Glen Beck Draws 20,000 in Birmingham

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Saturday, August 28 conservative talk radio and cable TV host Glenn Beck drew 20,000 people for a march in Birmingham urging Christian unity across racial, political, and philosophical lines ostensibly to draw attention to growing persecutions of Christians in the Middle East and Africa where ISIS has brutalized, imprisoned, enslaved, and murdered the Christian minorities in Syria, Iraq, and Libya. Beck was joined by popular actor and activist, Chuck Norris, in Birmingham. The group chanted: “All Lives Matter” during the march.
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A Time of Moral Leadership: Opinion

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

From the revelations regarding Ashley Madison, to the pending divorce of our State’s governor, there has been an almost pornographic revelry in these most human of failings, each of which exposes the follies and temptations that can overtake any life.

The discovery that politicos, lobbyists, and others in state government were alleged to have used the affair-promising dating site to commit adultery kept the rumor mill running at full-speed, as now does the flush of speculation as to why first lady Dianne Bentley is divorcing her husband of 50 years. 
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I Weep for Alabama

EDUCATION MATTERS
By Larry Lee 

It has been 49 years since I got my degree at Auburn University.  I’ve spent 47 of those years in Alabama.  Considering my roots, this does not seem odd or unusual to me.

My ancestors have been here for nearly 200 years.  Three great-grandfathers served in the Civil War.  One never came home, another was discharged at Appomattox, VA.  My kin were Lees, Stuarts, Rogers and Paulks.
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Agriculture Key to Local Economy

Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-1) 

You often hear a lot about how the United States economy is becoming more and more dependent on manufacturing. The same holds true for us here in South Alabama with big companies like Airbus and Austal setting up operations in our area.

With the growth in manufacturing, it is easy to lose focus on the fact that agriculture remains the top industry in Alabama. 580,000 jobs in our state are related to agriculture and forestry. Agriculture’s impact on the state’s economy is over $70 billion a year. Right here in the First Congressional District, over 100,000 jobs are tied to agriculture.
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Byrne Comments on NLRB Joint-Employer Decision

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board’s Democratic majority in a 3 to 2 decision redefined what an employee was in a stunning new joint-employer standard that according to the Wall Street Journal, “Radically rewrites US labor law and upends thousands of business relationships. The majority asserts that throwing out three decades of legal precedent is necessary “to encourage the practice and procedure of collective bargaining.” Labor unions are celebrating a decision sure to harm diverse industries in every state.”
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NASA Completes Engine Testing for SLS

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, August 27 the RS-25 engine fired up for a 535-second test at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. This was the final in a series of seven tests for the development engine, which will provide NASA engineers critical data on the engine controller unit and inlet pressure conditions.

The RS-25 engines will power NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on missions deeper into space than ever before.
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Glenn Beck in Birmingham

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, August 28, conservative talk radio and cable TV host, Glenn Beck will be in Birmingham as part of an effort to raise money to help persecuted Christian families in the Middle East, where ISIS has brutalized, imprisoned, enslaved, and murdered the Christian minorities in Syria, Iraq, and Libya.

Beck said on his show, “A genocide is going on now and we all know it. The pictures are on the web, yet we turn our eyes. We must be brave enough to look, and Christian enough to act. God specifically tells us: When you happen on someone who’s in trouble or needs help . . . don’t look the other way pretending you don’t see him – don’t keep a tight grip on your purse. No. Look at him; open your purse; lend whatever and as much as he needs. . . . Give freely and spontaneously. Don’t have a stingy heart. The way you handle matters like this triggers God’s blessing in everything you do – all your work and ventures.
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Strange Said that Judge’s Ruling is First Step in Killing EPA’s Waters of the U.S. Rule

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, August 28, a federal judge issued an injunction on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers’ effort to dramatically expand its power and authority, by redefining its authority to include private ponds and drainage ditches. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) applauded the ruling.

Luther Strange said on Facebook, “Obama’s EPA is dealt a blow as a federal judge partially blocks implementation of Waters of the US rule. A positive first step in the longer court battle to kill this illegal power grab against private property owners.”
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Walker Makes Major Foreign Policy Speech

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Politcal Reporter

scott-walkerOn Thursday, August 27 Wisconsin Governor and 2016 Republican Presidential candidate Scott Walker delivered a major foreign policy speech.  Walker said in his speech that we are at war with Radical Islamic terrorism and it is a generational struggle.

Governor Walker’s said, “The United States faces some serious threats in the world today. There are some who would question whether our leaders are capable of rising to the challenges of our time and whether our country is capable of continued greatness. They suggest that our best days may have already come and gone.   I do not share that view of America. You see the greatness of America is certainly not determined by the politicians in Washington who merely follow while others lead, or spend all of their days discussing a problem but never acting.”
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False News Reports Lead Judge to Issue New Order in Hubbard Case

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — After erroneous stories were published by The Associated Press and Opelika-Auburn News, Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker III issued an order in the Speaker Mike Hubbard case, stating the motion to challenge the constitutionally of the ethics laws would be unsealed.

Responding to reports that Hubbard’s motion to challenge the constitutionally of the ethics laws he is accused of violating would remain sealed, Judge Walker said, “the State’s motion [to unseal] is granted…The vast majority of it is going to be unsealed.” He further stated, “the Court instructed the parties to re-file their respective motions in such a manner as they did not reference witnesses or testimony that was presented to the Lee County Grand Jury. It is still the Court’s intent to release as much of the Defendant’s motion setting forth his constitutional challenges as possible.”
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