Tommy Battle officially qualifies for governor’s race

January 19, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Battle, the mayor of Huntsville, officially qualified Thursday for the Republican primary.

Battle signed the paperwork in a gathering with his family, friends and supporters in a packed restaurant in Hoover.

“I’m running for governor because we’re in a battle for Alabama’s future, and I’m ready to lead us in a new direction,” Battle said. “While the ship of state may be settled, it is time to move it forward. Alabama has been stagnant for far too long, and I’m ready to get us moving forward.”

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Bill to take ride-hailing services statewide makes it out of committee

January 19, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A bill that could bring ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft statewide is a step closer to becoming law after a Senate committee Thursday voted to give the bill a favorable report.

Senate Bill 143, sponsored by Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, could be up for a vote within the next week after the Senate Committee on Tourism and Marketing voted in favor of the bill Thursday.

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US Rep. Mo Brooks supports bill that would give terminally ill patients the right to try experimental treatments

January 19, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, who represents Alabama’s 5th Congressional District, delivered a House floor speech Thursday calling for a vote on Senate Bill S. 204, the Right to Try Act, which would give terminally ill patients the right to try experimental treatments that have not yet completed the Food and Drug Administration’s lengthy and complex approval process.

That process can take years if not decades.

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Craig Lipscomb qualifies for State House District 30

January 19, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Craig Lipscomb, a Gadsden area architect, recently formally filed paperwork with the Alabama Republican Party to qualify as a candidate for the Alabama House of Representatives in District 30.

“I am honored to run for the Republican nomination for House District 30,” Lipscomb said. “This decision is the result of much time and prayer with friends, family and respected members of our community. It was not taken lightly, and I am certain that this is both a wise and appropriate decision for myself and our community.”

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US Rep. Bradley Byrne says that Democrats are holding military hostage over immigration

January 19, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, delivered a speech Thursday from the floor of the House of Representatives urging Congressional Democrats to stop holding military funding hostage to advance their immigration agenda.

The federal government could go into a partial shutdown unless both Houses pass a continuing resolution to raise the debt ceiling and keep the government funded. Democrats are opposing any government funding mechanism unless Republicans give immunity from deportation to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who claim that they were brought here as children. Republicans, including Byrne, object to giving so many illegals blanket immunity for violating our nation’s immigration laws.

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Alabama not on Amazon’s Top 20 list for second headquarters

January 18, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Despite creative efforts from Birmingham and Huntsville, Amazon didn’t choose any Alabama city when narrowing down the list of candidates for its second headquarters.

Huntsville and Birmingham both vied for headquarters, Birmingham even going so far as to put a massive Amazon “big box” on one of its city streets as part of it’s “BringAtoB” initiative.

The Washingtonian ranked Birmingham’s public campaign No. 1 in a list of nine cities, and Mashable listed Huntsville as an “underdog.”
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Thousands of doses of pain medication vanish under prison health provider Alabama wants to hire

January 18, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

“More than 8,000 doses of a frequently abused pain medication are missing from an Indiana prison,” according to The Indianapolis Star, which reports the disappearance of this substance is especially concerning given the state’s new contract with Pittsburgh-based Wexford Health Sources. This is the same company that the Alabama Department of Corrections is currently negotiating with to run the state’s failing prison healthcare management system.

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Activists once again come for payday lenders

January 18, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Just as the Trump administration’s acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is working to repeal federal restrictions imposed on payday loans under the Obama administration, certain Alabama Republicans aligned with left-leaning special interests are once again pushing to regulate the industry further.

In a year when Republican Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon and Senate President Pro Tem. Del Marsh have called for no controversial legislation, left-leaning groups are prepared to fight for more restrictions on payday borrowing.

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Clayton Hinchman is challenging Mo Brooks

January 18, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Businessman and former U.S. Army Captain Clayton Hinchman is running for Congress in the 5th Congressional District. The 5th Congressional District is currently represented by Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, and Brooks has also qualified setting up for a contested Republican primary.

“The top job of the congressman for this district should be working as an ambassador for the district in recruiting jobs for North Alabama and creating a thriving business environment by working with local leaders in each area to have a focused vision for North Alabama,” Hinchman wrote on his website. “Creating jobs starts by having an office that is open for business. Companies that are looking to create opportunities throughout the United States need to know that our office will be open to every discussion and will look at every option to bring in business, and will work with existing businesses to help in growth.”

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Opinion | The Medicaid work requirement isn’t what it seems

January 18, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Kay Ivey should be ashamed.

She’s probably not, because there’s very little chance that someone could do what she did this week and still be affected by feelings such as shame and empathy. But she should be.

In an announcement Tuesday, Ivey said that she had directed the state’s Medicaid director to implement work requirements and higher copays for Medicaid recipients.

Let me explain why this is terrible. And why Ivey certainly knows this is terrible.

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