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Alabama Republicans support the voter eligibility bill on conspiratorial grounds

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On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the SAVE Act in a 221-198 vote. Short for the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility Act, the SAVE Act would require states to verify proof of citizenship when people register to vote.

The bill is the latest legislative effort inspired by conservative conspiracy theories about Democrats stealing elections by letting illegal immigrants vote. When asked for examples in May, Speaker of the House Mike Johnson just said that Americans “know, intuitively, that a lot of illegals are voting in federal elections” and that it was not “something that is easily provable.”

The dearth of hard evidence has not prevented many Alabama politicians from arguing that more restrictions on noncitizens voting are needed to stop Democrats from stealing elections. Alabama Rep. Barry Moore claimed in one statement that “Democrats want non-citizens to vote because they know most Americans don’t support their radical agenda.”

The Congressman from Alabama’s 5th District, Dale Strong, said “Democrats have made clear that they support foreign nationals interfering in U.S. elections” by opposing the SAVE Act.

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And Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville tweeted that “Corrupt Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have let MILLIONS of illegals into this country, and now they want them to vote in our elections.”

However, as Democrats in Congress, President Biden, and voting rights organizations have all publicized, voting in federal elections as a noncitizen is already explicitly illegal. While some municipalities have passed laws to let Green Card holders vote in local elections, no prominent Democratic politicians have pushed to let noncitizens vote in federal elections.

Plus, the League of Women Voters points out that “voters in every state are already required to affirm or verify their citizenship status when registering to vote.” Democrats have not pushed to remove this requirement either.

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Noncitizens attempting to register to vote is also incredibly rare, and noncitizens actually voting even rarer. A 2017 report from the Brennan Center for Justice found “only an estimated 30 incidents of suspected noncitizen voting” [emphasis added] out of over 20 million votes cast in the jurisdictions they researched. A 2022 audit in Georgia found that just 1,634 noncitizens attempted to register in 25 years: Not one even successfully registered.

Rather than preventing noncitizens from voting, the primary effect of the SAVE Act, if passed by the Senate and signed into law, would be requiring citizens to actively prove that they are a U.S. citizen in addition to affirming it.

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Specifically, prospective voters would need to provide:

  • REAL ID compliant identification that “indicates the applicant is a citizen”
  • A US passport
  • A military ID with a “record of service showing that the applicant’s place of birth was in the United States”
  • Or another photo ID which either shows a place of birth in the United States or is presented along with a birth certificate, adoption records, or other proof of citizenship

As driver licenses (by far the most common form of REAL ID compliant identification) don’t show citizenship status in most states, effectively the bill would require either a passport or both an ID and other proof of citizenship. According to the U.S. State Department, less than half of all Americans have a valid passport.

Alabama’s only Democratic member of Congress, Terri Sewell, called the SAVE ACT “a dangerous, anti-democratic bill that would do nothing to protect our elections” on the House floor.

She pointed to the requirements to regularly remove noncitizens from voting rolls and said they would also “purge thousands of eligible voters from the rolls including Americans who recently got married and changed their last names and those with military and tribal IDs.”

“With state lawmakers working overtime to erect barriers to the ballot box, the need for federal voting rights protections is just as urgent today as it was 60 years ago,” Sewell said. “After all, it is up to the voters to choose our elected leaders, not the other way around.”

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Sewell again called for Congress to consider and pass the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Named after the now deceased civil rights hero and Congressman, the bill would make it harder to change election law in potentially discriminatory ways.

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The campaign against supposed noncitizen voting in recent months is reminiscent of Trump’s attacks on voting-by-mail in the lead-up to the 2020 election. In both cases, Republicans called the integrity of American elections into doubt based on minimal hard evidence and simultaneously complained that Americans had “lost trust in our election process,” as Alabama Rep. Gary Palmer has said.

It seems possible that, like absentee voting in 2020, noncitizen voting could provide the justification for Trump to challenge the results of the presidential election if he loses this November.



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Alabama pastor tells congregation how he wrestled gun off his ‘murderer’ grandson minutes after mom and four children were massacred at home – and reveals a shocking family secret

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Alabama pastor tells congregation how he wrestled gun off his ‘murderer’ grandson minutes after mom and four children were massacred at home – and reveals a shocking family secret


An elderly pastor has described how he wrestled a gun away from his grandson after the troubled man allegedly gunned down his wife and four young children.

Brandon Allan Kendrick, 32, faces five counts of capital murder after the mass shooting  with a 9m pistol at his grandfather property in rural Alabama.

His wife Kelse Kendrick, 24, was found dead alongside their son Kaleb, six, and Kynli, two, and their cousins Colton, eight, and Haley Daniels, six, last Thursday night.

Kendrick allegedly gunned down his family at the garage apartment they lived in on Allan Kendrick’s property in West Blocton, about 40 miles south of Birmingham. 

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The 71-year-old recounted the episode at the end of a lengthy sermon at Oasis of Praise Church in nearby Bessemer, where he is senior pastor, on Sunday.

Brandon Allan Kendrick, 32, allegedly dead shot his wife Kelse Kendrick, 24, (left) along with their daughter Kynli and son Kaleb, and the children’s two cousins

Kendrick's grandfather Allan Kendrick recounted the episode at the end of a lengthy sermon at Oasis of Praise Church in nearby Bessemer, where he is senior pastor, on Sunday

Kendrick’s grandfather Allan Kendrick recounted the episode at the end of a lengthy sermon at Oasis of Praise Church in nearby Bessemer, where he is senior pastor, on Sunday

Allan also revealed to his congregation that Kendrick was ‘physically, sexually, and mentally’ abused until his grandparents got custody when he was 12.

Kendrick suffered from schizophrenia and his family explained to DailyMail.com how his mental state worsened in the weeks before the massacre. 

‘Kelse and her children have been victims of domestic violence for years,’ one family member said, claiming he had a history of not taking his medication.

Kendrick pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in Bibb County Courthouse on Monday. He will face court again on September 26.

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Allan told his followers he was watching TV in the main house with his wife Gay Kendrick when they heard what sounded like a gunshot.

‘I didn’t have my shoes on so I’m putting my shoes on and he (Kendrick) walked in our bedroom with a gun in his hand,’ he said.

‘[Gay] was closest to him and she grabbed the gun, it went off – I don’t know how it kept from hitting her.’

His wife Kelse Kendrick, 24, was found dead alongside their son Kaleb, six, and Kynli, two, and their cousins Colton, eight, and Haley Daniels, six, on Thursday night

His wife Kelse Kendrick, 24, was found dead alongside their son Kaleb, six, and Kynli, two, and their cousins Colton, eight, and Haley Daniels, six, on Thursday night

Kynli Kendrick, 2, Kaleb Kendrick, 6, Colton Daniels, 8, and Haley Daniels, 6, were found shot to death in rural Alabama on Thursday night

Kynli Kendrick, 2, Kaleb Kendrick, 6, Colton Daniels, 8, and Haley Daniels, 6, were found shot to death in rural Alabama on Thursday night

Allan then theatrically corrected himself to say that he did know how the bullet missed them – God intervened.

He revealed he was so concerned about Kendrick that he spoke to members of his congregation hours before the massacre.

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‘Our prayer team that night, about an hour before this incident, stood right here and joined hands and prayed for mine and Gay’s safety,’ he said.

‘Anyway, I was able to subdue him, and once that happened he didn’t know where he was at, he started asking me and Gay “where am I? Where’s Kelse? Poppy, why are you angry? What did I do wrong?”‘

Allan did not appear to have shared his concerns with authorities, and did not prevent Kelse and the four children from being around him that night.

The pastor explained his grandson’s actions came out of nowhere as minutes earlier he appeared happy and no threat to anyone.

‘Ten minutes before I heard a gunshot, my grandson was sitting in his bedroom with me and Gay… laughing, talking, and having a pretty good time,’ he told the congregation.

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Kendrick faces five counts of capital murder after the mass shooting

Kendrick faces five counts of capital murder after the mass shooting

Allan was watching TV in the main house with his wife Gay Kendrick when he heard what sounded like a gunshot and went to investigate

Allan was watching TV in the main house with his wife Gay Kendrick when he heard what sounded like a gunshot and went to investigate

‘We were talking about the J Alexander dinner we took him to [and] a few others things, just laughing, talking. 

‘His wife had gotten home, she came in, laughed with us a little while [and] left. He got up [and] 10 minutes later, pow!’

Allan detailed Kendrick’s history of abuse and mental illness, and how he had never even been to a restaurant before they took him to one for his 13th birthday. 

‘All he’d ever known for 12 years was abuse – physical, sexual, mental, drugs. When I got him at 12 years old he weighed 58lbs [and] he was on nine different psychotic medicines,’ he said.

‘At 18, the system failed him, took him off of disability, took him off medication because we couldn’t afford to buy it, because they canceled his Medicaid. 

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‘Gay and I watched him all these years, [we tried] so hard, talked to every agency, talked to everybody, we tried everything, had him institutionalized in hospitals – only to be discharged with no medication, no follow up, no doctor, nothing.’

Allan claimed his grandson considered his mental state to be such an emergency that hours before he shot his family, he called 911.

‘One o’clock on Thursday morning, he’s calling 911 asking for help – only to be turned down,’ he said.

The shooting took place at Allan's property in rural Alabama, where Kendrick and his family lived in a garage apartment near the main house (Kaleb pictured with his sister and family dog on his first day of Pre-K)

The shooting took place at Allan’s property in rural Alabama, where Kendrick and his family lived in a garage apartment near the main house (Kaleb pictured with his sister and family dog on his first day of Pre-K)

Allan also revealed to his congregation that Kendrick was 'physically, sexually, and mentally' abused until his grandparents got custody when he was 12

Allan also revealed to his congregation that Kendrick was ‘physically, sexually, and mentally’ abused until his grandparents got custody when he was 12

Allan told Kelse’s grandfather Bill Morrow how he stumbled upon the crime and confronted his grandson, according to a conversation recounted to Daily Mail.com by Kelse’s uncle Eli Morrow.

‘Brandon came at him with the gun, and he fought it away from him. Then he walked over [to the house] and found out what happened. So they were as surprised as everyone else, they didn’t expect it,’ Eli said.

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‘Brandon said, ‘Why did you beat me up?’ and Allan told him what he had done… and he just said, ‘Oh’.’

All five were found dead with gunshot wounds to their heads, other than Haley, who was still breathing and rushed to hospital, but did not survive.

Kaden was the last victim and shot outside the garage apartment, possibly while running for his life, which is how Allan heard the gunfire.

‘Allan said the door was knocked off its hinges, almost like she had locked him out and he broke the door down before shooting them. I’m assuming they were having some kind of argument,’ Eli said.

Kendrick playing on a small dirt bike with Kaleb in the yard of the rural property

Kendrick playing on a small dirt bike with Kaleb in the yard of the rural property

Kynli and Kaleb were killed in the massacre on Thursday night

Kynli and Kaleb were killed in the massacre on Thursday night

Allan used Sunday’s explanation of what happened to berate his congregation into ‘getting right with God’, because life was unpredictable.

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‘Don’t you think, if you don’t have Jesus, that you gonna walk out of here and everything is going to be cool, ’cause you ain’t no match for the devil,’ he said.

He said maybe those listening weren’t mentally ill like Kendrick but they were not strong enough to resist the devil if he were to possess them.

‘Better get your heart right with God – because you may be the next one on national news,’ he said.

‘You don’t know if the person you’re with in an elevator, or you’ve got your back to in Walmart… who could have a psychotic failure at any moment and you never even hear the gunshot, or the knife stab… you don’t even know it til feel something sting. You better be ready, at all times.’

Allan asked if anyone had issues with mental illness or was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, PTSD, or ‘a high level’ of ADHD, and claimed ‘God can heal you, if you’ll let him’.

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Kendrick and Kelse at their wedding on September 15, 2018

Kendrick and Kelse at their wedding on September 15, 2018

Kendrick allegedly shot Kelse and the children less than an hour after they returned home from Colton's birthday party about 7pm after he demanded she come home

Kendrick allegedly shot Kelse and the children less than an hour after they returned home from Colton’s birthday party about 7pm after he demanded she come home

He then spoke more about Kendrick, alluding to him not doing what he was supposed to do to manage his illness.

‘You can rebel, you can have a granddaddy that can tell you every day what you need to do, give you scripture every day, pray over you every day, and you can continue to rebel until your life is gone… don’t ever tell me God didn’t give you a chance,’ he said.

Throughout the rest of the hour-long sermon, Allan appeared jovial and danced to Christian songs. He explained how he refused to change a single thing about Sunday’s service despite the family tragedy.

Allan called 911 about 8.18pm, and then got on the phone to Bill, Eli explained.

‘Bill, you need to get down here, Brandon has shot Kelse all the kids in the head,’ family said Allan told him.

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Bill and his daughter Jessica, who is Colton and Haley’s mother, rushed to the property but found it cordoned off by police when they arrived about 9pm.

Haley and Kynli together at a family Fourth of July gathering two weeks before they were killed

Haley and Kynli together at a family Fourth of July gathering two weeks before they were killed

Colton and Haley were only at the house because their mother was having major surgery the next morning

Colton and Haley were only at the house because their mother was having major surgery the next morning

Eli’s wife Brittany Morrow explained that the massacre followed a last-minute decision by Kelse to give in to Kendrick’s demands one last time.

‘All of the children were supposed to spend the night at [Bill’s] home,’ Brittany told DailyMail.com.

‘Brandon repeatedly begged and pleaded with her to come home and she gave in… within an hour they were all shot in the head.’

Brittany explained that Colton and Haley’s mother Jessica Morrow, 35, was having major surgery the next morning, so there was no option but to send them with Kelse.

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‘We live 45 minutes away. I wish to God they had asked us to take them for the night,’ she said.

‘What we are struggling with the most, is that it was a last-minute decision to take them over there, it was never in the plan because they knew he had been acting crazy.’

Kelse’s car was broken down so Jessica dropped all five of them off at home on Green Tree Drive about 7pm.

Kynli and Kaleb in Halloween costume in their Alabama town

Kynli and Kaleb in Halloween costume in their Alabama town

Police swarm the scene late at night on Friday morning

Police swarm the scene late at night on Friday morning

Kelse is Eli’s niece by his older sister, who has since died, and Bill’s grandfather, and the Morrow and Kendrick families have been intertwined for generations.

Eli had custody of Colton and Haley from January 2021 until last November, when a judge allowed them to return to Jessica.

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‘Jessica finally got her kids back, and then this happens,’ Brittany said.

‘I am devastated and destroyed… Eli and I had full custody of them for almost three years and they were my babies.’

Police rushed to the scene and arrested Kendrick after discovering the bodies, Bibb County Sheriff Jody Wade said.

‘It’s absolutely horrible. It’s unimaginable what the family is going through, what the friends of the family are experiencing, what the community is feeling right now,’ he said. 

‘It was just a horrific scene that even seasoned officers told me it is the worst thing they’ve ever seen.

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‘As officers are going, they are saying there are more children that have been shot.’ 

Wade said Kendrick was yet to tell police why he did it, but ‘I don’t know what motive he could give us that would justify what he did anyway’. 

Kendrick was booked into the Bibb County Jail about 3.30am and denied bail.

He is charged with four counts of capital murder of a child under 14, and one count of capital murder in the killing of two or more people in one act.

Kelse's uncle Eli Morrow had custody of Colton and Haley (front left and right) from January 2021 until last November, with the help of his wife Brittany (top right)

Kelse’s uncle Eli Morrow had custody of Colton and Haley (front left and right) from January 2021 until last November, with the help of his wife Brittany (top right)

Colton and Haley with their uncle Eli Morrow

Colton and Haley with their uncle Eli Morrow

Oasis of Praise Church held a prayer vigil with more than 300 members last Friday night, saying proceeds from the collection plate would go to the families.

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‘Pastor wanted us to relay to all those asking if they can do anything: ‘Tell everyone asking if they can do something that they can be at church Sunday at 10am’,’ the church wrote on its Facebook page.

‘The church has committed to helping the families with expenses. If you would like to be a part of this effort, please give your donation to the church’s benevolence fund. 

‘All donated money will be directed towards the needs of the families involved.’

Eli Morrow also started a GoFundMe page to help pay for the funerals, with his wife explaining the family didn’t want the funeral at Allan’s church.

‘None of the family feel comfortable having it there, he’s offered to have them cremated and have a memorial at his church, but the family has declined,’ Brittany said.

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‘But we started the fundraiser because we’re trying to figure out how we’re going to pay for five funerals.’



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Yankees’ Aaron Judge, Knicks’ Jalen Brunson, Alabama’s Jalen Milroe exchange gifts

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What happens when a Yankee, a Knick and an Alabama quarterback walk into Yankee Stadium? They exchange gifts, of course.

Ahead of the New York Yankees’ Wednesday night game against the New York Mets, Aaron Judge gave New York Knicks star Jalen Brunson a pair of cleats, with the right one reading “keep running the city.”

Of course, Brunson recently earned All-NBA honors after averaging 28.7 points and 6.7 assists per game for the Knicks last season, while shooting 47.9/40.1/84.7. He then averaged 32.4 points per game in the playoffs, helping lead New York to the Eastern Conference semifinals before losing to the Indiana Pacers. 

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Brunson recently signed a four-year extension with the Knicks, potentially leaving $113 million on the table — giving the team more financial flexibility — had he waited one more season to sign a new deal.

Meanwhile, Judge gave Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe a bat, while the signal-caller gave Judge a No. 99 Alabama jersey.

Milroe is entering his second season as Alabama’s full-time quarterback after a 2023 campaign that saw him make continual progress. All in all, Milroe totaled 2,834 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, six interceptions and a 172.2 passer rating, while completing 65.8% of his passes. He also rushed for 531 yards and 12 touchdowns and finished sixth in Heisman voting, while helping the Crimson Tide crack the College Football Playoff.

Milroe now has a new head coach, as the legendary Nick Saban stepped down after 17 years and Alabama hired away former Washington Huskies head coach Kalen DeBoer.

As for Judge, the 2022 AL MVP is on course to claim AL MVP honors once again this season, as he has totaled 35 home runs and 89 RBIs, while boasting a .309/.439/.674 slash line. That said, the Yankees have lost 21 of their last 31 games and are now in second place in the AL East behind the Baltimore Orioles at 60-43.

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Alabama universities shutter DEI offices, open new programs, to comply with new state law

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The three University of Alabama System campuses on Tuesday shuttered diversity, equity and inclusion offices— and opened new offices — to comply with a new Republican-backed law attempting to ban the programs on public college campuses in the state.

The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, along with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama in Huntsville, issued statements announcing the closure of diversity, equity and inclusion offices of each campus and the creation of a new university division or office. Each university said the change was made to comply with the new state law.

The Alabama law is part of a wave of proposals from Republican lawmakers across the country taking aim at diversity, equity and inclusion programs — also known as DEI — on college campuses.

The law, which takes effect Oct. 1, prohibits public universities, K-12 school systems and state agencies in Alabama from maintaining DEI offices. However, it’s unclear how much the law will impact the outreach and support functions previously performed by DEI offices.

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The law defines DEI programs as classes, training, programs and events where attendance is based on a person’s race, sex, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin or sexual orientation. Each university said the new offices will focus on student success.

“Our mission has not wavered, and we remain committed to our institutional goals to welcome all, serve all and see all thrive and succeed,” University of Alabama President Stuart R. Bell said in a statement to the campus.

The University of Alabama’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will close and a new Division of Opportunities, Connections and Success, has opened. The new division will be led by Christine Taylor, the university vice president and associate provost who had previously led the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts on campus.

Similar DEI offices at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama in Huntsville closed. The new UAB Office of Access and Engagement will led by Vice President for Access and Engagement Paulette Dilworth, who had led diversity, equity and inclusion offices at the university.

“This is a new office with a new, exciting function, focusing on what we can do to promote success for everyone in the UAB community,” UAB President Ray L. Watts said in a statement.

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Similar battles over DEI offices and diversity training programs have taken place in other GOP-dominated states. Republicans say the programs deepen divisions promote a particular political viewpoint. But opponents say it is a rollback of hard-won advances and programs that welcome underrepresented student populations.

“We are extremely disappointed to learn that the University of Alabama system is closing its diversity, equity, and inclusion offices just weeks before students are expected to return to campus,” JaTaune Bosby Gilchrist, the executive director of the ACLU of Alabama, said in a statement.

The organization said University of Alabama students had been among the most vocal opponents of the legislation.

Republican Sen. Will Barfoot, the sponsor of the legislation, did not immediately return an email seeking comment on the closures.



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