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  • 13 states join brief in support of Trump’s temporary travel ban

    03/27/2017 9:20:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2017 | John Sexton
    Representatives from 13 states including 12 state attorneys general and one governor filed a motion in support of President Trump’s temporary travel ban. From the Dallas Morning News: Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday led a coalition of 13 states in filing a brief with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals defending President Donald Trump’s revised immigration order.In the brief, Paxton and representatives from 12 other states argue that the Trump administration’s new order is legal and falls under the president’s power over foreign affairs and national security. Those joining the brief included Paxton plus AG’s in the...
  • Wife of former Alabama GOP chairman Bill Armistead hit by car, killed

    03/24/2017 10:34:21 AM PDT · by Bodleian_Girl · 36 replies
    The Birmingham News / ^ | 3/24/17 | Carol Robinson
    The wife of former Alabama GOP Chairman Bill Armistead was killed in a traffic accident Thursday morning. Armistead made the announcement on Facebook late Thursday night, saying he had lost the love of his life. He and his wife, Emily, were preparing to celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary. Efforts to reach law enforcement officials for details of the accident weren't immediately successful. The West Alabama Watchman reported that the couple was crossing Highway 43 in Linden when she was struck. She was taken to Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital in Demopolis, where she was pronounced dead. According to publication, the...
  • Alabama House Passes Pro-Life Bill Saying There is No Right to Abortion

    03/19/2017 1:59:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    life news ^ | march 17, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    Alabama lawmakers are preparing for the day when Roe v. Wade is overturned. Abortion will not become illegal immediately when Roe is overturned; instead, the power to legislate abortion will return to the states. On Thursday, the Alabama House passed a bill that would protect unborn babies’ right to life in the event that Roe is overturned; legislators voted 67-14 in favor of the measure, Alabama Media Group reports. The Associated Press reports the bill would amend the state constitution to declare Alabama a “right to life” state. If the bill passes the state Senate, the amendment also would have...
  • Update on Constitutional Carry this Year, with good chances in at least three more states

    03/10/2017 8:58:59 PM PST · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | March 10, 2017 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    After New Hampshire enacted Constitutional Carry, similar bills are still under consideration and a chance in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota, and South Carolina. The bill is still under consideration in South Dakota, but the governor in South Dakota has already indicated that he will veto the bill. As of right now, there is still a chance for 16 to 17 states having Constitutional Carry by the end of the year. Alabama: Will likely be voted on in the state Senate during the week of March 13th. Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill, SB 24, with a 6-3 vote on March...
  • Theater refuses to show 'Beauty and the Beast' over gay character

    03/03/2017 10:12:51 PM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 48 replies
    WAAY ^ | March 3, 2017 | Patrick Ary
    A DeKalb County theater will not be showing the new "Beauty and the Beast" film when it is released because it features a gay character. The Henagar Drive-In Theatre posted on its Facebook page Thursday night that it would not show the film when it is released later this month, due to it featuring Disney's first gay character. "If I can't sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it," a post on the theater's Facebook page said. The theater has since deleted its Facebook page.
  • What should Jeff Sessions do now? [Poll]

    03/02/2017 10:09:41 AM PST · by Bodleian_Girl · 151 replies
    Birmingham News / ^ | 3/2/17 |
    "U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is under scrutiny after it was revealed Wednesday night that he spoke with the Russian ambassador to the United States twice during Trump's campaign after saying at his confirmation hearing that he had no contact with the Russians. Sessions was the long-time Alabama U.S. senator. What should Jeff Sessions do now?" Vote with one click and no sign-up at the link!
  • WATCH LIVE: Vehicle plows into MardiGras parade in Gulf Shores Alabama injuring marching band

    02/28/2017 8:41:32 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 75 replies
    Fox5 ^ | 1-28-2017 | Fox5
    Happening NOW: White van plowed into the Gulf Shores High School Marching Band. At least nine transported to the Hospital, so far. Parade is canceled.
  • GOP rep: Protests could derail Republicans' plan to repeal Obamacare

    02/24/2017 11:47:02 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 107 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/24/2017 | Max Greenwood
    Protests breaking out at GOP town hall meetings could stop Republican lawmakers from fully repealing the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) said on Thursday. "I don't know if we're going to be able to repeal Obamacare now because these folks who support Obamacare are very active," Brooks said during an interview on "The Morning Show with Toni and Gary" radio program, highlighted by CNN. "They're putting pressure on congressmen and there's not a counter-effort to steel the spine of some of these congressmen in tossup districts around the country," he continued. Brooks said that Republican lawmakers might not...
  • Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall confirms Bentley investigation, recuses himself

    02/16/2017 8:03:37 AM PST · by iowamark ^ | 2/15/2017 | Erin Edgemon
    New Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall on Wednesday officially recused himself from an investigation of Gov. Robert Bentley. The recusal confirms that the attorney general's office is investigating the governor. In a Wednesday afternoon statement, Marshall said he met with the Special Prosecutions Division of the Attorney General's Office concerning a possible investigation into Bentley and decided to recuse himself. Former Montgomery County District Attorney Ellen Brooks was appointed to serve as the district attorney leading the Bentley investigation. When asked for comment on the investigation, Bentley's attorney Bill Athanas released this statement to "Given the ongoing investigation, it...
  • (AL) House votes to block money to 'sanctuary campuses'

    02/15/2017 2:28:33 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 18 replies ^ | Feb 14, 2017 | BY KIM CHANDLER Associated Press
    MONTGOMERY, ALA. The Alabama House of Representatives voted Tuesday to block state funds to colleges and universities that declare themselves so-called sanctuary campuses for immigrants in the country illegally. House members voted 72-28 for the bill to authorize the attorney general to block state funds to colleges that do not follow state and federal immigration law. The measure now moves to the Alabama Senate. Rep. Phil Williams, the bill's sponsor, acknowledged no Alabama college has announced intent to flout immigration laws but argued that one might do so in the future. He said the state should be proactive instead of...
  • Alabama: Hamas-linked CAIR rep says, “It’s just hard being a Muslim right now”

    02/11/2017 7:06:42 PM PST · by markomalley · 62 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 2/11/17 | Robert Spencer
    “We’ve seen a huge spike in anti-Muslim attacks in the last year,” claims Khaula Hadeed.In reality, FBI hate crimes statistics show that anti-Semitic hate crimes are two times more common than anti-Muslim hate crimes. And then there all the anti-Muslim hate crimes that turn out to have been faked by Muslims themselves.Hadeed works for the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department. CAIR officials have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes...
  • Walmart to invest in 442 textile jobs at Renfro Corp. in Fort Payne (Alabama)

    02/11/2017 4:58:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    WHNT-TV ^ | February 9, 2017 | Ben Brice
    FORT PAYNE, Ala. – Walmart has announced plans to begin purchasing supplies from Renfro Corporation, a local company based in Fort Payne. Walmart says it will begin to source materials from American-based companies like Renfro Corporation in an effort to invest in U.S. manufacturing. Renfro Corporation believes the investments will create around 442 jobs in textile manufacturing, namely by providing Walmart with athletic socks. Renfro Corp. currently has 605 employees and is the largest employer in Fort Payne’s hosiery industry, according to the DeKalb County Economic Development Authority. These new jobs will push the company over the 1,000 mark. Additionally,...
  • Congressman angers Alabama Democrats after canceling Tea Party appearance,then attending anyway

    02/10/2017 12:57:14 PM PST · by mdittmar · 15 replies ^ | February 10, 2017 | Anna Claire Vollers
    Congressman Mo Brooks is under fire from some Madison County Democrats for canceling an appearance at a Tea Party event that had been billed as a public town hall meeting, then later showing up anyway."This is unacceptable that our congressman won't meet with all his constituents, then lie about it," said Deborah Barros-Smith, a member of the Madison County Democratic Party who attended the meeting and recorded part of it via Facebook Live.
  • Read the letter Coretta Scott King wrote opposing Sessions’s 1986 federal nomination

    02/09/2017 11:30:59 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Wesley Lowery
    Coretta Scott King, the widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., urged Congress in a letter to block the 1986 nomination of Jeff Sessions for federal judge, saying that allowing him to join the federal bench would “irreparably damage the work of my husband.” The letter, previously unavailable publicly, was obtained on Tuesday by The Washington Post. (Read the full letter below) “Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts,” King wrote in the...
  • AL Governor Bentley appoints Luther Strange as U.S. Senator

    02/09/2017 7:08:26 AM PST · by alancarp · 55 replies
    WSFA/WAFF News ^ | 2/9/2017 9:00CT | WSFA 12 News Staff
    MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Luther Strange to replace Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate after Sessions was selected by President Donald Trump to be the country's next Attorney General. ... Prior to being appointed to the U.S. Senate to replace Sessions, Strange served as the 47th Attorney General of Alabama. He held that title from 2011 to 2017. “I am greatly honored and humbled to accept the appointment to Alabama’s Senate seat vacated by Senator Jeff Sessions,” said Attorney General Luther Strange. “Senator Sessions’ commitment to public service is nearly unparalleled in Alabama history and...
  • Jeff Sessions CONFIRMED! America has a REAL AG!

    02/08/2017 3:31:03 PM PST · by Cold War Veteran - Submarines · 403 replies
    Today | Vanity
    Place to post updates on the sessions nomination vote. Popcorn optional
  • (Governor) Robert Bentley looking to ‘Big Luther’ Strange as Jeff Sessions replacement

    02/08/2017 1:54:14 PM PST · by aimhigh · 15 replies
    Alabama Today ^ | 02/08/2017 | Alabama Today
    Gov. Robert Bentley is leaning toward Alabama’s attorney general Luther Strange to replace U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, who is expected to be confirmed Wednesday as Donald Trump’s Attorney General. POLITICO reports that three Birmingham Republican insiders have confirmed Bentley’s choice of Strange, but warned it’s not a formal selection, and the governor could change his mind at any time.
  • Alabama's Luther Strange Offered Senate Appointment Advice by Roland Burris

    02/08/2017 1:32:15 PM PST · by deplorableindc · 4 replies
    Perhaps better than any living American politician, former Sen. Roland Burris can sympathize with Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, who is being considered for a Senate appointment expected soon from a scandal-plagued governor. The Illinois Democrat, formerly a state attorney general himself, re-entered public office with a 2008 appointment to President Barack Obama's empty Senate seat. Then-Illinois governor and current prison inmate Rod Blagojevich had been arrested for trying to sell Obama's seat and, in saying yes, Burris lacquered himself with the scandal's taint. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is not accused of trying to sell the Senate seat being vacated...
  • '9th Circus'? Scholars Say Court's Liberal Rep Is Overblown

    02/07/2017 11:16:07 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 7, 2017 | Gene Johnson
    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is weighing the appeal of President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, is the federal appeals court conservatives have long ridiculed as the "nutty 9th" or the "9th Circus." Covering a huge swath of territory — nine western states plus Guam — the San Francisco-based court handles far more cases than any other federal appeals court, including some rulings that have invoked furor from conservatives over the years. Among them: finding that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional, that the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays...
  • Reverting paved roads to UNpaved status

    02/06/2017 4:05:45 PM PST · by Lorianne · 68 replies
    Alabama News ^ | 24 January 2017 | Tim Lennox
    One place it has been done is Butler County, Alabama Some cities and counties in the U.S. are avoiding the cost of repaving roads by converting them to unpaved roads. Among the municipalities in the report is Butler County Alabama, which is listed as having 250 Miles of unpaved roads and spending- $4-Million a year on roads. The county officials say the decision to covert a road from paved to unpaved was made because it was the most cost effective way to deal with a problem road. The report does not identify the road. In some cases, officials just let...
  • AG Strange, Sen. Marsh, US Rep. Aderholt, 3 others on short-list to replace Jeff Sessions

    02/03/2017 6:55:42 AM PST · by commish · 5 replies
    AL.COM ^ | Feb 2, 2017 | Leada Gore
    Alabama Attorney Gen. Luther Strange, Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston and U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt are on the short-list to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions, Governor Robert Bentley's office announced today. In addition to Strange, Marsh and Aderholt, the list includes: Jim Byard, director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Former State Rep. Perry Hooper Jr. Hooper was co-chair of President Donald Trump's Alabama campaign. State Rep. Connie Rowe of Jasper. Rowe represents Blount and Walker counties
  • 6 finalists named for U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions' replacement

    02/02/2017 3:22:37 PM PST · by george76 · 39 replies
    WAAY-31 ^ | Feb 2, 2017 | Travis Leder
    Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has announced the six candidates who are still in the running to replace U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions' seat. •U.S. Congressman, Robert Aderholt. •ADECA Director, Jim Byard. •Former State Representative, Perry Hooper Jr. •Senate President Pro Tem, Del Marsh. •Representative Connie Rowe. •Attorney General, Luther Strange. Governor Bentley interviewed 20 candidates for the potential vacancy, as Sessions has been tapped by President Donald Trump to become the next U.S. Attorney General. ... Senator Sessions still has to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate before he becomes Attorney General, which is to be expected. He was approved by...
  • Sessions clears first floor vote, poised for confirmation next week

    02/02/2017 2:41:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 2, 2017 | Stephan Dinan
    Sen. Jeff Sessions survived his first test floor vote Thursday, putting him on the path to win confirmation as the next attorney general.
  • Corruption Feared as Alabama Governor Considers Jeff Sessions Replacement

    02/01/2017 3:33:16 PM PST · by deplorableindc · 23 replies
    U.S. News ^ | Feb. 1, 2017
    Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama hasn’t yet been confirmed as U.S. attorney general, but concern already is mounting that state Gov. Robert Bentley will use his vacancy-appointment power to torpedo an investigation of his own alleged corruption. An apparent front-runner for the Senate appointment is Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, a fellow Republican who asked that impeachment proceedings against Bentley in the state legislature be delayed pending an investigation by his office. If Bentley appoints Strange, the governor also can pick a new attorney general, potentially affecting that investigation. "That's what the governor would call a twofer," says Selma, Alabama,...
  • An Alabama-Made Tractor Could Revolutionize Farming Around The Globe

    01/23/2017 10:56:06 AM PST · by blam · 183 replies ^ | 1-23-2017 | William Thornton
    William ThontonJanuary 23, 2017 The Oggun tractor, which will be manufactured in Fyffe, was developed for farmers domestically and in the developing world as a low-cost alternative to heavy farm equipment. (William Thornton / In a new factory off Main Street in Fyffe, a business this week began marketing a product it says could revolutionize agricultural for the small farmer all over the world. CleBer LLC hosted the opening of its plant which will manufacture the Oggun Iron Horse, a tractor designed for small-scale domestic and international farmers. The tractor, which can sport a 19 horsepower Honda gas or...
  • Alabama Supreme Court Rules Unborn Baby is a Person

    01/23/2017 2:52:15 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 34 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | Tuesday, January 03, 2017 | Veronica Neffinger |
    The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that a wrongful death lawsuit brought by a woman who claims her doctor caused her to have a miscarriage by administering an abortion-inducing drug can proceed. Kimberly Stinnett’s usual doctor was reportedly out the day of her appointment. Karla Kennedy, the doctor who was filling in that day, believed that Stinnett had an ectopic pregnancy since she had had one previously. Thus, Kennedy decided to administer methotrexate, a drug that, as the court noted, is “intended to cause the end of the pregnancy.” However, when Stinnett’s usual doctor, William Huggins, examined her pregnancy via...
  • Remembering Rich Blumenthal's Vietnam Deception

    01/16/2017 5:37:17 AM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 16, 2017 | Lloyd Billingsley
    Senate smear never paid a price for claiming he served. In the confirmation hearings for Jeff Sessions, president-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Attorney General, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Democrat, proceeded as though David Horowitz had been the AG choice. David Horowitz was not present but Blumenthal cited his statements that all the major Muslim organizations are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood, that 80 percent of the mosques in America are filled with hate against Jews, and that too many blacks are in prison because too many blacks commit crimes. Senator Blumenthal, an attorney, had not taken the trouble to investigate...
  • Joy Reid Guest Calls Sessions a 'Confederate Attorney General'

    01/14/2017 2:55:33 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 39 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How puerile can progressives be? Childish enough to taunt someone over his name, and even ascribe ideological views to a person based on his moniker. And here we thought liberals prided themselves on never judging people on their superficial characteristics. On Joy Reid's MSNBC show this morning, Reid, and guest the Rev. Mark Thompson, a talk radio host and civil rights activist, made a point of mentioning AG nominee Jeff Sessions' full name: Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. The presumption is that he was named after Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard. Thompson took things an ugly step further,...
  • Ted Cruz Rips the Mask Off ‘Strictly Nonpartisan’ ACLU Leftist Trying to Smear Jeff Sessions

    01/12/2017 5:36:35 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 113 replies
    The Polistick ^ | 1/12/17 | Matthew K. Burke
    Texas Senator and former presidential candidate Ted Cruz ripped the mask off an ACLU attorney pretending to be “strictly nonpartisan” on Day 2 of Jeff Session’s confirmation hearings to be the nation’s next attorney general. David Cole, a Georgetown University law professor and national legal director at the ALCU, a communist front group, was trying to desperately smear Jeff Sessions as a racist and Ted Cruz cut him up with a butter knife, asking him why he omitted key facts from his argument that would have invalidated his argument if he were truly “strictly nonpartisan.” {.. snip ..}
  • The Real Reason for the Left’s All-Out Assault on Jeff Sessions

    01/12/2017 7:31:18 AM PST · by detective · 31 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | January 11, 2017 | J. Christian Adams
    Observers of this week’s confirmation hearings for the post of U.S. attorney general might think it odd to see Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., rewind the clock to a single voter fraud case from the 1980s. Under persistent questioning, Sessions has had to defend his decision to prosecute a case of brazen voter fraud—something that was his job to do. The repeated references to this case by some senators represent just how far the civil rights industry has swerved from its honorable roots to derail a confirmation. Character assassination, false testimony, performance protests aimed at securing retweets instead of reconciliation, and...
  • Senator Jeff Sessions Floor Speech on Tanker

    12/16/2009 6:51:21 AM PST · by MHalblaub · 11 replies · 773+ views
    KEEPOURTANKER.COM ^ | 2009-12-15 | Jeff Sessions
    "Mr. President, I wish to share a few other thoughts [...] Earlier, one of our colleagues, Senator Murray, for whom I have great admiration, I understand told NPR: All things considered, I have stood on the line in Everett, Washington, where we have thousands of workers who go to work every day to build these planes. I would challenge anybody to tell me that they stood on a line in Alabama and seen anybody build anything. [...] DOD’s latest acquisition strategy for the KC-X aerial refueling tanker replacement competition is, unfortunately, deeply flawed. Instead of the modern, multirole, game-changing, transformational...
  • Airport Shooter Converted to Islam, Identified as Aashiq Hammad Years Before Joining Army

    01/10/2017 1:55:24 PM PST · by jazusamo · 85 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 10, 2017
    The Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooter is a Muslim convert who years before joining the U.S. Army took on an Islamic name (Aashiq Hammad), downloaded terrorist propaganda and recorded Islamic religious music online, according to public records dug up by the investigative news site of an award-winning, California journalist. This is pertinent information that the Obama administration apparently wants to keep quiet, bringing up memories of the Benghazi cover up, in which the president and his cohorts knowingly lied to conceal that Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. Special Mission in Libya. Information is slowly trickling out that links the Ft. Lauderdale...
  • Protesters dressed like KKK members gets tossed from Jeff Sessions hearing [tr]

    01/10/2017 7:31:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 10, 2017 | Nikki Schwab
    Before Donald Trump's pick for attorney general Jeff Sessions even got a chance to speak, several protesters dressed like members of the Ku Klux Klan made their views known as they shouted down 'Jefferson Bearegard' and called the senator a 'racist.' In the early moments of the hearing, Sessions sat in the crowd with one of his granddaughters on his knee – four of his 10 grandkids were on hand – as Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the committee, brought of the Ku Klux Klan too – but Sessions' record in going after it.
  • Al Sharpton: Sessions as attorney general 'a nightmare'

    01/07/2017 2:47:22 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 6, 2017 | Mark Hensch
    The Rev. Al Sharpton says Americans cannot afford Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) serving as President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general. “To have Sen. Sessions as attorney general is a nightmare we cannot wake up from,” he said during a Friday press call with other civil rights leaders, according to the Washington Examiner. The NAACP’s president, meanwhile, said his organization mainly opposes Sessions over his record on voting rights.
  • Historically Black College: Band Will March At Inauguration

    01/05/2017 3:34:34 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 7 replies
    The marching band of a historically black college in Alabama will perform in President-elect Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inaugural parade despite a barrage of criticism, the school’s president announced Thursday. Talladega College President Billy Hawkins confirmed what the Presidential Inaugural Committee had announced Dec. 30. It was the first official word from the school. The Inaugural Committee’s announcement last month had ignited passionate debate on the campus and around the nation.
  • Talladega College band will perform at inauguration, school's president says

    01/05/2017 3:21:00 PM PST · by Will88 · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | Janurary 5, 2017 | Darran Simon
    Talladega, Alabama (CNN)The marching band of a small historically black college in Alabama will participate in the 58th Presidential Inaugural Parade, the school's president announced Thursday.
  • Historically black college band will march in Trump’s inaugural parade

    01/05/2017 12:49:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    TLANTA — The marching band of a historically black college in Alabama will perform in President-elect Donald Trump's Jan. 20 inaugural parade, despite a barrage of criticism, the school's president announced Thursday. Talladega College President Billy Hawkins confirmed what the Presidential Inaugural Committee had announced Dec. 30. It was the first official word from the school. The Inaugural Committee's announcement last month had ignited passionate debate on the campus and around the nation. In announcing that the Talladega College Marching Tornadoes will participate, Hawkins said the lessons students can learn from the experience cannot be taught in a classroom. "We...
  • Son of civil rights leader prosecuted by Sessions endorses the Senator

    01/05/2017 7:34:08 AM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 10 replies ^ | 1/4/17 | Paul Mirengoff
    In a piece called “Washington Post unwittingly destroys the ‘Sessions is a racist’ slander,” I reviewed the evidence set forth in an article that supports the slander and the evidence that undercuts it. The undercutting evidence is overwhelming. It includes, but is hardly limited to, the testimony of African-Americans, including several from Alabama, who have known and/or worked with Sessions over the years. Evidence on the other side of the ledger consisted primarily of the opinion of the widow of a civil rights leader Sessions once prosecuted for voter fraud. Evelyn Turner, 80 years-old and a stroke survivor, insists that...
  • NAACP President, four others arrested during sit-in at office of Jeff Sessions

    01/04/2017 5:16:09 AM PST · by Stopthethreat · 19 replies
    MOBILE, Ala. (WEAR) — Five people were arrested after members of the local and national offices of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) gathered outside of Senator Jeff Session's Mobile office to show their displeasure with his nomination for US Attorney General, and to say that appointment is not yet a done deal. The five arrested are NAACP National President Cornell Brooks, State President Benard Simelton, Mobile County President Rosetta McConnell, Joe Keffer, a community organizer and Steven Green and Deven Crawford, a youth activist. The offices of Sen. Sessions closed at 6 p.m.
  • Police end NAACP sit-in against attorney general nominee

    01/03/2017 9:33:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 3, 2017 9:38 PM EST | Kim Chandler
    Several NAACP protesters led by their national president were escorted away in handcuffs by police after staging a sit-in Tuesday at the Alabama office of Sen. Jeff Sessions, the nominee for U.S. attorney general, the civil rights group said. The organization held the demonstration to protest Sessions’ nomination by President-elect Donald Trump, saying Sessions has a questionable record on civil rights and “can’t be trusted to be the chief law enforcement officer for voting rights.” “We have an attorney general nominee who does not acknowledge the reality of voter suppression while mouthing faith in the myth of voter fraud,” [Cornell]...
  • Black Alums ‘Horrified’ College Band Performing At Inauguration

    01/03/2017 7:58:46 AM PST · by kevcol · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | January 3, 2016 | Phillip Stucky
    “I don’t want my alma mater to give the appearance of supporting him,” Ferrill said Monday. “Ignore, decline or whatever, but please don’t send our band out in our name to do that.” “After how black people were treated at Trump’s rallies, you’re going to go and shuck and jive down Pennsylvania Avenue? For what?” Seinya SamForay said in an interview. “What they did is a slap in the face to other black universities.”
  • Alabama band to march at inauguration, igniting controversy

    01/02/2017 3:24:36 PM PST · by upchuck · 60 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Jan 2, 2017 | Jeff Martin
    The marching band of Alabama's oldest private, historically black liberal arts college has accepted an invitation to perform at President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural parade, organizers said. Talladega College's band will march at Trump's inauguration as other historically black schools such as Howard University, which performed at President Barack Obama's first inaugural parade, said they won't be marching in the Jan. 20 event. "We were a bit horrified to hear of the invitation," said Shirley Ferrill of Fairfield, Alabama, a member of Talladega's Class of 1974. "I don't want my alma mater to give the appearance of supporting him," Ferrill said...
  • Obama Administration Increases Refugee Resettlement During Final Months

    12/21/2016 5:34:00 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    The New American Magazine ^ | 21 December 2016 | Warren Mass
    The United States admitted 23,428 aliens as “refugees” during the first 11 weeks of fiscal year 2017 (October 1 through December 17), according to the Refugee Processing Center (RPC), which is operated by the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). The RPC’s computers track the movement of refugees from various countries around the world to the United States for resettlement under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). If the rate of refugee settlements thus far in FY 2017 holds, the United States will resettle approximately 110,580 for the fiscal year. ... Simon Henshaw, principal deputy assistant secretary...
  • ‘Insane’: Anger in Mobile, Ala., as city robs park of beloved old cedar for Trump rally backdrop

    12/21/2016 3:26:30 PM PST · by madprof98 · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/20/16 | Samantha Schmidt
    On the day leading up to the final rally of Donald Trump’s “thank you” tour, city officials in Mobile, Ala., raved about its plans for a festive, Christmas welcome for the president-elect. The mayor’s chief of staff tweeted that the city “did the impossible,” erecting and decorating a 50-foot Christmas tree as a backdrop for Trump’s speech. But some Mobile residents soon speculated that the majestic cedar tree was one they had seen before, reported. Just over a mile away from the stadium where Trump would speak, in a public park, a massive cedar tree was gone. As skeptical...
  • LIVE:Trump USA Thank You Tour 12/17/2016 Mobile, AL @ 3pm CT,

    12/17/2016 5:31:05 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 285 replies
    Saturday, December 17, 2016: Join President-Elect Donald J. Trump and team for the USA Thank You Tour 2016 at the Ladd–Peebles Stadium at 3:00 PM CT. Mobile, AL
  • Man Who Called Tennessee Wildfire Victims 'Trump-Suckin Pond Scum' Fired

    12/09/2016 5:48:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 112 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/9 | Christopher Brennan
    A man who called residents of fire-ravaged Gatlinburg, Tenn., “Trump-suckin pond scum” has lost his job. “Funny story. I was recently in gatlinburg. Had a terrible time, I felt that the place was a cesspool of consumerism and a bastion of the worst aspects of southern culture. Turns out a wildfire just burned most of the town to the ground,” Coleman Bonner said in a post late last month. “Good riddance gatlinburg. And good luck, you mouth-breathing, toothless, diabetic, cousin-humpin, mountain-drew chuggin, moon-pie-munchin, pall-mall smokin, trump-suckin pond scum.” Bonner, who was listed as posting from Wessington, Ala., ended his litany...
  • WikiLeaks Exposes Democratic Smear Campaign Against Jeff Sessions

    12/09/2016 9:56:00 AM PST · by blam · 15 replies ^ | 12-9-2016 | Cameron Smith
    Cameron SmithDecember 9, 2016 It's easy to spot a political hit job when you know what to look for. The telltale signs might include a steady trickle of negative information, an echo chamber focusing on the same story at the same time, or even a seemingly coordinated move from one "breaking" story to the next. Those of us who pay attention to politics have seen it whether we know it or not. The most effective smear includes a smattering of facts, spotty allegations, and doctored quotes that fit a predetermined narrative. The "breaking" story usually comes from the biggest sympathetic...
  • Pot activists roll joint in Sen. Sessions office

    12/09/2016 8:13:26 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 111 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | Dec. 8, 2016 | Steven Nelson
    Marijuana legalization activists returned to the office of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions on Thursday, successfully sneaking cannabis past a security checkpoint so they could offer it for use by the attorney general nominee or his staff. Sessions communications director Chris Jackson deftly handled the two dozen office visitors, listening politely to stories about medical use of the plant and arguments against prohibition, but he declined to accept a sample of the drug that is increasingly legalized or decriminalized at the state level but remains illegal in the eyes of federal authorities. Although at least two activists brought weed, with one...
  • Alabama inmate coughs, heaves 13 minutes into execution

    12/09/2016 2:46:35 AM PST · by SMGFan · 52 replies
    MSN AP ^ | December 9, 2016
    — A man who killed an Alabama convenience store clerk more than two decades ago was put to death Thursday night, an execution that required two consciousness tests as the inmate heaved and coughed 13 minutes into the lethal injection. Ronald Bert Smith Jr., 45, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m., about 30 minutes after the procedure began at the state prison in southwest Alabama. Smith was convicted of capital murder in the Nov. 8, 1994, fatal shooting of Huntsville store clerk Casey Wilson. A jury voted 7-5 to recommend a sentence of life imprisonment, but a judge overrode that...
  • Supreme Court stays execution of Alabama inmate

    12/08/2016 4:23:44 PM PST · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    ap ^ | 12/8/16 | KIM CHANDLER
    ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — A condemned Alabama inmate has survived the seventh attempt to execute him by lethal injection thanks to a last-minute stay from the U.S. Supreme Court. In a split decision, five justices voted late Thursday to stay the execution of Tommy Arthur as the high court considers whether to take up his challenge to the state's lethal injection procedure. The reprieve came shortly before 11 p.m. as Arthur, 74, was waiting in a holding cell outside the execution chamber at a south Alabama prison. His death warrant expired an hour later, and Arthur was returned to death...