POLL: When you hear “mass deportation” what do you think?

Today, Congressman Mo Brooks and I were arguing over what exactly “mass deportation” is.

It is my assertion “mass deportation” is the wholesale rounding up of illegals, including kicking down doors and dragging them out. I don’t think this will ever happen.

Rep. Brooks believes “mass deportation” means deporting people as they come in to contact with law enforcement.

What say you?

The Alabama Legislature should butt-out of Birmingham’s minimum wage mess…

Birmingham wants to raise the minimum wage, which is bad enough.

The Birmingham City Council on Tuesday passed an ordinance to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 over the next two years.

The city’s legal department is reviewing the ordinance. Were it to take effect, the increase is believed to be the first of its kind in the Southeast U.S.

Council President Johnathan Austin submitted the ordinance, which proposes first increasing the minimum wage to $8.50 in July 2016 and again to $10.10 in July 2017.

“We’re just trying to do what we think is best for our citizens and our workers,” he said.

Now, they have fast-tracked this bad idea.

Workers in the city of Birmingham will see higher wages several months sooner than expected.

The city council on Tuesday passed an ordinance moving the minimum wage increase to March 1, instead of its original July 1 implementation.

Why?

Because the legislature is looking to interfere

On Tuesday, David Faulkner, R-Mountain Brook, filed a bill that would prevent cities from setting their own minimum wages. This comes on the same day the Birmingham City Council moved to push a mandatory increase to $8.50 on March 1st.

“We have over 39 cities, or around 39 cities, in Jefferson County. Can you imagine if every one of them had their own minimum wage?” said Faulkner.

He says he believes the mandatory increase will force businesses to close or slash jobs. However, workers like Shon Dawson say they need an increase to make ends meet.

He’s right BUT the legislature has no business interfering here.

No business telling Birmingham not to raise their minimum wage.

No business trying to save Birmingham from it’s leaders.

Alabama Mornings’ ShowPrep for February 10th, 2016…

Shame on you New Hampshire


So you know….

RCP Poll Averages
National South Carolina
Trump 29.5 Trump 36.0
Cruz 21.0 Cruz 19.7
Rubio 17.8 Rubio12.7
Carson 7.8 Bush 10.0
Bush 4.3 Carson 8.7
National South Carolina
Clinton 49.3 Clinton 62.0
Sanders 36.0 Sanders 32.5

OLD: Wal-Mart is evil, hurts poor people.

NEW: Wal-Mart is closing and creating food deserts.

Wal-Mart’s decision to shutter 154 stores nationwide means that residents without cars in a neighborhood near a historically black college outside Birmingham, Ala., must cross dangerous roads on foot to get fresh produce and meat.

And people in Coal Hill, Ark., now drive 15 miles to get to the nearest supermarket and pharmacy. Low-income neighbors of Wichita State University in Kansas too have lost quick access to fresh groceries.

The store closings by the world’s largest retailer are creating three food deserts in these neighborhoods with nearly 15,000 residents combined, according to an Associated Press analysis.

One of them is in Fairfield, Ala., a hard-luck suburb of 11,000 about 8 miles west of Birmingham. The Walmart there sits on a highway marked by dreary swaths of abandoned commercial buildings, fast-food restaurants, payday-lending businesses, and gas stations.

“That gives the stores the opportunity to raise their prices because you don’t have anywhere else to go,” 66-year-old Diane Jones said as she loaded her sedan.

Besides the three new food deserts, 31 neighborhoods in 15 states will lack a place that sells fresh produce and meat once the last of the Walmarts turns off the lights by the end of this week. However, poverty is not so pervasive in those neighborhoods that they would qualify as food deserts, as defined by the federal government.


 

Minimum wage increase for Birmingham? “Not so fast”, says an Alabama legislator

he fate of the City of Birmingham’s minimum wage increase could hinge on a proposal by a Mountain Brook legislator.

On Tuesday, David Faulkner, R-Mountain Brook, filed a bill that would prevent cities from setting their own minimum wages. This comes on the same day the Birmingham City Council moved to push a mandatory increase to $8.50 on March 1st.

“We have over 39 cities, or around 39 cities, in Jefferson County. Can you imagine if every one of them had their own minimum wage?” said Faulkner.

He says he believes the mandatory increase will force businesses to close or slash jobs. However, workers like Shon Dawson say they need an increase to make ends meet.

“Once you get your check, you spend it on bills, and how are you going to eat? You’ve got other needs,” said Dawson.

Last August, the Birmingham City Council voted to increase the minimum wage to $8.50 by this July. They moved that up to March, although the final increase to $10.10 remains scheduled for 2017.

Faulkner argues that kind of money is not sustainable for small business or non-profits. He says both groups have reached out to him, saying they simply cannot afford to keep full staffs at that rate.

“We will see jobs moved, we will see hours reduced, and businesses. It increases their costs of having to comply with different minimum wages in different cities,” said Faulkner.

Faulkner’s bill will go into work session before it goes before the House and the Senate. If it does not pass, Birmingham’s mandatory increase goes into effect for all employers on March 1st.

Why is the state even involved in this?


Ted Cruz is possessed by a demon?

Two men with mirrors and a wooden cross interrupted a campaign event in Raymond, New Hampshire to perform an exorcism on Ted Cruz on Monday, saying that the Republican presidential candidate was “possessed by a demon.”

According to The Dallas Morning News, Cruz had just finished his stump speech when the men began shouting at the candidate.

“Ted Cruz look in the mirror and let the evil spirit depart!” one man exclaimed. “He’s possessed by a demon!”

As the crowd booed, Cruz suggested that the “very confused fellow” was part of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

“He’s possessed by a demon!” the man yelled. “The demon has to leave. That’s why the body is so disgusting to look at!”

A second man holding a mirror urged Cruz to look at himself so “the evil can confront itself.”

“Evil body! Evil spirit. Look yourself in the mirror!” the man said.

As the men were being removed from the building by police officers, Cruz noted that the interruption was an “odd thing.”

“Usually lefties don’t believe in God,” Cruz quipped.


Why couldn’t this have been Donald Trump?

As scientists investigate a reported death from a meteorite strike in southern India over the weekend, we wondered about the probability of such a fatal accident. Most people have the sense that meteorite strikes on people are exceedingly rare, but how rare?

[…]

Putting a probability number on the chances of being hit by a space rock is difficult, since the events are so rare. Still, Tulane University earth sciences professorStephen A. Nelson published a paper in 2014 that made the effort. He put the lifetime odds of dying from a local meteorite, asteroid, or comet impact at 1 in 1,600,000.

Compared with 1 in 90 for a car accident, 1 in 250 for a fire, 1 in 60,000 for a tornado, 1 in 135,000 for lightning, 1 in 8 million for a shark attack, or 1 in 195 million for winning the PowerBall lottery.

Nelson put the risk of dying from a large, global asteroid or comet impact at 1 in 75,000. If that seems surprisingly high, it’s because when massive objects have hit the Earth in the geologic past, they have wiped out millions of organisms, even whole species. Most of the creatures aren’t killed from the direct impact, but from the aftereffects, which include heat, radiation, and dust that clouds out the sun.

Astronomer Alan Harris made a similar calculation, finding that a human being has a 1 in 700,000 chance of getting killed by an impact from space in their lifetime, with most of the risk coming from a large-scale event.

It’s unclear what evidence will emerge from this week’s incident in India, but if it does prove to have been a meteorite, it will be remembered as a highly unusual accident.


Are they trying to help Trump?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winners and Losers in New Hampshire…

Winners:

  • Sanders: Is this thing the real deal? Maybe, but he better start picking up some black folks.

Well, my critics say, you know, Bernie, that’s a great idea, you’re into all this free stuff. How are you going to pay for it? I will tell you how we’re going to pay for it. We’re going to impose a tax on Wall Street speculation. The greed, the recklessness, and the illegal behavior drove our economy to its knees. The American people bailed out Wall Street, now it’s Wall Street’s time to help the middle class.

  • Kasich: Why?
  • Cruz: 3rd but almost invisible, seems to be Trump’s natural challenger.
  • Jeb: You get to stay in the race for some reason.

Losers:

  • Christie: Your claim to fame will be a long-lasting debate moment and, potentially, the take down of what could have been a great future for the GOP.
  • Rubio: What a mess, he better figure this out and fast or he is done. This is proof that the media can still craft a narrative and destroy/damage a campaign… if they want to.

  • Clinton: The never-ending slow-motion implosion continues.
  • Fiorina/Carson: Go away, guys.

 

Is it possible Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart end up in jail before Speaker Hubbard?

This case is getting good

An attorney and radio show host said in an affidavit he used information given to him by the lead prosecutor in the Mike Hubbard case to create a “whisper campaign” against the House speaker in a 2014 election.

The affidavit from Baron Coleman, signed Tuesday and included in a new motion from Hubbard’s team to dismiss his case, also alleges that Hart offered to coach Coleman when Hubbard’s attorneys served him with a subpoena in the fall of 2015. The affidavit also accused Hart of intimidation after Coleman raised questions about a $1 million legal contract the Attorney General’s office had with a law firm out of Birmingham.

In the affidavit and a brief phone conversation Friday evening, Coleman said he was not “making an effort to conclude whether there were violations.”

“These are things that came to my attention that a judge might want to know,” Coleman said, adding that he wanted to “wash my hands and be done with it.”

Here is the law:

Code of Ala, Section 17-17-4 Improper use of official authority or position for political activities. Any person who attempts to use his or her official authority or position for the purpose of influencing the vote or political action of any person shall be guilty, upon conviction, of a Class C felony.

If Baron Coleman is telling the truth, and that is a big IF, this looks terrible.

Full Disclosure: Matt Hart is a monster.

Alabama Mornings’ ShowPrep for February 9th, 2016…

Jeff Sessions has some question for Presidential nominees

Here are the five questions Sessions believes every voters should use as a litmus test when determining which candidate they will support:

Question 1: How would you vote (or how did you vote) on fast-track, and would you support or oppose advancing a final trade agreement which enters the United States into a new international commission with binding authority on future United States trade policy?

Question 2: If the vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership were held today, and you had a vote to cast in Congress, would you vote for it or against it?

Question 3: Upon entering office, will you promptly and unconditionally terminate and rescind all of President Obama’s illegal executive amnesties – which provide work permits and entitlements to illegal aliens – including President Obama’s first executive amnesty in 2012, which remains in effect?

Question 4: A supermajority of GOP voters say immigration is too high. Every year, on autopilot, we let in another 1 million immigrants on green cards, 700,000 foreign guest workers, half a million foreign students, and 100,000 refugees and asylees. Historical precedent would be to reduce record-breaking immigration, rather than continuing to surge it beyond all historical precedent. Will you support legislation to reduce immigration numbers, and will you oppose legislation that would add to the number?

Question 5: Today, law enforcement are under increasing scrutiny and face excessive criticism from the political elites and the media, and are being targeted by criminals and terrorists. Meanwhile, since 2011, the federal prison population has declined by over 20,000, and is on track to be at its lowest level since 2005. Since 2009, the total state prison population has dropped every year, and is over 56,000 lower than it was then. These circumstances may have contributed to a nationwide spike in crime. The FBI recently reported an overall increase in violent crime and a 17 percent increase in homicides in the nation’s 50 largest cities. At the same time, the CDC reports that heroin and opioid drug overdoses have reached an all-time record high. Do you support efforts by President Obama and some Republicans in Congress to reduce penalties for drug-trafficking and further reduce the federal prison population, or do you think government should do more to keep drug traffickers off the streets?


New Hampshire votes, America cares for one more day

New Hampshire voters will make their choice for president in the first-in-the-nation primary contest that polls suggest could deliver victory to a pair of outsider candidates, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders.

Polls will open across most of the Granite state at 8 a.m. ET, though a trickle of voters made it to the polls in the traditional curtain raiser in the snow-bound hamlet of Dixville Notch not far from the Canadian border just after midnight.

A cluster of big questions could be answered once the results roll in later Tuesday after a week of frenzied campaigning. The contest follows last week’s Iowa caucuses where Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had a clear win and Democrat Hillary Clinton barely edged out Sanders.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump is in for a nervous night as he waits to see whether he can turn support at huge rallies into votes after falling short of his polling numbers in Iowa last week when his lack of a get-out-the-vote operation was exposed.

Prediction:

Democrats – Sanders, Clinton but by less that 10

Republicans – Trump, Rubio, Cruz, Kasich, Bush, Christie, Carson, Fiorina (Christie, Carson and Fiorina drop out)


Trump is a clown, the clown performs for his sycophants

“You know what she said? Shout it out, ’cause I don’t want to,” Trump continued. “OK, you’re not allowed to say – and I never expect to hear that from you again – she said … he’s a pussy.”
“That’s terrible, terrible,” Trump said as the audience erupted into a mix of laughs and cheers and he threw his hands into the air and moved away from the microphone.
Trump continued by providing a mock “reprimand” of the woman in an effort to belay comparisons to a rally in September when he failed to correct a supporter who said President Obama was a Muslim and not an American.
“For the press, this is a serious reprimand,” Trump said after asking the audience if the woman could stay.

 

North Korea’s Donald Trump behaving as you expect, world wonders what it should do…

The satellite North Korea fired into space on Sunday is “tumbling in orbit” and incapable of functioning in any useful way, a senior U.S. defense official told CNN.

Sunday’s launch of the long-range rocket triggered a wave of international condemnation and prompted strong reaction from an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

North Korea maintained the launch was for scientific and “peaceful purposes.”

South Korea has recovered about 270 pieces of debris, believed to have come from the rocket launch, from the ocean Sunday and is working to analyze the objects, a South Korean Defense Ministry official told CNN.


 

Confederate Memorials could be protected….

As some cities make the decision to shed Confederate monuments, some Alabama lawmakers want to prohibit those removals unless legislators say it is OK.

The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday will hold a public hearing on the bill titled the “Alabama Heritage Protection Act.”

The bill would ban the removal of any historic monument, marker or school name from public property unless a waiver is obtained from the Legislative Council, a committee of lawmakers.

Local governments would face a $100,000 fine if they remove an object without a waiver.

The bill doesn’t specify Confederate symbols, but comes after controversy about their display.

The city of Birmingham has explored removing a Confederate memorial from a park. Gov. Robert Bentley last year removed four Confederate flags from the Alabama Capitol.


 

Lottery hearing set

A proposal by some Republican lawmakers to allow a statewide vote on a lottery is scheduled for discussion in a public hearing on Wednesday.

The Economic Development and Tourism Committee in the House of Representatives plans to hold the hearing at 1 p.m. in room 410 at the State House.

The bill, by Rep. Alan Harper, R-Northport, does not specify how lottery proceeds would be used if the voters approved the constitutional amendment.

The Legislature would have to decide that later.

Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, is sponsoring an identical bill in the Senate.

 

 

 

Who won the Alabama Mornings’ radio primary?

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