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  • Decatur doctor accused of sexual assault responds to lawsuit

    Excerpt from WHNT:

    A Decatur doctor accused of sexually assaulting several of his patients is disputing all claims of wrongdoing. Dr. Michael Dick of Alabama Medicine and Rheumatology Clinic responded to a lawsuit filed on behalf of six women who claim to be his former patients. The doctor also filed a protective order asking a judge to stop the victims from sharing their stories with the media.

    A Birmingham-based attorney responded on behalf of Dr. Dick saying there is “no basis to contend he preys on female patients as alleged in the complaint.” The lawsuit filed against Dr. Dick says female members of the nursing staff were present with him. He says no misconduct took place, as alleged in the lawsuit. The response also says employees who work at the medical practice deny any misconduct.

  • Bobby Bright says ‘D.C. powerbrokers’ pushed Trump to endorse Martha Roby

    Excerpt from AL.com:

    Bobby Bright says ‘D.C. powerbrokers’ pushed Trump to endorse Martha Roby in Alabama’s District 2 race.

    “I understand politics and how Washington works. It appears the D.C. powerbrokers have gotten to the President on this issue. It’s truly a swamp of insiders controlled by big money special interests, the same crowd who’s bankrolling Martha Roby’s campaign to the tune of over $1 million just this year,” Bright said in a statement. “It’s a place where loyalty doesn’t exist. When you take that much money from D.C., New York and California, you lose sight of Alabama.”

    Incumbent Roby will face Bobby Bright — a former congressman she defeated in 2010 — in a runoff next month. Bright served one term in Congress as a Democrat, but switched parties to run against Roby in this year’s Republican primary.

  • Man accused of trying to run over police officer, charged with attempted murder

    Excerpt from ABC 33/40:

    A man accused of trying to run over a police officer was charged with attempted murder Friday, Shelby County authorities confirm.

    Chief Assistant District Attorney Roger Hepburn says Issai Serrano is the suspect connected with a Wednesday afternoon shooting involving an Alabaster Police officer. The shooting occurred at Morgan Road and South Shades Crest Road, said Hoover Police officers, who were the first to respond to the scene.

5 days ago

‘Moderate’ Doug Jones continues to prove he is just another liberal on immigration

(D. Jones/Twitter)

Senator Doug Jones’ views on immigration seem to line up more with California Senator Kamala Harris than they do with Alabama voters. He has endorsed Harris’ long-shot attempt to end “child separation” at the border as a standalone bill.

He has also taken to Twitter to publicly blame President Trump for the entire problem:

These aren’t really new positions by Senator Jones.

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In an American Immigration Council article by Melissa Cruz, she points out his views, which are very clear over his career:

“Jones opposes construction of the Trump administration’s U.S.-Mexico border wall

“Jones did not support the termination of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative”

“Jones favors upgrading the immigration system. Specifically, he has proposed reassessing the current quota system, as well as looking at potential overhauls to the administrative procedures for immigration.”

“If we can make a more streamlined process of allowing immigrants into this country legally…” Jones said, “we would have far less undocumented immigrants.”

“Jones publicly spoke out against HB 56—then considered the harshest anti-immigrant law in the country—and reiterated that position throughout his campaign.”

Why this matters:

No one believes Senator Jones would be in D.C. if it was not for the fact that the Republicans nominated a completely destroyed dumpster fire named Roy Moore.

The selling point by Alabama’s political press was that “Jones isn’t even that liberal”, a tactic they are using with Walt Maddox as well.

The problem for Jones is that eventually votes will have to be cast and positions will have to be taken.

The reality is Jones is wildly out of step with most Alabamians and every passing day will expose that.

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

1 week ago

Doug Jones calls for an additional Mobile-built LCS to be included in Annual Defense Bill — ‘Alabama stands ready to support’

Wednesday on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) called on his colleagues to support funding for additional production of a U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) in this year’s defense bill,  which would be built at Austal USA’s facility in Mobile.

Such a move by the U.S. Senate would protect 4,000 Alabama jobs. Given the current legislation includes funding for one new LCS, Jones has sponsored an amendment to add an additional LCS to the bill.

If the additional LCS isn’t added to this defense bill, the current workforce supporting LCS production in South Alabama could remain idle until 2021.

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“By not recognizing the importance of the LCS to our nation’s security, we hurt the long-term viability of the workforce in Alabama and all the suppliers across 41 other states. And, to some extent, we don’t recognize their importance in national security,” he said. “The [Navy’s] Future Frigate, which Alabama stands ready to support, won’t come online for a few more years. Those 4,000 workers in South Alabama need to keep working, not just sit tight and wait to be employed again in 2021. They need to work now. They need to continue the lines to make sure we have seamless transitions.”

“Let me be clear: this isn’t just about one or two ships,” he continued. “We need to consider this in terms of our long-term goals. We need to build the ships the Navy needs to do its job. We need to keep our production lines ready to go for future products. And we need to maintain the American jobs that make these efforts possible.”

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

3 weeks ago

Kay Ivey is not Roy Moore, Democrats need to figure this out soon

(W.Miller/YHN)

You almost start to feel bad for Alabama Democrats — the election of Sen. Doug Jones in 2017 has fried their brains.

They truly seem to believe that Alabama is a purple state. They believe that Gov. Kay Ivey’s re-election is in doubt because Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox is a candidate who can lead them to victory in Alabama.

They believe that the “blue wave” is a thing and Alabama is about to take part in it.

This stuff is not a real thing outside of the social media world.

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But Democrats are already trying to nationalize this election by talking about the #BlueWave’s lesser known cousin #FlipTheSouth:

Or go to war with Trump … in Alabama:

Why this matters:

Ivey isn’t Moore, and if they can’t find a silver bullet to use against Kay Ivey she is going to trounce Maddox and demoralize Alabama’s Democrats. The media and their Democrat allies truly believe Sen. Jones won his election, but he did not.

The 2017 special election was won by Democrats because Republicans stayed home. Unless that happens again, Maddox has no prayer.

The details:

— Jones won because he got 92 percent of Clinton’s vote total from 2016 while Moore just got 49 percent of Trump’s. That won’t happen again.

— Ivey more than doubled Walt Maddox’s primary total.

— Ivey also beat all Democrats combined.

— Second-place GOP finisher, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, only trailed Maddox by roughly 10,000 votes.

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

1 month ago

Doug Jones says Trump-Kim Jong-un summit cancellation ‘disappointing’ — Warns against ‘improper rhetoric on both sides’

(Doug Jones Campaign/Facebook)

While some Democrats are using the White House’s announcement that the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was canceled as an opportunity to take shots at President Donald Trump, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) is taking the high road.

On Thursday, Alabama’s junior U.S. Senator reacted to Trump’s statement saying it would be “inappropriate” to hold the meeting given the circumstances. Jones told Yellowhammer News the announcement was “disappointing,” but he insisted he was still optimistic about future possibilities.

“I think everyone up here, and I do mean everyone on both sides of the aisle, was very optimistic this summit was going to take place, and that it would be a success,” Jones said during a conference call. “We’ve seen a lot of progress in recent weeks that was encouraging. I had been complimenting Secretary of State Pompeo for his work in this area. And I’ve given the administration a lot of credit for moving in the right direction.”

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“Unfortunately, I’ve also – and I think a lot of people on both sides of the aisle are cautiously optimistic because North Korea has a history, and the history has not been very good, and the history is they have not acted in good faith. Some of the rhetoric that we had seen suggested that was where we were headed. And so it’s disappointing that’s been canceled. I am not surprised given what has happened in the last couple of weeks.”

Jones said he was discouraged Vice President Mike Pence and National Security Adviser John Bolton invoked what they had called the “Libya model.” Experts have warned that that could be seen as a reference to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Gadhafi had agreed to abandon Libya’s nuclear program. However, years later Gadhafi was overthrown and killed by rebels.

“Having said that, I think there’s been a little bit of improper rhetoric on both sides at this point,” he continued. “I was very disappointed to hear some of the vice president’s comments and comparing the situation and asking people to remember about Libya. And John Bolton did the same thing. I just don’t think those are very helpful. When you’re trying to come to the peace table, and you’re trying to talk to people, trying to get something that is so important – not just to the people of Korea, but important to the world – that we try to get nuclear weapons out of the peninsula of Korea.

He went on to say he was optimistic about the prospects of diplomacy but hopes the United States can avoid going back where it was at the beginning of the Trump administration regarding North Korea.

“So, we’re disappointed, but with this, I’m assuming, and I think I’m correct, that this administration is taking a few steps back,” Jones said. “They’re not going to stop. They’re going to continue to look at this issue. Congress will continue to work with them and continue to look at it so that this situation will hopefully continue to be on a path forward and this doesn’t get us back to where we were a year or so ago when it was just a lot of name-calling and chest-bumping about who is strongest. I don’t think that’s the way to do it. I’m one for diplomacy, try to make diplomacy work, and I think we’ll get back there. I’m very hopeful we will. I’m a glass-half-full kind of guy. That’s the way I’m going to look at it.”

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

1 month ago

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones: ‘I cannot support’ Haspel’s confirmation as CIA Director

(Jeff Poor/YHN)

Late Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) announced he was not going to support President Donald Trump’s nominee Gina Haspel to be the director of the CIA.

Jones cited Haspel’s “role in programs that conducted torture” as a reason for his decision to not support her confirmation.

“After spending several weeks carefully evaluating all of the information available to me about Ms. Haspel and her career, reviewing her confirmation hearing, speaking with current and former public officials, and meeting with her in person yesterday, I have come to the conclusion that I cannot support her confirmation as the Director of the CIA,” Jones’ statement said.

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“While her career has been impressive, Ms. Haspel’s role in programs that conducted torture is very troubling; her refusal to acknowledge the immorality of such conduct even today with the benefit of hindsight is even more so and reflects poorly on our nation’s reputation as a moral leader in the world,” it continued. “Her statement today that the ‘enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken’ has not relieved my concerns, which are rooted in both the responsibility I feel as a Senator and in my own deeply held faith.”

“I appreciate the commitment of Ms. Haspel and her colleagues to the service and defense of our nation, and I do not doubt the skills and expertise she has gained during her long career in the CIA,” the statement concluded. “However, the leader of the CIA, an organization tasked with operating clandestinely to keep Americans safe, must be held to the highest possible standard. There is a legal and moral responsibility that comes with operating in secrecy. Some of Ms. Haspel’s past actions and beliefs did not meet that standard. We must choose leaders that consistently embody our highest ideals, rather than our darkest moments.”

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

2 months ago

Doug Jones campaign: We will bring Rosie O’Donnell ‘situation’ into ‘full compliance’ with refund for contribution over $2,700

(Wikimedia Commons)

On Monday, Doug Turner, the campaign treasurer for Sen. Doug Jones’ (D-Mountain Brook) 2017 special election campaign, responded to an allegation that first surfaced in a New York Post report in which their campaign was accused of receiving an “illegally oversized campaign donation” from Rosie O’Donnell.

Turner said in a statement to Yellowhammer News the campaign will seek to bring the situation into “full compliance” and return the amount in excess of $2,700.

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“Ms. O’Donnell made two separate contributions to the Jones campaign. Using the ActBlue online fundraising system, which does not automatically prevent over-the-limit donations, she contributed the maximum of $2,700 in late September 2017. Using the same online system, she contributed again the day before the election. The campaign will bring this situation into full compliance which, in this case, will be done with a refund of the amount over $2,700.”

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

2 months ago

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones received ‘illegally over-sized campaign donations’ from Rosie O’Donnell – NY Post

(Wikimedia Commons)

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones and four other Democrats received “illegally over-sized campaign donations” from Rosie O’Donnell, according to a report in the NY Post.

The newspaper analyzed campaign finance reports and found that O’Donnell has “regularly” exceeded the contribution limits of $2,700 per election set by the Federal Election Commission.

“Alabama Sen. Doug Jones disclosed $4,700 from O’Donnell in his special general election bid last year against former GOP judge and accused child molester Roy Moore, his campaign filings show,” read the Post article. 

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O’Donnell’s leftward politics first spilled into view years ago when she confronted actor Tom Selleck on her daytime talk show for his support of the NRA. She’s been a vocal advocate for leftist policies and a sometimes vulgar critic of conservatives since.

“Nothing nefarious,” O’Donnell told the Post. “I was not choosing to over donate. If [$2,700] is the cut off — [candidates] should refund the money.”

She claims to have used the contribution platform ActBlue to make the donations and said she doesn’t keep up with exactly how much she’s given to candidates.

The Post said Jones’ office didn’t return messages seeking comments.

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2 months ago

Doug Jones urges Alabama Dems to focus on ‘kitchen-table issues’ — ‘I don’t subscribe necessarily to this blue wave that people are talking about’

(jones.senate.gov)

Friday in an interview with Mobile’s FM Talk 106.5, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) talked about the upcoming midterm elections and what that could mean for his party, especially coming off of his 2017 U.S. Senate special election upset victory.

With a full slate of Democrats vying for statewide and congressional offices, Jones argued the key to their success would be to focus on what he deemed to be “kitchen-table issues.”

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“My message is to any candidate,” Jones said. “I think that one of the things that we were successful about is that we really focused on those what I call ‘kitchen-table issues,’ those issues that mean something to people every day. All the time in the past, we have seen so many issues that divide us. And those issues, it’s not that they aren’t important, but they’re not the kind of issues that people talk about every day with their family. And we’ve got some real opportunities in this state to make inroads on health care, both in cities as well as the rural areas. We’ve got opportunities in Mobile and Huntsville, and Birmingham and other areas have done a great job of bringing in businesses. We can attract those same businesses into the other areas. Everybody has to focus I think on talking about those issues that really mean something to people every day when they sit down at the table with their spouse, or their children, or their parents.”

“And I think if the Democratic Party does that, they can have some success,” he continued. “And I think we’re seeing that both with the Democratic Party, but also, I think you’re seeing that at some point – you’re not seeing it as much in the Republican primary, but I think you’ll see that going into the fall election – that one thing people are yearning for is answers to real questions and answers to everyday questions. And that’s been my advice to candidates on both sides of the aisle: Focus on the people, don’t focus on those issues that divide us. Find that common ground, find that solution. And I think that’s a winning formula for anybody.”

When asked about the possibility of legislating from the majority, which is contingent on Democrats winning control of the U.S. Senate this November, Jones dismissed it and noted that even if that were to happen, the federal government would still be split given Republicans have control of the White House.

“It’s really not,” he replied when asked if he had thought about the U.S. Senate being controlled by Democrats in the future. “I’m just trying to do the kind of things for the state that I feel like are appropriate regardless of who is in control. I don’t subscribe necessarily to this blue wave that people are talking about. I think folks are going to be looking at the issues. If things change, it will only be a portion of the change. You know, there’s two branches of government here with the executive and the legislative. They both all have to work together. That is not completely happening right now, even with one party controlling both of those branches of government. What I’d like to see is people moving to that center, moving to where we can talk to each other and find that common ground. That is the key to everything.”

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

2 months ago

Alabama’s Roy Moore cracking door on future run for office

(Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate/Facebook)

Defeated Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is opening the door to a possible return to politics.

Moore told reporters at a news conference Monday that he doesn’t plan to run for anything, including governor at this time.

But Moore issued a statement Thursday saying plans change. It quotes Moore as saying he won’t be reluctant to seek office again “if the opportunity arises.” And he says that includes the governorship.

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The Republican Moore lost the Senate race to Democrat Doug Jones after women came forward claiming Moore made sexual advances on them years ago when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers.

Moore denies wrongdoing, and he’s filed suit claiming to be the victim of a conspiracy. One of Moore’s accusers is suing him for defamation.

(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

2 months ago

Backing Pompeo likely was easy call for Alabama Sen. Doug Jones

(Jones, Wikicommons)

The Resistance erupted in anger at the decision by Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) to support Mike Pompeo’s confirmation as secretary of state Thursday, but it should have been an easy call.

On paper, Pompeo is eminently qualified. He was first in his class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and spent six years in the House of Representatives, serving on the intelligence panel. He has served for 15 months as CIA director — after getting confirmation votes from 14 Democrats and one independent who caucuses with the party. His tenure — unlike some other Cabinet secretaries in President Donald Trump’s administration — included no major scandals.

And if there were any doubts about whether his experience with spy craft would translate to diplomacy, senators could be reassured by recent revelations that he made a secret trip to North Korea to lay the groundwork for a possible summit between Trump and North Korean leader King Jong-un.

For a senator who campaigned as a moderate and represents a Republican-leaning state, Jones would have been hard-pressed offering a convincing rationale for voting “no,” according to Athens State University political scientist Jess Brown.

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“Doug Jones is a blue senator in a red state. And if you’re going to survive … you can’t go to Washington and be all navy blue or completely crimson red,” he said.

What’s more, Pompeo’s fate was not in doubt. He had unanimous Republican support and a handful of Democrats already had announced they would back him. So, Jones could not have blocked the nomination, anyway.

Given those circumstances, Brown said, it would be foolish for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to insist on the confirmation vote as a litmus test” for vulnerable members.

“Why make Doug Jones take a lot of heat for this vote when he’s [Pompeo] going to be seated, anyway?” he said.

In his statement explaining his vote, Jones shared concerns about some of Pompeo’s past statements but added that the nominee had “demonstrated the ability to be an effective manager and operator on the world stage. I also believe his perspective having worked in the intelligence community will be valuable given the national security challenges he would face as Secretary on day one.”

In breaking ranks with his party, Jones joined Democratic senators Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Ben Nelson of Florida — as well as Maine independent Angus King, who caucuses with Democrats.

All of those senators are up for re-election this year, and all but King hail from states that Trump carried in 2016.

Liberals are unconvinced, however.

Will Benton, a Democrat running for the Alabama House of Representatives in Tuscaloosa County, warned on Twitter that Jones would hurt his 2020 election bid.

“You won’t see this level of enthusiasm for your candidacy in 2020 if you continue to ignore and antagonize your base here in Alabama. #ALDems #NoPompeo,” he tweeted.

He added that Jones would not see yard signs and volunteers the helped propel him to victory in December’s special election.

“It also means no canvassing, no rallies, no prayer breakfast, and no victory parties,” he tweeted. “@SenDougJones are you really sure you want the effort #ALDems grassroots have exercised on your behalf and throw that out the door by being a yes vote on Pompeo?”

An activist named Zach Carter tweeted that the Pompeo vote can be added to votes to extend
a program allowing for warrantless surveillance and to roll back financial regulations on banks.

“We don’t just need more Democrats; we need better Democrats,” he tweeted.

Lisa Youngblood, a self-described resistance member, tweeted that Jones should be “ashamed” of himself, adding that “the people of Alabama didn’t vote for you to be against them.”

And that is just a sampling of the clean criticism. Twitter was filled with profane comments directed at Jones.

To Brown, such remarks are evidence that hyper-partisans are “blinded” by their own ideological fervor.

“In spite of their involvement in a party organization, these people, these people are, in a way, politically naïve,” he said.

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

 

2 months ago

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones to vote ‘yes’ to confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

(Jeff Poor/YHN)

Late Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) revealed he would be voting to confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be the next secretary of state.

Jones joins Democratic colleagues Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in crossing the aisle to support Pompeo’s nomination.

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“After meeting with Director Pompeo, reviewing the record of his confirmation hearings, and speaking with others with expertise in national security and diplomacy, I believe he has the skills required to meet the weighty and urgent demands facing our State Department today,” Jones said in a statement. “I have therefore decided to support his confirmation as Secretary of State.

In his role at the CIA, Mr. Pompeo has demonstrated the ability to be an effective manager and operator on the world stage. I also believe his perspective having worked in the intelligence community will be valuable given the national security challenges he would face as Secretary on day one.”

“In our conversations, I did share my concerns about certain troubling statements he made as a member of Congress,” he added. “He gave me his word that, as Secretary of State, diplomacy would always be his first priority and he would ensure that our nation continues to be a leader in protecting human rights and the dignity of all people. If he is confirmed, I will join my colleagues both in working with him to tackle the very serious challenges and threats we face as a nation, as well as to provide continued oversight of his and his department’s actions.”

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

2 months ago

Alabama Sen Doug Jones joins call for Trump administration to end ‘harmful’ newspaper tariffs

(PolitiFact/YouTube)

On Wednesday, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) announced he was joining two of his Alabama congressional colleagues and calling for the end of the Trump administration’s tariff on newsprint.

In a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Alabama’s junior U.S. Senator cited the impact the tariff will have on those newspapers’ operations and warned there could be consequences.

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“Local newspapers are an essential component of the communities they serve, both as the primary distributor of regional news and advertisements for small business,” Jones said in a statement. “For an industry that is already struggling, a 22-percent import increase groundwood paper from Canada has the potential to close down small-town papers across the country. I urge Secretary Ross to evaluate these tariffs soon before they force our small-town Alabama media outlets to cut jobs, local media coverage, or both.”

According to Scottsboro’s Jackson County Sentinel editor Brandon Cox, newsprint, which is sold in increments of tons, will increase from $600 per ton to nearly $800 per ton, and that could cost his newspaper’s business $100,000 annually.

Full letter as follows:

The Honorable Wilbur Ross

Secretary

United States Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20230

Dear Secretary Ross:

I am writing in response to the Commerce Department’s investigation into imports of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada. I urge you to take into account the challenges faced by domestic newsprint customers, including those in my home state of Alabama, as you continue your investigation.

Combatting unfair trade practices and ensuring a level playing field for American businesses are goals that I share with President Trump and the Administration. I am concerned though in the case of tariffs on uncoated groundwood paper that the harm for American consumers will far outweigh the good.

Demand for newsprint in the United States has declined steeply in recent years and newsprint production has fallen as a result. Domestic newsprint production cannot meet the demands of American publishers. Small publishers, like weekly papers that serve rural areas, are particularly vulnerable to changes in newsprint price or supply. These papers can’t afford to pay higher prices for newsprint and many will be forced to close their doors and lay off employees if the current temporary tariffs and countervailing duties continue to be imposed.

These papers are an important part of the communities they serve. They report on local events that are not always covered in larger papers, are an affordable way for local businesses to advertise to customers, and in general create a sense of community for their readers.

This is why a cross section of domestic newsprint manufacturers and consumers, as well as the American Forest and Paper Association, National Newspaper Association, and News Media Alliance oppose the additional penalties that are currently being imposed.

I urge you to take the plight of Alabama’s newspapers and those across the country into account as the Department of Commerce concludes its investigation.

Thank you for considering this request.

Sincerely,

Doug Jones

United States Senator

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

2 months ago

Mo Brooks urges Doug Jones to vote ‘yes’ on Pompeo confirmation

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Early Monday, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) released a copy of a letter he submitted to Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook), to vote to confirm current CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state.

As of Saturday, a spokesman from Jones’ office told Yellowhammer News Alabama’s junior senator had not made a decision on which way he will vote on Pompeo’s confirmation according to his office. Jones met with Pompeo on Thursday.

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“I urge you to vote ‘Yes’ to confirm President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo,” Brooks wrote. “I have personally known Mike Pompeo since he and I came to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2011. I have great respect for his judgment and abilities. His reputation is impeccable. Mike was first in his class at West Point and has served honorable in the U.S. Army, U.S. House of Representatives, and as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.”

Brooks went on to remind Jones that he pledged to be bipartisan and avoid partisan obstructionism during his 2017 campaign, and said a vote in the affirmative for Pompeo would be a way to fulfill that pledge.

Read the full letter:

 

(Rep. Mo Brooks office)

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

2 months ago

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones could be a deciding vote in Pompeo confirmation

(PolitiFact/YouTube)

With Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) publicly opposed to CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s confirmation to be Trump’s secretary of state, Pompeo is seeking to win votes from Democratic U.S. Senators to get across the finish line.

Among the possible Democratic targets for Pompeo are Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Alabama’s own Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook).

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At a town hall meeting for University of Alabama students in Tuscaloosa last week, Jones addressed the Pompeo matter and explained how he sought to follow in the footsteps of one of his predecessors, former Alabama Sen. Howell Heflin.

“I start with any presidential nomination with a needle in favor of the president,” Jones said. “I go back to my role as a staff member for the late Sen. Howell Heflin from Alabama.”

According to Jones, Heflin began with a view of the confirmation process in favor of the nominee.

“As chief justice [of the Alabama Supreme Court], he always felt constitutionally bound that his role and his view that the president should be given the benefit of the doubt with regard to nominations,” Jones said. “However, that does not mean that it would take a lot to move that needle back. If you do the appropriate work, you can figure this out and determine for yourself whether or not a nomination is qualified, whether or not they’re going to uphold the law. And that will mean voting for someone that I did not personally agree with and would not have personally appointed if I were king or I were president.”

At the time the Tuscaloosa event on April 13, Jones had not met with Pompeo. A representative from Jones’ office told Yellowhammer News Jones and Pompeo met on Thursday.

“He has been making the rounds on Capitol Hill,” Jones said. “He has not made it to my office yet. I fully expect him to at some point. I want to reserve my judgment on him. He has been confirmed once.”

Critics of Pompeo have opposed his confirmation on the grounds of his view on U.S. involvement in the Middle East and the use of “torture” as a means of interrogation.

“I have heard and understand the criticism and concerns and I want to talk to him about it,” Jones said.

For the time being, Jones remains non-committal on the confirmation, especially given he was not a U.S. Senator when Pompeo was confirmed to be CIA director in 2017.

“The jury is out for me at this point as a freshman senator that didn’t have the benefit of voting on him the last time,” he said.

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

Editor note: This story was updated to reflect Jones had met with Pompeo two days earlier per Jones’ office.

2 months ago

Doug Jones addresses University of Alabama students on net neutrality — Argues to keep FCC over regulation of the Internet

(Jeff Poor/YHN)

TUSCALOOSA – Keeping the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in charge of regulating the Internet is a key in the net neutrality debate for Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook).

Friday at an almost-full Ferguson Center auditorium on the campus of the University of Alabama, Jones hosted a forum on net neutrality and argued that Internet service providers shouldn’t play favorites with content.

“What net neutrality does do is to say we don’t like to have Internet service providers that will try to block content, try to restrict content, try to throttle back content for favored businesses, for favored companies,” he said. “In other words, if you want to pay more for Netflix, here is the price. And by the way, if you want Hulu or Amazon Prime, we’re not offering that.”

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Jones explained how recently the FCC had abdicated its role as the Internet’s regulator, which he said made “no sense.”

“The FCC came up with the Internet protections, the Internet regulations, the open Internet rule to try to levelize the playing field,” he said. “Make sure that everyone that had access to the Internet had essentially the same access from all places.”

“This past year, the recent FCC has decided to roll back that,” Jones continued. “They decided to change that and say, ‘We don’t really have this jurisdiction. It needs to be from somewhere else.’ The Federal Communications Commission, which I can’t really understand why – the Federal Communications Commission is saying we do not have the authority or should not have the authority to regulate the Internet because it is not under our jurisdiction. That makes no sense to me.”

According to Alabama’s junior senator, the hope by some is to put the Internet under the purview of either the Federal Trade Commission or the Department of Justice.

“Now, they want to put it over the FTC, the Federal Trade Commission, or the Department of Justice – none of that makes any sense to me,” Jones said. “It may make sense to you. If it does, I would like to hear, seriously.”

Jones argued the Internet was a communications device, and therefore should remain under the jurisdiction of the FCC.

“I’m having a hard time with the FCC deciding how someone else – particularly the Department of Justice,” he added. “I mean, I’ve done two stints with the Department of Justice, one as an assistant U.S. Attorney many years ago, and then as U.S. Attorney about 15 years ago.”

Jones explained how Congress could get involved and by statute put the Internet back under the FCC’s regulatory duties. He cited using the Congressional Review Act of 1996 to override the FCC’s decision.

“It is not used very often, but it gives Congress the opportunity to weigh in,” he said. “Right now there are 50 senators out of the 100 – not quite enough to get us over the hump – that have signed on to the congressional resolution, the Congressional Review Act, the CRA, that would roll back and halt the FCC’s doing away with their own rule that they had in 2015.

“I don’t know where that’s going to go,” he added, noting that it wasn’t something that would require the signature of President Donald Trump to put into motion.

Jones went on to pledge his support for a “free and open” Internet, and warned that without net neutrality big Internet companies would put profits ahead of consumers and perhaps created fast and slow “lanes.”

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

2 months ago

Sen. Doug Jones has proved himself — so far — to be a moderate Democrat

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A recent Morning Consult poll showing Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones’s approval rating at 47 percent – four points under Shelby’s 51 percent – gives me reason to revisit my thoughts on Sen. Jones’s politics.

A few days after Doug Jones was elected as a U.S. senator, I offered four reasons why he looks like a moderate Democrat.

My reasoning was based primarily upon some of Jones’s statements and actions during his campaign, which I found peculiar and non-descriptive of a thoroughbred progressive: He used a Confederate colonel, even calling him brave, to make a point about finding common ground in politics; he rejected the idea – at least at the time – that President Trump should resign because of how badly he governs, as his party colleagues embraced it; he was genuine in his remarks about compromise and demonstrated a real desire to work with his Republican counterpart, Sen. Richard Shelby.

Now that he’s had a few months in Congress, what kind of Democrat has Doug Jones — so far — proved himself to be?

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Many of his votes have been fairly nondescript. He voted for February’s continuing appropriations resolution, for the recent spending bill, against the White House’s immigration proposal, against the banning of abortions after 20 weeks. These votes fall mostly within the party’s mainstream.

However, Jones has elsewhere demonstrated a willingness to split from his party in support of some key conservative reforms and of the president.

Chief among those cases is his vote in support of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, which loosened financial regulations put in place by Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Progressive heavyweights – Sens. Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and 28 other Democrats – voted against the bill. Dodd-Frank is at the heart of progressive regulatory policy, and a vote in favor of reforming it is a significant split from that.

Jones has also supported several of President Trump’s nominees, voting in favor of Alex Azar’s nomination to the post of secretary of Health and Human Services and in favor of David Ryan Stras’s nomination to the Eighth Circuit. Only five other Democrats supported Azar’s nomination, and only six others supported Stras’s.

To be clear, these things make Jones a moderate Democrat, not a political moderate overall.

Most Alabamians surely like to see Jones supporting conservative reforms and supporting the president, but his extreme position on abortion remains a major hurdle.

Jones should – as Yellowhammer News Editor Pepper Bryars argued in January – sincerely consider reforming his position on abortion, not only to reflect the overwhelming majority of Alabamians’ beliefs about abortion, but because it’s the right thing to do.

@jeremywbeaman is a contributing writer for Yellowhammer News

2 months ago

Poll shows Ivey among most popular governors; has good news for Sen. Jones

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey remains one of the nation’s most popular governors, and new Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) fares better than his predecessor, according to a new poll released Thursday.

The survey by Morning Consult included interviews with 275,000 registered voters in all 50 states from Jan. 1 through the end of March.

The news is good for Ivey as she runs for election to a full four-year term after ascending to the governor’s office following Robert Bentley’s resignation.

Ivey has the support of 67 percent of Alabama voters, with just 15 percent disapproving. That is even better than a January Morning Consult poll that found 64 percent approving of Ivey.

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Only Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan had higher approval ratings in the survey released Thursday. And in terms of net approval — approval minus disapproval — only Baker outperforms Ivey.

This stands as an outlier in another way. Among the five most popular governors, only Ivey serves a deep red state. The other four all are Republicans in Northeastern states that lean either slightly or dramatically to the left. In addition to Baker and Hogan, that includes Vermont’s Phil Scott and New Hampshire’s Chris Sununu.

All of the 10 most popular governors are Republicans, a bright spot for a party bracing for losses in other races in the upcoming midterm elections.

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, a Democrat, is the nation’s most unpopular governor — with a whopping 72 percent of the state’s voters giving him a thumbs-down.

Five governors seeking re-election are under water — Illinois Republican Bruce Rauner (minus 34 percentage points), Alaska independent Bill Walker (minus 23 points), Hawaii Democrat David Ige (minus 12 points), Rhode Island Democrat Gina Raimondo (minus 11 points), Wisconsin Republican Scott Walker (minus 7 points).

Senate ratings

The Morning Consult poll puts Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) in the middle of the pack, with 51 percent of Alabama voters approving of his job performance and 30 percent disapproving. That is similar to the results of a Morning Consult poll released in January. Half of Alabama voters approved of Shelby’s performance, while 28 percent disapproved.

Shelby’s net positive rating of 21 points in the current survey ties for 27th most popular senator in the country.

That is a percentage point below Jones, who stunned the political world in December with his upset victory in a special election to fill the Senate seat that Jeff Sessions vacated to become attorney general.

A smaller share of Alabama voters approve of Jones — 47 percent. But only 25 percent said they disapprove. More people had no opinion one way or another compared to Shelby.

Jones, for now, is ahead of Luther Strange — who won appointment to the seat but failed to win the GOP nomination for the special election. Jones had a 42 percent approval rating — with 34 percent disapproving — according to his last Morning Consult poll.

Morning Consult declared that Jones is “off to a fine start among voters in Alabama.”

Jones fares much better than the Senate’s other newcomer — Minnesota Democrat Tina Smith, appointed to fill the seat left open when Al Franken resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. Smith gets a positive rating from a third of Minnesota voters, with 21 percent disapproving. A large chunk of voters in the North Star State do not know her or have an opinion.

The nation’s most popular senators are evenly split along partisan lines — five Republicans and three Democrats and two independents who caucus with Democrats.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) remains the most popular senator, with a 72 percent approval rating among home-state voters. Fellow Vermonter Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, is second with a 65 percent approval rating.

As they were in the last Morning Consult poll, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) are the least popular senators. Both have net disapproval ratings of minus 18 points.

McConnell will not be on the ballot in November and Flake is leaving office. But the results contain bad news for four senators who will be on the ballot — Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Dean Heller (R-Nev.). All are among the 10 least popular senators in America.

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

2 months ago

Alabama newspapers warn Trump tariffs threaten business — Jackson Co. Sentinel: Could cost $100k annually

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Over the past several days, at least three Alabama newspapers have warned that President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs could come at a significant cost to their businesses.

The Cullman Times, The Selma Times-Journal and The Jackson County Sentinel say a tariff levied against Canadian-manufactured newsprint at the behest of a single newsprint mill in the Pacific Northwest, North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC) will raise their cost significantly.

“In August 2017, NORPAC petitioned the U.S. Department of Commerce to begin applying tariffs to newsprint imported from Canada,” an editorial published in Friday’s Cullman Times explained. “NORPAC claimed the imported paper was harming the U.S. newsprint industry. NORPAC’s assumption is wrong, and this one company’s act is not in the best interest of the U.S. paper industry or the millions of readers of newspapers across the country, including those who read this newspaper.”

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Selma Times-Journal president and publisher Dennis Palmer echoed the same concerns in an op-ed featured in the Saturday edition of his newspaper. According to Palmer, even though the newsprint for the Times-Journal doesn’t come from Canada, the tariffs have increased the price for all newsprint, and that raises his costs.

“The Selma Times-Journal is printed almost entirely on paper made in Grenada, Mississippi,” he wrote. “Community newspapers like ours represent a sliver of newspaper demand. Despite still-healthy print readership, we alone cannot create enough demand to stimulate the U.S. newsprint market and bring shuttered mills back to life. Yet our need for newsprint to fulfill our obligation to readers is as enduring as that of the Washington Post or New York Times.”

Jackson County Sentinel editor Brandon Cox estimated in an editorial in his newspaper last week the annual cost for business as a result of the tariffs could be $100,000 annually.

“Newsprint, sold in increments of tons, will see costs rise from $600 per ton to nearly $800 per ton. Last year, the Sentinel required approximately 450 tons of newsprint to produce Jackson County’s newspaper and the eight other community newspapers that print in Scottsboro,” he wrote. “The effects of these tariffs represent a nearly $100,000 increase to material expenses for our operation that employs 30 people in Jackson County.”

All three newspapers urged their respective members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Sens. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) and Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa) to intervene and halt the tariff on newsprint.

“We join others in the news industry and in communities across the U.S. in calling for an end to the unnecessary newsprint tariff,” the Cullman Times editorial concluded.

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

2 months ago

Senator Doug Jones working on book scheduled for January

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Sen. Doug Jones, the Alabama Democrat who unexpectedly prevailed in one of the country’s most Republican states, has a book coming out next year.

St. Martin’s Press told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Jones’ “Bending Toward Justice: The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Course of Civil Rights” is scheduled for January. Before his upset win last year, Jones was known for successfully prosecuting two Ku Klux Klan members for the 1963 bombing that killed four black girls. He will write of his time as a U.S. attorney and of his Senate race against Republican Roy Moore to succeed Jeff Sessions, who is now the U.S. attorney general.

Jones wrote “Bending Toward Justice” with Greg Truman. Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg contributed a foreword.

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3 months ago

Pruitt’s backlash a symptom of Trump Derangement Syndrome

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Environmentalists are an emotional and petty lot.

Never was there so much anguish in the aftermath of a presidential election as there was from the environmental left with Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton a year and a half ago.

For the first several months after Trump was sworn into office, environmental activists posing as constituents infiltrated congressional town halls all over the country to decry the president.

“Resistance is here to stay, welcome to your hundredth day,” climate activists chanted in front of the White House nearly a year ago while waving their Greenpeace paraphernalia in the air.

That was the emotional. Now we’re on to the petty.

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Scott Pruitt was one of President-elect Donald Trump’s first cabinet-level nominees when Trump announced him as his pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency in December 2016. Trump’s opponents immediately denounced Pruitt as unfit for the post given he was a “climate change denier.” Nevertheless, that following February, the Senate confirmed Pruitt by a 52–46 vote.

Since arriving at the EPA, Pruitt has rolled back many of the Obama-era regulations, including those on fossil fuels and coal-fired power plants. These regulations granted the federal bureaucracy more power over states and municipalities.

This has not set well with the career bureaucrats within the EPA, and now we’re on to the incredibly petty.

Critics and self-appointed watchdogs have hit Pruitt for a $50-a-night rooming arrangement, as if Capitol Hill rent for $1,500-a-month was going to be the cherry on top of the ice cream Sunday that would sway Pruitt’s environmental policy to favor evil corporate-billionaire executives who want to pollute the air and water to maximize profits.

These critics have also called into question Pruitt’s travel expenses, which are comparable to his Obama administration EPA predecessors.

It has not stopped Alabama’s “Mr. Work with Both Sides” Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) from joining the fray. Jones toed the Democratic Party line when asked about Pruitt.

“I think he’s in real trouble,” Jones said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.” “I think that there is a perception is not good at all. The fact that he has been – has a controversy with expenses, which I think is one of the things that people are just frustrated with, with cabinet members who seem to want to use taxpayer dollars to fund a life, their own personal lifestyle. And now on top of this, the — you know, not just the $50, but the fact that it was going to energy company lobbyists, that – it just looks so bad. And I think it seems that he may be on his way out.”

It isn’t as if Pruitt is operating in uncharted territory. Obviously, conservatives would like to see less government where possible, and for many the abolition of the EPA altogether. However, these charges are phony.

Disappointed and defeated environmentalist activists are targeting Pruitt because he is effective. Pruitt’s opponents are not willing to accept that elections have consequences, and attempting to discredit him for doing things at the EPA the way they have always been done is one of the few weapons they have left in their paltry arsenal.

Pruitt’s real crime here is failing to see this coming.

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

3 months ago

Are Democrats making too much of the Doug Jones Effect?

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A long-suffering minority party pulls off a major upset in a special election for the U.S. Senate, fueling hopes among partisans of major gains in the upcoming midterm elections.

Alabama and Doug Jones?

Try, Massachusetts and Scott Brown.

Like Democrat Jones in 2017, Republican Brown in 2010 stunned the political establishment by beating a candidate from the long-dominant political party.

Whatever hopes Republicans had that Brown’s victory signaled a partisan realignment in the Bay State quickly evaporated, however. Despite an extremely favorable political environment nationally for the GOP and an unpopular Democratic president, politics in Massachusetts snapped back to normal by the time the November election rolled around.

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Although Republicans picked up 63 seats in the House of Representatives that year, the party went zero for 10 in Massachusetts. The Democratic governor, Deval Patrick, won re-election and the party actually gained a seat in the state Senate. (Republicans did pick up 17 seats to give them 32 in the 160-seat state House).

Brown, himself, lasted only until the next election — in 2012, when he lost to current Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

Will it be any different for Alabama Democrats? Political experts are skeptical.

“Because of Doug Jones’ win, you don’t reclassify Alabama as a competitive state,” said Jess Brown, an emeritus political science professor at Athens State University in north Alabama. “Alabama is still crimson red.”

Eric Ostermeier, a political researcher at the University of Minnesota and founder of the Smart Politics blog, said parties even in one-side states occasionally can pull off upsets under the right circumstances. But they usually prove to be outliers, he added.

“In general, most of the states where one party is in power for a long time, there is a normal pullback,” he said.

Parallels between Alabama in 2018 and Massachusetts in 2010 abound. Before their special election breakthroughs, the party of power in both states had not cracked a Senate seat in a long time.

For Alabama, it had been since 1992, when Sen. Richard Shelby — now a Republican from Tuscaloosa — won re-election as a Democrat. In Massachusetts before Brown, it had been even longer since a Republican had won— 1972.

Both Brown and Jones faced opponents who, despite having won statewide office before, carried liabilities into their special elections.

Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, of course, had a controversial career because of his strident stands on social conservatism and then found himself the target of late-breaking allegations that he had inappropriate sexual contact with teenage girls when he was a young prosecutor in the 1970s.

Jess Brown said it created a perfect storm for Jones that is not easily replicated.

“His victory was the product of simply a very weak candidate,” he said. “The Alabama Republican Party practically could have picked a name at random out of the phone book and he would have won.”

Democratic Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, meanwhile, did not have anywhere that level of baggage, but she generally was regarded as a lackluster campaigner who committed some high-profile gaffes on the campaign trail. She went on to later lose a gubernatorial election to Republican Charlie Baker.

Alabama Democrats are undeterred, however. Everywhere you turn, the party is bubbling with excitement. Large numbers of Democrats signed up to run for office, including in Republican strongholds where the party in past years has not even bothered to field candidates.

Democrats tell each other and the world that the victory in December by Jones has them believing they can win.

Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley stops short of predicting a Democratic sweep in November.

“But I think the chances are good at getting other Democrats to follow Doug Jones’ winning mode,” she said. “He certainly inspired a lot of excitement.”

Worley said the party’s “unprecedented success” at recruiting candidates is going to result in many tight races, even if the Democrats don’t win them all.

“Quite frankly, the records of a lot of Republican legislators are going to be looked at closely,” she said.

But in the first test of the Jones Effect, a Democratic candidate came up short last week in a special election for the state House of Representatives in a district that Jones won in December with 57 percent of the vote.

Worley depicted the glass as half full, noting that Republican Rex Reynolds was well-known as a former Huntsville police chief and city official. Yet, Worley noted, Democrat Terry Jones kept the race much closer than he did in 2014 when he ran against incumbent Republican Jim Patterson.

“He stands a very good chance of winning in the fall,” she said, noting that the two candidates will square off in a rematch in November.

Jones, himself, seems much more cautious about imputing excessive meaning in his victory.

“Not in a sense from flipping a state from red to blue,” Jones told FM 106.5 radio talk show host Sean Sullivan last week in Mobile. “I don’t think that that is going to happen, and frankly, I don’t think it should happen in that context. What I’m hoping to see out of our election is people are now starting to focus on issues rather than party.”

But Jones, the Athens State political science professor, said the Jones win has energized a party badly in need of new life. That attracts volunteers and candidates who can lay the groundwork for gains down the road, he said.

“You’ve got to keep people believing victory is possible. … That’s the way you continue to grow,” he said. “That’s what Republicans did to become competitive.”

Ostermeier, the University of Minnesota political scientist, noted that of the 16 special Senate elections held in off years across the country in the last 70 years, the party trying to defend the seat lost a majority of the contests.

In four of those races, the winning candidate’s party went on to electoral success in the following election — Democrat William Proxmire in Wisconsin in 1957; Republican John Tower in Texas in 1961; Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison in Texas in 1993; and Democrat Ron Wyden in Oregon in 1996.

All four saw their parties pick up congressional seats in the next election.

So, Ostermeier said, short-term success is possible.

“That’s sort of the best-case scenario you could paint,” he said.

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

 

3 months ago

Alabama senator says Congress must act on gun violence

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Alabama Sen. Doug Jones says Congress must address gun violence, even as lawmakers protect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners.

In his maiden speech to the Senate, Jones says the nation has reached a “tipping point” on gun violence following the mass shooting at a Florida high school and activism led by surviving students.

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Jones is a Democrat who won a special election in December. He compared students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida to young people who demonstrated after four girls were killed in a Birmingham church bombing in 1963. Jones later prosecuted the bombers.

He said the students were “awakening the consciousness of America regarding gun violence” and urged Congress to adopt a series of measures, including expansion of background checks for gun purchases.

(Image: Doug Jones/Facebook)

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3 months ago

Univision’s The Root: Alabama Sen. Doug Jones ‘just screwed black voters’

In a scathing attack aimed at Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook), The Root columnist Michael Harriot criticized Alabama’s junior senator for his vote on a measure to roll back some provisions of the Obama-era Dodd-Frank law that imposed regulations on the financial sector.

The bill passed in the U.S. Senate by a 67-31 margin and was applauded for being a bipartisan effort.

However, Harriot interpreted the law as a betrayal of the African-American voters that supported Jones in the 2017 special election:

My grandmother, a slight woman whose values still trickle down through four generations, and who radiated love and wisdom as if she were our family’s own self-contained solar system, once showed me the scars on her legs from being bitten by a police dog and instructed me to “trust a white man as far as you can throw him.”

While that ancient African proverb now seems like a bit of reverse racism, Alabama’s black voters, in all their egalitarian forgiveness and goodwill, ignored it this past December when they cast their ballots for Doug Jones, sending him to the Senate chambers to represent them.

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Harriot, who claims to have once been a college macroeconomics instructor, goes on to add Jones and the Democratic Party “have thrown black people to the wolves.” He argues the bipartisan effort passed by the Senate on Wednesday “strips away for some banks the requirement to report the race, ethnicity and gender of their mortgage customers.”

That according to Harriot will make it easier for lenders “to deny black customers without fear of repercussion or lawsuits.”

Harriot goes on to note Jones had overwhelming support by the African-American community in Alabama last December but hammers him for his voting record:

[W]hen it comes to Doug Jones, even though he received 93 percent of the black male vote and a whopping 98 percent of the black female vote, he has not demonstrated that he intends to do anything for black Alabama voters. Jones has supported Trump’s position on 60 percent of the issues since black voters sent him to the Senate.

In an op-ed posted to AL(dot)com on Thursday, Jones defended his vote on the bill. He called it “regulatory relief,” and said it would not enable Wall Street to make the same mistakes of the past. He also hailed it for restoring the role credit unions play in some communities.

“At the end of the day, this will help our Alabama banks focus on what they do best – making loans to Main Street, while letting federal regulators do what they do best – focus their limited resources on Wall Street,” Jones wrote.

Harriot’s publication The Root is described as “a top online destination for African-American news and commentary.” It initially launched in 2008 by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Donald Graham. Gates is known by some as the Harvard professor arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in 2009. That arrest led to then-President Barack Obama’s famous beer summit with Gates and the arresting officer, Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley.

Graham, chairman of Graham Holdings Company, is the son of long-time Washington Post publishers Katharine and Philip Graham.

In 2015, Univision purchased The Root.

(Image: Michael Harriot/Facebook & Wikimedia Commons)

Jeff Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and works as the editor of Breitbart TV. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_poor.

3 months ago

Rep Mo Brooks: Doug Jones victory in U.S. Senate election a ‘major loss to our country’

During a speech Monday to the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) declared that Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) being elected to the U.S. Senate last December “was a major loss to our country.”

“From our perspective, that was a major loss to our country,” Brooks said to attendees as recorded by Huntsville CBS affiliate WHNT.

“Unfortunately, it seems there’s sort of a panic atmosphere in Washington amongst Republicans and particular where we have to spend hundreds of billions of dollars we don’t have in order to have a reasonable chance in keeping the House and the Senate later this year in the November elections,” he added.

Later, Jones responded to Brooks’ remarks in a tweet and called Brooks’ remarks “disappointing.”

Jeff Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and works as the editor of Breitbart TV. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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