Things to look for in 2018

January 8, 2018
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne

Last week, we recapped major highlights from the past year, so this week I want to look ahead at some of the important things to watch for in 2018.

2018 is an election year, and the midterm elections for all House members and the one-third of the United States Senate will be held in November. I expect a very busy legislative session in the run-up to the midterms.

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2018 might be better … cautious warning aside

December 29, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

When we look back over 2017, it would seem there is little cause for celebration, and yet, there are signs of a better year to come. As we ponder the coming year, here are some things to keep in mind.

Happening in the House

Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon is showing that it is possible for now to lead the House of Representatives with the strength of conscience and not just political muscle or intimidation. The 2018 Regular Legislative Session should roll along without any great turmoil. Expect House members to enter the State House more united, but voters shouldn’t expect too much in the way of sweeping legislation as it is traditional to tamp down controversy before a general election. Instead, expect McCutcheon and his team to be teeing up the ball for 2019 with an emphasis on budgeting reform, infrastructure planning and a more inclusive agenda that doesn’t merely rely on National GOP talking points.

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House Republican Caucus releases legislative agenda

December 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the Alabama House Republican Caucus released its 2018 “Flag, Family, and Country” legislative agenda.

House Republicans say that it is a package of nine measures designed to provide protections for Alabama families, extend benefits to active duty soldiers and military veterans and encourage respect for the U.S. Flag during the playing of the National Anthem and other patriotic displays.

The package also includes state budgeting reforms, efforts to address the opioid crisis in Alabama and a call for Congress to speed construction of a secure wall across the U.S. – Mexican border.

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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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Moore-Strange debate: lots of whining, little substance

September 22, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Luther Strange and Roy Moore debated Thursday night.

The rest of us lost.

Bigly.

For a few glittering moments, Alabama held at least a portion of the national spotlight, and into that bright light we trotted out a super homophobe, who apparently struggles with reading, and a middle-schooler trying to convince everyone that he’s friends with the popular kids.

It was, without question, an absurdly embarrassing display that in no way helped anyone.

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Trump to campaign for Strange on Friday

September 20, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

President Donald Trump is moving up his rally to Friday come campaign for U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., according to multiple media outlets.

Trump originally announced that he would come to support Strange on Saturday, but he changed the decision on late Monday.

Strange is currently running for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions after he was appointed to U.S. attorney general by Trump.

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Gov. Kay Ivey appeals to religious conservatives in new ad

September 19, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

As the race for governor begins to heat up, Gov. Kay Ivey is making an appeal to the state’s religious conservatives in a new ad that launched Monday called “Faith and Life.”

In the ad, Ivey focuses on her life in church and her pro-life beliefs, which she says are rooted in her faith in God.

“I’m pro-life because God teaches us to love life, and he created us,” Ivey said in the ad. “He wants us to love one another. I believe that life begins at conception. I am strongly pro-life.”

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Survey shows Gov. Ivey with substantial lead

September 18, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A new poll shows Gov. Kay Ivey is the most popular political figure in the state of Alabama among Republican primary voters with 84 percent indicating that they have a favorable impression of her. Among Republican voters, Ivey bested both President Donald Trump and Alabama native U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions by +7 points in this category.

The Tarrance Group, a widely respected and successful Washington-based Republican strategic research and polling firm conducted the survey between August 28-30, 2017, using telephone-based interviews with 601 “likely” Republican primary voters throughout the state.

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Tying Strange to Tide may come with problems

September 17, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A red “Make America Great Again” cap is featured in a new mail piece for Republican U.S. Sen. Luther Strange. But there is a big problem with Big Luther’s ad because the stylized “A” in America is the registered mark of the University of Alabama and may not be used without the University’s expressed approval.

The push card paid for by the Senate Leadership Fund, a political action committee with deep ties to Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is a clever optic, but according to the University, anyone wishing to use that particular “A” must gain permission and pay a licensing fee.

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Judge seeks open seat on Court of Civil Appeals

September 15, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

A judge announced that she would seek a soon-to-be vacated seat on the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals on Thursday.

Chirsty Edwards, who currently serves as a judge on the Alabama Tax Court, made the announcement that she will seek the seat on Thursday. Edwards said she wants to bring her know how of tax laws to the appeals court.

“Everyone has to pay taxes – businesses, business owners, consumers and regular people,” Edwards said in a statement. “The businesses and the people of this state need a judge who will oversee the tax laws and protect the taxpayers according to all the laws overseen by this court. I will do that.”

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