Alabama Money – Cedars Inn Auburn Thu, 30 Jun 2022 22:30:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Alabama Money – Cedars Inn Auburn 32 32 A Texas A&M staff member talks money to recruits Thu, 30 Jun 2022 22:30:00 +0000

“We were second in recruiting last year, A&M was first,” Saban said. “A&M bought all the players on their team. Made a deal for name and image and likeness. We didn’t buy a single player. I don’t know if we can maintain that in the future because more and more people are doing it.

Fisher abruptly responded as if Saban’s comments were completely untrue.

The SEC reprimanded both coaches following the incident, and Texas A&M officials approached the SEC about the repercussions of Saban’s actions even after Saban publicly apologized on Sirius XM radio.

“…I really didn’t want to isolate anyone. I apologize for that. But you know, it’s the whole system and is it a sustainable system? And is it really good for college football, I think the name and image and likeness is good for college football., I think my role, our role is to have a program that creates value for the future of the guys, so they focus on education, becoming better people, being a good person, learning habits that will help, succeed and see if they can develop a football career.

It seems Saban’s original comments aren’t fake after all.

The Aggies earned a modern-day record of eight five-star rookies on their way to the all-time best recruiting class in 2022, according to 247Sports.

Albritton speaks at the APA conference – The Atmore Advance Tue, 28 Jun 2022 21:27:01 +0000

Sen. Greg Albritton, Atmore, and Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter, Dekalb County, painted a fair picture of what happened next in the Alabama Legislature at the 2022 Alabama Press Association Summer Convention on 25 June.

Albritton and Ledbetter spoke for about an hour to assembled reporters who represented most parts of the state.

The next session of the legislature is scheduled to begin on March 7, 2023. Both governors were asked if Gov. Kay Ivey would declare a special session, and both said they don’t think that will happen.

On the general fund and inflation, Ledbetter said the state’s general fund is in good shape. He said that due to the current inflation, the state budget figures are high, however.

Ledbetter said the money went to the state, and because of that, “we’re lucky.”

Albritton said the Legislature was holding budget hearings throughout the summer to consider where the state was headed.

The two talked about how the state borrowed money a long time ago, and right now the state is paying it back

“We are in good financial shape,” Albritton said.

On gambling, Albritton said it was a problem the state needed to take control of, adding that it had a plan, but it needed to get the votes.

Ledbetter added that the problem with the game is the regulations.

Last Friday, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Both were questioned about the decision.

“Our Senate caucus released a statement,” Albritton said. “Last session, we passed a bill in anticipation of this. I think Alabama talked about where we are.

“I hope the nation doesn’t create another fight just so they can fight,” he said.

Other topics discussed included the gas tax, Medicaid expansion, workforce development, building new prisons, and mental health.

Both said the new mega-prisons will bring some 8,000 new beds, be more efficient and improve utility costs, to name a few.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Alabama Student Activists Hold Rally Against New Prisons Sun, 26 Jun 2022 20:06:24 +0000

The reversal of Roe v. Wade, as well as clandestine planning, led to an impending human rights atrocity that remained largely unaddressed by the citizens of Alabama. Billions of taxpayer dollars are about to be spent on facilities designed to incarcerate Alabamians for the next thirty years.

Don’t worry if you didn’t know them, because that was their intention. After Alabamians across the state collectively stopped the state from building three mega-jails just a year ago, they were keen to overthrow the will of the people. In fact, there is even a clause in the contracts stating that the banks are not allowed to give in under “activist pressure”.

Alabama plans to build two new prisons, one in Elmore County and one in Escambia County. They have a declared capacity of 4,000 prisoners each.

This will be funded by $400 million from the state’s COVID-19 relief funds, which could very well be spent on health care or economic relief for citizens who have lost their livelihoods. $163 million will be transferred from the state’s general fund and $725 million in private bonds will be sold to fund the rest of the project.

The aforementioned private bonds have a 30-year bond term, so in order for investors to get their returns, three more decades of incarceration for Alabamians will be guaranteed in a bid to make people money.

The state’s justification for building new prisons dates back to the Justice Department’s 2019 lawsuit over unconstitutional conditions inside its prisons. This lawsuit was not unprecedented, as there was one previously filed in 1996 that cited the same concerns, to put it lightly, that we see now.

The lawsuit documents brutal violence specifically among staff. Although overcrowded conditions are highlighted, it is explicitly stated that construction will not solve the problems plaguing these facilities.

They include funding for the construction of facilities for the provision of mental and physiological health care, but they do not include anything for the practitioners who would provide it. If the space cannot be used adequately due to staffing, the only foreseeable use would be to house more people to hold more Alabamians captive in an oppressive and destructive system.

Draconian minimum sentencing laws, which desperately incarcerate people for catastrophic times, are the main culprits behind the current incarceration rate. More than 5,660 people are currently serving life or life without parole sentences, representing 26% of the total population of the Alabama Department of Corrections. This makes the immediate overcrowding of prisons as soon as they are built inevitable.

They claim that they will close some of the prisons once the new ones are built. So either they will continue to incarcerate more people or the overcrowding problem will simply be moved to another facility. They are using $1.3 billion, some of which will be paid for by Alabamans, to perpetuate a problem they are causing.

The main banks underwriting the bonds are Stephens and Frazier-Lanier. Along with them, Wells Fargo and Raymond-James also provide underwriting and Regions acts as trustee.

Alabama Students Against Prisons, along with other organizations in the Communities Not Prisons Coalition, are organizing against this project. A rally is held in Birmingham outside Wells Fargo and Regions Banks on 5th Avenue in Birmingham, Alabama, June 27 at 9 a.m. We ask all Alabamians to stand up against this horrible waste of our financial resources.

Taylor Gusler is a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in social work.

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Some US Clinics Stop Doing Abortions As Ruling Takes Effect | Texas News Fri, 24 Jun 2022 21:41:00 +0000

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

The abortion bans that went on the books in some states if Roe v. Wade began to take effect automatically on Friday, while clinics elsewhere — including Alabama, Texas and West Virginia — stopped performing abortions for fear of lawsuits, sending women to tears.

“Some patients collapsed and couldn’t speak through their sobs,” said Katie Quinonez, executive director of West Virginia’s only abortion clinic, whose staff spent the day calling dozens of patients for cancel their appointment. “Some patients were stunned and didn’t know what to say. Some patients didn’t understand what was going on.

America has been rocked with anger, joy, fear and confusion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe. The canyon-like divide across the United States over the right to terminate a pregnancy was on full display, with abortion-rights supporters calling it a dark day in history, while haters of the abortion hailed the decision as the answer to their prayers.

By eliminating the constitutional right to abortion that has existed for half a century, the High Court left the politically charged issue to the states, about half of which are now likely to ban the procedure.

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The reaction across the country has largely unfolded along predictable political lines.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat in a state where abortions are available with few restrictions, called the decision a “war on women” and vowed to stand as a “brick wall” for help preserve the law. Republican Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has promised to seek an abortion ban after 15 weeks.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a conservative Republican widely seen as a potential presidential candidate in 2024, tweeted: “The Supreme Court has answered the prayers of millions upon millions of Americans.

The issue is sure to intensify the fall election season. Both sides intend to use the issue to energize supporters and get them to vote.

“This country is teetering to the right, taking away rights. Voters are going to have to intervene,” said Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, U.S. House Majority Whip.

Some states, including Louisiana, Arkansas, and Missouri, had “trigger law” bans on the books that went into effect as soon as Roe fell.

In Alabama, the state’s three abortion clinics have stopped performing the procedure for fear that providers will now be prosecuted under a 1951 law.

At the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives in Huntsville, staff had to tell women in the waiting room Friday morning that they could no longer perform abortions that day. Some had come from as far away as Texas for a date.

“A lot of them just started to break down crying. Can you imagine if you had driven 12 hours to get this care in that condition and you’re not capable of it?” the clinic owner said. , Dalton Johnson Patients were given a list of out-of-state locations that still perform abortions.

Abortion providers across Arizona have also stopped doing procedures as they try to determine whether a law dating back to pre-state times – before 1912 – means doctors and nurses now face punishment. from prison.

In Texas, providers wondered which law they should follow: a 1925 ban, a 2021 law that limits abortions to the first six weeks of pregnancy, or a trigger law that outright bans the procedure but does not would come into force for a month or more. After. The confusion led them to suspend abortions while they sought legal advice.

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has warned they could face immediate prosecution for performing abortions under the Prohibition-era ban, which is punishable by two to five years from prison.

It was the risk of prosecution under a 19th-century prison-like abortion ban that led the West Virginia Women’s Health Center to stop performing the procedure.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a Republican, said he would not hesitate to call the Legislature into a special session if the ban needed to be clarified.

The High Court’s decision sparked strong reactions across the country.

Carol E. Tracy, executive director of the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia, was “absolutely furious.”

“They want women to be barefoot and pregnant again,” she said. will fight. I think it’s going to be a long, hard fight. »

Garrett Bess, who works with a lobbying arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, said his group would continue to press states to restrict abortion.

“We will work with ordinary Americans to ensure the protection of pregnant women and babies,” Bess told the Supreme Court. “It’s been a long time coming, and it’s a welcome move.”

Opinion polls show that a majority of Americans favor preserving Roe.

Among them is Alison Dreith, 41, an abortion activist in southern Illinois, where the governor has pledged to keep the procedure accessible. She said she fears for the safety of abortion workers, especially those helping people from states where the procedure is banned.

Dreith works with the Midwest Action Coalition, which provides money for gas, childcare and other practical supports to women seeking abortions.

“I absolutely believe they’ll try to come after me. I’m not cut out for prison, but I’m ready,” she said, “and I say, ‘Let’s do it.’ Do you want to choose this fight with me?

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Marjorie Taylor Greene: Georgia voters will go to ‘Alabama, Tennessee or Florida’ if Abrams wins Mon, 20 Jun 2022 01:22:00 +0000

U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican who represents northwest Georgia, said GOP voters would leave the state if Democrat Stacey Abrams wins the gubernatorial race.

During an appearance with U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz, a Republican who represents Florida begging, she said people announced their intention to move after the election. Abrams is in a tight race with incumbent Governor Brian Kemp, a Republican.

“They’re all saying, ‘We’re going to move,'” Greene said. “They say they’re going to leave Georgia. They will move to Alabama, Tennessee or Florida.

Greene said Abrams’ campaign received money and support from George Soros. The Billionaire donated $1 million to the leadership of Abrams PAC, the largest individual gift to either candidate, according to Bloomberg. Kemp raised $4.7 million for his leadership PAC in early May, Bloomberg reported.

Kemp defeated a challenge from Trump-backed Republican David Perdue. The election pitted Trump loyalists like Greene against more moderate Republicans like Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who refused to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results. Raffensperger also outlasted a Trump-backed primary challenger.

Greene is a far-right politician who rose to prominence as a Trump ally who voiced conspiracy theories about the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. She defeated five Republican challengers to win her May 24 primary. In the interview with Gaetz, she said conservative voters were unhappy with Georgian politics.

“It’s the Republican votes that go,” Greene said. “It’s a big problem.”

“Red Flight,” Gaetz replied.

Columbus, GA jury returns verdict in fatal robbery trial Fri, 17 Jun 2022 17:08:44 +0000

Lydell Sparks, left, talks to defense attorney Michael Garner as they await the jury's verdict in Sparks' Columbus murder trial.

Lydell Sparks, left, talks to defense attorney Michael Garner as they await the jury’s verdict in Sparks’ Columbus murder trial.

Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of a Columbus man accused of killing a visitor from Montgomery, Alabama, two women lured here via Facebook Messenger before he was shot.

Lydell Maynard “Trapa” Sparks was tried for murder, armed robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime. After two hours of deliberation, the jury found him guilty on all counts.

Sparks, 21, now faces a maximum of life in prison without parole, prosecutors said. Superior Court Judge John Martin has yet to sentence Sparks or his co-defendants.

Sparks wiped tears from his eyes as deputies led him out of the courtroom. Some of her followers also cried, and one lost her temper outside in a Government Center hallway, swearing loudly and eventually rushing to the bathroom to vomit.

More than a dozen people from Henry’s family were in the courtroom. They hugged and wept as they heard the verdict, after attending every day of the week-long trial.

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Sparks was among four suspects charged with robbing and killing Travis Henry Jr., 22, after co-defendants Terreona Horton and Kalaya Sumter flirted with the victim on Facebook, ultimately tricking him into coming to Columbus on June 21, 2020 .

He arrived in Columbus in his black BMW around 9 p.m., was shot shortly after 11:30 p.m., and was found dead about eight hours later at the intersection of 17th Avenue and Nina Street, where police found him. found face down at the curb, with a wad of cash, a silver necklace, and a cloth gun case either on him or nearby.

Finding her Facebook exchanges with Horton and Sumter, investigators questioned the two women, who initially implicated Sparks and a fourth suspect, Wayman McMillian, also charged with murder.

All but Sparks pleaded guilty and agreed to testify, but taking the witness stand, none admitted to planning a robbery. Horton and Sumter testified that Sparks decided to rob and shoot Henry. McMillian said he was unaware of any robbery scheme and did not see the shooting because it was too dark and too far away.

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Superior Court Judge John Martin holds a jury note during deliberations in the Lydell Sparks murder trial in Columbus. Mike Haskey

The lead investigator in Henry’s homicide, Detective Sherman Hayes, testified that both Horton and Sumter detailed the robbery plan, under police questioning, and described the roles Sparks and McMillian played in it. play.

Hayes said Henry came to their attention because he posted photos on Facebook showing he had money, fashionable clothes and nice cars, Hayes said, adding that Sparks had seen the photos and had told Horton that Henry would “do a good lick” or target a robbery.

Henry met the four at Whisperwood Apartments on Flat Rock Road, where Horton got into Henry’s BMW for the downtown Chattahoochee RiverWalk, with the others following in Horton’s Volkswagen Jetta, Hayes said.

Sumter and Horton told police the four planned to rob Henry where they parked on Bay Avenue near a playground and a wading pool, but too many people were there so they had to find a other place.

They left downtown and drove through downtown to Nina Street and 17th Avenue, near the Farley Homes residential complex, and parked there in the dark.


Hayes said Sumter told investigators that McMillian got out of the Volkswagen and hid in the bushes as Sparks, holding a gun, made Sumter walk in front of him as they approached the BMW, where Sparks pointed the gun at Henry as Horton exited.

“All I heard was Mr. Sparks saying, ‘Give me everything you got,'” Sumter said.

Lydell Maynard “Trapa” Sparks, center, moves to the back of the courtroom as he waits for court to resume Tuesday afternoon. 06/14/2022 Mike Haskey

Hayes said Henry had a gun in the cloth holster on his belt, so he probably grabbed it when Sparks shot him in the upper torso. then pulled him from the driver’s seat and drove the BMW to Phenix City, with the others following in the Volkswagen.

Sparks left the car at a location chosen by Horton on Brickyard Road in Phenix City, where she had family, and he wiped it down with a shirt before driving off in the Volkswagen with the others, the detective said.

From there, they drove to the Columbus Rotary Park boat launch off Victory Drive, where Sparks walked to the river and threw items he had taken from the BMW, including three iPhones and a diamond bracelet, according to testimony from Sumter, who said Sparks kept Henry’s handgun.

Here are the pleas and recommended sentences of the co-defendants:

  • Sumter, 19, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. His recommended sentence is 15 years with six years to serve and the rest on probation.
  • Horton pleaded May 26 to armed robbery. His recommended sentence is 20 years in prison with eight to be served and the rest on probation.
  • McMillian, 27, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and being a convicted felon with a firearm. His recommended sentence of 15 years with eight to serve and the rest on probation.

This story was originally published June 17, 2022 12:26 p.m.

Tim Chitwood is from Seale, Alabama, and started as a police reporter with the Ledger-Enquirer in 1982. Since then, he has covered serial murders and other Columbus homicides, following some from the crime scene to to the verdicts of the trial and subsequent appeals. . He has also been a humor columnist for Ledger-Enquirer since 1987. He graduated from Auburn University and started working for the weekly Phenix Citizen in Phenix City, Ala.

US Open takes Saudi money to golf’s toughest test Thu, 16 Jun 2022 01:46:00 +0000
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BROOKLINE, Mass. – The US Open isn’t the only US major that has felt like an afterthought, lost amid chatter and innuendo about unrelated birdies and bogeys.

Golf wasn’t the main concern until the 1990 PGA Championship in Shoal Creek, Alabama. The club’s founder had said that Shoal Creek would not be forced to accept a black member. Corporate sponsors began pulling television advertising, protests were planned, and Shoal Creek extended membership to a black insurance executive a week before the PGA.

Until the first tee shot, most of the stories were about the controversy and its ripple effect in golf, not Nick Faldo’s chance of winning his third major of the year.

Battle lines were drawn at the 2003 Masters between activist Martha Burk and her demands for Augusta National to have a female member, and club president Hootie Johnson who stubbornly declared that day might come, but “not at the point of a bayonet”.

Tiger Woods was aiming for an unprecedented third consecutive Masters, and he received 10 questions from the media about social issues and chaos in Augusta. And then when Thursday came around, the rain washed away the first lap.

The difference is the The US Open has been eclipsed by a development that is not of its making.

Just his luck, a return to the Country Club for the 122nd Open and his centenary legacy came a week after the rebel Saudi-funded LIV Golf series debuted outside London.

Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, the two biggest defectors, are among the 14 players suspended by the PGA Tour for signing up and who are now playing at the US Open. Rumors have been swirling all week that more players could sign up for Saudi money next week.

Mickelson defended her decision. Rory McIlroy said players who signed up for 54-hole events without cut and guaranteed money are “taking the easy way out.”

“We’re praying for that to change tomorrow,” USGA chief Mike Whan said Wednesday. “Even I can say that you don’t have to ask what we think. Ask 156 players who are striving to get to tomorrow. They’re trying to focus on the same thing we’re trying to focus on.

“I think – hopefully – as soon as we start tomorrow we’ll have something else to discuss, at least for the next four days.”

It starts with local flavor. Stanford’s Michael Thorbjornsen, who grew up in the Boston area and won a US Junior Amateur, hits the No. 1’s first tee shot. Frank Quinnwho is 57 and lives about 40 minutes from Brookline, will start No. 10.

Mickelson only received cheers and support – not as loud as other years – on his practice rounds. He can expect a few renditions of “Happy Birthday” in his first round as he turns 52 on Thursday.

What they face is an old-school course, dense and rough around most of the tiny greens, with fescue framing fairways that aren’t the narrowest for a US Open and remain an important part of avoiding that the big numbers are on the map.

The par-3 11th hole is 131 yards per chart and will likely play less than 100 yards at some point. The fifth hole is short enough for players to drive the green.

The US Open is usually about precision rather than power, with patience the key for everyone. Recent history, however, leans towards the heavy hitters – Jon Rahm last year, Bryson DeChambeau at Winged Foot, Gary Woodland at Pebble Beach, Brooks Koepka back to back and Johnson at Oakmont.

“You should probably have an advantage if you’re a little longer,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA championships manager who runs the course. “How it’s going here, I don’t know. We will find out. We haven’t been here for 34 years.

It was 1988 when Curtis Strange beat Nick Faldo in the playoffs. Both were known for their precision iron game and avoiding big mistakes.

“It’s going to be a good old-school US Open with some rough stuff, and we’ll see how they come out and what they use off the tee,” Bodehamer said. “I’m telling you, with these small greens and the firmness, they’re going to have to be in the fairway.”

When it comes to prize money, the US Open is in line with other major tournaments, if not a step up. The PGA Tour set the tone by raising the Players Championship purse to $20 million in hopes the majors could follow.

The Masters and PGA Championship bumped their purses to $15 million (both an increase of at least $3 million), while the US Open increased by $5 million to $17.5 million. dollars.

That doesn’t compare to the $25 million in prize money the LIV Golf Series is offering for its 54-hole events which last week featured only four of the top 50 players in the world.

It’s a story of history, a trophy that dates back to 1895, making it the second oldest championship in golf. That should be enough to grab anyone’s attention for four days.

“We’re here at the major championship, and we’re here to win the US Open, and we’re here to play and beat everyone in this area, in this big area,” said two-time major champion Collin Morikawa. “That’s what it’s about.”

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]]> Senate negotiators announce outline of gun violence deal Sun, 12 Jun 2022 18:04:22 +0000

By ALAN FRAM Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate negotiators on Sunday announced a bipartisan framework responding to last month’s mass shootings, a modest breakthrough offering measured gun curbs and strengthened efforts to improve school safety and health programs. mental.

The proposal falls far short of tougher measures long sought by President Joe Biden and many Democrats. Even so, if the deal does result in the enactment of legislation, it would mark a turnaround after years of gun massacres that ended only in a stalemate in Congress.

Leaders are hoping to push through any deal quickly — they hope to do so this month — before political momentum wanes, stoked by recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.

In a significant development, 20 senators, including 10 Republicans, released a statement calling for passage. That’s potentially crucial because the biggest hurdle to passing the measure is likely to be in the 50-50 Senate, where at least 10 GOP votes will be needed to reach the usual 60-vote threshold for approval.

“Families are scared, and it’s our duty to come together and do something that will help restore their sense of safety in their communities,” the lawmakers said.

The compromise would make juvenile records of gun buyers under 21 available when they undergo a background check. The suspects who killed 10 people at a grocery store in Buffalo and 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde were both 18, and many of the assailants who have carried out mass shootings in recent years have been young.

The deal would offer money to states to implement “red flag” laws that make it easier to temporarily take guns from people considered potentially violent and to bolster school safety and mental health programs.

More people who sell firearms would be required to obtain federal dealer licenses, which means they would have to perform background checks on buyers. Domestic abusers who don’t live with a former partner, like ex-boyfriends, would be prohibited from buying guns, and it would be a crime for a person to legally buy a gun for someone who doesn’t. would not be eligible for ownership.

Negotiators said the details and legislative language would be drafted in the coming days. Congressional aides said billions of dollars would be spent to increase the number of community mental health centers and suicide prevention programs, but other spending figures remained undecided.

Finalizing the deal could lead to further disputes and it was unclear how long that would take. But the parties’ shared desire to demonstrate a response to the recent shootings suggested the momentum towards enactment was strong.

Biden said in a statement that the framework “doesn’t do everything I think is needed, but it does reflect important steps in the right direction, and would be the most important gun safety legislation to be passed by Congress for decades.

Given the bipartisan support, “there’s no excuse for a delay, and no reason it shouldn’t pass quickly through the Senate and the House,” he said.

The ad highlighted bipartisan pressure during the election year since 10 black people were killed at a grocery store in Buffalo and 19 students and two teachers were killed at an elementary school in Uvalde. And it came a day after rallies were held across the country demanding gun curbs – with the rally on Washington’s National Mall drawing around 30,000 people.

The massacres sparked two weeks of closed-door talks between groups of senators led by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Thom Tillis, RN.C., and Krysten Sinema, D-Ariz.

Still, the deal represents a lowest-common-denominator compromise on gun violence, not a sea change in Congress. Lawmakers demonstrated a new desire to move forward after saying their constituents have shown an increased desire for congressional action since Buffalo and Uvalde, but Republicans still oppose more sweeping measures Democrats want .

These include banning assault-type firearms such as the AR-15-style rifles used in Buffalo and Uvalde, or raising the legal age to purchase them. AR-15s are popular and powerful semi-automatic weapons that can fire high-capacity magazines and have been used in many of the country’s most high-profile massacres in recent years. One of them, the murder of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, happened six years ago on Sunday.

Democrats also wanted to ban high-capacity magazines and extend required background checks to many more gun purchases. None of these proposals have a chance in Congress.

Underscoring this, the Democratic-controlled House last week approved sweeping bills banning the sale of semi-automatic weapons to people under 21 and high-capacity magazines, and giving federal courts the power to decide when local authorities want to remove firearms from people considered dangerous. Currently, only 19 states and the District of Columbia have red flag laws.

For years, congressional Republicans representing pro-gun rural voters have blocked tough restrictions on gun purchases, citing the Constitution’s Second Amendment. Democrats, whose voters overwhelmingly support gun restrictions, have been reluctant to endorse progressive measures they say would leave GOP lawmakers saying they tried to stem the tide of violence without resolving the problem significantly.

Donald Trump backs Katie Britt in Alabama Senate race Sat, 11 Jun 2022 02:05:40 +0000

Former President Donald Trump endorsed Republican nominee Katie Britt, the former president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, in the closely watched and controversial GOP Senate runoff.

“Katie has worked hard to grow Alabama’s economy, create jobs and restore the great American dream,” the former president wrote in an endorsement. announcement on Truth Social, his recently launched social media network.

Trump also spent the first paragraph of his endorsement attacking Mo Brooks, Britt’s opponent in the Senate race whom Trump originally endorsed but later withdrew his support from.

“I thought he was a fighter, especially when it came to the rigged and stolen 2020 presidential election,” Trump wrote, referring to his false claim that voter fraud and theft led to the election. of President Joe Biden. “Then out of nowhere, and seemingly for no reason, Mo backtracked and made a big mistake waking up at our massive Cullman, Alabama rally.”

At the rally, Brooks told his supporters that they should abandon the 2020 election and instead focus on 2022 and 2024. His comments were met with boos from the crowd of Trump supporters.

“He stupidly started listening to bad consultants and not people, and his 54-point lead evaporated overnight,” Trump said.

Since Trump withdrew his endorsement in March, Brooks has tried to court the president to re-endorse him.

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“Mo has wanted it back ever since – but I can’t give it to him!” Trump wrote.

Britt placed first in the May 24 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, edging out Brooks and Mike Durant, who placed third and conceded. Britt, however, fell short of the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff. She will face Brooks in a June 21 runoff to determine the Republican Senate nominee.

“Katie strongly supports our embattled Second Amendment, defends parental rights, and will fight for our military, vets, and election integrity,” Trump wrote.

Britt, in a statement to APRthanked Trump for the endorsement.

“I’m grateful to have President Trump’s endorsement and strong support,” Britt said. “President Trump knows that Alabamians are tired of failed and inactive career politicians. It’s time for the next generation of conservatives to step up and shake things up in Washington to save the country we know and love for our children and our children’s children.

“In the Senate, I will fight to uphold Alabama’s conservative values, advance the America First agenda, and preserve the American Dream for generations to come.”

The winner of the second round will face Democratic candidate Will Boyd.

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Etowah County Commissioners Vote Against Registrar Council Aid Thu, 09 Jun 2022 02:03:31 +0000

What was supposed to be a ‘routine and non-confrontational’ vote on Tuesday to confirm the hiring of a temporary part-time employee at the Etowah County Board of Registrars office became a debate that ultimately ended the hire completely.

By a vote of 3 to 2, county commissioners voted against hiring Jerry Smith as a temporary employee to assist the Board of Registrars with ongoing election challenges. His duties reportedly lasted until July and included administrative duties such as computer work and organization.

Administrative Director Shane Ellison requested the hire, based on a request from Probate Judge Scott Hassell on the recommendation of Secretary of State John Merrill.

“There was a new appointment to the Board of Registrars last week, and hiring (of) Smith would be a way to help them catch up with all the issues they’ve had,” Ellison said. “We have hired them as temporary help at our expense in the past at least twice.”