Alabama: The sellout State

July 11, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There’s Luther Strange, smiling, talking about health care on Fox News, saying he wants to “immediately repeal Obamacare.”

And then he drops a doozy: “In my State of Alabama, we didn’t expand Medicaid. Through innovations and efficiencies, we’ve covered our people.”

If Strange, the appointed Senator from this State, had said that Alabama’s cold in July, he wouldn’t be a bigger liar.

Because it’s impossible to top the absurdity of saying Alabama “covered our people” through innovation and efficiency.
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Leeds Candidate May Have Conflict of Interest

September 20, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, September 19, 2016, the Alabama Political Reporter (APR) sent a letter to Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) requesting an opinion about a Leeds City Council candidacy that appears to be a conflict of interest and a possible ethics law violation.

The 2010 ethics law transformed Alabama government from a system of where anything was allowed under law unless a quid pro quo arrangement could be provable in a court of law by prosecutors to a standard where relationships that are obviously a conflict of interest are not allowable under Alabama law. Having an inappropriate relationship itself is a violation of State ethics law. Because of the laws passed in the 2010 Special Session and signed into law by Governor Riley, Alabama ethics laws are now among the strongest in the nation.
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Rural Caucus Holds Meeting With ADEM, Ag Leaders to Discuss Fees on Poultry Farmers

August 17, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 16, the members of the House Rural Caucus held a lengthy meeting with top Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) officials and Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan (R), state Veterinarian Tommy Frazier as well as representatives of the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association and the Alabama Farmers Federation. At issue is how to fund continued inspections of Alabama’s numerous poultry farms.
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ADEM and Alabama Department of Health Withdraw their Health Advisory on Gadsden Water

May 24, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

By Monday, May 23, almost every news outlet in the state had reported that the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and Alabama Department of Public Health were warning that pregnant women, women who are nursing, infants, and infants on formula should not be drinking any water from the Gadsden Water Authority because of levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooactanoic acid (PFOA) that are above the new maximum standards suggested by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Bentley Administration Prepares for Cuts if Austere Budget Passes

September 8, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, September 8, the Alabama Legislature goes into session for the third time this year.  They are tasked with passing a State General Fund (SGF) budget to fund the State’s General Fund, beginning on October 1.  The legislature already passed a budget, but Alabama Governor Robert Bentley declared that “austere budget” to be unworkable forcing this current crisis.  In the first Special Session, the State Senate passed the austere budget again; but the state House of Representative inexplicably voted down that budget, which would have finally rightsized SGF spending to match actual SGF income in a tiff with state Senators over an un-earmarking bill.
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