- 8:20 AM – State Representative Ed Henry on the Speaker’s race and the Governor punishing him for being for impeachment.
- 9:00 AM – AL.com’s Cameron Smith
- 10:00 AM – President of BamaCarry, Eddie Fulmer
Bentley punishing lawmakers? Is it legal?
An Alabama lawmaker is accusing the Bentley administration of possibly breaking the law by directing counties to withhold infrastructure funding from Districts represented by lawmakers who support his impeachment.
“I’ve been contacted by a county I represent that money has been given or promised to their county for road projects, but they cannot be used in any of the districts that I, or one other person who signed impeachment documents, preside over,” State Rep. Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) said on Yellowhammer Radio.
This is not the first time the Bentley administration has been accused of attempting to withhold infrastructure funding from their political opponents.
The administration openly admitted to blocking multiple major road projects totaling roughly $100 million in north Alabama after a senator took out a billboard opposing the governor’s tax hike proposals.
The difference this time, however, is that Henry believes the money had already been given to the local government, at which point the administration is no longer allowed to direct how it will be spent.
“(T)hat is illegal,” Henry explained. “You can’t say, ‘Here’s $500,000 for road projects but you better not spend it in Rep. Henry’s district, or we’re not going to allow you to spend it in Rep. Henry’s district.’ If they’re going to give it to the county, the county needs to look where their road projects need to be and determine (where to spend the money based on) what’s needed most, not on the fact that the governor needs to be impeached or not… For them to be able to direct it, it’s called ‘pass through pork,’ which we outlawed in our first special session in 2010.”
Donald J. Trump enters the general election campaign laboring under the worst financial and organizational disadvantage of any major party nominee in recent history, placing both his candidacy and his party in political peril.
Mr. Trump began June with just $1.3 million in cash on hand, a figure more typical for a campaign for the House of Representatives than the White House. He trailed Hillary Clinton, who raised more than $28 million in May, by more than $41 million, according to reports filed late Monday night with the Federal Election Commission.
He has a staff of around 70 people — compared with nearly 700 for Mrs. Clinton — suggesting only the barest effort toward preparing to contest swing states this fall. And he fired his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, on Monday, after concerns among allies and donors about his ability to run a competitive race.
The Trump campaign has not aired a television advertisement since he effectively secured the nomination in May and has not booked any advertising for the summer or fall. Mrs. Clinton and her allies spent nearly $26 million on advertising in June alone, according to the Campaign Media Analysis Group, pummeling Mr. Trump over his temperament, his statements and his mocking of a disabled reporter. The only sustained reply, aside from Mr. Trump’s gibes at rallies and on Twitter, has come from a pair of groups that spent less than $2 million combined.
Mr. Trump’s fund-raising for May reflects his lag in assembling the core of a national finance team. In the same month that he clinched the Republican nomination, Mr. Trump raised just $3.1 million and was forced to lend himself $2 million to meet costs. Some invitations to Trump fund-raising events have featured the same short list of national Republican finance volunteers regardless of what city the event is held in, suggesting Mr. Trump has had some trouble lining up local co-hosts.
Donald Trump is one of the wealthiest men to ever run for president, but his campaign appears to be flat broke. What’s more, fundraising reports show he’s used about $6 million in campaign money to pay his own companies and family members.
The billionaire businessman’s financial woes were enough to inspire the mocking Twitter hashtag “TrumpSoPoor” on Tuesday and, far more seriously, give already reluctant donors a fresh batch of reasons to withhold their money.
Trump’s campaign expenses are hardly inspiring confidence among people whose money he’s pursuing. The spending includes a $423,000 May payment to Mar-a-Lago, the private club in Florida that serves as his vacation home, and enough Trump-branded bottled water to fill a bathtub.
Democratic rival Hillary Clinton ribbed Trump on Tuesday, tweeting to followers: “What is Trump spending his meager campaign resources on? Why, himself, of course.”
Trump should stroke a check and end all this negative coverage… Get back on the attack.
Tell me more how he is homophobic.
Remember, this is NOT about Islamic terrorism…
But don’t worry, America is on this…
Israeli’s have a different approach…
A compromise is coming…
The best part is, they know it is garbage…
Michael Jackson is a disgusting freak…
Your “Hate at 8!” should be the people who still love this guy.
What are Republicans doing?
Uber goes away, DUIs go up…
Feds charge guy who wanted to kill Trump…
Patricia Todd knows she’s a long-shot, at best, to be the speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives. She’d probably needs a miracle.
But her sales pitch is perfect for a browbeaten Alabama that’s been slogging from one bum headline to another for most of the past year. “Finally, we would get some good national press,” she said.
So perhaps the unthinkable is worth thinking about.
The 60-year-old Todd is the only openly gay politician to ever get elected to the Legislature in this deep red state filled with evangelical voters whose religious convictions cause many to frown upon her lifestyle.
“I wouldn’t bet my house on this,” Todd said, acknowledging her slim chances. “But you don’t get anywhere if you don’t try.”
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