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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Bill to regulate troubled youth camps in danger of dying on Governor’s desk

May 24, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

On the phone last week, Charles Kennedy, a retired police captain who served more than 20 years, was near tears and he wasn’t hiding it.

“I’m just so proud I could cry – I think I’m going to, actually,” Kennedy said.

The emotional swell for Kennedy came just after Rep. Steve McMillan called with news that Legislation Kennedy had been pushing for years had quietly passed both Houses and was on the way to Gov. Kay Ivey to be signed into law.
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JIC’s bogus, twisted excuses for denying records in Moore case

December 21, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Special Alabama Supreme Court appointed to hear the appeal of Chief Justice Roy Moore suspension on December 7, sent an order to the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) giving them fourteen days to show cause as to why the Motion to Intervene and Unseal filed by The Alabama Political Reporter should not be granted.

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The JIC on Monday, December 19, answered the court, claiming it had a constitutional mandate to keep all records confidential. So insistent on this position under the State’s 1901 Constitution, they cited the provision no less than five times.
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Thanksgiving Day brings little to be thankful for in State government

November 24, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For those who honestly care about the future of our State, there are few bright spots this Thanksgiving. Even as we engage in polite conversation over turkey and dressing or pecan pie, the subject will naturally turn to the state of the State.

While, “Who will replace Senator Jeff Sessions and the political dominos to follow” is a fun parlor game, it’s the nagging reality that Governor Robert Bentley used the tools of government to destroy political enemies, carry on an affair and deceive the public, that is the “Sword of Damocles” hanging over our State.
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First Training Held For Volunteers to Assist Zeigler in “Fighting Waste”

October 18, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, October 15, 2016, the first training program for volunteers to assist the State Auditor in fighting abuse in government was held in Clanton.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler said that the volunteers will gather right in the center of the State to train in how to research complaints received of government waste and corruption. The groups of volunteers met at 10 a.m. at Magic Valley Ranch outside Clanton. They received four hours of training and a lunch “at no expense to them and no expense to State taxpayers.”
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Sessions Urges Changes to H-1B Laws

March 14, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, March 11, US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) urges changes in the law to prevent H-1B Visa abuse by corporations.  Sen. Sessions said, “Any law that blatantly allows for the firing of American workers with the intent of replacing them with imported workers cannot, and must not, stand.”

Senator Sessions said, “The American people need to understand two key facts about the H-1B non-immigrant visa program. First, under existing law, there is simply no requirement for most employers to seek a US worker before bringing over a foreign H-1B worker. Secondly, to quote Dr. Ron Hira, Associate Professor of Public Policy at Howard University, ‘American workers can legally be replaced by an H-1B worker.’ Absent meaningful changes to the program, abuses of American workers like we have seen at Disney, Southern California Edison, Northeast Utilities, Fossil, and elsewhere will continue to occur – leading to more job losses, wage depression, and the elimination of future job opportunities for countless American workers.”
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Republican Senate Caucus Introduces Agenda for 2016 Session

February 4, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—At a press conference on Wednesday, the Republican Caucus laid out its theme of this year’s agenda: “Continuing Positive Progress.” The priorities for the 2016 Session include, economic growth, protecting children and families, and education pay raises.

President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) and Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper), presented the proposal outlining six legislative priorities: Make economic incentives more flexible and accountable, capitalize on Alabama’s ports, increase protection of abuse victims, expand suicide awareness, education pay raises and a plan to change hiring and retention practices of educators.
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Brooks Critical of IRS, Would Replace it with Fair Tax

April 17, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) says that the American people no longer trust the IRS, and that he supports reform efforts.

US Representative Brooks wrote on Facebook, “American taxpayer trust in the IRS is at an all-time low. Who can blame them? On National TaxDay, the House passed eight bills to rein in IRS abuse, protect taxpayers, and hold agency employees accountable for misconduct. Today’s bills help protect American taxpayers from an incomprehensible tax code that costs billions of hours and billions of dollars merely to navigate. I yearn for the day American families are freed from the IRS’s invasion of their economic privacy. I yearn for the day when April 15 is just another beautiful Spring day.”
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