5 months ago

Shoals’ TimesDaily, Decatur Daily endorsement of ‘socialist’ Joffrion a textbook example of state’s legacy media at odds with Alabama voters

In every election since Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) was first elected to Congress, he has won his general election by a minimum of 15 percentage points. In 2014, as an incumbent, he expanded that winning margin to a whopping 50 points.

Given these massive spreads over various Democratic challengers, one would assume the people of Alabama’s fifth congressional district are satisfied with their representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Every two years, voters are given an opportunity to judge Brooks’ performance, and the numbers don’t lie: They like the job Brooks is doing.

Leave it to those running two of Alabama’s last-remaining daily newspapers to take exception with the voters that are also their customers. In their Sunday editions, the Shoals’ TimesDaily and the Decatur Daily, both of which are owned by the Tennessee Valley Printing Company, ran an editorial supporting Brooks’ Democratic challenger Peter Joffrion in next month’s midterm election.


In its oddball list of criticisms of the incumbent four-term Republican congressman, the editorial cites its dissatisfaction with Brooks’ town hall availability and being a “favorite of cable news” given his hawkish stance on illegal immigration (one held by the majority of his constituents) as proof he was not advancing “the interests of the Fifth District.”

Therefore according to the Decatur Daily-TimesDaily joint editorial board, Joffrion is a better choice given based on its assessment “promises to bring a more level head and a more responsive ear to the district’s congressional seat.”

“Joffrion, a retired Huntsville attorney, is focusing his campaign on the so-called kitchen table issues that may not motivate partisans, but do matter to the vast majority of north Alabamians: education, health care and jobs,” the editorial said.

The criticism of Brooks for his public availability is bizarre given the handful of Brooks-attended events at which I have been during this campaign cycle lacked the presence of any media, myself excluded.

It is almost as if this editorial board determined it wanted to be against Brooks in Alabama’s fifth congressional district election and sought the justification for doing so after the fact.

As for Joffrion, described as a “socialist” by Brooks, he is a run-of-the-mill left-of-center Democrat that supports abortion, restrictions on gun rights and is against the repeal of ObamaCare. Those aren’t mainstream policy positions in Alabama’s portion of the Tennessee River Valley.

The editorial accuses Brooks of growing “increasingly detached from his constituents,” but it is pretty clear from this editorial that these newspapers have grown increasingly detached from its customers in Morgan, Limestone, Colbert and Lauderdale counties.

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

1 hour ago

Reality TV star ‘Mama June’ arrested in Alabama

Reality television star June “Mama June” Shannon has been arrested on drug charges in Alabama.

News outlets report that Shannon and a friend, Eugene Doak, were arrested March 13 at a gas station in Macon County where he was heard threatening her.

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The reports say that in the course of the investigation authorities found drugs and drug paraphernalia.

AL.com says the criminal complaint states the two had crack cocaine and a crack pipe.

Both are charged with felony drug possession and misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

The 39-year-old Shannon is the mother of Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, who starred in a reality TV show on TLC.

Shannon later starred in her own show documenting her weight loss.

The reports did not say whether she had a lawyer.
(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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2 hours ago

Alabama U.S. Senate poll focusing on Miss America ’95

Add former Miss Alabama and Miss America Heather Whitestone McCallum to the list of potential Republican U.S. Senate candidates hoping to challenge incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) in 2020.

A poll currently being conducted, which was provided Monday to Yellowhammer News by members of the public, tests name identification and multiple biography questions on Whitestone, as well as various head-to-head matchups (with the lone constant being her in each one).

The poll is reportedly being conducted by RPM Research, who only describe themselves as “a national research firm.” It is not clear if this is a private company or a polling apparatus connected to a political organization.

Whitestone, a Dothan native, was selected as the 1995 Miss America on September 17, 1994. She made history as the first deaf Miss America, having fully lost her hearing when she was 18-months old. Whitestone underwent a cochlear implant surgery to partially restore her hearing in 2002.

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The poll conducts ballot tests in several scenarios: 1). Rep. Gary Palmer (AL-6), Rep. Martha Roby (AL-2), Whitestone, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston), Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-1), Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth (R-AL) and Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-5); 2). Byrne, Whitestone and Brooks; 3). Whitestone, former Chief Justice Roy Moore and Byrne; 4). The same as the first poll but given after pushing Whitestone’s biography.

The biography questions on Whitestone are as follows:

If you knew Heather Whitestone McCallum had overcome physical disabilities, including losing her ability to hear when she was 18 months old, to become a published author, philanthropist, and advocate for conservative causes, would you be more or less likely to vote for her?

If you knew Heather Whitestone McCallum moved from Georgia back to her home state of Alabama just so she could run for elected office, would you be more or less likely to vote for her?

If you knew Heather Whitestone McCallum was endorsed by former US Speaker Newt Gingrich and former US Senator Bob Dole, would you be more or less likely to vote for her?

If you knew Heather Whitestone McCallum had served as an advisor to the National Council on Disability, National Institutes of Health, and the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education, would you be more or less likely to vote for her?

Whitestone did not immediately return a request for comment.

She has authored multiple faith-centric books, including “Listening With My Heart,” “Believing The Promise,” “Let God Surprise You” and “Heavenly Crowns.” She is a graduate of Berry High School (now Hoover High School) and Jacksonville State University.

Whitestone, age 46, has lived in Georgia for over two decades, having moved there after marrying her husband, John McCallum. She and John met when they were both serving as aides to then-U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA). John ran unsuccessfully for Congress himself in 2014. She and her husband have three children.

The former Miss Alabama starred in one of his campaign ads that cycle, which can be viewed below.

Whitestone was also one of the former Miss America winners to vocally campaign for change in the organization in recent years.

Read more about her here.

Byrne is currently the only declared Republican candidate in the 2020 U.S. Senate race. He has announced public campaign stops in Chilton and Elmore Counties on Tuesday and Walker County on Thursday this week.

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

2 hours ago

7 Things: Lottery looming, Doug Jones won’t say where he is on impeachment, Rebuild Alabama gas tax increase could be headed to court in ‘long-shot’ battle and more …

7. Companies in New Zealand are thinking of pulling ads from Facebook because the killer posted his attack to the service

—  Over 50 companies could pull their ads from Facebook after the site “allowed” the attacks on the two mosques in Christchurch to be streamed on its platform. Some have already chosen to do so, and the Association of New Zealand Advertisers say that dozens of others may as well. Facebook noted, “In the first 24 hours we removed 1.5 million videos of the attack globally, of which over 1.2 million were blocked at upload,” highlighting what an arduous task it is to block this kind of content. Furthermore, no one who watched the original video reported it.

6. The Trump administration has a plan to make college more affordable, limit the amount of money the federal government will guarantee in loans

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— In a move that is sure to have detractors, the White House suggested new limits on federal student loans taken out by parents and students. The idea is to cut the cost of college by making less money available to the students and therefore able to be targeted by the institutions, which the White House blames for driving up prices. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) says the plan misses the mark and other Democrats have called for more state funding of colleges, free tuition and increased Pell grants.

5. The media’s latest leftist darling not named Beto O’Rourke is not doing too well in her home state with polling numbers upside-down statewide

— While Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is #1 with the media and in the minds of Republicans who want her to remain the face of the Democratic Party, folks in the state of New York don’t seem as sold on her. Her approval rating in New York sits at a net -13, with 31 percent viewing her favorably and 44 percent unfavorably. For perspective, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has a +10 approval rating, so her numbers in the blue state of New York may not translate well in the rest of America. Ocasio-Cortez was not happy to see these numbers and tweeted, “This is *the* playbook. GOP does it w/ virtually every Dem figure who isn’t a white male: otherize, demonize + splinter.”

4. CNN poll shows that economic approval polls are higher than they have been since February 2001 and President Donald Trump is trending up, too

— Seven-in-ten Americans say the economy is in good shape, while 51 percent approve of President Trump’s handling of the issue. The overall approval rating for Trump is not great at 42 percent, but it is a high mark for him in this poll. This also places him in between Bill Clinton’s 44 percent in 1995 and Ronald Reagan’s 41 percent in 1983. Both won re-election. These numbers, again, are not good, but considering the onslaught of negative press and much of his own doing, it is notable that these numbers are on the rise.

3. A challenge may be brewing in court for the Rebuild Alabama gas tax increase

— Former candidate for the Alabama State House Tom Fredricks has started a GoFundMe account and obtained a lawyer to challenge the gas tax on the ground that the portion related to the Port of Mobile is unconstitutional. Fredricks admits this is a long-shot, but believes the issue is worth pursuing because so many people are angry about the gas tax and the way it was passed. His argument hinges on Amendment 354 of the Alabama Constitution of 1901, which Fredricks argues “says that that money shall be used on the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges.”

2. As Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tries to beat back her caucus’ impeachment talk, Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) won’t say where he stands

— While Alabama’s junior senator was attending a book signing event in Birmingham, he read a question off a note card that he would rather not face. Jones laughed when he saw the question and then read it aloud. The question asked, “Would the country be better off if Trump is impeached or beaten in 2020?” Jones made it clear he had no intention of answering the question. He took the note card, stuck it in his suit pocket and said, “Well, I think I’m just going to hold that one for a little bit,” and then noted he knew he was being recorded.

1. Lottery legislation is coming, but it faces a tough road which ends on a ballot with a constitutional amendment

— As Alabama restarts the regular session today, a lottery may be the most controversial piece of legislation with an actual chance of passing that may come before the body this session. Senator Jim McClendon (R-Springville) will introduce the legislation this week, but he is offering a unique take this session, advising, “My motivation is not to solve fiscal problems in Alabama.” He just wants Alabamians to be able to play the games in their home state. But the battle over where the money generated would go will be a huge part of the battle with McClendon’s proposal being a 50/50 split between the education and general funds. Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) spoke in Birmingham and addressed the lottery, calling it “number one discussion” in Montgomery at this point.

4 hours ago

AG Marshall on border security: Sinaloa Cartel responsible for ‘almost all’ imported drugs in Alabama

MONTGOMERY — While speaking to the Montgomery Rotary Club Monday, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall shared more insight into his White House visit last week when he briefed President Donald Trump on the impact of drug trafficking at and between points of entry at the nation’s southern border.

“It was really kind of an interesting week last week because I got a call about 2:00 Tuesday that asked if I could meet with the president at 1:00 the next day,” Marshall explained. “We made plans and were able to go up to Washington, but it was really about this issue – and I appreciate them reaching out – for me to be able to share with the president the link between border security and drug trafficking.”

He continued, “I firmly believe that, although we are not a border state, we are impacted by what crosses our border. If you look at Alabama’s drug problem, almost all the drugs that come into this country are imported by the Sinaloa Cartel — whether it be our cocaine, whether it be our methamphetamine, whether it be our heroin, and now the cartel is, along with the Chinese, allowing fentanyl to enter across our borders.”

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“So, what I not only had a chance to do was share with the president some of the data I was aware of involving our drug trafficking cases and those who’ve entered this country unlawfully, but also to be able to share with him some very personal stories,” Marshall advised.

In his words, these examples included “a 13-year-old girl up in Madison County who was autistic, lost her grandmother – stabbed to death – and then she was beheaded by two members of the cartel because they were exacting revenge.”

“Or a juvenile in Shelby County who was raped by a gentleman who was previously convicted of drug trafficking,” Marshall added.

He outlined that this illegal immigrant “was deported, came back simply a few months after he left this country to the same place and committed a rape involving a young girl.”

Marshall also shared with the president a very recent story from the attorney general’s home county, Marshall County.

A guy that was deported three different occasions came back to the same community and now is charged with the rape of a juvenile,” he explained.

“Those are stories that [the president] needs to hear,” Marshall said. “And that needs to be a little bit of a discussion when we’re talking nationally about the security of our border, recognizing that it’s not just simply an issue for California or for Texas or for Arizona. It’s also an issue for the people of Alabama.”

He then transitioned into talking about how his and Congressman Mo Brooks’ (AL-5) lawsuit against the U.S. Census Bureau focuses on illegal immigration pitfalls of a different kind.

“If you’re not here legally, you can’t vote in a federal election,” Marshall emphasized. “So I don’t understand why it is [illegal immigrants] oughta be counted in the census data for determining how many members of Congress a state has.”

He concluded, “Our experts say that if in fact those who are in this country unlawfully are counted, then Alabama’s going to lose a congressional seat… and a vote in the electoral college. One of the states that’s going to benefit from that is the state of California. And y’all, I don’t feel really good about giving California your vote for president. So, we’re going to continue to push that litigation, because we feel our constitutional basis for that argument is righteous but also that it is a matter of common sense.”

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

5 hours ago

Rep. Gary Palmer on 2020 U.S. Senate run: ‘We’re praying about it’

As the race for the Republican nomination for the 2020 U.S. Senate is starting to get underway, speculation is rampant about who might consider a bid for the shot to go head-to-head against incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) next year.

One of the names sometimes mentioned has been Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover), who is presently chairing the House GOP Policy Committee.

During an appearance on WVNN radio in Huntsville on Monday, Palmer addressed the speculation about a potential run for U.S. Senate.

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“We’re praying about it,” Palmer said on “The Jeff Poor Show.” “But I think we got a chance to get the House back and that’s extremely important. My wife and I have an attitude that we don’t want to be anywhere that we’re not supposed to be. So, we’re just praying about it. If we hold the Senate in the next election when we don’t have the majority in the House, we’re going to have two more years of not getting anything done. You can’t do anything on taxes. You can’t do anything revenue related.”

“I don’t see us making any significant effort to get appropriations back in order,” he added. “I think it’s extremely important for the country that we get the House back and any other issues personally should be secondary to that.”

On his role as House GOP Policy Committee chairman, Palmer said to expect to see the committee offer some things that will help members of the House Republican caucus, which include the highlighting of billions of dollars in misappropriated funds.

“I think it’s going well,” he replied. “We’re working on some stuff I think is really going to help our guys on a broad range of issues. I was talking about that report from the General Accountability Office on the funds sitting in agency accounts. We’re actually bringing the head of the GAO to brief our members of the policy committee on several issues, including improper payments, which I think will really be helpful to our guys. Most of them know a little bit about it, but they don’t know how big of a deal it is. We sent out $141 billion in improper payments two years ago, and it goes up every year.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.