Gaming council delays report until summer

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By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Gov. Robert Bentley’s Advisory Council on Gaming isn’t going to meet its deadline.

Originally devised to offer guidance to the Governor and State lawmakers in time for the 2017 Regular Session, which begins Feb. 7, council members voted unanimously on Thursday to delay any report and set a new deadline of June 30 — well after the session has ended.

“It’s obvious that we’re

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Montgomery school system takeover off to a rough start

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By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The State takeover of Montgomery’s school system is off to a less-than-optimal beginning.

At a press conference following Thursday’s State school board meeting — at which members voted to support State Superintendent Michael Sentance’s resolution declaring his intention to intervene in MPS — a collection of State and Montgomery school officials were met with a barrage of questions

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Shelby calls Obamacare “beyond repair”

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

WASHINGTON, DC—Wednesday, January 11, 2017, Senate Republicans began the process of repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, better known as Obamacare, through the budgeting process.

“In our first major act in the 115th Congress, Senate Republicans voted last night to pave the way towards repealing and replacing Obamacare with patient-centered health care reforms

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State Auditor questions Governor’s 2018 Special Election

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By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—State Auditor Jim Ziegler is questioning Gov. Robert Bentley’s decision to hold a special election in November 2018 for US Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Senate replacement. On Wednesday, Ziegler sent Bentley a letter highlighting his concerns.

In his letter, Ziegler asked Bentley to reconsider the 2018 Special Election date, which will fall nearly 22

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Sewell receives seat on House Ways and Means Committee

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

WASHINGTON, DC—Wednesday, January 11, 2017, US Representative Terri Sewell (D-Alabama) was appointed to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee.

“I am honored to sit on the prestigious House Committee on Ways and Means,” Sewell said in a written statement. “Since my election to Congress in 2010, I have maintained a strong interest in serving on this coveted committee because

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Roby: Regulatory reform will facilitate economic growth

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

WASHINGTON, DC—On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, the House passed HR5, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017.

US Representative Martha Roby (R-Alabama) celebrated the bill’s passage saying it provides long overdue relief to American job creators and families.

“For years, the rising tide of federal regulations has hampered our economy,” Roby said. “Excessive regulations

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Shelby introduces Sessions in confirmation hearing

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

WASHINGTON, DC—Tuesday, January 10, 2017, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alaabama) introduced Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Although my friend and colleague Jeff Sessions is well-known to the members of this committee,” Shelby stated, “it is my distinct privilege to introduce him as President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as

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School leaders search for source of leak to APR

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By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

A scramble took place Wednesday at the Alabama State Department of Education and at the central office of Montgomery’s Public Schools to find the sources of a story that appeared on The Alabama Political Reporter.

Several sources told APR on Wednesday that State department employees were questioned about the leak. At MPS, officials were questioning board members and an attorney

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Bipartisan bill would give retirees a one-time bonus

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Some Republicans in the Senate and at least one Democrat in the State House of Representatives believe certain retired educators should receive a one-time, lump sum payment.

Republican Senator Gerald Dial, who is leading the charge, is joined by Senate colleagues Jimmy Holley, Jim McClendon, Steve Livingston, Tom Whatley and Cam Ward to sponsor SB3. In the House, Rep. Craig Ford is carrying an identical

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Sen. Phil Williams: Alabama “bathroom bill” has been misinterpreted

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By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Sen. Phil Williams, who has prefiled a “bathroom bill” known as the Alabama Privacy Act, believes it has been misinterpreted as requiring bathroom “police” to monitor users’ gender in every restroom in the State.

“One of the complete fabrications or misinterpretations about the bill is that it requires an attendant to

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