The Dale Jackson ShowPrep for June 8th, 2016…

This is terrible

Hillary Clinton released a new video on Tuesday evening, highlighting those who have fought for women’s rights and calling on people to “keep making history.”

The video, called “History Made,” will air at her Brooklyn rally tonight, when she is expected to celebrate becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee.

The Associated Press on Monday night reported that the Democratic front-runner had secured the 2,383 delegates needed to clinch the nomination for president, thanks to the support of the party’s superdelegates, who will vote at the Democratic National Convention in July.

Clinton says in the video that people should “learn form the wisdom of every mother and father who teaches their daughters there is no limit on how big she can dream and how much she can achieve.”

“Women and men, young and old, Latino and Asian, African-American and Caucasian, rich, poor and middle class, gay and straight, you have stood with me,” she says.

“And I will continue to stand strong with you, every time, every place and every way that I can. The dreams we share are worth fighting for and I want to build an America that respects and embraces the potential of every last one of us.”

Trump continues to pretend he can get Bernie supporters.

“To all those Bernie Sanders voters who have been left out in the cold by a rigged system of superdelegates, we welcome you with open arms,” Trump said during his speech, which struck an uncharacteristically conciliatory tone after high tensions from within his own party this week.

Trump has often channeled Sanders as a kindred spirit, arguing that both were being kept down by a “rigged system” and applauding his stance on trade. On Tuesday, he equated Clinton with an unfair process.

“We can’t fix a rigged system by relying on, and I mean this so strongly, on the very people who rigged it,” he added, bashing Clinton and her “corrupt dealings.”

“The Clintons have turned the politics of personal enrichment into an art form for themselves,” he said.

Sanders is not interested…

Trump didn’t mean what he said and then defended repeatedly

Donald Trump sought Tuesday to quell the intensifying criticism over his comments about the impartiality of a federal judge, saying his remarks had been “misconstrued.”

In a lengthy statement, Trump tried to explain his comments about federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is overseeing a lawsuit on Trump University. Trump, who had accused the Indiana-born Curiel of bias because of his Mexican heritage, said in his statement that he does not believe “one’s heritage makes them incapable of being impartial.”

“Based on the rulings that I have received in the Trump University civil case, I feel justified in questioning whether I am receiving a fair trial,” Trump said.

He added that he also has “concerns as to my ability to receive a fair trial” due to his status as the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee and his campaign’s focus on illegal immigration.

Textbook racism

“I don’t know what’s in his heart but I think the comment itself is defined [as textbook racism]. I’m not going to defend these kind of comments, because they’re indefensible. I’m going to defend our ideas,” he continued. “If we go into the fall as a divided party, we are doomed to lose.”

After a series of questions about the Trump Train locomotive, Ryan exasperatingly said “Thank God!” when he was finally asked a policy question.

Nice of Republicans to retroactively agree with a “wise Latina”

On The Five Tuesday night, Bolling defended Trump, saying:

Justice Sotomayor said, ‘I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would often make, often more than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.’ Better conclusion, not a different conclusion, a betterconclusion. She went on to say that our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging. She’s basically saying her heritage will determine how she will find cases, not the merits of the case, but what her experiences are.

Bolling concluded, “So if you have a problem with Trump saying it, you should have a problem with Sotomayor saying it.”

What a phony. If you had a problem with Sotomayor, you should have a problem with Trump. I did, I do.

Republicans are bailing

Republican Sen. Mark Kirk said Tuesday that Donald Trump “does not have the temperament” to hold the job of president, saying he “cannot and will not support” the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

It was sharp criticism from an incumbent who had previously insisted he would support the GOP nominee.

The Illinois Republican, who faces a tough challenge this November from Illinois Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth, tweeted Tuesday that based on his background in the military, he does not have faith in Trump to lead.

“Given my military experience, Donald Trump does not have the temperament to command our military or our nuclear arsenal,” Kirk wrote.

Then there is this stuff..

West Morgan and East Lawrence can go get some water today

The wait for water is finally over and crisis relief workers are ready to deliver it to the people who desperately need it in Lawrence and Morgan counties.

Starting Wednesday morning, people will be able to pick up water donations at different locations in the area, but officials fear supplies will run out sooner than later.

In Morgan County residents affected by the water crisis can pick up water starting Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., then again from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the afternoon.

The Morgan County EMA says donations have been slow-going and they may run out of water before the end of the day.

The EMA’s hope is to give each person one gallon per day, but depending on the demand, that may not happen at first.

Families living Hillsboro were able to pick up two gallons per household Tuesday after Lawrence County EMA delivered a truckload of water.

If you live in that area pick up will resume again at 9 o’clock on Wednesday morning.

Why are we pretending this is needed right now?

Hubbard may not be guilty, but our laws are weak

“We’re going to prove something to clear the air,” said Mike Hubbard’s attorney Bill Baxley, “That these things they’re saying are crimes, we’re going to show what they were.”

What they were according to Baxley is anything but criminal. Hubbard’s defense claims that his actions were either fair business transactions or excused for reasons including long standing friendships, reliance on an informal ethics opinion and even an overzealous prosecutor in Matt Hart.

In fairness to Baxley, his job isn’t to clear the air; it’s quite the opposite. He needs to put just enough doubt in the minds of jurors to prevent them from convicting his client.

If Baxley is right—that the facts don’t demonstrate an ethical violation in the legal sense—Alabama needs to ditch its ethics laws because they permit a free-for-all environment where even common sense may be excused.

Mike Hubbard is one of the shrewdest politicians Alabama has seen in a long time. As a prime example, he led the charge that dismantled the Alabama Education Association (AEA). The AEA reigned unchallenged in state politics for decades. The average state legislator doesn’t take on the biggest political dog in the yard and win.  Mike Hubbard did.

State plane logs unavailable

Gov. Robert Bentley’s use of state airplanes in the months leading up to his admission he’d made inappropriate comments to a married female advisor has previously been in the spotlight. That light isn’t shining on records from the first part of this year, however, for a simple reason – they aren’t available.

No flights logs have been posted online for the first quarter of 2016 covering January through March. Bentley spokesperson Jennifer Ardis told they will be posted “soon.”

“By law, we have until the end of the 2ndquarter to post them.  We are working through them now, and hope to have them ready soon,” she said.

Records on the governor’s contingency funds – monthly expenditures for incidentals such as food for social events and staff cell phone service – are current up to March.

According to state public records posted online, the last available flight logs for Gov. Bentley is from the fourth quarter (October, November and December) of 2015. That log details 33 flights on the state plane, including 12 trips on which former Senior Political adviser Rebekah Caldwell Mason was among the passengers. One trip, a Dec. 5 flight to Atlanta to see the SEC championship game, included Mason and her husband, Jon Mason, director of SERVE Alabama, the governor’s office of faith-based and volunteer service.

Skybridge? No.

Big change coming to the downtown Huntsville skyline.

City leaders are drawing up plans to build a huge pedestrian suspension bridge across Memorial Parkway. It’s all part of a bigger project to connect Lowe Mill to the downtown corridor.

The city’s goal is to build a greenway stretching from Holmes Avenue along Pinhook Creek, have it go past the VBC, and then connect to Lowe Mill via a suspension bridge across Memorial Parkway.

“This is going to be an art piece that crosses our Parkway. People will see it, it will be very iconic for the city of Huntsville,” said City of Huntsville Director of Engineering’s Kathy Martin. “It is more than just a sky bridge, it is an art piece.”

Martin’s office is already working with a world-renowned bridge designer and they’re modeling the new bridge after a similar project in Greenville, South Carolina. Martin showed off the  plans in her office.

“The fact that the greenway is coming is a huge deal for us. It is something we’ve been fighting for years,” said Lowe Mill’s Sarah Cole.

Cole couldn’t hold back her excitement about the new multi-use path. It creates a more walkable city and she predicts will bring in more customers to the largest privately owned arts facility in the country .

“It’s going to give people the opportunity to flow from downtown to our area and experience a wide range of entertainment,” said Cole.

According to Martin, this is all in the design phase and that could take around a year to complete but after that, the plan is to move forward and bridge the gap between downtown and west Huntsville.

The city of Huntsville released the following statement: 

This is a pivotal project in the City of Huntsville’s BIG Picture master plan for a much broader transportation network of connectivity. The proposed Downtown to Lowe Mill greenway is one segment of the City’s long-term vision to create a pedestrian connection from A & M University through downtown, to Brahan Spring Park and John Hunt Park, and on to Ditto Landing. Federal projects of this magnitude require significant outside funding, and while exciting, they take many years to design and build. The City is applying for a TIGER grant for the Downtown to Lowe Mill phase. The grant application process requires that all designs be in place and the project is “shovel ready” to begin. Should the City be unsuccessful in the grant, we will continue to look for additional funding options.


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