Dueling Gun Bills: Caution Concealed Politics Carried

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Guns will continue to be a headline issue for 2013.

Not only does Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) have a commission looking into school safety with the possibility of arming teachers, there are also competing bills that would allow individuals to carry firearms to work and keep them stored in their vehicles.

The first bill sponsored Democrat Senator Roger Bedford (D-Russelllville) is legislation that has been endorsed by the NRA (National Rile Association). It is widely known as the “Parking Lot Bill,” and is favored by most gun owners.
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America is Poised to Go Over the Fiscal Cliff

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Senate adjourned Sunday evening without voting to pass anything to address the fiscal cliff crisis which threatens to raise taxes on almost all American workers.

Every tax bracket will pay more taxes in 2013 than they did in 2012 and many more Americans will pay income taxes.  A Social Security tax increase and drops in several tax credits will affect almost everyone including low wage earners.  Automatic sequestration cuts that target America’s defense will leave tens of thousands of defense workers jobless as well as many of our active duty armed forces if the cuts are allowed to be fully implemented.  Nondefense government agencies will see cuts as well.  Inheritance taxes will increase exponentially if we go over the cliff.  If we go over the fiscal cliff, the estate tax exemption will drop to just $one million. Anybody who leaves more than that to their families will lose 55% of that estate to the government.  That increase alone would make it almost impossible to leave a successful farm or business to your family’s next generation without extensive and expensive estate planning. Republican and Democrat negotiators appeared close to a deal Sunday, but that apparently all fell apart in the late afternoon.  Both sides will meet again on Monday to attempt to craft some sort of a package that is palatable to both sides.
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Bentley Working Hard on Cutting the Size of Alabama Government in First Term

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley gave an end of year update on his plan to identify and implement spending reforms that would save the people of Alabama a billion dollars in savings during his first term.

Gov. Bentley said, “I am committed to an efficient state government, and we’re making great progress in saving taxpayers a billion dollars a year.  The people of Alabama deserve a government that makes wise use of taxpayer dollars, and that’s what we’re giving them. I am confident we will reach our goal of identifying a billion dollars in average annual savings by the end of this term.”
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Response from House Minority Leader Craig Ford

By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

to Gov. Bentley’s Claims About Saving the State a Billion Dollars 

“The governor claims he is saving millions of dollars through “right-sizing the state government workforce” and “consolidating government agencies.” But that really means is he is cutting spending by eliminating teachers, support personnel, and state employee jobs. It means government services will slow down because fewer people are working at the agencies like Medicaid, Mental Health, and Public Safety. It means our children will be in larger classes and get less individual attention from their teachers because of it. It means fewer resources and older textbooks in our public schools. It means fewer resources for law enforcement and fewer law enforcement officers on the streets and guarding our prisons.
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The Commodores will Perform at Mobile Moon Pie Drop Rocking New Years Celebration

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Mobile is the party capital of Alabama and the host of by far the largest New Year’s Day Celebration in the state.  This year the celebration will be outside in the streets of Mobile.

Mobile Mayor Sam Jones said, “”We looked at several locations and wanted to bring the Moon Pie Drop and stage location closer together to build more enthusiasm.  The combination of the great entertainment, the uniqueness of the Moon Pie Drop, and an anticipated large crowd have the makings of one amazing evening.”
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Mobile and Other Ports to Remain Open

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A feared East and Gulf Coast port strike has been averted for at least 30 days. On Friday the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance agreed to extend their contract negotiations for an additional 30 days.

The National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay issued a written statement: “We welcome today’s news that a contract extension has been reached. However, we continue to urge both parties to remain at the negotiating table until a long-term contract agreement is finalized.”  “While a contract extension does not provide the level of certainty that retailers and other industries were looking for, it is a much better result than an East and Gulf Coast port strike that would have shut down 14 container ports from Maine to Texas.”
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Top Ten Political Stories 2012

Staff Report

MONTGOMERY—It has been said that one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

To which might be added, try covering those in politics and see how you feel
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It is traditional for news organizations to put together a list of top stories of the year. Yet, it is often difficult to parse out the good from the bad, the insane from the inane and the down right ugly truth. Politics is the art of war played with the mind and wit, a battle of ideas and will.
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Sewell Announces Assistance to Firefighters Grant to the Midfield Fire and Rescue Service

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Representative Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding a grant in the amount of $20,752 to the Midfield Fire and Rescue Service through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.  The grant will be used for fire fighter education and training.

Rep. Sewell said in a written statement, “I am pleased that the Midfield Fire and Rescue Service will receive this grant.  Fire fighters play a critical role in keeping our communities safe, and this grant program will give the Midfield Fire and Rescue Service the resources they desperately need to ensure that our communities are safe and secure.”
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Canfield Promotes From Within to Replace Retiring David Hutchison

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

David Hutchison is retiring as the Director of the Business Development Division at the Alabama Department of Commerce.  The division is charged with helping both new and expanding industries bring both jobs and investment to Alabama.  Hutchison will become the new director of the Butler County Economic Development Commission. He has been at the Alabama Commerce Department (formerly the Alabama Development Office) since 1988.  In that time he has served as the Economic Development Division Director, the Honda Project Manager, the Assistant Director and even as Acting Director.
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Missing Child Alert

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A five year old boy, Thomas Evan Diggs is missing from his home.  His father, Thomas Eric Diggs is a suspect in the child’s possible abduction.  The Alabama Department of Public Safety has classified the boy’s status as “endangered.”  The boy was last seen in Talladega on Saturday, December 22.  The alert just went out on Thursday, December 26.  The Talladega Police Department is asking the public for their help in finding the boy.
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