Author: Rachel Blackmon Bryars

Alabama’s Martha Roby: It’s still ‘very emotional’ recalling horrific Planned Parenthood videos that sparked passionate floor speech

It's been nearly three years since Alabama Republican Congresswoman Martha Roby was the first member to give an impassioned one-minute speech on the House floor decrying Planned Parenthood after alarming undercover videos surfaced about the abortion provider's sale of fetal body parts. Roby, who will next month face former Democrat Congressman Bobby Bright in a GOP primary runoff for Alabama's 2nd congressional district, appeared on Alabama-based EWTN last week and recalled what it was like to see the Center for Medical Progress videos and speak out about them. "Even to hear [a replay of the speech] now is very emotional," Roby said, with tears coming to her eyes. "I remember I was sitting in an appropriations markup, committee mark, that morning, and was scrolling through Twitter on my phone and came across the article and just couldn't believe what I was reading, and I immediately texted the link to my staff and said, 'Is this real? Is this really happening?' So as soon as the committee mark was over, I immediately went to the floor to give that one-minute speech ... and one minute was not nearly enough. I distinctly remember there were other members waiting in line to give their one-minutes and they too were filled with emotion at hearing this for the first time." WATCH Roby's July 2015 speech: (more…)

BREAKING: Alabama AG speaks about Bridgette Marshall’s suicide

This story has been updated.  Albertville -- Slamming what he called “reckless” reporting and rumors that required his response, Attorney General Steve Marshall confirmed to reporters and community members Wednesday morning that his wife Bridgette Marshall died in Tennessee on Sunday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and that he was on the phone with her before she committed suicide. Marshall tearfully shared the circumstances he said he believes led to Bridgette’s suicide, including opioid addiction, mental illness, chronic pain and a fear that she was a burden to others. "I got on the phone with her, and I just talked to a person that had no hope," Marshall said to those gathered at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Albertville. "She said, ‘I don’t have a purpose, and I’m tired. My body is failing me and I don’t know why. I’ve had pain for a long time and I don’t want to endure it anymore, and I’m just a burden,'" he said. "And I told her how she wasn't and how she was loved, and as a guy who, professionally, is supposed to be able to convince people with words to do something, I couldn’t reach her," he said, choking up as he added that his wife asked him on the phone if he wanted to hear her commit suicide, to which he said he responded no, and that she then hung up the phone. Marshall said he called the police and tried to call her back over and over, but…

Laura Ingalls Wilder stripped of honor; why not feminist hero Betty Friedan?

The politically correct have created a new pariah to scrub from significance: Laura Ingalls Wilder, the much-beloved author of “Little House on the Prairie.” Fox News reports that the Chicago-based Association of Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) board unanimously voted last week to change their children’s book award from the “Laura Ingalls Wilder Award” to “Children’s Literature Legacy Award," even though Wilder was the award's first recipient. The decision was announced to a standing ovation audience in New Orleans amid concerns that Wilder’s work includes stereotypical portrayals of minorities. (more…)

TRAGEDY: Pause and pray for Alabama AG Steve Marshall — wife confirmed dead

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall's wife, Bridgette Gentry Marshall was confirmed dead Sunday, following "a long struggle with mental illness," according to a statement from Marshall's office. When untimely death strikes, our natural tendency is to immediately want to know what happened and be tempted to listen to and spread gossip. But Steve Marshall and his family don’t deserve gossip right now. They deserve grace and space, and that’s what Alabamians should give our attorney general. Today, the how and why shouldn’t matter, at least not right now. What matters is that a husband, a father, a man – a good and decent man – is devastated beyond comprehension. Everything we say and do should be about helping Steve and his family, not adding to their grief by posting mean social media comments or spreading unconfirmed rumors. Troy King, his opponent in the GOP primary runoff, said in a Facebook post that he is pausing his campaign and stopping his advertisements, as he should. Take a moment today to pause and pray for Steve Marshall and his family. Update: Steve Marshall, angered by the rumor mill, spoke publicly about his wife's death this week. 

Alabama AG Marshall on immigration controversy: ‘Misguided’ to blame Trump or Sessions

Update: Trump signed an executive order Wednesday afternoon to stop the separation of parents and children when they are detained for illegal entrance into the country. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is facing increased pressure amid public outcry to change a border practice that separates children from their parents when illegally entering the United States. However, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said Wednesday morning that leadership shouldn’t decide how to enforce immigration laws based on shifting public opinion or media coverage. (more…)

Huntsville non-profit leader determined to ‘beat the odds’

Dominique Mallory said he may not have grown up in the best environment in Memphis, Tenn., and he may have made mistakes like doing drugs and going to jail for fighting, but he is intent on “beating the odds” of a bleak future -- and helping other young men do the same through his Huntsville non-profit, B3ating Th3 Oddz. The organization celebrates four years of growth this week with inaugural “Homecoming” events beginning Monday, June 11 at the Calvary Hills Teen Center in Huntsville. “A lot of people did not come from a good background,” said Mallory, 27. “A lot of people had to grow up by themselves, or take on full responsibility at a young age. But we knew there was something on the inside of us that was bigger than how we were raised, or bigger than what our culture was growing up. "When people said we aren’t going to be successful, or that we weren’t going to be fathers, or we weren’t going to be community leaders, it’s like – NO – there’s nothing that is impossible. So we’re beating the odds, and that’s where we got the name.” (more…)

WATCH: Huntsville voters share some surprising thoughts on primary elections

Alabama voters went to the polls June 5 to vote in primaries that will decide Republican and Democrat candidates who will battle it out for offices including governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and more. Yellowhammer News spoke with Huntsville voters, some of whom gave some pretty surprising answers when asked, "Who did you vote for?" WATCH: (more…)

Weird reasons negative political ads work – even when the message is weak and the source isn’t credible

Why do negative political ads work, even though we can't stand them and we know they're paid for by people whose interests are not objective? Well, blame the psychology of persuasion in communication. A message never stands alone on its merit (or non-merit). An intricate system of factors such as perceived source credibility, the medium, the timing, heck -- even the way the communicator's voice sounds and how he or she looks, for example -- all go into a cauldron, swirling around to produce a concoction that affects each of us differently. Such effects can range from the straightforward: a strong message and a highly credible source are the most persuasive, to the counter-intuitively complex: a low credibility source is sometimes more persuasive than a high credibility source depending on when the source is mentioned. So what about that "Paid for by ...." bit that, by law, must be included at the end of political ads? (more…)

WATCH: 10 reasons Alabama millennials should vote June 5!

Let's be real -- some of this political stuff is boring. BUT -- there are primary elections happening in Alabama June 5th, and millennials should ask ourselves: Do we want to leave important political decisions solely to older generations? Here are 10 reasons millennials should care and VOTE June 5th, brought to you by Yellowhammer News and Radio millennials. WATCH: https://youtu.be/qrrANPHv7TE (more…)