Roy Moore collects funds for legal defense

January 26, 2018

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Former GOP U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore established a fund to pay for legal battles he will soon face in court regarding a recent defamation suit by Leigh Corfman, who accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 14 years old.

The Washington Post reported that Moore pursued relationships with teenagers while he was a 30-year-old assistant district attorney in Etowah County four weeks before the election. Corfman said in the story that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a 14 year old in the late 1970s.

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A look back at 2017

January 1, 2018
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne

As we head into 2018, I want to take a minute to look back at some of the highlights from a very busy and productive 2017.

2017 marked the start of a new era in Washington, D.C. as President Donald Trump was sworn in. With the House and the Senate both in Republican hands, this led to the rare occurrence of a totally unified federal government.

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Remembering those we lost in 2017

December 27, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

At the close of each year, my tradition is to acknowledge the passing away of significant political leaders from the political stage in our beloved state.

We lost some icons this year. As I sit in my office writing this year-end column, pictures of two of my favorite friends and legends adorn my walls. The photos of Governor Albert Brewer and Congressman Jim Martin look down at me. Both were Christian gentlemen.

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Moore supporter says, “If Strange wins thank Trump if he loses thank God”

September 25, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

After President Donald J. Trump’s speech in Huntsville Friday night, it is tempting to feel sorry for the state’s appointed junior U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, but as it turns out, it was a fleeting bit of nausea.

If Strange wins, he can thank President Trump. If he loses, he has himself to blame.

Four lines in the president’s nearly 90-minute talk should leave Strange and his supporters wondering why they even held the rally.

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Recapping the US Senate race in 500 words

September 24, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

As the Republican runoff for U.S. Senate draws closer to its end on Tuesday, it’s important to reflect upon how exactly the race got here.

When Jeff Sessions vacated the seat last year after his appointment as U.S. Attorney General, it was up to then Gov. Robert Bentley to appoint the new senator.

While many interviewed for the position, Bentley decided that then Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange would take the position. Bentley then scheduled the election for the seat to occur in 2018 with other statewide elections.

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2017 Legislative Session preview

February 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, February 7, the Alabama 2017 regular legislative session begins. Almost anything can happen when the Alabama legislature is in session and this session is no different. Here are a few of the issues facing our State Legislators.

1) Medicaid needs more money. Anybody who has been paying any attention at all the past five years knows that Alabama Medicaid has an unquenchable thirst for more and more State resources. Alabama Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar was in Montgomery recently reporting of yet another impending Medicaid crisis. The Bentley Administration is hoping that the Federal government will simply block grant the State their share of the Medicaid money with no pesky strings attached about who gets coverage, deductibles, etc. However, with US Senate Democrats filibustering and delaying even routine cabinet appointees, the idea that any meaningful entitlement reforms will pass out of Congress to even get to President Donald J. Trump’s desk seems unlikely. Unless US Senate Republicans can do this through the budget process it looks like the State may still have to offer the same minimum level of benefits, the RCO plan appears to be on the operating table in its death throes, and the State is likely to be facing yet another State General Fund crisis………but did anyone really expect any different from Alabama under the Bentley Administration. Read More

Sine Die And Good Luck

September 8, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Medicaid is funded for 2017, with $105 million for 2018, which gives legislators an opportunity to do nothing controversial or terribly important in an election year. Strange, how these little things happen to workout, I guess.

Governor Bentley received his Medicaid dollars so he can stop worrying about the dying children. Hospitals, physicians and health care workers will not suffer further cuts to their already bare-bones reimbursements. Medicaid in Alabama provides little coverage as it is, but there is a promise of better medical treatment under the experimental Regional Care Organizations (RCOs).
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General Fund Passes Senate Committee, Pittman Introduces Lottery Bill

February 25, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee passed the General Fund Budget on Wednesday. Most agencies were level-funded, and they will receive the same amount of funding as last year, without any adjustments for inflation. In most agencies, this is akin to a cut, since many have been level-funded since 2008. Later in the afternoon, General Fund Committee Chairman Tripp Pitman (R-Daphne), proposed a bill setting up a lottery.
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