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4 weeks ago

‘You’re like family to me’: Ivey releases new campaign ad

Governor Kay Ivey released her new campaign ad on Tuesday, which marked exactly three weeks until Alabamians vote in the November 6 general election.

In the ad, Ivey is seated with her dog, “Bear.” She talks about the priorities in her life and what being governor means to her.

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“After God, country and family, there are two things I love: the state of Alabama and my dog, Bear,” Ivey says to open the ad.

She continues, “I go to work every day looking to grow jobs, improve education and make Alabama better anyway I can. Because just like Bear, you’re like family to me.”

The governor then asks, “Right, Bear?”

After the dog barks his response, Ivey laughs and explains, “Bear says yes.”

“I’m Kay Ivey, and I’m proud to be your governor,” she concludes.

Ivey will face Democratic nominee and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox at the ballot box.

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

2 hours ago

Steve Marshall named to Republican Attorneys General Association leadership team

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

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

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

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

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

2 hours ago

Roby chief of staff Torrie Miller Matous lands major new gig

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is unclear at this time who Roby will name to fill the newly vacant role leading her staff.

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

14 hours ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14 hours ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18 hours ago

Supreme Court justice christens Navy ship in Mobile

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was on hand in Mobile, Alabama, to christen a U.S. Navy ship.

AL.com reports that the USNS Puerto Rico was christened Saturday at the Austal USA shipyard, where it was built.

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Sotomayor broke a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow, a Navy tradition.

The Puerto Rico was the 11th of 12 Expeditionary Fast Transport ships to be built by Austal under a $1.9 billion contract.

“This ship honors the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the contributions Puerto Ricans have made to our nation and Navy and Marine Corps team,” Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said in a press release.

“USNS Puerto Rico will provide our commanders high-speed sealift mobility and agility and I am thankful for this ship, her crew, and our industrial force teammates whose service makes this great ship possible.”

The Navy says the ship is the first active ship in naval service to honor Puerto Rico.

Congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, resident commissioner of Puerto Rico, served as the main speaker for the ceremony.

The Navy says ships of this kind are meant to transport 600 short tons of military cargo 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots.
(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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