Alabama Mornings’ ShowPrep for March 3rd, 2016…

Do you care your kids’ school is monitoring the Internet?

Huntsville City Schools plans on monitoring social media… AGAIN… So what?

Under the code of conduct, students who post or share fight videos could face consequences as serious as suspension.

Ward said the policy is not a violation of students’ privacy.

“If they’re posting something in a public social media forum, anyone can view that. We’re not doing anything that’s crossing that particular line,” he said.

The code of conduct also forbids anyone from taking pictures, audio or video without permission of the school or whoever is in the picture.

If so, why?


Baron Coleman is really screwing Matt Hart (and I love it)

In a conversation secretly recorded in early 2014, Assistant Attorney General Matt Hart told political consultant Baron Coleman this:

“You are a confidential source for us. That’s what you are. You would be classified under the federal system as a confidential source, not an informant but a confidential source.”

But last month in a court filing in Lee County in the on-going criminal case against House Speaker Mike Hubbard, the AG’s office claimed that Coleman had acted as a “confidential informant” in the Hubbard case since the fall of 2012, not as a confidential source as Hart had told Coleman over a year before.

What does it matter?

The answer to that question may start to be answered Thursday with the next hearing in the biggest public corruption case the state has seen since the convictions of former governors Guy Hunt in 1992 and Don Siegelman a decade ago.

While it is Hubbard who has been indicted on 23 charges of using his office for financial benefit, the case right now may hang on the nature of the relationship between Hart and Coleman.

And that relationship may hinge on whether Coleman was actually a “confidential informant” and not a source.

The distinction could affect whether conversations between Hart and Coleman are considered legally confidential and privileged.

Until a month ago Coleman had been one of Hubbard’s most vocal opponents using a radio show he host in Montgomery to hammer Hubbard and in 2014 as a political operative running the campaign of Hubbard’s opponent in the 2014 Republican primary.

That seemed to all change a month ago when Coleman, in a sworn statement, said he had engaged in countless conversations with Hart dating back to 2012.

Both guys are scumbags.


Mitt Romney is doing something for some reason

Mitt Romney will speak Thursday on “the state of the 2016 presidential race,” he said in a press release.

The 2012 Republican nominee will speak at 11:30 a.m. ET on Thursday at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics Forum, the same day that the remaining GOP presidential candidates are schedule to debate in Detroit.

A source close to Romney told CNN the speech is not an endorsement or announcement. Another source close to Romney’s plans said he’s expected to praise Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who are both trying to be an alternative candidate to the brash billionaire.

Instead, he’ll use the speech to criticize GOP front-runner Donald Trump, emphasizing that Trump is the wrong person to lead the Republican Party in November and underscoring the “choices facing the Republican Party and the country” in this election.

Another source close to Romney told CNN that he is “going after Trump” in the speech.

What the hell is this hoping to accomplish?

Trump sent some tweets and a video (for some reason)…

“Failed Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney is having a news conference tomorrow to criticize me,” he tweeted. “Just another desperate move by the man who should have easily beaten Barrack (sic) Obama.”

Of course he did.

 


 

Ben Carson is a joke

Ben Carson doesn’t “see a political path forward” in the Republican presidential nomination process, and will not attend Thursday’s GOP presidential debate in his hometown of Detroit, he said in a statement.

But Carson stopped short of saying he was officially leaving the race.

The retired neurosurgeon and his aides reached the decision after a staff meeting Wednesday morning in Baltimore following a disappointing finish on Super Tuesday.

Just. Quit.

He’s gotta believe him staying in helps HIM.


 

Donald Trump has a plan

U.S. Republican presidential front-runner candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday unveiled proposals for reforming U.S. healthcare that included repealing Obamacare, allowing prescription drugs to be imported, and turning the Medicaid program for the poor into block grants to states.

The plan also calls for the sale of health insurance plans across state lines, full deduction of health insurance premiums from income tax and adds: “We must also make sure that no one slips through the cracks simply because they cannot afford insurance.”


Clinton is totally screwed now!

The Justice Department has granted immunity to a former State Department staffer, who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private email server, as part of a criminal investigation into the possible mishandling of classified information, according to a senior law enforcement official.

The official said the FBI had secured the cooperation of Bryan Pagliano, who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009.

As the FBI looks to wrap up its investigation in the coming months, agents are likely to want to interview Clinton and her senior aides about the decision to use a private server, how it was set up, and whether any of the participants knew they were sending classified information in emails, current and former officials said.


Montgomery police officer charged with murder

Officer Aaron C. Smith, 23, was arrested Wednesday, and his bond was set at $150,000, Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey said during a Wednesday afternoon press conference.

“SBI and I agreed at the beginning of this investigation that this case would be treated as any other case,” Bailey said. “We agreed that if there were probable cause that a crime had been committed then an arrest would be made. After meeting extensively with SBI agents, we have concluded that probable cause exists to make an arrest in this case.”

He said the arrest isn’t an indictment, and the investigation remains ongoing.

Smith, a Montgomery police officer since 2012, was released on bond shortly after being booked into the Montgomery County Detention Facility on Wednesday afternoon.

Gunn was fatally shot on Feb. 25 at around 3:20 a.m. in the 3200 block of McElvey Street in the west Montgomery neighborhood of Mobile Heights.

Fired too…

Last week, Montgomery Police Chief Ernest Finley said the incident began after an officer stopped to talk to a “suspicious” person, later identified as Gunn, and an altercation ensued. It was initially reported Gunn was armed with a painting pole or stick.

It’s unclear now why Gunn was deemed suspicious, or if he was really armed with a stick.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said today that termination proceedings have begun against Smith.

My question is, why did they struggle for “a block”?

Last week, Montgomery Police Chief Ernest Finley said the incident began after an officer stopped to talk to a “suspicious” person, later identified as Gunn, and an altercation ensued. It was initially reported Gunn was armed with a painting pole or stick.

It’s unclear now why Gunn was deemed suspicious, or if he was really armed with a stick.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said today that termination proceedings have begun against Smith.

In an early Friday morning press conference, Finley said the incident began when the officer noticed a suspicious looking man, later identified as Gunn, walking on McElvey Street. The officer stopped to talk to him, Finley said.

That’s when a struggle between the officer and the man occurred, he said. The struggle lasted for about a block before the officer fired a shot at the man and killed him.

Finley said at the time, Gunn was believed to have been armed with a painting pole or stick.

 And there is this…

Some community members had called for action, some even asking for white police officers not to patrol in black neighborhoods, following the shooting. Gunn is black. Smith is white.

About a dozen protesters caused Tuesday night’s Montgomery City Council meeting to adjourn early.


Non-citizen voting being pushed?

Yes.

 

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