Sponsored Content, Gray Area Articles

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Sponsored content on internet blogs and publications is a growing source of revenue and a cause for concern. Big players like The New York Times and Forbes’ Brand Voice are offering sponsored content as is al.com. The sponsored material is clearly labeled so that the reader should not be confused as to what is news and what is paid editorial.

But there are many websites that offer paid content without identifying the source, which is potentially illegal and certainly an ethical gray area, especially when it comes to politics.
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Sessions: Refugees Already Caught Plotting Terrorist Acts in US

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, November 24, US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) released 12 examples of individuals who were admitted to the United States as refugees who were publicly implicated in terrorism investigations in 2015.

jeff-sessionsAccording to information provided by Sen. Sessions’ office, on February 5, 2015, Abdinassir Mohamud Ibrahim a Somali who came to the United States as a refugee in 2007, and later adjusted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, was sentenced in West Texas to 15 years in federal prison for conspiring to provide material support to Al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization, and for making a false statement in his immigration paperwork.
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Standing Up for Small Business

Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

With the Thanksgiving holiday behind us, the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season has officially started. From shopping for presents to finalizing your travel plans, the next few weeks are sure to be busy.

Many of you likely tried to get a head start on shopping last Friday, but did you know that Saturday was also a special day for shopping?

Last Saturday marked Small Business Saturday. This is a day set aside to support our nation’s small businesses and to highlight the vital impact they have on our economy. Small Business Saturday is a relatively new tradition, but it has really taken off over the last few years.
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The Devil in the Details

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

The K 12 education budget has a notation for “current units” that is intended to be divided among faster growing systems to help them deal with growth.  In the past, these monies have been prorated equally.  However, when the budget was written in last Spring’s regular session, someone decided that some systems are more equal than others.

So one sentence was inserted directing how the designated $9,609,561 should be spent, something no one can remember having been done before.
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Byrne Pleased that Obama Signed NDAA

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Politcal Reporter

On Wednesday, November 25, US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) released a statement after President Barack H. Obama signed the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

bradley-byrneCongressman Byrne said, “I’m pleased President Obama finally decided to put politics aside and sign the National Defense Authorization Act today. As you may remember, this is the bill that authorizes construction of three additional Littoral Combat Ships, which are built by Austal in Mobile. The bill also includes a number of important reforms and blocks the President from transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay into the United States.”
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Five Things to Watch Next Session  

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—With the 2016 Legislative Session a little more than two months away, the challenges set before our lawmakers are coming into focus.

A few of the items which will top the agenda are: public corruption, Obamacare, taxes, prisons, and public pensions. None of these issues are new, but the problems continue to mount, unabated.

First on the agenda for the House will be the question of leadership. Speaker Mike Hubbard stands charged by the State with 23 felony indictments of public corruption. Hubbard was reelected Speaker almost unanimously in 2014, primarily due to a dazzling PR campaign that painted the State’s Republican Attorney General as engaging in Chicago-style gutter politics (as stated by Congressman Mike Rogers). Hubbard also garnered votes because many legislators lack the courage to stand-up to the “fearsome punisher.”
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Trump Supporters Could Face Charges for Alleged Birmingham Attack

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, November 11, the Daily Beast’s Justin Glawe reported that the Black Lives Matter protestor who alleges that he was beaten at a Donald Trump rally on Saturday, Mercutio Southall, is preparing to charge some men at the rally with misdemeanor assault and possibly felony hate crimes.

Southall alleges that he was punched and kicked by some White men in attendance and that he was called a ‘monkey’ and a ‘n****r’ by some of the men as he was escorted out of the event last Saturday at Birmingham’s Civic Center (the BJCC).
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Sources Suggest that Kasich is Likely to Soon Bow Out

By Brandon Moseley

Alabama Political Repoter

On Thursday, November 26 the ‘Wall Street Journal’ reported that Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) is expected to drop out of the race for President of the United States due to trouble raising money.

When longtime Republican frontrunner former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) appeared to stumble, Ohio Governor John Kasich entered the Presidential race.  Kasich had experience in the Congress and experience as Governor of the most critical of the swing states.
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Alabama Leaders Release Thanksgiving Wishes to Constituents

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 26, Americans across the country celebrated Thanksgiving with Turkey, football, and family.  Many of Alabama’s leaders took to social media or email to share the holiday cheer with the people of Alabama.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) said on Twitter, “It is great to sit down and share a meal with some great citizens of Alabama on this Thanksgiving Day.”
Alabama Lt. Governor Kay Ivey said, “Wishing you and your family a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!”
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Thankful for Vision

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

There are many things for which I am thankful: my wife, my friends and my health are certainly at the top of any list.

I am thankful that this publication, as it begins its fifth year. I pray it has done some good.

I am also thankful that you are reading these words. It humbles me to think that I have anything to say, that is worthy of your time.
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