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8 months ago

Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill announces 3rd Annual International Adoption Day 

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January 10, 2018 – MONTGOMERY – Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill and his team will host the fourth annual International Adoption Day on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the State Capitol’s Old House Chamber. Alabama families who have gone through the process of adopting children from other countries in 2017 will be recognized for their philanthropy and love.

Recognizing that his office is integral in the process that allows numerous international adoptions to occur, Secretary Merrill began International Adoption Day in January 2015 to celebrate and congratulate the families in their selfless efforts to adopt internationally. Hundreds of Alabama citizens decide to increase their families by offering their loving homes to children from other countries that are party to the Hague Convention and beyond. These countries require specific documentation that must be authenticated or certified by the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office before granting the adoptions of their children.

Secretary Merrill and mother-daughter guest speakers Sondra and Lydia Martin, respectively, will provide remarks, and each family will receive a special certificate of recognition. The families will also have the opportunity to tour the State Capitol and the Archives & History Museum.

For more information, contact the Secretary of State’s Office at 334-242-7200.

11 mins ago

Rogers: Hagan comments attacking Alabama culture ‘disappointing’ — ‘How can you think you’re the right person to comeback and represent that culture in Washington?’

AUBURN — Tuesday at the weekly meeting of the Auburn University College Republicans, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) fielded questions about the upcoming midterm elections, including his re-election bid against Mallory Hagan, the former Miss America that is now the Democratic nominee for Alabama’s third congressional district.

Rogers expressed some optimism for Republicans facing headwinds in a midterm election cycle following a presidential election that as history shows favor the candidates of the party out of power. However, Rogers said at this point in the 2016 presidential election cycle, polling suggested a bleak picture for Republicans then as well, which ultimately was not the case.

The incumbent Calhoun County Republican was also asked about not debating Hagan, to which he responded, “Why would I want to help her with name ID?” and added that voters in his congressional district were familiar with his record.

Following his presentation to the Auburn University College Republicans, Rogers reacted to Hagan’s comments in which she had expressed her dissatisfaction with Alabama’s “culture” and having proclaimed herself a New Yorker following her 2003 Miss America contest win in an interview with Yellowhammer News.

“I never left Alabama,” Rogers said. “I’ve been here over the last five decades raising a family and proud of this country, proud of the state. And I was disappointed particularly since she left the state and spent nine of the last ten years living in New York and California. And defending becoming Miss New York and competing for that state in the pageant by saying ‘the reason I left Alabama was because I was not comfortable with the culture there.’ How can you think you’re the right person to come back and represent that culture in Washington? I just don’t understand how she reconciles that, but I think the voters are going to take care of that.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and is the editor of Breitbart TV.

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14 hours ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on the Kavanaugh showdown, the Emmys and more…

Ford Brown of “The Ford Faction” breaks down the topics of the day, September 18.

The show’s “Final Thoughts” segment touches on:

— Kavanaugh allegations turning into a showdown
— Emmys scoring an all-time low rating
— Post-Hurricane Florence
— Concerned parent

WATCH:

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Listen to the Ford Faction on Yellowhammer Radio every day from noon to 3:00 p.m. on WYDE 101.1 FM.

15 hours ago

Kay Ivey receives endorsement from state’s small business association

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Alabama Political Action Committee has endorsed Gov. Kay Ivey in the November 6 gubernatorial election.

NFIB is the nation’s leading small-business association and is considered “the voice” of small business owners and employees.

NFIB’s Alabama state director Rosemary Elebash announced the endorsement Tuesday at a press conference at Southern Distributor/Auto Electric and Carburetor Company – an NFIB member business located in Birmingham.

The organization’s endorsement is based on Ivey’s record and staunch position on small-business issues.

“Kay Ivey is the clear choice for Alabama’s small businesses,” Elebash emphasized in a statement.

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“Kay Ivey is a strong leader who understands the challenges facing Alabama’s job creators. She opposes higher taxes and burdensome rules and regulations that would make it harder for small businesses to succeed and create jobs. This spring, she signed legislation prohibiting cities from requiring companies to purchase a municipal business license before driving through their jurisdictions for work purposes,” Elebash added.

She continued, “Since taking office a little over a year ago, Governor Ivey has announced more than 15,500 new jobs and more than $8 billion in capital investment, creating exciting new opportunities for all kinds of small businesses. Under her leadership, our pro-business climate has received national recognition from the likes of the influential Business Facilities magazine, and Alabama’s employment rate is the highest it’s ever been.”

Recently, Alabama ranked atop “Global Trade” magazine’s 2018 list of the best states for manufacturing in the nation, which came one month after “Business Facilities,” an economic development focused publication, named the Yellowhammer State as the best in a business-climate ranking.

Governor Ivey was proud to receive the important endorsement and reaffirmed her strong pro-jobs stance.

“As Governor, I have made it my job to create a strong environment for job creation,” Ivey said in a release. “That’s why I’ve worked closely with the NFIB and the state Legislature, signing the largest tax cut in a decade and eliminating unnecessary regulations that make it more difficult and more expensive to do business. Being endorsed for Governor by Alabama’s small businesses is truly an honor. I am grateful for their trust, support and everything they do to keep Alabama working!”

The endorsement puts the considerable grassroots support of Alabama’s small businesses behind Ivey’s campaign. Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to vote, per the NFIB.

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

15 hours ago

Speaker Mac McCutcheon: Ivey ‘doesn’t really need to debate’ Maddox

As the gubernatorial election for the state of Alabama draws near, Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) weighed in on Republican Gov. Kay Ivey’s decision to not debate her Democratic challenger Walt Maddox, despite the Tuscaloosa mayor’s pleas.

McCutcheon said Ivey, who chose to not debate any of her three Republican challengers before the primary, “doesn’t really need to debate” her Democratic challenger for the November 6 election.

“When it comes to debates, in a campaign, every campaign is different,” McCutcheon told WHNT. “The candidates of those campaigns, they need to look at the polling, they need to look at the issues, they need to look at the opportunity they have.”

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“I think from the polling numbers that we’re running in all of our legislative districts Gov. Ivey is polling very high, she’s got a lot of support,” he added. “Governor Ivey is in a position right now where doesn’t really need to debate Mayor Maddox.”

Speaker McCutcheon said debates often do not provide detailed responses. He insisted that voters can find answers to their questions without a debate.

“If they’re listening to social media, if they’re looking at her job performance, if they’re looking at the issues and really digging deep into the issues, I think the answers are there for the public,” said McCutcheon.

@RealKyleMorris is a Yellowhammer News contributor and also contributes weekly to The Daily Caller

15 hours ago

Animals driven to Alabama in a school bus after being saved from Hurricane Florence

In the story of “Noah’s Ark except it’s a school bus,” The Washington Post detailed how a truck driver saved more than 60 animals from Hurricane Florence and drove them to Alabama.

The man who rescued the animals, Tony Alsup, has been back and forth between the South Carolina coast and Alabama in the last week, shuttling 53 dogs and 11 cats to safety from endangered animal shelters.

Running on very little sleep and fueled by Waffle House pitstops, the 51-year-old trucker from Tennessee is being hailed as a savior for the otherwise defenseless animals, many of whom would have been put down by the shelters facing the then-approaching hurricane. Now, in the aftermath of Florence, he continues to search for pets in need of rescuing.

“I’m like, look, these are lives too,” Alsup told The Washington Post during a Waffle House stop.

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He continued, “Animals — especially shelter pets — they always have to take the back seat of the bus. But I’ll give them their own bus. If I have to I’ll pay for all the fuel, or even a boat, to get these dogs out of there.”

Alsup, who wants to open his own animal shelter one day, has been rescuing shelter pets from floodwaters with his bus since Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast in 2017. When he saw on the news how so many animal shelters had become overcrowded with lost or rescued animals, Alsup figured he could help by transporting animals to vacant shelters.

Yet, he knew he could not put them in a semitrailer.

“I thought, well what can I do?” Alsup explained. “I’ll just go buy a bus.”

Since then, he has helped with rescue efforts during hurricanes Irma and Maria and, now, Florence.

Once Alsup loads the animals in his bus, he drives them to Foley in Baldwin County. There, his friend, Angela Eib-Maddux, has opened her privately run dog shelter to the new arrivals. She gives them baths and fluffy blankets and “spa treatment,” Alsup said, until they can find enough shelters or foster homes to take the animals.

As of Monday, Alsup had managed to find a permanent home or new shelter for every animal he rescued.

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn