Connect with us

News

Tuberville speaks to Trump truck parade

Tuberville told the crowd that the most important thing to do in this year’s election is to re-elect President Donald Trump.

Brandon Moseley

Published

on

Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville speaking to a crowd (TUBERVILLE CAMPAIGN)

On Saturday, hundreds of pickup trucks decorated to honor America, law enforcement, the military and the re-election of President Donald Trump trekked from Ashland, Alabama, through the state of Georgia, to Phenix City.

There, Republican Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville delivered the keynote address to the gathered crowd of Trump supporters at the Phenix City drag strip.

Tuberville told the crowd that the most important thing to do in this year’s election is to re-elect Trump. Tuberville also pleaded with voters to elect him to the U.S. Senate.

“It’s time Alabama had a U.S. senator who represents our conservative beliefs and traditional values,” Tuberville said. “It’s time Alabama had a U.S. senator who supports the Second Amendment, the right to life, and putting God back in the classroom.”

“It’s time Alabama sent Doug Jones packing so he can move to California and live among his campaign supporters,” Tuberville continued. “I’m excited about the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and the promise it holds for our nation. Her presence on the court opens the door to finally overturning Roe versus Wade, securing our religious freedoms, protecting our gun rights, and interpreting the Constitution with the original intent of our founding fathers.”

“If you were born in this country, you hit the lottery,” Tuberville said. “If you were born in this country you are so fortunate. I don’t care if you are the poorest person in the United States of America, this country gives you a chance. And I always told my players this, it gives you a chance to fail and if you fail you get back up.”

ADVERTISEMENT

“We need more justices like Amy Coney Barrett and less senators like desperate Doug Jones,” Tuberville concluded. “With your help and God’s blessings, Alabama can reclaim its U.S. Senate seat from the liberals and put our state back in the Republican column on Nov. 3. God bless Alabama, and God bless the United States of America.”

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia, addressed the group remotely from Washington D.C., where the Senate was meeting on the confirmation of Trump appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court Amy Coney Barrett.

“I am so excited to be speaking at the Trump truck parade. Thank you for joining us today. I wish I could be with you, but I am in Washington making sure that we confirm Amy Coney Barrett. She is a strong constitutionalist. She’ll uphold our First Amendment rights our Second Amendment rights, she will protect the unborn, and she will protect our way of life to make sure that future generations can live the American dream.”

“That is why I am fighting so hard for President Trump to get him re-elected for another four years and keep our country great,” Loeffler added.

Public Service Announcement

Jack Brewer, the co-chair of Black Voices for Trump finance committee, said, “I can’t tell you how excited I am about these next nine days that we have before election day. Keep on pushing. Let’s show the world. Let’s continue to spread the word about our amazing President. We all know what we are fighting for. We know are fighting for the soul of our nation. To put God back in our schools, to put God back in our government and start getting back to the time when we could praise the name of Jesus out loud. Georgia we need you. Continue to keep spreading the word. Don’t take any votes for granted. We all know that we are going against the mainstream media that just wants to bash our President and put out lies and deceit throughout the airwaves. We need to take a stand. Most importantly We need to take a stand for the word of God.”

“We are going to change this country,” said Brewer. “We have a President that’s already created the best economy the world has ever see. He will do it again. We will get past this virus, and then we will all come together and have unity again. We are all on the same team.”

The Trump truck parade and rally were organized by former State Sen. Shadrack McGill, kitchen cabinet industry businessman Paul Wellborn, Trump Victory Finance Committee chairman former State Rep. Perry Hooper Jr. and the Clay County Republican Party.

Wellborn, the president and CEO of the largest family-owned kitchen cabinet manufacturer in the U.S. were among the featured speakers.

Entertainment was provided by the singing McGill Girls, professional DJ Geoff Carlisle and Charity Bowden, an up and coming country music singer who was the runner-up on “The Voice” who sang “I am Proud to be an American” as well as hit songs from her performances.

The event concluded with a drag race finale where the Trump truck easily defeated the Biden truck.

The election will be Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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.

Advertisement

Health

Alabama hospitals nearing COVID-19 summer surge levels

Wednesday was the 18th straight day with more than 1,000 people in hospitals in Alabama with COVID-19. 

Eddie Burkhalter

Published

on

UAB Chief of Hospital Medicine Dr. Kierstin Kennedy.

Alabama hospitals reported caring for 1,483 people infected with COVID-19 on Wednesday, the highest number of patients since Aug. 11, when the state was enduring its summer surge. Wednesday was also the 18th straight day with more than 1,000 people in hospitals in Alabama with COVID-19. 

The seven-day average of hospitalizations was 1,370 on Wednesday, the 36th straight day of that average rising. The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 2,453 new cases Wednesday. The 14-day average of new cases was — for the eighth day in a row — at a record high of 2,192. 

Across the country, more than 80,000 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 on Tuesday, a record high and the 15th straight day of record hospitalizations nationwide, according to the COVID Tracking Project, a coronavirus tracking website.

The CDC this week recommended people not travel for Thanksgiving to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

“The only way for us to successfully get through this pandemic is if we work together,” said Dr. Kierstin Kennedy, UAB’s chief of hospital medicine, in a message Tuesday. “There’s no one subset of the community that’s going to be able to carry the weight of this pandemic and so we all have to take part in wearing our masks, keeping our distance, making sure that we’re washing our hands.” 

ADVERTISEMENT

Kennedy said the best way she can describe the current situation is “Russian Roulette.” 

“Not only in the form of, maybe you get it and you don’t get sick or maybe you get it and you end up in the ICU,” Kennedy said, “but if you do end up sick, are you going to get to the hospital at a time when we’ve got capacity, and we’ve got enough people to take care of you? And that is a scary thought.” 

The Alabama Department of Public Health on Wednesday reported an increase of 60 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. Deaths take time to confirm and the date a death is reported does not necessarily reflect the date on which the individual died. At least 23 of those deaths occurred in November, and 30 occurred in other months. Seven were undated. Data for the last two to three weeks are incomplete.

Public Service Announcement

As of Wednesday, at least 3,532 Alabamians have died of COVID-19, according to the Department of Public Health. During November, at least 195 people have died in Alabama from COVID-19. But ADPH is sure to add more to the month’s tally in the weeks to come as data becomes more complete.

ADPH on Wednesday announced a change that nearly doubled the department’s estimate of people who have recovered from COVID-19, bringing that figure up to 161,946. That change also alters APR’s estimates of how many cases are considered active.

ADPH’s Infectious Disease and Outbreak team “updated some parameters” in the department’s Alabama NEDSS Base Surveillance System, which resulted in the increase, the department said.

Continue Reading

Corruption

Judge reduces former Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard’s prison sentence

The trial court judge ordered his 48-month sentence reduced to 28 months.

Eddie Burkhalter

Published

on

Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard was booked into jail to begin serving his four-year sentence for ethics violations in September. (VIA LEE COUNTY DETENTION CENTER)

Lee County Circuit Court Judge Jacob Walker on Wednesday reduced former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s prison sentence from four years to just more than two. 

Walker in his order filed Wednesday noted that Hubbard was sentenced to fours years on Aug. 9, 2016, after being convicted of 12 felony ethics charges for misusing his office for personal gain, but that on Aug. 27, 2018, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals reversed convictions on five of those counts. The Alabama Supreme Court later struck down another count.

Hubbard’s attorneys on Sept. 18 filed a motion to revise his sentence, to which the state objected, according to court records, arguing that “Hubbard’s refusal to admit any guilt or express any remorse makes him wholly unfit to receive any leniency.”   

Walker in his order cited state code and wrote that the power of the courts to grant probation “is a matter of grace and lies entirely within the sound discretion of the trial court.” 

“Furthermore, the Court must consider the nature of the Defendant’s crimes. Acts of public corruption harm not just those directly involved, but harm society as a whole,” Walker wrote.

Walker ruled that because six of Hubbard’s original felony counts were later reversed, his entrance should be changed to reflect that, and ordered his 48-month sentence reduced to 28 months. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall on Wednesday said Walker’s decision to reduce Hubbard’s sentence was the wrong message to send.

“Mr. Hubbard was convicted of the intentional violation of Alabama’s ethics laws, the same laws he championed in the legislature only later to brazenly disregard for his personal enrichment,” Marshall said in a statement. “Even as he sits in state prison as a six-time felon, Mike Hubbard continues to deny any guilt or offer any remorse for his actions in violation of the law.  Reducing his original four-year sentence sends precisely the wrong message to would-be violators of Alabama’s ethics laws.”

Hubbard was booked into the Lee County Jail on Sept. 11, more than four years after his conviction. On Nov. 5 he was taken into custody by the Department of Corrections.

Continue Reading

News

Nick Saban tests positive for COVID-19, has “mild symptoms”

It’s unlikely Saban will be able to coach in person during Saturday’s Iron Bowl against Auburn.

Eddie Burkhalter

Published

on

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban.

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the Iron Bowl and has mild symptoms, according to a statement from the university on Wednesday. 

“This morning we received notification that Coach Saban tested positive for COVID-19,” said Dr. Jimmy Robinson and Jeff Allan, associate athletic director, in the statement. “He has very mild symptoms, so this test will not be categorized as a false positive. He will follow all appropriate guidelines and isolate at home.” 

Saban had previously tested positive before Alabama’s game against Georgia but was asymptomatic and subsequently tested negative three times, a sign that the positive test could have been a false positive. He returned to coach that game. 

It’s unlikely Saban will be able to coach in person during Saturday’s Iron Bowl against Auburn, given the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for quarantining after testing positive and with symptoms. Neither Saban nor the university had spoken about that possibility as of Wednesday morning.

Continue Reading

National

Civil rights leader Bruce Boynton dies at 83

The Dallas County Courthouse Annex will be renamed in honor of Boynton and fellow Civil Rights Movement leader J.L. Chestnut.

Brandon Moseley

Published

on

Selma attorney and Civil Rights Movement leader Bruce Carver Boynton

Selma attorney and Civil Rights Movement leader Bruce Carver Boynton died from cancer in a Montgomery hospital on Monday. He was 83. The Dallas County Courthouse Annex will be renamed in honor of Boynton and fellow Civil Rights Movement leader J.L. Chestnut.

“We’ve lost a giant of the Civil Rights Movement,” said Congresswoman Terri Sewell, D-Alabama. “Son of Amelia Boynton Robinson, Bruce Boynton was a Selma native whose refusal to leave a “whites-only” section of a bus station restaurant led to the landmark SCOTUS decision in Boynton v. Virginia overturning racial segregation in public transportation, sparking the Freedom Rides and end of Jim Crow. Let us be inspired by his commitment to keep striving and working toward a more perfect union.”

Boynton attended Howard University Law School in Washington D.C. He was arrested in Richmond, Virginia, in his senior year of law school for refusing to leave a “whites-only” section of a bus station restaurant. That arrest and conviction would be appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where Boynton and civil rights advocates prevailed in the landmark case 1060 Boynton vs. Virginia.

Boynton’s case was handled by famed civil rights era attorney Thurgood Marshal, who would go on to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. The 1960 7-to-2 decision ruled that federal prohibitions barring segregation on interstate buses also applied to bus stations and other interstate travel facilities.

The decision inspired the “Freedom Rides” movement. Some Freedom Riders were attacked when they came to Alabama.

While Boynton received a high score on the Alabama Bar exam, the Alabama Bar prevented him from working in the state for years due to that 1958 trespassing conviction. Undeterred, Boynton worked in Tennessee during the years, bringing school desegregation lawsuits.

ADVERTISEMENT

Sherrilyn Ifill with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund said on social media: “NAACP LDF represented Bruce Boynton, who was an unplanned Freedom Rider (he simply wanted to buy a sandwich in a Va bus station stop & when denied was willing to sue & his case went to the SCOTUS) and later Bruce’s mother Amelia Boynton (in Selma after Bloody Sunday).”

His mother, Amelia Boynton, was an early organizer of the voting rights movement. During the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March in 1965, she was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. She later co-founded the National Voting Rights Museum and annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma. His father S.W. Boynton was also active in the Civil Rights Movement.

Bruce Boynton worked for several years at a Washington D.C. law firm but spent most of his long, illustrious legal career in Selma, Alabama, with a focus on civil rights cases. He was the first Black special prosecutor in Alabama history and at one point he represented Stokely Carmichael.

This year has seen the passing of a number of prominent Civil Rights Movement leaders, including Troy native Georgia Congressman John Lewis.

Public Service Announcement

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement