College Republicans Charge “Pajama Boy” Ad Shows Obama Misunderstands Young People

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The College Republicans National Committee (CRNC) released a statement in which they bitterly criticized the “Pajama Boy” ad which portrays young people in what they say is an unfavorable light.

The group wrote in a written statement, “President Obama’s ability to inspire and mobilize younger generations is undisputed. Voters under 30 are the reason he sits in the Oval Office. And yet, for all of his political success among young adults, many of his youth-centric policy campaigns have displayed a remarkably tin ear to our concerns.”
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Conservatives Plan Forum Opposing Common Core in Marsh’s District

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Rainy Day Patriots have announced that they will be holding a forum on the controversial Common Core Standards which the Alabama State Board of Education have already adopted at the urging of the Obama Administration. The forum will be held on January 10th from 6:30 pm to- 8:30 at: 1615 Noble St. in Anniston, Alabama.

The event is being held in Alabama State Senator Del Marsh’s (R) from Anniston district because of controversial remarks he has made saying that he, using his powers as Senate President Pro Tem, will kill any bill introduced by anyone in the State Senate in the 2014 legislative session.
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Let the People Vote

By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford 

The two most important issues that the state of Alabama will be facing in 2014 are education and job creation. These two issues are usually tied together because education is so critical to getting a good job, as well as recruiting and growing business.

But education and job creation are also connected to two other important issues: gaming and a statewide lottery.

Gaming and the lottery have been issues in Alabama politics for decades now, and we they still have not been resolved.
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Rapper Doe B Shot Dead in Montgomery

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Something went terribly wrong Saturday night at a popular Montgomery bar and grill.  Eight people were shot including Montgomery rapper Glenn “Doe B” Thomas who had just performed at the night spot.

The shooting occurred at the Centennial Hill Bar and Grill around 1:00 am.

“The Montgomery Advertiser’s” Matt Okarmus reports that Thomas was transported from the scene to Baptist Medical Center South where he was later pronounced dead.  A 21 year old Troy University student, Kimberle Johnson, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The other six people who were shot are reported to be in stable condition.
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Bentley Announces More Than $30 Million in Grants for Continued Tornado Recovery Efforts

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley thought this job was difficult when he saw the unemployment numbers and the finances that he had inherited from Governor Riley and the outgoing Democratic legislative majorities; then, April 2011 happened and a hard job got harder.  Parts of the state were leveled by waves of tornadoes that surpassed any severe weather event that went before and all of us hope we don’t see anything like that ever again.
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Oh, Bob, You Sexy Beast —Opinion

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

On Sunday, former Gov. Bob Riley was credited with authoring an opinion piece extolling the virtues of the Alabama Accountability Act. Riley opens by writing, “It is all about freedom. It is only about freedom.”

Riley seems to want the people of Alabama to know that he wakes up every morning worrying about the future of education in our state.

Riley, who now serves as lobbyist-in-chief for special interests in the State, knows that there are millions to be made off of the AAA, and he wants his share. So, if Riley says it’s about freedom, then he means freedom for him and his kin to make big bucks.
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Bedford Prefiles Bronner Bill in Senate

By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

The fight for control over investments of the Employees’ Retirement Systems and the Teachers’ Retirement Systems in Alabama has not yet reached its end.

On December 16th, the Alabama Political Reporter reported on events leading up to an identical bill being prefiled on the House side in preparation for the 2014 Alabama legislative session by Democrat Johnny “Mack” Morrow of Red Bay. Curtis Stewart, a recent Robert Bentley appointment to the ERS board, announced a resolution that would prevent Dr. David Bronner, Chief Executive Officer of the Retirement Systems of America and Secretary-Treasurer of ERS, from using proxy votes of other investment committee members to take immediate action on day-to-day investment decisions.
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Fielding in Nat’l News with Proposed Duck Dynasty Bill; Todd Reacts

By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

Duck Dynasty actor Phil Robertson has come under serious scrutiny for his recent comments involving African-Americans and the LGBT community, and the fight has made its way to the Alabama legislature, before the 2014 session even begins.

Robertson, in an article for GQ, said that a gay lifestyle is not only immoral, but also leads to bestiality. He also commented that African-Americans were “singing and happy” during slavery and before the modern day civil rights movement.
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Bass to Challenge Bentley

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

We don’t know what Alabama Democrats were wanting for Christmas, but they got a candidate for Governor to challenge Republican incumbent Governor Robert Bentley. The Alabama Media Group’s Mike Cason reported on December 26th that Kevin Bass from Fayette had announced his candidacy for Governor to challenge Dr. Bentley.

Kevin Bass is a former minor league baseball player who spent over five years in the Chicago Cubs organization. The 34 year old now designs baseball bats and gloves that are manufactured overseas and sold over the internet.
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Christmas Tidings Costly for Families of AL Inmates: PSC to Act Soon

By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

This holiday season, families of the over thirty thousand people incarcerated in jails and prisons across Alabama will undoubtedly try their best to reach their loved ones, by phone, if by no other means.

Many of these families, however, which are statistically some of Alabama’s poorest and most at-risk, will not be able to the foot the phone bill that would be attached to such a Christmas call— at least not this year.
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