Alabama AFL-CIO Responds to Bentley’s Anti-Union Comments

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By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–Alabama AFL-CIO President Al Henley responded to Governor Bentley’s statements against attempts to organize at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, calling the Governor’s comments “sad, but certainly not surprising.”

At the summer conference for the Economic Development Association of Alabama, Governor Bentley made it clear that allowing workers to unionize

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Bentley Tells Bice To Postpone State Crackdown on Private and Home Schools

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Last week Alabama State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice announced that the state was imposing new rules on Alabama’s many private and church schools, reportedly including a $300 per school licensing fee that even religiously affiliated schools were ordered to pay to the state.

Angry Churches and private school officials made their objections heard at the highest levels of Alabama

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Rogers and Connolly Start New Infrastructure Caucus

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Mike Rogers (R) from Saks and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D) from Virginia both announced that they are forming a bi-partisan Congressional caucus which is focused on the nation’s infrastructure and the increasing use of public-private partnerships to build and maintain it.

Representative Rogers said in a written statement, “Solid infrastructure is a key driver of good jobs and

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Governor Bentley Promotes Annual State Sales Tax Holiday for Back-to-School Items

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Staff Report

MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday encouraged Alabamians to remember this weekend’s state sales tax holiday for back-to-school items and stock up on needed supplies.

“The cost of school supplies can weigh heavily on a family’s budget, especially families with more than one school-aged child.  The tax-free weekend is about saving families money on the school supplies their children need to start the new

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Albert Lipscomb to Qualify for District One

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Staff Report

Mobile – Albert Lipscomb (R – Magnolia Springs) former three term Alabama State Senator and Baldwin County Commissioner will qualify for Alabama’s First Congressional District. Lipscomb will resign from the Baldwin County Board of Registrars prior to qualifying.

Lipscomb, a life-long Republican, is well known in District One and throughout Alabama, for his very conservative, pro life stand. Lipscomb is a true

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Barron Defense Files String of Motions

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Former State Senator Lowell Barron (D) from Fyffe is under indictment for misusing campaign funds. Barron and his defense team are maintaining that he is innocent of all charges. On Monday, his attorney, Joe Espy, filed a string of motions addressing prosecutorial conduct.

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Motion to Compel

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Republican Candidates for District 1 Congressional District 1 Can Qualify at Two Locations

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday the Alabama Republican Party announced that Republicans interested in qualifying to run for Congress can qualify in person at the Republican Party Headquarters in Hoover on Saturday, August 3 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. There will also be qualifying at the Mobile Government Plaza, Multipurpose Room at 205 Government Street in Mobile from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm on Monday, August 5th.<br

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Bonner Announces that Funding for Two More Austal Built LCSs Clears the House

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Jo Bonner (R) from Mobile announced in his Friday column that the U.S. House of Representatives has approved additional funding to build four more littoral combat ships (LCS). Two will be build by local shipbuilder, Austal, and two will be built by Lockheed Martin in Wisconsin.

Representative Bonner said, “The Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 passed the House with $1.8 billion

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Alabama Soldier Presents State, American Flags to Ford

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From the office of House Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

Gadsden, AL – After flying over the skies of Afghanistan and being carried on combat missions by members of the Alabama National Guard, an American and Alabama flag have returned home where they were presented to House Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, last Friday.

The Alabama flag was originally sent to the soldiers serving in Afghanistan after Sgt. Johnny Box of E-Company

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The Nexus of Big Money, State Contracts, Predatory Lending, Paris and News Organizations

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Question: What does almost $7,000,000 in state contracts, trips to Paris,  thousands in campaign contributions to Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, the Mobile Press-Register, AL.COM and predatory lenders all have in common? Answer: The Birmingham-based public relations firm Big Communications.

Among its many high-flying clients, the State of Alabama appears to be one of Big Communication’s

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