Shelby Ahead of Budget Vote: Americans Deserve Better Than A Last Minute, Flawed Budget Deal

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, October 29, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R from Alabama) spoke on the Senate floor opposing the bipartisan two-year budget agreement.

Senator Shelby said, “Mr. President, I rise today in strong opposition to the two-year budget agreement before the Senate today.  “This so-called budget “deal” was negotiated at the last minute and is now being rushed through Congress with inadequate time for proper scrutiny.”
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Heidi Cruz Will Visit Mobile

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 the wife of U.S. Senator from Texas and Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, Heidi Cruz, will be in Mobile for a free meet and greet event at Half Shell Oyster House at 12:00 PM.

heidi-cruzSenator Cruz gained applause and national attention by attacking the embarrassingly partisan CNBC debate moderators on Wednesday night.  Sen. Cruz asked, “The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media.  This is not a cage match and you look at the questions, ‘Donald Trump are you a comic book villain?’, ‘Ben Carson can you do math?’, ‘John Kasich will you insult two people over here?’, ‘Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign?’, ‘Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?’ How about talking about the substantive issues people care about?”
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Roby and Palmer Congratulate Ryan

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, October 29, US Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) was selected by his House Republican colleagues to be the successor to the retiring Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).  US Representatives Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) and Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) both made statements upon the election of Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House.

Congresswoman Roby said, “I’m pleased House Republicans have come together to support Paul Ryan for Speaker. I’m a conservative, so I want a bold leader who can unite Republicans and advance a conservative agenda. Paul Ryan is uniquely qualified to do that, so he has my support, and I hope he will be able to lay out a path to success despite a tough political environment.”
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Hubbard Hearing Concludes Without Fireworks

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—The evidentiary hearing into prosecutorial misconduct and selective and vindictive prosecution concluded Wednesday without the promised fireworks. Speaker Mike Hubbard’s defense team listed 37 witnesses for the hearing. They called only six during the public portion of the hearing: Sonny Reagan, Gene Sisson, Jim Sumner, Hugh Evans, Tom Albritton, and Mark Colson. Following the one-and-a-half days of public testimony with the six known witnesses, there was less than one day of private testimony.
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Palmer Opposes Bipartisan Budget Agreement

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, October 28, US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) voted against HR1314, The Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015.  The bill would increase the spending caps established by the Budget Control Act (a.k.a. sequestration) for the fiscal year 2016-2017 by a combined $80 billion, divided equally between defense and non-defense spending.  The deal also suspends the debt limit until March 15, 2017, allowing for an estimated $1.5 trillion in new federal debt on top of the $18.4 trillion that we already owe.
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Debate Moderators Draw Scorn from Constitutional Conservatives

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, October 28, the top ten Republican candidates for President gathered on stage in the very purple state of Colorado.  Members of the Alabama Constitutional Conservatives gathered at John’s Diner in downtown Birmingham for a debate watching party.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, New York City businessman Donald Trump, surgeon and author Dr. Ben Carson, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee were on stage to make their case to the American people on why they should be the next President of the United States.
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Behind Closed Doors in Lee County as Hearing Concludes

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA— On day three of the evidentiary hearing in the Mile Hubbard criminal case, all testimony was given behind closed doors.

Hubbard has claimed prosecutorial misconduct, selective prosecution, and the laws under which he was indicted as unconstitutional.

The proceedings began at 9:00 AM, and were to be opened to the public at 1:30 PM. However, reporters were informed the closed door hearing would continue until at least 3:00 PM.
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Kasich Campaigning in Mobile on Tuesday

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, October 28 Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that Republican Presidential candidate and current Ohio Governor John Kasich will visit Mobile on November 3.

Gov. Kasich said during the CNBC Debate Wednesday night, “We need somebody who can lead.”

Governor Kasich will be at Wintzell’s Oyster House; 605 Dauphin Street in Mobile, AL for a rally on November 3, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.
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Federal Judge Blocks Bentley’s Effort to Deny State Funds to Planned Parenthood

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, October 28, United States District Judge Myron Thompson issued a ruling ordering Alabama to restore Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) on Wednesday released a statement in response to the Court’s order of preliminary injunction in the Planned Parenthood Southeast lawsuit. The Governor said, “For the last two months, Alabama has denied payment to Planned Parenthood Southeast. The good news is that as a result of the strong opposition by Alabama and a few other states to the practice of accepting reimbursement for harvesting fetal organs, the national Planned Parenthood organization has changed course and will no longer continue this deplorable practice. I am disappointed, and vehemently disagree with the Court’s ruling today.  We are reviewing the opinion and will determine the next legal steps within the appeal period.”
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Statement from Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart

Staff Report
Alabama Political Reporter

Statement from Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart on Speaker Mike Hubbard Criminal Ethics Case:
One year ago, the special grand jury comprised of 18 Lee County citizens indicted defendant Mike Hubbard on 23 felony counts. Since his indictment, Hubbard has promised to expose the State’s team as rouge, unethical prosecutors. In this week’s hearing, defendant Hubbard provided no credible evidence for his claims. While all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty, we look forward to addressing the real issue in this case, which is whether or not defendant Hubbard violated the Alabama Ethics Law 23 separate times.
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