Mal Moore Dies

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Saturday, former University of Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore passed away.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) gave his condolences shortly after the announcement.

Governor Bentley said, “Coach Moore will be deeply missed. I’ve known Mal for over 30 years and have always considered him a good friend as well as a good man. He was devoted to UA Athletics, and he will also be remembered for his dedication to his family. Mal made a positive impact on our entire state. I want to offer my deepest condolences to his family during this time.”
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NRA Urges Alabama Senate to Pass Omnibus Gun Bill

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The NRA sent out emails to its supporters urging them to call their State Senators to urge them to support the Omnibus firearms bill, Senate Bill 286.

SB 286 passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee by a bipartisan 7 to 1 vote. According to the NRA the bipartisan omnibus firearms bill could be considered on the Senate floor as early as Tuesday, April 2.
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Alabama to Receive Additional Disaster Recovery Funding

Staff Report

MONTGOMERY – Nearly $120 million in additional funding will help Alabama communities in the ongoing recovery from the spring 2011 severe weather outbreak.  Governor Robert Bentley was informed of the allocation by Shaun Donovan, Secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“There are still several communities suffering from the long-term effects of the 2011 storms,” Governor Bentley said.  “This funding will go a long way in helping those communities recover.  I am very appreciative of HUD for recognizing the long-term needs of people in our state, and we will continue working together to help our communities rebuild.  I also want to thank each member of Alabama’s congressional delegation for their hard work in helping us secure additional funding.”
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Editorial: Could Racist Emails Doom State Democrats

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In a lot of ways this legislative session has produced a lot of talking points that could potentially be of benefit politically for Alabama Democrats.  The passage of the Alabama Accountability Act has the potential to fire up and motivate public school employees as well as people who are emotionally invested in their local public schools to come out and vote against Republican incumbents.
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Strange Joins National Effort Supporting a Broader Religious Exception to Obamacare Mandate

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) has joined a national effort by conservative states to convince the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to adopt broader religious exceptions to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that all businesses and non-profit organizations (including religiously affiliated non-profits) purchase healthcare coverage that includes coverage for contraception, abortificients (such as ru-486 “the morning after pill”), and sterilization.
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Armistead Calls on Democratic Party to Apologize for Rep. Mitchell’s Racist Rant

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead has released a written statement following the widespread publication of racially   insensitive racial remarks made by State Representative Joseph Mitchell (D) from Mobile to a citizen who was campaigning for Second Amendment rights.  Mitchell wrote in an email exchange:
“Your folk never used all this sh**t to protect my folk from your slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous, snaggle-toothed, backward-a**ed, inbreed, imported criminal-minded kin folk.” – Rep. Joseph Mitchell (1/27/13 in an email to an Alabama citizen)
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Rep. Napoleon Bracy Elected Chairman of Alabama Legislative Black Caucus

Staff Report

Montgomery, AL – The members of the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus have elected Rep. Napoleon Bracy, D-Prichard, to serve as the Caucus’ new chairman. Rep. Bracy will serve as chairman for the next two years.

“It is an honor to have been chosen for this position,” said Rep. Bracy. “I am truly blessed by God to have been given this opportunity, and I look forward to working with our Caucus members over the next two years as we continue to fight for quality education for all Alabama children, equal rights and pay for minorities and women, fair contracting opportunities, protecting voting rights, and transparent government.”
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Alabama Receives $120 Million HUD Grants for Disaster Recovery

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) announced on Wednesday in a written statement that the state of Alabama will receive nearly $120 million in community development block grant disaster recovery funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Sewell announced that $49.1 million will be awarded to the state of Alabama to support long-term disaster recovery throughout the hardest-hit disaster areas. Sewell announced that HUD will also provide $43.9 million directly to the City of Tuscaloosa, $17.4 million to the City of Birmingham, and $9.1 million to Jefferson County. This funding will enable each community to continue to make necessary repairs and improvements in infrastructure, housing, economic development projects, and emergency preparedness.
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Shedd Wins Special State House Republican Runoff Today

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republicans in parts of Cullman, Blount, and Morgan Counties went to the polls today and selected Randall Shedd as the Republican nominee for Alabama state representative.  Randall Shedd defeated Danny Alldredge in the Republican runoff for Alabama House District 11.

Randall Shedd is the Director of the Cullman County Commission on Aging.  As of press time, Shedd led Alldredge with 1,621 votes to 1,155.  Shedd will face Democrat Kelly Evans in the May 7th special election.
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Nordgren Announces Tornado Relief Fund

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Last week tornados touched down in rural areas of Etowah and Dekalb Counties.  Largely because of the rural nature of the area the damage is unlikely to rise to the level necessary for a federal natural disaster declaration.  While it may not be a disaster in the eyes of Washington, if your home was destroyed then it is a disaster in your world.  State Representative Becky Nordgren (R) announced on Facebook that a tornado relief fund is being set up for those families who were impacted by the severe weather in Northeast Alabama.
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