Senator Paul Bussman Announces Press Conference on Midwife Bill

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter 

Senator Paul Bussman (R) from Cullman County will be holding a press conference Wednesday to discuss Senate Bill 314 after the adjournment of the Senate Health Committee meeting at ~12:30.

SB314 would establish a State Board of Midwifery, allow licensed midwives to legally practice in the state of Alabama.

According to the Alabama Midwives Alliance, midwives were outlawed in Alabama in 1976

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Sessions Says that Defense is not Driving Federal Spending

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter 

Senator Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama addressed Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Dempsey on the ‘Myths of Defense Spending’ at a Senate Committee Meeting on the growing federal budget crisis and the President’s 2013 budget request.  Sen. Sessions told the Secretary and the assembled Senators, officials, officers, and media that there are

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Mo Brooks Discusses NSF Budget

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter 

Congressman Mo Brooks (R) from Huntsville is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education. The Subcommittee met Tuesday to examine the Obama Administration’s proposed fiscal year 2013 budget request for the National Science Foundation (NSF).

During the subcommittee hearing Chairman Brooks said, “It (President Obama’s overall budget proposal) is not sustainable.  It

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Ward Pushes Alabama Digital Crime Act

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From the Office of State Senator Cam Ward

MONTGOMERY, AL, (February 29, 2012)- State Senator Cam Ward and Representative Paul DeMarco announced that they will introduce legislation today to overhaul the criminal code in Alabama as it pertains to criminal activity committed online and through the internet.  The bill, known as the Alabama Digital Crime Act, was the result of work carried out by the Alabama District Attorneys Association

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Why Democrats Think the GOP Race Might Last Until June

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Staff Report
Alabama Political Reporter

Game it out for a second. Look at the calendar.

This GOP race could go on for a long time, and Democrats profess to be thrilled about that prospect, about Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich continuing to bloody each other up, aided by Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.

Why would this go on for awhile? Because a combination of an elongated schedule, new Republican National Committee rules, and some quirks of fate

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Vernon Burns: The Not So Sunny RSA report

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“The future will be sound and brighter,” according to Retirement Systems of Alabama Chief David Bronner. This future prediction is the heading of a report, on the RSA website, outlining the information given to the state legislature’s joint budget hearing Feb. 8, 2012. This online report is impressive and colorful, with many charts and graphic illustrations.

After we have been sufficiently impressed by the reports depth

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Holtzclaw Calls for Senators to Decline Pay Increase

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By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, on the Alabama Senate Floor, Senator Bill Holtzclaw (R-Madison) strongly urged Alabama senators not to accept the automatic pay raise this year.

In 2007, the Democratic led legislature voted to give lawmakers an automatic cost of living pay raise each year that did not require an annual vote.

Holtzclaw said, “I encourage these and other media across our great state to tell the

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AG Announces House Passage of Bill for Overtime in Law Enforcement Pensions

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Staff Report

From the Office of Attorney General Luther Strange

(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Luther Strange announced that the House of Representatives Tuesday approved a bill in his legislative package that would allow the calculation of overtime pay toward retirement benefits for state employees. Attorney General Strange advocated this legislation to provide this benefit for law enforcement and correctional officers, who often are

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Sewell Praises Obama’s Proposed Business Tax Proposals

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter 

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma issued a press release with her supportive comments of President Obama’s framework for business tax reform.

Representative Sewell said in her press release, “I applaud the President for outlining a bold framework for reforming the U.S. business tax system. This proposal is an important first step towards developing a comprehensive tax code

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Sessions Says that Obama Could Do More to Lower Gas Prices

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter 

Senator Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama sent a letter to President Obama calling his energy policy “defeatist” and listing several policy chains that he says could increase domestic energy production and lead to a lowering of gasoline prices.

In his letter to the President, Sen. Sessions said, “I am writing today to urge your Administration to take overdue but necessary action to confront

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