Confederate monuments debate is easy

August 18, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The debate over Confederate monuments doesn’t seem so hard.

On one side there are people saying, “Hey, that guy who you’ve memorialized in your town square, he enslaved my ancestors and led a traitorous revolt against America in a desperate attempt to continue to enslave my ancestors – maybe we should take that down.”

On the other side, people are saying, “Screw you.”

As you can see, it’s a complicated debate.
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What’s the prescription for the opioid problem?

August 18, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

If you’ve lost a loved one to drug abuse, as I have, anger and sadness might color your resolve to fight a war against a substance, rather than address the causes that drive someone into the arms of darkness.

We have been told by the President of the United States and the US Attorney General that there is an opioid epidemic and that war has been declared against it. But, we are ignoring the factors that lead to its use.
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Birmingham votes Tuesday for Mayor, City Council, School Board

August 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, voters in Birmingham go to the polls to vote for Mayor, City Council, and School Board.  Unlike State, County, or Judicial elections, municipal elections are non-partisan.

Longtime incumbent William Bell (D) is seeking a third term as Mayor.  Bell was a member of the Birmingham City Council and Mayor Pro Tem in 1999 when longtime Mayor Richard Arrington retired.  Bell became Mayor by law then, but was defeated in the election by then City Councilman, Bernard Kincaid.

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Governor Ivey replaces office formerly headed by Jon Mason

August 18, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Governor Kay Ivey signed an Executive Order that would replace the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Volunteer Service on Thursday.

Ivey’s new Executive Order establishes the Office of Volunteer Services within the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The new office will replace the Office of Faith-Based and Volunteer Service. This former office was also known as Serve Alabama.

Serve Alabama was notably run by Jon Mason whose wife, Rebekah, was accused of being former Governor Robert Bentley’s mistress. Ivey asked for Mason’s resignation on her first full day in office in April.

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Strange applauds President’s signing of Veterans Legislation

August 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, August 12, 2017, President Trump signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act S.114, sponsored by Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada).

According to the White House the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 authorizes and appropriates $2.1 billion to the Veterans Choice Fund, extends certain authorities as a partial offset for this appropriation, authorizes 28 major medical facilities leases, and changes a number of VA authorities related to personnel.

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Rogers and Cooper send letter to President urging greater missile defense funding due to North Korean threat

August 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley  
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Saks) and Ranking Member Jim Cooper (D-Tennessee) sent a bipartisan letter to President Trump to help the United States better prepare and handle the most recent North Korean threats. The bill was passed in July following successful tests of North Korean missile technology.

Chairman Rogers said, “President Trump has already begun to make tremendous strides in rebuilding our National defense. And his strong stand against the North Korean threat is greatly welcomed. Today, I ask President Trump to fully support the $2.5 billion increase to ensure we are completely prepared to deal with any threat that comes out of North Korea. The funding Mr. Cooper and I have requested is the same amount that passed overwhelmingly by the House in this year’s NDAA.”

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Ivey has name of campaign for Governor reserved

August 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey’s team has filed paperwork reserving a name for a non-profit campaign for re-election. The paperwork, which reserves the non-profit “Kay Ivey for Governor, Inc.” was filed with the Secretary of State’s Office Wednesday.

The filing is further public indication that Ivey is going to run for re-election, which APR confirmed earlier this week. The non-profit entity reservation would be the first step in Ivey’s plan to run for a full term. She hasn’t filed paperwork established her principal campaign committee, but that paperwork should be coming soon.

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Twinkle Cavanaugh to switch from Governor’s race to Lieutenant Governor

August 17, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Public Service Commission President Twinkle Cavanaugh, a Republican candidate for governor, is preparing to switch her candidacy to the lieutenant governor’s race.

After serving as the president of the Public Service Commission — the state commission that regulates utilities — Cavanaugh announced in March that she would run for governor.

Cavanaugh is expected to make the switch public Thursday, announcing it on Baron Coleman’s politics radio show, which goes on air at 11 a.m.

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Ethics Commission punts decision, creates more confusion

August 17, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Despite pleas from its executive director and legal counsel, the Ethics Commission on Wednesday elected to table a decision on an opinion that defined some economic development site consultants as lobbyists.

The non-decision allows the five-person Commission to avoid making a public decision on the matter – instead shuffling it off with hopes that the state Legislature will correct it through legislation – but it will do little to ease confusion about the matter, executive director Tom Albritton said.

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