Alabama Mornings’ ShowPrep for April 6th, 2016…

Impeachment is here…

Bentley is defiant…

Some are stalling…

Others are abandoning the Governor

The ACEGOV (Alabama Council for Excellent Government) website went down on Friday, interesting timing after it emerged that the so-called “dark money” organization at least partially funded Rebekah Mason.

Mason was Gov. Robert Bentley’s top aid until last week when she resigned following the revelation of a romantic relationship between the two.

News 5’s Emily Devoe communicated with the director of ACEGOV, Cooper Shattuck, who was formerly the governor’s top legal adviser.

When asked if the organization was disabled, Shattuck said no and that the website was down simply because their web contract expired. In a later email, Shattuck  said  that RCM Communications, the marketing firm owned and operated by Rebekah Mason, was managing the website  and cancelled its contract with ACEGOV.

Shattuck also distanced ACEGOV from the governor.

“The entity was formed to support the Governor’s legislative initiatives; however, the Governor does not manage or direct this entity. This is not a public entity, and it is not a governmental entity. Therefore, no public funds have been sought or used by this entity, nor has it sought to fulfill any public or governmental purpose,” said Shattuck.

$800 million for prisons approved in the Senate…

Will totally pay for itself!

Wisconsin beatdown makes open convention more possible

FIX: The prevailing conventional wisdom is that Trump’s delegate operation could cost him the race — with most people pointing outwhat happened in North Dakota this weekend as evidence. Are you seeing what happened in North Dakota happening elsewhere?  If so, where? And are there other states we need to watch as convention delegates get chosen?

PutnamTo this point in 2016, much of the focus has been on the delegate allocation process. Trump is winning that race and has built a fairly healthy lead. However, there is also a parallel delegate selection process; a process to fill those slots allocated to the presidential candidate through votes in primaries and caucuses with actual people. And in many cases those people — the delegates selected — are not necessarily supporters of the candidate to whom they are bound for one or more ballots at the national convention. 

The early evidence suggests that Trump and John Kasich are playing catch up and that the Ted Cruz campaign did their due diligence identifying and activating supporters and/or potential delegate candidates before 2016. That is to say that Cruz is organized and Trump and Kasich are organizing. All other things being held equal, one would rather have frontloaded that legwork and tending to already-identified delegate candidates than to be doing it on the fly while also simultaneously competing for votes in the remaining primaries.

Again, it is early. Only 14 states and territories have completed their delegate selection processes at this point. That is a quarter of the states and territories, representing a little more than a fifth of the total number of delegate to be selected. But though the dataset is incomplete, the trend line is one that indicates that the Cruz campaign is doing well, not just in North Dakota, but in Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana and Wyoming among others. April and May is when the vast majority of delegates will be selected. 

There are not necessarily specific states to watch moving forward. However, approximately 75 percent of the delegates will be selected in a manner in which the campaigns do not have a direct influence on who the delegates selected are; the campaigns do not have the ability to approve of or reject delegates. It is in those states where the evidence will be clearest that Cruz is either continuing to overperform and/or Trump is underperforming relative to how well he did in the allocation process. Either those trends continue unabated or there is a break in the pattern. In many ways, it is the exact opposite dynamic — break in a trend — at play in the allocation process.

My take: Whatever it takes to stop Trump.

North Carolina and Mississippi refuse to follow Georgia’s lead

The divide between social conservatives and diversity-minded corporations widened Tuesday with developments in Mississippi and North Carolina related to the rights of gay, lesbian bisexual and transgender people in both states.

Mississippi’s governor signed far-reaching legislation allowing individuals and institutions with religious objections to deny services to gay couples, and the online-payment company PayPal announced it was canceling a $3.6 million investment in North Carolina.

The measure signed by Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi allows churches, religious charities and privately held businesses to decline services to people if doing so would violate their religious beliefs on marriage and gender. Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia, under pressure from business interests, two weeks ago vetoed a similar bill passed by the State Legislature.

PayPal said it had dropped plans to put in global operations center in Charlotte, N.C., because of the state’s recent passage of a law banning anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and requiring transgender people in government buildings and public schools to use bathrooms that match the gender on their birth certificates. PayPal had pledged to bring 400 jobs and invest $3.6 million in the area by the end of 2017.

The developments in Republican-controlled states reflected growing fissures between business interests and social conservatives, whose alliance has played a central role in the Republican coalition. Similar disputes have erupted in Indiana, Arkansas and other Republican-controlled states since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriagelast year.

Malayasia still OK…

Proof that this whining over Voter ID is a farce…

Young Zach participated in #TheChalkening

Rape Hoaxer won’t be “traumatized” by having to explain her hoax…

Hillary 4 Prison…

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