Watch as an Alabama commissioner goes on a six-minute rant prompted by the state’s ban on same-sex marriage being overturned.
Almost every state in the nation has a Public Service Commission. In some states, where energy is not a big industry, these commissions are not especially powerful. But the Alabama Public Service Commission is. Several members have gone on to run for governor, at least two have won.Â
Meet Chip Beeker. A Republican who last November ousted a long-time incumbent, Beeker has a message and he’s not shy about sharing it. His campaign, which took in hundreds of thousands of dollars, was focused on three issues: protect consumers, create jobs, fight Obama.Â
Yes, even at the local level, at least in Alabama, being anti-Barack Obama is a ticket to officeÂ â€“ and a ticket to getting on Fox News, which featured Beeker’s campaign ad last year.
Beeker is now using his powerful seat onÂ Alabama’s Public Service Commission to attack, well just about everything.
In a six-minute rant delivered at this week’s commission meeting â€“ a commission created to regulate utility rates â€“Â Beeker attacked U.S. District Judge Callie Granade’s rulings that struck down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage, and managed to travel between those same-sex marriage rulings to “the moral decline in our nation” to the measles outbreak.
“Recently a federal district judge in Mobile ordered that a constitutional amendment passed in Alabama by 81 percent of the people who voted is unconstitutional,” Beeker lamented.
“I say clearly that I support Gov. Robert Bentley, Chief Justice Roy Moore and other officials who have taken a stand against this usurpation of the rights of Alabamians. But this order must be viewed for what it is, just another example of the federal government’s overreach and refusal to respect its proper role.”
“In light of the other actions taken by our government, we should not be surprised by the outlandish stroke of this judge’s pen,” he added, launching into a diatribe.
Beeker claimed that “the results of the removal of God from the schools is as plain as the results of the attempted removal of God from all of the United States. Over the last 20 years or so, we have turned from God and his principles in order to be politically correct.”
Beeker’s written remarks included references to housing the Ten Commandments in public buildings, welfare, teen pregnancy, “wealth redistribution,” the measles outbreak, daycare in schools, the EPA, immigration, political correctness, multiculturalism, and so much more.
“When I was a child the federal government did not work to punish success and reward sloth,” Beeker announced. “But, with the Washington, D.C. wealth reÂ-distribution scheme, that is exactly what is currently happening.”
“When I was a child the federal government did not entrap people in a welfare state â€“Â from which there is no escape. But, in a day when the federal government feeds, houses, and clothe people without providing an escape from the cycle of welfare.”
“When I was a child we would have never imagined that the federal government would send American citizens unemployment checks because they canâ€™t find a job, but endorse the idea that people who come to this country illegally should be allowed to stay and take jobs that those same Americans could have.”
Beeker was motivated enough to suggest a strong response to the judge’s same-sex marriage ruling.
â€œWe should regularly remind ourselves that the motto of our great state is â€˜We Dare Defend Our Rights,’â€ he said, â€œand ask ourselves what steps we are taking to defend our rights.â€
In one local Alabama article, the reporter issued called Beeker’s rant “full-bore crazy,” and issued this advice, in bold:
“WARNING: Do not just read the column. Watch the video above, preferably in a safe place with a cold beverage.”
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Mark Meadows Retweets Trump’s Denial He Tested Positive for COVID Before Debate – a Fact That Appears in Meadows’ Book
Less than 24 hours after former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appeared to agree to cooperate with the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, news broke that The Guardian had obtained a copy of his new book, and from it the revelation that three days before appearing on stage with Joe Biden at the Sept. 26 presidential debate the then-president, Donald Trump, had tested positive for coronavirus.
Never mind that a second test showed a negative result – one Harvard epidemiologist says that merely meant Trump was not yet infectious but he was, by the debate, “blazing positive” but decided to go on a potentially infect countless others. That act, the noted disease specialist and professors says, “was a massive, dangerous and likely intentional decision.”
Trump, as usual, especially in recent days, issued a quick statement via his spokesperson, this time denying the revelation in Meadows’ book, a revelation The Washington Post Wednesday afternoon reported it had confirmed with two other former Trump aides.
What is stunning is that, as Politico National Political Correspondent Meridith McGraw notes, Meadows himself retweeted Trump’s statement of denial:
Mark Meadows retweeted Trump’s denial pic.twitter.com/hUxZRL2OTP
— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) December 1, 2021
The Washington Post also notes that at least six people close to Trump tested positive for coronavirus shortly after the debate, including Melania Trump, Hope Hicks, Stephen Miller, and Kayleigh McEnany.
“Trump on Wednesday was furious that Meadows revealed the anecdote in his forthcoming book and that it was published via the liberal-leaning Guardian website, according to a person familiar with the former president’s reaction, who requested anonymity to reveal a private conversation,” the Post adds. “Meadows through an emissary has offered to put out a statement ‘clarifying things,’ but that offer was rejected, the person said.”
Which is likely why he decided to retweet Trump’s statement.
Writer and political activist Don Winslow has another take on the day’s events:
Notice how Donald Trump’s three line statement today denying the Covid-test story does NOT mention Mark Meadows even though the claim ORIGINATES in Meadows upcoming book.
In EVERY other case Trump attacks the person by name + denigrates them.
Trump and Meadows are in lock step.
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) December 1, 2021
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Abrams went on to become a highly-effective voting rights advocate and activist, and many credit her with helping elect Joe Biden president by helping him win the state by registering an estimated 800,000 more voters.
I’m running for Governor because opportunity in our state shouldn’t be determined by zip code, background or access to power. #gapol
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“I think the fundamental question here is what are you doing to save lives and protect people?” Psaki responded, with a tinge of anger. “And the former president was suggesting people inject bleach. He apparently, reportedly didn’t even share with people he was going to interact with that he had tested positive for COVID himself. He continued to provide a forum for misinformation, which probably led to people not getting, not taking steps forward to get to protect themselves, to wear a mask, to eventually get vaccinated. This President has made the vaccine widely available. He’s relied on the health – the advice of his health and medical experts, and he is trying to be a part of solving this crisis, getting the pandemic under control. And I think there’s a pretty stark difference between their approaches. ”
Fox’s Peter Doocy asks about deaths from COVID under Trump and Biden, and WH Press Sec. Jen Psaki reminds him that “the former president was suggesting people inject bleach.”
“I think there’s a pretty stark difference between their approaches.” pic.twitter.com/X0v5vBUe47
— The Recount (@therecount) December 1, 2021
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