Roby critical of Obama’s reaction to Castro’s death

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, November 21, 2016, U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) expressed disappointment in President Barack H. Obama’s response to the news that longtime Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro has died.

Rep. Roby’s comments were made in an email to constituents. Roby wrote, “As you’re probably aware, we started this past weekend off with some big news: Cuban dictator: Fidel Castro Died. For many years, Castro used his absolute power to force the failed idea of Communism upon his people, and many suffered as a result. So, so many people who yearned to be free experienced systemic oppression and brutality at the hand of this man.”
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End the economic embargo against Cuba, not because it’ll help Alabama, but because it’s cruel not to

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Little doubt that the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro committed many atrocities during his iron-fist, nearly 50-year rule over the island nation 90 miles off the coast of Florida.

I’m not an apologist for Castro. But I’m not going to ignore the fact that he was a Cuban patriot. He cared about ordinary Cuban people, and they cared about him.

I have been to Cuba 12 times, traveling with a Baptist church from Virginia that had a relationship with two Baptist churches in Cuba – one in Havana and another in Pinar del Rio, about 98 miles west of Havana in the tobacco-growing region.
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Merrill certifies record Alabama voter turnout

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Secretary of State John Merrill, Gov. Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange on Tuesday certified election results for the State marking a year of record voter turnout in the Yellowhammer State.

On Nov. 8, more than 63 percent of registered voters, 2,137,482 voters, turned out to cast their votes for the races on the ballot. While the percentage is down from 2012’s 74 percent, more people voted than in 2012. That year, only 2,074,338 people voted.

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A former cop’s thought on President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks

By Spencer Collier

Over the last few weeks, as President-elect Donald Trump fills out his cabinet, I have been thinking about a number of important issues close to my heart.

As an Alabamian and former law enforcement officer, I cannot help but be proud that US Senator Jeff Sessions was tapped by President-elect Trump, to serve as the highest law enforcement officer in the land, as US Attorney General. Having served our State in several positions that interacted directly with federal agencies on intelligence issues, I wanted to also share my thoughts on a few appointments that will affect us here at home and on the world’s stage.
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Sessions a shoo-in

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
By Steve Flowers

It is definite, our Junior Senator, Jeff Sessions, is going to be President Donald Trump’s Attorney General, as well as his closest advisor.

Sessions will be confirmed by the Senate. He has been a respected member of the Senate for 20 years. He has an impeccably clean history of integrity. Even though he is and has been one of the Senate’s most ardent right wing conservatives, the Democratic senators on the left respect him. He has served on the Senate Judiciary Committee his entire tenure in the House of Lords and he has voted to confirm liberals to the high court even though he disagreed with them philosophically.
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Byrne praises Tom Price as Health and Human Services nominee

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, US President-elect Donald J. Trump (R) announced that US Representative Tom Price M.D. (R-Georgia) would be his nominee to head the US Department of Health and Human Services. US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) announced his support for the decision.

Congressman Byrne said, “My friend and colleague, Rep. Tom Price, is a great choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. As a doctor, he understands how policies in Washington impact patients, doctors, nurses, and medical providers. I am confident he will help chart a path forward away from the failures of Obamacare toward health care reforms that actually lower costs, increase competition, and encourage innovation.”
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Prison mental health lawsuit moves forward as class action

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A federal judge ruled Friday that a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center against the Alabama Department of Corrections can move forward as a class-action lawsuit.

US District Judge Myron Thompson ruled that the case, which alleges that Alabama prisoners have been denied mental health care, can move forward on behalf of all of Alabama’s prisoners, not just the prisoners named in the original lawsuit.

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The shadowy autocracy of the JIC, the State Supreme Court and the legal elites

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Two State Senators are offering constitutional amendments that would rein in the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) and the Court of the Judiciary (COJ).

The JIC was created to investigate, receive, initiate complaints leveled against sitting judges, and the COJ was formed to hear cases that the JIC felt needed to be adjudicated. In simple terms, the JIC acts as a prosecutor and grand jury, while the COJ is judge and jury.
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It’s time for Bentley to resign

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Robert Bentley should resign.

I think I speak for all of the State when I say that we’ve had enough of the unimaginable, unstoppable, unbelievable stupidity of it all.

And I’m not even talking about the “inappropriate relationship” our 73-year-old grandfatherly Governor had with his 44-year-old former staffer, Rebekah Mason.

Those are consenting adults and they can do whatever they like in the privacy of his office (so long as they get out of earshot of poor ol’ Wanda) or in the privacy of the Blount House.
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Winn calls for leadership change at the Alabama Democratic Party

By Luther Winn, Jr.

The African American and Hispanic communities have reached an impasse in regards to the Alabama Democratic Party. A metaphorical pitchfork in the road of sorts….with questions before the Democratic Party that must be asked, such as: Where do we go from here? Is this the party for us? Do we stay with this party or do we abandon this party? I am hoping that the latter is not an option.
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