- 8:30 AM – Candidate for Madison City Council Brad Johnson
- 9:00 AM – State Representative Mike Ball
Trump and Hillary continue their War on the Truth….
She told Wallace he wasn’t playing fair when he accused her of avoiding the topic of terrorism following the attack. “If you go back and read everything that I said that day, I quoted people who talked about it being terrorism. I had already said it was terrorism. There was no doubt it was terrorism.”
This is blatantly untrue.
Trump lies too. AGAIN.
The NFL is pushing back on Donald Trump’s claim that he received a letter from the football organization over the presidential debate schedule, tweeting out a denial Saturday evening.
Brian McCarthy, an NFL spokesperson, sent this message on Twitter:
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) July 30, 2016
Trump, in an interview with ABC News earlier this week, complained about the three presidential debates, two of which are scheduled for the same night as NFL games.
“I’ll tell you what I don’t like,” Trump said. “It’s against two NFL games. I got a letter from the NFL saying, ‘This is ridiculous.'”
“I don’t think we should be against the NFL,” he went on. “I don’t know how the dates are picked.”
On Friday, Trump, who once skipped a Republican primary debate after a tiff with one of the Fox News moderators, also tweeted out an accusation that “Hillary & the Dems” were attempting to “rig the debates” with the scheduling:
As usual, Hillary & the Dems are trying to rig the debates so 2 are up against major NFL games. Same as last time w/ Bernie. Unacceptable!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2016
In a separate statement to ABC, the GOP nominee’s campaign attempted to clarify that “Mr. Trump was made aware of the conflicting dates by a source close to the league.”
What are we doing?
They also continue to fight with the people who have sacrificed the most…
With 100 days left before the fall election, Hillary Clinton’s campaign bus wound its way through Donald Trump’s America as the Republican nominee picked a new fight with the bereaved father of a Muslim Army captain.
In a well-received Democratic convention speech, Muslim lawyer Khizr Khan said Trump has “sacrificed nothing and no one” for his country. Trump disputed that Saturday, saying he’d given up a lot for his businesses.
“I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures,” he said, in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.”
Hillary vs. Benghazi Mom…
George W. Bush was a better human than these monsters…
Honest media is honest…
Hillary Clinton received a big bump following the Democratic National Convention, flipping the bump that Republican nominee Donald Trump earned following his convention, a poll released Sunday showed.
The Morning Consult poll found Clinton with a 43% to 40% advantage over Trump, a 7-point flip from the outlet’s prior poll, which showed Trump with a 44% to 40% advantage following the completion of the Republican National Convention.
Trump received a 6-point bump in the Morning Consult poll following the RNC.
Since fiscal year 2008, Medicaid has increased an average of $25-36 million a year in Alabama depending on whether or not Governor Bentley secures another $85 million for Medicaid in fiscal year 2017. Going forward, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services notes that Medicaid “expenditures are projected to increase at an average annual rate of 6.4 percent.”
Even if Medicaid were the sole driver of Alabama’s budget woes, Bentley’s lottery would only buy a few years of reprieve. The more likely scenario is that lottery revenues decline and Medicaid spending accelerates to force the issue even sooner.
I’ve talked with one legislator after another privately expressing doubts whether recent Medicaid reforms have the potential to radically curtail Medicaid costs. Hospitals and nursing homes are far and away the largest financial beneficiaries from Medicaid, why not ask them if expanding the program year after year is worth paying more in
provider taxes? If they want to foot the bill for annual increases to leverage more federal dollars, let them. If not, we’re looking at pressuring reimbursements down or more strident capitation to force costs within our budget.
A federal judge dismissed Alabama’s lawsuit against the U.S. government regarding Syrian refugee relocation on Friday.
In the lawsuit filed on Jan. 7, Gov. Robert Bentley claimed the federal government didn’t ask for Alabama officials’ input about the settlement of Syrian refugees. The consultation is a requirement of the Refugee Act of 1980, according to Bentley.
Chief United States Magistrate Judge John E. Ott granted the federal government’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit because the state’s claims were too vague.
The lawsuit came after Bentley announced his refusal to relocate the refugees following the Paris attacks in November.
“As your governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way,” Bentley said in a news release.
Naomi Tsu, Southern Poverty Law Center’s deputy legal director, called the lawsuit “a political stunt”.
“We are pleased the court dismissed this baseless lawsuit, which has already wasted too much taxpayer money,” Tsu said. “It has been clear from the beginning that Governor Bentley’s attempt to use the courts to keep Syrian refugees out of Alabama was nothing more than a political stunt.”
“This lawsuit – and others like it – only stoke Islamophobia in the United States,” she said. “Welcoming immigrants in desperate need of sanctuary is an American value we must uphold.”
The state has until Sept. 27 to appeal the case. Bentley expressed his disappointment in a statement Friday night.
“My problem is not with individual refugees, my issue is with the federal government and their inability to enforce their own their laws,” Bentley said. “The federal government has a total disregard for the states safety.”
Alabama’s attempt to let online retailers voluntarily commit to paying sales tax seems to be paying off.
According to the Dothan Eagle, Amazon, one of the world’s largest online commercial sites, will begin collecting and remitting an 8 percent sales tax on Nov. 1 through Alabama’s Simplified Use Tax Remittance Program Act of 2015.
The program allows online retailers to opt in to a fixed transaction tax rate, rather than paying state and local sales taxes that Alabama consumers would normally pay. Participating merchants would also be allowed to deduct a 2 percent discount of the simplified sellers use tax collected.
According to Christy Edwards, an attorney with the Alabama Department of Revenue, more than 50 retailers have signed on. Due to taxpayer confidentiality regulations, Edwards could not disclose which online sellers were included in the pool of 50, but said at least two other than Amazon are high-profile companies among the largest in the nation.
State officials have called the program a step in the right direction for Alabama’s persistent budget shortfalls and a key protection for the state’s brick-and-mortar businesses, which have been seeking a more level playing field with online competitors.
“One of the most important things about the program and the participants we have is every time a new participant signs up, the playing field become more and more level between in-state businesses and out-of-state retailers,” Edwards told the BBJ. “That’s the disadvantage local retailers face every day.”
Good work if you can get it I guess…
“I’m a traditional Catholic. I’m personally opposed to abortion and personally opposed to the death penalty. I deeply believe, and not just as a matter of politics but even as a matter of morality, that matters about reproduction and intimacy and relationships and contraception are in the personal realm. They’re moral decisions for individuals to make for themselves. And the last thing we need is government intruding into those personal decisions. So I’ve taken a position which is quite common among Catholics. I’ve got a personal feeling about abortion, but the right role for government is to let women make their own decisions.”
Setting aside the nonsense about being a traditional Catholic (the Church is clear on the matter, regardless of what its liberal members like Kaine say), what a mess. His babbling attempt to defend the indefensible is nothing but a word salad of shaky arguments that we’ve heard before.
Looking back, one may recall how in 2008 then-Senator Barrack Obama said the question of when life begins was “above his pay grade,” and before that, in 2004’s presidential campaign, then-Senator John Kerry said he couldn’t legislate “an article of faith” by restricting abortion.
Kerry, Obama, and now Kaine tried to punt the question of abortion into the arena of the church, but we’re not trying to legislate belief in the Immaculate Conception or the Resurrection of Christ. Those are indeed “articles of faith” and questions best left alone by the state.
What we’re talking about here is science and human rights. I’ve always heard Democrats say those are their issues, but when it comes to abortion they seem to lack the courage of their convictions. Is a six-month old unborn baby a human life and should therefore be protected? Sadly, the Democratic Party’s platform says … no.
Those who hold the “personally opposed yet politically for” position should seriously examine themselves on this issue.
But as a federally formed working group approaches its Sept. 4 deadline to complete its report on the restoration efforts, obstacles are emerging.
- Republicans, during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, called for an end to subsidized passenger rail.Their new party platform, instead, encourages American’s passenger rail service to be privatized.
- While the Southern Rail Commission pushes to re-establish Amtrak connections on the Gulf Coast, Chicago-based Corridor Capital has sought to gin up investor interest for a privately run north-south rail service between Birmingham and Mobile.
- The Alabama State Port Authority is raising concerns about the potential of passenger rail cars clogging up downtown Mobile’s freight-centric rail lines. Mobile has been labeled as a potential “hub” of passenger rail activity.
- Mobile and Atmore – Alabama’s two stops along the Gulf Coast route – will have to find dollars for rejuvenated passenger stations. In Mobile’s case, the city’s old loading platform still exists, but there’s no station, nor is anything budgeted for next year to build one.
Despite these issues, Southern Rail Commission representatives say they are focused on the task at hand – forwarding an analysis on restoring Amtrak service to the Gulf Coast to the Federal Rail Administration after Labor Day.
Marquell Rentas, 17, and Trenton Nace, 18, both of Columbia, are each charged with four counts of attempted criminal homicide of a law enforcement officer.
Describing the acts as “senseless” and “chilling,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman on Saturday said two teenagers have been charged with trying to kill police officers in a series of shootings that threw parts of Columbia into lockdown for several hours.
Marquell Rentas, 17, and Trenton Nace, 18, both of Columbia, are each charged with four counts of attempted criminal homicide of a law enforcement officer and related offenses. Both are being held in Lancaster County Prison on $2 million bail.
“There’s absolutely no question, with incidents like this and incidents that we’ve seen in the recent past, the recent history, is that we — as a nation — are fighting for our soul: the soul of our community, and the soul of our country,” Stedman said.
Texas schools allow responsible adults to carry weapons, comparisons to an insane person are made.
Real 1st Amendment protections are needed…
Shortly after being crowned the new Miss Teen USA, Karlie Hay of Texas got her first introduction into the national spotlight.
After her win on Saturday, social media users pointed out the repeated use of a racial slur in what appeared to be her personal Twitter account in 2013 and 2014
Users posted screen grabs from what appeared to be an account with her name and photo with several references to the slur.
The authenticity of that Twitter account could not be verified and the tweets from that account are now private.
Hay, 18, responded to the allegations online, but did not apologize directly in reference to the alleged use of the word.
“Several years ago, I had many personal struggles and found myself in a place that is not representative of who I am as a person,” the statement read in both her Instagram and Twitter accounts.
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