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  • Three takeaways from Alabama’s Runoff Election


    With Alabama’s primary election runoffs now in the books, here are three takeaways from the results.

    North Alabama has spoken.
    When this election cycle began, it became evident that north Alabama saw a window of opportunity to increase its influence.  The results from the Republican primary runoff have shown the electorate in that area of the state was eager to flex its muscle.

    Will Ainsworth pulled out an impressive come-from-behind victory in the Lt. Governor’s race. Steve Marshall enjoyed a resounding win in his bid to retain the Attorney General’s office.

  • On Roby’s win: One false media narrative dies, a new one is born


    Like Lucy van Pelt of Peanuts comic strip fame repeatedly pulling the football away from Charlie Brown as he lines up to kick it, Rep. Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) once again has shown you can’t beat her in a Republican primary.

    Similar to when she defeated “Gather Your Armies” Rick Barber in the 2010 GOP primary and “Born Free American Woman” Becky Gerritson in the 2016 GOP primary, Roby defeated former Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright for a second time on Tuesday night, this time by a whopping 36 points.

    Heading into yesterday, many national media reporters were sent into Alabama’s second congressional district looking at the possibility that Roby might have to answer to a revolt for not sticking with then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on the infamous Billy Bush weekend during the 2016 presidential campaign.

  • Mo Brooks Wins FreedomWorks’ Prestigious 2017 FreedomFighter Award

    Excerpt from a Rep. Mo Brooks news release:

    Tuesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) was one of only 31 members of the U.S. House of Representatives awarded the prestigious 2017 FreedomFighter Award by FreedomWorks, a leading conservative organization with more than six million members nationwide. Only members of Congress who score better than 90% on the FreedomWorks scorecard receive the FreedomFighter Award. Congressman Brooks’ FreedomWorks score was in the top 4% of all Congressmen in 2017.

    Brooks said, “FreedomWorks is a leading organization in the conservative movement. I thank them for their work keeping members of Congress accountable and scoring key House floor votes which helps the American people better understand the impact of those votes. I was proud to receive the prestigious FreedomWorks 2017 FreedomFighter Award for my voting record in 2017. If America is to maintain its place as the greatest country in world history, more members of Congress must fight for the foundational principles that made America great. I’m fighting in Congress for those principles, and I’m glad to have a partner as effective as FreedomWorks in the fight.”

AG Steve Marshall fights Obama-era bureaucrats to keep illegal immigrants out of census count

(House Judiciary Committee)

Last week, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall was invited to testify before Congress regarding the 2020 census and the resulting loss of representation that Alabama will face.

Marshall and Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-5) filed a lawsuit last month challenging the Census Bureau’s unlawful decision to include illegal aliens in the census. If illegal immigrants are counted for purposes of apportionment, Alabama will lose both a seat in Congress and a vote in the electoral college. The result? An unlawful distribution of congressional representation where states with more illegal immigrants hold more political power. Marshall knows the people of Alabama deserve better and was pleased to make his case to Congress.


“Alabama is set to lose one of its seven congressional seats and one of its nine electoral votes – a seat and a vote it would not lose if illegal aliens were excluded from the apportionment base. Not only would this skewed result rob the State of Alabama and its legal residents of their rightful share of representation, but it plainly undermines the rule of law. If an individual’s presence in our country is in violation of federal law, why should the states in which they reside benefit from their illegal status?”

“The irony, of course, is that illegal aliens cannot vote; therefore, they are not the ones who gain from being included in the apportionment base. In a state in which a large share of the population cannot vote, those who do vote count more than those who live in states where a larger share of population is made up of American citizens.”

While Marshall’s suit has been praised by conservative analysts, the liberal media is in hysterics over Marshall’s efforts to exclude illegal aliens from the census. Even failed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is involved in trying to stop him from succeeding.

Rest assured, Steve Marshall is committed to protecting Alabama’s citizens and their representation on Capitol Hill. He will continue his fight against federal overreach on every front and ensure that Alabama’s voice is not stifled in Washington.

(Paid for by Steve Marshall for Alabama, P.O. Box 3537, Montgomery, AL 36109)

AG Steve Marshall fights Obama-era bureaucrats to keep illegal immigrants out of census count

(House Judiciary Committee)

Last week, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall was invited to testify before Congress regarding the 2020 census and the resulting loss of representation that Alabama will face.

Marshall and Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-5) filed a lawsuit last month challenging the Census Bureau’s unlawful decision to include illegal aliens in the census. If illegal immigrants are counted for purposes of apportionment, Alabama will lose both a seat in Congress and a vote in the electoral college. The result? An unlawful distribution of congressional representation where states with more illegal immigrants hold more political power. Marshall knows the people of Alabama deserve better and was pleased to make his case to Congress.


“Alabama is set to lose one of its seven congressional seats and one of its nine electoral votes – a seat and a vote it would not lose if illegal aliens were excluded from the apportionment base. Not only would this skewed result rob the State of Alabama and its legal residents of their rightful share of representation, but it plainly undermines the rule of law. If an individual’s presence in our country is in violation of federal law, why should the states in which they reside benefit from their illegal status?”

“The irony, of course, is that illegal aliens cannot vote; therefore, they are not the ones who gain from being included in the apportionment base. In a state in which a large share of the population cannot vote, those who do vote count more than those who live in states where a larger share of population is made up of American citizens.”

While Marshall’s suit has been praised by conservative analysts, the liberal media is in hysterics over Marshall’s efforts to exclude illegal aliens from the census. Even failed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is involved in trying to stop him from succeeding.

Rest assured, Steve Marshall is committed to protecting Alabama’s citizens and their representation on Capitol Hill. He will continue his fight against federal overreach on every front and ensure that Alabama’s voice is not stifled in Washington.

(Paid for by Steve Marshall for Alabama, P.O. Box 3537, Montgomery, AL 36109)

The 2 ungodly reactions to politics, current events that Christians must avoid







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TOM LAMPRECHT: Harry, on today’s podcast, I’d like to do a follow-up to Monday’s program, as well as Tuesday’s program. Monday, we talked about the Doug Jones/Roy Moore election out of Alabama. Yesterday’s broadcast, we talked about the fact that American citizens are starting to lose trust in their government. We see it through the fallout of partisan politics at the Department of Justice and the FBI.

Today, I want to ask how does the believer react? So often when we’re faced with these situations where we’re disappointed, we’ll see fear, we’ll see despair, and we’ll see believers losing hope. Harry, obviously, that’s not God’s intention for us, so how do we react to these news stories?


DR. REEDER: Yesterday, we talked about how the believer does not assign trust to a government, although they want a trustworthy government, but let me say something else now. Our hope isn’t in government, our hope is not in a pastor, our hope is not in an elected official, our hope is not in any institution – that’s not our hope. Our hope is in Christ. I have met people who, during the election of President Obama – what it represented with the Democratic platform – they were just utterly angry, fearful or they were utterly in despair.


Let me just say to every Christian, no matter what happens in this world, we are never allowed to fear. There is only one fear we have and that is the wonderful blessing of the fear of the Lord.

The Bible says to us, “Perfect love cast out all fear,” so we’re not allowed any of that. What you fear will control you. You’re not allowed to fear the outcome of an election, you’re not allowed to fear the demise of the government and, if you do fear that, that tells you that you hold the government at a higher place than you hold your God.

What you fear indicates what you have worshipped. I understand concern. The same Paul that says that we are never to fear – “Be anxious for nothing” – is the same Paul who says to us that he had concerns for the churches so sanctified concern is fine.

Fear must be banished. Believers out of this past election or out of the shenanigans that are going on in Washington – we can’t fear because the Lord, our God, is our refuge and our mighty fortress. What happens in this world does not affect us. He is sovereign over it and our trust is in Him.


Secondly, we are not allowed the anger of man. There is a place for God-given sanctified outrage. I’ve got it over abortion – that evokes within me an outrage and I believe there’s a place for lament and I believe there’s a place for outrage.

Therefore, as a believer, I am not saying don’t have lament over the brokenness and sinful acts in this world. I am not saying we don’t have outrage, but the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. We ought to be anti-phobia except for the fear of the Lord, which brings wisdom.

And, thirdly, while we may have sanctified outrage over sin and its consequences, we do not let the anger of man control our lives because it will not achieve the righteousness of God.


What do we do? First of all, we nurture our hope in the Lord and we realize that our God is not shortened by bad elections. We do not fear because, “The Lord, our God, has a hedge around His people and He will protect them and what He allows into their life of adversity is ultimately for their good,” Job 1:10.

We do not let the anger of man direct us and control us because it will not promote the righteousness of God, so what do we do? Well, No. 1, we pray and, No. 2., we nurture our hope in the Lord, we nurture our confidence in the Lord and then we nurture our passions for the Lord, not for ourselves.


Tom, let me try to illustrate this two ways. You’ve got a young man of great promise who is dearly loved by his father and his brothers are jealous and they sell him into slavery. And he gets sold into slavery so when he shows up, the guy that owns him, he becomes the best slave the guy’s ever had and rises up over his entire house.

His name was Joseph and the guy that owned him was Potiphar. The wife that tried to seduce him and he said, “I will not sin against my master and I will not sin against the Lord,” what does that get him? A kangaroo court. He is disciplined by Potiphar and now he is put in a place of destitution so what happens to Joseph?

Well, eventually, he becomes the prime minister of Egypt and he saves that nation of Egypt, he saves the people of God, God uses his people to bring his people there for discipline and then, with the memory of Joseph in their mind, 400 years later, they’re brought out for the promised land.

But, in the midst of all that, his brothers who realized what they had done and how they fearfully, in despair, come to Joseph and they say, “Joseph, now that our father is dead, what are you going to do to us?” and he says, “I’m not going to do anything. I’m going to provide for you,” – I’m paraphrasing but – he said, “I know what you did was evil, but what you meant for evil, God meant for good.”

When Paul got arrested and thrown into prison, he didn’t go die in a self-pity pile. He started worshipping with Silas and the result is the conversion of prisoners and the conversion of a Philippian jailer.

One of my favorites is Daniel and the three youths that were with him, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, when they were brought into slavery by the Babylonian Empire, they would have been in my junior high youth group. And so they get there and, what happens?

They treat the King Nebuchadnezzar and his officials with respect, but they are faithful to the Lord and the result is King Nebuchadnezzar gets converted. Instead of fearfulness, instead of despair, God gives them hope and direction, God becomes their confidence and, even when they’re going to get thrown into a fiery furnace, “Hey, King, you can throw us in the furnace, but our God is going to deliver us either from your hand or through your hand. Our God isn’t shortened by you.”

Ultimately, Nebuchadnezzar, I believe, is converted as revealed by Daniel, Chapter 4, but let me tell you something else that happens. Daniel and, perhaps the three young men – although we don’t know – he now is in a position to affect two pagan empires, the Babylonian Empire and then the Mato-Persian Empire. He not only affects two empires, he becomes a primary counselor to pagan kings and he serves in five dynasties through two empires.

Through this, the people of God are disciplined, and refined and sent back to the Promised Land and men like Nehemiah are developed through the courts of these pagan kings who God will use and men like Ezra, Joshua, and Nehemiah – who become a key part of the restoration of God’s people, the line of the Redeemer that we celebrate at Christmas – the line of the Redeemer is preserved, the Temple is rebuilt, the city of Jerusalem is rebuilt.

And God uses these men because they refuse to be in despair. They lived unto the Lord and for the Lord in the midst of a culture gone bad. They didn’t go die in a pile – they just did the next right thing and put their trust in the Lord. Their hope did not waver because of their circumstances. The anger of man did not dominate them, but the fear of the Lord is what surrounded them.

That’s the way they lived and the result is some of their own number, hundreds of years later, show up at the stable of Jesus. They were the royal counselors of what was left over of the Persian Empire, royal Magi, that showed up at the birth of Jesus and, by the way, they get converted.


That’s what happens when you make the Lord your hope, not the last election. That’s what happens when the fear of the Lord is in your life, not the fear of man – when, instead of the anger of man, the love of the Lord fills your heart and your soul and we go to our knees in intercessory prayer for God to bring revival and Gospel awakenings to us and to our land.

Tom, I believe that’s the way we ought to respond. Let’s never let fear guide us, never let the anger of man destroy us and never let despair find a place in our life. Our hope is in the Lord. The love of the Lord casts out fear and our service to the Lord leads us to passion for Jesus, not the anger of man.

Dr. Harry L. Reeder III is the Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.

This podcast was transcribed by Jessica Havin. Jessica is editorial assistant for Yellowhammer News. Jessica has transcribed some of the top podcasts in the country and her work has been featured in a New York Times Bestseller.

7 months ago

WATCH: Huntsville voters share strong feelings about election and Roy Moore

Voters in the Huntsville-area spoke with Yellowhammer News about how they voted, how they feel about the election and what they think about Roy Moore. 




Video Credit: Jacob Woods

9 months ago

State Senator Tim Melson Announces Bid For Second Term

Earlier today Republican Senator Tim Melson announced his intent to seek a second term in the Alabama State Senate.

A native Alabamian, Melson represents Lauderdale, Limestone and Madison Counties. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and before his first term in the Senate, he spent nearly 20 years as a practicing anesthesiologist at Helen Keller Hospital.

In a statement addressing his candidacy, the Senator Melson said, “When I ran in 2014, I wanted to help bring more jobs and economic development to North Alabama.We needed a pro-business state senator who would be a real advocate for our area in Montgomery.Working with our local delegation, I made sure that Hwy 43 was expanded and I’ve worked with economic development officials in Limestone, Lauderdale, and Madison counties. There is a lot of excitement around the upcoming Lauderdale workforce development center and the adjacent agricultural multipurpose facility. These facilities will be an economic boost for the area. The workforce development center will help improve our workforce and match people with good-paying jobs. The agricultural multipurpose facility will lead to more local jobs and more tourism for our economy.”

He also made clear that there was more work to be done. Highlighting his fight to uphold conservative ideals, Melson touted his record of protecting the second amendment, opposing Obamacare, and fighting for the rights of the unborn. “My record is clear that I have been strong on those issues. I hope the people of North Alabama will give me the chance to continue representing them,” said Melson.

Aside from his Senate duties, Melson is a crop farmer and cattleman hobbyist. He’s been married to his wife Lynn for 37 years, and they have three children and four grandchildren.

9 months ago

Fox News Releases New Poll Claiming Moore and Jones in a Dead Heat

(News Analysis)

As reported by The Hill, Fox News has released a new poll suggesting that Roy Moore and Doug Jones are virtually tied in the race for Alabama senate at 42 percent of the vote a piece.

The poll also found that 11 percent of voters were unsure of who they were voting for, while another three percent responded “other.” Meanwhile, the poll found that 42 percent of Moore voters expressed that they had some doubts about the candidate, as opposed to 48 percent who said they strongly supported the Republican.

On the Democrat’s side, the poll found that just 28 percent of Jones’ supporters had doubts about their candidate. However, 21 percent of his voters said they were simply voting against Moore and not necessarily for Jones.

Additionally, the poll claimed that only 77 percent of Republicans were likely to support Moore, as opposed to 85 percent of Democrats who were likely to support Jones. It also found that Alabama voters are split on their opinion of President Trump, with 48 percent seeing him positively and 47 percent seeing him negatively.

These findings represent a dramatic departure from previous outcomes in recent Alabama elections. Alabama elected Donald Trump by a 28 point margin and nominated Moore as a slap to the face to establishment Republicans, making even the most casual political observers incredulous to these findings.

So what do we make of this Fox News poll?

According to Breitbart News, the methodology skewed the results. Breitbart points out that two research firms contributed to the poll: Anderson Robbins Research and Shaw & Company. Their data “reveals not only the strange questions asked per group but also the small sample size, the overreliance (and need for correction) on cell vs. landline users (i.e., traditionally younger vs. traditionally older voters).”

Moreover, Anderson Robbins is run by Christopher Anderson, a Democrat strategist who most notably worked for John Kerry. Shaw & Company, on the other hand, is run by Daron Shaw. Shaw has had a long track record of promoting establishment GOP candidates such as Lindsay Graham and Bob Corker. The point is, both of these firms are likely predisposed to give Democrats a sense of hope that Doug Jones can defeat Roy Moore.

While polls can be insightful, most are conducted with the desired outcome in mind.

9 months ago

Del Marsh Endorses Roy Moore for Senate

On Thursday, Roy Moore’s campaign announced the endorsement of the Alabama Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston). Marsh’s endorsement comes as many of the state’s Republican leaders have begun to rally behind their candidate to ensure he defeats the Democrat in December.

“This is a time for unity,” Marsh said Thursday. “Alabama Republicans voted overwhelmingly to elect Judge Moore as our nominee for the United States Senate, and I will support our nominee. The liberal policies of the Obama Era – embraced by Democrat Doug Jones – have failed, and we must do all we can to support our president. If Alabamians want to ensure that President Trump has another ally in the United States Senate, then it is imperative that they support the Republican nominee.”

Marsh has represented Senate District 12 since 1998, and has served as President Pro Tempore since 2010. He plans to seek reelection in 2018, continuing on his platform of improved education and infrastructure.

Moore continues to hold a significant lead over Doug Jones in early polls. Marsh’s endorsement is more than likely only the beginning of a plethora of Republican lawmakers who will throw their support behind Moore leading up to the general election in December.

9 months ago

New Alabama Poll Shows Moore Leads Jones Among Likely Voters in December

A new poll shows that Republican Roy Moore leads Democrat Doug Jones by eight points in the upcoming election to fill Jeff Session’s old Senate seat. The seat is currently held by Luther Strange, who Moore defeated in the Republican primary runoff last month.

This poll was conducted by Cyngal, a Montgomery-based polling and communications firm, and L2, a  nonpartisan voter data and analytics provider. The survey polled 497 likely Alabama voters in this special general election, coming up on December 12.

“This race between Moore and Jones looks a lot like the Moore-Strange competition of the past few months,” said Brent Buchanan, president of Cygnal. “At this point, the data shows the result will be the same for Judge Moore come December.”

One important aspect of the poll is that it shows Moore with a commanding 14-point lead over Jones among voters with the highest propensity to turn out.

Other key findings in the poll include:

  • ● Males support Moore (53%-38%) while females barely break for Jones (46%-45%).
  • ●  The closest age group is voters 35-49 years old (48% Jones – 45% Moore) [20% of t/o].
  • ●  Among voters with the highest propensity to vote in December, Moore leads by 14pts. Jonesleads among low propensity voters, but the margin isn’t likely to be significant enough to changeresults.
  • ●  Moore leads Jones among married voters by 25pts (57%-32%).
  • ●  Among voters that usually support Republican candidates, 13% say they will supportDoug Jones; likewise 8% of Democratic-leaning voters will support Roy Moore.
  • ●  Head-to-head by (grouped) media market [see toplines for groupings] :
    • ○  Huntsville (20% of vote) – 52% Moore – 39% Jones
    • ○  Birmingham (41% of vote) – 46% Jones – 45% Moore
    • ○  Montgomery (25% of vote) – 50% Moore – 39% Jones
    • ○  Mobile (14% of vote) – 57% Moore – 36% Jones

With respect to these regional numbers, Cygnal’s vice president of research and analytics, Matt Hubbard, said, “The US Senate race is going to be won or lost in the Birmingham media market area. Roy Moore dominates in the other 60% of the state, so the Birmingham region becomes make or break for Doug Jones.”

Another fascinating aspect of this poll is the apparent connection between the voters’  football alliances and their pick in the Senate race. While Alabama and Auburn fans both favor Moore over Jones, his support is higher among Crimson Tide fans than War Eagle supporters. ‘Bama fans picked Moore 54%-38% over Jones, while Auburn fans picked him 50%-45%.

Moore’s favorability ratings are also higher than Jones, with 52.9% of those surveyed giving Moore “overall favorable rating” and 32.7% giving Jones the same.


10 months ago

Joe Biden Makes Bold Prediction Ahead of Alabama’s Senate Election. Here is why he’s wrong!

Vice President Joe Biden during a vice presidential debate on Oct. 11, 2012

(Opinion Editorial)

At a Tuesday rally in Birmingham, former Vice President Joe Biden made it clear that the Democratic establishment endorses Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones. “Doug has demonstrated his courage and his absolute integrity,” said Biden. “Doug and I have been friends for a long, long time. Doug knows Alabama. He knows your heart, and he’ll never let you down.”

Most expected that type of ringing endorsement from Biden, though the former Veep’s bold prediction may have been less anticipated: “When he wins this race, it’ll send ripples down the country,” Biden forecasted.

As already reported today, however, Alabama Republicans and Democrats have made it abundantly clear that they are fed up with the establishment Biden embodies.

Americans want to change, and not just the worn out rhetoric about change used by Obama in 2008. The liberal Democratic agenda demands the redistribution of wealth, the unfettered right to abortion on demand, and a weak national security. That agenda has been rejected by voters in Alabama for years, and never has that rejection been more clear than in last November’s presidential election.

The left’s latest attempt to sell Alabamians on Jones just because moderate voters may disagree with Roy Moore proves that the Democratic establishment still doesn’t get it. The liberal agenda has had its day in the sun, as has the establishment across the political spectrum, and that day is over.

As long as Democrats ignore these facts, they will continue to lose statewide elections in Alabama.

Just a reminder: We are a “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” It’s obvious this is a fact liberals have forgotten.


10 months ago

Birmingham Speaks: Elects Randall Woodfin Mayor

Randall Woodfin defeated incumbent William Bell Tuesday night in a historic mayoral election for the city of Birmingham.

Woodfin received 58 percent of the vote to Bell’s 41, defeating the incumbent by an incredible margin of 17 points. The 36-year-old assistant city attorney will be the youngest mayor of Birmingham since David Fox took office in 1893.

“Our city, our 23 communities, our 99 neighborhoods, you all have spoken very clearly ― we deserve better,” Woodfin said to begin his victory speech Tuesday night. Bell conceded the race around 10 p.m.

“Woodfin won because he got out the younger vote. He pounded the pavement and knocked on doors,” Vince Gawronski, a political science professor at Birmingham-Southern College, told The Huffington Post. “With Woodfin winning, he proved that Birmingham is a much more forward and cosmopolitan place.”

Upon taking office, Woodfin has promised to immediately reduce the size of the mayoral staff and redirect resources to the police and public works departments. Ultimately, the progressive candidate was able to take advantage of a largely negative sentiment toward Bell’s administration.

At a speech given to his supporters Tuesday night, Bell said, “The people spoke. At the end of the day, the people choose the type of leadership that they feel is in their best interest, and obviously, they felt that my opponent had a stronger message … and that’s just the way it goes.”

Bell had served as mayor since 2010. According to his office, Woodfin will take over on November 28.

11 months ago

Shakeup in the Birmingham Board of Education

Tuesday’s municipal elections have brought a huge change to the makeup of the Birmingham Board of Education. Five members of the nine member board chose not to seek reelection. Moreover, the four incumbents in the race found it hard to garner support for reelection. It seems that voters want to bring new faces into the city’s controversial school board. Parent advocate Juliet Easlick told WBRC, “I think we’re at a crossroads this election season.”

Board President Wardine Alexander failed to win reelection in District 7, receiving the least amount of votes at 26.23 percent. District 4 incumbent Daagye Hendricks will have to survive a runoff with Edward Maddox. Cheri Gardner of District 6 was the only incumbent to handily win back her position, receiving 79.24 percent of votes. In the end, five district races – districts 1, 4, 5, 7, and 8 – will head into a runoff on October 8.

The backlash by voters comes nearly a year after the board chose to fire Superintendent Kelley Castlin-Gacutan in September 2016. She served only 16 months on the job and was replaced by current Superintendent Lisa Herring. Many voters did not approve of the lack of leadership on the board. In fact, Easlick told WBRC that she hopes the board will commit to Herring in place for at least five years. “We need continuity in leadership.  That leadership needs to start making changes, and the board of education needs to support her in making those changes,” she says.

Others hope to see a school board that is not only unified within but with the city as well. Richard Franklin, President of the Birmingham chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, told WBRC, “The school system can’t stand alone.  The city can’t stand alone. It has to be together, and I think that’s the big positive we have coming out of [the election].”

While it is unclear exactly what changes may come as a result of this shakeup in the school board, the voters have spoken. It is now time for the new board members to bring some order back to the Birmingham Board of Education.

11 months ago

Signs Point Toward an Ivey Candidacy For Alabama Governor

Kay Ivey became the Governor of Alabama when Robert Bentley resigned in shame last April. After her promotion to the Governor’s mansion, Ivey has gone about her business as the state’s top executive with high approval ratings. The big question on everyone’s mind, will Governor Ivey seek a full term in 2018?

A strong indicator that the answer may be “yes” came Wednesday when Del Marsh, the President Pro Tem of the Alabama Senate, announced that he’s running for re-election to his State Senate seat. It’s well-known in Alabama political circles that Marsh was eyeing a run for governor if Ivey didn’t run. Marsh’s announcement to seek re-election to the Senate strongly suggests the answer to the Kay Ivey question is now apparent.

An even clearer picture developed later this week when sources began saying Ivey made calls to several prominent business leaders and members of the legislature notifying them of her intention to run. Asked to comment on these developments, Ivey spokesman Daniel Sparkman stated, “Governor Ivey is considering her options and what she feels is best for the people of Alabama and plans to decide the near future.”

With Governor Ivey seemingly on the verge of announcing her candidacy, questions naturally arise about the reverberating effect this will have on the existing field, especially on fundraising, geographical interests, and messaging strategy.

Will fundraising continue at the same pace for the other candidates? More than $1.5 million has been raised thus far in the governor’s race by other candidates. Have some donors been driven by the uncertainty of her candidacy? Will contributors we’ve yet to see begin showing up on her campaign finance reports?

Concerning geography, are we seeing regionalism break out in Alabama politics? Fundraising leaders in all the major statewide offices hail from north Alabama. Moreover, most donors to these campaigns are also from north Alabama. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle is currently the fundraising leader in the governor’s race. If Ivey’s entrance into the race fails to slow his fundraising momentum, then it will seem that Huntsville and the surrounding areas are intent on making a political power move.

Another question is how Ivey’s presence will change the messaging strategy of the other candidates if she runs. Ivey’s tenure has been marked by a perceptible calm settling over the state government in the wake of Bentley’s tumultuous departure. So far, the messaging of the other candidates has been heavily weighted on their ability to restore credibility to the office, i.e. to rid the state of the kind of shameful and corrupt conduct that became Bentley’s legacy. Will these candidates now be forced to shift their messaging to run against Kay Ivey instead of Robert Bentley? Will they begin to make the case that they’re better suited for the job than Ivey? For a governor who enjoys high approval ratings throughout the state, this will be a tough question to answer. Decisions will have to be made by campaign teams as to how and when to refine their messaging.

One thing is certain if Ivey jumps in the race as we now expect, no one knows exactly how campaign strategies will change. And, clearly, the core motivation of some candidates will remain unchanged, but in all likelihood, the race will soon take on a different disposition. In the next few weeks, it may feel as if the race to be the next governor of Alabama has started anew.

1 year ago

Alabama Rep. Will Ainsworth Announces Candidacy for Lt. Governor at Guntersville Rally

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Republican State Rep. Will Ainsworth held a rally in Guntersville Saturday evening to announce his candidacy for lieutenant governor. Elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2014, Ainsworth is from Alabama’s House District 27, which includes parts of Marshall, DeKalb, and Blount counties.

The focus of Ainsworth’s campaign includes continued ethics reforms, education, and economic development. A proponent of pre-K education and tech-school training to boost literacy and graduation rates.

On ethics, his campaign announcement states:

Since joining the Alabama House, Ainsworth has set himself apart from other members as a strong champion for ethics reform. A member of the House Ethics Committee, he signed Articles of Impeachment against former Gov. Robert Bentley and introduced strict term limits legislation. He also sponsored a recall measure that would allow voters to remove public officials who abuse their office.

His focus on pre-K education, technology in schools, and tech training are reflected in programs he helped launch in Marshall County—Project Literacy and Project Graduation. Like TV personality Mike Rowe, Ainsworth believes Alabama high-skill tech jobs and that youth should consider these positions as alternatives to college-track positions.

With a strong conservative voting record, Ainsworth has “helped kill over a billion dollars in taxes” and is a strong proponent of the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, adoption, religious liberty and other socially conservative causes. He also notes his strong support of “other commonsense conservative causes, such as abolishing Obama- era Common Core mandates…and opposing all state tax increases on the citizens of the state.”

Rep. Ainsworth is a commercial cattle farmer and also owns and operates Dream Ranch—”one of the most recognized hunting and fishing lodges in the United States and is founder of the Tennessee Valley Hunting and Fishing Expo, which draws more than 20,000 attendees annually and is one of the largest trade shows of its kind in the southeast.”

Ainsworth and his wife, Kendall, have three children – a daughter, Addie, and twin boys, Hunter and Hays and the family are members of Grace Fellowship Church in Albertville.

You can view Mr. Ainsworth’s campaign video here.

1 year ago

President and CEO of Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama Launches State House Bid

PRATTVILLE, Ala. — Jeremy Arthur, the president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, announced his run for the Alabama House of Representatives yesterday. He will run as Republican in District 88, which represents parts of Autauga and Elmore Counties.

“The hardworking men and women of District 88 deserve a representative who looks out for their best interests at the State House. I pledge to work every day to ensure our conservative principles are heard and respected in Montgomery,” Arthur said in a press release. “I uniquely understand the needs facing our local area. I will work hard to guarantee that Autauga and Elmore counties have what they need to continue to lead, grow, and succeed.”

Arthur has an extensive background working in organizations that represent Alabama businesses. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Main Street Alabama Board of Directors, the Business Education Alliance, the Governor’s Small Business Council, and the Governor’s Board on Broadband Development.

A graduate of Auburn University, the Prattville resident has served in many state and local organizations that work to give back to the community. He has served as president of the Prattville Rotary Club, campaign chair for the River Region United Way- Autauga County, president of Leadership Autauga, and president of the Prattville Baptist Hospital Advisory Council.

The seat is currently held by Republican Paul Beckman, who announced he will not run for reelection. The Republican Party primary election will be held on June 5, 2018.

1 year ago

Coalition of African-American Pastors Founder Endorses Roy Moore for U.S. Senate

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Rev. William Owens, the founder and President of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, has endorsed former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in the state’s U.S. Senate race. Owens showed his public support for Moore in a photo posted on Twitter featuring his family at an event for Moore.

In a tweet of his own, Moore thanked Owens and his group for backing his campaign. “Beautiful family! Thank you!” Moore wrote. “Honored to have the support of the Coalition of African-American Pastors!”

Moore elaborated on the endorsement for Yellowhammer and noted its significance in the fight for biblical causes. “I am honored to have the support of my friend Reverend Owens and the Coalition of African-American Pastors,” Moore said. “For over 20 years his organization has helped mobilize pastors in the African-American community to get involved in the important battles of our day, standing up for Godly principles and strengthening families. It is important, now more than ever, that we send someone to Washington who will stand up to the political establishment and for the people of Alabama.”

According to its website, the Coalition of African American Pastors, USA is a movement of evangelical Christians who support restoring the role of religion in American public life, protecting unborn children, and returning marriage to an institution between one man and one woman. It is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Roy Moore’s record in public life is one of a staunch social conservative. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary removed Moore from the bench in 2003 when he refused to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building, despite orders from a federal court to do so. After returning to the bench in 2013, he was again removed by the same court for an order he issued to state probate judges instructing them to violate the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

10 Republicans have officially declared their candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R). In addition to Moore, the final list of GOP contenders includes James Beretta, Joseph Breault, Randy Brinson, U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-5), Dom Gentile, Mary Maxwell, Bryan Peeples, State Senator Trip Pittman, and sitting U.S. Sen. Luther Strange.

Party primary elections will be held on August 15, with a possible runoff on September 26. The general election is set to take place on December 12.

1 year ago

Alabama Congressmen react to Comey testimony

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a much-anticipated hearing, former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday regarding his firing and the investigation of President Donald Trump.

“The administration chose to defame me and, more importantly, the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly run,” Comey said. “Those were lies, plain and simple.”

Although Comey strongly criticized his former boss, he did testify to many facts that counter narratives forwarded by the political left. Under oath, he said that Trump did not ask him to stop the Russia investigation and said that he did not find contact between members of Trump’s campaign and Russian officials to be unusual.

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, Comey refused to answer numerous questions with answers that could upset the efforts of special counsel.

Being the landmark event of the week on Capitol Hill, many members of the Alabama Congressional Delegation weighed on the Comey Spectacle.

Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) has been impressed by the style of the investigation so far, but he does not buy the liberal narrative that Russians or the actions of the FBI put Donald Trump in office

“Since day one, the Senate Intelligence Committee, along with the Justice Department, has been handling the allegations about Director Comey with transparency and professionalism, and today’s hearing shows they’re continuing to do so,” Strange said. “The American people elected Donald Trump as President. Not because of what the FBI director said or did last year, but because he understood their concerns and had a plan to make America great again. I’m working with his administration to do just that.”

On the other hand, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL1) is sick and tired of the media’s absurdity in its coverage of the Russia story. “Today’s testimony by James Comey was more of a media circus than any sort of productive hearing,” Byrne said. As I have said before, we should allow the investigatory process to play out and stop trying to litigate this issue in the national news media. We should follow the facts and the law and nothing but the facts and the law.”

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL3) agrees with Byrne and even went as far as to call the allegations against the administration false. “In November, the American people rejected the liberal media elite and the politics of personal destruction to elect Donald Trump president. Despite this, the Democrats and liberal media elite are relentless in attacking the president with false allegations in an attempt to stop his agenda,” Rogers said. “To date, there is no evidence of collusion between President Trump and the Russian government during the November election.”

Robert Aderholt (R-AL4) was most struck by what Comey did not say in his testimony. “[Comey] did not reveal how the Russians and/or the Trump campaign convinced Mrs. Clinton’s campaign to completely ignore the mathematically critical states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin during the last months of the 2016 campaign,” Aderholt said. “Simply put, anyone would be concerned about the Russians or any foreign country trying to involve themselves in American elections. But I think it is equally important to note that they did not affect the outcome. That belongs to the candidates.”

This article will be updated as more statements are released.

1 year ago

Birmingham businessman joins Alabama U.S. Senate race

United States Capitol (Photo: Eric B. Walker)
United States Capitol (Photo: Eric B. Walker)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Birmingham businessman Dominic “Dom” Gentile became the latest contender for Jeff Sessions’ former U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday when he announced he would be pursuing the Republican nomination. The 52 year old has never held political office, and he currently owns a commercial cleaning business with offices from Birmingham to Huntsville.

“I have never run for political office before. I owe nothing to anybody, and I’m not beholden to any special interests,” Gentile told “I will tell it like it is and I will support the people of Alabama regardless of whether it’s popular in Washington.”

His platform includes the support for a federal flat tax, balancing the federal budget, pro-life legislation, building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, and ending the “monopolistic behavior” of insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield .

With Gentile’s entry, the race for the Senate seat just got even tighter. On the Republican side, Sen. Luther Strange, Roy Moore, Rep. Ed Henry (R-Hartselle), and Randy Brinson of the Christian Coalition of Alabama have already declared. For now, the sole Democrat running is Ron Crumpton.

According to Gov. Kay Ivey’s (R-Ala.) declaration, the deadline for candidates to enter the race is May 17. Both Republicans and Democrats will hold their primaries on August 15, and the general election will be held on December 12.

1 year ago

YHRadio: Mayor Battle hopes to apply his Huntsville strategy for success to ALL of Alabama

Huntsville Major Tommy Battle joins Scott Chambers and Andre Tice on Yellowhammer Radio to talk about his recent announcement to run for Alabama Governor in 2018. Mayor Battle lays out his plan to improve the state, which includes a greater emphasis on education, attracting more economic prospects, and repairing the state highways that Scott Chambers commutes on.

The full conversation with Mayor Battle can be heard on the Yellowhammer Radio podcast or in the video above.

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Scott Chambers:

We are joined right now on the Yellowhammer news hotline by the one, the only Mayor Tommy Battle of Huntsville, Alabama. Mayor Battle welcome into Yellowhammer Radio. How are you doing, sir?

Mayor Tommy Battle:

Doing fine, how are y’all doing this morning?

Scott Chambers:

Livin’ the dream.

Mayor Tommy Battle:


Andrea Tice:

Glad to have you on board. Excited to hear about you throwing your hat into the ring. I think this is the first time a mayor, this is what Scott has told me-

Scott Chambers:

This is true.

Andrea Tice:

That you are the first mayoral candidate to enter the governor’s race.

Scott Chambers:

Not enter the race, but there has never been a mayor in state history to take the office of governor.

Andrea Tice:

Got it.

Scott Chambers:

So how do you feel about your chances, Mayor Battle?

Mayor Tommy Battle:

We’ve never had a mayor elected governor, that’s why we’ve gotten into the problems that we’ve gotten into.’Cause mayors have to solve problems, it’s interesting, we solve problems in the grocery store line. We’re standing there getting groceries, somebody comes up to us and if there’s a problem, we have to take care of them.

And that’s the same way government’s gotta be. It’s gotta be a person to person government, and we’ve been very, very fortunate. In the north Alabama area we’ve had some great successes, and hopefully we can transfer those successes to the state.

Scott Chambers:

That’s a beautiful answer. That’s a great answer. ‘Cause Andrea and I were talking about this off the air. We’ve had no mayor elected as governor, but we need that because you guys, you balance budgets, you work with city councils, you work with the entire state to make your city prosper, and you’ve certainly done that in Huntsville. I first visited Huntsville when I was a kid, and then I guess when I was about 18 years old, I made my first trip solo to Huntsville to visit friends, and I’ve spent many, many weekends in that fine city over the years. And if you go back five years, you go back 10 years, especially 15 years, and you look at the progress in what you have done as mayor of Huntsville, a big pat on the back to you. Because Huntsville is a beautiful city and there’s been so much progress under your leadership.

Mayor Tommy Battle:

We’re real proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish. I moved up to Huntsville in 1980 from Birmingham. I grew up in Birmingham down on Rocky Ridge Road many moons ago. Went to Berry High School down there, and 10 to 60 percent of our people are from somewhere else. As we come in, we try to bring good ideas from areas … Some of the not so good ideas, we try to make sure they stay out of our public policy and it’s been a real successful track record that we’ve been able to do in the last 10 years with jobs, and schools, and education … And you know, touching on all the things that really helped our community grow and state grow.

Scott Chambers:

You mention education there, which is a real important thing for the state of Alabama. I know as mayor of Huntsville, you’ve overseen 250 million dollars in new school facilities. If elected governor of Alabama, will you continue that push for better education in the state?

Mayor Tommy Battle:

Oh gosh, education is key. It’s paramount to being able to recruit industry and recruit jobs. Mrs. Battle was a kindergarten teacher for 27 years and now runs a little nonprofit that gives back materials to teachers. And education is the key for any of our success that we can have. We’ve got to make that one of the number one issues that’s out there because we have great education in a bunch of areas, in quite a few areas across the state, but then you have some key areas that we’ve gotta work on, and as we work on those key areas, and we can bring those up, it brings our whole economic prospects up for the state.

Scott Chambers:

Excellent. Well you know, that’s … Another thing that I want to talk about, and sometimes we laugh and joke because I drive. I live in Etowah county, in south side, and I drive to the studio every day to Birmingham. So, I drive roughly 140 miles round trip each and every day. I drive on state highways.

Mayor Tommy Battle:


Scott Chambers:

State highways to someone that drives every day, it’s a pain in my rear, sir, and I know that you have overseen a pay as you go solution there in Huntsville for 500 million dollars in road and infrastructure projects. If elected governor of Alabama, will you assure me and all the other drivers out there we’re gonna have a good road system in this state?

Mayor Tommy Battle:

Well, we’ve got to work on the roads. I mean, that’s gonna be key to us. When you start looking at I-65, which is over capacity [inaudible 00:04:13] and everybody knows that little slow down period just because you’re over capacity. And you compare 65 to what Georgia’s done on I-75 going north and south through the state.

Scott Chambers:

Mm-hmm (affirmative)

Mayor Tommy Battle:

I-75 is six, eight, 10 lanes all the way across.

Scott Chambers:


Mayor Tommy Battle:

We’re sitting here with the majority of 65 is four lanes. You just cannot compare. You compare the economic development of every interchange in Georgia on I-75 versus economic development on our interchanges on I-65. Those are things that you want to invest in, and it is an investment, it costs money, but you have to invest in that to become a prosperous state, to become a state with good jobs and good paying jobs, and to improve your job standards and your quality of living.

Andrea Tice:

Mayor Battle, I have a question. Scott mentioned the pay as you go program which you instituted or implemented at least in Huntsville

Mayor Tommy Battle:


Andrea Tice:

Can you explain that more to the person who’s not from Huntsville, who’s … This is a new concept and how that works and how it’s benefited your area?

Mayor Tommy Battle:

Sure. We’re in Washington, D.C. right now and most of your state highway money and federal highway money is a 90/10 mix. 90 percent federal money and 10 percent local money. We stepped up with the state, and we went to the state because it was crucial that we had some roads built that would keep us on roads prosperity, keep us being able to bring in jobs, bring in industry.

So, we committed 25 million dollars a year to put to roads and road building, and that’s the 25 million dollars a year, year in and year out, that we’ve committed from now until through the foreseeable future. And the state matched our 25 million dollars. So they put up their 25 million dollars.

What it did, it helped them take the money that the state gives [inaudible 00:06:03] and really multiply it so that they can get more road projects out of it because we’re paying more than our fair share for it, and they can use it for somebody else’s match if they need to, but for us it was crucial to pay that just so that we could go ahead and get roads and we could get them into [inaudible 00:06:20] on them in the next seven to eight years. And as we’ve done that … And it’s a pay as you go, it’s not a bonded out, it’s not gonna have our kids paying for it for twenty years. We don’t have that generational debt which I almost call generational theft, which you know, we want something now but we don’t want to pay for it so let’s push it off on our kids. To me I think that’s one of the most important conservative values you can have is that you pay for what you get.

Andrea Tice:

All right, then while we’re talking about money, let me just change the topic just a little bit because there’s a story that came out recently about a woman in Birmingham who was able to defraud the Social Security System for probably roughly 10 years. Even after she was convicted of killing her own husband and that’s where she got the benefits from. Then we’ve got another story coming out of Florida, which is just one state over, of millions and millions of dollars being paid out in Medicaid fraud to people who had fraud allegations against them. So, let’s talk about that whole arena here in Alabama, and what would be some of the first steps you would take as governor to address that issue?

Mayor Tommy Battle:

You know, fraud abuse is something that we all need to jump on but it’s very tough to address situations where most of the work that they’re doing and they’re talking about doing is federal programs being administered federally.

Andrea Tice:

Mm-hmm (affirmative)

Mayor Tommy Battle:

We need to be more [inaudible 00:07:43] out in Washington. I’m in Washington right now and we’re talking to a congressional delegation and our senators and talking about the need for Medicaid. You need to have Block Grants coming down. The state knows how to administer that money much better than the federal government.

Andrea Tice:

Mm-hmm (affirmative)-

Mayor Tommy Battle:

Those kind of issues coming back home to us gives us a local control over it so that we can address what’s actually needed but also we can address the wrongs in the system also. As we work through this it’s gonna be very important to us that we continue to go to the federal government and try to get their fingers out of what we do in the state because I really feel like the state and our local officials have a better idea about where we need to go and what we need to do.

Scott Chambers:

So you’re definitely a states’ rights guy there

Mayor Tommy Battle:

(laughs) Definitely a states’ rights guy. I’m a local community guy. It’s kind of interesting, sometimes the state legislature will send things to the cities because they want to kind of control what the cities do and I keep looking at them and say “Man, y’all the guys that don’t want the federal government stepping into your business and then you step into a local situation.”

Andrea Tice:


Mayor Tommy Battle:

So, I think all of us need to stay in our lanes.

Scott Chambers:

Well our guest is Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle who is running for governor of Alabama and in the final few moments here I have one question and then I want to close out and find out who you are. But before we get to that I want to ask, you know the last administration that just left office in Montgomery … The word corruption keeps coming up, time and time again. Alabama politics have been known for corruption. If elected governor of this state, what will you do to cut down on corruption in Montgomery?

Mayor Tommy Battle:

Well, I think it’s more important that we walk the walk rather than talk the talk. We’ve had many, many people talk the talk of, “I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna do that. Uhh, you know, uhh w-we’re all good Christian fellows who- who are running for office.” But more importantly, we’ve gotta walk that walk. For nine years we’ve been able to walk the walk of a good honest government that responds to the people, a government that addresses issues that are important. And that’s the only way to build confidence in your government. You’ve gotta tell the people “Hey, there’s a plan, there’s a strategy.” And the end result to that plan and strategy is jobs, is a prosperous community. And if you can make them understand that and work with them so that they can have confidence in you, that’s the only way to get confidence back in your government. And we have lost confidence in our government over the last three years with everything that’s gone on.

Andrea Tice:

Yes, that is true. I’m glad you’re identifying the confidence factor that’s been lost, the trust factor.

Scott Chambers:

No question. Well, in our final few moments here tell us: who is Tommy Battle? Tell us about yourself, for those that around the state, that in north Alabama, most everyone knows the name, knows who you are. In south Alabama, there’s a few people that may not know who the mayor of Huntsville is. So, who is Tommy Battle?

Mayor Tommy Battle:

You know, I think the biggest thing to say is that I learned a lot of values from my parents. I learned from my parents, my mom and my dad, the value of hard work. Working in the back halls of Britling’s Cafeterias which was the family business. Working back there you [inaudible 00:11:04] and everything else, you learn the value of hard work.

But also, going through … Growing up in Birmingham, working in Mobile part-time to get through school, coming to Huntsville … We’ve been able to have some achievements, and the great thing about it is, going to Montgomery it won’t have to be on the job training. We already have a strategy, a plan that has been very successful in the north Alabama area … Can we transfer that to Montgomery, and make Montgomery successful also, and can we pull back confidence in Montgomery? Those are some of the key issues that I think everybody should look at when they’re looking for their next gubernatorial candidate.

Scott Chambers:

Absolutely. Mayor Tommy Battle, we appreciate you being on with us here on Yellowhammer Radio today. We look forward to continuing this conversation as the campaign moves forward and look forward to having you here in studio with us some time.

Mayor Tommy Battle:

Great, I’m looking forward to it.

Andrea Tice:

All right, have a great time up there in D.C.

Scott Chambers:

All right, take care, sir. Absolutely.

Mayor Tommy Battle:

All right, thank you.

Scott Chambers:

Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle on Yellowhammer Radio we’ll come back and take your phone calls, go through some of the rest of the news of the day. You can listen to the program of course on 101.1 FM, 95.3 FM in Birmingham, and also 1260 AM as well. Check us out online,, tweet the program @yhnradio. Your phone calls coming up next 866-551-9933. We are live from the call, heating and air studio.

2 years ago

Democratic congressman contests Alabama’s Electoral College vote alleging Russia interfered

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In the latest challenge to the legitimacy of the election, House Democrats attempted to protest the Electoral College vote that secured Donald J. Trump the next Presidency of the United States. On Friday, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) objected to Alabama’s electoral votes, arguing that Russia interfered in the democratic process.

The EC held its vote back on Dec. 19, but Congress was not able to certify it until today after the new members had been sworn in.

The Democrats’ challenge was shot down, as it did not have a signature from the Senate. When the topic of Russian interference was brought up, the chamber was filled with boos from the Republican majority.

Ever since Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election in an epic collapse, Democrats have attempted to undermine American’s faith in the fairness of the election by alleging Russian tampering and challenging the necessity of the Electoral College.

Clinton was dominated in the EC on election night, and her results only got worse when the college met to hold its vote in December. While Democratic activists were trying to inspire “faithless electors” to defect on Trump, Clinton actually had more defections than her Republican counterpart.

According to The Daily Caller, Five Washington Democratic electors did not vote for Clinton. Another three electors in Maine, Minnesota and Colorado tried to buck Clinton, but were blocked from doing so by state laws. Only two Republican electors did not back Trump and voted for Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) and libertarian icon Ron Paul respectively.

This afternoon, Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL5) highlighted the Democrats persistent unwillingness to accept the election results.

With all the formalities completed, there is now no doubt that Donald Trump will be the next president. He will be sworn in at the Capitol on Jan. 20.

2 years ago

Alabama AG Strange will run for Sessions’ Senate seat in ’18

Attorney General Luther Strange

Attorney General Luther Strange
Attorney General Luther Strange

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is the latest to express his desire for Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat, albeit in a different way than those preceding him. Although Strange said he would take the appointment to the U.S. Senate should Gov. Bentley (R-Ala.) select him, he told The Weekly Standard that he plans to run for the seat outright in the 2018 midterm special election.

While he is excited at the prospect of representing Alabama in the Senate, he noted that now is the time to focus on the honor bestowed upon Jeff Sessions, the likely next Attorney General of the United States. “I think this is the right thing for me to do,” he told TWS. “There will be a time to decide who will try to fill those shoes, but that is for another day. Today is about Jeff Sessions, the legacy he leaves behind, and the good work for our country we know he is yet to achieve.”

Strange has served as Alabama’s AG since 2011, and he received his B.A. and J.D. from Tulane University. During the past five years, Strange’s office has challenged the Obama Administration on EPA regulations, immigration enforcement, and the President’s transgender directive. He also worked to shut down highly popular fantasy sports sites in the state such as DraftKings and FanDuel by claiming the activities constitute gambling under state law and are therefore illegal.

Several other Alabama public officials have thrown their hat into the ring to claim Sessions’ seat. Three members of Alabama’s Congressional Delegation – Mo Brooks (R-AL5), Robert Aderholt (R-AL4), and Bradley Byrne (R-AL1) – have expressly declared that they would like to fill the vacancy.


2 years ago

A ‘yes’ vote for Alabama Amendment 14 will protect local laws and preserve our way of life


On Nov. 8, Alabamians not only will have the opportunity to help choose the next President of the United States, but they will also vote on 14 proposed state constitutional amendments. One of these, Amendment 14, is critical to helping protect Alabama families by validating hundreds of local laws that support our volunteer fire departments, EMTs, sheriffs, hospitals and schools.

Here’s what the amendment says:

“Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to amend Amendment 448 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 71.01 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, to ratify, approve, validate, and confirm the application of any budget isolation resolution relating to a bill proposing a local law adopted by the Legislature before November 8, 2016, that conformed to the rules of either body of the Legislature at the time it was adopted.”

In layman’s terms, this means that a “yes” vote will validate nearly 700 local laws that have been passed since 1984 and that affect all 67 counties. Validating these laws creates no new taxes. By voting yes, voters will allow their communities to continue to protect their families, defend their way of life and secure the future of their children.

Currently, legal questions over “Budget Isolation Resolution” votes threaten a wide array of local laws. Amendment 14 seeks to protect the validity of these local laws that have passed between 1984 and 2016, as long as they were approved using proper legislative rules at the time of their passage.

According to the Alabama Policy Institute, “This amendment would add language to the Alabama Constitution prescribing that any bill passed by way of a budget isolation resolution that ‘conformed to the rules of either body at the time it was adopted’ should be rendered effective, if adopted before November 8, 2016.”

Numerous big-time conservative law-makers have come out in favor of the amendment, including State Senators Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills) and Del Marsh (R-Anniston).

Waggoner said that unless the amendment is passed, it could have serious results all over the state.

“It has affected funding for the courts, funding for the schools, funding for fire departments,” Waggoner told ABC 33/40. “It’s really far reaching. It affects every county in Alabama.”

In the Anniston Star, Marsh also emphasized the numerous areas of policy that could be devastated without Amendment 14. “All across Alabama, these bills include local support for education, health care, public safety, jobs and many other worthwhile local projects and protections,” he wrote in an op-ed. “As you can see, if this happens, the impact would be disastrous.”

So, on Nov. 8, to protect all of the hard work that has been done to improve and protect the lives of Alabamians, vote “yes” on Amendment 14.

2 years ago

Record number of Alabamians register to vote for 2016 election

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — 584,252 new voters have registered in Alabama, according to the State Secretary of State’s Office, which is the largest number in state history. In total, Alabama now has 3,330,802 registered voters.

“When we took Office in January of 2015, we committed to make sure every eligible U.S. citizen that is a resident of Alabama be registered to vote and have a valid photo id. With the help of our very capable team and the people of Alabama we have made great strides to accomplish this goal, and for that I say thank you,” Secretary of State John Merrill (R-Ala.) wrote in a press release.

Merrill’s office reported a surge in applications before the deadline last Monday, Oct. 24. The Secretary predicted that he would see the highest number of registrations ever, a prediction that ultimately came true.

In addition to registering, participating voters in Alabama are also subject to the state’s voter ID law. Upon checking-in at their precinct, voters must present one of the pre-approved forms of identification, such as an Alabama driver’s license. If a person does not have one of the approved forms of ID, he or she may apply to get one from the state for free.

While the presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has gotten the lion’s share of the press, Alabama’s state government and various localities have important offices up for grabs as well. On the federal level, the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Richard Shelby (R) is in contention, as are the seats of Alabama’s seven U.S. House Representatives. Statewide, Alabamians will consider fourteen amendments to the state constitution that can be approved with a majority of the vote.

RELATED: An Alabama voters’ quick guide to state amendments on the Nov. ballot

Alabama voters also need to be careful not to snap a photo in their voting booth. “Voting selfies” are expressly legal in 21 states and the District of Columbia, but they are banned in Alabama. According to the legal researchers at Vox, absolutely no photos of ballots are allowed; voters have “a right to cast a ballot in secrecy and in private.”

RELATED: ‘Voting Selfies’ illegal in Alabama

2 years ago

Shelby slams FBI director in scathing new letter about Clinton investigation

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an stunning and unexpected move, the FBI announced that it is assessing new emails “pertinent” to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Alabama Senator Richard Shelby (R) immediately weighed in and ripped into FBI Director James Comey for his previous decision to not press charges.

Comey let Clinton off the hook earlier this year because he stated his agency failed to accumulate enough evidence to prove that Clinton acted with criminal intent. According to The Hill, the new emails were uncovered as a result of a separate investigation into Anthony Weiner, who allegedly sent sexually explicit messages to an underage girl. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, is a long time aide to Clinton.

You can view the text of Shelby’s scathing letter below.

Dear Director Comey:

I am writing in response to the letter you sent me regarding the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) intention to re-open the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Due to the serious nature of this matter, I request that the FBI expeditiously and thoroughly conduct its review.

In July, you held a press conference where you explained to the American people that Secretary Clinton was “extremely careless” with classified information while using a private e-mail server. Unfortunately, it has now become apparent that the FBI, with all its extensive resources and highly-trained personnel, closed an incomplete investigation that resulted in only partial findings. I firmly believe that the American people deserve to know the facts – all of them.

There is much at stake in how this investigation is conducted. Not only is the Bureau’s examination a reflection on the current Administration and Secretary Clinton, but it is also critical to the integrity of the FBI and the American people’s ability to place their trust in government. I believe that your recommendation and the Department of Justice’s decision not to prosecute Secretary Clinton set a dangerous precedent for the way we hold our public officials accountable.

While I am pleased that the FBI is re-opening this case in light of new information, it is imperative that the Bureau immediately evaluate the material to complete this investigation. The American people are electing their next Commander-in-Chief only days from now, and they deserve to know the conclusion of your review prior to Election Day. Let me be clear: This should be your utmost priority.


Richard C. Shelby

2 years ago

Huntsville mayor leads effort to pass Alabama’s 21st Century Manufacturing Zone Act


Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle is leading a statewide effort to garner voter support for Amendment 11 on the upcoming Nov. 8 ballot.

“Simply put, Amendment 11 means jobs and economic growth for Alabama,” said Battle.

The constitutional amendment, unanimously approved by the Alabama Senate and House of Representatives, is designed to help Alabama’s cities secure major industrial projects. Battle is championing the amendment because of Huntsville’s recent success in recruiting 16,000 new jobs with companies like Polaris, Remington, and GE Aviation.

“Competition for top industries is fierce and we are vying against well-oiled recruitment teams from other states and countries,” said Battle. “We need every tool in the economic toolkit if Alabama is going to capture the good-paying jobs and quality industries we want. Amendment 11 gives us that tool.”

Officially called the 21st Century Manufacturing Zone Act, Amendment 11 essentially allows industry to repay local governments for the incentives required to secure the project. Battle calls it “a win-win for taxpayers, citizens, and industry.”

The legislation is only applicable to big industrial projects and requires a minimum investment of $100 million on a site larger than 250 contiguous acres. Local governments can create a Tax Increment Financing Zone (TIF) where revenues generated from increased property values within the zone repay incentives for the project. This allows the industry to pay for its own incentives, without sacrificing current tax revenues generated for roads, schools, and public safety.

“We don’t want voters to be confused when they see the word ‘tax’ in the TIF definition on the ballot,” said Battle. “There are no new taxes and no loss of current tax revenues. Only new revenues produced within the tax district as a result of the $100 plus million dollar investment will be used to refund cities for the cost of incentives.”

The Amendment is drawing support from the Alabama League of Municipalities, Alabama Department of Commerce, Business Council of Alabama, Economic Development Association of Alabama, and from elected and business leaders across the state. Mayors from the River Region, Shoals, Wiregrass, and Sand Mountain have stepped up to say “yes” to Amendment 11 as well as Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz, Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange.

“It puts the financial responsibility back on the industries and protects taxpayer dollars,” said Strange.

Jim Page, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, believes the Amendment gives less wealthy communities a chance to land big industries. “If they meet the requirements, these communities can compete now,” Page said. “They wouldn’t be able to afford to without it.”

Battle determined there are at least 84 industrial sites in Alabama that could potentially benefit from voter approval of Amendment 11.

“The goal is to streamline the process so that we don’t lose major industrial prospects that could bring thousands of good-paying jobs to Alabama,” he said.

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