McLeod Software purchases new headquarters building in Hoover

December 5, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

McLeod Software has purchased a 140,000-square foot office building in Hoover for its new corporate headquarters. The company announced that it plans to move into it’s new facility in early summer 2018 at the completion of a major remodeling project.

“One of the most rewarding opportunities McLeod Software offers our region is new jobs being transplanted from other states,” said Hoover City Councilman Place 5 Derrick M. Murphy.  He is the Chairman of the Commerce & Development committee.

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Governor announces that this is Computer Science Education Week

December 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey, as part of Computer Science Education Week 2017, announced she is joining the Governors’ Partnership for K-12 Computer Science. The governor announced that creating opportunities for computer science education in Alabama is a pillar of her “Strong Start, Strong Finish” education initiative, and this Partnership furthers that commitment.

“Today, as we kick off Computer Science Education Week 2017, I’m pleased to partner with other governors around the country through the Governors’ Partnership for K-12 Computer Science,” Ivey said. “I am excited to lead the efforts to expand access to computer science education for all students in Alabama. We must continue working to provide opportunities so that students can have a running start toward the high-demand jobs of today. We live in a technology-driven world so I want to ensure our educational system teaches in a technology-driven way. Joining the Governors’ Partnership is a key step forward in paving the way for my ‘Strong Start, Strong Finish’ education initiative.”

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A positive note in prison debate

December 5, 2017

By Sen. Cam Ward and Rep. Matt Fridy

The news surrounding the Alabama corrections system seems to be one negative story after another with much of the focus on the need for reform and consolidation in the system as well as higher quality of service and better outcomes.  Much of this is true and is a result of inadequate funding, not because of poor leadership or management.  In fact, we would argue that ADOC has some of the best leadership under Commissioner Jeff Dunn and his team that we have had in some time.  They are tackling the bigger problems and looking for ways to solve them in the face of many challenges.

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Troy King back in the game with big money from small donors

December 4, 2017

By Bill Britt

Alabama Political Reporter

A campaign finance report filed today shows former Republican Attorney General Troy King is back in the game, raising over $130,000.00 in small donations in just over two weeks.

King, once thought to be another asterisk in former Gov. Bob Riley’s scheme to hold onto the reins of power after leaving office in 2010, formally filed his campaign with the secretary of state’s office in mid-November.
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Majority Republicans doubt Moore’s accusers: some reasons why

December 4, 2017

By Bill Britt 
Alabama Political Reporter

A new poll by CBS News finds that 71 percent of Alabama Republicans believe the allegations against Roy Moore are false. Of those surveyed, 92 percent of Republicans who don’t believe the claims against Moore think, “Democrats are behind the charges,” and 88 percent say, “newspapers and the media are behind them.” When reports leave gaps in a story or cite inaccuracies as fact, it’s not surprising that a vast majority of Republicans doubt what they read in the news and hear on television.

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Poll: Alabama Republican voters embrace Roy Moore

December 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A new CBS poll, conducted by YouGov, released over the weekend shows that Doug Jones’ tactic of winning using  accusations that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore liked to date teenagers, when he was in his 30s, appears to be a disastrous failure.

According to a poll of 1,073 registered voters, if the election were held today: Moore would win handily with 49 percent of the vote. Democratic Clinton era U.S. Attorney Doug Jones would get just 43 percent.  Four percent said that they would vote for someone else – there are at least four different write-in campaigns to choose from. Four percent are still undecided.

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McConnell’s tone on Moore’s withdraw changes; says Alabama will “make the call”

December 4, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

In a change of position, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the people of Alabama should decide if Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore should be elected.

McConnell, appearing on ABC’s “This Week” program, told host George Stephanopoulos that he’ll let Alabama “make the call” on Moore a week from Tuesday.

While this may be a shift from his calls on Moore to resign, McConnell hinted that Moore may face pushback when he’s in the Senate. He said the Senate ethic committee will come to the “right conclusion.”

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Moore says that the U.S. should move the embassy to Jerusalem

December 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Roy Moore released a statement in supporting President Donald Trump’s and Vice President Mike Pence’s efforts to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“The Nation of Israel has traditionally found a strong ally in the United States of America.” Moore said. “I am grateful that the Trump-Pence Administration is actively working to restore the trust that was betrayed during the Obama era and I applaud their efforts to move the Embassy as a signal of our continued friendship.”

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Alabama group calls U.S. Senate tax bill “huge giveaway” to wealthy

December 4, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

While Republicans celebrate their first significant legislative achievement under President Donald Trump, some groups in Alabama are lamenting the passage of the Senate’s tax plan.

The tax plan passed the Senate late Friday night and it is the first major tax reform in the U.S. since 1996.

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project, a group that advocates for low-income families, released a statement blasting the passage as “a windfall for the wealthy at the expense of everyday families.”

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Shelby, Strange vote for GOP tax plan

December 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, the U.S. Senate voted along part lines, 51-49, to support their tax reform package known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The legislation is now expected to be conferenced with the U.S. House’s tax reform bill, who passed their own version earlier.

“The Senate today passed legislation to deliver pro-growth tax relief for the American people,”  U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said. “This is a bill that, if signed into law, will positively impact current and future generations by expanding economic opportunities and lowering taxes for the middle-class. Reducing rates and reforming our tax code will not only put more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans, but it will also allow businesses to create jobs and increase wages.”

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