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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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ALGOP rejects change that would have stripped voters of power to elect convention delegates

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The 435-member Alabama Republican Executive Committee on Saturday voted to reject a proposed bylaws change that would have taken away the ability of Alabama Republican primary voters to elect the delegates to the Republican National Convention every four years. Under the proposal, the Executive Committee themselves would have picked all of the delegates.

The controversial measure was voted down 51 percent to 49 percent. This was a bylaws change so it required a two-thirds majority to pass. The vote was not even close.

The full Alabama Republican Executive Committee was holding its summer meeting at the Trussville Civic Center. Executive Committee members from every county in the state travel to the two Executive Committee meetings each year.

Claire Austin, who represents the Bullock County GOP, said that the committee would be taking away the people’s right to vote.

Joseph Fuller, who chairs the Bylaws Committee and represents the 3rd Congressional District on the ALGOP Steering Committee, argued for the change saying that having all of those delegate races on the ballot confuses primary voters and that 34 other states do not elect their convention delegates.

Fuller said the change was proposed by Elbert Peters of Madison County, who could not attend because of his health. One delegate from Jefferson County accused proponents of the change of trying to take away democracy. This same bylaw change was proposed at last year’s summer meeting and rejected by the Executive Committee then as well.

Republican primary voters on March 3 elected 47 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Charlotte. The Alabama Republican Executive Committee elected 47 alternate delegates in May. This year’s GOP convention has been canceled by President Donald Trump because of the growing danger of contracting COVID-19 by mixing so many people across the country into a packed convention hall.

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The Executive Committee did approve a bylaws change allowing that in a declared state of emergency that a meeting of the Executive Committee could be done online.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said that she had talked to some members who were afraid to attend Saturday’s meeting because of the coronavirus threat.

There was a live feed so that members who did not attend the summer meeting in person could watch online, but because there was no provision in the bylaws for remote participation, they did not count toward achieving a quorum and could not vote on the proposed bylaws changes, resolutions or on selecting delegates to the electoral college.

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Due to so many members fearing exposing themselves to the coronavirus and wrecks on I-65 slowing traffic, it was over 30 minutes into the event before the Executive Committee had a quorum and could conduct business. The traditional fundraising luncheon was canceled this year due to COVID-19 fears. Lathan said that there may be a virtual fundraiser later in the year to address the shortfall.

The Alabama Republican Executive Committee meets two times a year. The 21-member Republican Steering Committee conducts regular business for the party and meets much more frequently.

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Sheriff Samaniego endorses Russell Bedsole in House District 49

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Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego has endorsed Russell Bedsole for Alabama House of Representatives District 49. The election is Tuesday. Bedsole, who has 21 years of experience with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, announced his candidacy for the vacant District 49 seat on June 2, 2020.

“As a longtime member of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Bedsole knows firsthand how crucial law and order are to our nation,” said Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego. “Bedsole will be a powerful voice in the Alabama House of Representatives. He will fight for the hardworking law enforcement officers and first responders serving our communities.”

The special primary election will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4, to fill the seat left vacant when Rep. April Weaver, R-Briarfield, joined President Donald Trump’s administration as a regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services. House District 49 includes portions of Bibb, Chilton and Shelby Counties.

Bedsole’s campaign said that during his time of service, Alabaster has benefited from positive economic growth, a first-class school system and a high quality of life.

Bedsole describes himself as a conservative Christian candidate, who “believes that life starts at conception, that the 2nd amendment should be protected, that our taxes need to be low and fair, and that our cities and counties need their fair share of infrastructure support.”

Bedsole says that he is dedicated to the service of the citizens of District 49 and standing up for conservative values and promised to make District 49 a great place to live for all of its citizens by working to improve District 49’s infrastructure and traffic flow, increased economic development and advancing school systems.

“I humbly ask for your vote on August 4th to allow me to serve District 49,” said Bedsole.

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Bedsole has also been endorsed by Conservation Alabama.

In addition to Bedsole, Donna Strong, James Dean, Chuck Martin, Jackson McNeely and Mimi Penhale are all running in the special Republican primary on Tuesday, Aug. 4. If a runoff election is needed, it will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.

The eventual Republican nominee will face Cheryl Patton in the special general election on Tuesday, Nov. 17. There is no Democratic primary on Tuesday because Patton did not have a primary opponent. The winner will serve the remainder of April Weaver’s term, which ends in late 2022.

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Polls open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and close at 7 p.m. You must be a registered voter in HD49 in order to participate. You may only vote at the polling place you are assigned, and you must have a valid photo ID to participate in any Alabama election.

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Conservation Alabama endorses Russell Bedsole in House District 49 race

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Conservation Alabama announced Thursday that the group is endorsing Russell Bedsole in the special Republican primary on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

“Conservation Alabama Action Fund is pleased to announce the endorsement of Russell Bedsole in the State House District 49 Special Election,” the group said in a statement.

Tammy Monistere is the executive director of the Conservation Alabama Action Fund.

“We need legislators in Montgomery who will prioritize public lands, clean water, and access to renewable energy,” said Monistere. “Bedsole’s experience as an Alabaster City Councilor coupled with his genuine appreciation for our state’s natural resources make him a prime candidate. We look forward to working with him at the State House.”

The special primary election will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4, to fill the seat left vacant when Rep. April Weaver, R-Briarfield, joined the Trump Administration.

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

Conservation Alabama Action Fund describes itself as a non-partisan organization working to protect people and places in Alabama. The group shares information with elected officials and voters about conservation issues, and helps to elect legislators who share members’ conservation values.

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Bedsole has 22 years of experience with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. He has also been elected twice by the citizens of Alabaster to represent Ward 5 on the Alabaster City Council.

Bedsole’s campaign said that during his time of service, Alabaster has benefited from positive economic growth, a first-class school system and a high quality of life.

Bedsole describes himself as a conservative Christian candidate, who “believes that life starts at conception, that the 2nd amendment should be protected, that our taxes need to be low and fair, and that our cities and counties need their fair share of infrastructure support.”

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Bedsole says that he is dedicated to the service of the citizens of District 49 and standing up for conservative values and promised to make District 49 a great place to live for all of its citizens by working to improve District 49’s infrastructure and traffic flow, increased economic development, and advancing school systems.

In addition to Bedsole, Donna Strong, James Dean, Chuck Martin, Jackson McNeely, and Mimi Penhale are all running in the special Republican primary on Tuesday, August 4. If a Republican runoff election is needed, it will be held on Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2020.

The eventual Republican nominee will face Cheryl Patton in the special general election on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

The vacancy in House District 49 was created when State Representative April Weaver, R-Briarfield, announced her resignation to accept an appointment with the Trump administration as a regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

House District 49 consists of portions of Bibb, Shelby and Chilton Counties. The winner will serve the remainder of April Weaver’s term which ends in late 2022.

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Donna Strong seeks Republican nomination in House District 49

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Republican State House candidate Donna Strong

Donna Strong is touting her experience as an educator in her bid to win the Republican nomination for Alabama House District 49 special election. Strong is a veteran educator with 31 years of teaching experience at the middle, high school and college levels. She hopes to bring that experience and educational knowledge to the Alabama House of Representatives, she said.

“Most Alabamians don’t realize the degree to which politics controls our public education system,” Strong said in a statement. “When everything from class sizes, curriculum programs, school calendars, lunchroom menus, educator salaries, and standardized testing are legislatively mandated, public schooling is largely dictated by career politicians who have never walked in a teacher, bus driver or cafeteria worker’s shoes.”

Strong said that she wants to cut wasteful spending and see curricula implemented that will help all students learn to think critically, communicate clearly and solve problems in their everyday lives now and for their future. Strong said that she believes health and safety resources should be significantly enhanced for students.

“Educators at all grade levels have seen an increase in the number of students who come to school with mental health or behavioral problems,” Strong explained. “Learning is just too challenging when children are depressed, scared or angry. Every school should have a qualified nurse and easy access to trained mental health professionals.”

Strong said that she will make enhancing infrastructure in District 49 a high priority.

“The events of the past several months have brought a new awareness of the critical dependence we all have for a strong and stable economy,” Strong continued,. Safe roads, effective schools, accessible local health care, and adequately funded police and fire departments are the key elements to encourage both small and large business growth. As a state we also need to continue to upgrade 5G (5th Generation) wireless so that every student and every worker has fast and reliable access to the online resources they need to succeed. As a legislator, I will always focus on these important local and state issues for every citizen in District 49.”

Strong grew up in Shelby County. She was a member of 4-H and later was on both the Auburn University Livestock and Dairy judging teams.

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“I always enjoyed the time we spent visiting and practicing at farms throughout Alabama,” she said. “Agriculture is still a very important way of life for many Alabamians and this industry needs to be fully funded and supported.”

Strong is a science teacher, nature enthusiast and animal lover. Strong says that she is dedicated to protecting our environment.

“From the scenic mountains of north Alabama to the beautiful beaches of our southern coast, we have one of the most biodiverse states in the country,” Strong said. “Some Alabama plants and animals are found nowhere else in the world. And importantly, our unique and picturesque landscapes are critical to the people and jobs that depend on the tourism driven by our beautiful landscapes.”

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Strong said that she wants to encourage community recycling programs and see tougher sanctions on companies and individuals who harm the environment.

Strong is a graduate of Chelsea High School. She has a bachelor’s degree in science and a master’s degree in education from Auburn University. She also has a Ph.D. from Penn State University.

She and her husband Russell live in Alabaster. They have two children.

In addition to Strong, Russell Bedsole, James Dean, Chuck Martin, Jackson McNeely and Mimi Penhale are all running in the special Republican primary on Tuesday, Aug. 4. If a Republican runoff election is needed, it will be held on Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2020. The eventual Republican nominee will face Cheryl Patton in the special general election on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

The vacancy in House District 49 was created when State Representative April Weaver, R-Briarfield, announced her resignation to accept an appointment with the Trump administration as a regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services.

House District 49 consists of portions of Bibb, Shelby and Chilton Counties. The winner will serve the remainder of Weaver’s term which ends in late 2022.

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