Alabama Mornings’ ShowPrep for April 25th, 2016…

Cruz and Kasich have apparently had enough of Trump and are joining forces…

Will it work? Who knows.

Trump is handling it well…

Surely his supporters will do the same…

Smart take.

This happened before…


Oh, also one of the GOP’s largest donors may want to go with Hillary over Trump

Charles Koch, a billionaire who has funded conservative movements and Republican candidates for years, said today that ‘it’s possible’ Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton would be a better president than the Republican candidate, USA Today reported.

The CEO of Koch Industries said in an interview with ABC, which aired today, that he has not contributed to the “Stop Trump” movement, but that he does not support the GOP frontrunner.

He said that he and his brother David will not contribute to the movement and plan to stay out of the nomination fight.

Koch said that to support Clinton, “we would have to believe her actions would be quite different than her rhetoric.” He has said the same thing about some Republican candidates, too.

Trump’s promise to deport Muslims was “reminiscent of Nazi Germany,” Koch said.

The people seem to have an issue with Cruz too…

He also criticized Sen. Ted Cruz’s plan to “carpet bomb” Syria, saying that the idea was “frightening.”

An influential donor, Koch has said before that Bill Clinton, in some ways, was a better president than George W. Bush.


Obama loves the European Union

Speaking at a joint news conference with Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday, Mr Obama said the US “wants Britain’s influence to grow – including within Europe”.

“The UK is at its best when it’s helping to lead a strong European Union. It leverages UK power to be part of the EU.

“I don’t think the EU moderates British influence in the world, it magnifies it.”

Try that in the US and see what happens. He also knows Americans would NEVER go for this…

He’s been called out in Europe

Barack Obama is entitled to his view and he is an honoured guest, but it is ridiculous to warn that the UK will be at the back of the queue for a free trade deal.

The UK has never been able to do a free trade deal with the US in the last 43 years – because we are in the EU!

Any negotiations are entirely in the hands of the European Commission and only 3.6 per cent of commission officials actually come from this country.

Negotiations are held up by absurd problems like the French restrictions on Hollywood movies or Greek hostility to American feta cheese.

No one in the last 48 hours has come close to answering my point – it is very weird that the US should be telling the UK to do something they would not dream of doing themselves in a million years.

The guy doing it, unsurprisingly, has been called a racist.

However, his remarks about Obama’s heritage did not score Johnson any points in the EU discussions. Instead, he was branded “racist” by several prominent MPs.

Tory MP Sir Nicholas Soames, who is the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, said Johnson’s comments were “appalling” and “totally wrong on almost everything”.

“Time and time again, his judgment is awry and he shows in this article a remarkable disregard for the facts, the truth and for all judgment,” he told LBC radio. “I don’t think Boris has the stature to be leader.”

Sir Nicholas also said it was inconceivable that Churchill would not have welcomed the views of Obama.

John McDonnell, Labour Party’s shadow chancellor, suggested that Johnson’s remarks were “racist”.

“Mask slips again,” he tweeted. “Boris part-Kenyan Obama comment is yet another example of dog-whistle racism from senior Tories. He should withdraw it.”

Support for the mayor, however, came from UKIP party leader Nigel Farage, who also campaigns for UK to leave the EU. The far-right party leader said Obama should “butt out”.

Accusing him of being the most anti-British American president in history, the far-right party leader told the Radio 4’s World at One programme: “I think Obama, because of his grandfather and Kenya and colonisation, I think Obama bears a bit of a grudge against this country.”


Remember, all you people pretending this bathroom stuff is a safety issue are nothing but hatemongers

While visiting a shopping mall in Virginia over the weekend, an Alabama woman realized she was being filmed by a cross-dressing man who was attempting to slip a video camera under the bathroom stall she was occupying.

That woman must hate the LGBT folks…

InsideNoVa.com, the web hub for four northern Virginia newspapers, explains:

A Fredericksburg man was arrested Monday at Potomac Mills Mall after, police say, he dressed in women’s clothes and attempted to film a woman through a bathroom stall – the third such incident since May.

The victim in the latest case, a 35-year-old Alabama woman, told police she was using the restroom around 3:10 p.m. when she saw a bag “protruding from underneath a neighboring stall,” said Prince William police spokesman Nathaniel Probus.

The victim told police that when she tried to confront the suspect, a man dressed in women’s clothing exited the stall and went into another stall next to another woman, Probus said.

The victim alerted the woman in the stall and contacted Potomac Mills security officers, who detained the man until police arrived.

Richard Rodriguez, 30, of Old Greenwich Drive in Fredericksburg, was charged with three counts of unlawful filming of a non-consenting person and three counts of peeping, Probus said. He is being held without bond at the Prince William-Manassas regional jail.

The incident comes in the midst of a national debate about whether individuals should be allowed to use the restroom of their choice, if they do not “identify” with their sex.


Usually tax cuts need to be renewed so politicians can continuously be heroes and and tax increases go on forever, so they only have to be beat on once…

Sometimes, they can’t get the tax cuts renewed

Nika McCool isn’t a corporate big-shot.  She isn’t a high-powered developer and never anticipates being one.

She is, instead, a historian who bought an 1830s-era house in Tuscaloosa. On May 14, she’ll complete her loving and years-long renovation of the old plantation and schoolhouse that had sat abandoned for more than two decades.

And she said that she could have never undertaken her $460,000 Drish House restoration had it not been for the availability of a tax credit offered by the state to revive historic properties.

The credits, now three years old, are at risk of expiring next month, prompting proponents to warn that millions of dollars in historic redevelopment projects around the state could fall by the wayside.

It’s wrong, McCool said, for anyone to dismiss the tax credits as being going to the pockets of the well-to-do and privileged few, or that the credits are “all about downtown Birmingham.” She said, “If you want to save things in small towns or areas that are in bad areas of town, the tax credits make these projects viable.”

The issue? A beast that must be fed.

But Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh is in no mood to extend them further. A seven-year extension is being blocked by Marsh, who said that lawmakers won’t act on the bill.

[…]

A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers also support the extension. The Alabama House overwhelmingly approved the bill last month. In the Senate, 32 of 35 senators signed on as co-sponsors.

But three senators raising objections  — Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur; Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Montrose; and Marsh — hold considerable sway. Orr heads the Finance and Taxation Education Committee. Pittman is chairman of the Taxation and Finance General Fund Committee.

Orr said he believes that some projects receiving the credits “seemed a little young for me to be for a historical purpose.” Pittman, meanwhile, has repeatedly said he philosophically opposes any tax credits because they incentivize certain developers over others. He said that the state shouldn’t be “picking winners and losers.”

But it was Marsh’s comments on Wednesday that suggested the extension bill’s dire outlook. “It’s time to put on the brakes,” Marsh said.

Among his concerns is the impact on future state budgets. Up to $60 million in tax credits have been reserved for ongoing projects statewide. Owners of those credits can claim them when the work is complete and clears a review process.

Marsh said that the budget will come under stress as claims roll in, and that adding another $140 million to the credit pile in a seven-year period will make things worse.


Madison tax increase?

Madison residents will know Monday if they’ll be paying higher prices at the pump.

City leaders are expected to vote on a gas tax hike Monday night.

Read: City of Madison proposing gas tax hike

The ordinance on the city council’s agenda would raise the price from two to five cents per gallon.

The money would be used to pay for road repairs and maintenance.

If it’s approved, it’ll take effect July 1st. Click here for more information on the proposal.


Obama loves the EU

Speaking at a joint news conference with Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday, Mr Obama said the US “wants Britain’s influence to grow – including within Europe”.

“The UK is at its best when it’s helping to lead a strong European Union. It leverages UK power to be part of the EU.

“I don’t think the EU moderates British influence in the world, it magnifies it.”

Try that in the US and see what happens.

He’s been called out in Europe

Barack Obama is entitled to his view and he is an honoured guest, but it is ridiculous to warn that the UK will be at the back of the queue for a free trade deal.

The UK has never been able to do a free trade deal with the US in the last 43 years – because we are in the EU!

Any negotiations are entirely in the hands of the European Commission and only 3.6 per cent of commission officials actually come from this country.

Negotiations are held up by absurd problems like the French restrictions on Hollywood movies or Greek hostility to American feta cheese.

No one in the last 48 hours has come close to answering my point – it is very weird that the US should be telling the UK to do something they would not dream of doing themselves in a million years.

The guy doing it, unsurprisingly, has been called a racist.

However, his remarks about Obama’s heritage did not score Johnson any points in the EU discussions. Instead, he was branded “racist” by several prominent MPs.

Tory MP Sir Nicholas Soames, who is the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, said Johnson’s comments were “appalling” and “totally wrong on almost everything”.

“Time and time again, his judgment is awry and he shows in this article a remarkable disregard for the facts, the truth and for all judgment,” he told LBC radio. “I don’t think Boris has the stature to be leader.”

Sir Nicholas also said it was inconceivable that Churchill would not have welcomed the views of Obama.

John McDonnell, Labour Party’s shadow chancellor, suggested that Johnson’s remarks were “racist”.

“Mask slips again,” he tweeted. “Boris part-Kenyan Obama comment is yet another example of dog-whistle racism from senior Tories. He should withdraw it.”

Support for the mayor, however, came from UKIP party leader Nigel Farage, who also campaigns for UK to leave the EU. The far-right party leader said Obama should “butt out”.

Accusing him of being the most anti-British American president in history, the far-right party leader told the Radio 4’s World at One programme: “I think Obama, because of his grandfather and Kenya and colonisation, I think Obama bears a bit of a grudge against this country.”


$800 million for prisons is still on the table

Bentley announced his prison plan during his state of the state address in February.

Legislators have asked many questions and, so far, Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn has had enough answers to keep the bill moving.

The House General Fund budget committee approved it last week on a 7-4 vote.

The plan calls for closing 13 of the 15 men’s prisons and Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women.

The state would build three 4,000-bed men’s prisons and a 1,200 bed women’s prison.

Dunn says the DOC can pay the bond debt, about $50 million a year over 30 years, with savings from consolidation and reduced personnel costs because the modern designs don’t require as many corrections officers for security.

Hubbard says he believes the savings would be real and the plan can help solve the state’s decades-old problem of overcrowded prisons, understaffed prisons.

“I think we’re to the point now where we have to do something bold in that arena,” Hubbard said.

The bill pledges a portion of a 1-mill state property tax as a backup for paying off the bond debt.


Trans species…


Who would watch this porno?

Searcy Hayes from Natchez, Mississippi said she never heard of Ted Cruz before Maury Povich show watchers pointed out their facial similarities.

“I don’t know his positions and I’ve never seen him, so I don’t know if he’s done a good enough job to be reelected,” Hayes told The Huffington Post.

Hayes’ fiancé Freddie Green accused her of cheating on him, so she went on the Maury Povich show to be DNA tested. There, she proved that her 3-month-old son was fathered by the right man.

After her episode, viewers made her face go viral by comparing her to Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz.

Porn website XHamster offered Hayes $10,000 to film a 6-minute sex tape with her fiancé after her face and name catapulted into internet fame, reported The Huffington Post.

Fight for $15 turns into a Fight for Unemployment Benefits….

Oops

Hundreds of employees at the University of California at Berkeley are getting schooled in basic economics, as the $15 minimum wage just cost them their jobs. Too bad liberal elites “fighting for $15” don’t get it.

A week after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state’s $15 minimum wage boost into law, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent a memo to employees announcing that 500 jobs were getting cut.

Coincidence? Not likely.

Well done, California, keep making the argument against this lunacy.

The irony of the situation, which will most certainly go under reported, is that even California’s Governor Brown knows that it’s not the right decision to make economically. Regarding the actual economic impact, California’s Governor Brown was quoted as saying that “economically, minimum wages may not make sense.”

This is clear.

As we noted before, it is even clear to the locals businesses owners like the Marmalade Café which has seven locations. “First, you have to raise prices, otherwise you’ll be out of business,” owner Selwyn Yosslowitz told the Times. So higher prices for diners. That’s “first.” We imagine you can guess what’s “second.” “We will try to re-engineer the labor force,” Yosslowitz said. “Maybe try to reduce the number of bus boys and ask servers to bus tables.” In other words: “Maybe” we’ll fire some folks and the people who keep their jobs will have to be more efficient. 

They knew this would happen and didn’t care.

Alabama Mornings’ ShowPrep for April 22nd, 2016…

Imprint whatever you want on Prince’s death…


Trump and transgender restrooms

Donald J. Trump said Thursday that transgender people should be allowed to use whatever bathroom they feel most comfortable with — including at Trump Tower in New York.

Dipping into a contentious issue by taking a stand many Republicans oppose, Mr. Trump told a town-hall-style event, hosted by NBC’s “Today” show at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, that when people go to the restroom, they should “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate.”

Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, was responding to a question about a bill that North Carolina’s governor signed into law last month that bars individuals in the state from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex — the one listed on their birth certificate. Since then, there has been a backlash that has included denunciations from businesses and celebrities opposed to the state’s action. And transgender issues more generally have pitted social conservatives against business interests that traditionally have been part of the Republican coalition in the South and elsewhere.

“North Carolina did something — it was very strong — and they’re paying a big price,” Mr. Trump said. “And there’s a lot of problems. And I heard — one of the best answers I heard was from a commentator yesterday saying, leave it the way it is, right now.”

He added that before the law passed, there had been “very few problems” but now North Carolina is experiencing an exodus of businesses and “strife” from people on both sides of the issue.

“You leave it the way it is,” he said. “There have been very few complaints the way it is.”

By the way: “North Carolina did something — it was very strong”, what does that mean?

Is Trump a phony? Yes.


How to help Trump…



Put the Love Gov. under oath…

This is why we can’t have Home Rule in Alabama…

Prince is dead, not sure if you have heard or not

My take: He was an eccentric musician who made pretty good music and never got in trouble like many other famous folks. Iconic.

Now, let’s talk about his death: Again, he was an eccentric 57-year-old musician found dead in his elevator. What do you think happened.

Yes. Drug overdose (ALLEGEDLY)…

Prince was treated for a drug overdose 6 days before his death … multiple sources tell TMZ.

We broke the story … Prince’s private jet made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois last Friday, hours after he performed in Atlanta. At the time his reps said he was battling the flu … something we questioned because his plane was only 48 minutes from home before the unscheduled landing.

Multiple sources in Moline tell us, Prince was rushed to a hospital and doctors gave him a “save shot” … typically administered to counteract the effects of an opiate.

Our sources further say doctors advised Prince to stay in the hospital for 24 hours. His people demanded a private room, and when they were told that wasn’t possible … Prince and co. decided to bail. The singer was released 3 hours after arriving and flew home.

We’re told when Prince left he “was not doing well.”

We know authorities in Minnesota are trying to get the hospital records from Moline to help determine cause of death.

Mourn the death, obviously.

But why the hell is Birmingham, Alabama turning their city purple for him?

As Birmingham fans mourned the loss of music icon Prince on Thursday, the city announced its plans to honor him on Friday.

Officials will be lighting city hall purple beginning April 22 and will continue through the end of the month.

Mayor William Bell released the following statement:

Throughout the day around the office, everyone was sharing their favorite Prince song or memory. Everything from the first time they saw ‘Purple Rain’ to how the lyrics of ‘Adore’ helped them express feelings for a first love. Few artists have that sort of universal appeal, few leave such a lasting impression. This is our small way to pay tribute and say thank you for touching lives and showing us once again that music is a great unifier and that all of us have more in common than we sometimes realize. We all love, we all cry and we all imagine what it would be like to drive that little red corvette.

The Mayor’s office is encouraging citizens to share their favorite Prince memories by using the hashtag #BHAMpurple.

Again, he allegedly died of a drug overdose.

This is why we can’t have Home Rule in Alabama.

How about we just all in put Prince on the 20 dollar bill..

My piece at The Montgomery Advertiser: Ala. workers pay price for minimum wage

The Alabama Legislature recently blocked the city of Birmingham’s attempt to hike the minimum wage to $10.10. Critics of the decision saw the vote as an unforgivable act of intrusion by the state government on local politics. But if anybody was guilty of government overreach, it was the city council members who advocated the wage floor.

As much as we might all enjoy higher pay or lower prices, these goals can’t be achieved by government decree. When lawmakers tamper with market forces, the results almost always prove disastrous.

And yet, officials at all levels of government continue to push for price controls – whether in the form of minimum wage increases, rent control policies, or efforts to dictate the price of consumer products like prescription drugs. If these politicians are truly interested in the prosperity of citizens – particularly working-class citizens – they should reject such hubristic government interventions.

In the case of the Birmingham minimum-wage hike, officials like City Council President Johnathan Austin framed the reform as a way to improve “the plight of the working class.” But helping low-income workers earn more isn’t as simple as legislating a higher wage.

In fact, the most immediate effect of a mandatory pay increase is that low-skill labor becomes more expensive for employers. Had Austin and his allies gotten their wage hike, it wouldn’t have taken long for some of the city’s businesses to move to surrounding areas where labor is cheaper. Many of Birmingham’s low-income workers would have seen their jobs evaporate, sending their wages down to zero.

A recent analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office confirms as much. The study found that raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 would destroy some 500,000 jobs across the country. Researchers at Trinity University and Miami University, meanwhile, found that a $12 minimum wage would eliminate around 770,000 jobs, including more than 12,600 here in Alabama.

Wages aren’t set arbitrarily, but rather emerge from myriad individual choices and market interactions. The amount a business pays a worker depends on the value of the work performed, as well as countless other factors that differ from case to case.

When lawmakers replace the determinations of the market with their own under-informed opinions, the results are rarely good.

The rent-control laws governing New York City are another example of destructive government interventionism. The policy – a remnant from the Nixon era – continues to distort the city’s real estate market by creating a disincentive to invest in new housing. This has led to a growing shortage of rental units.

Like wage controls, rent controls are intended to help individuals of limited financial means. Unfortunately, when policies like this backfire, it’s precisely the less well-off who suffer the most.

Policymakers now want to replicate this failed model for prescription drug prices. Many leaders – including the president, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and even Donald Trump – want the federal government to negotiate prices directly with pharmaceutical firms for medicines covered under Medicare’s Part D drug benefit.

Although Part D is an entitlement program, it does preserve some resemblance to a competitive market by letting private insurers negotiate with pharmaceutical firms for discounts on drugs. Both sides ultimately arrive at a price that benefits both of them – otherwise, they wouldn’t make the deal.

Federal negotiations would upend this competition-based system, effectively empowering the government to set its own prices.

Government price controls would discourage drug firms from pursuing new research. Why would any of Alabama’s 660 biotech companies invest the billions of dollars required to create a single new drug if there is no guarantee that they will be able to recoup that money if the government decides to set artificially low prices?

Patients will lose access to new, life-saving medicines that are never developed.

By now, our political leaders should have learned that wages and prices can’t be determined by legislative decree. Every time they deny this fact, working people around the country are the ones who pay for it.

Dale Jackson is host of Alabama Mornings, which airs from 5AM-9AM on WVNN in Huntsville and on WAPI in Birmingham.

Alabama Mornings’ ShowPrep for April 21st, 2016…

I thought the 69-year-old Donald Trump was about to become Mr. Maturity

Trump’s victory comes at a critical time for the Republican presidential hopeful, who is trying to mature as a candidate, professionalize his campaign team and reassert his dominance in the prolonged nominating contest after a troublesome month in which Cruz and Kasich have taken surgical steps to force a contested convention.

Well that didn’t last long

Donald Trump returned to form and repeatedly laced into rival Ted Cruz by branding his opponent ‘Lyin’ Ted’ at a campaign rally in Indiana Wednesday.

Trump was back to his usual pugnacious self just hours after scoring a blowout win the New York primary, providing a burst of momentum to his campaign.

‘In the case of Lyin’ Ted Cruz – Lyin’ Ted. Lies, oh he lies,’ Trump said.

‘He brings the bible, puts it down – lies!’ Trump said, hammering home the insult.

Trump was savoring a ‘great night’ in the primary, where he scored at least 89 of New York’s 95 Republican National Convention delegates and padded his overall lead.

Amusingly, Trump minions are still continuing this line of attack as well, tossing in that Cruz loves the Constitution and holds up the Bible and then lies…

Ignoring that Trump lies constantly and Trump actually did this…


Letting Bentley bang your wife pays pretty well

The University of Alabama paid a company owned by Jon Mason tens of thousands of dollars this year in connection with billboards the company neither designed nor physically installed.

Mason is the husband of Rebekah Caldwell Mason, a former top adviser to Gov. Robert Bentley who resigned from his administration last month amid allegations that she and Bentley had an affair.

University spokesman Chris Bryant told AL.com via email that UA paid Jon Mason’s company, JRM Enterprises, $74,450 so far this year “for JRM’s coordination of the production, installation and rental agreements for billboards” posted in Dallas and Phoenix in advance of major Alabama football games within those cities’ metro areas.

But the company did not design or create the billboard advertisements bearing the slogan “Roll Dallas Roll” that UA paid JRM to help it post in the Dallas area during the run-up to the Cotton Bowl, held Dec. 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

So they did nothing?


Let’s get this impeachment deal rolling

A Republican state lawmaker today introduced a resolution to set up a committee that could investigate impeachment articles against Gov. Robert Bentley.

Rep. Matt Fridy, R-Montevallo, introduced the measure, which had been anticipated for a couple of weeks.

It follows impeachment articles filed earlier this month against the governor, who is fighting accusations related to his relationship with former political adviser Rebekah Mason.

Bentley has called the impeachment effort a political attack and said he’s done nothing to warrant removal from office.

Fridy said his resolution was not aimed at Bentley. He said the impeachment resolution against the governor made it clear that the House had no mechanism to carry out the process of impeachment, which is authorized in the state Constitution.

Ugh…

Fridy said he wanted to give House members a few days to consider the resolution and would probably try to get a vote on Tuesday.

The work of the investigative committee could extend beyond the legislative session, which ends in mid-May.


Another delay for Hubbard’s trial

Lawyers for Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard are asking to delay his ethics trial from May until August.

The Opelika-Auburn News reported that defense lawyer Bill Baxley told a judge Wednesday that they could not be adequately prepared by next month.

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker did not rule on the request. Prosecutors oppose any delay

Walker held a pretrial hearing Wednesday to discuss a number of lingering issues and motions before a jury is seated in the case. Another pretrial conference is expected.

Hubbard faces felony ethics charges accusing him of using his public positions to benefit his businesses and clients. He has pleaded not guilty and maintains his innocence.


ESPN sides with liberal once again, demands everyone on their network hold either liberal views or no views on any controversial issue

Curt Schilling, a former All-Star pitcher and one of the highest-profile baseball analysts on ESPN, was fired from the network Wednesday, a day after he drew intense criticism for promoting offensive commentary on social media.

Schilling, who had worked for the network since 2010 and most recently offered analysis on “Monday Night Baseball,” was dismissed after sharing a Facebook post this week that appeared to respond to the North Carolina law that bars transgender people from using bathroomsand locker rooms that do not correspond with their birth genders.

The post showed an overweight man wearing a wig and women’s clothing with parts of the T-shirt cut out to expose his breasts. It says: “LET HIM IN! to the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow-minded, judgmental, unloving racist bigot who needs to die.”

To that, Schilling added: “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”

ESPN is an inclusive company,” ESPN said in a statement. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”

Percentage of Trans-Americans? (is that a thing now?)

An earlier report published in April 2011 by the Williams Institute estimated that 3.8 percent of Americans identified as gay/lesbian, bisexual, or transgender: 1.7 percent as lesbian or gay, 1.8 percent as bisexual, and 0.3 percent as transgender.

Any polls done on bathroom-issues?

A troubling new poll has found that the majority of Americans are not on board with letting transgender individuals use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

According to the poll conducted by CBS News, 59 percent of Americans believe that transgender individuals should use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender they were assigned at birth, while 26 percent are comfortable with self-determination when it comes to choosing which bathroom to use.

The survey asked participants to choose between the statements “Transgendered [sic] students should use the bathrooms/locker rooms of their birth gender” and “Transgendered [sic] students should use the bathrooms/locker rooms of their preferred gender.”

That’s from 2014…

Free speech is not under attack here, it’s spirit is definitely in danger here.

You either hold “socially acceptable” (liberal) views or you will hold none.

By the way, Target needs you to know you may use whatever bathroom you want.

Target announced Tuesday that transgender customers at its stores can use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.

“Inclusivity is a core belief at Target. It’s something we celebrate. We stand for equality and equity, and strive to make our guests and team members feel accepted, respected and welcomed in our stores and workplaces every day,” the company said on a blog post.

The policy extends to employees and shoppers and covers restrooms and dressing rooms.

“Everyone deserves to feel like they belong. And you’ll always be accepted, respected and welcomed at Target,” the company added.


Medicaid Commissioner wants MOAR!

Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar talked to state legislators today about the agency’s need for more money and about who uses the massive federal-state healthcare program.

Lawmakers held the first of what is expected to be a series of hearings that they have said would help them get a better grasp on costs at the agency that is by far the largest consumer of money from the state General Fund.

Gov. Robert Bentley requested a General Fund appropriation of $785 million for Medicaid next year, $100 million more than this year.

The Legislature overrode Bentley’s veto and passed a budget giving Medicaid $700 million from the General Fund, a $15 million increase and more than a third of the $1.85 billion General Fund.


Mother and Father of the Year candidates in Alabama

A Shelby County couple faces child abuse charges after authorities say they made their child stay outside for days without food and water.

Matthew Scott Rowe, 33, and Catherine Rowe, 34, were arrested Monday, according to court records made public today. Arrest warrants in their cases say the Rowes “did willfully mistreat” their son after they forced the 7-year-old boy to stay outside for three days and two nights. During that time, records show, the couple “failed to properly feed and hydrate the child.”

The warrant said the abuse happened March 31 through April 2. According to the National Weather Service, the temperature dipped into the mid-40s during that time period.

The Rowes were arrested Monday on the child abuse charges. Both were booked into the Shelby County Jail Monday and released Tuesday after posting $15,000 bond. Their case is set for a preliminary hearing on May 18.


Andrew Jackson must go!

Why? Because he didn’t hold the values of a 21st century mega liberal…

Harriet Tubman, the former slave turned abolitionist, will replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, with Alexander Hamilton keeping his spot on the $10, according to reports.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to announce the changes today. It comes after months of talks over the future of U.S. currency and an ongoing movement to have a woman’s image added to a bill.

The change will put Tubman on the new $20 but leave Hamilton, the nation’s first Treasury secretary, on the $10, a switch from earlier efforts that involved replacing him. Jackson’s image is expected to remain on the $20 in some way, officials indicated.

The $5 bill will be changed to depict civil rights era leaders, Politico reported.

So now we have Jackson, a monster, and Tubman on the same money?

Of course, this is not good enough.


Cordova, Alabama cops celebrated 420….

In honor of 420 day – the dopers’ Independence Day – Cordova police decided to partake in the festivities with a “First Annual Weed-Off.” Public Information Officer T.J. Armstrong posted this invitation on Facebook this morning:

“Bring your very best marijuana to the Cordova Police Department, where it’ll be judged in one of several categories:

1. Color

2. Smell

3. Texture

4. Best All Around

There will even be an honorable mention for the largest quantity brought in!

Of course, we’re aware of the dangers of showing off your wonderful specimen in public. It can cause others to become curious, find your home, and possibly steal what you have labored tirelessly for. Your hard work needs to be protected! We don’t want to put you in that predicament, so give us a call and we will be glad to send our judges out to your home to offer a private judging!

If you know someone who has an incredible entry and won’t be able to make it today, you can surprise them by entering for them! Simply send a picture of their plant, along with their name and address, and we’ll be happy to visit with them later. And don’t worry– we’ll never tell them who nominated them, so you can remain anonymous while doing your great deed, and they can still win prizes! What better a way to honor your green-thumbed neighbor?

You could win free photo shoots, bracelets, and more! You can even qualify for an all-expense paid vacation, with transportation and chauffeur provided to your destination!

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Obviously, Armstrong told AL.com, the contest isn’t for real. “I typed that this morning when I was laying in bed,” he said. “I posted it and it went viral. We thought it was pretty funny.”

It would also be pretty funny, he said, if someone actually fell for it. “We would laugh at them,” Armstrong said, “and then we’d arrest them.”


Father says he tried to help bipolar son who shot up Blount County

“We looked around, shining lights, and we couldn’t find anything,” Blackmon said of Monday night outside his son’s house. “He said, ‘Dad, do you want me to show you the portal of Hell?'”

“Yeah,” Blackmon said. “Whatever you want to do.”

The two men drove to Gadsden, where Daniel said the portal was, and back while Daniel talked about the “good demons” and “bad demons” he’d been seeing. He’d go days without sleep sometimes, and sometimes he’d fall asleep from exhaustion.

When they got home, Daniel turned all the lights on and opened the front door to feel safe. Randy Blackmon went to his own home down the lane. “I came by (Tuesday) morning and the door was open,” Blackmon said. “I went on to work.”

Blackmon’s friends started calling his cell phone later in the day, but they wouldn’t tell him what had happened. Then the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office called and did tell him, he said.

Blackmon said he tried to help his son every way he knew. The sheriff’s office knew Daniel, too, he said, because he said they’d picked him up for a hearing when his father tried to have him hospitalized earlier in April. Instead, the ultimate decision was a 150-day program of outpatient therapy and medication.

“He wasn’t going to do that,” Blackmon said of the meds. Later, Blackmon would say, “They let us down. I was trying to get him some long-term care.”

Should this guy be involuntarily committed and force-fed meds? After the fact, it’s easy to say, “Yes.”


Dumb people do dumb things

An Ohio teenager was electrocuted on Tuesday while performing an experiment he saw on YouTube, according to reports.

Morgan Wojciechowski, 15, of Vermilion Township was found in the garage of his home on Tuesday evening, the Associated Press reported.

WOIO reported the boy’s mother called 911 and told the operator that she went outside because she smelled something. That is when she found her son.

The boy was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities believe Wojciechowski was performing an experiment called Jacob’s Ladder that he saw on YouTube when he was electrocuted, according to the report.

The experiment involves high-voltage electricity traveling between two points.

Alabama Mornings’ ShowPrep for April 20th, 2016…

Trump Train rolls on

The Queens-born, Manhattan-made Mr. Trump was poised to take most of the 95 Republican delegates at stake, substantially adding to his current lead over Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and significantly improving his chances of winning the Republican nomination. Mr. Cruz came away with no delegates, a major setback, while Gov. John Kasich of Ohio had a shot at picking up some in Manhattan and the capital region.

Is this real?

“We don’t have much of a race anymore,” he told hundreds of supporters celebrating at his Midtown Manhattan skyscraper on Tuesday night. “Senator Cruz is just about mathematically eliminated.”

But for all his bravado, Mr. Trump’s recent actions betray a recognition that he has reached a pivotal moment in his quest for the White House. Installing political veterans atop his campaign, committing to an eight-figure budget for the duration of the primary, and at least trying to impose a measure of discipline on himself, he appears mindful that if he does not improve his performance in the final six weeks of voting, he risks having the nomination snatched from his grasp.

“He ran a wonderfully effective guerrilla war, and after Wisconsin he came to the realization that it was not going to be enough to get him to the nomination,” said Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, who has praised but not endorsed Mr. Trump. “So now he has to make a transition.”


Bernie heads home, Hillary heads to the White House…

Mrs. Clinton’s decisive victory ended a string of wins by Mr. Sanders and gave her more delegates than her advisers expected. Her base of support was Long Island, the five boroughs, and upstate cities, with female and black and Hispanic voters turning out for her in especially strong numbers.


Real winner? Hillary Clinton.

Polling Data

Poll Date Sample MoE
Clinton (D)
Trump (R)
Spread
RCP Average 3/24 – 4/14 48.8 39.5 Clinton +9.3
NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 4/10 – 4/14 1000 RV 3.1 50 39 Clinton +11
FOX News 4/11 – 4/13 1021 RV 3.0 48 41 Clinton +7
CBS News 4/8 – 4/12 1098 RV 3.0 50 40 Clinton +10
McClatchy/Marist 3/29 – 3/31 1066 RV 3.0 50 41 Clinton +9
IBD/TIPP 3/28 – 4/2 819 RV 3.5 47 35 Clinton +12
PPP (D) 3/24 – 3/26 1083 RV 3.0 48 41 Clinton +7

Remington can be sued because a monster behaved monstrously

They claimed the gunmaker and sellers knew that civilians are unfit to operate the assault rifle and yet continue selling it to civilians, disregarding the threat the gun poses.

That last week’s decision by Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis refusing to dismiss the case — a ruling hailed by anti-assault-weapon advocates — was just the first step in a very long legal process.

Under the state’s civil law procedure, the next step in the case is the discovery process, in which the plaintiffs request information from the defendants.


More gambling in Alabama?

No.

The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Billy Beasley, D-Clayton, would have “confirmed” that the casino in Shorter, which has battled state authorities over its standing, could have electronic bingo. The procedural motion, called a budget isolation resolution (BIR), fell about two votes short of the three-fifths margin needed to pass. 14 senators voted for it; 13 voted against it.

The vote comes about a week after a constitutional amendment aimed at protecting Greenetrack in Greene County fell short of passage in the Senate. Both bills aimed to put a current hands-off policy on gambling enforcement by state officials into state law; the votes effectively doom the Senate versions of the bill for the current session.

Similar bills are pending in the House.

VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor says he still plans to reopen sometime in the summer, and Beasley said after the vote that would reflect the desires of Macon County voters, who approved an amendment in 2003 authorizing bingo.

“The folks in Macon County knew they were voting on electronic bingo,” Beasley said after the vote.

The legislation was also a response to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, which operates electronic bingo at casinos in Atmore, Montgomery, and Wetumpka. The federally-recognized tribe can operate gambling classified as Class II, which includes bingo, without a state compact.


They aren’t taking…

FACTS don’t stop pretend outrage…


Drip… Drip… Drip…

The complaint, filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court, recaps many allegations Collier made at a news conference last month shortly after his removal as ALEA secretary and adds to the controversy surrounding the governor over his personal and professional relationships with staff members.

Collier alleges in the lawsuit the governor ordered Collier “to commit a crime” by telling him to not submit an affidavit as requested by the Attorney General’s Office and to tell the office an investigation into grand jury leaks in the case was ongoing.

“Collier chose to follow the law and his responsibilities as a law enforcement officer and disobeyed Bentley’s unlawful orders,” the complaint says. “Collier, with input from his counsel and the Governor’s legal adviser, provided a truthful affidavit to the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. Upon learning of Collier’s submission of the affidavit, Bentley and Mason became furious with Collier.”

Bentley respond

“Mr. Collier was terminated of his duties at ALEA for cause,” Bentley said. “Once the facts and circumstances become public, I am confident that the justification for terminating him will be shown. We will aggressively defend this lawsuit.”

Bentley fired Collier last month after he said an internal investigation and ALEA turned up possible misuse of state funds.


More bad ObamaCare news

The nation’s largest private insurer, UnitedHealth Group, will no longer offer Alabama plans on the marketplace set up under the Affordable Care Act, according to an official at the Alabama Department of Insurance.

Mark Fowler, chief of staff for the Alabama Department of Insurance, said the agency was notified verbally yesterday of the insurance company’s plans to leave the state. United officials announced earlier today that it would leave marketplaces in all but a handful of states.

“As you know, we have been evaluating public exchanges on a state-by-state basis,” said United CEO Stephen Hemsley. “We have maintained a regular public dialogue with you since November about the individual exchange market, and how our own experience and performance have been unfavorable in these markets. The smaller overall market size and shorter term, higher risk profile within this market segment continue to suggest we cannot broadly serve it on an effective and sustained basis. Next year, we will remain in only a handful of states, and we will not carry financial exposure from exchanges into 2017.”

The insurance giant cited bigger-than-anticipated losses on its marketplace plans. Customers in the first years of the exchange have been older and sicker than predicted.

The loss of United means that customers in 60 of the state’s counties will only have access to plans from one insurance company, according to an analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Consumers in seven counties will have two insurance companies to choose from.


Flint Water Crisis charges…


Kanye West is human garbage

West says he never owned a phone until one day in 2011 he heard Kim was engaged to the basketball player Kris Humphries. (Kim and Kris’ infamous marriage ended after 72 days.)

After that, he got a phone and texted Kim ugly pictures of old basketball stars.

Terrible person.

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