Byrne Demands Answers on Benghazi

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, February 27, 2014 Representative Bradley Byrne (R) from Montrose announced that he has cosponsored House Resolution 36 to establish a House select Committee with the sole purpose of investigating the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Rep. Byrne said in a written statement, “The American people deserve answers to what happened at our consulate

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House Passes General Fund Budget

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In a Wednesday afternoon session, the Alabama House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2015 General Fund budget, House Bill 235, which goes into place on October 1.

Because of Alabama’s archaic budgeting practices, education has its own separate budget, with monies earmarked by the Alabama Constitution for both budgets. Matters unrelated to education are addressed in the General Fund

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ASU Funding Cuts Become Focus of Higher Ed Day (w/video)

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By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

Yesterday was Higher Education Day at the State House, a day when students from colleges and universities across the State come together for a rally at the Capitol to lobby for their share of the Education Trust Fund budget.

Hundreds of students attended the event, with crowds filling not only the State House steps, but much of both Union Street and the hillside area across the way, in front of

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Bill Merging Auditor and Public Examiner’s Offices Passes Out of Committee

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, February 19, House Bill 350 by sponsored by state Representative Ed Henry (R) from Decatur was passed out of the House Ways and Means for the General Fund Committee.

Rep. Henry told the committee. “This has actually been another learning experience working on this legislation…Took a rough piece of legislation and have tried to turn it into something that is a workable piece

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Senate Passes Welfare Reform Bills

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday the Alabama Senate passed stringent new requirements for persons receiving entitlements from the State of Alabama.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R) from Anniston said on Facebook afterwards, “Tonight, Senate Republicans passed a package of common sense welfare reform bills.”

Sen. Marsh said, “ Drug testing for certain welfare applicants, work requirements for able-bodied

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Jefferson County Delegation Votes to Disburse $1.5 Million to Schools

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Jefferson County House Legislative Delegation met on Wednesday to discuss what to do with surplus funds that are earmarked for use by the Jefferson County Legislative delegation.

Jefferson County has an estimated 60,000 concealed carry permit holders.  Every year those citizens renew their permit.  $2.50 of that concealed carry permit is earmarked for the Jefferson County Legislative

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There is Hope For Alabama: My Response to Rep. Alvin Holmes “Uncle Tom” Comments

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By Tijuanna Adetunji

As Alabamians we have come too far to turn back now to the years of racial divisiveness.  Coretta Scott King said, “Segregation was wrong when it was forced by white people,” and that it is “still wrong when it is requested by black people.” I am not surprised that such request are still being made from the Alabama House floor like the one recently by Representative Alvin Holmes (D-78), that the U.S. Supreme

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Beason’s Gun Rights Bill has Public Hearing (w/video)

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By:Lee Hedgepeth

Alabama Political Reporter

 

Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on SB354, a bill that its sponsor, Gardendale Republican Senator Scott Beason, says is merely an extension and necessary addition to gun legislation passed by the legislature that he introduced last session.

 

The bill would provide that carrying a pistol in a vehicle without a permit be legal.

 

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Senator Singleton Plugs The V on Senate Floor (w/video)

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By: Lee Hedgepeth

Alabama Political Reporter

 

Yesterday in the Senate floor, during a procedural filibuster of the day’s actions by the Republican super-majority, Democratic Senator Bobby Singleton plugged his appearance on this week’s episode of Alabama Political Reporter’s The Voice of Alabama Politics.

“I’m proud to say that I was on The V today, and you can see me on Sunday Morning, on the V, talkin&#8217

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House Health Committee Gives Favorable Report to Pro-Life Bills

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, the Alabama House of Representative Health Committee passed four pieces of Pro-Life legislation aimed at reducing the number of babies killed in abortions in Alabama. The legislation was prioritized by House Health Committee Chairman Jim McClendon (R) from Springville.

HB 490, the Fetal Heartbeat Act, is sponsored by state Representative Mary Sue McClurkin (R) from Indian Springs

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