John Rogers’ very curious 24 hours

June 30, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Honestly, I didn’t expect Rep. John Rogers to answer his cell phone on Thursday night, and maybe him doing so should lessen my frustration with him.

But it doesn’t.

Because Rogers has started backtracking – on a story that I wrote, a story that he confirmed, a story that he told to multiple people. Rogers is telling people it’s not true.

The day before, I had multiple conversations with Rogers. Wednesday morning, a source told me an unbelievable tale involving the Birmingham Democrat. Rogers, the source said, was going to hold a joint press conference with Randy Brinson, a candidate for the US Senate, and say that he was offered a bribe related to the EPA’s North Birmingham superfund site.
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Longtime Tuscaloosa Mayor considers run for Governor

June 30, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Longtime Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox — a quiet upstart in the Alabama Democratic Party who has drawn the eyes of many in the party despite maintaining a relatively low profile in statewide politics — is considering a run for Governor next year.

Maddox, 44, has been the mayor of Alabama’s fifth largest city since 2005 and recently won his fourth term in May. For several years, Democrats across the State have been pushing Maddox to consider a run, believing that his success in one of Alabama’s largest cities could be translated to a Democratic resurgence in Montgomery.

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Shelby: Trump’s NASA Budget would prevent Agency from reaching its goals

June 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 29, 2017, Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot testified before the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee. The Trump Administration is proposing cutting NASA 2.9 percent in fiscal 2018.  US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) said that the administration is “Projecting a lofty vision for space while providing a budget that keeps that vision from leaving Earth.”

Sen. Shelby is the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee.
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Brinson calls Strange “Mr. Corruption”

June 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday June 28, 2017, Republican US Senate candidate Dr. Randy Brinson called Senator Luther Strange (R) “Mr. Corruption” at a news conference in Montgomery.  Brinson claimed that Luther Strange’s actions, while Alabama Attorney General, delayed the impeachment proceeding against former Governor Robert Bentley (R) and prolonged the Bentley saga.  Brinson suggested that Strange did this in order to get the US Senate appointment from the embattled Governor of February 9, to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions who became US Attorney General.
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154th Anniversary of Gettysburg and Vicksburg

June 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

One hundred and fifty-four years ago, one southern army was throwing its best troops at Union lines that would not buckle under the weight of the massed Confederate might. Meanwhile, another large Confederate Army was trapped in Vicksburg and was slowly starving. By the Fourth of July, Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was retreating back to Virginia in defeat and Lieutenant General John Pemberton’s broken force was surrendering to the siege of Vicksburg by rising Northern star General Ulysses S. Grant.
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Source: State Rep. was offered superfund bribe with Luther Strange present

June 29, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. John Rogers told federal investigators that he was approached by executives from Drummond Coal and then-Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and offered what Rogers considered a bribe if he would lead the State’s and Drummond’s efforts against the EPA’s cleanup of a superfund pollution site in north Birmingham, a source close to Rogers told APR.

Asked about the allegations, Rogers declined to confirm them, saying he didn’t want to talk about it “yet, because it’s too volatile.”
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No one is safe: Lawyer who uncovered Pouncey smear is now a target of similar campaign

June 29, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a scheme to derail the candidacy of Dr. Craig Pouncey for the job of State Superintendent, now threatens to crush the man tasked with investigating the smear campaign.

Apparently, corruption is written into the DNA of the Department of Education. Every year, hundreds of millions of federal and state tax dollars pour into Alabama’s education system, but the State remains near or at the bottom of the heap by every legitimate metric.
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Trip Pittman Interview

June 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, June 17, 2017, State Senator Trip Pittman (R-Montrose) spoke at length with The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) about the major issues in this US Senate election. Pittman has served two terms in the State Senate and is seeking the US Senate vacancy created when Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) became US Attorney General.

APR: The Senate is divided on the Healthcare bill. Should the focus of the healthcare bill be primarily providing healthcare coverage for as many Americans as possible or cutting costs and reducing the deficit?
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Moore gives National Security speech

June 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore held a press conference at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery to announce the members of his national security coalition and to speak about his vision for protecting our nation and supporting the military if elected as the next US Senator from Alabama.

Flanked by veterans and supporters Judge Roy Moore said, “I’ve had the honor of wearing our uniform and am the only candidate who has served in a combat zone, but it is double honor that these men and women who also served are standing here today to help us launch our national security coalition. If we don’t commit ourselves to national security, no other issue will matter. The leaders of this coalition know this and will be helping us to organize our veterans support network in every county in Alabama.”
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Alabama Senate Democrats respond to Thompson’s ruling

June 29, 2017

By Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Senate Democratic Caucus called on the Alabama Department of Corrections and fellow lawmakers to “finally deal with the State’s prison problem.”

The statement comes after US District Judge Myron Thompson ruled that mental healthcare in ADOC’s facilities was “horrendously inadequate.”

Thompson called on lawmakers to find a “immediate and long-term” fix for the mental healthcare problem. He has not yet set a deadline for Alabama to address the problem.
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