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.


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?

Alabama Mornings Radio Primary on February 8th!

I will be at a cabin recovering from the Super Bowl, so I have turned my show over to some folks who are pushing Presidential campaigns…

Here is the lineup:

  • 5AM – Cruz Radio with Madison County Chairman for Ted Cruz for President, David Pinkleton, and Republican Activist Johnny Turner
  • 6AM – Jeb Radio with Alabama School Board Member Mary Scott Hunter
  • 7AM – Trump Radio with State Representative Ed Henry
  • 8AM – Rubio Radio  with State Representative Will Ainsworth

How unpopular is Hillary Clinton? She single-handedly killed the name “Hillary”…


What was up with the “Hillary” spike?

“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” began it’s run in September of 1990…


Ted Cruz is eligible for President according to Illinois and New Hampshire…

Don’t expect Trump to be deterred by reality or to stop lying, but this is pretty clear

Trump persists that Cruz’s citizenship is still an open question. It is not, and the election boards of two states, New Hampshire and Illinois, have now ruled, in response to complaints, that Sen. Ted Cruz is indeed, under the laws and Constitution of the United States, a “natural born citizen” fully eligible to be President of the United States. As theWashington Examiner reported:

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz secured two major victories Monday, winning the Republican Iowa caucuses and also receiving a favorable decision from the Illinois Board of Elections, which confirmed his U.S. citizenship met the state’s primary ballot requirements….

“The Candidate is a natural born citizen by virtue of being born in Canada to his mother who was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth,” the board said, explaining Cruz met the criteria because he “did not have to take any steps or go through a naturalization process at some point after birth.”

During the case, Cruz’s lawyers argued that he was no different than previous Republican candidates, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former Michigan Gov. George Romney, who were also born outside of the U.S. to an American citizen.

A ballot commission in New Hampshire also ruled in favor of Cruz in January, but the language in Monday’s decision by the Illinois board took a stronger tone than the previous ruling, warning other skeptics, “Further discussion on this issue is unnecessary.”

Indeed, it is unnecessary. The question of Cruz’s citizenship has been asked and answered. Is Trump saying that a baby born in Paris to a vacationing American family is not eligible to run for president and must be “naturalized” like some illegal alien from Guadalajara?

Maybe Trump is “over” this issue, like he claimed he was over his Iowa loss, his last tweet about Canada was January 5th…

Alabama Mornings’ ShowPrep for February 5th, 2016…

It’s a 3 man race…

Hillary Clinton got cheers for being a woman

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton engage in a heated argument over their progressive bonafides and who represents the Democratic party establishment. Sanders, asked about his lack of endorsements and said Clinton’s large number of party endorsements show she has nearly the entire establishment behind her.

“I will absolutely admit that Secretary Clinton has the support of far more Governors, Senators, Mayors, members of the House,” Sanders said at Thursday’s debate hosted by MSNBC. “She has the entire establishment or almost the entire establishment behind her. That’s a fact. I don’t deny it. I’m pretty proud that we have over a million people who have contributed to our campaign averaging 27 bucks a piece.”

Clinton responded.

“I’ve got to just jump in here because, honestly, Senator Sanders is the only person who would characterize me a woman running to be the first woman president as exemplifying the establishment,” Clinton said to applause.


They did it too!

When the political world’s interest in Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails was near its peak, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza defended the media’s fascination with the story. “Democrats, ask yourself this,” Cillizza wrote in August. “If this was a former [Republican Secretary of State] and his/her private e-mail server, would it be a ‘non-story’?”
As a rule, I continue to believe that’s a smart way for political observers to look at every story. If the situations were reversed, how would you react to a controversy? If the accusations targeted someone you detest, as opposed to someone you like, would you see the story as legitimate?
The problem in this case, however, is that Cillizza’s question wasn’t really a hypothetical. We learned nearly a year ago from a Politicoarticle that former Secretary of State Colin Powell “also used a personal email account” during his State Department tenure. Several months later, MSNBC found that Powell conducted official business from his personal email account managed through his personal laptop.
“But wait,” Clinton’s critics in the media and Republican circles protest, “what about emails that were later deemed to include sensitive information?” NBC Newsreports today that both of the Bush/Cheney-era Secretaries of State fall into the same category.
State Department officials have determined that classified information was sent to the personal email accounts of former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the senior staff of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, NBC News has learned. […]
In a letter to Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy dated Feb. 3, State Department Inspector General Steve Linick said that the State Department has determined that 12 emails examined from State’s archives contained national security information now classified “Secret” or “Confidential.” The letter was read to NBC News.
According to the report, of those 12 emails, two were sent to Powell’s personal account, while the other 10 were sent to personal accounts of senior aides to Condoleezza Rice.
This is a terrible defense.

I am not sure why this is news, we all know the Cruz campaign spread the message Carson was leaving mostly because Carson put out an odd statement implying it.

What’s the issue here?

Is Rubio the”chosen one”?

Ted Cruz’s case against the fast-rising Marco Rubiois that he is “the chosen one,” anointed by the media as the GOP’s establishment candidate.

Both during remarks to voters at a sports bar here and while responding to reporters outside, Mr. Cruz delivered unprompted shots at his Florida rival, tethering him to past nominees who have lost general elections.

“I understand that in the media newsrooms and in the Washington establishment circles, Marco is the chosen one,” Mr. Cruz said outside a sports bar here. He went on to dismiss Mr. Rubio’s third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, which Mr. Cruz won. “In the media’s telling, bronze is the new gold.”

I assume we will find that this is not the case if/when he is the nominee…

The day after the Super Bowl should be a national holiday

Wise people always make the case that Election Day should be a national holiday in the U. S.—the idea being that giving as many people as possible the opportunity to vote and participate in the democratic process is what democracy is about.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, all that stuff. But what about a less important holiday—making a holiday out of the Super Bowl?

Alabama scientist calls BS on man-made climate change

Alabama’s state climatologist during Congressional testimony on Wednesday warned members of the U.S. House that global warming projections, many of which have been used to justify the Obama administration’s climate agenda, have been wildly inaccurate when compared to real data.

“I would not trust model projections on which all policy is based here because they just don’t match facts,” said Dr. John Christy, a climate scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) who has been Alabama’s State Climatologist since 2000.

To illustrate his point, Christy displayed a simple chart before the committee that shows how wildly inaccurate global warming projections have been once compared to real data.

The red line on the chart below shows the average temperature increase that all of the global warming models projected over the last several decades. The green circles and blue squares at the bottom are the climate variations that actually occurred.

John Christy climate chart

“This particular chart has caused considerable anxiety for the climate establishment who want to believe the climate system is overheating according the theory of how extra greenhouse gases are supposed to affect it,” Dr. Christy stated calmly. “The message here is very simple: the theory does not match the observations as measured independently by both satellites and balloons.”

“It is a bold strategy on the part of many in the climate establishment to put one’s confidence in theoretical models and to attack the observed data,” he continued. “To a scientist, this just doesn’t make sense.”

Common Core will not be repealed

The debate over the state’s education standards has begun again with a public hearing on a bill to repeal Common Core standards in Alabama public schools.

The Senate Education Policy Committee on Wednesday discussed but did not vote on the bill to do away with the state’s standards applying to math and English curriculum, The Decatur Daily reported.

The national benchmarks were adopted by the state’s elected Board of Education in 2010.

The newspaper reports that, as in previous years, there didn’t seem to be overwhelming support of the bill Wednesday, as multiple lawmakers noted flaws in the standards, but argued that it should be the responsibility of the Alabama Board of Education to address the issues.

“It’s an elected body,” said Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston. “In my opinion, they should be the ones making this decision, and I hope that’s where we ultimately see the decision made.”

Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, the chairwoman of the House Education Policy Committee, said in her district, the changes have been seen as positive.

“I continue to have active conversations with local educators and people who support the high standards and believe they are more rigorous.”

Legislators in previous years, including 2015, have tried to repeal Common Core but haven’t succeeded.

Keep trying, education officials will be on to another education model before this is over.

Could this Uber driver be Alabama’s next Senator?

A Daphne resident, Bowman has driven for Uber since August, about a month after the city gave the ride-sharing the OK to continue service. Wages from the gig complements Bowman’s side business. He sells phone systems and Internet access along the Gulf Coast.

Bowman says he typically works late-night shifts to make the most money. It’s not uncommon for him to finish his shift at 4 a.m. — when Uber multiplies its prices.

Ferrying around passengers in an Uber would seem like an ideal campaign vehicle, but Bowman’s Uber is a no-politics zone.

“This is not the time or place for me to be campaigning,” Bowman said. “My whole philosophy is people will find out about my campaign and those folks that have been in that car with me will remember and go ‘oh yeah, I know Marcus
Bowman, I had a ride with him, that was awesome, he’s such a great guy.”

If Bowman were to talk politics, his passengers would realize that he’s a typical Alabama conservative. He is pro-life, pro-death penalty, pro-free markets, and pro-traditional marriage.


Jimmy Carter would choose Donald Trump over Ted Cruz

Former President Jimmy Carter told the British Parliament on Wednesday that if he had to choose between Republican candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, he’d prefer to see Trump win the White House.

“I think I would choose Trump,” the liberal former president said to the House of Lords, when asked about the U.S. presidential race, “which may surprise some of you, but the reason is Trump has proven already that he’s completely malleable. I don’t think he has any fixed opinions that he would really go to the White House and fight for.”

By contrast, Mr. Carter said, “Ted Cruz is not malleable. He has far right-wing policies, in my opinion, that would be pursued aggressively if and when he would become president.”












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