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Rowe Speaks Out About Her Real Agenda and the Lies Being Spread

Bill Britt



By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Jasper Police Chief Connie Rowe says she didn’t know that you couldn’t be a pro-economic growth, pro-jobs Republican and still support public education. The 22 year law-enforcement officer now understands that those who wish to keep control in Montgomery will say and do anything to protect their power…even lie about someone’s beliefs and character.

Rowe, a Republican, is running to unseat Rep. Bill Roberts in District 13.

Recently, under the direction of Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard’s “Incumbent protection plan,” a push poll was conducted in Rowe’s district. Push polling is a common way of spreading rumors, lies and innuendo in the guise of a political survey. In a live call — a paid political telemarketer — asked potential voters in District 13 if they would support Rowe if they knew she supported groups who backed Barack Obama, Education Unions and Gay marriage…all of which she denies.

Rowe, a Conservative Christian, said she was shocked that such lies were being fabricated about her.
Concerning the false attacks Rowe says, “It disgusts me, but does it discourage me? No! And, it has not discouraged the people that support me either.” Rowe also said she thought those who were behind the attack poll, “underestimate the intelligence of the people of this area, it is really an insult to them.”

Rowe, who has worked for over 20 years in the employ of the Walker County District Attorney’s Office says, “It has been a baptism of fire” but she has been in tough battles before. Rowe is more concerned with serving honestly for the people of her district, than the attacks that come from the Montgomery power elite.

However, her opponent Roberts is one of the incumbents that Hubbard has promised to protect.
The reason being that Roberts—elected in 2010, has been a loyal follower of the Speaker never questioning his motives or his manner of leadership.

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Hubbard is currently under investigation by the State’s Republican Attorney General’s Office.

Reportedly, Hubbard is being investigated for accepting bribes and using his office for personal gain. Many Republican legislators have been called before the AG’s Special Grand Jury to testify about wrong doings.

Hubbard has a history of using treats, bullying and outright lies to protect his strangle hold on State Government, which it is believed he has used fellow legislators to help him in his schemes.


Rowe says she wants no part of a plan that involves following in lock step with anyone but the people of District 13.

“I want this election to be about the people of district 13, not about what is wanted in Montgomery or Washington,” said Rowe.“

Rowe, who is a product of public education, says she believes that the State must support teachers and education, if Alabamians are to be prosperous, “I’m not always going to agree with teachers, I am going to do what is best for the people who have sent me to serve.”

“Everyone who works in the field of education is important. They are helping to mold the future of our State by educating our children…To demonize someone for supporting teachers is insane…Good schools like economic growth have far reaching consequences for all the people of our State; one follows the other.”

Rowe wants to focus on jobs, education, pro-economic growth and crime, and not to become distracted by petty political name calling.

Rowe supports Gov. Bentley’s pro-growth agenda.

According to Rowe, if she is elected to represent her district, she will, “…look under every rock to find opportunities for job growth in the rural communities…If I am elected to represent the people of District 13, I want to work on jobs, economic development and reducing crime.”

Because of her background in law-enforcement, she is concerned that some in Montgomery are going soft on criminals. She is very concerned that the State remain tough on crime:

“I am concerned about the new sentencing guidelines and want to see us remain tough on criminals…In our counties we are see a resurgence of terrible drugs like heroin, which I thought we would never see…now is not the time to go soft, there must be repercussions for bad behavior.”

Rowe says she will work tirelessly for the people of her district. They will see a public servant who fights for the people and refuses to lay down for the special interests.

Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.



Birmingham approves $1.3 million contract for real-time crime center technology

Woodfin repeated that facial recognition capabilities will not be used in accordance with the contract.

John H. Glenn




The Birmingham City Council approved a five-year, $1.3 million contract with Motorola this week to provide new technology for the police department’s real-time crime center amid unease and public concern over the potential use of facial recognition software within the new systems.

Mayor Randall Woodfin insisted in his remarks made before the council that the new technology is meant to integrate existing hardware and technology inside the real-time crime center. “You’re not buying any additional new equipment,” he said, “You’re buying something to integrate all those systems.”

The software suite includes Motorola Solutions’s CommandCentral Aware, a system that aggregates video, image and other data information into one interface, and BriefCam, a “video synopsis” system that will further integrate and analyze information from Birmingham’s ShotSpotter systems, public cameras and police body cameras.

Briefcam offers facial recognition capabilities, which was the main concern of community members speaking before the council, and the risk that use of the technology could disproportionately affect Black people. Facial recognition technology has a record of racial bias and misidentifies Black people at rates five to 10 times higher than white people.

“Despite assurances that there will not be facial recognition implemented at this phase that does not prevent it from being implemented in the future,” said Joseph Baker, Founder of I Believe in Birmingham and one of the Birmingham residents voicing concern on the proposal. “I believe that this software, if fully implemented, can easily lead to violations of unreasonable searches.”

Another resident who spoke against the resolution was Byron Lagrone, director of engineering at medical software solutions company Abel Healthcare Enterprises. Lagrone pointed to IBM and Amazon as examples of companies that have halted or abandoned facial recognition and object tracking software altogether over racial bias concerns.

“The prevailing attitude, among technical people is this technology is not effective, and it causes high amounts of harm for next to no gain,” Lagrone said.

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Woodfin repeated that facial recognition capabilities will not be used in accordance with the contract.

“It’s explicit in this contract that facial recognition will not be used,” Woodfin said, “[If] facial recognition wants to be used in the future of this city. It would have to be approved by this body. … The mayor’s office or the police department doesn’t have unilateral power to use facial recognition. That is not part of what our contractual relationship is with Motorola.”

Woodfin also clarified that the total $1.3 million price of the contract will not be paid as a lump sum but spread out over the five-year commitment.


The city council voted 8 to 1 to approve the contract, with District 8 Councilman Steven Hoyt speaking in favor of the use of facial recognition capabilities.

“You can’t say, ‘I’m going to build a house but I’m not going to use the restroom,’” Hoyt said. “If it’s in the house, you’re going to use the restroom. … If it has the capability of facial recognition, guess what’s going to happen? You’re going to use it. I’m going to vote for it because I know we’ve got to have every tool we can garner to fight crime, because it’s out of hand.”

Hoyt also suggested a review of the information collected by the new system apparatus.

“I do think, for the public’s sake, we need to have some way we review that and see how it’s being used,” Hoyt said. “We need that to go along with this.”

District 3 Councilwoman Valerie A. Abbott — who said she was the victim of a burglary the day before the vote — echoed the mayor’s insistence that the facial recognition capabilities would not be deployed unless authorized by the city council, reading a letter from Motorola stating “in order to enable facial recognition, Motorola will require an addendum or change order to the contract,” which would have to come before a public meeting of the city council.

“I too would not want facial recognition,” Abbot said, “I’m voting in favor of this because the majority of my constituents are telling me they want more and better policing, capture of criminals, prevention of crime.”

District 5 Councilman Darrell O’Quinn was the lone no vote among the near-unanimous city council, stating that he had “some reservations about how we’re doing this and will vote my conscience.” 
Later, O’Quinn was quoted in BirminghamWatch, saying his vote reflected his concerns about “taking on a new debt obligation in the midst of a projected $63 million shortfall in revenue.”

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Opinion | Doug Jones’s pathway to victory: Substance over lies

Jones said his work in the Senate should prove to the people of the state that party matters less than productivity. 

Josh Moon



Alabama Sen. Doug Jones speaks during the Democratic National Convention.

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones believes voters will ultimately see through Tommy Tuberville’s lazy campaign and lies, and that enough of them will be moved by his work over the last two years to send him back to D.C. 

Jones’ comments came during a lengthy interview on the Alabama Politics This Week podcast. He also discussed his plans to address some of Alabama’s most pressing issues and also praised Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican.  

But it was Jones’ comments about Alabama voters — and whether too many of them are incapable of moving away from the Republican Party — that were most interesting. Jones still believes there are open-minded voters in the state, and that there isn’t enough attention being paid to polls showing a growing dissatisfaction in Alabama with President Donald Trump. 

“There are a number of things that Donald Trump has done that people (in Alabama) don’t agree with,” Jones said. “There are a number of things that he’s done that’s hurt Alabama and that they’re not OK with. That’s where I come in.”

Jones said his work in the Senate, where he’s sponsored the most bipartisan legislation over the last two years, should prove to the people of the state that party matters less than productivity. 

“I tell everyone, you owe it to yourself to look at every candidate and every issue,” Jones said. “I do that. I’ve been a Democrat all my life but I don’t think that I have ever pulled a straight lever. Because I look at every issue. I will tell you that there have been times that I didn’t vote for people who are Democrats for whatever reason — I just couldn’t do it. I think we owe it to ourselves to do that.”

Jones had the perfect example to drive the point home. 

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“Y’all all know our state auditor, Jim Zeigler? Jim wasn’t always a Republican. Jim’s first runs for office were as a Democrat. 

“I rest my case.”

You can listen to the full interview at the Alabama Politics This Week website, or you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. 


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New unemployment claims decreased last week

Fewer people joined the unemployment rolls last week compared to the week before.

Micah Danney




There were 7,964 new unemployment claims filed in Alabama last week, down from 8,581 filed the previous week, according to the Alabama Department of Labor. 

Of the claims filed between Oct. 11 and Oct. 17, there were 4,032 related to the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s 51 percent, compared to 36 percent the previous week.

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Trump to visit Pensacola tonight

Trump is making a push in Florida in the final weeks of the election, and Northwest Florida is part of his strategy.

Brandon Moseley



President Donald Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention

Neither presidential candidate is likely to visit Alabama before the general election, as both campaigns accept that Alabama will be certainly in President Donald Trump’s camp on election day no matter what else happens. While Alabama is not a swing state, Georgia and Florida are both in play, and both campaigns are devoting enormous resources there.

Trump is making a push in Florida in the final weeks of the election, and Northwest Florida is part of his strategy. Trump will be just across the Florida-Alabama state line visiting Pensacola and is scheduled to address supporters at the ST Engineering hangar beginning at 7 p.m. CT.

The doors open at 4 p.m. and the event begins at 7:00 p.m.

The president’s rally tonight comes right after a visit to Pensacola last week by Second Lady Karen Pence and is one of many Florida campaign events planned for Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump arrived in Florida after Thursday’s final presidential debate with Joe Biden. He is scheduled to hold a campaign event in The Villages before traveling to Pensacola. The president will spend the night at his Palm Beach resort Mar-a-Lago and will vote early Saturday.

The vice president will hold rallies in Lakeland and Tallahassee on Saturday. Florida has 27 electoral college votes. It would be very difficult for Trump to get the 270 electoral college votes necessary to win without winning Florida.

Democrats warn that attending a Trump rally could be dangerous due to the coronavirus threat.

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“The last thing Floridians need is for Donald Trump to host more potential superspreader rallies across our state,” Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said in a statement on the rally in Pensacola. “What we do need, however, is a president capable of putting Floridians ahead of his own self-interest and get this pandemic under control.”

Most recent polls have Trump trailing Biden in Florida. Tickets are required to attend the rally.

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