Chief Justice Candidate Robert Vance Jr. States Case

September 28, 2012

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Keeping the courts running and not personal agenda, is what Alabamians want, says Chief Justice candidate Robert Vance Jr.

Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Robert Vance Jr. is the democrat nominee for Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice.

Vance admits that the circumstances that led to his entering the race for Chief Justice were unusual. Vance became the a candidate after the disqualification of lawyer Harry Lyon as chief justice candidate. Lyon was removed by the party following controversial comments he made about Republican judges, gays and supporters of gay marriage.
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Obama Rejects Sessions’ Call to Name China as a Currency Manipulator

September 28, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama called for President Barack Obama to label China a “currency manipulator” in a Treasury Report that is due on October 15th. On Thursday, President Obama responded to the conservative criticism and said that labeling China a currency manipulator would only “embarrass” the Chinese.

President Obama said in an interview with the ‘Cleveland Plain Dealer’ that doing that would embarrass the Chinese and would risk “an all-out trade war.” President Obama said, “‘They’d have to push back, and there’s no automatic trigger that results from it,’ Obama said. ‘So the only thing that happens is we then have to go back and negotiate with them. The key here is just constant pressure, and that’s what we’ve applied in a much more aggressive way than the previous administration.”
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Jefferson County AFT Lands $150,000 Grant to Help Impose Common Core Standards

September 28, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Jefferson County-AFT, the local affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) announced in a written statement that they have been awarded a $150,000 grant from the AFT Innovation Fund.

The President of the Jefferson County AFT, Vi Parramore said, “Our AFT Innovation Fund grant has enabled great teachers to extend their knowledge and expertise beyond the walls of their classrooms to the future generation of teachers.”
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Bonner Says that President is Trying to Undo Welfare Reform

September 28, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Representative Jo Bonner (R) from Mobile said in his weekly column that he voted for H.J. 118 that would restore the landmark welfare work requirements passed by President Clinton and a Republican Congress led by then Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Congressman Bonner said, “Sixteen years ago, a Democrat president and a Republican Congress did what, frankly, very few ever expected. They reached across the political gulf and worked together to tackle the thorny issue of welfare dependence. Faced with a flawed system that actually discouraged people from seeking a better life, politicians found a solution that most Americans agreed was the right path. Unfortunately, a decade and a half later, President Obama has chosen to reverse the progress of bipartisan welfare reform.”
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Senator Pushes Recall Elections on the 2013 Legislative Agenda

September 27, 2012

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A pre-filed bill in the State Senate would provide a mechanism for recall elections in Alabama.

“I think we have to be accountable to the voters every year not just every four years,” said the bill’s sponsor Senator Minority Leader Roger Bedford (D-Russellville).

In fact, 19 states have recall laws as a part of their state’s constitution.

Recently, first-term Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin survived a statewide recall election. The 44-year-old Walker is the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election.
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Job Keeper Alliance Hosts Workshop for Students: Over 5,000 Attend

September 27, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Job Keeper Alliance and Manufacture Alabama recently hosted a workshop titled “You have a Career Path in Manufacturing” for Alabama high school and middle school students at the 2012 Joint Leadership Development Conference (JLDC). Over 5,000 Alabama students attended the two day workshop.

Manufacture Alabama Director of External Affairs Blake Hardwich said, “This is our second year to host a workshop at the JLDC and we look forward to returning again next year. This event gives us a chance to tell students about the rewarding and high-paying careers available at today’s high-tech manufacturing companies.”
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McClendon and Dial Continue Fight for Preemies

September 27, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama State Senator Gerald Dial and Alabama State Representative Jim McClendon are hoping that a bill that they have prefiled for 2013 legislative session can continue the positive trend in lowering Alabama’s infant mortality rate.

Senator Dial (R) from Lineville said in a written statement, “Alabama ranks among the last in the nation in infant mortality and this is simply unacceptable. We have some counties with an infant mortality rate in excess of 30 percent – that means one out of three babies don’t make it to their first birthday.”
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Sessions and other GOP Senators Ask Napolitano to Release Data On Visas And Welfare Reliance

September 27, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama joined U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R)f from Iowa, Orrin Hatch (R) from Utah, and Pat Roberts (R)f from Kansas in releasing a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano regarding her department’s failure to respond to an oversight request for information on visa applications, which Sessions’ said should be readily providable.

The letter said, “On August 6, 2012, you received a letter from us that posed several questions regarding your Department’s apparent waiver of the legal requirement that those seeking citizenship and residency in the United States not be welfare reliant.”
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Bachus Commends ThyssenKrupp on Decision to Locate Facility in Bibb County

September 27, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia issued a written statement following the announcement by ThyssenKrupp Materials North America that it will build a new $13 million materials processing and distribution center in Woodstock in Bibb County. The company has stated that it expects that the 100,000 square foot facility will create up to 45 new Alabama jobs.

Representative Bachus said, “The announcement by ThyssenKrupp that it will invest $13 million to build a materials processing and distribution center in Woodstock is outstanding news for Bibb County, our regional economy, and indeed for the entire State of Alabama. It is an economic bright spot to celebrate. A major investment like this creates not only direct jobs, but spin-off jobs as well. My commendations go to all involved with this exciting project and to ThyssenKrupp for making another significant investment in the State of Alabama, which has a work ethic and business climate second to none.”
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AG, Walker County DA Announce Search Warrants Served for Gambling Devices

September 26, 2012

Staff Report

From the Office of Attorney General Luther Strange

(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Luther Strange and Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair announced the results of a law enforcement operation conducted yesterday morning by Special Agents and representatives of the Attorney General’s Office, the Walker County District Attorney’s Office and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office.

Search warrants were served at the Arrow Head Golf Course, 3947 Holly Grove Road, in Jasper, and at a house with blackened windows located on Nauvoo Road near Jagger Road in Nauvoo.  Agents confiscated 60 electronic gambling devices, a 9 mm automatic gun and an undisclosed amount of cash.  No arrests have been made.
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