Task Force examines budget and finds surprises

May 31, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Legislature is taking a serious look at the State’s budgeting process to make data-driven decisions on how best to address the reoccurring fiscal challenges facing our State. An Interim Report on Budget Reform prepared by the Joint Task Force on Budget Reform (JTF) released on May 11 of this year, shows many surprising facts, and offers some hope for remedies to decades of old problems.
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Sprint to August 15

May 31, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

As the race for our open U.S. Senate seat begins, let’s look at the lay of the land.

First-of-all it will be a sprint. The race is upon us with the primaries on August 15 and the run-off six weeks later on September 26. The Republican primary victor will be coronated on December 12. We, in the Heart of Dixie, are a one party state when it comes to major statewide offices. Winning the GOP primary is tantamount to election. Therefore, our new senator will probably be elected on September 26.
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Alabama Patriots endorse Mo Brooks

May 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the Alabama Patriots announced their endorsement of Congressman Mo Brooks for United States Senate. The endorsement comes two weeks after Congressman Brooks announced his candidacy for the Senate and following a thorough interview with the Commander of the Alabama Patriots, Danny B. Joyner.

Commander Joyner said in a statement, “In these trying times we believe God has provided men of honor and integrity to stand in the gap for our beloved Alabama and our Christian nation. Congressman Mo Brooks is the man to replace our friend and fellow Patriot Jeff Sessions as the next United States Senator from Alabama.”
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Response to Matthew J. Clark op-ed re: Faith Based Recovery Camps in Alabama

May 31, 2017

By Thomas L. Krebs

Mr. Clark says he is telling the other side of the story about HB440 while seemingly not having a clue about why there was a need to protect children within these so-called “faith based recovery camps”. He claims that HB440 subjects faith-based camps to “possible takeover by the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR).” To be sure there are some good spirited, truly faith based recovery camps located in Alabama, but HB440 was designed to prevent the torture of children in “non-Christian” boot camps by sadists who would hide behind the cross. Mr. Clark’s piece is woefully incorrect regarding what HB440 does and why it passed the Alabama Legislature in one single session.
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Five Corrections workers arrested

May 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) announced that a task force investigation had led to the arrest of five prison employees at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore County for conspiracy to smuggle in contraband.

Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn said in a statement, “After months of investigating this case, our corruption and fraud task force uncovered the bribery scheme involving correctional officers who are sworn to protect the public, but instead chose to use their position to illegally further their self-interest.”
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Brooks supports changing Senate rules to pass Trump agenda

May 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, President Donald J. Trump (R) tweeted that “The US Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy. Dems would do it, no doubt!”

US Mo Brooks (AL-05) released a statement supporting President Trump’s call to end the filibuster rule in the United States Senate. Brooks said in a press release that ending the archaic filibuster rule is key to implementing President Trump’s agenda, passing healthcare and tax reform legislation, balancing budgets, properly deliberating and passing spending bills, and ending the cycle of threatened government shutdowns.
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Alligator Hunt registration opens Friday

May 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) announced that the State will open online registration for its 12th Annual Regulated Alligator Hunts, June 2 at 8 a.m.

Registration must be completed by 8 a.m. July 11. 260 Alligator Possession Tags will be distributed among four hunting zones. The administrative fee to apply for a tag is $22.00 and individuals may register one-time per zone. While the tag is free, the selected hunters and their assistants are required to have valid hunting licenses in their possession while hunting.
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The shame of Memorial Day

May 30, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The number at the official close of the operation was 4,424.

That’s the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

You remember that war, right? I ask because, despite the large number of casualties and staggering number of wounded (31,952), it seems as if the Iraq War has been forgotten by many.

Hell, it was basically forgotten as it was happening.

The same can be said for the war in Afghanistan. That war has claimed the lives of more than 2,300 American soldiers and sent more than 20,000 back to the US with injuries.
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Dermatologists applaud Ivey’s signing of Sunscreen Bill

May 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, May 29, 2017, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) applauded Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s (R) signing of Legislation ensuring that children are protected from dangerous sun exposure at school and camp.

Alabama is the fourth State to pass this law in 2017.

The law, deemed SUNucate, eliminates barriers prohibiting students from possessing and using over-the-counter sunscreen by exempting these products from requirements implemented by broad reaching ”medication bans,” such as the need for a physician’s note or prescription.
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Brooks proposes reforms to Immigration Law

May 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 25, 2017, US Representative Mo Brooks introduced immigration-related Legislation, the Temporary Protected Status Reform Act (HR2604).

Congressman Brooks said in a statement, “This week, I introduced legislation to reform the abused Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. The TPS program was established as a temporary immigration status granted as a result of a natural disaster or other extraordinary condition. However, “Temporary” Protected Status is de facto permanent, as under current law, it is almost certain to be repeatedly renewed. Years and sometimes decades later, long after the extraordinary conditions have passed, hundreds of thousands of foreign residents remain in the US under TPS status. My bill would ensure that temporary means temporary and provide much needed reform for what has become a long-running amnesty program.”
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