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Dale Jackson: Ivey has to act or she will lose votes (at least mine)

Governor Kay Ivey supported “stay at home” orders, mask mandates and restrictions for children. Alabamians supported her.

There was legitimate fear early on during this pandemic, and “15 days to stop the spread” seemed like a good idea because we wanted hospitals to get ready for the coming wave.

But this went on for months. Eventually, the restrictions dropped off, and things returned to semi-normal.

Still, Ivey faced very little real pushback, as her poll numbers were and are high.

Ivey and the Alabama Legislature passed legislation to protect employers from frivolous COVID-19 lawsuits, and she ended the federal government’s unemployment enhancement. They wanted people back to work, and the employers got what they wanted.

I supported everything they did.

But the continued silence from Governor Ivey while Alabamians are pushed out of their jobs every day is unacceptable.

State Health Officer Scott Harris doesn’t want the legislature to pass something that might make people think the vaccines are not safe.

Alabama’s business community has spoken loud and clear by saying, “Keep letting us have mandates.”

Or more accurately: “Keep letting us fire our unvaccinated employees YOU forced back to work months ago.”

Unacceptable.

Governor Ivey has the power to stop this insanity, stop the firings, stop the lost careers, and stop the harm to families.

She can do it all by herself or punt it away to someone else

Ivey needs to either do an executive order banning vaccine mandates or let the legislature discuss it in the upcoming special session.

If she doesn’t, conservative Alabamians should not vote for her in 2022.

This one will not.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 5-9AM weekdays on WVNN and on Talk 99.5 from 10AM to noon.