Dueling Gun Bills: Caution Concealed Politics Carried

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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

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America is Poised to Go Over the Fiscal Cliff

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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

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Bentley Working Hard on Cutting the Size of Alabama Government in First Term

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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

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Response from House Minority Leader Craig Ford

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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

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The Commodores will Perform at Mobile Moon Pie Drop Rocking New Years Celebration

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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

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Mobile and Other Ports to Remain Open

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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

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Top Ten Political Stories 2012

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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 . 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

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Sewell Announces Assistance to Firefighters Grant to the Midfield Fire and Rescue Service

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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

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Canfield Promotes From Within to Replace Retiring David Hutchison

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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

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Missing Child Alert

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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

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