Guess What Right-Wingers, Unions Aren’t Dead In Alabama


Republicans and the Tea Party in Alabama thought that unions were dead and buried six feet deep in the union graveyard.  Not so fast my friends!  Because a plant in Piedmont voted to unionize with the United Auto Workers union.  The employees at Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. in Piedmont voted 89-45 to join the union.  The UAW said the reason why the employees wanted to join their union is because of the low pay ($9.70 to $15.80 per hour) for production workers, high health care costs, and the increasing use of temporary workers.  Cue the explosions!


Some on the right think this might be the beginning of a union comeback in Alabama.  And I am sure someone in the Alabama Legislature will try to make it harder for unions to come to Alabama.  But for now, let’s enjoy this small victory!  Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. will respect the employees wishes, and after review by the National Labor Relations Board, the United Auto Workers will have a small victory in Alabama.  Now, would you like to wonder why the UAW has come to NE Alabama, I mean you need to know why!

While other parts of Alabama have experienced economic growth, NE Alabama has been left behind.  Huntsville has attracted thousands of jobs, Auburn and Tuscaloosa are some of the best run metro areas in America, Mobile just saw Airbus opening, and Birmingham continues to do well.  What about Anniston and Gadsden?  Piedmont is located near these two cities.  And these metro areas in NE Alabama have been in a lot of trouble.

Gadsden has lost a lot of manufacturing jobs, and continues to struggle. Anniston has also lost a lot of manufacturing jobs, and was named the worst small performing metro area in America in 2014.  While much of Alabama has seen victories in the form of lots of new well paying jobs, the people in Anniston and Gadsden have been left behind.  This is the biggest reason why the employees at Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. voted to go union.  I am sure they are tired of the low performances and pay they are getting, and I hope they get treated better!

If you don’t want more employees at the plants here in NE Alabama considering to join a union, where are our leaders to attract and bring economic growth to Etowah and Calhoun counties?  You are seeing it across Alabama, but not here.  Oh well, people around here do not like being left behind, and want as much success as other people are seeing in Alabama.  Get with it leaders in Alabama!

Watch The Entire Donald Trump Speech From Alabama


Last night, thousands of people were in Mobile to hear Donald Trump speak.  And if you missed the speech, you can watch it in full below!  I will post my thoughts about what Donald Trump said on Monday!

Donald Trump Is Coming To Alabama Tonight


Yep, Donald Trump, the person who currently leads the Republican field, will be in Alabama tonight.  The presidential candidate will be at the Ladd-People’s stadium in Mobile for a campaign rally starting at 7 pm Central.  The gates will open at 5:30 pm, and tickets are free!  But, you must reserve and print off your tickets before going to the event at:

So far, the Alabama secretary of state’s office said more than 40,000 are expected Friday night.  If more than 21,000 people show up, this will be the biggest campaign stop event in the country to date of any presidential candidate of both parties.  If you don’t want to brave the huge crowds, FOX 10 and WKRG 5 will live stream the event starting at 7 pm.

I will post the video from the Donald Trump stop in Mobile on Geek Alabama as soon as it’s available, hopefully Saturday morning!

The Southern Geek – Vlog Episode 16 / Time To Bring Back The Fairness Doctrine


In episode 16 of The Southern Geek, I talk about political divisiveness in America. And why it might be time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine, so America can come together again!  Seriously, people have become more divided in America on everyday issues.  And for some people, it’s their way or the highway, and some people have lost friends because of political discourse.  And here in Alabama, did you know that a country radio station plays the theme song to Superman before Rush Limbaugh comes on?  Yep, politics have gotten out of control.

But what if people in America came back together again.  And actually listened to what other people have to say instead of just ignoring them?  If the Fairness Doctrine came back, all TV and radio stations would have to present both sides of the story, left and right.  That means no more FOX News doing only Right stories and MSNBC doing only left stories.  I would also extend the Fairness Doctrine to all blogs and websites that mostly does politics.  This is what I would like to see!  Watch the video below, and think about it, should the Fairness Doctrine come back?  Leave a comment below!

The 2014 Alabama Legislature Has A Explosive Ending


My only question is, what happened to the Alabama Legislature that caused it to go down into flames.  The legislature was signing Kumbaya and actually passed Carly’s Law to allow UAB to do a study featuring oil from Marijuana.  It looked like things were still going great down in Montgomery, until the last day that is.  What caused the legislative session to go down in flames was over the Education Budget.  Governor Bentley wanted to give all education employees a 2% pay raise, which is well deserved.  Because teachers have gone through a lot!  From staying at school overnight with kids during the snowstorm, sponsoring a club before or after school hours, buying supplies out of their own money, and more!  They deserve as much pay as possible!

The Legislature did have some good bills they were working on passing.  Like reforming the Open Meetings Act, creating a database to enforce a debt limit on payday loans, keeping secret the suppliers of lethal injection drugs, keeping low-cost spay and neuter clinics from being closed down, and more.  The Alabama Legislature did pass some things, like more restrictive abortion measures, and selling the legislature to the highest “conservative” bidder.  And did someone from the Alabama Legislature plead guilty and agree to cooperate with the police?  I am willing to bet we will see some legislators arrested for corruption soon.  And with more legislators getting in trouble with the law, it will continue the embarrassment that is the Alabama Government.

What happened on Thursday night was weird.  The governor wanted to include a 2% percent pay raise for teachers and other education employees.  The House just passed the Education Budget and sent it off to the governor, but it was not good enough.  The Governor sent a pay raise amendment to the Senate, and once Del Marsh got word that the amendment was heading towards the Senate, Marsh moved to end the session, while other important bills were still in play.  The important part in this was the House was already done, so if the bill included a pay raise, it could not pass both houses.  Del Marsh blamed the governor for ending the session, and talked about what the legislature accomplished this session.  Hey, the legislature kept the court system in shambles and left the prison system in shambles and at risk for a government takeover, how nice!

The only thing education employees got was a small raise to only cover increased insurance costs.  And now with the Legislative session over, for now.  Lawmakers are off onto the campaign trail blaming President Obama for the troubles the state and country is in.  Instead of blaming themselves for the corrupt government in Alabama, they are going to blame Democrats running the Federal Government, is that right?  Here is what I think really happened.  Marsh and Hubbard did not want to vote on the 2% pay raise for teachers, so they took the easy way out and ended the session before the bill reached the floor.  If I was Governor Bentley, I would veto the Education Budget, and declare a special session!  I want to see how the Alabama Legislature would vote on a pay increase for teachers!

All of this is only going to give ammo to Del Marsh’s opponent in the Republican primary in June.  Steven Guede is running against Del Marsh in the Alabama Senate District 12 primary.  And the winner of this race will pretty much win the Senate seat, since a Democrat would never win here in Anniston.  Del Marsh got a target on his back after he refused to put up an anti Common Core bill during the session.  Now, every education employee has a target on Marsh’s back.  People who also supported low-cost spay and neuter clinics, setting up a payday loan database, and closing loopholes in Alabama’s Open Meetings Act also have a target on Marsh’s back.

Hey Del Marsh, instead of worrying about how Republicans should continue to ruin state government, why not worry about the welfare of you own district, which includes Anniston/Oxford.  If you have not watched the news lately, Anniston/Oxford has been getting body slammed with bad news.  For example, according to the Milken Institute and the list of 179 small metro areas, the Anniston / Oxford area is the second worst performing small metro area in America for 2013.  Also, according to population estimates from the US Census Bureau, Anniston/Oxford has been the 16th fasting shrinking metro in the nation since 2010.  Meaning, the metro area saw more deaths than births in 2013.  From 2010-2013, the Anniston/Oxford metro has loss close to 2,000 people, mostly cause there are no job opportunities here.

I can totally see this happen, because Governor Bentley is angry at Del Marsh and Mike Hubbard.  Have a company interested in moving or expanding in Alabama?  The governor can simply choose to ignore the Anniston/Oxford area as political payback.  And I would not blame him if he decided to do that.  For Steven Guede, who is running against Del Marsh, I think I just gave you some great ammo to use in your campaign.  Del Marsh is already running some campaign ads here in Anniston on Cable One.  And I don’t blame him, because he is going to have a lot of people against him in the upcoming election.  It will be interesting to see if Del Marsh survives the upcoming election.

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