AG declines to issue opinion on Bentley’s Senate Special Election

February 28, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Attorney General Steve Marshall has declined to issue an opinion on Gov. Robert Bentley’s Senate Special Election date — a request of State Auditor Jim Zeigler, an outspoken critic of the Governor.

Earlier this month, Zeigler requested an Attorney General’s Opinion on Bentley’s Special Election schedule. Marshall declined Zeigler’s request because he said the scheduling does not directly relate to Zeigler’s office.

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This Session is different

February 28, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

There is a general sense around the State House that the 2017 Legislative Session is different.

But in what way?

Is there a chance we are witnessing an era of cooperation rather than confrontation? Could this be the time where all the citizens in every district matter whether Republican or Democrat?

While this may be overly optimistic, there does seem to be a few seeds of hope.
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Town Halls are important, ducking them is cowardly

February 28, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Town Halls aren’t exactly a new thing.

Neither is anger at Town Halls.

In fact, both stretch back to before the founding of America, and helped to shape the country’s formation. Many have been quite contentious, even some of the earliest.

But they all also had one thing in common: they were viewed as a way for politicians to formally recognize that power in this country rests with people.
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FBI investigating bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers

February 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, February 27, 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that they are investigating the string of threats made against Jewish Community Centers across the country, including in Birmingham.

FBI Spokesman Paul E Daymond said in a statement, “The FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division are investigating possible civil rights violations in connection with threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country. The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence, and will ensure this matter is investigated in a fair, thorough, and impartial manner. As this matter is ongoing, we are not able to comment further at this time.”
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Trump to address Congress tonight

February 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Today, Tuesday, February 28, 2017, President Donald J Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time.

On Monday, February 27, 2017, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) said in an email to constituents, “As you may know, President Trump will address a Joint Sessions of Congress for the first time tomorrow night at 8:00 Central Time. I’m looking forward to hearing the President’s address, and I think it comes at a good time because the nation needs to see the Commander-in-Chief address Congress and understand that their government is working. I’m looking forward to hearing the President talk about defeating the global terrorist threat, securing our borders, and improving the economy.

This is an exciting occasion. For six years we have sat and listened to lofty lectures from President Obama, and I have a feeling tomorrow night will be much different. I encourage everyone to watch.”
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Lathan re-elected as ALGOP Chairman

February 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, February 25, 2017, the Alabama Republican Party Executive Committee met at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover and re-elected Chairman Terry Lathan.

Chairman Lathan was elected without opposition as was the rest of the leadership team.

The Chairman said in a statement, “I am deeply humbled to have earned my team’s trust for another term as Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. Our focus will be to protect our successes and add to them. Clearly, conservative values and principles resonate with Alabama voters. The Republican Party will continue to champion our platform.”
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Dunn hopes Legislature is not just going through the motions on Impeachment

February 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

While Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) continues to push his ambitious $800 million prison building on credit scheme, most of the talk in the Montgomery Statehouse continues to center around whether or not the House of Representatives will impeach the Governor. No Alabama Governor has been impeached under the 1901 Constitution but there are more and more voices suggesting that could happen with Gov. Bentley. Former Public Service Commissioner Terry Dunn (R).
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Taking better care of our veterans

February 28, 2017
Bradley Byrne

Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

I’ve held over 75 town hall meetings since being elected to Congress, and these meetings allow me to get a feel for what issues are most important to the people I represent. At every single town hall meeting, I get at least one question about problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

We have all read different stories about the VA in the newspapers – stories about secret wait lists, VA employees stealing drugs, veterans dying while waiting for care, and doctors overprescribing pain medication.
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Committee gives favorable report to bill widening child abuse reporting requirements

February 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, the Alabama House Committee on Children and Senior Advocacy gave a favorable report to House Bill 216 which would widen the professions that are required to report suspected child abuse to include volunteer fire fighters. HB216 was sponsored by state Representative Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City).

Rep. Butler said, “I really thought he was sharp; but he had been molesting young children. He was very involved in the community and a number of the fire fighters were aware of the abuse. A lot of young people were involved in this.”
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New prisons off-the-books, unaccountable to the Legislature and public

February 27, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The funding method proposed to build four new super-max-style prisons, under the Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative Act (APTI), will stop the public from voicing its opinion while keeping the almost one billion dollars borrowed off the books and in the hands of a very small group.

Under Section 14-2-6 the Alabama Corrections Institution Finance Authority governs the financial aspects of the State’s prison system. The Code of Alabama allows the Authority to create a public Corporation that has the power to issue bonds to build prisons and then lease the Prisons it owns to the Authority. The public corporation consists of the Governor, the Commissioner of Corrections, the Director of Finance, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Attorney General as determined by Code of Alabama Section 14-2-2 through Section 14-2-6
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