Medicaid Chief paints dire picture

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Medicaid needs more money.

No, this isn’t a reprint of a news story from last fall. It’s the reality once again for the State’s beleaguered Medicaid office. A few months after requiring a special session to dig up $105 million in BP oil spill money to keep Medicaid afloat, the agency’s head told a budget committee on Monday that it needs an additional $44 million in 2017 to meet its needs. Read More

SPLC: Prison building initiative doesn’t solve underlying problems

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The Southern Poverty Law Center, a Montgomery-based civil rights legal organization, doesn’t believe Gov. Robert Bentley’s plan to build four new prisons to replace Alabama’s aging corrections infrastructure solves the State’s underlying problems.

Bentley and Corrections Commissioner Jefferson Dunn plan to push for the Prison Transformation Initiative again during the upcoming legislative session, set to begin on Feb. 7. The plan, if authorized by the Legislature, would have the State borrow $800 million to pay for three new men’s prisons and a new women’s prison.

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Pro-life policies in the spotlight

Bradley Byrne

Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

Last Friday, thousands of people arrived in Washington, DC to march for an important cause: pro-life policies. The annual March for Life brings together people from all different backgrounds: Democrats and Republicans, men and women, young and old, southerners and northerners.

This year’s march was especially notable as Vice President Mike Pence spoke, marking the highest ranking United States government official to ever address the March for Life. The crowd was really energized, and I was especially excited students and pro-life advocates from Southwest Alabama traveled to DC to take part in the march. Read More

Sewell denounces Trump immigration plan

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, January 29, 2017, US Representative Terri Sewell (D-Selma) blasted President Donald J Trump’s executive orders on Syrian refugees and people with visas from countries where the terror risk is believed to be high. Sewell called the new President’s orders, “Unconscionable.”

Congresswoman Sewell said, “The President’s most recent executive order halting the Syrian Refugee Program and barring entry into the US based on religion is unconscionable, if not unconstitutional, and is inconsistent with our American values. This ill-conceived executive order does little to protect us from terrorism, but it does institutionalize a prejudice against Muslims by giving preference to minority Christians in Muslim countries and forbidding majority Muslim populations from entering into the United States on the basis of nothing more than the religion that they practice. Likewise, by banning the entry of all refugees, the Trump Administration dishonors the commitment we made to countless women and children from Syria that have successfully complied with our strict vetting process and now seek only refuge from the carnage of their own war-torn country.” Read More

Alabama Delegation reacts to Trump immigration orders

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, January 30, 2017, there has been global reaction to President Donald J. Trump’s controversial orders on refugees and persons traveling with passports from countries linked to terrorism. Most of the reaction from the Alabama Congressional delegation was positive.

US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) released a statement on Monday after President Trump signed an executive order temporarily pausing immigration admissions from seven countries that have been designated as areas of terror concern. Read More

Special Election today in House District 67

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Voters in Alabama House District 67 go to the polls today, Tuesday, January 31, 2017, to decide who will be the district’s next state representative.

A primary election for the position of Alabama House of Representatives District 67 was called after former State Representative Darrio Melton (D) was elected as the Mayor of Selma.

The special Democratic Party Primary election is today. The special Democratic Party runoff will be held on April 18, 2017. No Republican qualified so unless an independent or minor party candidate qualifies in this majority minority district then the winner of the Democratic Party Primary will be the winner and a special general election will not be necessary. If both a runoff and a general election are necessary it will be held on June 27, 2017. Read More

Tim Dunn elected as new Chairman of Etowah County Republican Party

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, January 30, 2017 the Etowah County Republican Party elected its new officers.

The new Chairman is Tim Dunn. Newly elected Chairman Dunn said in a statement, “We will bring a fresh look at new ideas, focus on getting our youth interested and involved for the successfulness of our future as a party.”

George Day was elected as Vice Chairman of elections. Scott Hassell was chosen as Vice Chair of Finance. Herman Spicer was chosen as Vice Chair of Logisitics. Tammy Drisskill was elected Vice Chair of Membership. Michael Barton was elected as the group’s Treasurer. Misty Sosebee Ledbetter was re-elected as Secretary. Driskill will continue as head of the Etowah County Republican Party. J. Holland will continue in his role as Communications Chairman and as Chair of the Republican breakfast. Read More

The coward’s way

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Know a sentence you never hear anyone say?

“Boy, that discrimination really worked out for us.”

Think about it. Thousands of years of discrimination based on race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation and heritage, but no one ever looks back on any of it and thinks about how great it all was.

That’s especially true in the US.

No one ever fondly remembers the time we turned away Jewish refugees trying to escape Hitler. Or happily brings up the days when whites used to not drink from the same fountain as blacks. Or tells their kids bedtime stories about the days of locking up Japanese-Americans in camps.

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Former ALEA Secretary hired as Selma police chief

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier will soon have a new gig as the chief of police for the city of Selma.

Selma Mayor Darrio Melton held a press conference Monday to announce Collier’s appointment and swear him in as the next police chief. His appointment will take effect on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.

“We’re excited to welcome Chief Collier to Selma,” Melton said. “I’m confident his wide range of expertise in law enforcement will benefit our city and help move us forward.”

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It is well past the hour for responsible State government

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As the State Legislature cues up for the 2017 Regular Legislative Session, the problems that vexed our State last year continue to this day. The same troubles neglected for decades by Democrats are the identical ones left unresolved by Republicans. The problems facing our State are not new, and the solutions need not be original in nature, but the prescription should fit the disease. Read More

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