Turkey Season closes Saturday

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, April 30 is the end of spring turkey season. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) would like to remind Alabama hunters that they are required to report their turkey harvest via Game Check.

DCNR would also like to remind Alabama turkey hunters that mechanically-manipulated decoys are illegal in Alabama under hunting regulation 220-2-.11, which prohibits the use of any turkey decoy that has mechanical or electronic moving parts or is capable of producing movement and/or sound. DCNR said that examples of these range from decoys mounted to radio-controlled cars to those which are mounted directly to the barrel of a shotgun and mechanically-manipulated by the hunter.
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Ivey orders changes to Amber Alert guidelines

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, one hour and forty minutes after an incident in which a vehicle was stolen with a child inside, Bessemer police requested the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to issue an AMBER Alert for the child. Based on the criteria in place at that time, the incident did not meet the previously adopted requirements for an AMBER Alert to be issued.
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Randy Brinson announces candidacy for Senate

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 24, 2017, the race for US Senate got more crowded as Randy Brinson announced that he was leaving his position as head of the Christian Coalition in order to run for the US Senate vacancy created when Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) stepped down after he was confirmed by the Senate as President Trump’s US Attorney General.

Brinson said in a statement, “As President of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, and founder and chairman of Redeem The Vote, I believe we have been successful in helping shape the moral direction of our State and more importantly, speaking out about corruption and illegal activity that has led to the resignation and conviction of many of our elected leaders. Working with these groups has given me insight into how frustrated voters are with the corruption, self-dealing, and venality of politicians at all levels of our government. For this reason, I am now compelled to step down from my roles with the Christian Coalition and Redeem the Vote in order to run for the United States Senate in the special election this August. I am looking forward to working with a preeminent campaign team and running a modern, well-funded campaign that will draw a contrast between myself, as a voter advocate and faith leader, and the incumbent, and other career politicians running for this office. In the coming days I will be launching my campaign website, engaging the grassroots throughout Alabama, and calling on you for your support and prayers. Together we will win this race.”
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Strange says he’s proud to vote to confirm Sonny Perdue

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 24, 2017, US Senator Luther Strange (R) joining 86 other Senators colleagues in voting to confirm former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue (R) as Secretary of Agriculture.

Senator Strange said, “We have waited long enough for this critical opportunity, and I was proud to cast my vote today for Governor Sonny Perdue. In him, the Department of Agriculture has a principled leader, and Alabama farmers have a loyal advocate who understands the unique concerns of Southern growers. As a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, I look forward to working with the Secretary on the upcoming farm bill as the voice of Alabama farmers.”
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Fantasy Sports Bill narrowly passes out of House

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives voted to pass a highly controversial bill to exempt fantasy sports from the State’s anti-gambling laws, but only after it was much modified on the floor of the House.

House Bill 354 was sponsored by State Representative Alan Boothe (R-Troy). Boothe’s mother died, so he was unable to attend the legislature to carry his own bill. The bill was carried in his place by State Representative Ron Johnson (R-Sylacauga).
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Qualifying for Senate Seat begins today

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Republican Party announced that it will open candidate qualifying for the Alabama US Senate Special Election on Monday, April 24 at 8:30 a.m. central time.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) had originally set the special election to replace Jeff Sessions for November 2018 to coincide with the regular election. A number of legal scholars, including state Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) and State Representative Christopher John England (D-Tuscaloosa) argued that Bentley and his team of legal advisors had improperly defined “forthwith” and urged a 2017 Special Election.
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Zeigler ends lawsuit after Ivey sets Special Election

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, April 20, 2017, Alabama Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) announced that he and Tommy Chapman were dropping their lawsuit challenging the legality of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) dubious decision to delay the Special Election for US Senate for 21 months. Bentley has since departed the Governor’s mansion to avoid impeachment and prosecution, and Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has reversed Bentley’s order on the Special Election.
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Senate passes symbolic Legislation to declare Alabama a “Pro-Life State”

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The State Senate voted largely along party lines Thursday to pass three pieces of Legislation that would declare Alabama a “Pro-Life State” in its constitution, give an opt-out option to health care workers and officially outlaw assisted suicide.

The bills were passed in a marathon of pro-life legislation that was scheduled as part of the Senate Republicans’ “Pro-Life Legislation Day.”

With the Senate’s vote Thursday of 25-7, the constitutional amendment, co-sponsored by Sen. Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) moves a step closer to becoming law. It will need another round of approval from the House, then of voters statewide before it is added to the Alabama’s lengthy constitution.

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Autism coverage Bill passes House

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, April 20, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives passed House Bill 284.

HB284 extends coverage for Autism therapy and ensures access to those services for low-income families, passed out of the House of Representatives with bipartisan support.

HB284 was sponsored by state Representative Jim Patterson (R-Meridianville). Patterson said, “This is why we come to Montgomery: to make a difference in people’s lives. If we can get therapy to autistic children when they are two to three years old, that they will be more ready to start school and do well and the more likely that they can succeed in school and in life.” A tearful Rep. Patterson told reporters, “This is not my bill. This comes from above. This is why you come down here. To do what is right.”
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Mary Scott Hunter warns that the American Dream is in crisis in Alabama

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Alabama School Board member Mary Scott Hunter (R) addressed the Alabama Federation of Young Republican who were at the State House for their Annual Legislative Day.

Mary Scott Hunter warned that for too many in Alabama “the American Dream is in Crisis.”

Hunter cited a number of statistics showing that home ownership, children in poverty, joblessness, etc. were worsening across the State and for many Alabamians achieving the American dream is becoming much more difficult.
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