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Strandridge Addresses Rainy Day Patriots

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Probate Judge David Standridge (R) is running for the United States Congress in the Sixth District and is challenging ten term incumbent Congressman Spencer Bachus (R) in the Republican Primary on March 13th.  Judge Standridge addressed the Rainy Day Patriots at their Sixth District Congressional Forum on Thursday.

Blount County government combines the jobs of Probate Judge and Chairman of the County Commission into one elected position currently held by Judge Standridge.  Judge Standridge said that he grew up on a small farm in Blount County.  His parents worked their farm and worked off farm jobs.  They got better jobs.  They started their own business. They worked hard at both the business and the farm. They expected their kids to work on the farm.  Now his parents have one of the nicest farms in Blount County and their son is the county commissioner. “That is the American dream.”

Judge Standridge said, “We live within our means (in Blount County government) and we paid off our entire long term debt.” “We are debt free.”  “It doesn’t make sense to put on debt that our children and grandchildren will have to deal with.”

Judge Standridge said that the federal government’s debt has exceeded $15 trillion and was still growing. Interest on that debt will soon be over $10 billion a week. “What could we do with one week’s interest in the 6th district?” “We had to make hard decisions in Blount County. I still have people who are upset about that.”  Judge Standridge said that the Congress is similarly going to “have to make some hard decisions” to get the nation “back on track.”

“What are our children and grandchildren going to inherit?”  “I believe in an American where we live within our means. We can do that without raising taxes.” “I believe in an America that has a strong military. I believe in an America that explores and develops our own energy resources and is not dependent on the Middle East. Let’s get gas prices down.”  Standridge also said that he supported border enforcement and making English the official language of our government.

Judge Standridge said, “It is time we get America back on track.  It is time to take this seat back.  We need a voice of the people, somebody who is accessible.” “We can change this district and we can change our nation.”

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For the past ten years Blount County had been part of Robert Aderholt’s 4th Congressional District.  This year, redistricting has taken Tuscaloosa and St. Clair Counties out of the Sixth District and moved Blount County to the 6th District.  In exclusive comments with the ‘Alabama Political Reporter’ Standridge said that he had no plans to run for Congress against Rep. Aderholt.  Only after being redistricted into Rep. Bachus’s district did Judge Standridge decide to run for the Congressional seat.

Judge Standridge has been married to his wife Danna for 30 years and they have three children.  Their daughter is a stay at home mom.  Their oldest son is a Captain in the Air Force and works for the Air Force on special projects in Colorado Springs.  His youngest son will soon graduate from veterinarian school and is in the process of buying an existing veterinary practice in Cleveland, Alabama.

Judge Standridge said that his career before politics was in law enforcement.  He went to work for the Montgomery Police Department.  Later he took a job working for the Montevallo Police Department.  To move closer to home he then took a job with the Blount County Sheriff’s Department.  Standridge said that he has done almost every job in the Blount County Sheriff’s Department from patrol officer to investigator to jail manager.  Standridge said that he has been told that his experience as a jail manager could come in handy in Washington.  Judge Standridge went to the National FBI Academy.  Standridge first got into politics by running for the Blount County School Board.  Later he ran for Probate Judge.  Judge Standridge said, “There are things about trying to manage government right,” that are true at the school board level, at the county level, and at the national level.

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Judge Standridge told the Rainy Day Patriots, “I appreciate what this organization does.”

Rainy Day Patriots President Zan Green said that the Rainy Day Patriots meet at 7:00 pm at Hoover Tactical Firearms on the Third Thursday of each month.

Incumbent 6th District Congressman Spencer Bachus is running for his eleventh term in the Congress.  Also running in the March 13th Republican Primary are Alabama State Senator Scott Beason from Gardendale and Tea Party activist Al Mickle from Shelby County.  The winner of the Republican Primary will face Alabama Democratic Party opposition on the November 6th ballot from either Birmingham attorney William “Bill” Barnes or retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Penny Huggins Bailey.

Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District includes all or parts of Jefferson, Blount, Shelby, Chilton, and Coosa Counties.

To learn more about David Standridge’s campaign visit his website:

http://www.davidstandridge.com/

Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with eight and a half years at Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian.

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Alabama Forestry Association endorses Tuberville

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville.

The Alabama Forestry Association announced Wednesday that the group is endorsing Republican Senate nominee Tommy Tuberville in the upcoming general election.

“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,” Tuberville said. “The AFA is an excellent organization that stands for pro-business policies. Protecting Alabama industry is a key to our state’s success.”

Tuberville recently won the Republican nomination after a primary season that was extended because of the coronavirus 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.

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Tuberville has been married to his wife Suzanne since 1991. They have two sons and live in Auburn.

Tuberville is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in the Nov. 3 general election.

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Corinth, Mississippi, is the scenario that school superintendents must be prepared for

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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 more than 100 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 and 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 doing 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 Gov. Tate Reeves issued a mandatory mask mandate for the state which includes schools, beginning Wednesday.

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“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. At least 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 — or 23 percent — were diagnosed in just the last two weeks. At least 1,639 Alabamians have died already from COVID-19, and 314 of those deaths — or 19.2 percent — were reported in just the last two weeks.

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Despite the setbacks, Mississippi is pushing ahead on reopening 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,” 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.

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Public asked to help find missing mother of three en route to Alabama

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Marilane Carter is a 36-year-old white female. She was driving a 2011 dark grey GMC Acadia with a Kansas tag: 194LFY.

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, Aug. 2 at 8 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 the public to 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.

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“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.

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Jones campaign says Tuberville is not taking the pandemic seriously

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Incumbent Sen. Doug Jones, left, and Republican challenger Tommy Tubberville, right.

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Doug Jones’ re-election campaign released a statement critical of Republican Senate nominee Tommy Tuberville, suggesting that he is not taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously 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 AL.com 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, he claimed.

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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-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.

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The general election is Nov. 3. Tuberville has been endorsed by President Donald Trump.

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