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  • Alabama's bypass to the beach, a 'top priority' project, revived with BP money

    10/21/2016 7:45:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies ^ | October 5, 2016 | John Sharp
    With $65 million in new money thanks to the state's BP settlement, the long-beleaguered U.S. 98 project in coastal Alabama has a new life, but officials are proceeding cautiously.It was nearly a decade ago when a previous U.S. 98 project was shut down amid lawsuits and accusations surrounding sediment from the construction site that ran off into the waterways supplying a majority of the Mobile region's drinking water."The job has been redesigned," said Vince Calametti, ALDOT's Southwest Region's chief engineer. "There was an environmental assessment, and it will have to be re-evaluated. It will be one of the first things...
  • I-22 finally connects Birmingham to Memphis

    10/16/2016 11:13:05 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Alabama News Center ^ | June 20, 2016 | Tom Cosby and Barry Copeland
    Hidden among all the recent great news affecting Birmingham’s amazing rebirth is the story of the long-awaited opening of I-22, or Corridor X. That’s a shame, because no single success in our recent past may prove to be more important and have greater long-term favorable impact on this region than today’s ribbon cutting. Since the days of the Roman Empire and the famous Appian Way, roads (and particularly crossroads) have always played a critically important role in the economic growth and prosperity of cities. In the earliest days of our country, waterway intersections were the places where communities grew into...
  • Four black men are arrested 'for beating a white Alabama high school student over Facebook posts

    10/12/2016 10:37:09 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 41 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 10/12/2016 | Snejana Farberov
    Police in Alabama have arrested four black men in connection with the beating of a white Alabama high school student who had posted pro-Blue Lives Matter Comments in support of cops. In a statement, Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson says four recent Sylacauga High School students were arrested Tuesday following the September 30 attack against 17-year-old Brian Ogle. Ogle's mother, Brandi Allen, says her son responded to students wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts at his school with Blue Lives Matter. He was hospitalized with serious head injuries. Two of the four suspects, 20-year-old Quartez Walker and 19-year-old Bobby Brown, were...
  • Gov. Bentley, AL lawmakers denounce Trump following controversial comments

    10/09/2016 9:02:04 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 103 replies
    WSFA 12 Montgomery, AL ^ | 9 Oct 2016 | WSFA Staff
    MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, United States Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) and Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) denounced Republican candidate Donald Trump on Saturday following a controversial recording that emerged this week. Recordings obtained by the Washington Post caught Trump on a live microphone speaking to Billy Bush, who worked for Access Hollywood at the time, talking about making sexual advances on women, one of whom was married. Trump has since released an apology in regards to the comments made in 2005, but many GOP lawmakers have expressed their disapproval, including U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan. Gov. Bentley...
  • Mother: Son beaten after football game, hospitalized for pro-police views

    10/04/2016 5:55:28 PM PDT · by digger48 · 14 replies
    WISH ^ | 10-4-16 | Brittany Bivins and Haley Townsend Rhinehart
    SYLACAUGA, Ala. (WIAT) — Tensions continue to mount in the community after a teenager was brutally attacked after a Friday night football game. Sylacauga Police confirm a fight stemming from that attack broke out at the school at lunch today. We’ve been working all day to get more information on the assault that led 17-year-old Brian Ogle to be hospitalized after being transported by lifeflight to UAB with critical injuries. Police say it happened over a fight when a group of students wore “Black Lives Matter’ t-shirts on Patriotic Day during homecoming week. Ogle’s mother tells us her son was...
  • Hurricane MATTHEW [Chart Moving Westward]

    10/03/2016 2:09:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 60 replies ^ | 03 October 2016 5:PM EST | Staff
  • Alabama Teen Brutally Beaten for Pro-Police Views; Mother Calls It ‘Hate Crime’

    10/03/2016 1:46:45 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/03/16 | KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ
    <p>An Alabama teen was brutally beaten after he posted pro-police comments on Facebook in the aftermath of recent police shootings.</p> <p>Brian Ogle, 17, is in critical condition with a fractured skull and trauma to his brain,WBMA reported.</p> <p>Allen said he was targeted because of his pro-police comments on Facebook after students wore Black Lives Matter shirts to Sylacauga High School last week.</p>
  • Alabama Teen Beaten Into Critical Condition After Posting ‘Blue Lives Matter’

    10/03/2016 12:09:56 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 73 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1:27 PM 10/03/2016 | Christian Datoc
    A 17-year-old Alabama high school student is in critical condition after being assaulted this weekend. According to Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson, Brian Ogle was assaulted in an Ace Hardware parking lot following Sylacauga High School’s homecoming game on Friday. When authorities arrived on the scene, they discovered Ogle beaten and bleeding from the head. He was airlifted to the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital where tests revealed three skull fractures and trauma to his shoulder. Ogle remains in critical condition.
  • Mother identifies Sylacauga HS student beaten in possibly racially motivated attack (BLM)

    10/03/2016 6:53:53 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 32 replies
    WBRC ^ | 10-01-2016 | Clare Huddleston
    A 17-year-old Sylacauga High School student is recovering at UAB Hospital after police say he was attacked following the Homecoming football game Friday night. Brandi Allen, the victim's mother, identified her son as Brian Ogle. Johnson says one or more black teens assaulted Ogle, a 17-year-old white teen. When officers arrived, they found him bleeding from his head. Medics took him to the Coosa Valley Medical Center in Sylacauga and he was then airlifted to UAB Hospital where he is in critical condition recovering from head injuries. Allen says her son suffered a broken skull in a few places and...
  • Alabama’s Top Judge Suspended

    09/30/2016 10:25:25 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sep 30, 2016
    Alabama’s top judge has been suspended from the bench for defying the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended for the rest of his term, effectively removing the state’s highest-elected judge from the benc
  • Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore suspended for rest of term

    09/30/2016 9:27:57 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 39 replies ^ | 09/30/2016 | Kent Faulk
    Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended from the bench for telling probate judges to defy federal orders regarding gay marriage. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ) issued the order Friday suspending Moore from the bench for the remainder of his term. "For these violations, Chief Justice Moore is hereby suspended from office without pay for the remainder of his term. This suspension is effective immediately," the order stated. The court found him guilty of all six charges of violation of canon of judicial ethics. Moore's term is to end in 2019. Gov. Robert Bentley will...
  • Alabama Rep. Ed Henry stands by Tweet referring to Bill Clinton as "likely a rapist."

    09/28/2016 7:58:34 AM PDT · by kevcol · 22 replies
    WAAY ABC 31 ^ | September 27, 2016 | Bill Young
    <p>Hillary Clinton's sexism allegations against Republican Alabama State Representative Ed Henry, a Republican out of Hartselle, doubled down Tuesday on his position regarding a Tweet sent after last night's Presidential debate where he said that former President Bill Clinton is likely a rapist.</p>
  • Alabama Selling Bonds Backed by Deepwater Horizon Settlement

    09/21/2016 10:21:20 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
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  • Clown Facebook post, warnings put more Alabama schools on lockdown

    09/19/2016 8:00:19 PM PDT · by Mariner · 17 replies ^ | September 19th, 2016 | By Carol Robinson
    Two more Alabama schools were on lockdown today after a social media posts and phoned-in threat warned "clowns" might show up at two Birmingham area schools. Irondale police Officer James Lewis, a school resource officer, said a student reported to police that a Facebook post hinted at the possibility of clowns showing up on campus at Shades Valley High School. "There was no threat,'' Lewis said. Birmingham police said Holy Family Cristo Rey High School in Ensley received a call that a clown was coming to the school to lure children to the woods. Police found nothing, said Sgt. Bryan...
  • Alabama pipeline leak: What we know so far about the spill, gas shortages and more

    09/18/2016 5:43:49 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 55 replies ^ | 9-18-2016 | Dennis Pillion
    On the morning of Sept. 9, an inspector with the Alabama Surface Mining Commission was performing a routine monthly check of an old coal mine in Shelby County when he noticed "a strong odor of gasoline" as well as a sheen on the surface of one of the retention ponds. The gasoline he was smelling came from Colonial Pipeline's Line 1, an underground pipeline three feet in diameter that normally pushes 1.3 million barrels of gasoline per day from refineries in Houston to distribution centers across the Southeast and along the eastern seaboard. That 36-inch line, built in 1963, has...
  • Appeals Court blocks Kansas, Alabama, Georgia on voter ID rule

    09/10/2016 10:34:41 AM PDT · by PROCON · 40 replies
    reuters ^ | Sep. 10, 2016 | Eric Beech and Brendan O'Brien
    A U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday blocked an effort by Alabama, Georgia and Kansas for voters to furnish proof of citizenship when registering at the polls, which opponents say disenfranchises voters, especially minorities. The decision effectively strikes down a rule that requires voters in the three states to provide proof they are United States citizens. Elsewhere, voters only need swear that they are citizens in order to cast a ballot. "With just weeks to go before a critical presidential election, we are grateful to the court of appeals for stopping this thinly veiled discrimination in its tracks," Chris Carson,...
  • Woman recants domestic violence claim that factored into Jovon Robinson's dismissal at Auburn

    09/09/2016 2:05:31 PM PDT · by SSS Two · 22 replies ^ | September 08, 2016 at 6:28 PM | James Crepea
    A woman recanted her claim that former Auburn running back Jovon Robinson physically assaulted her by smashing her head in a door, causing injuries to her knees, shoulder and face, later telling school officials she lied about the incident that factored into his dismissal from the football team, according to documents and interviews with Emails sent from the accuser, whose identity is being protected by, to Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and between Auburn's football coach and the university's Title IX coordinator were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The accuser and Robinson also...
  • Dozens of Nigerian students suing historic black college for 'treating them like animals' [tr]

    09/08/2016 10:04:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 8, 2016 | Liam Quinn
    More than 40 Nigerian students are suing Alabama State University for allegedly incorrectly using millions of dollars in scholarship funds provided by their country's government and discriminating against them. Godsgift Moses, Promise Owei, Savior Samuel, Success Jumbo, Thankgod Harold, and 36 other students filed their claim in federal court, alleging the school took advantage of them because they were 'black foreigners', according to the Daily Beast.
  • Black voters sue over Alabama's method of electing judges

    09/07/2016 1:25:43 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 7, 2016 | Kim Chandler
    A civil rights group challenged Alabama's practice of electing appellate judges by statewide vote on Wednesday, saying the result is all-white courts in a state where one in four people is African-American. The lawsuit filed on behalf of NAACP's Alabama chapter and four black voters in Montgomery federal court argues that at-large judicial elections in Alabama violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by diluting the voting power of African-American citizens. [Snip] "In 2016, Alabama's appellate courts are no more diverse than they were when the Voting Rights Act was signed more than 50 years ago," said Kristen Clarke,...
  • Alabama ACLU sues government, claiming pro-Muslim discrimination

    09/02/2016 6:23:20 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/31/16 | Eugene Volokh
    From the complaint in Allen v. English: Plaintiff Yvonne Allen is a devout Christian woman who covers her hair with a headscarf as part of her religious practice. In December 2015, Ms. Allen sought to renew her driver license at the Lee County driver license office, where officials demanded that she remove her head covering to be photographed. When Ms. Allen explained her religious beliefs, the County officials responded with a remarkable claim: They admitted that there was a religious accommodation available for head coverings, but contended that it applied only to Muslims. The ACLU press release adds: Lee County’s...

    08/31/2016 2:42:57 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
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  • Midland City mayor denies she made racially charged Facebook comment

    08/25/2016 4:50:46 PM PDT · by Coronal · 20 replies
    Dothan Eagle ^ | Aug 25, 2016. | Jimmy Sailors
    Midland City Mayor Patsy Capshaw Skipper said she hasn’t been able to use her Facebook account for several weeks and did not post a racially charged comment about the woman who won Tuesday night’s mayoral election. A screenshot of Skipper’s Facebook page, which was not viewable by those not on her friend’s list, showed a short exchange from Skipper’s account and another person. When asked about the results of the election, the reply on Skipper’s Facebook account included the racially charged comment.
  • Coal towns hit by layoffs to get job grants from US gov't

    08/24/2016 7:52:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2016 5:26 PM EDT | John Raby
    Communities in nine U.S. states that have been hard-hit by coal layoffs are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant. Officials for the Appalachian Regional Commission and other agencies announced the 29 projects totaling nearly $39 million Wednesday at a news conference in Huntington, West Virginia. The investments are expected to create or retain more than 3,400 jobs in agriculture, health care, manufacturing, technology and other industries. The projects are intended to help communities in Texas and in eight Appalachian states: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. …
  • Senator Jeff Sessions Refutes Recent Media Reports of Trump Immigration Position Reversal

    08/21/2016 2:52:42 PM PDT · by drewh · 7 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | on August 21, 2016 | by sundance
    Following a Hispanic outreach meeting by the Trump campaign numerous media outlets began reporting that Donald Trump was changing his position on immigration, specifically deportation of illegal immigrants. The Trump campaign immediately rebuked the false media reports last night. Senator Jeff Sessions appeared on Fox News this morning to continue asserting the campaign message that illegal border crossing will be halted, deportation of illegal aliens will be enforced and there is no substantive change to Donald Trump’s immigration position. The media loves to use the term “deportation force” to manufacture an narrative of a new controversy. However, there is already...
  • Five Dead, Including Pregnant Woman, in Alabama Mass Killing

    08/21/2016 12:52:33 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 18 replies
    27-year-old man is being charged with six counts of capital murder for the slaying of five people, including a pregnant woman, in southern Alabama early Saturday morning, the Mobile County District Attorney's Office said Sunday. The Mobile Sheriff's Office has identified the five victims as Robert Lee Brown, 26; Chelsea Marie Reed, 22; Justin Kaleb Reed, 23; Joseph Adam Turner, 26; and Shannon Melissa Randall, 35. They were found Saturday afternoon inside a house in the city of Citronelle, about 30 miles northwest of Mobile.
  • Teen charged with capital murder after lighting elderly veteran on fire

    08/19/2016 7:32:59 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 57 replies
    Tribune Interactive ^ | August 18, 2016 | Megan Miller
    BIRMINGHAM – A teenager has been charged with capital murder after dousing his elderly neighbor in gasoline and lighting him on fire. Thomas Sims, 18, was already awaiting trial in connection with an armed car jacking early this year, according to Sims is now charged with the murder of 85-year-old Gene Emory Dacus. Authorities report the capital murder charge stems from the theft of Dacus’s truck, and detectives are searching for another suspect as well. Officers responded to the 2300 block of 33rd Avenue North on Wednesday to investigate a person on fire. Officers found the victim, who is...
  • Massachusetts candidate named Alabama school superintendent

    08/13/2016 11:10:53 AM PDT · by lyby · 25 replies
    The Opelika Auburn News ^ | August 11, 2016 | AP
    State school board members are looking to an outsider to lead Alabama public schools, naming the former Massachusetts education secretary as the next school superintendent over candidates who have worked extensively in state classrooms.
  • Burglar dies after AL homeowner catches him breaking into house, duct tapes mouth, ties him to tree

    07/31/2016 8:45:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 31, 2016 | The Associated Press and Staff
    Authorities said a suspected burglar is dead after an Alabama homeowner tied him to a tree after catching the man breaking into his home. Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer said 68-year-old Nathanial Johnson caught 31-year-old Cleveland Jones Gully breaking into the back door of his home, about 60 miles north of Mobile, on Friday just before midnight, reported. Johnson, who told deputies his home had been robbed previously, had set up a trap that night in an effort to stop any more burglaries from taking place at his mobile home....
  • Former KKK member convicted in deadly bombing up for parole

    07/30/2016 10:38:07 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 28 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | July 30, 2016 9:12 am | JAY REEVES
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr. was a young Ku Klux Klansman with a reputation for hating blacks in 1963, when a bomb ripped a hole in the side of 16th Street Baptist Church, killing four black girls during the civil rights movement. Today, Blanton is old and imprisoned, the last survivor among three one-time KKK members convicted of murder in the bombing. Soon, Alabama’s parole board will decide whether Blanton deserves to be free after serving 15 years of a life term for murder. The board has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday to consider parole for...
  • Supporters of suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore hand out flyers, wave signs in Pelham

    07/24/2016 5:47:51 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 6 replies ^ | June 27, 2016 | Kent Faulk
    A small group supporting suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore waved "Judge Moore is Right!" signs and handed out flyers at a major intersection in Pelham on Monday morning until police showed up. * * * Moore was automatically suspended from the bench in May after the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission filed judicial ethics charges regarding a January order he issued to state probate judges. That order stated the Alabama Supreme Court's March 2015 order telling probate judges not to issue same-sex marriage licenses was still in place, despite the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2015 decision legalizing [homosexual]...
  • Rep. Keith Ellison: Trump ‘Worst Republican Nominee Since George Wallace’

    07/24/2016 10:06:42 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 97 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On the off chance that far-left Dem congressman Keith Ellison is on your holiday shopping list, we have the perfect gift suggestion: a good biography of George Wallace. On today’s This Week, Ellison claimed that Donald Trump was “the worst Republican nominee since George Wallace.” Just one small problem, of course. As Republican Rep. Tom Cole pointed out, Wallace was a Democrat who sought the Dem presidential nomination [multiple times] and even addressed the Democratic National Convention [in 1972.] Ruh-roh! View the video here.
  • Exclusive: Trump could seek new law to purge government of Obama appointeesTrump Could Seek New Law

    07/19/2016 7:08:40 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 58 replies ^ | July 19, 2016
    If he wins the presidency, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would seek to purge the federal government of officials appointed by Democratic President Barack Obama and could ask Congress to pass legislation making it easier to fire public workers, Trump ally, Chris Christie, said on Tuesday. Christie, who is governor of New Jersey and leads Trump's White House transition team, said the campaign was drawing up a list of federal government employees to fire if Trump defeats Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 presidential election. ... Trump's transition advisers fear that Obama may convert these appointees to civil...
  • Alabama Taco Bell employee fired after denying service to deputies

    07/18/2016 9:08:54 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 73 replies ^ | July 18, 2016
    HENIX CITY, Ala. - A Taco Bell employee in Alabama has been fired after authorities say two Lee County deputies were denied service. Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said in a statement that the uniformed deputies were told by the cashier Saturday night in Phenix City that they wouldn't be served and they needed to leave.
  • The Senate’s final act before recess? More immigration from the Middle East!

    07/15/2016 2:21:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    conservative review ^ | July 14, 2016 | Daniel Horowitz
    our political class is still violating our sovereignty and security with endless migrants from the Middle East. We have so many emergencies within our national security apparatus and military that can and should be addressed within the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), yet the GOP-Senate chose to focus on more immigration as their final act before recess. The Senate passed the Shaheen, D-N.H. (F, 2%) motion to instruct the conference committee negotiating the House-Senate differences in the NDAA to authorize a potentially unlimited amount Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) for Afghanis. Only 12 Republicans opposed the motion, which is non-binding, but...
  • GOP Platform Committee Calls for Defunding of Planned Parenthood

    07/13/2016 10:31:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 13, 2016 | 9:57 AM EDT | Barbara Hollingsworth
    The Republican Party’s Platform Committee adopted a draft document Tuesday that not only recognizes the unborn child’s “fundamental right to life,” but also calls for defunding Planned Parenthood and states that the GOP will “not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage.” The draft platform still has to be adopted by the full GOP Convention, which will be held in Cleveland next week. The Platform Committee, which was chaired by Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) — who has a 100 percent pro-life voting record, according to the National Right to Life Committee — and dominated by social conservatives, adopted...
  • Former Miss Alabama suspended from TV station after calling Dallas sniper a ‘martyr’

    07/13/2016 3:09:44 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 22 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 7/13/16 | Keri Blakinger
    The former beauty queen who called the Dallas shooter a “martyr” has been suspended from her job at a Florida TV station. Kalyn Chapman James, who was the first black Miss Alabama, is on administrative leave from WPTB2, where she hosted a weekly art program. “I don't feel sad for the officers who lost their lives and I know that's not really my heart,” the Mobile native said in a controversial two-minute clip posted to Facebook Sunday. “I value human life. And I want to feel sad for them but I can't help but feeling like the shooter was a...
  • First black Miss Alabama calls Dallas cop killer a ‘martyr’

    07/12/2016 2:40:42 PM PDT · by Vendome · 54 replies
    “I don’t want to feel this way,” Ms. James said into the camera. “I’m dealing with a bit of guilt because I don’t feel sad for the officers that lost their lives, and I know that that’s not really my heart. I value human life, and I want to feel sad for them, but I can’t help but [feel] like the shooter was a martyr. And I know it’s not the right way to feel, because nobody deserves to lose their lives and I know that those police officers had families and people who loved them and that they didn’t...
  • Former Miss Alabama: Can’t Help But Think Dallas Shooter “Was a Martyr” (VIDEO)

    07/10/2016 8:49:44 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 58 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/10/2016 | Jim Hoft
    What a lovely gal. On Thursday night Black Power activist Micah Johnson murdered five police officers in cold blood and injured seven others. Micah wanted to kill white people and white cops.He did.Video captured Micah’s mass murder and execution of one police officer. On Sunday Kalyn Chapman James, the first black Miss Alabama, posted video on Facebook saying she can’t help but think Micah Johnson “was a martyr.” reported: Kalyn Chapman James, the first African American to hold the Miss Alabama title, posted a tearful video on her Facebook page Sunday that says she doesn’t want to “feel this...
  • Sanders dealt trade defeat at Democrat platform meeting (Hillary Delegates Stop Anti-TPP)

    07/09/2016 1:38:16 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 9, 2016 | Jeff Weiner
    Bernie Sanders supporters lost a debate over international trade that divided Democrats during a meeting in Orlando on Saturday to draft their party platform. Sanders supporters had hoped the party's official position statement for 2016 would include language explicitly rejecting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, while backers of Hillary Clinton, the presumptive nominee, argued for softer language. Both presidential candidates oppose the controversial trade agreement, but it was championed by President Barack Obama, leaving the party in an awkward position.
  • Michael Hubbard, Former Alabama Speaker, Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison [12 ethics charges]

    07/09/2016 5:03:16 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 27 replies
    Michael G. Hubbard, the former speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives who was convicted in a state trial last month on 12 counts of corruption, was sentenced on Friday to four years in prison plus probation and $210,000 in fines.
  • Meet the Leftist Reverend Behind the Dallas Black Lives Matter Protest

    07/08/2016 9:56:04 AM PDT · by maggief · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 8, 2016 | Jen Lawrence
    The lead organizer of the Dallas protest where snipers opened fire on police officers has made several disturbing comments on his social media. A Breitbart News review of Jeff Hood’s internet footprint revealed regular posts about the apocalypse, violent retribution to police, and Hood even recently posted about the 2013 death of a self proclaimed “social justice warrior” who committed suicide by lighting himself on fire in front of a shopping mall in Texas. Video of Hood speaking on camera just after the attack surfaced on social media where Hood talks about “leading the protest” (snip) Reverend Hood closely follows...
  • SBI investigating fatal officer-involved shooting in Selma(Alabama)

    07/08/2016 8:05:55 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 5 replies ^ | July 8th 2016
    The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the events surrounding an officer-involved shooting that left one man dead in Selma.
  • Millions of ordinary Americans support Donald Trump. Here's why

    07/04/2016 10:00:24 PM PDT · by vannrox · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 8 March 2016 04.12 GMT | Thomas Frank
    Let us now address the greatest American mystery at the moment: what motivates the supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump? I call it a “mystery” because the working-class white people who make up the bulk of Trump’s fan base show up in amazing numbers for the candidate, filling stadiums and airport hangars, but their views, by and large, do not appear in our prestige newspapers. On their opinion pages, these publications take care to represent demographic categories of nearly every kind, but “blue-collar” is one they persistently overlook. The views of working-class people are so foreign to that universe...
  • Trump’s anti-trade rhetoric rattles the campaign message of Clinton and unions

    07/04/2016 5:20:52 PM PDT · by Mariner · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 4th, 2016 | By David Nakamura and David Weigel
    PHILADELPHIA — Three dozen union workers gathered outside city hall here on Thursday to rally against the global free-trade deals they believe have harmed Americans like them. Their candidate was Katie McGinty, the Democrats’ nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania. But their spiritual leader was Republican Donald Trump. “He recognized there’s some problems we need to solve,” said McGinty, who is challenging Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R), a free-trade advocate. “One, we have to stop bad trade agreements. . . . And two, we have to take the Chinese on when they manipulate their currency and dump goods in our markets.” Just two...
  • Sen. Joni Ernst makes one list as a possible VP for Donald Trump

    04/30/2016 8:11:49 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 164 replies ^ | 30 Apr 2016
    The Washington Post published an article listing five candidates likely to be considered to be Trump's vice president. U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa is on that list. Ernst is Iowa's first female U.S. Senator. Ernst was not well known When she ran for the senate seat vacated by the retiring Tom Harkin. KWWL-TV caught up with Ernst and asked if she would consider serving as Donald Trump's vice president. "I would say, 'did my mother pay you to say that?', Ernst said. "But, no. I would have to consider it, but I love what I do in the United...
  • The 5 people most likely to be Donald Trump’s vice president

    04/29/2016 12:55:57 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 195 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/29 | Chris Cilliza
    Which begs the question: Who is he going to pick as his vice presidential nominee? The short answer: No one knows. Trump relishes being unpredictable so trying to game out how this most unconventional of politicians will make his mind up is a bit of a guessing game. Add to that the fact that Trump's inner circle remains, largely, devoid of establishment types and you quickly get into a situation where the people talking don't know much and the people who do know aren't talking.
  • VP vetting? Trump meets with Sen. Joni Ernst

    Donald Trump on Monday spent part of his July 4th with Sen. Joni Ernst -- fueling speculation that the Iowa freshman senator could be on the short list of his vice presidential picks. Ernst told Fox News they had a "good conversation," adding, "I will continue to share my insights with Donald about the need to strengthen our economy, keep our nation safe, and ensure America is always a strong, stabilizing force around the globe." Earlier, Trump tweeted, "I look forward to meeting (Ernst) today in New Jersey. She has done a great job as Senator of Iowa!"
  • Trump Tweets Fuel VP Speculation, Cites Joni Ernst, Mike Pence, Tom Cotton

    07/04/2016 9:27:24 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 115 replies
    CNN ^ | July 4, 2016
    Donald Trump announced he would meet with Sen. Joni Ernst on Monday, one of several recent names dropped on his Twitter feed that are fueling speculation over his highly-anticipated vice presidential selection. "I look forward to meeting @joniernst today in New Jersey. She has done a great job as Senator of Iowa!" Trump tweeted early Monday. Ernst's name appeared in reports on VP shortlists over the weekend, and a senior Trump adviser confirmed to CNN that Ernst is being considered. Trump also doled out some conspicuous praise for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, who have also...
  • Ernst on Trump's VP list, sources say

    07/04/2016 8:46:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 77 replies ^ | 7/3/2016 | Jamie Gangel, Jim Acosta and Sara Murray,
    Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst is among the candidates being considered to become Donald Trump's running mate, a source with knowledge of Trump's vice presidential selection process tells CNN. Another source close to the process confirmed the information. It's not clear whether the freshman Republican senator and tea party star has received paperwork from the campaign or is just being scrutinized through the wealth of publicly accessible information about her. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence are also being considered, the source said. A senior Trump campaign adviser confirmed Pence is being...
  • The Lone Man Resisting Judicial Tyranny

    07/03/2016 12:41:19 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 27 replies
    The Stand ^ | Monday, May 9, 2016 | Bryan Fischer
    The Constitution gives absolutely no authority, none, to the federal government to dictate marriage policy to the states. *** *** When the Obergefell case was decided by the Supreme Court, its ruling legally applied only to the plaintiffs before it, as is true in any case before any court. The concept of “judicial review” - in which the Court, and not Congress, gets to decide what the law is - is not found in the Constitution anywhere. It was invented out of the ether by Chief Justice John Marshall in 1803 as a way for the Court to grant dictatorial...