Lawmakers “blackballed” over Autism bill

July 20, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The invitation list to the Business Council of Alabama’s annual summer party is four names shorter this year.

Sens. Dick Brewbaker, Cam Ward and Bill Holtzclaw, along with Rep. Jim Patterson, were all left off the list, Brewbaker said Wednesday. He called it being “blackballed” later on Twitter.

The party, which is actually dubbed the BCA’s Governmental Affairs Conference, is set to be held Aug. 11-13 at the its usual location – the Grand Hotel in Point Clear. It has become one of the largest gatherings of State Republicans – and a few Democrats – each year.
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The best ever by far?

July 20, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

This won’t be a long column. Doesn’t have to be. Not much explaining or analysis needed.

Disgraced former Gov. Robert Bentley, in an interview with WVTM-TV this week, said he was “the best Governor Alabama’s ever had by far.”

Yes, he did. He said it.

And: “Had people just left us alone, Alabama would have been a lot better off.”

Bentley said he achieved more in seven years than the previous five governors.
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A truly disgusting display

July 20, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Over the years, I have witnessed an incredible number of awful displays by elected or appointed public officials.

Pretty much any Roy Moore event qualifies. I was at a pep rally thrown by two dozen or so elected lawmakers for a guy who had just been indicted on 23 felonies. I also made it to Gov. Bentley’s last State of the State address – the one where his mistress sat in the balcony and cried while listening to the speech she not-so-secretly wrote.
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Replacing ACT Aspire with the actual ACT is as dumb as it gets

July 20, 2017

By Rep. Craig Ford

Last week, our State Superintendent of Education announced a decision that is so spectacularly stupid you almost have to assume the intention is to hurt our schools.

That decision is to replace the ACT preparation exam, called the ACT Aspire, with the actual ACT as a measure of school accountability.

Think about that for a second. Replacing the preparation exam with the actual exam is like sending a minor league baseball player who has a low batting average up to the major league and expecting him to start knocking balls out of the park.
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Brooks, Moore, Pittman attend candidate forum in Northport

July 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 17, 2017, three challengers to US Senator Luther Strange debated at Billy’s Grill in Northport before a full crowd of 150. Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R), Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and state Senator Trip Pittman (R-Montrose) all participated in the forum. The forum was co-sponsored by BamaCarry and the Alabama Republican Assembly.

Sen. Trip Pittman said, “I am a businessman.  I have a tractor and equipment business in Baldwin County.  My Grandfather, JD Pittman, had a tractor business here in the 50s.”
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Longtime West Alabama prosecutor Chris McCool announces run for Court of Criminal Appeals

July 20, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

In Alabama legal circles, you can’t go too far without hearing Chris McCool’s name. The West Alabama district attorney has been on the job for nearly two decades and has served as the president, vice president and treasurer of the Alabama District Attorney’s Association.

Now, he’s ready to change sides of the bench.

On Wednesday, McCool announced he would seek a seat on Alabama’s Court of Criminal Appeals ― a five-member panel that handles all felony and misdemeanor appeals cases in the State.

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Mad Cow in Alabama appears to be isolated

July 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Commissioner of Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, John McMillan (R) confirmed that the department is working with USDA officials to address a positive test for atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), known in the popular press as “Mad Cow Disease” in an eleven-year old Alabama beef cow.

On Wednesday, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) spoke with the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Executive Vice-President Erin Beasley about the developing situation.  Beasley told APR that this is an isolated case and that it proves that the protocols that were in place to safeguard the public and the food supply are working.
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AG Steve Marshall endorses Billy Murray for Sheriff of St. Clair County

July 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) was in Moody, Alabama to endorse St. Clair County Assistant Sheriff Billy Murray (R) for Sheriff in 2018.

Marshall said that violent crime has not been going down in the last ten years like he would like for it to and the State is presently in an opioid dependency crisis.  Marshall said that he was working hard but that fighting crime is a team effort.  Marshal called Murray a “Nehemiah leader,” one of those leaders who do not accept the world as it is; but instead works to make the world a better place.
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Roby tells Senators to get to work

July 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Alabama) reacted to the Senate’s failure to repeal and replace Obamacare and chastised the Senate, saying that despite differing opinions and solutions, the Senate needs to come together to deliver results for the American people.

Congresswoman Roby said in her videotaped message, “I am very disappointed to hear about the breakdown in the Senate over the health care bill, but I was pleased to hear the President is encouraging the Senate to stay and get their work done.  The House has done its job, and now it is time for the Senate to roll up their sleeves and get to work.”
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A curious case of Canarys

July 19, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It has become common to hear lawmakers say “BCA is the new AEA.” This statement refers to the fact that, under the leadership of convicted felon, former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, the Business Council of Alabama has risen to control the State’s Legislative agenda, much like the Alabama Education Association did in years past.

So egregious is BCA’s CEO Billy Canary’s latest behavior that he is receiving widespread criticism not only in Montgomery but in Washington DC, as well. High-level operatives and agents say Canary is no longer welcome in some Senate and Congressional offices. Lawmaker’s in the Nation’s Capital, as well as Montgomery, are set on isolating him until the BCA Board sees the light.
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