Bentley Says Alabama Economic Development Projects Increased in 2011

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday Governor Robert Bentley issued a written statement announcing that new and expanding industry announcement totals rose to the highest capital investment levels in the past four years.

Governor Bentley said.  “Alabama’s economic development programs are working hand-in-hand with local development partners to create new jobs and new opportunities for people in this state.”

The Alabama Department of Commerce (formerly called the Alabama Development Office), announced that during 2011, the number of new jobs increased by 9.3% and capital investment by 87.7% compared to 2010.
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Sewell Votes In Opposition of House Republican Fiscal Year 2013 Budget

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Alabama released a written statement following her vote against the House Republican Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Resolution.

Representative Sewell said, “Today, I voted against the Republican Fiscal Year 2013 Budget resolution, a budget proposal that would result in harsh cuts to vital programs, investments and services. This Republican budget proposes drastic cuts to discretionary programs by approximately $120 billion and mandatory programs by $284 billion. This budget would leave America’s middle-class families, seniors, children, and our most vulnerable without a life-line to continue to recover from this economic recession.”
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Shelby Says Biomedical Research is a Necessary and Worthy Investment

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Senator Richard Shelby (R) from Alabama said, “NIH funding should be a priority and that its benefits extend well beyond its research discoveries.”  Sen. Shelby remarks were made at a Subcommittee hearing on the National Institutes of Health Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Proposal.  Sen. Shelby is the ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.
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Republican 2013 Budget Passes House: Aderholt, Bonner, and Bachus Comment

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The United States House of Representatives Passed the House Republican fiscal year 2013 budget Thursday by 228 to 191.  Both Congressmen Robert Aderholt (R) from Haleyville, Jo Bonner from Mobile and Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia issued written statements.

Representative Robert Aderholt said, “There is little doubt that our nation’s $15 trillion debt is this generation’s greatest domestic challenge.”  “Failure to address the staggering debt now is irresponsible and will ensure for the first time in our nation’s history our children and grandchildren will live in an America with less opportunity than this generation.”
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EDITORIAL: Education Options Act of 2012

By ALGOP Chairman Bill Armistead

Student success improvements have been stagnant in Alabama education for years. This circumstance is a tragedy. The absence of serious reform diminishes the likelihood of achievement for Alabama’s children. We cannot allow another year of operating Alabama schools under a “business as usual” atmosphere.

On March 14, Governor Bentley announced the Education Options Act of 2012. The Act provides flexibility within local school systems and more instructional options for students and parents. The Act, with Alabama citizens’ support, will lead to change in the lives of Alabama’s children.
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Rep. Drake and Sen. Beason Support HB 306

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama State Representative Dickie Drake (R) from Leeds says that he is still pushing for his bill to ban counties in Alabama from making non-sewer users pay a fee for the sewers they do not use.  In an ‘Alabama Political Reporter’ exclusive phone interview Rep. Dickie Drake said that he still intends to introduce his bill on the floor of the State House in the coming weeks.  Rep. Drake said that he asked to carry over the bill temporarily on March 14th when Democrats threatened to filibuster the bill.
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Sessions Says Obama Will Scale Back Missile Defense if Reelected

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued a statement following President Obama’s controversial comments to Russian President Medvedev that were accidentally captured by an open microphone at a public appearance of the two world leaders.

Senator Sessions said, “President Obama’s ‘hot mic’ comment to Russian President Medvedev reveals that he is sending one message to Russia about our nation’s defenses and a contradictory message to Congress and the American people. I have stated my concern for a long time that President Obama is insufficiently committed to missile defense, a concern heightened and validated by this unsettling incident.”
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An appeal that set legal precedent

By Staff Report
Alabama Political Reporter

From Office of Attorney General Luther Strange

(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Luther Strange announced the sentencing today of defendants in a case that finally was brought to trial as the result of an appeal by the Attorney General’s Office that set an important legal precedent for prosecutions involving theft of funds.

Just as the case initially was going to trial in September of 2008, it was dismissed because the indictment referred to theft of specific monetary amounts but did not state whether the money stolen was received in the form of U.S. currency, checks, or credit or debit card transactions. The Attorney General’s Office successfully argued that the form of transaction or the currency was not necessary to properly identify the amount that had been stolen. The Alabama Supreme Court agreed and the case came to trial this January.
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BREAKING NEWS: Southern Poverty Law Center Reaches Resolution With Tuscaloosa County Schools That Same-Sex Couples May Attend Prom

Staff Report

Schools will Allow Students to Express Acceptance of LGBT Community

From the Offices of The Southern Poverty Law Center 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) announced today that Tuscaloosa County Schools will allow its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students to attend prom with same-sex dates. The school district also has recognized the right of students to wear clothing with slogans expressing acceptance of LGBT people.
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BACHUS ISSUES STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT HEARING ON OBAMACARE

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia issued a written statement after oral arguments concluded at the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare).

Rep. Bachus said, “My view from inside the legislative process was always that Obamacare represented a vast overreach by the government and would do irreparable damage to America’s health care system. At a cost now estimated at $2.6 trillion, Obamacare will cause millions of people to lose their current coverage and impose crushing costs on small businesses and job creators. Along with many colleagues, I submitted a legal brief to the court on the unconstitutionality of the government mandate to buy insurance that is the centerpiece of the law. As we await a ruling from the justices, I remain convinced that Congress could best serve the nation by repealing Obamacare and replacing it with common sense reforms to make health care more affordable and accessible without unnecessarily putting the federal government between patients and their doctors.”
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