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Santorum Visits Shelby County

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

 

An enthusiastic crowd of over 180 supporters filled the Pelham Civic Center Complex Thursday to see former Senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum, as his campaign traveled the length of Alabama with tour stops in Huntsville and Mobile in addition to Pelham.   ‘The Alabama Political Reporter’ caught up with the Presidential Candidate in Pelham.

Senator Rick Santorum told the crowd, that he was the candidate for them, “If you are looking for a conservative candidate that can go up against Barack Obama in the fall.” Santorum said that he was the Republican candidate best equipped to go “out and make the case against Barack Obama.”  “The most important issue in this race is liberty.  The president is systematically taking away your liberty. The federal government is going to limit what loans you can get.”  Sen. Santorum said that the government wanted ‘to dictate to people of faith’ what kind of services their health insurance provide and that the government was taking over their health care.  It is about control.  “Its not just about telling you what kind of light bulbs you have to use.”  “Liberty is the biggest issue in this race.”  “Unlike President Obama, I believe in you.”

Sen. Santorum was harshly critical of President Barack H. Obama saying that he was “A president who is on the verge of extinguishing the fundamental liberties we have in the nation.”  Sen. Santorum blasted President Obama’s “apology tours around the world.”

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Presidential Candidate Santorum said the Republican Party needed to nominate, “A person who can paint a positive vision.” “A President who has an understanding of the threat that we face from radical Islam.“ Sen. Santorum said that the Republican Party needed the candidate, who can go out and deliver a positive message about energy.” Santorum said,” I do not own any oil leases but my grandfather was a coal miner.”

“Liberty is at the core of this election.  A quintessential threat to liberty is Obamacare.”  “The singular issue that will define this race is Obamacare.  I am the one candidate who can go directly at Obama on this issue.”  Sen. Santorum said that he was elected to the House of Representatives in 1992 when Pres. Bill Clinton was elected promising “healthcare for everybody.  I was a freshman member of the House in 1992.  A lot of Republicans then were just cheap democrats.  They wanted to do the same things the Democrats wanted to they just didn’t want to pay for it.”  “Me and John Kasich (R from Ohio) met with a lot of different people” and proposed medical savings accounts.  “I introduced the first bill on health savings accounts 20 years ago.”  “Instead of the government or the insurance company managing your healthcare we put you in charge.”  Sen. Santorum supports a system where citizens buy high deductible insurance policies and put the rest of the money into interest bearing Health Savings Accounts they manage themselves.  “Once the economy is growing again we will have interest again.”

Sen. Santorum said that he then ran against an incumbent Democratic Party Senator.  That Senator’s campaign manager was James Carville.  “I faced the very best they had.”  The Democratic incumbent was the author of Hillary-care (Pres. Bill Clinton’s healthcare reform bill that failed to pass).  “I talked about free market health care and won.”

Presidential Candidate Santorum said, “The other people in this race don’t have clean records.”  He said that Speaker Gingrich supported federally mandated insurance for 20 years.  “Romney just supported state mandate insurance on the people.”  “You are either for bottom up or you are for top down.”  “Obama said he used Romney-care as his model.  In 2009 Romney advocated requiring people being made to buy health insurance.  Romney now denies he did that.”  Romney says that everybody in Massachusetts likes his healthcare plan.  Santorum said that we took exit polls and the majority of conservatives in Massachusetts do not like it.

Sen. Santorum said, “Why would a strong conservative, why would this area of the country elect somebody who gives away the strongest issue in this election?”  “People oppose government mandated insurance.”  “Why would the Republican party nominate somebody who gives away the issue of government mandated health insurance?”

Republican Candidate Santorum said that he understands “How the standard of living is tied directly to the cost and availability of energy.”  He said that he “Will increase jobs and opportunities in the deep ocean, on federal lands, and by building the Keystone Pipeline.”

Sen. Santorum said that one of his opponents had proposed 59 changes to the tax code, now it was 70 changes.  Santorum said that he would get rid of the tax code.  He would have just two tax brackets on personal income: 10% and 28%.  There would be just five deductions: education, charitable giving, housing, healthcare, and children.  “35% is the highest corporate tax rate in the world.”  Sen. Santorum said that he would half that to 17.5%.

Sen. Santorum said that one sector of our economy that needed extra help was manufacturing.  To increase manufacturing jobs in this country and because manufacturing has unfair competition from China and other nations he would have a corporate tax rate on manufacturers and processors of just 0%.  Sen. Santorum said “We have also got to do something about the regulatory environment.”  President Obama has passed 2 and half times as many high cost regulations as any other president.  His new clean air regulations alone resulted in six coal fired power plants being shuttered and 500 people being out of work.  “I will repeal every one of those high cost regulations on my first day as President.”

Sen. Santorum said that businessmen and entrepreneurs were “suffering under a yoke of high taxation and the fear of what this President will do them to next.  The reason the economy is struggling is because Americans don’t like losing their liberty being taken away and they don’t like being yoked by their government.”  Britain raised tax rates last year on the very rich and revenues did not go up they found out that “rich people don’t have to work if they don’t want to” and they can take the money they do have and put it offshore.  Now the British Government is running to make up for their budget shortfall.

Sen. Santorum said that the demands of a Presidential campaign are difficult.  He is missing time with his Children including his daughter Bella who is afflicted with Trisomy 18 (a rare genetic condition where she has a third copy of her 18th Chromosome).  His family is living off of their savings, but he believes that, “Our country is at a tipping point and needs someone out there with a record and a message that clearly contrasts with this President.”  “Liberty is at the core.”  “This election is about a choice in the direction we have for this country.”  “I am not moderate.”  “Moderates don’t win.  Every time we nominated a moderate over the last 40 years we lost.   Now you know why the media is for him (Romney).  They don’t want him to win.  They want Barack Obama to win.”

Sen. Santorum said, “The torch of liberty is flickering and fading.”  If Barack Obama is reelected, “Government will control your very lives and health.”  Sen. Santorum said that the American people should not “trade in that torch of liberty for an iv. line of public support.

Candidate for President Santorum said, “If you elect me here in Alabama a conservative will be nominated and if a conservative is nominated we will win the general election.”

Before Senator Santorum spoke, his daughter, Elizabeth Santorum addressed the audience: “It is great to be here in Alabama.”  “Its been an incredible journey.”  “The food and the people here are great.”  “I am just here to share a little bit of my Dad’s heart.”  “This is something I have seen all my life.”  “It is honesty trust conviction and courage shown all this life not just through words but through actions.”

“I believe with all my heart and soul that he will be the best President we ever had.”

Shelby County Republican Party Chairman Freddy Ard and Pelham Mayor Don Murphy welcomed Sen. Santorum and all of us to Shelby County.  Republican National Committee woman Bettye Fine Collins was in attendance as was Republican National Committee man Paul Reynolds, Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Glenn Murdock, Alabama State Senator Paul Bussman, former Alabama State Senator Hank Irwin, Candidate for Congress for the 6th District Al Mickle, Candidate for Congress for the 7th District Don Chamberlain, and Indian Springs Mayor Steve Zerkis.

Santorum is currently second in delegate count to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney; but Romney has won more delegates than Sen. Santorum, Speaker Gingrich, and Rep. Paul combined.

Rick Santorum will be in Alabama again on Monday in the City of Birmingham at the historic Alabama Theater for the Alabama Republican Party Presidential forum.  Newt Gingrich has also confirmed that he will be at that event.  The other two candidates have been invited as well.

The Alabama Republican Primary is on Tuesday March 13th

For more information about the Santorum Campaign go to his campaign web site:

http://www.ricksantorum.com/index.php

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Opinion | Kay Ivey’s official calendar is surprisingly empty

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In late-August and early-September, there was one question dominating Alabama’s governor’s race.

Where is Kay Ivey?

The governor at that point had scarcely been seen in a few days. In one 10-day stretch, she held no public events and somehow managed to avoid even local ribbon cuttings and bridge openings. And her opponent’s campaign was raising questions about her lack of activity.

Walt Maddox, at that point, had already challenged Ivey to a series of debates. She declined, offering a number of excuses, including that she was “busy governing the state.” She had also told her Republican primary challengers that she was “too busy” to debate them.

So, I wanted to know: Who was telling the truth? Was it a big deal? Was Ivey too busy?

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There was only one way to find out: I filed an Alabama Open Records Act request for Ivey’s official calendar for a three-week span (Aug. 24 through Sept. 14).

That span, I figured, would provide a solid look into Ivey’s days and would cover all of the days that the Maddox campaign had questioned her whereabouts.

On Wednesday, after paying $17 and some change to a public entity to produce public records that the public had already paid to be produced once, APR was provided with copies of Ivey’s official calendar.

Counting every entry on the calendar for 21 days — including travel time to and from the governor’s mansion (which apparently takes 30 minutes) and air travel to a variety of meetings and ribbon cuttings — there are less than 60 hours accounted for.

That’s less than three hours per day.

But it’s actually worse than that, because most of that time is compacted into a handful of days, leaving large chunks of time — whole calendar pages — simply blank.

In total, seven days were blank. Three other days had just one entry.

In one calendar week — Sunday, Sept. 2, thru Saturday, Sept. 8 — Ivey’s calendar shows just three and a half hours of scheduled time.

That week, her days were completely blank on Sunday, Labor Day Monday and Tuesday. She had a single phone call on Wednesday and a single meeting on Thursday. She hosted the Alabama Association of Regional Councils on Friday morning and wrapped up the grueling week with a proclamation signing at 10:30 a.m. that Friday.

I’ll remind you that this is the governor — a governor in the midst of a campaign.

You would think her calendar would be crammed with events and meetings and staff scrums and trips all over the place.

But … there’s just nothing.

And that’s not normal. I know that for a fact.

I’ve been to the Alabama Archives and sorted through the official calendars for the last three governors of this state. None of their calendars look like Ivey’s. Not even close.

I shared photos on Facebook Wednesday night of entries from random days on Robert Bentley’s calendar. In some instances, his days spilled over onto a second page.

The same was true with Bob Riley. His days, like Bentley’s, seemed to be planned from morning until night. Every day. Even on the weekends.

What’s happening with Kay Ivey should raise eyebrows and a ton of questions. Mainly: Can she actually do this job?

I think that’s a fair question at this point, after the public freeze-ups, the long disappearances, the managed time by her staff, the refusal to debate, and now these nearly blank calendar days.

And then there are two other questions:

Who is running this state?

And who are you voting for?

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Anti-abortion group National Right to Life endorses Ivey

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National Right to Life announced their endorsement of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) in the Nov. 6 general election.

Ivey said she proudly accepted the endorsement from National Right to Life, the third pro-life organization to endorse Ivey as Governor.

In a letter announcing their support for Kay Ivey, National Right to Life Executive Director David O’Steen and Political Director Karen Cross described Governor Ivey as a “strong advocate for life.”

National Right to Life applauded Governor Ivey’s support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act as well as her opposition to using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions and abortion providers.

“All Alabama voters who are concerned with the right to life and with the protection of the most vulnerable members of the human family should vote to reelect you as governor so that you can continue to advance vital pro-life public policies,” said Cross and O’Steen.

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Governor Ivey’s opponent, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter “Walt” Maddox (D) has been running ads touting his pro-life and pro-gun credentials, which is odd for the modern Democratic Party; but Ivey is the one with the endorsements from the Susan B. Anthony List, Alabama Citizens four Life, and the National Rifleman’s Association (NRA). The NRA magazines with their Kay Ivey endorsements arrived in NRA households across Alabama on Tuesday.

“This endorsement reflects your commitment to strengthening a culture of life. We look forward to working with you to protect the most vulnerable members of the human family – unborn children and medically dependent or disabled persons – whose lives are threatened by abortion or euthanasia,” said Cross and O’Steen in their letter.

Kay Ivey has served two terms as Alabama’s state Treasurer and two terms as the Lieutenant Governor. She was elevated to Governor in April 2017 when then Governor Robert Bentley (R) resigned after the House Judiciary Committee began impeachment hearings. Ivey grew up on a cattle farm in Wilcox County, attended Auburn University, went to work as a school teacher, then went to work in state government.

Ivey’s campaign is emphasizing her administration’s strong job growth, robust economic growth, increasing pre-K access, and workforce development as reasons to elect her as governor. Mayor Maddox’s campaign is promising to extend Medicaid benefits to more people, raise fuel taxes, a state-sponsored lottery, taxing sports gambling, and a gambling agreement with the Poarch Creek Indians.

The general election will be on Tuesday, November 6. Also in this election, voters gets to vote on Amendment Two which states that nothing in the Alabama Constitution can be construed as allowing abortions to take place. The growing pro-life movement is hopeful that the U.S, Supreme Court will eventually overturn the highly controversial Roe versus Wade ruling that forced the states to allow abortion on demand.

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Brooks warns of potential debilitating national insolvency after deficit jumps 17 percent

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U.S. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, issued a warning about the potential for a “Debilitating National Insolvency and bankruptcy that robs America of the prosperity and peace we have long enjoyed” following the release of the Treasury Department’s preliminary Fiscal Year 2018 deficit projection of $779 billion and the Comptroller General’s statement that America’s fiscal path is “unsustainable.”

“Yesterday’s Treasury Department report confirms that, when it comes to financial responsibility, Washington is a total and complete bipartisan failure,” Brooks said. “Thankfully, because of free-enterprise economic reforms, America’s economy is booming and federal revenues are up. Unfortunately, Washington spending has once again outstripped and left revenue growth in the dust.”

“At $779 billion for FY 2018, America’s deficit is 17 percent worse than last year’s $666 billion deficit. [3] Worse yet, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that next year’s deficit will near the $1-trillion mark,” Brooks wrote in a statement. “Even worse yet, the CBO estimates all subsequent deficits will blow past $1 trillion per year. [4] America’s total debt has exploded to $21.5 trillion. [5] U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro has once again evaluated America’s deficit and debt situation and warned Washington that our financial path is ‘unsustainable’ (accounting language for ‘an insolvency and bankruptcy is in America’s future if we do not change our financially irresponsible path’).”

“American taxpayers shelled out about $325 billion in debt service costs in Fiscal Year 2018,” Rep. Brooks continued. “To put $325 billion into perspective, it is more than 15 times what America spends annually on NASA and more than 6 times what the federal government spends annually on transportation. Absent constructive change, the CBO warns Washington that debt service costs will exceed $800 billion per year within a decade. [7] $800 billion is more than what America currently spends on national defense.”

“This financial data points to one dangerous outcome: a debilitating national insolvency and bankruptcy that robs Americans of the prosperity and peace we have long enjoyed,” Rep. Brooks warned. “I cannot overemphasize how the voting public throughout America must do a far better job of studying and understanding economic issues well enough to elect senators and congressmen who have both the intellect to understand the threat posed by America’s deficits and accumulated debt and the backbone to do what it takes to prevent the economic destruction of a nation it took our ancestors centuries to build.”

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The primary driver of the debt has been entitlements, Brooks said. So-called “mandatory spending” on expensive social programs including: Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are increasing much faster than federal revenues or GDP. The Republican Congress has increased spending on Defense, cut taxes, but has not addressed exploding entitlement costs. The improving economy also means rising interest rates which dramatically increases the cost of servicing the national debt, which has ballooned to $21,634 billion.

Congressman Mo Brooks is seeking his fifth term in the United States Congress. He faces former Huntsville city attorney Peter Joffrion in the general election on November 6.

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Department of Labor to hold job fair for prospective coal miners

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The Alabama Department of Labor announced that they are holding a job fair for prospective coal miners.

The Jasper Career Center is hosting a Job Fair for Jennmar Services on Thursday, October 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It will be held at the Career Center located at 2604 Viking Drive in Jasper.

Jennmar Services is a full-service staffing company for coal and hard rock mining, oil, gas, and manufacturing industries. They will be recruiting for both Inexperienced underground coal miners (Redhats – Apprentice Miners) and experienced underground coal miners (Blackhats).

Inexperienced miners need to have passed the MSHA 40 Mining Course. It must be current. 5000-23 must be within the past three years.

Experienced underground coal miners need to have their Alabama Miner’s Certification and annual refresher course. Those credentials must be current.

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The event is free and open to the public and as always, veterans will receive priority service. Job seekers should bring their résumé, are encouraged to dress professionally, and should be prepared to interview.
If job seekers need a résumé, they can visit the career center ahead of time for assistance. Jobseekers must bring all certifications to the job fair.

For more information, contact the Jasper Career Center at 205-221-2576 or [email protected]

Free services available to job seekers at the local Career Center include resume assistance, interview preparation, job search assistance, and access to many educational and vocational training programs.

Employer services include free job postings, employee screenings, access to interview space, and valuable training programs and tax credits.

From 2009 to 2015, the coal industry declined, leaving workers and communities desperate. Over 36,000 jobs were lost. From 2009 to 2015, American coal production declined by over 177,000,000 tons, and over 600 coal mines closed.

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