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General Boykin lists President Trump’s accomplishments

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Retired Lieutenant General William G. Boykin was in Gadsden speaking to the Etowah Republican Party. Boykin said that he opposed Donald J. Trump during the Republican primaries. Gen. Boykin was working for Senator Ted Cruz’s campaign; but now that Trump is the President he thinks that Trump was chosen by God to be President.

“There were fifteen candidates on stage (in the Republican Primary) and I thought he was the most godless man on that stage; but I think that he was the one chosen by God to be President,” Gen. Boykin told the crowd of over 550 Etowah County Republicans.

“This is a conservative country, you are a conservative people, but I am concerned about this country,” Gen. Boykin said. “I travel all over the United States and I am concerned. We have a generation that is not proud to be Americans. That is beyond what I can understand. Bernie Sanders calls himself a socialist, but he is a Marxist. Karl Marx said my objective is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism,” and now you have people running for office that says they are against capitalism.

“Nobody has caused more division than our last President, Barack Obama,” Boykin added. “Division is a Marxist tool; but it is also a tool of the Devil. We dodged a bullet in November of 2016.” “We would already have been a post constitutional society is Hillary had won.”

I thought Trump was the most godless man on that stage, “but which one of those men would have moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem?” Boykin asked.

Boykins said that he did not like everything that Pres. Trump says on Twitter; but as people in the White House pointed out to me, “400 million people around the world are reading those tweets do you really want him to stop?”

Boykin said that under Trump and the Republican Congress, “We have received the largest tax cuts in history;” there has been positive growth in the economy; unemployment is at extremely low levels for all; specifically we have the lowest unemployment for women, Blacks, and Hispanics in history, Does he get credit from the media for that? No.”

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Gen. Boykin continued, “He cancelled the Iran Deal. That was the dumbest thing our diplomatic corps has ever done.” He said he would get out of the Iran deal and he kept his promise. “Isis has lost over 90 percent of its territory. In Syrian and Iraq he told his generals and admirals we are in it to win it. What rules of engagement do you need,” to do the job and he gave it to them.

“We were at the brink,” of war with North Korea, Boykin said. “This was the closest we were in my lifetime to a nuclear war. He is the first President to have face to face discussions with the North Korean leader and I think it is incredible. Seventeen hostages have been released since Trump took office and I think the next one to be released will be Pastor Andrew Brunson we are so close (Brunson was released a few days later). The embassy has officially been moved to Jerusalem. Our military’s budget has been restored.”

Boykin said that transgender surgeries were banned in the military. Why should we spend $1 on anybody who can’t be effective immediately at the mission at hand and that is to win the nations wars? Our military should not spend one dollar that could be spend on readiness on transgender surgeries.

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“Our military just got its first raise in four years,” Boykin said. “There has been major deregulation. For every new regulation passed 22 others are cancelled. We are on the path to energy independence. In just the last few months, we have become the world’s leading exporter of natural gas and oil. We are no longer dependent on the sheiks of the Middle East and the thugs in Venezuela.”

“Arab leaders have been put on notice regarding the support of terrorism,” Boykin continued. Trump has told them to drive them out. He was speaking their language to them out of their own holy book. “NATO is now being forced to pay its share of the cost of running NATO. They agreed to spend two percent of their GDPs on defense. The Tans Pacific Partnership has been cancelled. In May 2017 Trump issued a religious liberty executive order. In August Jeff Sessions produced a set of rules for implementing this. Border security finally received its much needed increase in funding. He is fighting sanctuary cities. The Department of Justice is targeting the drug cartels. “The war on coal is over. Obama era regulations are being gutted. Hiring and buying American is popular again. Dodd Frank regulations have been reduced.” “He has worked to reduce the cost of the F-35 and Air Force One.”

“There is now a five year lobbying ban,” for outgoing members of his administration and a lifetime ban for lobbying for a foreign government,” Boykin said.

“He responded to Syrian use of chemicals weapons with bombing,” Boykin continued. “There are now renegotiations regarding NAFTA. Canada has now come on board with NAFTA. Major businesses are investing again and building the economy. When are we going to learn that the guy actually operates from common sense?”

“The DOJ is now targeting MS-13,” Boykin added. “The VA is being fixed. There is now a commission specific to the reduction of opioid addiction. Food stamp usage is at its lowest level in seven years because the economy is coming back. Trump reduced the White House staff.”

General Boykin also praised Congressman Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, whom he said is a good friend and is right on all of the issues.

Boykin served for 36 years in the U.S. Army, was wounded during the invasion of Panama and is best remembered for his command of the special forces. Boykin now works for Focus on the Family.

State Senator Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City, is the Chairman of the Etowah County Republican Party.

Rep. Aderholt said, “Looking across this room, what a difference ten years have made in the Etowah County Republican party. Phil Williams does a great job both as Chairman of the Etowah Republican Party and as a State Senator.”

“They talk about the blue wave that is coming,” Rep. Aderholt said. “I think it will be a red wave here and in most of America. Most of American likes Donald Trump. Donald Trump’s name will be on the ballot in every Senate District and every House District. Everybody has a chance to vote for Donald Trump by voting for the Trump agenda. To keep going he has got to have A Republican Congress. It is so important that we have a Congress that will work with implementing Donald Trump’s agenda instead of trying to impeach him.”

Aderholt said that every time he sees the President that he reminds that he got the highest percentage of the votes in the Fourth Congressional District in Alabama.

Aderholt praised Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan, “We are so grateful that she is out there on the front lines.”

“It is a great time to be a Republican in the state of Alabama,” said Chairman Lathan. “83 percent of the voters in Etowah County voted in the Republican Primary. That is incredible. That is wonderful news.” Lathan said, “Complacency can be our enemy. Champions are not complacent.”

“This is the Trumpiest congressional district in the entire country,” Lathan said.

Over 550 people paid to attend the Republican dinner event.

Etowah County Republican Party Chairman Phil Williams said, “This is not a room that would have been full fifteen years ago. I believe that after November sixth we will be entirely a Republican County.”

“We are not Republicans because our daddies were and not because that is the cool thing to be: even though it is,” Williams said. We are Republicans because we chose to be we believes the things that the Alabama Republican Party believes and those beliefs have been writtin into the Alabama Republican Party platform.

Williams added, “We had the tough primaries that were somewhat divisive. If you got sideways in the primary shake hands and leave it in this room. We are united. We are family.”

The general election is Tuesday. Polls open at 7;00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.

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Congressional candidates call on Sessions, Byrne to stand up for South Alabama

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At a rare joint press conference, the Democratic Candidates for the First Congressional District called on Rep. Bradley Byrne and former Sen. Jeff Sessions to stand up for South Alabama following the Trump Administration’s proposal to cut nearly $300 million slated for projects awarded to Austal.

“The current administration’s decision to divert that funding from Austal to build the border wall is harmful to our community and will potentially put good jobs at risk,” said Dr. James Averhart, CW05, USMC retired. “This is nothing more than a political stunt on the backs of the hard-working men and women of South Alabama.”

Over the years, South Alabama has become a hub for shipbuilding and defense projects developing ships and planes for the United States military.

“While the President may be comfortable playing political games with our communities, our representatives must stand strong against this disastrous decision,” said Dr. Kiani Gardner, a scientist and professor. “We are grateful Senator Jones is speaking out against it and the devastating impacts it could have on our communities.”

This matter transcends partisan politics, our Republican representatives must stand with Senator Jones and tell President Trump to find a better way to protect our Southern border,” said Rick Collins, a longtime Mobile businessman.

This is only the latest Trump Administration proposals that could have devastating impacts for the local economy. Recently, the administration proposed new tariffs that would have a significant impact on Airbus’ local operation.

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Sanders campaign seeking Bernie Victory Captains in Alabama

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Saturday the Bernie Sanders for President campaign announced that they are seeking Bernie Victory Captains in Alabama who will host at least one Bernie event every week between now and the Alabama presidential primary on March 3.

“As a Bernie Victory Captain, you will host voter contact events like phone banks and Bernie Journeys to the states that vote before us that are vital to securing support for Bernie and our movement,” the Sanders campaign wrote in recruiting emails. “You will be working with world-class organizers and dedicated supporters across the country.”

“Voting for the Democratic nominee who will take on Trump is well underway,” the campaign continued. “We won Iowa and New Hampshire, and mail-in and early voting ballots are being cast across the country. Before we know it, it will be your state’s turn to vote! So we’re looking for supporters in Alabama to join our Bernie Victory Captain program. Bernie Victory Captains are supporters who can commit to hosting one event a week between now and the Alabama primary.”

Bernie Victory Captains are leading teams of people canvassing neighborhoods. They also played important roles in Sanders’ win in New Hampshire and close second place finish in Iowa. Sanders had more votes in Iowa than South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg; but the Iowa Democratic Party ruled that because Buttigieg won more caucuses that he was the winner of Iowa and not Sanders.

“A volunteer I hosted on a Bernie Journey to New Hampshire this weekend just emailed to tell me she wouldn’t have volunteered if she didn’t see the event near her. Heartwarming,” on Bernie Victory Captain wrote.

“Conquered my fear of canvassing. Hosted my third canvass yesterday and it went GREAT!!” another wrote.

Sanders is a U.S. Senator from Vermont. Though Sanders is an independent and a self-proclaimed socialist he caucuses with Senate Democrats.

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The pro-Bernie group: Our Revolution wrote in an email: “The corporate media and the billionaire class have escalated their propaganda against Bernie and our movement.”

“Chris Matthews had a near hysterical breakdown on MSNBC about being “executed” in Central Park if Bernie is elected,” the group continued. “The former head of Goldman Sachs said that Bernie would “ruin” the American economy. MSNBC pretended that Buttigieg, Klobuchar, and Biden are one candidate to justify not admitting that Bernie is the frontrunner in the presidential primary race.”

“As our vision of a just government that represents working people continues to gain momentum, their attacks will only become more vicious,” the group continued. “Our Revolution is organizing all over America to support Bernie and a wave of progressive candidates who share our values. Rush a donation now to help us fight back against increasingly desperate corporate propaganda and organize to win in Nevada and all over the country!”

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Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) had appeared to be the Democratic frontrunner; but his campaign was rocked by disappointing finishes in both Iowa and New Hampshire. Biden has been stung by GOP criticism that his son Hunter Biden profited from lucrative overseas deal in Ukraine and China off of Biden’s tenure as Vice President.

Former New York City Mayor billionaire Michael Bloomberg has assembled a large campaign apparatus that includes hundreds of the Democratic Party’s top operatives and strategists. He has spent more than $350 million of his own fortune into a months-long national advertising campaign that has lifted him in the polls as Biden has struggled in the early contests that Bloomberg ignored.

Bloomberg needs one more national poll sanctioned by the Democratic Party to show that he has ten percent support or more for him to participate in the next Democratic debate on Wednesday in Los Vegas. Sanders, Buttigieg, Biden, and U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota) and Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) have already qualified to be on the debate stage.

Congresswoman Terri A Sewell, D-Selma, and U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D) have both endorsed VP Biden. The Alabama Democratic Conference and its leader Alabama Democratic Party Vice Chair for Minority Affairs Joe Reed has endorsed Bloomberg.

The Alabama Democratic Presidential primary will be on March 3.

People in states like California and South Carolina with early voting are already casting their ballots.

Original reporting by the Hill contributed to this report.

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John Merrill elected Chair of Republican Secretaries of State Committee

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At this year’s annual National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Winter Conference, Secretary of State John H. Merrill had the privilege of meeting with the Republican Secretaries of State Committee (RSSC), where he was then elected by his 28 other peers to lead the delegation as its Chair.

“At our meeting in Washington, we solidified our goals for the upcoming term and identified new ways in which we can better ourselves as Secretaries of State. Our chief objective is to protect the integrity and credibility of the elections process in every state.” emphasized Secretary Merrill.

Merrill will be working alongside Vice Chair Frank LaRose, Ohio’s Secretary of State.

“Secretary LaRose is a proven leader among our colleagues at NASS. He has made significant progress in securing the state of elections in Ohio, and I am excited to continue our work together to ensure our colleagues are up-to-date with important information and aware of new ways in which we can protect the integrity of the electoral process,” stated Merrill.

In their commitment to maintaining fair and secure elections that are inclusive of all eligible citizens, the Republican Secretaries of State Committee will continue to work to modernize the systems in which Americans use each and every day, as well as cut down on all forms of voter fraud.

“Our Republican secretaries of state are second to none,” said RSLC President Austin Chambers. “Secretaries Merrill and LaRose are brilliant leaders who will play a key role in getting Republicans elected to secretary of state offices in every corner of the country. We are thankful for their willingness to lead and know they will have an enormous positive impact on this year’s elections.

 

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Buttigieg’s campaign announces Dixon, Rice will lead on the ground efforts in Alabama

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Pete Buttigieg’s campaign announced that starting on Monday, Stephenie Dixon and Matthew Rice will lead the Buttigieg campaign’s on-the-ground efforts in Alabama.

The Alabama presidential primary is less than three weeks away and the 38 year-old South Bend, Indiana Mayor is locked in a tight race with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) after Iowa and New Hampshire. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota) is in third. Former New York City and mega billionaire Michael Bloomberg skipped the early states and is pouring millions of his own money into the race. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) are struggling to resurrect their campaigns after disappointing finishes in the first two contest. Bloomberg and Sanders both been actively organizing in Alabama.

“We are building the campaign that will not only win this nomination but will defeat Donald Trump in November,” said Samantha Steelman, Pete for America Organizing Director for Super Tuesday States. “To compete in all the states on Super Tuesday, you need a massive network of grassroots volunteers. For months, we have had a team that has been building that organization by harnessing the energy and grassroots momentum behind Pete and turning it into real organizing work. This ramp up will provide more staff and resources to train, resource, and guide our 25,000 volunteers in Super Tuesday states that will push our campaign across the finish line on March 3rd.”

Dixon and Rice have been tasked with helping further resource and train grassroots volunteer networks in Alabama’s seven congressional districts who have shared Pete’s message across the state since last year.

Buttigieg has visited Alabama already but the Pete for America campaign has not announced another Alabama visit. Buttigieg will make five upcoming trips in the next two weeks that will take Mayor Buttigieg to Super Tuesday states: California, Colorado, North Carolina, Utah, and Virginia.

The campaign has also announced a six-figure digital buy in several Super Tuesday states.

Buttigieg’s campaign claims that their message of belonging has inspired a grassroots campaign across the country. The campaign has built up volunteer leadership teams that are working in every single congressional district in all Super Tuesday states. Buttigieg’s volunteer-led teams are already hosting events and recruiting more volunteers for door knocking, phone banks, and other volunteer action in Super Tuesday states.

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In addition to staff on the ground, Pete for America is also activating and ramping up activity in coalition groups like Students for Pete and Veterans & Military Community for Pete. The campaign has over 80 Students for Pete chapters in Super Tuesday states including Troy University and Jefferson State Community College, to name a few. Chapter leaders have been trained on all aspects of the campaign, including digital organizing, field, and policy advocacy. As part of this ramp-up, Pete for America is engaging student groups to have organizing meetings to welcome new staff. Veterans & Military Community for Pete has more than 1,600 active members in Super Tuesday states that will ramp up organizing activities as well.

Pete for America is also organizing online in Alabama. The campaign has over 150 digital captains, with a presence in every Super Tuesday state who are engaging supporters and bringing them into its relational organizing program. The campaign’s digital Welcome teams and Local teams will be finding and identifying new supporters online, welcoming them into the Pete community, and then connecting them to local resources both online and on the ground to get involved – translating online support to offline action.

Buttigieg is a veteran and if elected would be the youngest President in American history. He would also be the first openly gay president.

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The Alabama presidential primary is March 3.

Whoever wins the Democratic nomination for President will face incumbent President Donald J. Trump (R) on November 3.

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