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3 months ago

Alabama’s Mo Brooks is the Republican least likely to support Democrat bills in Congress, study claims

The least likely Republican to support Democrat-backed bills in Congress is U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville), according to rankings released Tuesday by a think tank in the nation’s capital.

The Bipartisan Index, an annual scorecard produced by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, is based on data from 2017. It determined that Brooks, as was the case last year, has worked with his colleagues across the aisle less than any other representative.

The report gives Brooks a score of -1.81375 on a scale using zero as a 20-year statistical baseline. That ranked him No. 438 in a scorecard that also measured non-voting delegates to Congress.

Brooks rejected the characterization.

“I have a hard time believing that,” he said.

Brooks noted that the report does not take voting records into account but rather determines how frequently lawmakers co-sponsor legislation with at least one member of the other party and how frequently members of the other party sign on as sponsors to their bills.

That is an “absurd standard,” Brooks argued.

Brooks was not the least bipartisan member in the entire Congress, however. Including the upper chamber, the lawmaker with the least bipartisan record as judged in the report was Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who caucuses with the Democrats. He scored -2.11294.

The most bipartisan senator was Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), whose score was 3.14712. That is even higher than the most bipartisan representative, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.). The report gives him a score of 2.08590.

Former Sen. Richard Lugar, an Indiana Republican who founded and serves as president of the Lugar Center, lamented that bipartisanship has been on the decline. As a whole, Congress is below the historical average for the fifth straight term.

“But in recent years we have seen some overall improvement,” Lugar said in a statement. “Members of Congress, from the most progressive to the most conservative can score well on the Index if they dedicate themselves to seeking bipartisan support for their own legislation and give fair consideration to a variety of legislative initiatives.”

Michael Bailey, interim dean of Georgetown’s McCourt School, argued that the Bipartisan Index is an important tool for measuring how often representatives and senators reach across party lines.

“We are witnessing a tumultuous era in American politics, from the decay of political norms to the rise of ‘fake news,’” he said in a statement. “For the average consumer of political news, it can be difficult to sort out what’s happening in Congress.”

Brooks said there are better ways to measure bipartisanship than bill sponsorship. For instance, he said, if the report had focused on how often Republicans side with Democrats on “rules” votes — determining how legislation will be debated — “I’d probably be No. 1.”

Brooks said he votes based on which policies are best for the country.

“It makes no difference to me who the sponsor of the legislation is,” he said.

The report found that every member of the Alabama delegation was less bipartisan than the historical baseline. Then-Sen. Luther Strange (R-Mountain Brook) came in No. 94 out of 98 senators — the majority and minority leaders were not included in the rankings — scoring -1.50520.

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) was right behind him, in 96th place, with an index score of -1.59304.

The most bipartisan member of the delegation was Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham), who scored 178 out of 438 at -.14708.

The rest of the delegation was as follows:

  • Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope), 182nd, at -.18055.
  • Rep. Martha Roby (R-Montgomery), 385th, at -1.07891.
  • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks), 395th, at -1.16810.
  • Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover), 403rd, at -1.21512.
  • Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville), 433rd, at -1.65304.

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

 

4 mins ago

Roy Moore is not done embarrassing Alabama yet

Whether you view former Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore as the “Ten Commandments’ Judge”, the “guy banned from the Gadsden Mall”, or the “guy who lost to Doug Jones”, you probably don’t think very highly of him. He has brought loads of scorn upon the state of Alabama — some feel this is not his fault.

Whatever you think of Judge Moore, you probably think he should go away. Unfortunately, it appears that he is not interested in doing that. “Borat” creator Sacha Baron Cohen has a new TV series and Moore was apparently a target of one of his pranks.

Moore is rightly embarrassed, but is pretending he is going to sue Cohen if he airs the tape Moore is concerned about:

“I am involved in several court cases presently to defend my honor and character against vicious false political attacks by liberals like Cohen. If Showtime airs a defamatory attack on my character, I may very well be involved in another.”

Why this matters:

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Moore is an attorney and was the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. He knows as well as anyone that if he said something on a tape during an interview it can be used. He will not win a single lawsuit he is involved in, but he will bilk his supporters for more money. He may sue, but you can sue on anything. He cannot win a lawsuit with a comedian who is producing a satire piece.

Moore is a public figure, a target for liberals, and he needs to fade into obscurity. Moore also needs to realize that his insistence on standing on the public stage only hurts the causes he holds dear. If he truly cares about Alabama, and not only about himself, he will stop answering media inquiries.

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

37 mins ago

University of Alabama System chooses new interim chancellor Finis E. St. John

The University of Alabama System has chosen an interim chancellor to replace the retiring of current chancellor Jay Hayes at the end of the month.

Finis E. “Fess” St. John, IV, who currently serves on the UA system’s Board of Trustees, will succeed Hayes on August 1.

St. John will take an unpaid leave of absence from St. John & St. John law firm in Cullman and will serve as interim chancellor without compensation.

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“The fact that Fess St. John is willing to serve as our Interim Chancellor without compensation is a tremendous public service,” Board Trustee Joe Epsy said in a statement.

“We are extremely grateful that he is willing to step in and take on these complex administrative duties at a crucial time for our campuses and the UAB Health System,” Epsy continued, in part.

St. John graduated cum laude from Alabama in 1978, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa and Jasons. He went on to receive a law degree from the University of Virginia.

2 hours ago

Georgia woman gets five years for filing fraudulent tax returns through Birmingham business

A Georgia woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for preparing and filing fraudulent tax returns through her Alabama-based business.

U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, in a news release, says U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor sentenced 38-year-old Patrice Anderson on Monday for 13 tax-related counts. A federal jury convicted Anderson in September for using her Birmingham-area business, Queen’s Fast Tax, to file returns between 2009 and 2012 that she knew contained false information.

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Evidence at trial showed that Anderson filed tax returns claiming refundable credits to which her clients were not entitled so that they could receive much larger refunds than they were eligible for. In return, Anderson would charge the clients abnormally high fees – up to $3,000 per fraudulent return – to file their taxes.

(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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WATCH: Real estate investor Brian Trippe discusses overcoming lethargy to reach full potential

In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Andrew Wells and Matt Wilson sit down with Brian Trippe to discuss life, business and overcoming lethargy to reach your full potential.

Brian Trippe is a successful real estate investor, author, family man, servant-hearted leader, and a follower of Christ. Brian has a passion for helping people learn and grow in life and in business through Alareia.

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WATCH:

3 Takeaways


1) Brian was at a point where he did not want to work or grow. He had to break through that malaise and now he is seeing the fruits of his labor. We all have to overcome the laziness and push through whether we feel like moving forward or not. Breakthrough is on the other side of that.

2) Sometimes, we have early experiences that we can draw from that will help us in the future. Brian was a coach and now he loves to coach people in business to reach all they are capable of achieving. Try to figure out what experiences you have that you can draw from and teach others from your own trial and error.

3) Purpose is a driver in Brian’s life. When you have purpose, the daily grind becomes less difficult. You know why you are doing something versus simply focusing on what you are doing. Discover your purpose and life becomes fun!

3 hours ago

Kay Ivey hits back at Walt Maddox campaign for ‘limited energy’ comment, says he ‘doesn’t have enough energy’ to take a stand on Kavanaugh

Last week, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox and his campaign for governor took a shot at Governor Kay Ivey’s age, saying the 73-year-old has “limited energy.”

The Ivey campaign responded Monday with a news release blasting Maddox for remaining silent on President Donald Trump’s Brett Kavanaugh nomination to SCOTUS, claiming the Tuscaloosa mayor “doesn’t have enough energy to take a stand” one way or the other on Kavanaugh.

The Ivey news release reads as follows:

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Walt Maddox has shown his true liberal colors by refusing to support President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court. His repeated dodging and silence has shown that he is going to toe the liberals’ pro-choice party line.

Last week, when asked multiple times about President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Maddox refused to support Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who will protect life and defend the Second Amendment. Apparently Maddox doesn’t have enough “energy” to take a stand.

The reality is now clear as day — Maddox’s moderate talk doesn’t match his liberal walk. Alabamians won’t be fooled by a smooth talker who won’t stand up to the radical liberals who now run the Democrat party.

Governor Kay Ivey has made it clear: she supports President Trump’s pick, and encourages all United States Senators to vote for his confirmation. Ivey will always fight to protect Alabamians’ Constitutionally-protected rights, and she is the only candidate for Governor who has been endorsed by the NRA, Susan B. Anthony List, and the Alabama Citizens for Life.