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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.”

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.

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“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.

“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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DOJ defends Alabama absentee voting law

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The U.S. Department of Justice isn’t using its vast powers to ensure the country’s most vulnerable people can exercise their right to vote, but is instead focusing its efforts on defending laws that clearly violate the spirit of the Voting Rights Act, an attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center said Tuesday. 

The comments, from SPLC senior staff attorney Caren Short, came in response to a DOJ filing in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of several plaintiffs by SPLC, The NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program. That lawsuit seeks to implement curbside voting for at-risk citizens during the current pandemic and also to remove requirements for certain voter IDs and that witnesses sign absentee ballot requests. 

The DOJ filed a brief on Tuesday stating that it is the agency’s position that Alabama’s law requiring witnesses for absentee ballots does not violate Section 201 of the Voting Rights Act, because it is not a test or device as referenced in the Act. 

“It is not a literacy test, it is not an educational requirement, and it is not a moral character requirement,” Jay Town, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, said in the brief. “Nor, contrary to Plaintiffs’ position, is it a voucher requirement prohibited by Section 201’s fourth and final provision.”

Plaintiffs in the case have argued that the requirement for a single person with a pre-existing condition could pose a grave risk and reasonably lead to them being unable to safely cast a vote. In fact, they point out in the lawsuit instances in which the DOJ, prior to the Trump administration, also had argued against states requiring witnesses. 

“Our complaint demonstrates how Alabama’s witness requirement violates Section 201 of the Voting Rights Act,” said Deuel Ross, senior counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. “In the past, the DOJ itself has objected to witness requirements, but since February 2017, it has brought zero new voting rights cases.”

The “voucher” requirement was one of many tactics utilized by whites to prevent black citizens from voting. In practice, it required that any black person wishing to vote must first obtain the signature of a white person. 

Towns argued in the brief that there were differences between voucher requirements and the witness signatures, including that the witness doesn’t have to be a registered voter and the witness is merely signing that he or she witnessed the absentee voter filling out the ballot.

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Sessions slams Tuberville for saying China has “a better military” than the U.S.

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“On the day after Memorial Day, Tommy Tuberville is exalting the Chinese Communist Party’s military over our own,” GOP Senate candidate Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

This was in reaction to Tommy Tuberville’s Tuesday comments on the Jeff Poor Radio Show when he said China has a “better military” than the United States.

“We’ve got China that’s got a better military, and things, than we have,” Tuberville said.

Sessions responded with this statement:

“Mr. Tuberville should immediately apologize,” Sessions said. “His views further prove that he’s not fit to be a United States Senator. His comments are an affront to the thousands of American military members who constitute the best fighting force the world has ever known.”

“I have been to Afghanistan and Iraq and visited with our troops numerous times and have been to every one of Alabama’s military bases countless times, and let me tell you, there is no better friend and no worse enemy than the United States military,” Sessions stated. “This is personal to me. I served proudly in the armed forces as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve for over a decade. What Tommy Tuberville said is objectively wrong and reveals a lack of real understanding.”

Tuberville has said that he favors free trade.

Sessions has called China a threat to the United States and has suggested that Tuberville’s attitude is passive “appeasement” towards the Chinese Communist Party.

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In an April radio interview on the Matt & Aunie Radio Show, when asked what should be done about China’s cover-up of the details about the coronavirus, Tuberville said, “We can’t worry about China right now.”

The host then followed up: “You say you don’t need to worry about China, but this came from China and our economy depends on China. Specifically, how to overcome some of that dependence on Chinese goods and specifically in the pharmaceutical industry because right now we’re dependent on the country that covered this up.”

“Now we’re seeing firsthand the results of letting everything go to China,” Tuberville responded. “The good thing about this is we’ll have manufacturing come back and drugs and all those things….we’re headed in that direction, just the simple fact that we can’t control our own destiny. Everything’s controlled by China. But that’ll take care of itself.”

During the Matt & Aunie interview, Tuberville also characterized the Wuhan Virus as “just a virus.”

Sessions has suggested that Tuberville’s comments show that he lacks a depth of understanding of the issues and has challenged Tuberville to a series of five debates.

“Mr. Tuberville, It is time for you to stop running away, and face me and the voters of Alabama,” Sessions said. “No candidate who is scared to debate, or unable to defend our values, is worthy of support from the people of Alabama. I challenge you to a series of five debates before the voters of Alabama, one for each major media market in our state. This will allow us to discuss the unique issues of each geographic area, as well as national and international issues.”

“Being a United States Senator is more than just casting the occasional vote,” Sessions continued. “Effective senators must be ready to debate Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and others on many issues and away from the safety of talking points scripted by Facebook’s chief open-borders lobbyist, who you’ve hired to help lead your Senate campaign. And anyone representing Alabama needs to be fully vetted before they are trusted to represent Alabama Republicans in a race against Doug Jones.”

Sessions also charged that Tuberville’s character would be exposed in a national campaign against Doug Jones, by Democrats.

“The Alabama voters need to hear you answer questions about the time you were sued for more than a million dollars in fraud at the failed hedge fund you started,” Sessions said.

Tuberville’s alleged partner went to prison for securities fraud and several prominent football coaches lost money investing in that hedge fund.

Sessions even attacked Tuberville’s football coaching prowess.

“They need to hear you answer questions about the suspicious circumstances of the unceremonious end to your Auburn coaching career—where you took millions of additional dollars beyond the buyout for which you weren’t even eligible,” Sessions charged. “They need to hear about the times you walked out on college recruits or quit jobs just days after promising you wouldn’t do so. They need to know everything. Because there is no question that the Democrats and Doug Jones already do, and they will spend millions using the skeletons in your closet against you.”

“If you won’t debate me now before the voters of Alabama, with two months to go until the election, there is no doubt that you would be eaten alive by Doug Jones, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer,” Sessions said. “You like to call me weak because I follow the law, and call yourself strong as you hide behind Silicon Valley’s talking points and clips from coaching jobs that you quit. Ok. Time to man up. Say it to my face. You are either strong enough to debate, or weak and scared.”

Tuberville maintains that he is endorsed by Donald Trump and that Sessions failed the President as Attorney General. As of this date, Tuberville has not agreed to any debates.

Sessions will face Tuberville in the July 14 Republican primary runoff. The winner will represent the Alabama Republican Party on November 3 against incumbent Sen. Doug Jones.

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Mimi Penhale is running as a Republican in State House District 49

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Tuesday, Miriam “Mimi” Penhale announced today that she is seeking the Republican nomination for District 49 of the Alabama House of Representatives.

District 49 is vacant due to former Rep. April Weaver’s leaving to accept a position with the Trump administration. A special primary election scheduled for August 4, 2020, if needed.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to serve House District 49 in Montgomery,” Penhale stated. “In my role as Legislative Director of Shelby County, I’ve spent the last nine years working with Representative April Weaver and Senator Cam Ward, helping local governments, schools, businesses, and the people of our community to navigate the complexities of state government. I have been blessed to get to know and serve the people of this district.”

“I’ve talked to people all over Bibb, Chilton and Shelby counties,” Penhale said. “They want a representative in Montgomery who will promote conservative Republican principles. These hard-working families want better access to healthcare, quality schools for their children, and improved infrastructure to support our growing communities. I’ll fight to make sure we protect the high quality of life we already enjoy across central Alabama, and I’ll work with Legislative leaders to deliver on issues where we fall short.”

Penhale has a bachelor’s degree in Biology, and a Master’s in Public Health from UAB, with a focus on Healthcare Organization and Policy. Penhale serves as the Vice Chair of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs Work Group. She is a member of Shelby County’s Women’s Business Council, where she serves as a member of the Outreach Committee.

Penhale is a native of Troy, AL, where she was raised on her family’s bison ranch. She is married to Matt Penhale, of Alabaster. They have two daughters and are members of Kingwood Church.

Rep. Weaver was appointed by President Donald J. Trump (R) as the region IV director of the Department of Health and Human Services.

House District 49 consists of portions of Bibb, Shelby and Chilton Counties.

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The special primary election for House District 49 will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. If a runoff election is needed, it will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

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Sessions, Tuberville build campaign war chests headed toward runoff

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Former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) is running in the July 14 Republican Party primary runoff against former Auburn head football Coach Tommy Tuberville. Both turned in Federal Elections Commission reports showing campaign activity through the end of April when Alabamians were still under shelter in place orders to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

Sessions was able to transfer over his previous campaign account and he has slightly more cash on hand than Tuberville, but Tuberville had the most votes in the March 3 Republican primary and has led throughout in most of the polling.

Former Auburn football Coach Tommy Tuberville in his filling with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) reports that the campaign has collected total contributions of $2,299,292.20. Tuberville has loaned his campaign $1,000,000. The campaign reports operating expenditures of $2,074,302.74 and has refunded $15,525 in contributions to individuals. Tuberville has repaid $750,000 of the loan that he made to himself. His campaign reports other disbursements of $1,000. .

The Tuberville campaign is reporting a cash balance of $458,819.40 with debts and loans owed by the committee of $393,043.23.

Tuberville’s largest contributors include: Terry Young of Birmingham, AL $10,000. He is the CEO of Southern Risk Services. Douglas Gowland of Gates Hills, Ohio $10,000. He is retired. Stiles Killett of Atlanta, Georgia $10,000. He is the Chairman of Killett Investment Corporation. Marcus Calloway of Atlanta, GA $10,000. He is self employed real estate attorney. Connie Neville of King’s Hill, Virginia $8,400. Connie is a self employed designer. William Neville of King’s Hill, VA $8,400. He is a manager with U.S. Viking. Sandra Hicks of Rainsville, AL $8,000. Sandra is a homemaker. Dennis Hicks of Rainsville, AL $8,000. Dennis is the CEO of Colormaster. M.S. Properties LLC of Wellington, AL $7500. Austin Brooks of Vestavia Hills, AL $6,400. Brooks is a senior associate with Highpoint Holdings.

Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions III reported total receipts of just $1,740,194.28. Of that $1,619,657.39 came from contributions. Sessions’ total individual contributions were $1,237,923.39. Sessions also raised $381,73 from other campaign committees. Sessions reported other receipts of $114,759.89. Sessions had total disbursements of $3,815,148.56 of which $3,709,022.56 were operating expenses. The Sessions’ campaign reports ending cash on hand of $749,235.59.

Sessions has received a number of contributions through the WinRed platform. WinRed is an American Republican Party (GOP) fundraising platform endorsed by the Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump. It was launched to compete with Democrat’s success in online grassroots fundraising with their platform ActBlue. Contributors to the Sessions campaign include: Scott Forney of San Diego, California $5,600. He is the President of General Atomics. John Gearon Jr. of Atlanta, GA $2,800. John is an executive with the Gearson Foundation. Jean Penney $2,600 of Gurley, AL is retired. Steven Thornton $7,600 of Huntsville is the CEO of Monte Sano Research. Susan Braden of Washington D.C. $2 800 is retired. Betty Ann Stedman $5,600 of Houston, TX is an investor. Hans Luquire $5,000 of Montgomery, AL is self employed in the HVAC business. Dr. Carl Gessler Jr. $2600 of Huntsville, AL is a heart specialist. Samuel Zell $2,800 of Chicago, IL is the Chairman of Equity International. Leon Edwards $2,800 of Mountain Brook, AL is the owner of Edwards Chevrolet.

The Alabama Republican Party primary runoff was originally scheduled for March 31, but was moved to July 14 due to fears of the spread of the coronavirus.

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The winner of the Republican primary runoff will have just a few short months before going up against incumbent Senator Doug Jones (D-Alabama) in the November 3 general election.

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