House Republicans overwhelmingly voted for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to be the party’s nominee to be the next Speaker of the House in a vote Wednesday afternoon.
Ryan made quick work of his only active opponent for the job- Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) and is expected to face a full house vote tomorrow before taking office. (Ryan is expected to easily win the full house vote, considering his party has a solid majority.)
According to the Huffington Post, the final vote count among Republicans was 200 votes for Ryan, 43 votes for Webster, 1 vote for Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN.) and 1 vote for Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
If he is elected tomorrow, Ryan will be the youngest Speaker of the House since the Civil War.
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About the AuthorRich Robinson is the CEO and publisher of Rise News. He is also a journalist and a native of Miami. Robinson graduated from the University of Alabama and can be followed on Twitter @RichRobMiami.
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Last August, the University of Alabama greek system was slammed for being too racially homogenous and weird in the way that it objectifies women after the Bama Alpha Phi chapter released a controversial recruitment video.
As a grad of Alabama who reported on the de-facto segregation in the greek system there, I can say that those claims of racial and gender inequity are fairly accurate.
Everyone on campus and in the community knows it and efforts to change the campus have been made in recent years. Perhaps that change hasn’t come fast enough (God knows, many out of state students don’t think it has) but there is progress.
Of course, since it was Alabama (a loaded word in our national lexicon)- national sources flocked to the video and slammed the sisters of Alpha Phi into taking it down.
Here’s a version of it though that is archived online: (the audio has been changed from the original)
Even the New York Times (!) reported on the “controversy” of the Alabama white girl video at the time.
The whole Internet got worked up about it because it fed a stereotype of the American South being a place where women aren’t empowered and Stepford Wives are created en masse.
Perhaps there is some tangential truth to that stereotype, but it is a stereotype nonetheless.
Yesterday, the University of Miami chapter of Delta Gamma released a video that is just as problematic as the Alabama one.
And yet there has not been the same outrage- at least not yet.
The Miami New Times described the Miami video as looking “more fabulous than Jennifer Lopez’s big-budget, Miami-shot music video for “I Luh Ya Papi” (except with fewer male models in Speedos, and more co-eds in bikinis).”
Is the Miami video better because there are a couple minority students in it and because it was filmed on Biscayne Bay?
That seems like a pretty weak argument to make if you support equality.
But you be the judge.
Is the Miami video just as bad as the Alabama video?
Is there a double standard in the way national media outlets cover issues relating to race and gender when talking about a Deep South school?
In the end, I’m a dude so I’m going to check my privilege on this one and would like to see what women think about it.
Tell us what you think in the comments below.
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The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) is forecasting a potentially high impact severe weather event for Wednesday that could extend into the early morning hours of Thursday.
Tornadoes, with perhaps a few significant ones, are possible across northeastern Mississippi and northwestern Alabama.
The SPC regularly issues convective thunderstorm outlooks in order to communicate the level of risk associated with severe weather events to the general public. These risks are noted by different colors and numbers. This particular event will likely be given a Level 4 (out of 5 total) Moderate Risk, meaning a few long-track tornadoes will be possible in the affected region.
In the meteorology world, weather models are one of the tools we regularly use to issue accurate forecasts.These models produce a plethora of different parameter outputs and products that enable you to see a nice, clean forecast on a daily basis.
Several models are hinting at the development of supercell thunderstorm formation on Wednesday. Supercells are the parent thunderstorm of potentially dangerous, long-track tornadoes.
This event is still approximately 48 hours from coming to fruition, however if you live in northeastern/central Mississippi or central/northwestern Alabama, NOW is the time to be prepared in case of a potential tornado.
It’s been quite some time since this region has experienced the threat of severe weather.
Here is a quick review of the things you should do if a tornado warning is issued for your area…
- You absolutely cannot be mobile home during a tornado. Cars and mobile homes are one of the worst places for you and your family to be during a tornado. If you’re in a mobile home, you MUST know in advance nearby structures that can withstand strong winds. Identify those places NOW before the action happens.
- No cars. If you’re in a car, you’ve got to get out and get to a site-built structure. This includes places like a well-built home, business, restaurant, gas station, etc. Cars are like tiny toys to a tornado. They have very little weight, comparatively speaking. Think you can outrun a tornado? Bad idea. Tornadoes can have erratic motion at times, and it’s critical that you are not in a vehicle during a tornado warning.
- Once you’re in a site-built structure, get to the lowest floor. You’ll need to be away from windows and doors, preferably in an interior hallway, closet, or bathroom. The more walls you can put between you and the outside world, the better off you’ll be.
- Folklore says you should be underground during a tornado. While this is preferable, if you’re not near a basement or storm shelter, it’s better to get in the middle of a site-built structure and not try to run or drive to a basement.
- I’m a big proponent of putting football or bicycle helmets on during a tornado warning, especially on children. Without going into too much detail, the odds of survival increase pretty dramatically if you protect and shield your head. It may look funny and you may draw some weird looks, but trust me… Do it anyway. It very well could save your life.
Rise News will continue to monitor this potential severe weather event in combination with RedZone Weather over the next few days.
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