By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
In the 2010 election, Stan Cooke ran an insurgent Republican primary campaign against 6th Congressional incumbent Congressman Spencer Bachus. Cooke said that Bachus outspent him by over a million dollars. Despite being incredibly outspent, Cooke was buoyed by local Tea Party support and Cook says that in the recount that he received almost 41 percent of the primary vote in 2010.
Cooke is running for Congress again and believes that he accomplished a lot in the last campaign, he said, “We feel like we got our name out there.”
Since the last election the State of Alabama has been redistricted. The Sixth District has lost St. Clair County and part of Tuscaloosa County, but has gained most of Blount County. He feels that redistricting worked to his advantage. “Lots of people know me in Blount County.”
Cooke accused Bachus of using his office in the U.S. Congress for personal gain. Cooke claimed that Bachus as the ranking Republican member of the House Financial Services Committee announced investigative hearings into possible misconduct by the Swiss bank, UBS Swiss. He alleges that Bachus used the bad press from the hearing to short the stock of UBS Swiss before the hearings. After the hearings, Bachus then bought the stock. Cooke accused Bachus of using his words to influence the stock price while he was trading the stock. Ultimately, UBS Swiss was fined by the federal government. Cooke said that they gave $20,000 to Spencer Bachus’ reelection campaign. Many of these allegations have also been reported in other news sources including the CBS News program, ‘60 Minutes.’
Cooke said that this would be illegal insider trading if carried out by someone in one of the companies. The law prohibits the president from actively trading in the stock market while in office. In fact the President’s assets are normally put inside a blind trust. Cooke said that congressmen however can compel corporate officers to testify about their corporation under oath and then some congressmen can legally use the information they gain from the hearings to buy and sell stocks in their personal portfolios.
Cooke said that Congress has exempted himself or herself from the insider trading law. Cooke has accused Bachus and Barney Frank, the ranking Democrat, of using their powerful positions on the financial services committee for their own personal benefit. Cooke favors legislation that would place limits on Congressional stock trading.
Cooke also said that Congressman Bachus was instrumental in getting Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) passed. Cooke also blamed Bachus for being responsible for the repeal of the Glass-Steagell Act, which prevented consumer banks from also selling securities and insurance. Cooke believes that that deregulation ultimately led to the 2008 economic collapse.
Cooke said that foreign banks received $7 billion from the U.S. Federal Reserve and that Congressman Bachus has received campaign contributions from banks that got TARP bailout money.
Cooke said that the leadership of the Alabama Republican Party did not want him to run.
Cooke said that legislation sponsored or supported by Bachus he disagrees with include the Global Poverty Act, the Jubilee Act, the TARP bailout, ‘Cash for Clunkers,’ the ‘Education For All Act,’ and the Serve America Act.
On the issue of Congressional term limits, Cooke said, “Inside of me I believe in term limits. I will serve a maximum of 8 years. “ In the Senate, Cooke supports limiting senators to two terms for a maximum of 12 years in the Senate.
On the budget, Cooke said there should never have been a super committee. The entire House and Senate should decide the budget. Cooke said that the nation needs a balanced budget amendment.
On the issue of immigration, Cooke said that if elected to Congress, he would support the federal government placing troops on the border, building the border fence, deporting all illegal aliens, and making it a federal crime to hire, rent to, or issue a credit card or a wire transfer to an illegal alien.
On State House Bill 56, however, he predicted that the Supreme Court will overturn it. “Here is the problem. The state can only write laws that do not conflict with federal law.” Mr. Cooke believes there are a lot of things that they could have done, but that he believes that HB 56 violates the Supremacy Act which makes federal law supreme over state law. Cooke said that he thinks both the Alabama and Arizona illegal immigration bills will be overturned by the Supreme Court.
Mr. Cook said that repealing both the Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank Acts would be priorities in the next Congress. Cooke said that there needs to be a document published listing all the bills that will be repealed “there needs to be a broad stroke approach to this.”
Cooke said that he had “no anticipation of a Democrat entering the race. The 6th District is the second most Republican District in the United States and it is 90 percent white.” Cooke doesn’t believe that a Democrat could win the district and feels that having an unpopular President Barack Obama at the top of the 2012 general election ticket helps the Republican Party candidate.
Al Mickle is also running as a Republican for Congress to represent the 6th Congressional District.
For more information about Cooke and his campaign go to www.vote.com
The deadline to qualify for the Republican Primary is Jan 12.
Alabama Forestry Association endorses Tuberville
Wednesday, the Alabama Forestry Association announce that it is endorsing Republican Tommy Tuberville for the United States Senate.
“We are proud to endorse Tommy Tuberville in the United States Senate race,” said AFA Executive Vice President Chris Isaacson. “He is a conservative with an impressive list of accomplishments, and we know that he will continue that record in his role as U.S. Senator. Tommy knows that decisions made in Washington impact families and businesses and will be an effective voice for the people of Alabama.”
“I am honored to have the endorsement of the Alabama Forestry Association,” Coach Tuberville stated. “The AFA is an excellent organization that stands for pro-business policies. Protecting Alabama industry is a key to our state’s success.”
Coach Tuberville recently won the Republican nomination after a primary season that was extended because of the coronavirus global pandemic.
Tuberville is a native of Arkansas and a graduate of Southern Arkansas University. He held a number of assistant coaching positions, including defensive coordinator at Texas A&M and the University of Miami where he won a national championship. Tuberville has been a head coach at Mississippi, Auburn, Texas Tech, and Cincinnati. In his nine years at Auburn University the team appeared in eight consecutive bowl games. His 2004 team won the SEC Championship and the Sugar Bowl. Tuberville coached that team to a perfect 13 to 0 season.
Tuberville has been married to his wife Suzanne since 1991. They have two sons and live in Auburn.
Tuberville is challenging Democratic incumbent Doug Jones in the November 3 general election.
Corinth, Mississippi, is the scenario that school superintendents must be prepared for
Many Alabama school systems will resume in-person classes later this month. Corinth Mississippi rushed ahead to open classes and already there are positive tests for the coronavirus and over a hundred students are now in quarantine. This is the fear that every school superintendent in the country will have to face when making the decision on whether or not to resume in person classes in their school systems.
Taylor Coombs, a spokesperson for the Corinth School District, told CNN that six students and one staff member have tested positive for the novel strain of the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. Coombs said that an additional 116 students have been considered in “close contact” of a positive case have been sent home to quarantine for 14 days. Corinth has 2,700 students.
The Corinth School District told parents in a letter posted on Facebook Wednesday that an individual from Corinth Middle School tested positive as well as an employee at Corinth Elementary School. The letter said the school has done contact tracing and is asking anyone who had contact with the individuals to quarantine for 14 days.
While in quarantine, children cannot attend school or any school activities, such as sports.
In-person classes resumed in the district on July 27, according to the school calendar. Corinth parents were given the option of returning to the school for normal classes or to do virtual learning.
Corinth has been screening students and staff on a daily upon entering the building with temperature checks, according to the district’s reopening plan. Staff are having to answer questions daily about if they have had symptoms in the past several days. Despite this a number of students still were infected during the first week of school and over a hundred were exposed to the virus.
On Tuesday, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves (R) issued a mandatory mask mandate for the state which includes schools, beginning Wednesday.
“I know that I want to see college football in the fall,’ Reeves said. “The best way for that to occur is for us all to recognize that wearing a mask, as irritating as it can be – and I promise you, I hate it more than anybody watching today — it is critical.”
Mississippi has the fifth-highest recorded case count per 100,000 people. 2.13 percent of the population having been already diagnosed with the infection. Mississippi trails only Louisiana, Arizona, Florida and New York.
Alabama is seventh in the country at 1.93 percent of the population. Of Alabama’s 91,776 total cases, 21,363 (23 percent) were diagnosed in just the last two weeks. 1,639 Alabamians have died already from COVID-19 to this point in the global pandemic. 314 of those deaths (19.2 percent) passed in just the last two weeks.
Despite the setbacks, Mississippi is pushing ahead on reopening the schools.
“I believe that there is enough motivation (now) to safely get our kids in school that we can really juice the participation of mask wearing throughout our state for the next two weeks,” Gov. Reeves said on Tuesday when he issued the mask order and the new measures to combat the virus. Reeves acknowledged that the earlier “piecemeal approach” had not been effective.
Alabama will follow Mississippi’s lead and begin reopening schools next week, with the understanding that outbreaks, like Corinth, are possible and perhaps even likely as we move forward with in-person classes and high school football to follow later this month. School systems need to open with a plan for testing, quarantining, and unfortunately even for the unfortunate deaths of a staff member or student.
161,606 Americans have already died from the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Public asked to help find missing mother of three en route to Alabama
Marilane Carter, age 36, left Kansas City, Kansas, late Saturday night Aug 1 heading to Birmingham seeking help for her mental health. She was seeking help possibly at Grandview or UAB. Her last known phone contact was near Memphis, Tennessee, around Sunday, August 2 at 8:00 p.m. near I-55.
According to the family, there has been no contact and no vehicle sighting since that time. Her phone is dead and there have been no credit card charges on her account.
“We are concerned for her safety,” the family said in a statement.
Marilane is married to Adam Carter and together they have three young children.
The family is asking that we all keep an eye out for Marilane and keep her and her family in your prayers.
Carter is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. She has long brown hair, green eyes, and was last seen wearing a green t-shirt and black yoga pants.
“The biggest thing: pray that God orchestrates this in such a way that brings Marilane to safety – as well as glory to Him,” the family wrote. “We covet your prayers and help to find Marilane. #findmarilane.”
Marilane is a 36-year-old white female. She was driving a 2011 dark grey GMC Acadia with a Kansas tag: 194LFY. She has family in Kansas City, Birmingham, and Fairhope. If found or you have any information call 911 and ask for the police.
Jones campaign says that Tuberville is not taking the pandemic seriously
Saturday, the Senator Doug Jones (D-Alabama) re-election campaign released a statement critical of Republican Senate nominee Tommy Tuberville suggesting that he is not taking the COVID-19 global pandemic serious enough.
“The Washington Post reported today that the stock market plummeted after jobless claims climbed last week by 1.4 million and the economy shrank by 9.5 percent — the biggest decline in most of our lifetimes,” the Jones campaign wrote. “While economists are worried about the permanent damage COVID-19 will do to the economy, and public health experts are pleading for people to abide by state and local mask orders, Tommy Tuberville “snickers” in response to questions about flouting public health orders while in DC to raise campaign cash. The people of Alabama need to know that Tuberville is not taking the pandemic seriously, raising serious questions about how he would handle this crisis if elected.”
The Washington Post reported that “Tuberville is fundraising and holding in-person meetings in Washington this week, defying orders from D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) that visitors from Alabama and other coronavirus hot spots quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.”
“Tuberville spent at least some of his time at the Trump International Hotel, according to a photo posted to Facebook by Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) showing the two men in the hotel lobby on Tuesday night,” the media reports stated. “Neither man was masked.”
Tuberville told the Alabama Media Group that he has been called “everything in the world,” so the last week is nothing new.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday the former Auburn coach broke Washington D.C. policy requiring “non-essential” visitors from states with high coronavirus case counts to self-quarantine for 14 days when he attended fundraising meetings in the city this week.
In addition, a photo of Tuberville with Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Arkansas) at the Trump International Hotel in Washington showed neither man wearing a face covering.
Tuberville addressed the controversy in comments to the Alabama Republican Executive Committee on Saturday. Tuberville said that he followed all the rules and wore his mask everywhere he went. When he was at events he would take his mask off to dine and people would come over to his table to shake his hand and get their picture taken. The press has seized on those moments to attack him.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has killed 707,158 people worldwide including 160,833 Americans since it first was discovered in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in late 2019. Absent an effective treatment or a vaccine, social distancing and masks are the only tools that we have to slow the spread of the virus.
The Tuberville versus Doug Jones race for U.S. Senate is going to have an important role in whether or not Republicans are able to hold on to their narrow Senate majority.
Tuberville is an Arkansas native. He is best known for his tenure as Auburn University’s head football coach, which includes an undefeated and untied team that won the SEC Championship and the Sugar Bowl. He also coached at Texas Tech, Cincinnati, and Mississippi.
The general election is November 3. Tuberville has been endorsed by President Donald J. Trump (R).