Self-proclaimed internet sleuth Donald V. Watkins draws fire for “libelous lies”

October 31, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

According to his Wikipedia page, Donald V. Watkins – born September 8, 1948 – is an American trial attorney, banker and entrepreneur. As of late, Watkins has styled himself as an investigative reporter posting to Facebook. In his latest installment on social media, Watkins accuses Dr. Joe Perkins, founder of Matrix, of potentially criminal activities, along with suggesting the Alabama Political Reporter and the Tuscaloosa News printed pandering dribble with regards to the alleged rape of Megan Rondini.

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Proposed bill would have prevented US Senate Special Election

October 31, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Special elections are costly and turnout is often dismal but giving an appointee the time to settle in Washington can afford them the protective status of incumbency. That was the paradox that Gov. Kay Ivey and her predecessor grappled with in trying to decide what to do about Jeff Sessions’ vacated Senate seat.

A bill pre-filed by Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, and State Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, would have preempted that decision and directed the governor to set the election to coincide with the next general election. In the case of Sessions’ seat, Sen. Luther Strange would have gotten 18 months in Washington before facing election.

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The Trump-Russia scandal: Don’t be a fool

October 31, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There’s nothing to see here.

Pay no attention to the uproar at those mainstream media outlets over the indictments of Donald Trump’s campaign manager and a campaign advisor and the guilty plea of another Trump advisor.

There’s nothing to any of it – certainly not an indication that the stories of the Trump campaign colluding with foreign agents might be true. Noooo, it’s just those pesky Democrats working overtime to divert attention away from the REAL story – Hillary Clinton’s emails about uranium.

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Judge Myron Thompson rules two Alabama abortion laws unconstitutional

October 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson has ruled that two Alabama abortion laws are unconstitutional. The ruling blocks the state from enforcing these laws.

The first law prohibits the licensing or renewal of a license of an abortion clinic within 2,000 feet of any K-8 public school. The second law banned an abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation. This is the most common method used in the second trimester.

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New investment to bring 50 jobs to Auburn

October 31, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

A Milwaukee-based company announced on Monday its intentions to start production on a new line of engines at its factory in Auburn.

Briggs & Stratton, a gasoline engine manufacturer, will produce big block V-twin engines starting in 2018 and bring about 50 permanent jobs to the plant.

The company is one of the largest in Auburn with a few hundred employees already at the plant. It has been in Auburn for about two decades. It’s recent investment in Auburn is part of a related project in Georgia, where the company has a similar plant.

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Zeigler opposes bills ending special elections for US Senate, Alabama Legislature

October 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, state Auditor Jim Zeigler announced his opposition to bills that would end special elections when there is a vacancy in the U.S. Senate and the Legislature.

Currently, Alabama is holding a special election for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions.  Republican Roy Moore is running against former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones on Dec. 12. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley had appointed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to fill the seat.

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State Sen. Bill Hightower endorses Roy Moore

October 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, the Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate campaign announced that Alabama State Sen. Bill Hightower, R-Mobile, has endorsed Moore for the United States Senate.

“Judge Roy Moore is a principled man who stands up for religious liberty and defends the Constitution,” Hightower said. “It is a privilege to endorse his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.”

“As someone who represents Alabama’s coastline, I well understand the pivotal role that defense industry companies like Austal play in our state,” Hightower continued. “As a veteran, Judge Moore appreciates the important work that defense companies do in providing jobs for Alabama’s workers and in keeping our nation safe. He will be a strong ambassador in Washington for Alabama’s values, workers, and companies.”

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Roby supports plan to expand the Child Tax Credit

October 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, joined Ivanka Trump and leaders from the House and Senate to promote a plan to expand the child tax credit to help working families.

“Expanding the child tax credit is the right thing to do,” Roby said at a news conference promoting the proposal. “For the people I represent, this can make a big difference. For that mom working a retail job or the dad driving the truck or the parent working two or three jobs so the other one can stay home – having a couple thousand dollars in your pocket is a big deal.  I promise you parents know how to spend that money better than the government does,” Congresswoman Roby said.

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Congressman Jim Martin has died

October 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, former U.S. Rep. James Douglas “Jim” Martin has died.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement, “Congressman Jim Martin was a great asset to our state. He lived a long life dedicated to serving Alabama in various roles. He was elected to Congress as a Republican in 1965 for one term until 1967. At the time, he was the first Republican elected to that role in over 70 years. Prior to his time in Washington, Congressman Martin was an Army veteran and served under General Patton in World War II.”

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An ill wind blows across the Auburn plains with Jacobs’ latest actions

October 30, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A recent brawl between two student-athletes at Auburn University is adding to calls for the embattled Athletic Director to step down, according to a well-placed source.

Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs’ attempt to intervene after two AU football players engaged in a raucous fistfight during a fraternity party over the third weekend in October is just the latest episode in a death spiral of controversy surrounding the beleaguered Jacobs.
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