Dr. Joe Godfrey, talks about 2013 session and social conservative agenda

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — With three Legislative sessions down in the quadrennium, social conservatives still see some heavy lifting ahead.

Dr. Joe Godfrey, Executive Director of the Alabama Citizens Action Program, or ALCAP, believes that House Bill 57, also known as Women’s Health and Safety Act, was a major victory for social conservatives in Alabama.

“This bill was a victory for the women of our state, and we hope it is one for the babies,” said Godfrey.
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Santorum and Hillyer meet with Alabama press

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–Former Senator and GOP Presidential nominee Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania) announced his support for Quin Hillyer in the 1st district Congressional race. Santorum won the Republican primary for the Presidential election in Alabama in 2011.

I’m excited to be here to support Quin,” Santorum said. “He is exactly the kind of person we need in Washington, D.C.”

Santorum explained several of his reasons for endorsing Hillyer, including that he “is a very strong, principled Conservative” on issues like economics, foreign policy and Constitutional interpretation.
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Medicaid Reform in Alabama Faces Federal Hurdle

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Reforming Alabama Medicaid is widely viewed as one of the most important victories of the 2013 legislative session for the people of Alabama.

Rep. Terri Collins (R) from Decatur said on Facebook that Medicaid Reform, “(moving from fee-for-service to managed care)” was among the best legislative accomplishments of the session.

Rep. Kurt Wallace (R) said on Facebook that the, “Legislation needed to fix what many view as a behemoth federal boondoggle known as Obamacare. With our reform legislation, providers will be paid based upon the results they produce, and Medicaid recipients will be discouraged from using the emergency room like it has a revolving door.”
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Brooks Honors 2013 Service Academy Appointees At Reception

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (R) from Huntsville hosted a reception at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library in honor of this year’s 11 North Alabama U.S. Service Academies appointees.

Congressman Brooks said, “These appointees represent some of the best and brightest young men in North Alabama. They have all demonstrated outstanding academic achievements, dedication, and a desire to serve our nation. The 2013 U.S. Service Academies appointees include 11 young men representing eight high schools: six West Point appointees, two Air Force Academy Appointees, one Naval Academy appointee, one Merchant Marine Academy appointee, and one Coast Guard Academy appointee. Alabamians can be proud to send these exceptional students into service.”
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Hillyer Campaign Off to Fast Start

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, conservative columnist turned candidate for Congress, Quin Hillyer held a joint press conference with former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (R). On Wednesday the columnist-turned-candidate launched his campaign website: www.hillyerforcongress.com. Hillyer also collected an endorsement from one of his own when fellow conservative writer, Bill Krystol endorsed Hillyer’s candidacy.

The Weekly Standard editor wrote, “There will undoubtedly be other candidates for the GOP nomination in this strongly Republican district, and some of them will surely be well qualified. But I feel confident in saying now that none is likely to be able to contribute more to the conservative future as a member of Congress than Quin Hillyer.”
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Medical marijuana advocate launches bid for State Senate

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Ron Crumpton has announced that he intends to run for Alabama’s state senate in 2014.

Crumpton, who is from Cropwell, Ala., will run for the 11th senate district, which is currently represented by Jerry Fielding (R-Sylacauga). He has not stated his party affiliation for this campaign, however his fan page lists “Democratic Libertarian” and his personal page lists his political views as “Libertarian Republican.”
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Successful Session Comes to an End

By Sen. Cam Ward

I will be the first to admit that this has been one of the hardest legislative sessions I have had.  But meaningful reform can only be achieved with hard work. In the end, I am proud of my accomplishments for the people in my district during this session.

My agenda for Senate District 14, and as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, included laws defining Elder Abuse as a crime in our state, a law defining the fee schedules for attorneys contracted with the state which was recognized by The American Tort Reform Association and The Wall Street Journal as a big step forward for transparency, and The Alabama Commercial Aviation Business Improvement Act, designed to help create as many as 4,000 jobs in our state. All of these passed with wide bi-partisan support and were signed into law by the Governor.
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For Veterans and Families, Every Day is Memorial Day

By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford 

Earlier this week, we took a day to remember our veterans and fallen heroes who have sacrificed their lives for our country.

We have all heard the famous quote: “Freedom is not free.” And it is good that we take time to remember those who have given their lives so that we can be safe and free.

Since the Civil War, Americans have taken a day each year to recognize our veterans, and Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971.
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ACLJ Files Federal Lawsuit on Behalf of 25 Tea Party Groups

Staff Report

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Center for Law and Justice today filed a significant lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C. on behalf of 25 Tea Party and conservative organizations against the U.S. Attorney General, Treasury Secretary, and Internal Revenue Service – including top IRS officials.

“The IRS and the federal government are not going to get away with this unlawful targeting of conservative groups,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “As this unconstitutional scheme continues even today, the only way to stop this flagrant and arrogant abuse of our clients’ rights is to file a federal lawsuit which we have done. The lawsuit sends a very powerful message to the IRS and the Obama Administration – including the White House: Americans are not going to be bullied and intimidated by our government. They will not be subjected to unconstitutional treatment and unlawfully singled out and punished because of their ideological beliefs. Those responsible for this unprecedented intimidation ploy must be held accountable.”
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Sewell Joins President Obama for Congressional Gold Medal Bill Honoring the “Four Little Girls”

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Sewell joined President Barack Obama at the White House for a bill signing ceremony for the Congressional Gold Medal Bill honoring the “Four Little Girls.”

The bill, H.R. 360, to award the posthumous Congressional Gold Medals to the four little girls killed in a bombing of their Church by domestic terrorists in Birmingham passed unanimously in the House of Representatives on April 24. The bipartisan bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Sewell and Congressman Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia together with the entire Alabama delegation and Alabama natives Rep. John Lewis (D) from GA and Rep. Sanford Bishop (R) from GA.

Representative Sewell said,“I applaud President Obama for signing the Congressional Gold Medal Bill to honor the lives of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley. I am pleased that this nation has finally honored the sacrifices of these four little girls that ignited the spark which led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And though we will never be able to replace the lives lost or the injuries suffered, this medal will serve as a compelling reminder of the sacrifices so many freedom fighters made to help us achieve equality and social change.”

Representative Bachus said, “This Congressional Gold Medal will commemorate the legacy of four beautiful little girls whose lives, while far too short, led to permanent change in our society and who are part of the honor roll of the civil rights movement.  The fact that this moved from being a legislative proposal to a law signed by the President in such a relatively short period of time is a recognition of the historic significance of 16th Street Baptist Church bombing and its aftermath. It was a pleasure to work with Congresswoman Sewell and our entire Alabama delegation in the House and Senate on this deserved honor.”

H.R. 360 was carried in the U.S. Senate by U.S. Senators Richard Shelby (R) and Jeff Sessions where it was approved unanimously on May 9. Over two-thirds of the Senate were co-sponsors of the legislation.

The bill signing ceremony was also attended by: Alabama native, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin; Birmingham Mayor William Bell; the Pastor of the 16th Street Baptist Church, Reverend Arthur Price Jr.; the sister of Carole Robertson, Dianne Braddock; the sister of Denise McNair, Lisa McNair, and Denise McNair, the sister of Maxine McNair.

Dianne Braddock said, “Thanks to Congresswoman Sewell and Congressman Bachus along with the entire Alabama delegation for wanting to have this recognition and for pursuing it in Congress as well as ensuring that the bill was passed by the house and Senate. I’m very grateful. I’m sure the country will be grateful for their vision and diligence in awarding this honor to the four little girls.”

Lisa McNair said, “What a glorious day. This makes us feel so good. We are so grateful to Congresswoman Sewell and Congressman Bachus for their continued efforts to pass this bill. It has also been such a pleasure to meet the first African-American President. I look forward to the ceremony in the fall.”
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