2 years ago

VIDEO: Trump’s growing legal problems, Sen. Doug Jones wants a ‘pause’ on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Mo Brooks and Sen. Elizabeth Warren differ on immigration and more on Guerrilla Politics

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and Dr. Waymon Burke take you through this week’s biggest political stories, including:

— How will these latest legal issues affect the Trump presidency and his effectiveness?

— Who is more in touch with the American people on immigration, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-Huntsville) or Senator Elizabeth Warren?

— Was Senator Doug Jones right to call for a “pause” in Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation process?

Brooks joins Jackson and Burke to discuss his his comments on Mollie Tibbetts’ death and Republicans’ chances in the midterms.

Jackson closes the show with a “parting shot” explaining why he thinks President Donald Trump should resign.

Guerrilla Politics – 8/26/18

VIDEO: Trump's growing legal problems, Alabama Senator Doug Jones wants a "pause" on Kavanaugh's confirmation, Congressman Mo Brooks and Senator Elizabeth Warren differ on immigration, and more on Guerrilla Politics

Posted by Yellowhammer News on Sunday, August 26, 2018

5 mins ago

7 Things: Biden and Ivey keep masks on, cautious start for coming legislative session, Alabama Dems must want Mo Brooks to be a senator and more …

7. Biden’s plan for vaccinations is already on pace

  • For as much as the incoming Biden administration proclaimed the previous administration was a disaster on the coronavirus, you would think that they would set goals that far outpace the criticized output for vaccine rollout, but this is not the case. Vaccine delivery is already on pace for 100 million vaccines in 100 days.
  • Despite this fact, which angered President Joe Biden, some in the Biden administration claim that the administration is starting their distribution program from scratch. Dr. Anthony Fauci denies this.

6. Just stop with impeachment


  • As if the nation hasn’t suffered enough from phony and politically-motivated impeachments, freshman U.S. Representative  Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has already filed articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden over his interactions with Ukraine. This is going nowhere.
  • Greene said, “President Joe Biden is unfit to hold the office of the Presidency. His pattern of abuse of power as President Obama’s Vice President is lengthy and disturbing.” She cited Biden’s threat to withhold a loan to Ukraine unless a prosecutor who was investigating Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company that employed Hunter Biden as part of the younger Biden’s scheme  “to siphon off cash from America’s greatest enemies Russia and China” using his dad as leverage, was fired.

5. Keystone Pipeline shutdown wipes out up to 11,000 jobs 

  • In a move that made American liberals and foreign governments very happy, President Joe Biden decided that the previously-approved Keystone Pipeline should be stopped mid-construction. 
  • Biden’s campaign slogan was “Build Back Better,” but the cancellation of the 1,700-mile pipeline stops 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf Coast. This is a costly decision because it ends around 11,000 American jobs that would have generated $1.6 billion in wages.

4. Alabama Democrats hammer Mo Brooks

  • Coming off his controversial speech that took place six hours before the U.S. Capitol riots, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) has drawn fire from the Alabama Democratic Party and former U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith (D-Huntsville).
  • The Alabama Democratic Party is selling “No Mo Bullshit” merchandise to raise money from their email list, and Griffth recorded a YouTube video with 23 views, as of this writing, saying that Brooks should resign. He stated, “He chose to support domestic terrorism over the Constitution and has showed no remorse for his actions. Mo Brooks has become dangerous to democracy. He has disgraced and embarrassed the state of Alabama. Mo Brooks must face the consequences of his actions.  Congress must act now to expel him.”

3. Two-week pause after the beginning of the legislative session

  • The legislative session for the Alabama Legislature will begin on February 2, and now House Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) has said that they will take a break after the first two weeks to assess the coronavirus pandemic situation and how it’s impacting work.
  • This will also be done to make sure that there isn’t an outbreak of cases, and it’ll be time to figure out which legislation needs to be prioritized. It appears that discussions surrounding re-upping economic incentives, coronavirus liability immunity for responsible businesses and gambling matters are all on the table, along with the normal business of passing operating budgets.

2. Biden: Take a mask with you to travel (like you already were)

  • President Joe Biden is planning to require people to wear masks when they travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, a vast majority of people are already doing this as airlines require it.
  • Biden is also looking to increase vaccine supply and testing for the coronavirus. The White House official directing the national response to the pandemic, Jeff Zients, said, “We need to ask average Americans to do their part.”

1. 15 more days to stop the spread for 6 more weeks

  • Governor Kay Ivey has announced that the statewide mask mandate will be in effect until at least March 5 at 5:00 p.m. There were no other major changes to the statewide emergency health order. Ivey said that the masks remain “the one step that we can all take in order to keep some balance in our daily lives, and stay healthy and safe.”
  • One change in the order was allowing more flexibility in recruiting poll workers for upcoming elections across the state. Although, in her statements, Ivey focused on the high number of hospitalizations the state has seen. She said that “of the 1,600 ICU beds in our state, 1,561 were occupied” last week.

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State Sen. Barfoot: Expect effort from legislature to pare down, take away state health officer’s authority to shut down businesses, churches

On Thursday, Gov. Kay Ivey announced she was extending the statewide mask mandate through March 5, exercising powers granted to her under the coronavirus emergency.

The edict is a far cry from last year’s statewide shutdown, which was imposed at the direction of State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris.  However, according to State Sen. Will Barfoot (R-Pike Road), there will be an effort to change some aspects of executive authority regarding the Emergency Management Act of 1955 on the table when the legislature meets for its 2021 regular session in less than two weeks.

During an appearance on “The Jeff Poor Show” on FM Talk 106.5 in Mobile, Barfoot touted legislation originally introduced by State Sen. Tom Whatley (R-Auburn) last year to be reintroduced this year, which could “pare down” the State Health Officer’s authority and give the legislature a say in the extension of an emergency order.


“In my opinion, if session had not been halted last year like it was, the Senate at least would have passed Senator Whatley’s bill, and I suspect that — well, I know that bill is coming up,” Barfoot explained. “I’m a co-sponsor on that again. The purpose of that bill is not to belittle or cast aspersions on any one individual. It’s the Emergency Management Act of 1955, which grants certain authority and powers to an unelected position, the state health officer position. No matter who that may be, tomorrow or 15, 20 years from now — Senator Whatley’s bill, in essence, would grant some of that authority, or pull back some of that authority from that unelected position and give it rightly to the chief executive of the state, an elected official, and at this point, Governor Ivey, and then also have some balance from the legislative branch. You know, our nation was built on judicial, executive and legislative branches having co-equal amounts of authority and there’s a balancing act there. And that’s also true for the state. And I guess since March, May, whenever we officially sine died, the legislative body has really not had a say because we haven’t been in session. The only way we can be called back into session is by the governor’s special session.”

“We’re looking forward to addressing Senator Whatley’s bill and hopefully making some changes that would maybe pare down that authority or take that authority away to arbitrarily shut down businesses and people’s lives, churches from an unelected official,” he added. “Again, not a dis at Dr. Harris, who has been in a difficult, difficult position. But it would simply be giving the governor the authority to make those decisions. She is the highest elected official of the executive branch in the state. And then also, as I said, some balance from the legislative body where when we’re in session, we can elect to extend any emergency orders or not. When we’re not in session, you still would have the Speaker of the House as well as the Pro-Tem to be able to sign off on a resolution one way or another as it relates to those executive emergency orders.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.

1 hour ago

Mo Brooks says polling shows high favorables, high statewide name ID among Alabama GOP primary voters despite Electoral College challenge

It has been more than two weeks since U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) took part in an Electoral College challenge, which also included speaking at a rally in support of the challenge earlier in the day.

While Brooks has faced widespread criticism from his Democrat colleagues and liberal voices in the mainstream press, he maintains he is still held in favor by Alabama Republicans.

During an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5’s “The Jeff Poor Show,” Brooks offered an assessment of his constituents’ reactions and those statewide based on both anecdotal interactions and on polling.


“They’re split,” he said. “But I’ll give you an example — in Republican ranks, overwhelming support for the positions I have taken. Yesterday, before flying to Washington, I went to a Republican Women of Madison Club meeting. When I walked in the door, they gave me a standing ovation. I had to leave before Will Ainsworth gave his speech, but when I walked out the door, they interrupted the proceedings and gave me a standing ovation. It kind of depends on which group of people you talk to. Of course, the socialists — they despise me because I’m willing to stand up and fight for the foundational principles that made us who we are as a nation. I don’t just talk the talk. I also walk the walk and they don’t like that because apparently to some degree, I’m somewhat persuasive in helping people to understand why these values need to be promoted and protected, the same values that have served us so well.”

“On the Republican side, you’ve got establishment folks that are kind of squishy,” Brooks continued. “They see the federal government as a vehicle by which you can get special benefits, tax favors or money, and they want congressmen and senators who can kind of work behind the scenes and cut whatever deals there are to be cut to improve the financial stature of what Jeff Sessions called our ‘masters of the universe’ crowd. They are very, very uncomfortable with my taking of positions of the conservative nature. But the vast, vast majority of the rank and file Republicans — they’re very supportive. There have been two polls done one with 1,100 Republican primary voters in Alabama. My name ID statewide is up to 81%. My favorable-unfavorable ratio is about 3.5 favorable to 1 unfavorable. That’s gold in any kind of election to have that kind of margin. And then there was one done last in my congressional district, and in the fifth congressional district, where voters know me better and they like the principled positions I take, the favorable-unfavorable ratio amongst Republicans was 4.5 to 1. That’s excellent. That’s outstanding.”

“So it really depends, Jeff, on who you speak to,” he added. “I understand the socialists don’t like me but that’s because I’m coming right at them. I disagree with the basic premise that the government knows more about how we should run our lives than we do. That is the exact antithesis of liberty and freedom, and also strongly disagree with those socialist voter blocs that would rather vote for a living than work for one because long-term, that doesn’t work. That’s just a system based on greed, where you’re envious of other people’s hard-earned money and you try to take it from them to give to yourself rather than earning it yourself, as those other people did.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.

14 hours ago

Bill O’Brien hired as Crimson Tide offensive coordinator

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban on Thursday evening announced the hire of Bill O’Brien as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

O’Brien arrives in Tuscaloosa after six-plus years as the head coach of the NFL’s Houston Texans, where he compiled a 52-48 record that included four AFC South titles, four playoff appearances and two appearances in the AFC Divisional Round.

A release from Alabama Athletics noted that O’Brien’s offenses in Houston proved to be balanced and potent with the Texans ranking in the top-10 in the league in rushing yards, while quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 4,165 yards in 2018 and 3,852 yards in 2019.

“We are pleased and happy to be able to add Bill O’Brien to our coaching staff,” Saban said in a statement. “He has a wealth of experience as both an offensive coordinator and head coach in the NFL and college. Bill is one of the brightest offensive minds in football, an outstanding teacher and excellent recruiter. He will strengthen our coaching staff and give our players the best possible chance to be successful.”


O’Brien fills the vacancy left by Steve Sarkisian becoming the Texas Longhorns’ head coach.

“I am honored and excited to join Coach Saban’s staff at The University of Alabama,” O’Brien stated. “I have an incredible amount of admiration for the rich football tradition at this University and the success Coach Saban has had during his time in Tuscaloosa. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with some of the best football players in the country, while helping to continue the success this program has enjoyed for many years.”

Prior to joining the Texans, he took on one of the tallest tasks in college football history when he was named head coach at Penn State on January 6, 2012, succeeding Joe Paterno. O’Brien spent two years leading the Nittany Lions program, posting a 15-9 overall record and a 10-6 mark in the Big Ten. During that time, Penn State was under a four-season postseason ban and a loss of 40 scholarships due to the child sex abuse scandal that occurred during Paterno’s tenure.

O’Brien was named the Bear Bryant, Maxwell Football Club and ESPN National Coach of the Year after winning more games than any other first-year head coach in the program’s previous 125 seasons during the 2012 season.

Before his time at Penn State, O’Brien spent five years on Bill Belichick’s staff in New England, including calling offensive plays for three seasons and serving as the offensive coordinator in 2011. He coached in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI and was Tom Brady’s position coach during his 2010 MVP season.

All together, O’Brien boasts 28 years of collegiate and NFL coaching experience and was last a college offensive coordinator at Duke during the 2005-06 seasons. Prior to his time with the Blue Devils, O’Brien served as the running backs coach at Maryland (2004) after spending eight years at Georgia Tech in a myriad of roles, including graduate assistant, running backs, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks and assistant head coach (1995-2002). O’Brien started his career at Brown, coaching the tight ends in 1993 and the inside linebackers in 1994.

This came after O’Brien played linebacker and defensive end at Brown from 1990-92 and graduated with a double concentration in political science and organizational behavioral management. He and his wife, Colleen, have two sons, Jack and Michael.

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

15 hours ago

Auburn trustee, Mobile native Lloyd Austin granted congressional waiver, paving way for confirmation as defense secretary

U.S. Army General Lloyd J. Austin (Ret.) on Thursday was granted a waiver through votes by both chambers of Congress, allowing him to be confirmed as the next secretary of the Department of Defense.

The waiver for Austin, who retired from active duty in 2016, was required because federal law mandates that the Secretary of Defense either be a civilian or someone who has been retired from the military for seven or more years.

The House of Representatives bipartisanly voted 326-78 to grant the waiver; the Senate shortly thereafter voted 69-27 to do the same. All members of Alabama’s congressional delegation voted in favor of the waiver for Austin, who is a native of Mobile.

He also currently serves on the Auburn University board of trustees.


U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) on Thursday morning had led a letter joined by fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus urging her colleagues to support the waiver.

“I proudly support granting a waiver for Mobile, Alabama native and retired Four-Star General Lloyd Austin to serve as first Black Secretary of Defense,” Sewell said in a statement. “General Austin has an exemplary 41-year career of service and his battle-proven leadership and independence demonstrate he is the right choice to lead the Pentagon during these difficult times. We face many challenges as a nation, not least among them a historic pandemic that has disproportionately impacted communities of color and an unprecedented rise of white supremacist and far right-wing domestic terrorist groups. I’m confident in General Austin’s commitment and ability to course-correct and secure our nation from threats at home and abroad.”

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-03), the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, also voiced his support for Austin, while raising process concerns. Rogers made his thoughts clear in remarks on the floor.

“I believe General Austin understands the threats we face,” the East Alabama congressman said, in part. “I believe he respects the principle of civilian control. I believe he will stand up to the efforts of many in the Democrat majority who seek to slash defense funding and rewrite our defense strategy.”

After a nearly 41-year decorated military career, Austin retired as a four-star general. Some of his former posts include service as the commander of U.S. Central Command, commander of the Combined Forces in Iraq and Syria, and as the 33rd vice chief of staff of the Army.

Austin is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds master’s degrees from Auburn and Webster University. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Auburn, and his wife, Charlene, is also an Auburn graduate.

Additionally, the retired general currently serves on the board of directors for Raytheon Technologies and Nucor, both of which have significant Alabama presences.

He would be the first Black DoD secretary in American history. The Senate is expected to confirm him on Friday morning.

This comes after President Joe Biden last month announced his intent to nominate Austin to the important post.

U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (AL-01), who represents Austin’s hometown, released a statement in support of the nominee on Thursday.

“Today I voted yes on the waiver for the Secretary of Defense Appointment of General Austin, even though I am frustrated with the House Democrats’ deeply flawed process. I believe General Austin is well-qualified to serve as our nation’s Secretary of Defense, and I am optimistic that he will push back against far-left attempts to cut military funding and weaken our nation’s defenses,” said Carl.

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn