Southern Poverty Law Center to sue “internet hate group” who “harassed Jewish family”

Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Southern Poverty Law Center Co-Founder and Chief Trial Counsel Morris Dees said on Wednesday, March 22, that the organization is filing a lawsuit in April against a hate group.

Dees said this at a speech he gave at Troy University’s main campus in Troy, Alabama, at their annual Journalism Symposium. Troy’s journalism department puts on an annual event where a speaker comes to address students and staff. Dees was this year’s invited speaker.
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Brooks to vote against Healthcare plan

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 23, 2017, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the House plan to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. No Democrats are expected to vote for the American Health Care Act, so keeping as many Republican votes as possible is essential to passage.

US Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) announced on Wednesday, “I will vote against the House GOP healthcare/welfare plan this week because it does not deliver on the promise I made to Alabamians to deliver a clean repeal of Obamacare. Instead, this legislation creates a huge new welfare program. Over the long haul that’s going to result in either higher premiums, higher taxes, or greater deficit and debt that’s going to burden our economy for decades to come.”
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Roby supports American Health Care Act

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) voiced her support for the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and called on her fellow House conservatives to keep their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.

In a speech from the House floor, Congresswoman Roby said “I’ve heard from countless constituents negatively impacted by Obamacare, and in response, I made a promise – the same promise President Trump and every conservative in Congress has made over and over: give us the majority in the House and Senate, give us a Republican in the White House, and we will repeal Obamacare and replace it with reforms that work.
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Sewell continues to defend Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republicans are debating voting to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 in a bill that could come up as soon as Thursday. While most Republican Congressmen favor the American Healthcare Act a conservative faction with the Freedom Caucus argue that the new healthcare law leaves too much of Obamacare in place and are arguing for more of a clean repeal. Meanwhile, US Representative Terri Sewell (D-Selma) continues to argue for what she claims are the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.
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Montgomery County Democratic Conference announces new leadership

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 23, 2017, Emerging from trusteeship, the Montgomery County Democratic Conference (MCDC) elected a new slate of officers and executive committee members on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

The group elected Janet May as its Chairperson. Joe M. Reed was chosen as Vice Chairperson.

Other officers elected include: Mary E. Williams, Recording Secretary; Sheena Gamble, Assistant Secretary; Lillian Jefferson, Treasurer; Kenyatte Hassell, Coordinator; Tamika Miller, Vice Chair Women’s Affairs; Robert Thompson, Vice Chair for Youth Affairs and Maggie J. Stringer, Vice Chair for Senior Affairs.
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The bickering over State prisons continues

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There will be yet another prison bill introduced when the Legislature returns on April 4, but even so, skepticism is growing over lawmakers’ chances of getting any legislation passed.

The fact that there will be another prison bill – this one backed by more than a dozen sheriffs and sponsored by Rep. Allen Farley – is evidence of how deeply divided lawmakers are over the issue.
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Roby, Brooks join President’s bill signing ceremony for reauthorizing NASA

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed into law bi-partisan legislation reauthorizing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with $19.5 billion in funding and key policy provisions supporting the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The President was joined by a bipartisan set of legislators and dignitaries including US Representatives Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) and Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville).

Congresswoman Roby serves on the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee that is responsible for NASA funding.
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Gorsuch Confirmation Hearings begin

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, March 20, 2017, the US Senate finally began confirmation hearings on President Donald J. Trump’s selection to the US Supreme Court: Neil Gorsuch. Most of the Alabama congressional delegation has expressed their support for Gorsuch’s confirmation.

US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) wrote on Monday, “Today the confirmation hearings for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch began. I’ve said several times that I believe Judge Gorsuch is an excellent choice for the Supreme Court. He’s known to be a strict constitutionalist, and I’m confident that his addition to the Supreme Court would hasten our country’s return to constitutional order.”
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Secretary of State’s office wins award for mock election

By Staff Report

Wednesday, March 21, 2017, The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office is delighted to announce that we were honored with The National Association of State Boards of Education Award for Outstanding Leadership in Voter Education from The National Student/Parent Mock Election. The award is given to states across the US who have organized a student mock election in order to educate today’s youth on the importance of voting and citizen involvement in government.
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Lawsuit compelling US Senate Special Election before 2018 may assure that date sticks

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A cloud hangs over the Special Election to fill the vacancy of Senator Jeff Sessions, and it’s not just that Gov. Robert Bentley called for the election to concur with the 2018 General Election some 22 months later or Bentley’s appointment of his nemesis Luther Strange to fill the post. It goes beyond the question that could have been asked Attorney General Steve Marshall, and the lawsuit being pursued by State Auditor Jim Zeigler. While all of these things have led to questionable motives, varying legal interpretations, and general confusion, one thing remains constant: the number of days on the calendar to minimally meet the constitutional requirements for holding a Special Election.
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