Secretary Canfield Ducking the Tough Questions About Paris Trip

June 28, 2013

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield and dozens of other Alabama politicians, their spouses, their lobbyists and their staffers returned home from the economic development trip to the famed Paris Air Show last week. But Canfield has yet found the time to keep a promise to answer questions about the trip’s total cost to taxpayers.

Communications Director for the Department of Commerce Gerri Miller wrote in an email dated June 20 concerning the Alabama Political Reporter’s request for information, “I informed Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield about your questions and he wanted me to let you know that he will respond when he returns.”
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Youth organizations set equal marriage platforms

June 28, 2013

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY– Following the 5-4 decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, the future political leaders of Alabama are able to find common ground on marriage equality.

While the Democratic and Republican National Committees have starkly opposite platform positions on the issue of marriage equality, members of the Young Republican Federation of Alabama and the Alabama Young Democrats have adopted platforms that are not as conflicting on the subject as one might imagine.
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ACIJ Celebrates Senate Passage of Immigration Reform

June 28, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted by a margin of 68 to 32 to pass the controversial immigration reform bill S.744, the Border Security, Economic Competitiveness, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.

Following passage, the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice praised the portions of the bill that overhaul the nation’s immigration system, which allow a greater flow of legal immigrants while providing a path to citizenship for millions of illegal aliens who are already living here (many who have been here for decades). The group however worries that heightened border security proposals added to the bill in the last week to attract Republican support may have gone too far.
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Return Government to the People

June 28, 2013

By Jordan Cozby

The approval rating of the U.S. Congress today is at an all-time low – about 14% – yet nearly 95% of incumbent Senators and Representatives were re-elected in the 2012 general election.  This statistic alone shows Americans that something has gone horribly wrong in our Government.

How did we get here? There are many reasons for the current problems in Congress, but the most detrimental and alarming is the decreasing voice of the common voter. This is largely due to “Gerrymandering” and the overwhelming and growing influence of money in politics. These two factors are increasingly drowning out the common voter.
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Moore Says Foundation for Moral Law Will Says Marriage is an Ordination of God

June 28, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday the United States Supreme Court released opinions in United States v. Windsor, Executor of the Estate of Spyer Et.Al. and Hollingsworth Et.Al. v. Perry Et.Al., two cases that centered around same sex marriage.

The President of the Foundation for Moral Law in Montgomery, Kayla Moore issued a written statement following the rulings. President Moore wrote,

“In declaring that DOMA, Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, the United States Supreme Court not only struck down a 1996 Act of Congress, but also disregarded hundreds of years of history of western civilization. The Court has taken upon itself to refute our history, our law, and our faith and this is wrong. The Court left unsettled the validity of state laws, like our law here in Alabama, by failing to address the issues in Proposition 8, California’s Constitutional Amendment, which declares marriage as between one man and one woman. The Court simply said that petitioners lacked “standing” to bring the action before the Court, and avoided addressing the issue altogether.”
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Immigration Bill Passes Senate: Roby Calls Bill “Deeply Flawed

June 28, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery responded with a written statement to Senate passage of the omnibus immigration bill crafted by the Gang of Eight.

Representative Roby said, “What the Senate passed today is deeply flawed. An immigration reform bill that doesn’t truly secure the border isn’t immigration reform at all.”

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) from Ohio said that the Senate bill will never come to the floor of the House.
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Statement by Judge Mark Kennedy on Marshall County Republican

June 28, 2013

Staff Report

Montgomery – Last December, the Arab Tribune published a report from the Alabama Department of Revenue that found irregularities in the Marshall County Revenue Office. The state audit revealed that Revenue Commissioner Joey Masters (R) significantly lowered property taxes for friends and neighbors, along with other so-called clerical errors.

Despite causing a furor in the Arab community, little has happened to the local Republican in the seven months since. The state has taken control of the office, but Masters continues to collect a $65,000 salary.
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Military-Focused Legislation Giving Alabama Competitive Edge in BRAC Process Now Law

June 28, 2013

Staff Report

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (June 27, 2013) –Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday held a ceremonial bill signing for HB 338 and HB 424, two military-focused bills that further strengthen Alabama’s commitment to the military and helps improve our position as we continue to prepare for any future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission reviews.

The bills were drafted and supported by the Military Stability Commission.  Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey serves as Chair of the Military Stability Commission.  The purpose of the Commission is to strengthen Alabama’s military installations, advocate for our military men and women, and prepare for the BRAC process, as well as respond to the effects of sequestration.
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Roby Supports the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act

June 28, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery issued a statement to announce that she had spoken on the floor of the U.S House of Representatives Tuesday night to respond to President Obama’s announcement of a new, aggressive push for regulations on American energy producers.

Rep. Roby said, “Over the last few days, I have utilized social media to ask my constituents how higher energy costs from President Obama’s ‘war on coal’ will affect them. Having access to affordable energy is an issue that touches every single American. More costly restrictions on energy producers mean higher electricity bills, more expensive groceries and increased gas prices. Americans need affordable energy to make ends meet, and that’s why I’ve joined House Republicans in pushing for an ‘all-of-the-above’ strategy that will keep costs low while putting us on a path to energy independence.”
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DOMA decision leads to challenge of Alabama law

June 27, 2013

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Wednesday, the US Supreme Court announced a 5-4 decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which federally defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

This decision means that all federal benefits of marriage afforded to opposite-sex couples will now be granted to same-sex couples who are legally married in the United States. Currently, 13 states and Washington, D.C. have legal same-sex marriage.
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