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  • Federal Judge Upholds Alabama Voter ID Law

    01/17/2018 2:28:37 PM PST · by FreedomPoster · 30 replies
    Southern Political Report ^ | Jan 17, 2018 | Hans von Spakovsky
    A federal judge in Alabama has thrown out a lawsuit against the state’s voter ID law, finding that the law doesn’t prevent anyone from voting because “nearly the entire population of registered voters in Alabama already possess a photo ID that can be used for voting.” For those who don’t, obtaining a qualifying ID can be done “with little to no effort and no cost.” In 2011, the Alabama legislature passed a photo ID requirement for both in-person and absentee voting. The law was enacted in an effort to strengthen voter confidence and to reduce the potential for voter fraud...
  • Why do so many in Alabama oppose same-sex marriage?

    01/12/2018 5:37:27 PM PST · by Bodleian_Girl · 62 replies
    The Birmingham News / AL.com ^ | 01 12 18 | Christopher Harress
    Ambrosia Starling, drag queen who prompted Judge Roy Moore's removal from Alabama Supreme Court. This story is a part of Ask Alabama, where you ask the questions, you vote to decide which questions we answer, and then we investigate. This week we're answering a question submitted by a reader who asked: Alabama has the lowest the percentage of citizens of any state who support same sex marriage. Why are so many Alabamans opposed? Same-sex marriage, and homosexual behavior, has seemingly always been frowned upon by much of the great state of Alabama. This is, after all, the center of the...
  • Judge tosses out challenge to Alabama voter ID law

    01/11/2018 11:26:41 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | January 11. 2018
    A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Alabama's requirement to show photo identification at the polls. U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler on Wednesday ruled the provision does not violate the Voting Rights Act. Alabama in 2014 began requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification at the polls. Greater Birmingham Ministries and the NAACP filed the lawsuit in December, challenging the law as an infringement on voting rights. The lawsuit contends Alabama politicians knew that black and Latino voters "disproportionately lack the required photo ID." Part of Coogler's court order declared that a "person who does not have a...
  • Good news: Toyota and Mazda announce giant new Huntsville, Alabama, plant which will produce...

    01/11/2018 12:21:13 AM PST · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    Real Donald Trump twitter account ^ | January 10, 2018 | President Donald Trump
    Good news: Toyota and Mazda announce giant new Huntsville, Alabama, plant which will produce over 300,000 cars and SUV’s a year and employ 4000 people. Companies are coming back to the U.S. in a very big way. Congratulations Alabama! 11:29 PM - 10 Jan 2018
  • Exclusive: Toyota, Mazda to build $1.6 billion plant in Alabama - sources

    01/09/2018 2:56:14 PM PST · by mdittmar · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 9, 2018 | David Shepardson, Bernie Woodall
    (Reuters) - Alabama will be the site of a new $1.6 billion Toyota Motor Corp and Mazda Motor Corp auto plant, a victory for President Donald Trump who had prodded manufacturers to build new U.S. facilities and threatened tariffs on foreign production, sources said on Tuesday.
  • Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough denies yelling 'F--- Trump

    01/09/2018 8:58:27 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 53 replies
    AL.com ^ | 1-9-2018 | John Talty
    Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough denied yelling "F--- Trump" before Monday night's College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Sporting News posted a video clip on its Twitter account that quickly gained steam showing someone yelling "F--- Trump" as the Alabama players walked through the halls of Mercedes-Benz Stadium to the field. Sporting News identified Scarbrough as the Alabama player who said it but Scarbrough said that wasn't accurate after the Crimson Tide's 26-23 title win over Georgia. "I'm just trying to celebrate the win," Scarbrough said. "Those type of words didn't come out of my mouth." Scarbrough also tweeted that...
  • Congratulations to the best college football team in America: Central Florida?

    01/08/2018 10:13:32 PM PST · by dangus · 67 replies
    1-9-17 | Dangus
    Well, now we know who the best college football team in the nation is: Central Florida. Wait, what? There's one team that Alabama couldn't beat. Auburn. Georgia also lost to Auburn. You'd think that Auburn would make it to the playoffs, but they lost a re-match with Alabama, so Alabama went. But Central Florida beat Auburn... and didn't lose to anyone. But they didn't get to play for a national title. This nonsense was what the playoff system was SUPPOSEDLY created to prevent: deserving teams not getting a chance to play for the title. Instead, we get Alabama getting a...
  • Bo Scarbrough, Alabama RB, appears to yell [bleep] Trump!’ before national championship game

    01/08/2018 7:04:34 PM PST · by markomalley · 153 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/8/18 | Ari Gilberg
    At least one person wasn’t happy to see Donald Trump in attendance for Monday's national championship game. Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough appeared to yell “F--k Trump!” before taking the field, in a video captured by Sporting News. Scarbrough, who wears No. 9, can be seen in the back of the video appearing to shout the obscenity.
  • Trump greeted at Georgia-Alabama game with roaring mix of cheers, boos

    01/08/2018 5:42:17 PM PST · by madprof98 · 88 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 1/8/18 | Greg Bluestein
    President Donald Trump was greeted with a booming chorus of cheers mixed with some boos as he took the field Monday for the national anthem ahead of the college football title game between Georgia and Alabama. The president, flanked by military members, stood near the 40-yard line with his hand on his heart as the anthem played. Another wave of cheers and jeers followed him as he left the field. *** It is Trump’s second visit to Atlanta since he won the election, and several dozen demonstrators protested near the stadium. Some of them sought to remind him of his...
  • Roy Moore accuser's Gadsden home burns; arson investigation underway

    01/05/2018 2:21:42 PM PST · by Red Badger · 65 replies
    www.al.com ^ | Updated 4:16 PM; Posted 2:15 PM | By Anna Claire Vollers
    Roy Moore accuser Tina Johnson lost her home Tuesday in a fire that is now under investigation by the Etowah County Arson Task Force. Tina Johnson, who first came to public notice for accusing Senate candidate Roy Moore of grabbing her in his office in the early 1990s, said her home on Lake Mary Louise Road in Gadsden caught fire Tuesday morning. After neighbors and some utility workers called 911 shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday, the Lookout Mountain Fire Department responded to the scene. By the time the flames were extinguished, Johnson and her family had lost everything they owned....
  • Woman who accused Roy Moore of sexual misconduct sues him for defamation (Leigh Corfman)

    01/04/2018 2:50:07 PM PST · by Drew68 · 158 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/04/2018 | Beth Reinhard
    In a lawsuit that echoes a civil case against President Trump, an Alabama woman on Thursday sued failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore and his campaign for defamation, citing harsh personal attacks she faced after coming forward with allegations he touched her sexually when she was 14 years old. Leigh Corfman is not seeking financial compensation beyond legal costs. She is asking for a declaratory judgment of defamation, a public apology from Moore, and a court-enforced ban on him or his campaign publicly attacking her again. She said in a statement that the suit seeks “to do what I could...
  • Doug Jones' gay son gives VP Pence withering look at father's Senate swearing-in

    01/04/2018 9:57:17 AM PST · by Bodleian_Girl · 136 replies
    The Birmingham News / AL.com ^ | 01 04 18 | Leada Gore
    Alabama's newest Senator Doug Jones took the ceremonial oath of office yesterday from Vice President Mike Pence. Looking on were Jones' wife, Louise, his son Christopher and his son, Carson, who is capturing attention for the withering look he cast at the VP during the swearing-in. Carson Jones, a-22-year-old zookeeper who lives in Colorado, confirmed to The Advocate last month he was gay. The side-eye was directed squarely at Pence, who has a long history of opposing same-sex marriage and equal protections for members of the LGBT community.
  • Democrats Doug Jones, Tina Smith Are Sworn In

    01/03/2018 3:50:43 PM PST · by SMGFan · 42 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 3, 2018
    Two relative political newcomers were sworn into the nation’s most elite deliberative body Wednesday, with both Democrats vowing to work toward bipartisanship in a deeply divided U.S. Senate. Tina Smith, who resigned at midnight as Minnesota’s lieutenant governor, becomes the state’s junior senator. She takes office a day after Democratic Sen. Al Franken resigned amid sexual misconduct claims. She becomes the 22nd woman in this Senate, a record number
  • Alabama fan's RV catches fire near Superdome while in town for Sugar Bowl

    01/03/2018 8:08:34 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 10 replies
    WAFB ^ | 1-1-2018
    NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - An Alabama fan attending the Sugar Bowl lost her RV after it caught fire Monday morning near the Superdome. The fire started around 11 a.m. and temporarily closed traffic near the Intersection of Poydras and South Claiborne. The New Orleans Fire Department arrived on scene and quickly extinguished the flames. No one was injured, and the fan said despite the loss of her RV she will still be attending the game. The fan did not want to be identified, but issued an on-the-record statement of "Roll Tide."
  • Failed before It Began: The Great Sexual Harassment Revolution

    01/02/2018 12:04:16 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jan 02, 2017 | J.R. Dunn
    The great Sexual Harassment Panic of 2017 is at last dying down. We can safely look at a screen without being overwhelmed by stories in which yet another loser – or more than one – has been outed for mistreating or exploiting women. Resignations have been myriad, careers have been destroyed, and one suicide has occurred. We're assured that the entire episode has been a watershed, that Things Have Changed permanently. It's an earthquake, says Meryl Streep. Others hail "a new socio-sexual revolution." But what exactly has changed? Earthquakes are noted for massive and universal destruction, revolutions for the guillotine...
  • Some voters opted for Mickey Mouse in bitter US Senate race [AL]

    12/30/2017 9:02:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 138 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 30, 2017 1:04 PM EST
    Mickey Mouse. Nick Saban. Any Other Republican. Those were some of names that got write-in votes in the Alabama Senate election as voters suggested their own alternatives to Sen.-elect Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race. An unusually high number of voters — 22,852 people, or 1.6 percent of the 1.3 million people who went to the polls — opted for a write-in candidates, sometimes showing their humor and frustration along the way. “Anyone Else,” “Neither,” and “Any Other Republican” were among the written submissions. Many of the submission were more serious as some voters followed...
  • America Is Not Yet Lost [Paul Krugman]

    12/29/2017 7:47:25 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 71 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | DEC. 25, 2017 | Paul Krugman
    Many of us came into 2017 expecting the worst. And the worst is what we got. Donald Trump has been every bit as horrible as one might have expected; he continues to prove himself utterly unfit for office, morally and intellectually. And the Republican Party turns out to be composed entirely of cynical apparatchiks, willing to sell out every principle — and every shred of their own dignity — as long as their donors get big tax cuts. Yet I’m ending this year with a feeling of hope, because tens of millions of Americans have risen to the occasion. The...
  • Roy Moore files last-minute lawsuit challenging Alabama result

    12/28/2017 9:49:35 AM PST · by Nextrush · 23 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/28/2017 | BBC
    Republican Roy Moore, who lost a recent Alabama senate election to his Democrat rival Doug Jones, has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to challenge the result. The lawsuit was filed the day before officials were due to certify Mr. Jones the winner-two weeks after the vote.... Mr. Moore's lawyer said the purposed of the complaint was to "preserve evidence of potential election fraud and to postpone the certification of Alabama's Special Election by Secretary of State John Merrill until a thorough investigation of potential election fraud, that improperly altered the outcome of this election." Mr. Merrill told the Associated...
  • AG Jeff Landry joins 10 others in backing Trump's 'sanctuary cities' executive order in court

    12/28/2017 4:34:57 PM PST · by bgill · 9 replies
    The Advocate ^ | Dec. 27, 2017 | Elizabeth Crisp
    Attorney General Jeff Landry is urging a federal appeals court to reverse an order that is preventing the implementation of President Donald Trump's executive order regulating so-called "sanctuary cities," arguing that such immigrant-friendly jurisdictions "undermine the rule of law and deprive law enforcement of the tools necessary to enforce the law effectively." "We have seen too many crimes occur against our own State’s citizens due to sanctuary city policies; which is why I have been actively fighting back against these policies since taking office," Landry, a Republican, said in a news release announcing that he had joined 10 other attorneys...
  • Stage four of Trump Derangement Syndrome: Identifying the progress of a disease

    12/28/2017 8:14:25 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 28,2017 | By Thomas Lifson
    Like AIDS three decades ago, Trump Derangement Syndrome is a new ailment, whose full course of development is as yet unknown. But after a year since TDS exploded on the scene in early November 2016, we can observe the progress of the disease through four stages in certain acute sufferers. This offers hope that we may start to predict how the affliction may spread or, alternatively, extinguish itself, should the rate of transmission to others be slowed by factors we may be able to identify. 1. Denial. 2. Anger 3. Shunning 4. Conversion. As the first three factors combine, and...