FBI investigating bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers

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

By Brandon Moseley

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

On Monday, February 27, 2017 U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R from 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

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

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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Committee gives favorable report to bill widening child abuse reporting requirements

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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Six person jury bill receives favorable report by Judiciary Committee

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee gave a favorable report to a bill that would allow many Alabama Court proceedingss to have just six person juries rather than the traditional 12 person jury trials.

Senate Bill 197 was sponsored by Senator Arthur Orr (R-Decatur). Orr said that the measure would save the state $252,000 per year. Sen. Orr said that his bill would allow the six person jury trials in misdemeanor and civil trials for matters below a certain amount. Orr said that this is done in a lot of states.
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Gary Palmer faces constituents at Hoover Town Hall

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, February 25, 2017, US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) addressed the people of the Sixth Congressional District and beyond in a town hall meeting in Hoover.

Over a thousand people attempted to attend the town hall meeting with the congressman though only 160 were able to go inside the venue. Many of those, who were camped out for hours prior to the 9:00 am event, expressed fears of the changes that President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress may
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Electronic Notification Bill Passes House

By Brandon Moseley

Thursday, February 23, 2017 the Alabama House of Representatives passed House Bill 89.
HB89 required that all the school systems in the state develop and implement the electronic notification system.

HB89 was sponsored by state Representative Alan Baker (R from Brewton). Baker said that HB89 was a recommendation of the school safety task force, which is chaired by state Representative Terri Collins (R from Decatur).
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The Alabama Republican Party revels in victory

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Poltical Reporter

Friday, February 24, 2017, the leadership of the Alabama Republican Party celebrated its political ascendancy at the 2017 Winter Dinner at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said that the Republican Party has gone from 53 percent of all the elected offices in Alabama to 58 percent of all the elected offices in Alabama. Soon we will have over 60% of all the elected offices in Alabama
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House votes to lower age of majority to 18

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, February 23, 2017. When does a child become an adult? That question can be answered in a lot of different ways but legally in Alabama (even though you can vote at 18) the legal answer to that since 1976 in Alabama has been 19. On Thursday, the Alabama House of Representatives voted to lower that to age 18.

House Bill 70 was sponsored by state Representative Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa). Poole said that currently there are only four states that don’t use 18 for the age of majority. It is 19 in Alabama and Nebraska and 21 in Mississippi and Puerto Rico.
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