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Brandon Moseley

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Monday, Congressman Gary Palmer, R-Hoover, addressed the North Jefferson County Republican Party at their monthly meeting.

“We are two weeks away from what I think is the most important midterm race in our lifetime,” Congressman Palmer said. We have never been this divided as a country, Palmer said.

Palmer said that members of Congress have received threats and that his own volunteers had an incident where they were manning a Palmer for Congress tent at an event and a woman circled their tent yelling at his volunteers.

Rep. Palmer said if all you watch is MSNBC and CNN you think this election is going to go bad for Republicans, “But I am guardedly optimistic. I think we are going to pick up seats in the Senate some that no one believes we can take. I think we can hold the House.”

Palmer said that he has regular meetings with all of the mayors in the district and that he has a meeting with all of the legislators from the district before they go into session.

Palmer said that in Congress his focus has been on key provisions. One of these, “Is keeping our regulatory administration under control.”

“Before 2008, there was a net gain of 100,000 more businesses opening up than closing,” Palmer said. “After 2008 70,000 more businesses were closing than were opening.”

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After the election, “We repealed sixteen Obama era regulations,” Palmer said. “That is what got the economy turned around and growing. We passed a major reform of Dodd-Frank.” We were losing one community bank per business day under Dodd Frank.

Palmer said that Congress had to lower the corporate tax rate. Ireland’s corporate income tax was 12.5 percent. Companies were moving their headquarters overseas to avoid the heavy tax burden. “We were forcing businesses out of the country.”

“GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is not your best predicter of where the economy is going,” Palmer said. “A better indicator is gross output.” It has doubled over the first three quarters and we think this quarter is gong to be 4.5 percent Palmer said.

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“Our guys are getting beat over the head on the campaign trail is that we tried to take away coverage for pre-existing conditions,” Palmer said. “That is not true. The American Healthcare Act that passed the House included an amendment that included a risk sharing plan for people with pre-existing conditions. That was my amendment, the Palmer-Schweikert Amendment.”

Palmer said that the amendment was based upon a risk sharing plan that was passed in Maine. Palmer said that under the Democrats plan they had guaranteed issue. Insurance companies were pulling out right and left. There is no way to evaluate risk. Palmer said that with his amendment the person with a pre-existing condition can buy insurance at the same rate as everybody else, but 90 percent of that premium is going to that risk sharing pool. The rest of us are going to pay $4 or $5 a month to the pool, and I am going to back that up with $billions of dollars.

“I am going to bring this back,” Palmer said. “When Maine implemented it, premiums went down for everybody.” Democrats said that passage of their plan would lower premiums 20 percent. They actually have doubled and tripled.

“Democrats saying that we were getting rid of care for pre-existing conditions that was a bald faced lie,” Palmer continued. “Even though our bill died in the Senate we can bring it back before the end of the year.”

“I have gone to the White House to talk to President Trump about allowing states to take their Medicaid money in block grants,” Palmer said.

“Association health groups will cut your premiums in half,” Palmer predicted. “The City of Hoover is looking at setting up an association health group.” There have been discussions with Jefferson County about setting up an association health group.

“There is no such thing as Medicare for all,” Rep. Palmer said. “Medicare is a government subsidized insurance plan. It would cost $32 trillion if they passed Medicare for all.”

Palmer said that what the Democrats are really modeling their plan on is the Canadian plan. “In Canada the doctors are government employees the nurses are government employees. When they run out of money they ration care.”

Palmer referenced a Huffington Post article about the wait times that Canadians experience waiting to see a specialist such as an oncologist.

“If you have to wait 18 weeks to see a specialist for cancer that is a death sentence,” Palmer said. “That is why people come to America for treatment. You do not want a British system. They make health care decisions for you.”

Palmer said that the migrant caravan marching from Honduras and Guatemala, “Is being paid for, we think. by George Soros. Somebody is paying for it.”

“We are going to have border security,” Rep. Palmer said. “The Democrats want to think this is to keep some poor dad from coming over to get a job that is not what this is about.” They are arresting ten to twelve people at the border a day either from countries known to support terror or persons already on a terror watch list. “72,000 Americans died last year from drug overdoses that is more than died in the entire Vietnam War.” Fentanyl is as addictive as heroin. I talked with Chris Christie at the White House recently. He is the de facto drug czar recently. “That is being made in China. We interdicted enough fentanyl in the last year to kill 500 million people. That is what we are trying to stop. This whole think about separating kids from parents at the border that was passed under the Obama administration.” I was there in 2015 at the detention facility on the border. I don’t think you can blame President Trump.”

“The media at least held the government accountable,” Palmer said. “That is not happening anymore. They are complicit in causing more destructive behavior.”

“I think we are going to have legislation to deal with people in the country illegally,” Palmer said. You can not have amnesty or these people will just keep coming.

One reason that we are losing young people is that they have grown up and gone to school with kids who are here illegally, “And they are scared to death that their friends are going to be deported,” Palmer said. You can’t be a drug dealer, cant be in a gang, you have got to have a job and pay a substantial fine. These people will come out of the shadows. We have got to find a way to do it.

Palmer said that the Administration is looking at combining the Department of Education and the Department of Labor.

“We are just a few years away from being out of farmers and electricians,” Palmer warned. The plumbers have told me that they are just ten years away from being out of workers and there is a critical shortage of welders. “We are dying for truckdrivers. That is one reason we are pushing for work requirements for welfare.”

“Over half the people who are drawing benefits are under 35 years old, 40 percent of them are male, and most of them are White,” Palmer said.
We tried to get work requirements for food stamps in the Farm Bill,” Palmer said. “If we have to vote on the Senate version of the Farm Bill I will vote no.” The Democrats in the Senate were going to filibuster over the work requirements so they took it out. “That is why it is important that we hold the house and pick up some seats in the Senate.”

“We have passed bills to defund Planned Parenthood out of the House,” Palmer said. “But we have got to add some courageous pro-Life conservatives to the Senate.”

Tuesday Palmer will be holding a town hall in Blountsville.

Gary Palmer is seeking his Third term representing Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District.

Palmer faces Danner Kline (D) in the November 6 general election.

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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FarmPAC endorses congressional candidate Barry Moore

“I’m pleased that FarmPAC has seen fit to endorse me in this election,” Moore said.

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Congressional candidate Barry Moore (VIA MOORE CAMPAIGN)

Republican congressional candidate Barry Moore thanked the Alabama Farmers Federation political action committee, FarmPAC, for endorsing Moore in next week’s 2nd Congressional District general election race.

“I’ve always been proud of the fact that I grew up on a farm,” Moore said. “Farm life teaches you to respect God’s good earth and everything in it. It taught me the value of hard work, and that not everything, like the weather, will always go the way you want it to no matter what you do or how hard you work. That’s something I think a lot of people these days could do with learning.”

“I’m pleased that FarmPAC has seen fit to endorse me in this election,” Moore said. “I’ll continue to be a strong supporter of our farmers and all the businesses that support and rely on them, just like I’ve always been. District 2 is an agricultural district first and foremost, and we can’t forget that.”

“I look forward to working in the next Congress to support Alabama’s farmers and agribusiness by making it easier for them to access new markets and new technologies,” Moore added. “We also need to make sure they aren’t weighed down by excessive regulations and have the backing they need from Washington to compete globally. I have every confidence that, given a chance, Alabama’s farmers can compete with anyone, anywhere. My job in Congress will be to make sure they have that chance.”

A full list of FarmPAC’s endorsements is available here. FarmPAC previously endorsed Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman in the Republican primary, but he was bested by Moore in a Republican primary runoff.

Moore faces Democratic nominee Phyllis Harvey-Hall for the open seat.

Moore is a veteran, small businessman, husband, and father of four from Enterprise. Moore and his wife, Heather, own a waste management business in Enterprise. Moore was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

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Jones to attend Auburn student forum, Tuberville hasn’t yet responded to invitation

Jones has agreed to attend the forum, but it was unclear whether Tuberville planned to attend.

Eddie Burkhalter

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Sen. Doug Jones, left, and Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville, right.

The College Democrats at Auburn University and the College Republicans at Auburn University have asked U.S. Senator Doug Jones, D-Alabama, and his Republican opponent, Tommy Tuberville, to attend a student forum on Wednesday.

“We are excited to invite the candidates running for our U.S. Senate seat and provide this opportunity for any Auburn student to hear directly from them, and we hope it will inform our student bodies’ decisions with the November 3rd election only days away,” said Carsten Grove, president of the College Democrats at Auburn University, in a statement.

Jones has agreed to attend the forum, Auburn University College Democrats confirmed for APR on Sunday, but it was unclear whether Tuberville planned to attend. The student organization  was still awaiting a response from Tuberville’s campaign.

Jones has for months requested Tuberville join him in a debate, but Tuberville has declined.

“AUCR takes great pleasure in coming together with AUCD to co-host the Alabama Senate candidates in this forum. We are looking forward to a very informative and constructive event,” said Lydia Maxwell, president of the College Republicans at Auburn University.

Dr. Ryan Williamson, assistant professor of political science, is to emcee the forum, which will be open to all Auburn University students in the Mell Classroom Building at 6 p.m., according to a press release from the College Democrats at Auburn University.

Students will be permitted 30 seconds to ask a question of either candidate, and each candidate will have two minutes to answer, according to the release.

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Capacity at the forum will be limited and precautions taken due to COVID-19. Any student with an Auburn ID is welcome and attendance will be first come, first served.

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Trump Truck and boat parades this weekend

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Trump boat parade

As Election Day draws near, Alabama Republicans are excited about promoting the re-election of Donald J. Trump as President and the election of Tommy Tuberville for U.S. Senate. This weekend two pro-President Trump events are happening in the state. There will be a truck parade from Ashland to Phenix City on Saturday sponsored by the Clay County Republican Party, while there will also be a boat parade on Wilson Lake in the Shoals sponsored by the Colbert County Republican Party on Sunday.

The pickup trucks will assemble at the Ashland Industrial Park in Clay County, 8240 Hwy 9, Ashland. There is a pre-departure rally at 10:00 a.m. central standard time. The trucks will depart at 11:00 a.m. and then proceed on a parade route that will take them into the bitterly contested swing state of Georgia. The Trump Pickup Parade will wind through east Alabama and West Georgia traveling through LaGrange and Columbus before concluding near the Alabama/Georgia line in Phenix City, 332 Woodland Drive, Phenix City at approximately 2:00 p.m. central time. Speakers will begin at 3:00. Trump flags will be on sale at the event.

The Phenix Motorsports Park will be hosting what sponsor hope could possibly the world’s largest Pickup Tuck parade in U.S. history that is routing over 50 mile through Georgia in effort to “pickup” President Trump’s numbers in GA.

A number dignitaries have been invited to address the Phenix City rally, including Coach Tuberville. Former State Sen. Shadrack McGill, Trump Victory Finance Committee member former State Rep. Perry O. Hooper Jr., and Paul Wellborn, the President and CEO of the largest Family owned Kitchen Cabinet manufacture in the USA are among the featured speakers who have committed to speak at the event.

Entertainment will be provided by: Charity Bowden, an up and coming country music singer who was the runner up on “The Voice”. Charity will sing ‘I am Proud to be an American’ as well as songs from her Voice performances. The McGill Girls will also perform. The three beautiful and talented sisters will be singing patriotic songs in three part harmony. Geoff Carlisle, a professional DJ will be keeping the crowd pumped with music and entertainment.

Following the speakers and the entertainment there will Trump truck-vs- Joe Bidden truck races down the drag strip for the finale.

The Northwest Alabama boat parade will be on Sunday. The boats will gather at 2:00 p.m. near Turtle Point and then the flotilla will parade around the open waters of Wilson Lake til 3_00 p.m.. There will be a contest for best decorated Trump boats.

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Trump supporters have held a number of large boat parades across the state to show their support for the re-election of Pres. Trump.

Boat parade sponsors say that this parade will be: pro-American, pro-law enforcement, pro-military.

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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. 

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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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