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11 months ago

How One Alabama Man Is Fighting Federal Government Overreach

Shelby County’s Paul Reynolds is one of two National Republican Committee members from Alabama. He’s also spent a career in the radio and TV industries, so he knows a thing or two about federal government regulations—especially those of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Reynolds says the FCC has a long history of squeezing independent business owners, and the smaller companies are the ones that have struggled most to thrive under their rules. As Reynolds told Yellowhammer,

All of my adult life has been spent in a business that is very closely regulated by the federal government; broadcast consulting engineering.  Every year new rules and regulations are added while very few are ever removed.  Ninety percent of regulation modifications did not lighten the regulatory burden, but only strengthened them.  Current FCC rules take almost 1000 printed pages. Since I have practiced before the FCC for over 40 years, I’ver witnessed the devastation of these regulations firsthand and how they strangle the American creative spirit.

Reynolds also points to history as an example of government overreach, stating that federal agencies like the FCC have exceeded their intended purpose and scope. With the advent of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, the expansion of the federal government took a quantum leap.  When Congress passed the Administrative Procedures Act in 1936, the foundation was laid for government intervention into the lives of everyday Americans.

“With this one act,” Reynolds said, “The U.S. Congress transported its workload to the executive branch, abdicating its responsibility. The result was an unprecedented and unconstitutional expansion of the executive branch.” For example, when the measure was passed in 1936 there were only 15 federal agencies in existence. Today, there are at least 430, and far more when sub-agencies are added. Because regulatory commissions are “watchdogs” they were intended to regulate, but they were not intended to paralyze businesses, yet that’s what they’ve done, Reynolds explained.

As I researched the various studies of the effects of these regulations I realized that our entire economic system was groaning under this load; that that the average American household has a “hidden” tax of approximately $15,000 per year in extra living expenses brought about by federal regulations.  My first realization of the enormity of our problem was when my fellow Resolution Committee Members acknowledged that they had no idea of the impact of the excessive and burgeoning regulatory state. Neither did they realize its drain on American life with over a million federal regulations on the books.

Americans were given hope for breathing room with the election of Donald J. Trump. President Trump declared that he wanted to shrink these agencies by 70% and nowhere has that directive been set in motion more than at Trump’s FCC. The Commission’s new chairman, Ajit Pai, is a staunch, pro-business conservative who’s issued a new directive of his own: he’s soliciting comments for anyone in broadcasting who wants to tell the FCC what’s wrong with their burdensome rules and regulations. He also wants to know which rules are superfluous, outdated, and which are simply punitive. Those rules, he’s made clear, are on the chopping block. For example, In the context of Obama’s so-called “net neutrality” initiative, Pai told broadcasters and business leaders in Wisconsin last month, “We’re trying to make it easier for you to do what you do best—connect rural America.”

This commitment to easing excessive regulation is great news to Paul Reynolds, and all broadcasting business owners like him. As a response to Ajit Pai’s request, Reynolds is using his position as an RNC national committee member to submit a series of resolutions that make a case for these regulatory rollbacks. As he told Yellowhammer,

I have submitted 8 resolutions proclaiming the disastrous affects the regulatory encroachment has on our civil liberties. Each resolution I submitted was passed unanimously by the 168 people that make up the Republican National Committee.

His latest resolution, attached below, goes a step further, suggesting how the FCC rollbacks Pai is poised to implement can be used in other agencies across the federal government.

As Reynolds concluded,

It excited me so much to see this beginning to happen, and I am enjoying watching the big central government proponents screaming in agony as they see the federal regulations fall that I felt compelled to do an RNC resolution praising this out front and aggressive effort by the FCC.

Resolution Suggesting FCC Deregulation Agenda Be Used as Template by Yellowhammer News on Scribd

5 hours ago

Backed by Alfa, Rick Pate rolls to victory in Alabama ag commissioner race

Lowndesboro Mayor Rick Pate on Tuesday survived late-campaign attack ads dredging up a three-decade-old divorce to claim the Republican nomination for Alabama commissioner of agriculture and industries.

Pate defeated state Sen. Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) with about 57 percent of the vote. With no Democrat on the ballot in November, Pate is all but assured of succeeding Republican incumbent John McMillan, who is term-limited.

“We thought we would win,” Pate told AL.com. “We had the right message. I am a farmer and a businessman. I thought that is what people would want.”

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Dial made it to the runoff after running light-hearted ads featuring a catchy jingle proclaiming, “It’s Dial time.” Trailing by a significant margin, however, Dial went negative this month.

Ads by Dial’s campaign referenced a 1986 divorce petition filed by Pate’s ex-wife, Carolyn, that accused Pate of domestic violence.

Pate hotly disputed the allegation.

“I denied that then and I deny that now,” he told the Decatur Daily earlier this month.

Pate told the paper that he and his ex-wife now exchange Christmas cards and that she wrote a note in May explaining that she and her ex-husband hurled hurtful words at one another at the end of what had been a good marriage.

Pate had the backing of powerful agriculture and business interests, including the Alabama Farmers Federation, or Alfa. The group’s political action committee donated nearly $100,000 in cash and in-kind donations. That was nearly a fifth of Pate’s total.

Pate also racked up endorsements from the Business Council of Alabama, the Alabama Forestry Association, the Associated General Contractors of Alabama and the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, among others.

The Lowndesboro mayor, who owns a cattle ranch and runs a landscaping company, pledged to use the department to help farmers improve productivity.

Pate also promised to attack “over-regulation,” taxes and barriers to investment. He pointed out on his campaign website that some have estimated that food production will have to double by 2050 to meet worldwide demand.

It will take “visionary leaders who understand that we have to work smarter, not just harder, to achieve these goals,” according to the website.

Pate’s victory was broad. He won 59 counties — including Choctaw by a single vote — compared to just seven that went to Dial, who even lost his home base in Clay County.

The loss means Dial, come next year, will be out of elective office for the first time in 44 years.

@BrendanKKirby is a senior political reporter at LifeZette and author of “Wicked Mobile.”

 

5 hours ago

Ainsworth defeats Cavanaugh in Lt. Gov runoff election

After a long and hotly contested race, the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor in Alabama has been decided. Will Ainsworth defeated Public Service Commissioner Twinkle Cavanaugh in Tuesday night’s runoff election.

With 99 percent reporting, Ainsworth defeated Cavanaugh with a little more than ten thousand votes. Ainsworth received 51 percent of the vote, leaving Cavanaugh with 49 percent.

Ainsworth issued a tweet thanking those who supported and voted for him saying, “This is your victory as much as ours.”

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Ainsworth also used the hashtag #ANewDayForAlabama in his first tweet since becoming the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor of Alabama.

Ainsworth mentioned his opponent as he spoke after the election results were revealed and said that he looked forward to working with her in the future.

Cavanaugh conceded around 9:30 p.m., saying,”He ran a strong race — Will Ainsworth — and he now, I hope, will go on to be our next lieutenant governor here in the state of Alabama.”

Ainsworth will now square off with Democrat Will Boyd in November.

6 hours ago

Steve Marshall beats Troy King in heated attorney general runoff

Alabama Republicans have chosen their candidate for attorney general: incumbent Steve Marshall.

Marshall beat his Republican competitor former attorney general Troy King in Tuesday’s primary election runoff, winning 62 percent of the vote as of 9:30 p.m., with 92 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

A last-minute endorsement by close Trump ally Roger Stone proved unable to deliver King a victory in what became at times both a heartbreaking and heated campaign.

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Marshall and King both temporarily suspended their campaigns in late June, following the tragic death of Marshall’s wife, Bridgette.

In the race’s final weeks, King argued that Marshall’s acceptance of campaign contributions from the Republican Attorneys General Association was an infraction of Alabama’s campaign finance laws. He filed a lawsuit in Montgomery Circuit Court against Marshall last week, but a judge dismissed the case.

Marshall faces Democrat Joseph Siegelman in November’s general election.

11 hours ago

Live blog: Alabama votes — Runoff Returns

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

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

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Update 9:40:
It’s no longer Dial time

Update 9:22:

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

Update 9:05:
A touching tribute

Update 9:01:

Down goes the King

Update 8:36:

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

Update 8:22:

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

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Update 7:48:

Marshall party enjoying the MLB All-Star Game

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Update 7:25:

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

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

AG Commissioner close early.
Pate: 108
Dial: 96

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

Update 7:00:

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

Update 6:50 p.m.:

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

Preview stories:

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

13 hours ago

Republicans don’t have to oppose Trump because he refuses to admit Russia meddled and wanted him to win

Russia meddled in the 2016 election and President Trump’s Director of National Intelligence acknowledges it. Russia wanted Trump to win, Russian President Vladimir Putin even admitted it. This does not mean there was collusion, it does not mean the election was stolen, and it doesn’t mean you have to support Hillary Clinton in 2020 or Democrats in 2018. It also doesn’t mean I, nor anyone else, has to second guess our reasoning for voting for Trump in 2016.

My reasoning was the open Supreme Court seat that would become Neal Gorsuch’s and the one that will become Brett Kavanaugh’s. A good friend of mine messaged me last night taunting me about Trump’s performance at the Trump/Putin press conference:

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You know what, it was.

But the game here is quite simple: Putin wanted Trump over Hillary, therefore you shouldn’t have.

The problem with that is Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are actually to blame for all the problems that are being brought to bear today, and Trump fails to acknowledge that.

Take this by former Congressman Mike Rogers (not Alabama’s) Tweet as a guide:

Let’s check the timeline…

— Waged continuous & increasingly aggressive cyber attacks against us – 2015(?)-present
— Interfered in our 2016 elections – 2015-2016
— Annexed Crimea – 2014
— Shot down a civilian airliner – 2014
— Supports Assad in Syria – 2013
— Invaded our ally Georgia – 2008
— Murdered opponents in London – 2018

A grand total of one of those events started during Trump’s term.

More interestingly, the media, Democrats, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama continued to act as if Russia was an ally — or at best a nuisance.

Clinton offered a reset button:

Obama asked for space so he could win an election:

How is it that Trump’s failure to call out Russia’s acts before he was president is ushering in a more powerful Russian Federation, but years of straight-up weakness should have been rewarded with a third-term for team Obama? It makes no sense.

Now, I have been clear, President Trump should acknowledge Russian-meddling, but that meddling does not de-legitimize his win. He needs to acknowledge this, but so do his opponents.

There is more to the world than our relationship with Russia. The economy matters, the Supreme Court matters, controlling our borders matters, and no one can tell you that your choice in 2016 was wrong because Obama failed to do his job.