Honoring our Military Men and Women is Not Confined to Patriotic Holidays

By Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey

Bills in upcoming Session positively impact service members.

For most Alabamians, honoring our military men and women is not confined to the few days in a year designated for that purpose.  It is knit into the fiber of our being to honor them every day.  Our hearts swell with pride and gratitude at the sight of the American flag being carried onto the field before kickoff, after watching a news story about soldiers coming home to their families, or by reading the obituary of a war hero.
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Sessions Says No Justification for Increasing Immigration When 91 million Americans Are Not Working

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama issued a written statement on Monday urging House Republicans to ignore calls from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and many CEOs to radically increase the flow of legal immigrants into the country.

Senator Sessions said, “House leaders must lay out clearly to the American people the President’s dismal record on immigration. During his time in office, the President has systematically dismantled interior enforcement, handcuffing immigration officers and bypassing Congress. These facts—drawn from the testimony of immigration officers themselves—should be clearly documented before the whole nation. No agreement should be entered into while such lawlessness continues.”
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Sewell Salutes Ramsay for Being Named a Blue Ribbon School

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Last week, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma released a written statement congratulating Ramsay High School in Birmingham for being nominated as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

Rep. Sewell said, “I am so proud of the teachers, administrators and students of Ramsay High School in Birmingham for earning this prestigious award. Ramsay High School is highly deserving of this recognition for its exceptional academic standards and exemplary student body.”
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Holmes Endorsed by Gerritson

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Mike Holmes (R) campaign for House District 31 received a boost on Monday when his candidacy was endorsed by Wetumpka Tea Party President Becky Gerritson.  Holmes is running for the Elmore and Coosa County seat vacated by Representative Barry Mask (R) who resigned to take a job as the head of the Alabama Realtors Association.

Becky Gerritson is the President and founder of the Wetumpka Tea Party, which was unfairly targeted by the Obama Administration’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) when they requested non-profit status.  Gerritson said, “I have known Mike for almost five years and this is what I can tell you.  Mike’s not a  politician.  He has never run for public office before but is an experienced and proven leader.”  “Mike isn’t running because he needs a new hobby he is running because he has studied the issues that face us in Alabama and he knows whats at stake.  We need a proven leader, like Mike Holmes, who is guided by his Christian values, his conservative principles and his common sense.”
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Deny, Distract, Cover-up and Blame Others

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For almost two years, the Alabama Political Reporter has accurately reported the misdealings of Republican Mike Hubbard. Through thoroughly researched reports we have made evident Hubbard’s many unscrupulous schemes to use his office and position to circumvent the law and enrich himself.

When we first began to bring to light the many dubious affairs of Hubbard, he met our reporting with simple denials. We were dismissed as up-starts, looking to cause problems. As our reporting progressed, Hubbard had his people try to smear us personally.
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Jeff McLaughlin Announces Campaign for House District 27

Staff Report

Guntersville, AL – Former State Representative Jeff McLaughlin, D-Guntersville, announced today that he is seeking election again to the Alabama House of Representative in District 27. McLaughlin represented district 27 from 2001-2010. The district includes most of Marshall County and small portions of Blount and DeKalb Counties.

“After the past three years, I decided to run for the state legislature again because it’s hard for me to sit by and watch while some bad things have happened, and good things which ought to be happening just haven’t been,” said McLaughlin.
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Amari Holds Kickoff Event in Trussville

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Saturday, Trussville attorney John Amari (R) formerly kicked off his candidacy in the June 3rd Republican Primary to represent Alabama House of Representatives District 44 with a picnic and reception at a pavilion in the Trussville mall.

Over 100 friends and family joined Amari at the event. Amari said that he held the event for himself. He wanted to be with his friends and his family as he began a journey that he hoped would lead to victory. Amari stressed that nobody wins an election by themselves and that he will be relying on their support in the months ahead.
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Ivey Announces Mike Ward Will be the New Chairman of the Alabama Military Stability Foundation

Staff Report

Alabama Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey (R) in her role as Chairman of the Alabama Job Creation and Military Stability Commission (MSC) announced the recent election of Mike Ward as Chairman of the Alabama Military Stability Foundation (MSF).

Mike Ward said, “Working with key leaders from the Tennessee Valley, I’ve been privileged to help support Redstone Arsenal through my work with the Chamber for more than 20 years. That work has included support for our community’s BRAC efforts since the mid 1990’s. I am very familiar with the process and look forward to supporting the other military installations in the State as we face potential future rounds of BRAC.”
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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case Challenging Contraceptive Mandate in Obamacare

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

For many Americans, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (commonly called Obamacare) is one of the most hated and despised pieces of legislation in a generation.  Efforts to reform, repeal, or replace the legislation have been effectively blocked by Democrats in the Senate.  25 states sued to overturn the mandate that every citizen must purchase government approved healthcare insurance and were defeated in a 5-4 Supreme Court decision in June 2012.  The states did win the right to opt out of the Obama administration ordered Medicaid expansion, which Alabama elected to do.
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New Mailer Asks “Who Does Mike Hubbard Really Represent?”

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A new campaign mailer was distributed to voters in District 79 last week. It asks one question, “Who does Mike Hubbard really represent?”

Mailer front

Mailer back

A picture of the beleaguered Speaker of the House is overlaid on top of images of $100 dollar bills and pharmaceutical capsules. The back of the mailer purports to answer the question by stating, “His clients and his wallet.”

Noted as proof are stories by AL.COM and the Alabama Political Reporter. Each story deal with the fact that during the 2013 legislative season Hubbard, voted yes 11 times to insert language into the State’s General Fund budget that would have benefited one of Hubbard’s lobbying clients American Pharmacy Cooperative Inc. (APCI). See story.

Through a scheme unknown to most members of the Alabama House of Representatives Hubbard is believed to have arranged for 23 words to be placed into the budget which would have given APCI sole rights to administer the State’s multimillion dollar pharmaceutical benefit management plan.

Only a last minute pushback from the governor’s administration kept the scheme from becoming law.

Hubbard, had kept his lobbying contract a secret from his colleagues and even the state ethics commission until question began to surface during the debate over the passage of the bill favoring his client APCI.

As the news reports mentioned in the mailer point out Hubbard sought the advice of the ethic commission after he had already signed the contract with APCI.

James L. Sumner, the Director of the Alabama Ethics Commission, told Hubbard he saw nothing wrong with the contract as long as Hubbard did nothing to “directly benefit his client.” See story.

Sumner said he gave Hubbard approval even though he never saw the contract and relied entirely on Hubbard’s verbal characterization of the business arrangement.

However, Hubbard actions would have greatly added to his clients bottom-line had the 23 words not been discovered.

Currently, the state is looking at how it might implement a pharmaceutical benefit management plan. Meanwhile, APCI is giving tens of thousands of dollars to republican candidates in the House and Senate.

All of the actions taken by Hubbard and others on behalf of APCI is believed to be a part of the Grand Jury investigations.

The mailer list as it address of origin as 5200 SW Meadows Road, Suite 150, Lake Oswego, Oregon. This address is a virtual office solution according to the website.

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