Congressman Bachus Will Not Seek Re-election in 2014.

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Staff Report

BIRMINGHAM – Congressman Spencer Bachus (AL-6) today announced that his current term in the U.S. House, which runs through December 2014, will be his last.

Bachus, the dean of the Alabama House delegation, said he will not seek re-election after serving eleven terms as the representative for the Sixth District. He said he will devote his full energies to his legislative duties and serving his constituents during the remainder

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Hubbard: New Look, New Tone, Not Taking Campaign Contributions

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— Last week, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard made an uncharacteristic video to announce his reelection bid for 2014.

In a short, seventeen second video posted on Instagram and distributed on facebook, Hubbard said,

“Alabama is getting stronger and I am proud of our State’s progress. But, there’s more work to be done. I am Mike Hubbard, Alabama’s Speaker of the House, and I am

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Bentley War Chest Growing But Still No Democratic Opponent

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By Brandon Moseley and Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Campaign fund raising is well under way even though many candidates have little or even no opposition.

First among these is Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R). Governor Bentley has been hard at work raising money preparing for the June 3rd Republican Primary. The popular Republican Governor and longtime Tuscaloosa Doctor is reporting $1,425,926 ready and waiting for an opponent

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Obamacare Begins Tuesday; A Brief Overview

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Polls show that as many as 60% of the American people oppose implementation of President Obama’s controversial new healthcare plan, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. However, the President and Congressional Democrats are still supportive of the controversial plan’s rollout on Tuesday.

Beginning on Tuesday Americans will be able to purchase

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Improving our constitution is an important step to building a better Alabama

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By Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (September 27, 2013) — As an elected official, I am committed to seeing that our state government works as efficiently and effectively as possible. The hard-working taxpayers of Alabama expect nothing less. One of the ways that we can do that is to streamline and modernize our laws. The Alabama Constitution of 1901, our most fundamental law, is the longest state constitution

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Roby Says That Senate Can Avoid Shutdown by Passing House CR

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Saturday the U.S. House of Representatives made changes to a Senate Continuing Resolultion (CR) that would fund the government but would also delay Obamacare for one year and permanently repeal the medical device tax.

Congresswoman Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery said, “ObamaCare will not work. ObamaCare enrollment is set to begin in two days, and there is doubt that the exchanges are ready

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US Attorney Announces $3.8 Million in Hiring Grants for Alabama Law Enforcement and School Safety Officers

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Staff Report

BIRMINGHAM – U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, last week announced $3.8 million in law enforcement hiring grants statewide, including about $1 million in the Northern District of Alabama.

The police and sheriff’s departments in North Alabama receiving $999,839 in COPS grants are the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department

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Santorum Speaks at Republican Rally in Muscle Shoals

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R) from Pennsylvania addressed a crowded rally of Republican officeholders, candidates, and grassroots activists working on growing the Republican Party in Northwest Alabama. The Alabama Republican released a written statement following the Thursday event.

Senator Santorum said, “I’m here tonight because I believe the heart of America

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Accountability Act Still Under Fire, AL Supreme Court Weighs In

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By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Alabama Education Association challenging the Alabama Accountability Act.

The AEA, which represents teachers across the state, began court proceedings against Alabama Republican Congressional leaders, including Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, earlier in the year, after the law was passed by the Republican supermajority

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International Paper Mill in Courtland Closing Concerns Forest Owners and State Officials

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday September 19th, members of the Alabama Forest Owner’s Association met in gatherings around the state to listen to the latest information about the International Paper (IP) announced closing of it’s Courtland Paper Mill.

The state’s Forest Owners listened to Alabama Forestry Commission North Regional Forester Terry Ezzell. Ezzell said that the forests in the region

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