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GOP verges on civil war in Alabama after party members call each other ‘fake Republicans’ over 10 cent tax hike

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It’s not just the news that’s allegedly fake. According to some Republicans in Alabama, members of their own party have been outed as so-called fakes.

After winning supermajority status in the Legislature last year, Republicans said that they would begin their term by raising the gas tax, which didn’t sit well with older tea party Republicans.

“They’re addressing in what most places would be called a progressive agenda,” Lauderdale County Republican Ralph Long told Al.com.

Long chairs the Stop the Alabama Gas Tax PAC, which opposes a 10 cent gas tax increase.

Al.com reported:

On Thursday, the group sent out another press release introducing a new directory of “Fake Republicans.” The directory lists all the House Republicans and places a red “Fake Republican” logo over the eyes of 59 Republican House members who voted in support of the legislation, including House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, state Rep. Bill Poole of Tuscaloosa and the bill’s sponsor, and state Rep. Lynn Greer of Rogersville.

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[Republican state Rep. Lynn Greer], who represents portions of Lauderdale County, said the opposition forces are being led by tea party groups and others who would “oppose any and all taxes.”

“I’m not anti-tea party but we have to occasionally … for good education and highways, you need to bite the bullet and move forward,” Greer added. “Of course, they are going to be at us. But the people you will get re-elected four years from now, are the people who are going to support this bill, in my opinion.”

The bill has already been approved by the Alabama state House. It is expected to be taken up by the Senate this week. Alabama has not raised the state gas tax since 1992.

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Right-wing radio show ratings tank as host undermines Trump’s ‘promises made, promises kept’ re-election slogan

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The fact Donald Trump's base sticks with him no matter what he does is negatively impacting a conservative radio host attempting to hold the president accountable for his campaign promises.

Michael Alan Weiner, who goes by the stage name Michael Savage, hosts the "Savage Nation" radio show.

The host once praised Trump as the "Winston Churchill of our time" has been criticizing the president recently, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

"Now Mr. Savage is an outlier once again, dismayed more each day as the budget deficit continues to swell, thousands of new migrants are apprehended at the border, and the wall Mr. Trump promised to erect and make Mexico pay for remains unbuilt," The Times explained.

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Ukrainian-Russian developer with Trump Tower Moscow ties suing after getting bilked for $200,000 at inauguration

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"A Ukrainian-Russian developer who wanted access to President Trump’s inauguration filed a lawsuit on Tuesday saying he was bilked out of the $200,000 he paid for what he thought would be V.I.P. tickets to the event," The New York Times reported Tuesday.

"The developer, Pavel Fuks, who once discussed a Moscow real estate project with Mr. Trump, said in the lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, that he had paid the money to a firm at the direction of Yuri Vanetik, a prominent Republican fund-raiser and sometime lobbyist," the newspaper explained. "But, the lawsuit said, Mr. Vanetik failed to come through with the promised tickets, and Mr. Fuks ended up watching the inauguration from a Washington hotel bar."

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