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Lawmakers Addresses Pro-Life Rally

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Over 130 Pro-Life activists rallied in front of the Alabama State House on Tuesday with numerous state legislators making appearances.
The Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R) from Auburn addressed the group.  Speaker Hubbard said to the group and then on Facebook, “As long as liberal Supreme Court justices hold up Roe V. Wade as the law of the land, we will dare defend the right to life in Alabama. And what a difference four years makes. With a Republican Majority, we have reversed course and right to life legislation is not only prioritized it is passed, and it is signed into law. Today, the House Health Committee passed four more major pieces of legislation that will continue our efforts to advance the culture of life in our great state.”
Speaker Hubbard told the activists, “We dare defend our rights in Alabama.”  “We stand firm with you.”  Hubbard said that the Republican Super-majority supports the Pro-Life movement, but “There is one that stands up above all the rest.”  “She has been a stalwart for Pro-Life.  That is Mary Sue McClurkin of Shelby County.  We are going to miss you in the legislature, but that fight for life will continue in the Alabama legislature.”
Cheryl Ciamarra with the Alabama Citizens for Life said, “That is the kind of leadership that we have and we really appreciate it.”
Ciamarra said that the Pro-Life movement and this event was supported by a number of organizations across the state including: Alabama Citizens for Life, the Alabama Alliance Against Abortion, ALCAP, the Alabama Legislative Watchdogs, the Archdiocese of Mobile, the Christian Coalition of Life, the Conservative Christians of Alabama, 40 days for Life, the Foundation for Moral Law, the Knights of Columbus, Lutherans for Life, Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, the Rainy Day Patriots, St. Clair Save a Life, the United for Life Foundation, etc.
Andrew Brasher with the Alabama Attorney General’s office addressed the crowd. “I am a lawyer and I work for the attorney general.”  Brasher said that he spent the last 8 months in court working to defend Alabama Pro-Life legislation.  Brasher said that Attorneys for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood are working in their offices in New York to find ways to attack Pro-Life legislation in Alabama.  Brasher said that Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange will be on the right side of that fight.  “Children are a gift from God.”  “The ACLU and Planned Parenthood want a fight and we will give them one.”
Rep. Paul Lee (R) said, “It is an honor to be here today.”  Lee told the group that they can pass Pro-Life legislation, because of decisions you made when you go to the polls.  Lee is sponsoring an Adoption tax credit bill that gives a tax credit for families that go through the adoption process.  Lee said that abortion proponents, “Will not say they are pro-abortion they say they are Pro-Choice.  You and I are Pro-Choice.  The difference is that we believe that choice is 9 months earlier.”
Cheryl Ciamarra said, “We really believe a $1000 tax credit will help.”
Ciamarra said that Rep. Becky Nordgren (R) is carrying a healthcare workers conscience protection bill.  Ciamarra said that Mary Sue McClurkin is the queen of Pro-life legislation. Ciamarra is seeking McClurkin’s House District 43 seat.  Rep. McClurkin is not seeking re-election.
Rep. McCLurkin said, “I appreciate your support through the years.”  “I appreciate the life bills passed by the legislature and signed by Dr. Governor Bentley.  I appreciate the Speaker and the leadership he is given in this regard.
McClurkin said that she is currently sponsoring a bill which forbids abortions where the baby’s heart is detected by doctors.  “It is very important for us not to kill a live beating heart.”
Ciamarra said, “She is why I want to see a Pro-Life representative in my district.”
Rep. Kerry Rich (R) said. “It is especially good to see all these young folks here today.”  Rich sponsored the Pain Capable bill in 2011. Rep. Rich said, “The liberal would tell you that we are all insignificant that it doesn’t matter much.  Scripture says that God knew me knew you before the foundation of the earth.  God intended for all of these babies to live that is why I am Pro-Life.  We will fight until Row v. Wade is overturned.
Rep. Ed Henry (R) said that there is a battle going on.  Henry said there is a “Scar on my soul” from where he and his wife aborted their first child.  “Anything I can do to prolong that act and give that individual time to think I will do with fervor and passion.”  Henry is sponsoring legislation to require a 48-hour waiting period before an abortion.
Alabama State Senator Gerald Dial (R) from Lineville told the group, “I am proud of my 100% Pro-Life voting record.  I have been in the legislature for 36 years and have had a 100% Pro-Life voting record.”  Dial said that he also was sponsoring legislation to put the Ten Commandments in Alabama schools.  “I need you help and would like to serve four more years.”
Ciamarra introduced Scott Beason (R) as, “Our champion in the Senate.”
Senator Beason said, “God made each and every one of us in his image.  Society has forgotten those things.  It is amazing to me that we have people that think it is ok to kill those babies in the womb. It is unbelievable to me
Sen. Beason denounced, “Jack legged nutty judges who think they are the legislature.”
Ciamarra said that Beason would, “Be a congressman that can stand up for our rights and our freedom.”
Rep. Kurt Wallace is the sponsor of the Perinatal bill. He said, “Our culture is saying that a life that is not perfect is worthless and they say kill it.”  Wallace said that his bill provides for information to be given to the parents when a fetal abnormality is diagnosed by doctors.  “God can change what that doctor says at 18-20 weeks.”  “Only God gives life.”
Ciamarra recognized Rep. Jim McClendon (R) for his 100% Pro-Life voting record.  Ciamarra told St. Clair County voters that McClendon is running for the state Senate. “Tell them we need to keep McClendon and make him Senator McClendon.”
Senator J.T. “Jabo” Wagoner told the rally participants, “You have made a difference on this Pro-Life issue and you will continue to make a diference.  You have a lot of friends on the fifth and seventh floors of this building.”  “Thank you for what you are doing.  We will take care of the pro-Life issue with your support.”
Ciamarra said, “(Representative) John Merrill has a 100% Pro-Life record.  He carried our personhood amendment in the Alabama House.”
Rep. Merrill said. “It was my honor.  It was my duty to carry that bill.”  Merrill vowed that as long as he in a position of power he will do everything possible to protect life.
Pamela Sweeney told the group, “I was raped when I was younger.”  Sweeney said that she was abused as a child.  As a 15 years old, “I knew that I was having two babies,” and she thought about having those babies killed, but the “Spirit of God” came over here and convinced her not to kill her children.  “Now I have two wonderful children.”  “All of us are brothers and sisters in Christ and we should care about what he cares about.”

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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Governor meets with VIP

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Gov. Kay Ivey and fourth grade student Cate McGriff. Photo Credit: Governor's office.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey invited a special guest to meet with her in the Governor’s office on Friday.

Fourth grade student Cate McGriff met with Governor Ivey Friday afternoon. The discussion was described as wide-ranging and productive. The governor and McGriff covered everything from school to their love of dogs.

Gov. Ivey asked Miss. McGriff what her favorite subject in school is.

McGriff replied that it was math. She also told the governor that she wanted to attend Auburn University just like Gov. Ivey did.

Ivey asked Cate what she wanted to be when she grows up, after she attends Auburn.

McGriff said that she wanted to be an engineer.

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Ivey advised her to keep working hard on her math.

Ivey shared that when she was a young intern for Governor Lurleen Wallace, the only other woman to serve as Governor in Alabama history, she had the opportunity to sit behind the governor’s desk. Ivey then asked Cate if she wanted to sit behind the desk, and they recreated the governor’s own photo behind Governor Wallace’s desk.

Cate and Governor Ivey both were wearing their red power suits and Auburn masks.

McGriff was joined by her parents and two siblings, Claire and Sam.

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The McGriff family frequently tune in to the governor’s regular COVID press conferences. Cate also was given the chance to stand behind the lectern in the Old House Chamber.

Governors frequently meet with very important people including: Presidents, CEOs, congressmen, Senators, scientists, University presidents, state legislators, county commissioners, economic developers, and fourth graders.

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CDC issues Halloween guidance

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Today is Halloween. Many people are celebrating this year’s holiday at home as a nuclear family due to the coronavirus global pandemic. If you are going to still trick or treat this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued guidance on trick or treating.

“Traditional Halloween activities are fun, but some can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or influenza,” the CDC warned. “Plan alternate ways to participate in Halloween.”

To make trick-or-treating safer: avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters, give out treats outdoors, if possible, set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take, wash your hands before handling treats, wear a mask or cloth face covering.

The CDC has also issued guidance on proper mask wearing. Make your cloth mask part of your costume. A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask. Do NOT wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult. Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of two or anyone who has trouble breathing.

Remember to always stay at least six feet away from others who do not live with you. Indoors and outdoors, you are more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others for a long time.

Don’t let excitement about the holiday distract you from proper COVID-19 procedures. Wash your hands. Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching objects or other people. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Parents should supervise young children using hand sanitizer. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before you eat any treats.

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Other suggestions for enjoying Halloween activities during the global COVID-19 pandemic include: decorating and carving pumpkins, decorate your home for Halloween, and you can walk from house to house, admiring Halloween decorations at a distance. You could also visit an orchard, forest, or corn maze. You can also go on an outdoor Halloween-themed scavenger hunt. Visit a pumpkin patch or orchard. Whatever you do or wherever you go be sure to remember to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially after touching frequently touched surfaces, pumpkins, or apples.

The CDC also suggested that you can hide Halloween treats in and around your house and hold a Halloween treat hunt with household members. The CDC suggested that you can hold an outdoor costume parade or contest so everyone can show off their costumes. Another suggestion is that you host an outdoor Halloween movie night with friends or neighbors or an indoor movie night with just your household members.

 

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Etowah County Republicans rally for Trump

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The Etowah County Republican Party and the Trump campaign will be holding a Celebrate America rally and prayer meeting on Sunday in anticipation of Tuesday’s general election.

“We the People plan to peacefully assemble at our town square Tomorrow, November 1st at 2:00 PM to rally around President Trump and pray for our nation, our first responders, and for our President,” organizers said.

Remarks will be made by special guest Congressman Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville.

Singer songwriters Camille and Haley will perform.

Pastors Mark Gidley, Joey Jones and Bruce Word will be speaking.

“Bring your friends and family as we pray, celebrate and rally for America!” organizers said. “Our outdoor program and rally will be an amazing hour that you will not want to miss! Please mark your calendars and please share.”

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Patriotic attire, American flags, and Trump flags are welcome. The event will be in the Rainbow City Town hall parking lot.

Robert Aderholt is in his twelfth term representing Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District. Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District is where Trump had his greatest margin of victory in the entire country in 2016.

President Trump and Congressman Aderholt both face Democratic challengers in Tuesday’s general election.

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Jones says Senate race a choice between “substance and leadership, and nothing”

“One of the great disappointments in this campaign is that Alabama is not really getting choices between substance and substance,” Jones said.

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Incumbent Sen. Doug Jones speaks at a rally in Anniston. (EDDIE BURKHALTER/APR)

Speaking outside the Calhoun County Democratic Party headquarters in Anniston on Friday, Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, told a group of supporters that Alabamians haven’t gotten a look at what his Republican opponent might do if he wins the Nov. 3 election. 

“One of the great disappointments in this campaign is that Alabama is not really getting choices between substance and substance,” Jones said. “They’re getting a choice between substance and leadership, and nothing — nothing. We have not heard anything from Tommy Tuberville about what he really wants to do.” 

While Jones has held numerous interviews with the media, and regular web briefings over the summer and in recent weeks, Tuberville’s campaign seems to prefer the safety of keeping Tuberville from making possible gaffs or damaging statements in interviews. 

Tuberville hasn’t agreed to interviews with traditional media outlets, or to debate Jones, and instead has focused on conservative talk radio spots, speaking to smaller Republican groups and at private parties.

Tuberville’s campaign has ignored or denied our numerous attempts to interview Tuberville, including another request on Friday. He also declined to attend a student forum held at Auburn University on Wednesday, which Jones attended. The forum was sponsored by the Auburn College Republicans and College Democrats.

“If you ever hear something Tommy Tuberville says, it is just simply this: ‘Build a wall. No amnesty. Drain the swamp.’ That ain’t him. That’s Donald Trump,” Jones said. “He cannot think for himself. He doesn’t think for himself.” 

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Jones spoke of his record of working to help veterans through legislation. And he referred to Tuberville’s nonprofit for veterans and reporting that indicates, through tax records, that less than a third of the money raised for Tuberville’s charity went to help veterans. 

“I don’t just create charities and send only pennies on the dollar. I do things for the veterans of this state and this country,” Jones said. 

Jones also made a case for Alabamians to remember the contributions past Democrats made in the state. Jones said it was Democratic Sen. John Sparkman who helped build Alabama’s Redstone Arsenal. 

“It was a Democrat, Lester Hill, who built the rural hospitals around here that Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell and Tommy Tuberville are trying to destroy,” Jones said. “It was Howell Heflin who built up agriculture in this state. Those are the Democrats. It was Franklin Rosevelt that put electricity in this state. We’re going to do the same thing for broadband. People forget those things. They forget those things because we’ve let other people define us with lies.”

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Jones plans to visit Jefferson County on Saturday, then on to the Black Belt and Mobile on Sunday with another stop in Birmingham on Monday afternoon. 

“The goal is to get everybody out. That’s the thing if we want to continue to ensure Alabama moves forward — moves forward and not backwards, to continue to have somebody, if I do say so myself, somebody that’s just not going to damn embarrass us,” Jones said.

Supporters of Democratic Sen. Doug Jones rally in Anniston on Oct. 30, 2020. (EDDIE BURKHALTER/APR)

“We’ve had too much of that in Alabama,” Jones said, “and I bet you it won’t be a year that Tommy Tuberville would be an embarrassment to this state because he doesn’t know the issues. He doesn’t know what to do, and he’s dang sure not going to know what to do when Donald Trump is not president of the United States.” 

Jones encouraged supporters to be skeptical of recent polling. One such recent poll, by Auburn University at Montgomery, puts Tuberville ahead of Jones by 12 percentage points, 54 to 42.1. An internal poll by Tuberville’s campaign puts Tuberville ahead by 15 percentage points, while an internal poll from the Jones camp put Jones ahead by one percentage point. 

“Don’t listen to these polling folks that come in, and they don’t know Alabama, and they don’t know what they’re doing. We’re tracking this race, and I can tell you, everything has been moving in our direction the last two months,” Jones said. 

People standing along roadsides holding his signs and showing support, Jones said, is “the energy we’ve got out there. That’s what you can’t poll.”

Ellen Bass of Anniston, standing outside the Calhoun County Democratic Party headquarters just after Jones spoke, told APR that she has numerous Republican friends who are voting for Jones.

“My hat’s off to them because they’re coming out,” Bass said. “They recognize that he is a better candidate.”

Ciara Smith, 21, newly elected to the Anniston City Council, told APR outside the headquarters building that Jones is the better candidate.

“I think that he’s educated. I think that he speaks with passion and heart,” Smith said. “And he knows what he’s talking about, which is important, and which is more than we can say about the other candidate.”

Speaking to APR after his speech to supporters, Jones said that he feels very good about the state of his campaign.

“Everything we’re seeing is moving in our direction,” Jones said. “And the more he stays hidden, the better it is for us.”

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