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  • Undercover videos spark Planned Parenthood protest in Birmingham

    07/28/2015 11:09:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    wiat.com ^ | July 28, 2015 | Mike McClanahan
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Pro-life groups are calling for a state investigation into Planned Parenthood affiliates in Alabama. There’s also a push to de-fund the organization, and protesters are taking that message to the streets. A large group of people gathered at noon Tuesday outside the Planned Parenthood office in Birmingham.
  • Ted Cruz Coming to Huntsville

    07/28/2015 1:56:50 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Alabama Political Reporter ^ | 28 Jul 2015 | Brandon Moseley
    Sixteen different Republicans are running for their party’s presidential nomination. One of these is US Senator Ted Cruz from Texas. Ted Cruz’s campaign has announced that the outspoken Senator and presidential contender will be in Huntsville on Sunday, August 9.Cruz will join US Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) as well as supporters and conservative activists for an ice cream social at the Jackson Center, 600 Genome Way in Huntsville. Other campaign stops in Alabama are planned.The Cruz campaign wrote: “Attention Alabama Supporters - Ted is coming your way! In a field that now numbers 16 Republican presidential candidates, Ted Cruz said...
  • GOP hopeful Ted Cruz to hold public town hall meeting in Huntsville

    07/27/2015 12:18:46 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    AL.com ^ | July 27, 2015 at 1:08 PM | Paul Gattis
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, seeking the Republican nomination for president, has scheduled a town hall meeting in Huntsville.Cruz will visit the Rocket City on Aug. 9 and the town hall meeting will take place at the Jackson Center in Cummings Research Park at 7 p.m.The event will be free and open to the public, according to Madison County GOP officials.Cruz will be accompanied by U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, who has voiced support of Cruz's candidacy.Cruz said last week he was planning an Alabama swing on Aug. 9 that will also include stops in Hoover and Montgomery. He also has...
  • Alabama governor lifts gun free zones at state rest areas

    07/27/2015 9:40:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    guns.com ^ | 7/27/2015 | Chris Eger
    Gov. Robert Bentley late Friday ordered workers to remove “no weapons beyond this point” signs at all state rest areas. The governor’s move came following a back and forth between Alabama Department of Transportation and state lawmakers over the legality of banning guns at rest areas for all those other than law enforcement.
  • Shelby, Sessions warn HHS not to delete Planned Parenthood records ahead of investigation

    07/26/2015 12:28:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Yellow Hammer News ^ | 7/22/15 | Cliff Sims
    WASHINGTON — Alabama’s U.S. Senators Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions on Wednesday signed a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell urging her agency to cooperate with upcoming investigations into Planned Parenthood and warning DHS not to delete any relevant records. Planned Parenthood annually receives more than $500 million in funding from the federal government, mostly through Medicaid and Department of Health and Human Services grants. The organization is the largest abortion provider in the country, performing over 300,000 abortions every year. It has been thrust into the national spotlight recently as a result of two...
  • Donald Trump still ahead of the GOP pack: You OK with that? (Poll at source)

    07/25/2015 7:47:54 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 72 replies
    al.com ^ | Leada Gore
    It turns out the rumors of Donald Trump's demise in the wake of comments about former prisoner of war John McCain were greatly exaggerated. A new Economist/YouGov poll shows the bombastic billionaire remains on top of the GOP presidential poll. Trump has 28 percent support, followed Jeb Bush at 14 percent, Scott Walker at 13 percent, Ben Carson at 7 percent and Rand Paul at 5 percent. *snip* So what's the takeaway? Here's what YouGov said: "There is clearly a core group of registered voters who identify as Republicans that has coalesced around Trump's tough talk and proposals. He is...
  • Victims, gunman identified in Grand 16 shooting (Lafayette, La.)

    07/24/2015 6:33:00 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 82 replies
    Victims, gunman identified in Grand 16 shooting The victims who died in last night's shooting at The Grand 16 have been identified as 21-year-old Mayci Breaux of Franklin and 33-year-old Jillian Johnson of Lafayette. The shooter, who shot himself in the theater, has been identified as 58-year-old John Houser of Alabama. Police say he was a "drifter" who had been in the Lafayette area since early July. He fired 13 rounds into the theater during the 7 p.m. showing of "Trainwreck." One of the victims and the gunman died at the scene. A second victim died at an area hospital....
  • ALERT: Do NOT Stop at Rest Areas in This State If You’re Carrying a Gun… You Could Be Arrested (AL)

    07/23/2015 10:41:46 AM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 80 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | July 23, 2015
    Some disturbingly anti-gun news has recently come out of a typically pro-gun conservative southern state. The Alabama Department of Transportation announced that they are banning the possession and carrying of firearms at rest stops along the state’s interstates and highways. Ignoring the fact that both concealed and open carry are legal in the state, all rest stops will now have a sign reading “no weapons beyond this point.” Although many are questioning whether ALDOT has the legal authority to do this, the department cited Alabama Code Section 25-1-59(c) as giving them the power to “prescribe any reasonable rules and regulations...
  • Ted Cruz tells Alabama Republicans he's the only 'consistent conservative' in 2016

    07/22/2015 10:07:08 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 58 replies
    AL.com ^ | July 21, 2015 | Howard Koplowitz
    In a field that now numbers 16 Republican presidential candidates, Ted Cruz said he'll distinguish himself as the "consistent conservative" in the race, the Texas senator said Tuesday night on a conference call organized by the Alabama Republican Party.Cruz also announced that he'll be visiting Alabama on Aug. 9, with stops in Hoover, Montgomery and Huntsville. He'll be back in the Yellowhammer State on Aug. 25, when he'll be the keynote speaker at the Tuscaloosa County Republican Party's Lincoln-Reagan Dinner. "I'm so looking forward to my visits in Alabama this August," he said.Cruz said unlike his GOP rivals, he's been a leader in...
  • GOP Leader Cracks Door, Slightly, on Voting Rights Act (McCarthy becomes Cantor)

    07/22/2015 7:18:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 7/21/15 | Emma Dumain
    Last year, House Democrats saw ex-Majority Leader Eric Cantor as a possible (if ultimately disappointing) ally in the fight to rewrite the Voting Rights Act for the 21st century. On Tuesday, Cantor’s leadership successor, Kevin McCarthy, might have revealed himself as another important potential friend to the effort. The California Republican echoed at a pen-and-pad briefing what fellow GOP lawmakers have said before: Any revision of the landmark 1965 law has to start in the Judiciary Committee — a disappointing answer for advocates who know Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., is disinclined to tackle the matter. But McCarthy later said...
  • Experts warn Floridians to steer clear of armadillos to avoid leprosy exposure

    07/21/2015 2:07:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    www.actionnewsjax.com ^ | 07-21-2015 | By Amanda Warford
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Leprosy cases in Florida are higher than normal and experts are blaming armadillos. Nine cases have been reported across Florida so far this year. On average, the state only sees 10 cases for the entire year. Action News spoke to a trapper who said he takes extra precautions because of this danger. Armadillos are very common all over Florida, and most of them live in the woods. But others could live near your home, and we learned that puts you and your family at risk. “We catch more armadillos than we do any other species,” said wildlife...
  • Disabled Vet Stands Guard Outside Of Alabama Marine Recruiting Office

    07/21/2015 11:50:21 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 21, 2015 | Awr Hawkins
    On July 20, disabled veteran Jim Young stood guard outside a Guntersville, Alabama, Marine recruiting office as part of his “patriotic duty.” Young stood outside the office for approximately three hours. According to 48 WAFF, Young said, “I felt it was my patriotic duty to make sure nothing happened to them. I can’t see them giving their life back here in the United States because someone wouldn’t arm them.”
  • Coosa GOP to hold conference call with candidate Ted Cruz

    07/21/2015 10:40:27 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 2 replies
    AlexCityOutlook ^ | Sunday, July 19, 2015
    The Coosa County Republican Party will host a conference call with Presidential Candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R) of Texas on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Alabama Republican Chairman Terry Lathan will place the call from the Coosa County e-911 Conference Center, 60 Communications Dr., Rockford at approximately 6 p.m.This event is part of the “Calling Alabama” program by the Alabama Republican Party that provides opportunities each month for participants to hear live conversations with Presidential candidates. The Coosa County Republican Party is only the second county to host one of these events live from their meeting. Tallapoosa County hosted a call...
  • Presidential candidate Ted Cruz in Tuscaloosa Aug. 25

    07/20/2015 9:03:52 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 3 replies
    FOX WBRC ^ | Jul 20, 2015 4:10 AM PDT | Terri Brewer
    Republican presidential candidate and Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz will visit Tuscaloosa next month to give the keynote address at the annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on August 25 at 7 p.m. in the north zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium.The Lincoln-Reagan Dinner is a fundraiser for the Tuscaloosa County Republican Party, and has hosted other well-known speakers in the past, including former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Bush White House adviser Karl Rove and former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, a Tuscaloosa area native, worked to help secure Cruz as this year's speaker. Merrill said this grew out of a conversation he...
  • Confederate flag demand has Alabama company 'absolutely swamped'

    07/18/2015 7:54:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies
    al.com ^ | Paul Gattis
    I've been called a racist. I've been called a bigot. I've been called a non-Christian. When the controversy over the Confederate flag erupted last month, the owner of a Huntsville flag company said her business would make the flags even if no one else would. And that's apparently what's happened. "I'm not aware of another company in the United States making these flags," said Belinda Kennedy, owner of Alabama Flag & Banner, in an interview Thursday with AL.com. So now you know why the website for the Governors Drive business near downtown Huntsville cautions visitors that all Confederate flag orders...
  • Alabama Man Is Sick Of Hearing About Caitlyn Jenner, Shoots TV

    07/17/2015 9:36:19 PM PDT · by vox humana · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 17 July 2015 | Alexis Gulino
    Alabama resident Bobby Knight took his TV outside and recorded himself shooting it with a gun after watching former Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner win the Arthur Ashe Award courage award at the ESPYs on Wednesday night.
  • Want to See Racism at Work? Meet the Alabama Democratic Party

    07/16/2015 5:37:03 PM PDT · by Micro aggressor · 9 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | July 14, 2015 | Kyle Whitmire
    You should go to an Alabama Democratic Executive Committee meeting, even if you are a Republican. No matter what anyone says, racism is not a thing of the past, and there's no better reminder -- of its existence and of its corruptive, disruptive and self-defeating influence -- than attending an SDEC [State Democratic Executive Committee] meeting. Last week Alabama Democrats gathered in Montgomery to fight the same battle they've been fighting for the last several years. Nationally, Democrats have done a good job of cobbling together many smaller constituencies into majorities, and with them winning the White House.
  • Alabama attorney files lawsuit against Gov. Bentley challenging Confederate flag removal

    07/16/2015 5:31:51 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    AL.com ^ | 07/15/15 | Erin Edgemon
    A Cullman-based attorney has filed a lawsuit against Alabama's governor saying Robert Bentley didn't have the authority to remove Confederate flags from the grounds of the state Capitol. The lawsuit states the Alabama Historical Commission didn't follow its mandate and the governor "overstepped his authority" when four Confederate flags were removed from the Confederate Memorial Monument on June 24. Melvin Hasting filed the suit on behalf of himself in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Tuesday afternoon. The suit lists Bentley, Alabama Historical Commission and its acting executive director Lisa Jones as defendants. Hasting is asking the court for a preliminary...
  • Congresswoman in Tears Over Sale of Aborted Baby Body Parts “These are Babies for God’s Sake”

    07/15/2015 9:56:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 58 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | Jul 15, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    Congresswoman Martha Roby of Alabama had just one minute to make her point on the floor of the House of Representatives today but she broke down in tears as she spoke for the millions of Americans who are outraged by the expose’ of Planned Parenthood selling the body parts of aborted babies. “This is one of those moments that — as a nation and as a people — we have to ask ourselves, ‘Who are we? Are we really going to tolerate this inhumanity?'” she asked, holding back tears. “Are we going to look the other way while babies are...
  • Jesus Was a Socialist, Says Dem Voter

    07/14/2015 6:12:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/14/15 | Brian Lilley
    Bernie Sanders is getting people pretty excited, excited enough to claim Jesus was a socialist. Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont seeking the Democratic Party nomination, has been drawing larger crowds than expected of late. At one stop in Birmingham, Alabama, Sanders was expected to draw 30 people and instead drew 300, according to AL.com. Among the excited crowd was 56-year-old Peter Stuart who gave the news outlet the socialist quote. "He's got me excited in politics again," Stuart said. "He's not just in it for the money or his own career. To me, he's what politicians should be." Stuart...
  • Death sentence reversed for Carlos Kennedy, convicted of murdering Zoa White

    07/10/2015 4:59:30 PM PDT · by boycott · 8 replies
    AL.com ^ | July 10, 2015 | Casey Toner
    Carlos Edward Kennedy, who was sentenced to death for raping and then beating a 69-year-old grandmother to death with a claw hammer in June 2010, has new life. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the sentence of former Mobile County Circuit Court Judge Joseph "Rusty" Johnston on Friday, stating that he overstepped his judicial authority. "Accordingly, the totality of the circumstances in this case indicates that Kennedy knowingly, intelligently, and voluntarily waived his right to counsel and that the circuit court abused its discretion when it revoked Kennedy's right of self-representation and appointed counsel to him," the ruling states....
  • [AL] Wal-Mart refuses to order class ring because of West Morgan's Rebels mascot

    07/10/2015 3:01:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Decatur Daily ^ | 7/9/15 | Briana Harris
    West Morgan High graduate Aaron Browder said he was at a loss for words when he and his mother were turned away from Wal-Mart’s jewelry counter in Decatur and told by an employee his class ring could not be ordered because his high school mascot — the Rebel — is controversial and is a symbol of racism. But it was no joke. Brenda Browder, Aaron Browder’s mother, said the sales associate at the Wal-Mart on Spring Avenue told them the ring could not be ordered with the school’s name or mascot on it. “We didn’t even know how to react,”...
  • Not over? Alabama Supreme Court should reject marriage decision, legal group says

    07/10/2015 1:45:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Christian Examiner ^ | 7/10/15 | Michael Foust
    A prominent legal organization has filed a 36-page brief urging the Alabama Supreme Court to reject the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision, saying the ruling was an "assault" on the rule of law and natural law and that it defied the very words in the Declaration of Independence.Further, the new brief says, there is major precedent in the nation's history for a state court to ignore a U.S. Supreme Court decision when it is "unlawful."The brief was filed by Liberty Counsel, which is headed by an attorney – Mat Staver – who has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme...
  • FLASHBACK: SPLC Founder Says Confederate Flag Is ‘Part Of My Heritage’

    07/09/2015 8:41:10 PM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 9, 2015 | Chuck Ross
    News footage from 1989 has surfaced which shows Morris Dees, the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a civil rights organization that tracks hate groups, acknowledging that the Confederate flag was part of his southern heritage.
  • CONFIRMED: Kenny Stabler Passes Away

    07/09/2015 4:28:54 PM PDT · by boycott · 51 replies
    local15tv.com ^ | July 9 2015
    UPDATE: Kenny Stabler's ex-wife Rose Stabler confirms to Local 15 News that Kenny has passed away at the age of 69. ORIGINAL STORY Tuscaloosa News reported former Alabama star quarterback and Foley native Kenny Stabler's death and has since retracted the story, saying Stabler's death is unconfirmed. Local 15 News also reported this news at 5 p.m. after reaching out to the head of the Kenny Stabler's former foundation. A representative from the foundation tells Local 15 Stabler did die from prostate cancer. We will continue to stay on top of this developing story.
  • Harper Lee Receives Copy of ‘Go Set a Watchman’ as Release Nears

    07/08/2015 9:50:57 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 7, 2015 | By ALEXANDRA ALTER and SERGE F. KOVALESKI
    Nearly 60 years after Harper Lee wrote “Go Set a Watchman,” the novel she hoped would be her literary debut, the 89-year-old author was handed a finished copy of the book at a private lunch in Monroeville, Ala., last week. Despite the manuscript’s long and uncertain journey to publication, Ms. Lee seemed breezily self-assured about the book’s highly anticipated release next week, people who attended said. After her publishers gave her the first copies off the presses of the American and British versions of “Watchman,” Ms. Lee was asked if she ever expected the novel to be published. “Of course...
  • Alabama City Removes Christian Flag From Police Station Following Atheist Complaint

    07/08/2015 9:11:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/08/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    An Alabama city has opted to remove a Christian flag from government property following a complaint from a Wisconsin-based atheist organization. City of Glencoe recently took down a Christian flag which had been put on the grounds of a police department following a letter of complaint sent by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Tashia Blackerby, spokeswoman for City of Glencoe, told The Christian Post that the FFRF complaint was tied to previous issues the atheist group had with her city. "We received letters from the [FFRF]. First of all, it was on our manger scene. We had a manger scene...
  • Sen. Sessions: City Officials Harboring Illegal Immigrant Felons Could Be Charged With Crime

    07/08/2015 8:16:25 AM PDT · by Kevin in California · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 07-08-2015 | Kerry Picket
    Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions told The Daily Caller Tuesday that city officials that defy federal immigration laws could be charged with crime for not informing officials about felons the city is harboring.
  • Sessions Introduces Immigration Enforcement Bill Named For Officers Killed By Illegal

    06/23/2015 10:49:55 AM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 17 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | June 22, 2015 | Caroline May
    With enforcement of immigration law said to be eroding under the Obama administration, Sen. Jeff Sessions has introduced a new bill to strengthen immigration enforcement. “Congress spends too much time catering to special interests, and not enough time serving the people who sent us here. Advancing this bill would be a dramatic step towards reestablishing the severed trust between the people and their government,” Sessions, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, said Monday.
  • Sen. Sessions: City Officials Harboring Illegal Felons Could Be Charged (stop federal monies now)

    07/08/2015 6:52:50 AM PDT · by Liz · 40 replies
    DAILYCALLER.COM ^ | 7/7/15 | Kerry Picket
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (Rep-Ala) told The Daily Caller Tuesday that city officials that defy federal immigration laws could be charged with crime for not informing officials about felons the city is harboring. Sessions believes it is time for Congress to say that if cities and counties that if they do not cooperate with Congress and federal law enforcement, they should not get federal money from Washington. "To me, it’s just unthinkable — as a US attorney, I had a bunch of cities and every day holds are filed. So many criminals have committed crimes in multiple jurisdictions,” Sessions said. Sessions...
  • Teen killed while trying to carjack motorist at Birmingham gas station, police say

    07/02/2015 10:27:30 AM PDT · by Bodleian_Girl · 121 replies
    Birmingham News / AL.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Carol Robinson
    Authorities today released the identities of three people killed in two separate shootings just hours apart and on opposite ends of town Wednesday night. In the first shooting, 15-year-old Shamar Polk was shot to death at a Pinson Valley Parkway gas station, according to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office. Police said the shooting happened after he and his friends were approaching customers at the Jet Pep with the intention of carjacking a vehiclePhoto: Facebook
  • BP Agrees to Pay $18.7 Billion to Settle Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Claims

    07/02/2015 6:23:48 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 7 replies
    WSJ.com ^ | 07/02/2015 | Ed Ballard
    LONDON— BP PLC has agreed to pay $18.7 billion over 18 years to settle all federal and state claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, five years after the accident. “Five years ago we committed to restore the Gulf economy and environment and we have worked ever since to deliver on that promise,” said BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg. “We have made significant progress, and with this agreement we provide a path to closure for BP and the Gulf. It resolves the company’s largest remaining legal exposures, provides clarity on costs and creates certainty of payment for all parties involved,”...
  • Mitch McConnell: This decision on gay marriage is the law of the land and there’s not much we can do

    07/01/2015 2:22:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/01/2015 | AllahPundit
    Via Newsmax, skip to 4:20 for the key part. He’s not saying anything here that, say, Marco Rubio hasn’t but the McConnell endorsement surely cinches this among grassroots righties as the official RINO position. (Sorry, Marco!) Meekly submitting to the will of the Court isn’t what warriors do. Which raises the question: What should the GOP, as a party, do to resist?Should they encourage county clerks to refuse to issue marriage licenses to gays? That might work short-term, until other state officials can be found who’ll grant the licenses, but it’s likely to bring a lot of legal grief...
  • Mitch McConnell: GOP out of legislative options to fight gay marriage

    07/01/2015 11:59:35 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/1/15 | Burgess Everett
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell concedes that there’s little congressional Republicans can do to fight the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide, though he predicted a flurry of litigation aimed at protecting “religious liberty” in light of the decision. The Kentucky Republican has been a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage: He was one of just six Senate Republicans to sign an amicus brief urging the high court to reject federal protection of same-sex marriage. And though he reiterated to Kentucky TV station WDRB on Tuesday evening that his position has not changed, he also said there is...
  • Gov. John Kasich on Gay Marriage: ‘The Court Has Ruled, and It’s Time to Move On’

    06/29/2015 8:30:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 06/29/2015 | by Josh Feldman
    Lots of Republican candidates are really up in arms about the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling, and some are trying to fight back strongly against it. Mike Huckabee said states should outright reject it, while Ted Cruz proposed Supreme Court elections to push back against “judicial tyranny.” But on Face the Nation today, likely GOP candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich told John Dickerson, “I believe in traditional marriage, but the Supreme Court has ruled, it’s the law of the land, and we’ll abide by it.” He implored people to just “take a deep breath,” and said there are plenty...
  • McConnell:Gay Marriage Is 'Law of the Land' for Congress, Too'says there's not much Congress can do'

    07/01/2015 10:09:32 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 131 replies
    newsmax ^ | 7/1/15 | c coren
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says there's not much Congress can do in the wake of the ruling by the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage. In an interview Tuesday night on Kentucky television station WDRB, McConnell restated that he still holds to the traditional view of marriage. "I’ve always felt that marriage is between one man and one woman and the Supreme Court has held otherwise. That’s the law of the land," the Kentucky Republican said. When he was asked if there is anything Congress can do, he answered: "I don’t think so. I think the courts have pretty well...
  • McConnell: GOP out of legislative options to fight gay marriage

    07/01/2015 7:29:05 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/01/2015 | Burgess Everett
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell concedes that there’s little congressional Republicans can do to fight the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide, though he predicted a flurry of litigation aimed at protecting “religious liberty” in light of the decision. The Kentucky Republican has been a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage, one of just six Senate Republicans to sign an amicus brief urging the high court to reject federal protection of same-sex marriage. And though he reiterated to Kentucky TV station WDRB on Tuesday evening that his position has not changed, he also said there is little that...
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions says Alabama must 'ultimately follow the law' on same-sex ruling

    07/01/2015 8:45:25 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 47 replies
    AL.com ^ | 07/01/2015 | Mike Cason
    Sen. Jeff Sessions said today that Alabama will "ultimately have to follow the law" on the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, even though he strongly disagrees with it. Sessions was asked about the resistance by some judicial officials in Alabama to granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the court's 5-4 ruling that state bans on gay marriage violate the Constitution. Sessions did not say specifically how officials in Alabama should proceed. "Ultimately they'll have to follow the law," the senator said. "The question of what that means and exactly what that requires them to do, I guess they'll...
  • Alabama Store Making Their Own Confederate Flags After Supplier Caves to Race Baiters

    06/29/2015 4:10:59 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 38 replies
    On June 26, Alabama Flag & Banner began making Confederate flags in-house, after “a manufacturer decided to no longer supply Confederate flags to [the] business.”
  • 'Southern Lives Matter': Confederate flag supporters rally in Alabama

    Confederate flags returned to the cradle of the Confederacy on Saturday as hundreds of flag supporters arrived at Alabama's Capitol to protest the removal of four rebel flags from a Confederate monument next to the building where the Confederacy was formed. Standing at the bottom of the Capitol's steps, where 50 years ago Martin Luther King Jr. led a march for civil rights, Tim Steadman said it wasn't right to remove the flags. "Right now, this past week with everything that is going on, I feel very much like the Jews must have felt in the very beginning of the...
  • Alabama chief justice walks back remarks on same-sex marriage

    06/29/2015 2:14:48 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/29/2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is walking back previous remarks implying that a new court order will delay same-sex marriages in the state for 25 days. Same-sex marriage advocates had argued that the order has no tangible effects thanks to a federal injunction.  In May, a federal judge ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional and stayed her opinion until the Supreme Court ruled on the issue. Moore initially told the Alabama Media Group that the state court's order Monday for a hearing within 25 days would effectively table Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing...
  • Roy Moore: Alabama judges cannot issue same-sex marriage licenses for 25 days

    06/29/2015 11:54:47 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 10 replies
    al.com ^ | 06/29/2015 | Juli Bennett
    Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore said the state supreme court today issued an order that effectively keeps probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for 25 days. Moore said in his view the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Friday ending the gay marriage ban is now stalled in Alabama. Parties have 25 days in which to contest the U.S. Supreme Court ruling before it becomes a mandate. "In that 25-day period that (U.S. Supreme Court) order is not in effect," Moore said. "The (Alabama Supreme Court order speaks for itself." One attorney, however, disagreed with the interpretation of...
  • Even Nathan Bedford Forrest could change: guest opinion

    06/29/2015 9:36:07 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies
    Alabama ^ | June 29, 2015 | By John W. Davis
    On an incredibly hot day, a cool decision was made by the Governor of Alabama. He took down the Confederate flags flown on our capital grounds in Montgomery. This is a good thing. It is good because now our capital, and so symbolically our State, is more welcoming than before. The Governor took a stand for all the people of Alabama. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most of the soldiers of days gone by knew about as much about grand politics as soldiers of today. They would be content, I'm certain,to have their time and flag memorialized in a museum, not as a prop...
  • The dozen rebels targeted by GOP leaders

    06/28/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27th, 2015 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    To keep conservative rebels in check, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies have been doling out punishments at an aggressive clip in the 114th Congress. From kicking unruly members off the Rules Committee and GOP whip team to stripping a lawmaker of his subcommittee gavel, leadership has been growing more comfortable with taking retaliatory measures to try to enforce party discipline. But several Tea Party targets haven’t gone quietly. They’ve been fighting back with help from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s conservative House Freedom Caucus, which successfully pressured leaders this week to return a subcommittee gavel to one of their...
  • Alabama Senate Passes Bill to Effectively Nullify All Sides on Marriage

    06/28/2015 4:59:21 AM PDT · by tje · 175 replies
    10th Amendment Center ^ | May 23, 2015 | Shane Trejo
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (May 23, 2015) – This week, the Alabama state Senate passed a bill that would end the practice of licensing marriages in the state, effectively nullifying both major sides of the contentious national debate over government-sanctioned marriage. Introduced by Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Bay Minette), Senate Bill 377 (SB377) would end state issued marriage licenses, while providing marriage contracts as an alternative. It passed through the Alabama state Senate by a 22-3 margin on May 19. “When you invite the state into those matters of personal or religious import, it creates difficulties,” Sen. Albritton said about his bill in...
  • Alabama flag company begins Confederate flag production in-store, over 1,000 sold on first day

    06/27/2015 8:40:18 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 44 replies
    Alabama.com ^ | 06/26/15
    After the manufacturer decided to no longer supply Confederate flags to her business, Alabama Flag and Banner owner Belinda Kennedy decided to take matters into her own hands. Starting early Friday morning, Belinda and the employees at Alabama Flag and Banner began producing Confederate flags in-store using their own materials and equipment. And just as soon as they hit the machines, the orders came pouring in. "I feel like my responsibility to my customers is to fulfill their needs when they want it, and I had customers wanting it and I wasn't going to turn them away as I felt...
  • Birmingham teen tells it straight to U.S. Attorney General: 'We're taught young to hate the police'

    06/24/2015 8:24:54 PM PDT · by Bodleian_Girl · 6 replies
    Photo:Joe Songer/jsonger@al.com When U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with a group of Birmingham youth during her visit to Alabama today and asked them why it's difficult for the general public to empathize with police officers, 16-year-old Ramsay High School student Taylor Sellers gave it to her straight. "It starts in your household. When you come up, you automatically hate the police, I'm just going to tell you like it is,'' Sellers said. "Most likely somebody in your family went to jail, so they're like, "Man he went to jail for no reason,' so you already have this mindset that...
  • Senator Slams Obamatrade: "They Won The Vote, But Lost The Trust Of The American People"

    06/24/2015 1:10:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 06/24/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Senator Jeff Sessions will release this statement in response to Senate's vote to advance the fast-track trade bill: Americans increasingly believe that their country isn’t serving its own citizens. They need look no further than a bipartisan vote of Congress that will transfer congressional power to the Executive Branch and, in turn, to a transnational Pacific Union and the global interests who will help write its rules. The same routine plays out over and again. We are told a massive bill must be passed, all the business lobbyists and leaders tell how grand it will be, but that it must...
  • Alabama Gov. Orders Removal Of All 4 Confederate Flags From State Capitol Grounds

    06/24/2015 10:54:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    News One ^ | 06/24/2015 | Christina Coleman
    All four Confederate flags posted at Alabama state Capitol’s Confederate memorial were removed Wednesday morning following a quiet order from the state’s governor, Robert Bentley (R).The Confederate battle flag was removed from the Capitol around 8:20 a.m. Gov. Bentley, who left the building a short while later, confirmed to inquiring reporters that he ordered the removal of the flags. AL.com reports: Asked his reasons for taking it down and if it included what happened in Charleston last week, the governor said, “Yes, partially this is about that. This is the right thing to do. We are facing some major issues...
  • Alabama Gov. Bentley removes Confederate flags from Capitol grounds

    06/24/2015 8:50:37 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 50 replies
    AL.com ^ | 06/24/2015 | Charles Dean
    On the order of Gov. Robert Bentley, the Confederate battle flag which stands at the foot of the confederate memorial on the state Capitol grounds was taken down this morning. Two workers came out of the Capitol building about 8:20 a.m. and with no fanfare quickly and quietly took the flag down. They declined to answer questions. Moments later Gov. Bentley emerged from the Capitol on his way to an appearance in Hackleburg. Asked if he had ordered the flag taken down, the governor said, "Yes I did." Asked his reasons for taking it down and if it included what...