-elect Joe Biden on January 21.
  • She said that the impeachment is important in this situation because we can’t have someone “who is willing to abuse the power of the office of the presidency and be easily bought off by foreign governments, foreign Chinese energy companies, Ukrainian energy companies.”

6. One BLM protester and another Alabamian arrested for their role in U.S. Capitol riots

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  • Utah-based agitator and BLM protester John Sullivan has been arrested for his direct roll in breaching the U.S. Capitol. Sullivan, who had his video licensed by the Washington Post and MSNBC, is on video encouraging people to enter the U.S. Capitol, cause damage, and even tried to get cops to leave their posts.
  • Another Alabama man who was arrested at the U.S. Capitol, Joshua Black of Leeds, has been charged with violent entry and entering restricted grounds for his role during the attack. Black, who recorded videos of himself on the floor of the U.S. House, told investigators, “I wanted to get inside the building so I could plead the blood of Jesus over it. That was my goal.” He added that while he had a knife, he “wasn’t planning on pulling it.”

5. Outbreaks aren’t started by kids in classrooms

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a new study that shows K-12 classrooms meeting in-person don’t create coronavirus outbreaks, as they saw no major differences in coronavirus cases between areas that had in-person class and those that were only online.
  • The report says that the “CDC recommends that K-12 schools be the last settings to close after all other mitigation measures have been employed and the first to reopen when they can do so safely.” The CDC also noted that the structure of schools “can support adherence to critical mitigation measures to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID019.”

4. Trump was right about the virus going away after the election

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is allowing some bars and restaurants to open up for indoor dining after the state lost a court case on the matter. Cuomo’s administration is still considering challenging the ruling.
  • Chicago is also ready to open up, as Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the reopening of bars and restaurants “as quickly as possible” will actually lower the spread of the coronavirus because these establishments will follow rules that private parties are not.

3. Shelby hasn’t decided on impeachment yet

  • U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) hasn’t voiced how he plans to vote on President Donald Trump’s impeachment. He’s maintained that “we need to wait and hear the evidence.”
  • Previously, Shelby voted against impeaching Trump on charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. The Senate isn’t expected to take up impeachment until Trump is already out of office.

2. Montgomery preparing for protests

  • While there is talk of “armed” protests nationwide during the inauguration, Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed has announced that the city is preparing for possible protests at the capitol, due to reports that there are armed protests being planned at all 50 state capitols and the U.S. Capitol on January 17-20.
  • Reed said, “Our residents and businesses can take comfort in knowing we are taking every step to ensure their safety and security this weekend.” He added that he’s instructed, “Chief Finley and the Montgomery Police Department to use every resource at their disposal and authorized extra manpower.”

1. Alabama National Guard going to D.C.

  • Governor Kay Ivey announced that there will be 250 National Guard members from Alabama sent to Washington, D.C. to help prepare for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. This will be part of the about 20,000 National Guard members in the area.
  • Gina Maiola, Ivey’s press secretary, said that this was done “At the request of the Chief of The National Guard Bureau, General Daniel R. Hokanson.” Ivey has previously said that law enforcement is monitoring the situation as there have been threats of armed protests across the country.

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7 Things: Trump impeached again, Space Command HQ coming to Alabama, Trump calls for no more violence and more …

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7. Dorsey thinks his ban of the president is a bad thing; Elon Musk agrees

  • The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, is publicly lamenting his own platform’s decision to ban President Donald Trump from their platform saying it “sets a precedent I feel is dangerous.” But, even with these words, it is not expected that Twitter will unban the president.
  • Earlier this week, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk warned that the decision by an unelected group of big tech leaders will not play well with a lot of Americans because they would view it as an attempt to silence conservatives. He said, “[A] lot of people are going to be super unhappy with West Coast high tech as the de facto arbiter of free speech.”

6. Tommy Tuberville says Trump made a “mistake”

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  • U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) believes the latest attempt to impeach President Donald Trump is a “waste of time” but also said that the president knows he made a mistake.
  • Tuberville told reporters, “I was up there last week during this thing and President Trump made a mistake,” adding, “He knows it, he admitted it.” This last point is in dispute as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) asserted that Trump told him he accepts “some responsibility.” Trump himself told reporters later that he bore no responsibility.

5. Trump: Please don’t commit acts of violence in my name 

  • President Donald Trump has put out a video statement after the decision was made to impeach him for a second time, and while he didn’t address impeachment, he focused on condemning violence and any future violence that might be committed in support of him.
  • Trump said, “Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for. No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence.” He also stated that no one who supports him would “disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag” or “threaten or harass their fellow Americans.”

4. Space Command coming to Huntsville

  • Governor Kay Ivey has announced that the U.S. Space Command Headquarters will be located at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. This will directly create 1,500 jobs and will continue to attract business from suppliers and subcontractors.
  • Ivey released a statement on the decision, advising, “Our state has long provided exceptional support for our military and their families as well as a rich and storied history when it comes to space exploration.” The Air Force added, “Huntsville compared favorably…than any other community, providing a large, qualified workforce, quality schools, superior infrastructure capacity, and low initial and recurring costs.”

3. Brooks thinks Space Command could move

  • U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) suggested that the Biden administration could change where the U.S. Space Command Headquarters is located, as Democrats also control the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.
  • In a statement released by Brooks, he outlined, “The Space Command HQ’s final location decision will likely be in 2023…it is unknown” if the “decision will hold up and be respected by the Biden/Harris Administration and Congress.”

2. Trump was impeached … again

  • The U.S. House of Representatives has officially impeached a sitting president twice for the first time in history, as they voted to impeach President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection.”
  • There were 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, making the vote 232-197. In Alabama, the only representative that voted to impeach was U.S. Representative Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham).

1. Senate won’t take up impeachment until just before inauguration

  • Last night, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that he was still undecided on impeachment, adding that he intends “to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.”
  • The Senate isn’t set to meet again until January 19, and it’s being reported that date won’t change, so if President Donald Trump is convicted by the Senate, it won’t be until after he’s left office.

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7. Arrests made in Tuscaloosa during celebrations

  • After the University of Alabama football team won the national championship Monday night, thousands of people went to the strip in Tuscaloosa to celebrate and were all packed in together, which was not a good idea during a pandemic. The crowd began to cause issues and pepper spray was used.
  • There were 14 arrests made and two people had to be treated for injuries from bottles being thrown. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said, “[W]e are disappointed in seeing the large number of people floor into the Strip area itself … we do believe it’s larger than any celebration that we’ve seen in recent memory and I think it’s safe to say that it was thousands upon thousands.”

6. Auburn and Alabama weigh online classes

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  • After Alabama won yet another national championship, students took to the streets in a wild crowd scene that made many uncomfortable — so uncomfortable that the University of Alabama is now allowing professors to offer classes online. The University statement told students and educators, “As a result of recent events, we are allowing faculty to be flexible for the next two weeks with the option to temporarily hold classes remotely. Students have the option to attend in-person activities remotely as well. Staff will continue with adjusted flexible scheduling.”
  • On Auburn’s campus, close to 40 professors are in opposition to a no-confidence vote against Provost Bill Hardgrave after one faculty member in the University Senate expressed his displeasure with Auburn’s call to keep offering in-person classes this year.

5. Second round of PPP

  • More funding from the Paycheck Protection Program will be available to businesses starting this week, as the Small Business Administration has announced. Governor Kay Ivey said this is “welcome news.”
  • In her statement, Ivey wanted to “encourage small business owners across our state to take advantage of these available funds. Any support that we can provide our small businesses in this challenging season is critical to our overall recovery.”

4. States need to expand vaccine availability

  • As vaccine rollout has slowed across some states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has suggested that states start offering the coronavirus vaccine to those 65-years-old and older, as there are also steps being taken to increase supply.
  • It’s also recommended that some younger people with certain health conditions that make them more likely to have complications from the coronavirus be offered the vaccine, too. There is no word yet on Alabama’s decision to expand the supply immediately.

3. Ivey got her second dose

  • Governor Kay Ivey has been vaccinated for the second time against the coronavirus, receiving the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. She’s said that she hasn’t “had any side effects of any kind.” Ivey also wanted “to encourage you to take the COVID vaccination. We need shots in the arm, not on the shelf.” On January 18, the vaccine will become available to those 75-years-old and older.
  • That wasn’t Ivey’s only big news of the day. the governor also announced a new batch of road projects paid for by Alabama’s 2018 gas tax increase. Ivey declared, “In Alabama, across our country and around the globe, we are all still working to get COVID-19 behind us, but here at home, we have not forgotten other priorities. Even as we are overcoming new challenges with the virus, we remain ever committed to making needed improvements to our infrastructure.”

2. Brooks releases rebuttal to censure threat

  • U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) has officially released his rebuttal to the attempt to censure him after his speech at the pro-Trump rally on January 6. The censure says that Brooks “encouraged and incited violence against his fellow Members of Congress, as part of an assault on the United States Capitol.”
  • Brooks’ almost 3,000-word response can be summed up when he says, “Socialist Democrats and their Fake News Media Allies won’t get an apology from me because my remarks were not wrong. Conversely, the Socialist Democrats and their Fake News Media Allies should be apologizing to the public for the egregiously and manipulative way they have deceived the public on this issue.”

1. McConnell could be ready to support impeachment

  • As the Alabama delegation split on a House-approved resolution asking Vice President Mike Pence to move to invoke the 25th Amendment was passed, the New York Times is reporting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has voiced approval for the articles of impeachment brought against President Donald Trump. The Times is reporting that he’s even “pleased” with the push to impeach Trump.
  • McConnell’s comments to colleagues included that he believes that impeaching Trump “will make it easier to purge him from the party.” Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the proposed articles of impeachment.

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Baseless allegations and a death threat — How al(dot)com allowed J.D. Crowe to attack 7 members of Congress without reason

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What went down at the U.S. Capitol was an insurrection.

It was an attempt to subvert the functioning of the U.S. government, and calling it domestic terrorism is not a stretch.

The people involved, who I have argued were incited by President Donald Trump, should be punished through our legal system.

These items are not really in dispute, of course. However, the media and their Democrats are not really interested in those actually responsible, because their agenda is not about the misdeeds of Kevin Greeson in Athens or Lonnie Coffman from Falkville. Instead, they are looking to strengthen their political power by using a national disgrace as a launching point for political payback.

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The 25th Amendment is not going to be invoked and impeachment, whether it happens or not, will have no real-world impact. The impeachment farce is payback to the fervent base in the media who have worked so hard to remove Trump and support Democrats at every turn.

This a thank you to the Democratic base; it solidifies their corruption of American norms like free speech and fairness while creating one-party rule.

And if you need to know how dishonest it is, look no further than the calls to censure and expel over 100 Republicans for casting votes the media and their Democrats don’t like.

The votes they cast were completely within their power, and no different than votes attempted and cast by various Democrats multiple times over the last 20 years. Of course, that was different because they were objecting to George W. Bush twice and Donald Trump once, so that’s fine.

To highlight how vapid this argument is, look at the latest piece from Alabama’s most prominent and least effective political cartoonist, J.D. Crowe.

You get it? They are all Klansmen. So clever.

Why? Because J.D. Crowe’s drawing skills are on-par with his political acumen.

Not a word about race was uttered by these men in the last two weeks. The objections they raised were about the problems in voting systems across the country. Valid concerns.

But because Crowe doesn’t understand that or can’t draw that in a picture, he chooses to not only call them racists but to depict them that way without even explaining why.

Here is his entire blurb posted with the cartoon: “For inciting and supporting an attempted coup, by failing to stand up against lies and misinformation from their Trump Lord, and for being spineless sycophants instead of leaders, these goober traitors should all resign. Or be dissolved by a stain remover.“

Shouldn’t the race stuff be covered?

Also, “dissolved by a stain remover?” Is that a death threat against seven members of Congress?

Even if you argued that U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and his unfortunate speech six hours before the issues at the U.S. Capitol were incitement (I believe it clearly was not), what did the others do?

Shouldn’t an allegation like this carry some explanation of weight?

Apparently not. Just scribble it down and the leftwing editorial team will put it on al(dot)com. Once again, they will run down Alabama again, for no reason, and hope it goes viral.

Crowe isn’t the only one, obviously, because he doesn’t have an original bone in his body.

But why?

These are allegations without merit.

Simply put, they have no real argument here. The congressmen did their jobs, and the people that have hated them forever are just using this as a reason to hate them further.

Do al(dot)com’s editors think that calling people racists with no reasoning is OK?

And, don’t forget, there is a potential death threat here as well, along with the dangerous and unfounded charge of these Republican congressmen being “traitors.”

It is becoming very clear to anyone watching what is unfolding before us is a coordinated effort by members of the media, big tech and politicians to silence the people they view as unworthy so they can control the discourse and the direction of the country.

The rioters at the U.S. Capitol gave them an opportunity, and they are going to use it.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

1 week ago

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7. Some schools will require the vaccine to return

  • In what could be a first, Los Angeles schools will require students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if they want to return to campus. The Los Angeles schools superintendent also suggested that schools will not be staying closed until the vaccine is available to children.
  • Superintendent Austin Beutner said that having students take the vaccine is “no different than students who are vaccinated for measles or mumps.” It is uncertain how many other school districts nationwide will follow suit.

6. ABC stores closing across the state

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  • Due to coronavirus cases, the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has decided to close 41 ABC Stores for a period of time, with ABC Board administrator Mac Gipson saying that keeping all of the stores in the state staffed has been “challenging at best.”
  • The Board is closing the stores to “provide the greatest amount of employee/customer protection, while ensuring maximum productivity and efficiency.” The stores will remain closed until late February or early March.

5. Sorry, Pence isn’t taking out Trump

  • After acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf resigned, the media and their Democrats’ hopes for an invoking of the 25th Amendment took another hit, but the biggest blow to that gambit came when Vice President Mike Pence announced that he will be working closely with President Donald Trump until the end of their terms.
  • Trump and Pence met in the Oval Office, showing that it seems unlikely that Pence is ready to take the drastic step of kicking Trump out of office with so few days left, even as the House will vote to urge him to invoke the 25th Amendment.

4. Read the room, guys

  • The FBI has said that there have been plans made to hold armed protests in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. in the few days before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated. It’s expected that some of the protests could start at the end of this week.
  • The bulletin from the FBI says, “Armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and the U.S. Capitol from 17 January through 20 January.”

3. Brooks facing censure

  • U.S. Representatives Tom Malinowski (R-NJ) and Debbie Wasserman (D-FL) have brought a censure resolution against U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) for his comments made at the rally for President Donald Trump on January 6.
  • Malinowski said that Brooks “incited the crowd that attacked the Capitol, endangering the lives of his fellow members of Congress.” The comment in particular that has been criticized by many that Brooks made was: “Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.”

2. Terri Sewell co-sponsoring impeachment article

  • As the House of Representatives brings articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for a second time, U.S. Representative Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham) has announced that she’ll be co-sponsoring one of the articles.
  • The article says that Trump “willfully made statements that encouraged – and foreseeably resulted in – imminent lawless action at the Capitol.” The article directly blamed Trump for inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

1. House Minority Leader McCarthy says Trump acknowledges his role

  • During a conference call with House Republicans, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said that President Donald Trump has accepted “some responsibility” for the U.S. Capitol riots that left five dead, led to calls for the president’s impeachment and has Democrats attempting to censure and expel Republicans like Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville).
  • McCarthy also told members that he urged Trump to call up President-elect Joe Biden and finally congratulate him for his victory, a move that Trump seems unlikely to make and Biden seems unlikely to accept.

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7. Parler is getting shut down everywhere

  • Amazon Web Services has decided to suspend the social media platform Parler, which will cause the site to be out of service for at least “a while.” This comes after Apple and Google removed the app from their stores.
  • Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff said that they’re “clearly being singled out,” and she believes “we were treated unfairly.” Apple and Google said their reason for suspending the app was due to a lack of moderation on the platform. There have been screenshots shared of posts on the site where plans for violence at the U.S. Capitol were discussed before the riot last week.

6. Death threats against Pence being investigated

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  • Pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood has made some death threats against Vice President Mike Pence, and now the U.S. Secret Service is investigating these threats. Wood has been posting on Parler, “Get the firing squads ready. Pence goes FIRST.”
  • People who were seen at the U.S. Capitol yelling “Hang Pence” are also being investigated by Secret Service. The phrase “Hang Mike Pence” had to be banned from trending on Twitter after it started trending late last week.

5. SPLC calls to investigate Steve Marshall

  • Attorney General Steve Marshall is being accused by the Southern Poverty Law Center for playing a role in organizing the rally that turned into a riot at the U.S. Capitol last week, and now the SPLC is calling for an investigation into him.
  • This comes after Marshall said he’s “directed an internal review” as it’s been reported that part of the Republican Attorney Generals Association helped organize the protest at the U.S. Capitol. According to Marshall, these decisions would’ve been made without his say. The SPLC said that “Marshall’s account of his involvement in Wednesday’s insurrection is not credible.”

4. Hospitalizations continue to rise

  • Since Christmas Eve, there has been a 20% increase in hospitalizations throughout Alabama related to the coronavirus, reaching 3,046 by last week. There’s a concerning strain on hospitals across the state as cases continue to come in.
  • Alabama Hospital Association President Don Williams advised that some patients are being transferred out of state for care. UAB Hospital previously announced that they have started using nearby hotels for some patients so there’s more room for coronavirus patients.

3. Vaccine will be more available in Alabama soon

  • Governor Kay Ivey has announced that the coronavirus vaccine is going to become more available to some in the state on January 18, with those 75-year-old and over and first responders being eligible.
  • Ivey said that she appreciates “the swift work of ADPH to establish a system to efficiently provide our limited resources of vaccine to as many Alabamians as possible.” She added, “It is critical for everyone to remain patient; demand is high, and supply is low. ADPH and their partners are working around-the-clock to assist as many people as they can.”

2. Alabama saw record revenue for 2020

  • In 2020, Alabama saw $12.2 billion in revenue, which is $2.3 billion higher than 2015. This is a record high in revenue for the state. Department of Revenue Commissioner Vernon Barnett said that the year “has offered its share of challenges, but the department uncovered many opportunities as well.”
  • Of the revenue, 48% was income tax, 38% was sales tax, 9% for business and license taxes, 4% in property tax, and 1% in motor vehicle fees.

1. Impeachment 2: Insurrection Boogaloo

  • The media and their Democrats are not content to see President Donald Trump completely marginalized and defeated, so they are prepared to impeach him again if Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s cabinet refuse to use the 25th Amendment to remove him, which he reportedly has not ruled out.
  • In a letter to Pence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called for the vice president to respond in 24 hours or an impeachment proceeding will begin shortly. Meanwhile, Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) is pressing to have members expelled from Congress altogether for attempting “to overturn the election and incited a white supremacist coup attempt that has left people,” which is absurd because the challenging of the electors is laid out in the Constitution.

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Riots at the U.S. Capitol, 2020 is finally over, Democrats win in Georgia and more on Alabama Politics This Week …

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Alabama Democratic Party Executive Committee member Lisa Handback take you through Alabama’s biggest political stories, including:

— What will the fallout be following the riots at the U.S. Capitol?

— Now that President Donald Trump has conceded that the election is over, will people actually move on?

— How did Democrats take two U.S. Senate seats in Georgia?

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Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” at those who haven’t been speaking out about political violence over the last few years and welcomes them to the party.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

2 weeks ago

Dale Jackson: If Jermaine ‘Funnymaine’ Johnson incited violence in Birmingham, so did President Trump at the U.S. Capitol

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2021 has already been worse than 2020.

America has seen some terrible things this week: a new record for coronavirus deaths, Trump’s election loss was certified and a crowd of Trump-supporting seditionists crashed the U.S. Capitol hoping to stop the certification of the Electoral College results.

Unfortunately, instead of condemning that stupid, violent, anti-American and self-defeating act, Trump supporters have spent the last few days either pretending it is a great thing or the big bad Antifa man made them do it.

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The media and their Democrats, oddly, spent the same period pretending the violence was the first political violence they have ever seen while denouncing it.

This, of course, is not true.

There are too many hypocrites in the world right now, and I am not going to be one of them.

Two weeks ago, I wrote a column in which I accurately described the self-identified comedian Jermaine “Funnymaine” Johnson as someone who allegedly incited violence ahead of a destructive riot in Birmingham last year.

I believe he did, and many people who will disagree with my next statement agreed with me.

Today, I will be consistent when I say that I believe President Donald Trump also incited violence with his words on January 6, 2021.

He told a fired-up crowd, “And after this, we’re going to walk down — and I’ll be there with you — we’re going to walk down … to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women.”

But he went to his mansion and watched instead.

First, he egged them on.


Then he told them he loved them.

Only afterward did he directly condemn them.

 

Where was this guy when the riot was happening?

Or this guy?

Cowering in his mansion.

Five people died, including an on-duty Capitol Police officer, an Air Force veteran and an Athens, Alabama resident.

One Alabama man died, another arrested during Wednesday’s turmoil on Capitol Hill

At this point, I am going to treat Trump like he treats everyone else: I am bored with him so he can just go away.

Impeach him, 25th Amendment him, bring on President Mike Pence! I don’t care anymore.

On judges, a good economy, tax cuts, immigration enforcement, a strong military, Operation Warp Speed, foreign policy and many other issues, Trump did a good job.

Unfortunately, he was never able to present the face of a strong leader and good person.

This was partially the fault of a dishonest newsmedia hellbent on his destruction but also partially the fault of a man who could not get out of his own way.

The people who were loyal to him were tossed aside the minute they displeased him:

Jeff Sessions
John Kelly
John Bolton

That’s just the Js.

When he threw Pence under the bus in front of that angry crowd, that was it for me.

The vice president doesn’t have the authority to overturn election results or pick the next president, and everyone knows it.

Trump lost the election, lost the U.S. Senate and lost my support.

His presidency has no remaining value to me or anyone else; he can no longer help the Americans who voted for him and supported him through all of his issues.

Whether they love him or tolerated him, it is over, and he is done.

It is time to treat him the same way he has treated the most loyal people on his team and his most loyal supporters: as a depreciated asset with no more value that can now be discarded.

Now it is time to stop the damage that Joe Biden and his friends want to do.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

2 weeks ago

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7. Jones voices support for Garland

  • Former U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) voiced his support for Judge Merrick Garland after it was announced that he’s President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. Attorney General.
  • Jones said that “Garland will bring the integrity, professionalism and dedication to the DOJ that is badly needed.” Jones added that the chaos at the U.S. Capitol “underscore the challenges that he and his talented team will face on day one and they will need everyone’s support. He and the team certainly have mine.”

6. Trump social media suspended until Biden’s inauguration

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  • Facebook has announced that President Donald Trump’s account would be suspended indefinitely or at least until President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated following his posts about the riots at the U.S. Capitol, which were deemed in violation of the platform’s rules.
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted that the events on January 6 “demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden.” Zuckerberg went on to say that “the risk of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.”

5. Democrats want to invoke the 25th Amendment or impeach Trump

  • U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have both called for the 25th Amendment to be used to remove President Donald Trump from office, holding him responsible for the violence on Capitol Hill.
  • Schumer said that Trump is “a very dangerous person,” while Pelosi said that if the 25th Amendment isn’t used, then they’re considering introducing articles of impeachment to remove him from office. There are only 12 days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

4. White House promises a peaceful transition and condemns violence

  • White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany gave an address to condemn the violence seen at the U.S. Capitol, which she called “appalling” and “reprehensible.” McEnany also said that this was “a group of violent rioters undermining the legitimate First Amendment rights of the many thousands who came to peacefully have their voices heard in our nation’s capital.”
  • She went on to say that this is “the opposite of everything this administration stands for.” McEnany added, “Those who are working in this building are working to ensure an orderly transition of power.”

3. Alabamian dead in D.C., a police officer is fifth dead in U.S. Capitol riot

  • Five people died at the U.S. Capitol as a result of the riots and protests that took place on Wednesday. Among those who passed away was a man from Athens, Kevin Greeson, who suffered a heart attack. Another Alabamian, Lonnie Coffman, of Falkville, was arrested.
  • U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick was also killed in the melee when he was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher during the attack and was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

2. Palmer holds Trump responsible

  • U.S. Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) has responded to the violence at the U.S. Capitol by condemning the actions of those involved, but he went a step further by saying he views President Donald Trump as “responsible for sending those people to the Capitol.”
  • Palmer stated that what happened at the Capitol was “an explosive situation” with people that were “there, I think, to incite something.” He added, “[W]ords and actions have consequences – unintended or not. We have to take responsibility for what we say and what we do, particularly when we have the magnetism and charisma that President Trump does.”

1. Trump’s circle deteriorates

  • After the violence at the U.S. Capitol, former White House chief of staff and U.S. envoy to Northern Ireland Mick Mulvaney has resigned from his position. Mulvaney advised, “We didn’t sign up for what you saw last night.”
  • Another in the administration to resign is Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. In a letter to department staff, Chao said, “Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building…it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.”

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Congress affirms Biden victory, 4 dead in riot that delayed proceeding, Brooks calls for prosecution of ‘thugs’ and more …

(YHN)

7. Woodfin released from the hospital

  • After a brief hospital stay to address “symptoms connected to COVID pneumonia,” Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin has been released from the hospital. Woodfin received remdesivir and convalescent plasma.
  • Woodfin released a statement where he thanked his “doctor, the nurses, staff and everyone at Princeton Baptist.” He added that he’s “blessed that they caught it early.”

6. Alabama a top destination to move

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  • The annually released United Vans Lines National Movers Study shows that in 2020, Alabama became a top destination for people to move. About 60% of the moves from the company involving Alabama were people moving to the state.
  • This means that 40% were moving away from the state, but overall, it’s another example of how more people are moving to the state rather than away. Huntsville saw 70% of moves being made by people coming into the area.

5. It’ll be Merrick Garland, not Doug Jones for AG

  • President-elect Joe Biden has picked Judge Merrick Garland for U.S. Attorney General. It’s expected that Biden will make the official announcement Thursday.
  • This comes after months of talk that former U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) was the frontrunner to be considered for the AG position.

4. Four dead in riot at U.S. Capitol

  • During the protest and riots at the U.S. Capitol, a woman was shot and killed during a standoff between President Donald Trump’s supporters and police officers while the building was on lockdown. The woman who was shot was carried out on a stretcher and rushed to the hospital and eventually died due to her injuries. The woman hasn’t been identified as of this time.
  • In addition to the one killed by a U.S. Capitol Police officer, three other individuals died “around the Capitol grounds” after “separate medical emergencies.” Fourteen officers were also injured. Bombs, a Molotov cocktail and a long gun were found at the Capitol.

3. Brooks calling for the prosecution of “thugs”

  • U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) was set to object to some of the electors in the general election on Wednesday, but rioters storming the Capitol in support of President Donald Trump stalled that process. Brooks rightly called those people “thugs.”
  • Brooks released a statement on the situation and called the violence at the U.S. Capitol “despicable, un-American, and tears at the fabric of our great republic.” Brooks also added that “the appropriate way to achieve political goals … is via free speech, vigorous public debate, and at the ballot box, while always being respectful of the Rule of Law and Law Enforcement.”

2. Riot will not stop the nation’s business

  • Following a rally held by President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., some of those attending the rally marched to the U.S. Capitol. Upon arriving at the Capitol, there were some in the crowd that turned the protest into a riot when they started attacking police officers and broke into the Capitol. Despite these events, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that they would “proceed tonight at the Capitol once it is cleared for use” to continue certifying the Electoral College votes.
  • U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) described this as “a very dark day for our country … Our Founding Fathers warned against mob rule. Law and order must be established and maintained.” The protest and riot took place as senators and fepresentatives were beginning to certify the Electoral College results.

1. Trump finally accepts the results of the election

  • After the unacceptable violence at the U.S. Capitol, a joint session of Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden’s victory just before 4 a.m. ET. The final tally has not changed since early November. Biden received 306 Electoral College votes while President Donald Trump received 232.
  • While there was no concession or acceptance of defeat, President Trump did admit there will be a peaceful transfer of power. He advised, “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th.” Trump also made it clear that he is not done fighting, saying, “I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again.”

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Control of the U.S. Senate appears to be in Democrat hands, Tuberville will challenge votes from Arizona, Brooks raises issues with Ted Cruz’s election commission and more …

(YHN)

7. No charges in Jacob Blake case

  • Officer Rusten Sheskey who shot Jacob Blake on August 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, won’t be criminally charged, prosecutors announced. Blake was left paralyzed after the shooting, and the incident led to protests and riots in the area.
  • The three officers involved in the situation won’t be charged, as Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley said that he’d have to “disprove the clear expression of these officers that they had to fire a weapon to defend themselves.” Graveley added, “I do not believe the state … would be able to prove that the privilege of self-defense is not available.”

6. Decatur mayor played ‘Russian roulette’ and lost

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  • Like a lot of Americans, Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling spent his holidays with his kids and their families and now feels guilty after multiple family members, including him and his wife, have come down with the coronavirus.
  • Speaking to AL.com, Bowling said he regrets the decision. He stated, “It’s Russian roulette. We enjoyed being with our children and our grandchildren and our son-in-law, but it came with a price.”

5. Woodfin still hospitalized as four Alabama mayors are sick

  • Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin was hospitalized “to address symptoms connected to COVID pneumonia,” as announced by the City of Birmingham. Recent reports have him doing better.
  • At least four Alabama mayors have the coronavirus, with Auburn Mayor Ron Anders and Florence Mayor Andy Betterton joining Woodfin and Decatur’s Tab Bowling in the quartet of Alabama’s elected city leaders currently dealing with the infectious illness.

4. Study shows coronavirus cases and deaths are under-reported

  • A new study published by JAMA Network Open, a medical journal, where randomly selected blood samples were tested for coronavirus antibodies in 10 states shows that there may have been four times as many coronavirus cases in the country than what’s been reported.
  • This increased case estimate would mean that about one in seven people had the coronavirus by mid-November. The report also estimated that 35% of deaths from the coronavirus haven’t been reported.

3. Brooks isn’t on board with Cruz narrative

  • U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) has been gathering more support to challenge the Electoral College vote on January 6, and now he’s taking issue with some of what U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has said in support of this effort and advocating for an Electoral Vote Commission.
  • Brooks questioned how the Commission would get a vote. He also brought up how difficult it would be to have a panel “do a complete and thorough investigation that would divulge to the American people and members of the House and Senate how bad the voter fraud and the election theft has been in the November 2020 election cycle.”

2. Tuberville objecting to Arizona

  • U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) has announced that he’ll be objecting to the Electoral College votes from Arizona with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), but he’s also “carefully considering additional states that may require my objection.” Senators Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) will also challenge Georgia and Pennsylvania, respectively.
  • Tuberville detailed that his objection to the votes in Arizona deals with “questions about whether … Arizona’s electors were selected in accordance with the duly enacted laws of the State of Arizona” as the Constitution requires.

1. Democrats poised to seize control of the U.S. Senate

  • Democrats appear to have picked up the final two U.S. Senate seats of the 2020 election cycle, giving them control of the body with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris poised to break a lot of ties in the chamber, but it is unlikely the Senate will see radical legislation ending the filibuster, adding states and raising taxes with the current make-up of the Senate.
  • According to reports, Raphael Warnock defeated incumbent Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), and it is expected that Jon Ossoff will also beat Georgia’s other incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue if he holds his 16,000 vote lead with 98% reporting.

2 weeks ago

7 Things: Georgia votes with U.S. Senate in play, Democrats want another Trump investigation, Mike Rogers joins the election challenge and more …

(YHN)

7. Beer and wine delivery

  • State Representative Gil Isbell (R-Gadsden) has plans to bring a bill up in the next legislative session that would legalize the delivery of beer and wine from “a number of companies and businesses that deliver groceries” already.
  • There’s potential for changes to be made to the legislation as Isbell is still in talks with the Alabama Beverage Control (ABC) Board, but Isbell did say, “Under this COVID situation, I think ABC has looked at things a lot differently.”

6. University of Alabama to start vaccinating

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  • At the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, there are about 3,500 doses of the coronavirus vaccine that are going to be administered at the University Medical Center by Friday this week, as announced by the dean of UA’s College of Community Health Sciences Dr. Richard Friend.
  • Friend detailed that these doses will go to “Health care providers, first responders, Capstone Village residents and employees and vulnerable populations in the UA community.”

5. Alabama hits 3,000 hospitalizations

  • The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 3,064 hospitalizations due to the coronavirus with a seven-day average of 2,834 hospitalizations per day. This is up big from December. It is expected that deaths will continue to climb at a faster rate as well.
  • State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris sees this getting worse. He advised, “I believe, unfortunately, we are going to see even worse numbers than we have now, and the ones we have now are pretty bad.” Harris added, “We are being overwhelmed right now.”

4. Alabama state representatives thank congressional members for election challenge 

  • Five Alabama state representatives have signed a letter thanking members of Alabama’s congressional delegation for voting to reject electors from certain states on Wednesday.
  • Those state representatives include Chip Brown (R-Mobile), Shane Stringer (R-Citronelle), Jeff Sorrells (R-Geneva), Rhett Marques (R-Enterprise) and Wes Allen (R-Troy). The letter states, “As residents of Alabama we want to thank you for taking a stand for the integrity and security of our electoral process,” and asks others to join in the challenge.

3. Rogers will join vote objection

  • U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-Saks) has announced that he will join U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) in voting “against the Electoral College results for the 2020 election.”
  • Rogers said that there have been “far too many instances of alleged voter fraud that have called the legitimacy of the election results into question. In addition, election officials in certain states appear to have deliberately acted in an unconstitutional manner to manipulate the results.”

2. Sure, why not do another investigation

  • A small effort is being led by U.S. Representatives Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Kathleen Rice (D-NY) to open a criminal investigation into President Donald Trump. The representatives have requested that FBI Director Christopher Wray open the investigation due to the president’s phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
  • In a letter to Wray, the representatives said, “As members of Congress and former prosecutors, we believe Donald Trump engaged in solicitation of, or conspiracy to commit, a number of election crimes. We ask you to open an immediate criminal investigation into the president.”

1. Trump and Biden campaigned in Georgia; Now, the state votes

  • President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden both showed up in Georgia just before the U.S. Senate runoff between U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock.
  • Before Election Day on January 5, there had already been over 3 million people cast ballots, which is about two-fifths of all registered voters in the state. In the November general election, about 4.9 million voters participated.

3 weeks ago

Dale Jackson: No one really believes Mo Brooks’ election challenge is ‘sedition’

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Apparently, in 2021, we have decided that everyone we disagree with is a monster attempting to subvert America’s promise for their own political gain.

In the last 24 hours alone, we have seen the governor of Georgia, the secretary of state of Georgia and anyone else who is not convinced massive fraud occurred in the 2020 presidential election called tools of the Chinese.

On the other hand, we have also seen the word “sedition” tossed around by both irrelevant pundits who can’t even get their Auburn coaching scoops right and CNN anchors like Jake Tapper.

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Tapper’s cowardice here is amazing. Calling something “potentially seditious” is not a thing. It is akin to calling him a “potential child molester.” Sure, both things are possible, but the charge is so serious it shouldn’t be leveled recklessly.

Of course, the media and their Democrats would have us just ignore the entire 2015-2020 period of American history where anyone to the right of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was suspected of being a Russian asset; the people now screaming for immediate acceptance of all things electoral declared Trump illegitimate from the day he won the election and never stopped.

The idea that our system can’t survive this is laughable.

In fact, the system is built for just this.

We saw it as recently as the aftermath of the 2016 election:

The above examples are all from years when Republicans won.

Were these people, Democrats, called seditious? No.

Did they carry this mark with them forever? No.

Did anyone worry about the fabric of America being torn apart? Of course not.

They had their say, the House and Senate had their say, and the nation moved on.

With President Donald Trump gone, however, these same people will move to remove anyone who supported him.

Weak-minded journalists will now use this moment to attempt to tar them for years.

Did that happen to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) or U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA)? Of course not.

Did we ever hear about their challenges? Of course not.

If Democrats lose, America is the worst, and it’s a treasonous conspiracy involving all types of voter fraud, suppression and treachery.

If Democrats win, America is the best and fraud doesn’t exist. To allege otherwise is “sedition.”

Knowing this, what Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) is doing right now is pretty brave.

He is using the available tools to raise awareness of issues that many Americans see as problems. He knows the election will not be overturned and has said so repeatedly.

He will not be cowed by a vicious and stupid mainstream media.

But the American media’s lying, hypocrisy and dishonesty will never cease.

When U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) pointed all of this bad behavior by the media and their Democrats out to MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, Todd had a complete breakdown on national television declaring any questioning of his behavior, and that of his colleagues, to be a conspiracy theory.

It’s hard to watch, but it is a serious issue.

They are so fixated on pushing an agenda, they don’t even care about honesty anymore.

This is the real threat to America: an American media so biased they can’t even understand why people don’t trust them.

Listen:

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.

3 weeks ago

7 Things: More join Mo Brooks’ election challenge, Trump phone call with Georgia secretary of state released, vaccine pace accelerates and more …

(YHN)

7. Birmingham mayor tests positive

  • Just before the new year, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin tested positive for the coronavirus. He reported that he’s experiencing mild symptoms.
  • Woodfin said after announcing he had the virus, “Remember everyone – COVID is real. Please be safe and protect yourselves and your loved ones this holiday weekend.”

6. Probably just more right-wing violence

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  • Due to the $2,000 stimulus checks failing, vandals went to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) houses and wrote messages in spray paint such as “WHERES MY MONEY” and “MITCH KILLS THE POOR.” 
  • At Pelosi’s house, someone left a pig head on her driveway with fake blood, and the messages “$2K,” “We want everything,” and “Cancel rent!” across the garage door. McConnell said they aren’t intimidated, adding, “Vandalism and the politics of fear have no place in our society,” and said this incident was a “radical tantrum.”

5. Alabama’s newest senator and congressmen sworn in

  • U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), U.S. Representative Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) and U.S. Representative Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) were all sworn in during ceremonies in Washington, D.C.
  • Tuberville said, “The people of Alabama sent a football coach to Washington because they wanted a fighter who would uphold and protect the Constitution. They can rest assured that I’m going to wake up every day with one mission – to speak for the people of Alabama.”

4. Gohmert’s lawsuit against Pence fails, and he embarrasses himself

  • U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) previously brought up a lawsuit that would force Vice President Mike Pence to change the results of the election, but a federal judge blocked the lawsuit. Now, Gohmert is insisting that he isn’t advocating for violence, but he brought it up.
  • In an appearance on Newsmax, Gohmert said, “Basically, in effect, the ruling would be that you’ve got to go to the streets and be as violent as Antifa and BLM” if a case like this isn’t taken up by the courts.

3. Vaccine pace is picking up

  • Following the lead of President-elect Joe Biden, the American media and their Democrats spent their holiday breaks complaining about the number of vaccines being doled out across the country by different states. The complaints were all directed at President Donald Trump by people who insisted that a vaccine would not even be available right now. Alabama’s pace is accelerating as well.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of Trump’s coronavirus task force, says that this navel-gazing is not helpful or accurate. He advised, “It’s just trying to get a massive vaccine program started and getting off on the right foot. The important thing is to see what’s happening in the next week, to week and a half.”

2. Trump put pressure on officials in Georgia

  • In a recording of phone conversations between President Donald Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, which was published by The Washington Post, Trump pushed for Georgia “to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”
  • During the call, Trump also repeated several times viewpoints about fraud and the election being stolen. He advocated that the officials in Georgia should want a fair and secured election, to which Raffensperger insisted they’ve had.

1. Senators joining plan to object Electoral College votes

  • U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) was the first senator to say that he would be joining the objection of the Electoral College votes, which was initially brought forward by U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville). Now, many other senators have also voiced support for this objection.
  • U.S. Senators Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ron Johnson (R-WI), James Lankford (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT) John Kennedy (R-LA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Boll Hagerty (R-TN) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) have also said they will object to certifying the vote on January 6.

3 weeks ago

VIDEO: Mo Brooks’ election challenge, rewriting Alabama’s public health rules, the new stimulus package and more on Alabama Politics This Week …

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Alabama Democratic Party Executive Committee member Lisa Handback take you through Alabama’s biggest political stories, including:

— With U.S. Senators on board for U.S. Representative Mo Brooks’ (R-AL) election challenge, does this long-shot gambit have any chance?

— Will Alabama lawmakers be successful in reining-in public health officials in the state?

— Was there ever any chance that a $2,000 stimulus payment was going to pass the Senate?

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Jackson and Handback are joined by Yellowhammer News editor-in-chief Sean Ross to discuss the U.S. Senate race in Georgia, Alabama’s next legislative session and what will happen in 2021 in Alabama.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” at those who think handing $2,000 stimulus to every American is a good idea when there are much better ways to go about providing relief.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN.