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4 weeks ago

Doug Jones just doesn’t get it; he represents Alabama and is not Chuck Schumer’s personal senator

The cowardly caretaker junior senator in an ill-fitting suit from the great state of Alabama apparently doesn’t like being criticized. As reported by Yellowhammer News, Senator Doug Jones was astonished that political leaders in his home state expected him to actually represent the wishes of the vast majority of the people in the state he represents instead of the political party he belongs to.

In a self-own on the level of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “1/1024th Native American” claim, Jones scolds his state’s citizens for supporting a man convicted of nothing based off of 36-year-old allegations that could not be corroborated in any way.

Jones weakly employed the over-used “country over party” trope, “This is a Republican Party that puts party over Alabama, party over country. So, I’m not surprised they put this in political tones.”

Oddly, this is exactly what Jones is doing.

Alabamians wanted Kavanaugh confirmed, polling indicated this clearly:

While Kavanaugh has the lowest net support among SCOTUS nominees since Robert Bork in 1987 according to Gallup polling, his confirmation was backed by 54 percent of registered voters in Alabama in a July survey from the conservative advocacy group Judicial Crisis Network.

Still, Jones voted “no.”

ALGOP Chairwoman Terry Lathan referred to Jones’ actions as “arrogance.”

Jones’ obstinance put that confirmation in danger. Granted, Jones is free to vote as he sees fit, but he knew what his constituents wanted.

Jones election to the U.S. Senate was hardly a rejection of President Donald Trump’s worldview. Rather, it was a rejection of Roy Moore’s body of work and a deluge of uncorroborated and unconfirmed negative attacks by the national and statewide media in Alabama.

Jones was elected for the same reason he chose to vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, a series of completely uncorroborated charges made at the 11th hour. This may be considered consistent but it is NOT choosing country over party.

Jones has no options at this point; he is essentially New York’s third Senator. Jones continues to be is a placeholder Senator and he should not look at buying a house in Washington D.C. anytime soon.

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

14 mins ago

7 Things: Dems want impeachment, AL BOE member makes absurd racial allegation, Sessions may not be electorally viable and more …

7. Hillary Clinton is allegedly running, but rising star Beto O’Rourke is flying up in the polls amongst Democrats

— A new poll shows that Clinton isn’t even rating enough attention to be polled. Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and O’Rourke are polling in the top three with Democrats.

— This weekend, an aide for Hillary Clinton said that she is lurching to the left and will run again in 2020.

6. Bellefonte nuclear power plant may still be bought, but an extension has been granted

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— The developer now has until November 30 to secure financing for the plant, an extension from the November 14 deadline. He needs $89 million to pay for the mothballed plant located in Hollywood, Alabama.

—Franklin Haney believes there is money to be made with the plant, jobs to be created and he wants to keep pursuing the project. He is quoted saying, “We’ve been working day and night on this project for two years because it has such a great potential for thousands of jobs in the Valley and power that could be generated for an attractive price.”

5. Pretend outrage in Mississippi as everyone pretends to not understand a benign statement

— Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said about a supporter who invited her to a speaking engagement, “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”  Now, the national media is giving her the Roy Moore and Justice Brett Kavanaugh treatment.

— Some media outlets have referred to the comment as a “lynching remark,” but there is no evidence that is what she was referring to.

4. Another flip for Democrats as Arizona’s Senate seat falls

— After a week-long count, Kyrsten Sinema beat Republican Martha McSally by 1.7 percent in a race for Senator Jeff Flake’s vacated seat.

— Democrats are excited and Republicans are not. The ripping of Arizona Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain by the Republican president did not play well as 12 percent of Republicans voted for the Democrat. The Republican governor won by double-digits.

3. It is possible that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is damaged goods as a future candidate

— Discussion of Sessions’ political future may be for naught as more Republicans view the former Alabama Senator negatively (46 percent) than positively (33 percent).

— There is little doubt that Sessions could beat Alabama Senator Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook), but there are questions about whether he could win a Republican primary against Trump-friendly candidates.

2. Alabama State Board of Education member believes that the Alabama Accountability Act is about an attempt to “destroy a whole race of people

— The school boards Ella Bell nonsensically claimed the program harms black children, saying, “They took money from the poorest counties in the state to send kids to private school.” She called it “stealing,” even though over half of the students in the program are minorities.

— The fight over the AAA will probably be short-lived as Senate Pro-Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) is the sponsor. It is his bill and any repeal or modification will have to go through the body he controls.

1. Impeachment may not be a good idea for Democrats, according to polling

— Overall support for impeaching Trump is only at 33 percent, with a majority of 51 percent saying they do not support impeachment.

— There is no sign that the leadership won’t placate the 78 percent of Democrats who voted in the midterms who want it done right now, which is a bit higher than Democrats who support it overall (61 percent).

3 hours ago

Steve Marshall named to Republican Attorneys General Association leadership team

In a press release on Monday, the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) announced that Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has been named to its executive committee for the 2018-2019 term.

RAGA is dedicated to electing Republican attorneys general across the nation, with the ultimate goal of supporting “the rule of law, limited government, cooperative federalism, legal reform, free enterprise, aggressive crime fighting, equal opportunity, and the preservation of conservative values.”

In his brief time in office, Marshall has already been a leading conservative voice when it comes to national issues such as illegal immigration, abortion, violent crime and the opioid epidemic. He has been involved in small-group White House and DOJ working groups and panels, with his star clearly still on the rise.

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Marshall joins former Alabama Attorney General and Senator Luther Strange (R-AL) in staking out a key leadership role within RAGA. Strange served as chairman of this important organization from 2016-2017.

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

3 hours ago

Roby chief of staff Torrie Miller Matous lands major gig

Alabama-native Torrie Miller Matous, Congresswoman Martha Roby’s (AL-2) chief of staff, is moving on to an impressive new job in Washington, D.C.

On Monday, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) announced that Matous will head its newly formed Office of External Affairs. As director of this office, Matous will handle the workload previously split between three separate divisions – public affairs, government relations and outreach and small business liaison. She will also oversee additional responsibilities related to “the investor and business communities.”

The PCAOB plays an integral behind-the-scenes roll in the nation’s economy, overseeing the audits of public companies and broker-dealers in order to protect investors and the public interest by “promoting informative, accurate and independent audit reports.”

In a press release, Matous expressed her deep-rooted commitment to helping the organization fulfill its important duties.

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“A key objective of the PCAOB’s draft strategic plan is to enhance proactive communication with stakeholders,” Matous said. “I look forward to leading the newly formed Office of External Affairs as the board strengthens its external engagement to more effectively fulfill its statutory mandate.”

Matous, a Montgomery native, has served as Roby’s chief of staff since March 2017, a role in which she was the congresswoman’s top adviser and led all policy, communications and political strategy activities.

From 2014 to 2017, she was the communications director for Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), also serving as majority or minority communications director for several of his committees during that time, including the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and the Committee on Rules and Administration.

“Torrie brings deep experience and proven leadership from all areas of communications, government relations, and outreach, and is a welcome addition to our team,” PCAOB Chairman William D. Duhnke emphasized.

As first reported by the Alabama Daily News, Dothan-native Mike Albares has been promoted to serve as Roby’s new chief of staff. He had been deputy chief of staff since July, previously serving as her legislative director and, before that, a legislative correspondent.

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

15 hours ago

Merrill on embattled FL elections supervisor originally from Alabama: ‘It’s an embarrassment,’ ‘We would not stand for this in our state’

Secretary of State John Merrill commented on the ongoing election issues in Florida and Georgia on Monday, reaffirming his confidence in Republican Georgia gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp and criticizing Florida’s situation as “an embarrassment” that would not be tolerated in Alabama.

In an interview with Yellowhammer News, Merrill commented on the situation in Florida, which is a close election and embroiled in controversy and allegations of fraud by Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes. As pointed out by Alabama Today, Snipes is a native of Talladega.

Republicans ranging from President Donald Trump to Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) have sharply criticized Snipes, alleging that she is trying to fraudulently tip the race in favor of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum (who is backed by Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin) against former Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) in his reelection bid against Governor Rick Scott (R-FL).

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“Now, I don’t know what’s going on in Florida, except I do know this: there have been several occasions over the last 20 years that have had election concerns that have been introduced in the state of Florida,” Merrill said. “It’s interesting to me that on more than one occasion, they come out of that same area, with the same people being involved. Now, whenever that happens, it seems to me like it’s time for a change.”

Merrill stressed that is not a partisan issue, but when someone tarnishes the integrity of the elections process so badly beyond repair, that individual needs to be held to account.

This sentiment was affirmed by former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL), who initially appointed Snipes in 2003 but on Monday publicly called for her removal from office for her alleged misconduct.

“It’s an embarrassment, it’s an embarrassment to Florida and it’s an embarrassment to their elections administration that that kind of thing continues to happen,” Merrill emphasized.

In Alabama, he stressed that this kind of debacle would never be tolerated.

“We would not stand for this in our state,” Merrill stated. “And we wouldn’t stand for it because our people expect us to have elections that are credible and that have integrity, that are safe and secure. And that people know that when their vote is cast for the candidate of their choice, it’s recorded for the candidate of their choice.”

Merrill also expressed his disappointment in the fact that votes are supposedly still being counted in Georgia, even though it has been six days since the November 6 election. He also voiced his continued support for Kemp, who had been Georgia’s secretary of state until Thursday, when he stepped down to avoid any appearance of interfering in the adjudication of his own election’s results.

“Brian Kemp is going to be the next governor of Georgia, shouldn’t be any doubt in anybody’s mind that he’s going to be the next governor. And I can tell you, of all the secretaries of state that I have had the privilege to meet since I’ve been serving, Brian is outstanding, and he’s been a friend and a mentor to me,” Merrill said.

Merrill has been a vocal supporter of Kemp’s gubernatorial campaign, even traveling to Georgia to stump for him on the trail. Merrill said he has done “whatever [he] could to make sure” Kemp won, adding, “[B]ecause I think that it’s in Alabama’s best interest for Brian to be the governor of Georgia.”

While Merrill believes that Kemp will do “a tremendous job” when he officially becomes governor, Alabama’s secretary of state lamented how the elections process has devolved at the hands of Democrats.

“I think that it’s unfortunate that when someone loses, that they don’t just acknowledge the fact that they didn’t get enough votes, they didn’t run a well-organized-enough campaign or they didn’t have a strong enough message and they can’t just admit that and step aside,” Merrill outlined, referring in this situation to Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Stacey Abrams, who is losing by 1.5 percent (almost 60,000 votes) but will still not concede.

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

16 hours ago

Chief Justice-elect Tom Parker on Roy Moore ties: I’ve been accused of being an ‘activist’ because I want Constitution restored

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice-elect Tom Parker joined Capitol Journal on Friday where he defended his association with controversial former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore.

When asked by host Don Dailey on whether or not he saw himself as an “activist” like his friend Roy Moore in assuming the office of chief justice, Parker responded, “Well, I’ve been accused of that by Democrats because I want to see the Constitution of the United States restored.”

“We’ve had atrocious decisions in the past that have undermined the Constitution,” he continued. “We need to see the proper balance within government restored and if they want to call that activism to see my oath to the constitution adhered to and fulfilled, let them call it activism but I call it patriotism.”

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“We have to look at the overall elections because Roy Moore spoke publicly about God and the Ten Commandments, things that are so respected by Alabama voters and we saw that proven with a huge vote in favor of Amendment 1 regarding the Ten Commandments,” Parker stated.

Dailey asked Parker if he would be a “repeat of Roy Moore.”

Parker replied, “[L]ook at the quality and scholarly aspect of my writings. Ivey League-trained, Dartmouth, Vanderbilt Law. I put great weight on what we put on paper and release from the Alabama Supreme Court. That’s what’s drawn a lot of the attacks for me because it’s been so powerful, and I intend to keep doing that because that’s the special mix of gifts God has placed in me.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.