Riley SGO Advertises Private School Scholarships in Non-Failing Districts

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By Lee Hedgepeth Alabama Political Reporter “Now you can receive up to $8,000 for K-12 private school education.” That is the assertion made on the front of a direct mail piece being promulgated by the Alabama Opportunities Scholarship Fund, an Alabama Accountability Act Scholarship Granting Organization. No mention is made anywhere on the mailer of the fact that children zoned for failing schools receive the scholarships first, but after those requirements have been met, parents meet the requirements may also apply for a scholarship to transfer their child from a non-failing school system, which failing systems were touted as the point of the 2011 so-called “school choice” legislation.

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Hubbard: Alabama’s $9 Million Dollar Man

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By Bill BrittAlabama Political Reporter MONTGOMERY—Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, through his business interests has made almost $9,000,000 off of State Government, related entities and political campaigns. This does not include the millions he has made through his ownership and affiliation with Auburn Sports affiliates. Much of those millions are hidden behind Tigers Unlimited

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McKinney Promises to Champion Growth

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Montgomery Probate Judge Reese McKinney is running in the June 2013 Republican Primary for Alabama Secretary of State.  McKinney promised in a statement on Monday June 28 that if elected he will be a champion for business.  Judge McKinney also announced last week that he had received the endorsement of the Tea Party Patriots.

Judge McKinney wrote, “Jobs matter. Leadership matters

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Byrne Defends Future of LCS

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, April 28, 2014, U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R) sent two letters urging support for funding the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).

One letter was sent to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R) from California, Ranking Member Adam Smith (D) from Washington, Seapower Subcommittee Chairman Randy Forbes (R) from Virginia, and Seapower Subcommittee Ranking

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Ivey Critical of Proposed National Guard Cuts

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

When the nation was first created the states, all had militias that they used to defend the state against foreign invasion or domestic insurrection.  Defense is primarily a federal responsibility, but throughout our history, the militia: the Alabama National Guard has been there to fight America’s wars, respond to emergencies, and defend the homeland.  The Federal government eventually

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Hubbard’s “Master of Propaganda” Makes 105K Annually, Double Average Legislator Pay

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By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

According to records from open.alabama.gov, Philip Bryan, chief of staff for Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh’s office, makes $105,000 annually, which is approximately the same salary as Governor Bentley would receive were he to accept a salary. It is also approximately double the average Alabama legislator’s pay, and more than double the yearly income for an average Alabama family.

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Storms Strike Alabama

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

According to UAB, tornados have killed 412 Alabamians since 1980, more than in any other state, and on Monday night an all too familiar weather event passing across the state added to that sad total only a day after Alabamians remembered the devastation that rocked communities across the state in 2011.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) early on Monday night declared a State of Emergency for

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Attorney General’s Offices Takes over Investigation at ASU

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Montgomery Advertiser reported on Sunday, April 27 that the state Attorney General’s office will take over an investigation into allegations of improper use of state dollars at Alabama State University.

The Montgomery Advertiser reported that Attorney General Luther Strange has recused himself from the investigation and has appointed District Attorney Chris McCool to serve as the acting

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IAMAW, Passes Strike Vote

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By Ronald King

Harmony and optimism gave way to discord and strike in the Wiregrass this weekend. Only 48 hours after the 2014 Daleville High School Junior-Senior Prom was held April 25 at the new tornado resistant International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) Local Lodge 2003, the nearly 3000 members of the IAMAW union held a strike vote. After the “last, best and final” contract proposal was presented

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Obama Endorses Sewell

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, April 24 President Barack H. Obama (D) endorsed Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) in her effort to win a third term representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional District.

President Obama said “I have known Terri since law school, and she has always been a strong voice and tireless advocate for the people of Alabama.  In Congress, Terri has stood by me though the implementation

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