Legislative Watchdogs Propose Ethics Reform Agenda

By Brandon Moseley

In 2010 then Republican Party Chairman State Representative Mike Hubbard (R from Auburn) led a historic campaign for the Republican Party to take over the Alabama Legislature from 135 years of Democratic Party domination and clean up the corrupt Montgomery cesspool. Voters agreed and gave the Alabama Republican Party everything it asked for then and every election that has followed.

No Democrat has won a statewide race in this state since 2008 and the GOP super majorities in both Houses of the legislature can cloture the outmanned Democratic caucuses at will. Ending corruption as we know it however has proven elusive for the GOP dominated state government.
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Cooperative housing bill receives favorable report

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the Alabama House State Government Committee gave a favorable report to House Bill 72 sponsored by State Representative Chris Pringle (R-Mobile).

House Bill 72, Alabama Cooperate Housing Corporation Act of 2017 would establish guidelines for cooperatives, a form of ownership of real property in which legal title is vested in a corporation or other entity, and the cooperative unit’s occupants receive an exclusive right to occupy the unit.
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Alabama Senate Special Election will be conducted in conjuncture with 2018 Election

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the office of Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) confirmed that the special election to fill the remainder of US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) term in the Senate will be held in conjunction with the already scheduled 2018 elections. Sessions vacated his Senate seat to accept the role of US Attorney General.

Alabama Robert Bentley (R) made the formal announcement of the special election calendar today for the remainder of Sessions term which expires in January 2021.
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Brooks Calls 9th Circuit Court of Appeals the Most Error-Prone and Reversed Circuit Court of Appeal

By Brandon Moseley

Friday, February 10, 2017 U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R from Huntsville) announced that he was disappointed with the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against President Donald J. Trump’s immigration Executive Order.

Congressman Brooks said, “I am disappointed the 9th Circuit Court, often the most error-prone and reversed circuit court of appeal, ruled against President Donald Trump’s Executive Order to temporarily restrict travel into the United States from countries designated as terrorist-infested by the previous Obama Administration. Unfortunately, the 9th Circuit regularly hands down politically leftist, activist decisions. Fortunately, their politically motivated orders are frequently reversed by the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, American lives are at risk until this unfounded and reckless order is reversed by the Supreme Court.”
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Crumpton announces he will challenge Luther Strange

By Brandon Moseley

It has been 20 years since Alabama had a new U.S. Senator, that was until Friday when Governor Robert Bentley appointed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions (R) confirmation as U.S. Attorney General. Already one candidate has come forward to challenge Strange for the seat. Marijuana legalization activist, Ron Crumpton (D), who has already run for Senate in 2016, against Sen. Richard Shelby (R), has announced that he will run against Senator Strange.
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Steve Marshall is Alabama’s new Attorney General

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, February 10, 2017, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley appointed Steve Marshall as Attorney General. Many of Alabama’s leaders congratulated the former Marshall County District Attorney.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan released a statement: “The Alabama Republican Party congratulates Steve Marshall on his appointment to the office of Alabama Attorney General by Governor Bentley. General Marshall is well respected across the State, and we look forward to working with him in his new role. The Alabama Republican Party also appreciates General Marshall participating and being an active volunteer in our Party. In 2011, he was selected as a Rising Republican Star.”
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“Religious Liberty” bill gets favorable report

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, February 7, 2017, the House Health Committee gave a favorable report for HB24 which would protect the freedom of religiously affiliated adoption agencies to refuse to place a child with same-sex parents.

House Bill 24 is sponsored by Rep. RIch Wingo (R-Tuscaloosa). Wingo told the committee that his bill is about religious liberty and freedom. “It does not prohibit gay or lesbian couples from adopting or fostering a child.”
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Shelby Assigned to Environment and Public Works Committee

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, February 12, 2017, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) joined the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW). Senator Shelby is taking the committee seat that was vacated when Jeff Sessions was confirmed as US Attorney General.

Senator Richard Shelby said, “I’m pleased to announce that I am joining the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW). This is a critical time for our nation’s environment and public works, which is why I am delighted to pick up where Attorney General Sessions left off in the EPW committee.”
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Bentley Cites Third Party ballot access and cost as reasons why Special Election cannot be called this year

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A number of State officials are questioning the legality of Governor Robert Bentley’s decision to postpone the Special Election until 2018 for the US Senate seat.

On Saturday Gov. Bentley responded to the criticism claiming that it would be too expensive to hold a Special Election and there would not be enough time for independent and minor party candidates to get the necessary signaturs for ballot access.
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Luther says it was a bittersweet decision

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, February 9, 2017, new US Senator Luther Strange (R) accepted Gov. Robert Bentley’s (R) appointment to be the first new Senator from Alabama since 1997.

Senator Strange said, “I am greatly honored and humbled to accept the appointment to Alabama’s Senate seat, vacated by Senator Jeff Sessions. Senator Sessions’ commitment to public service is nearly unparalleled in Alabama history and his departure from the Senate leaves tremendous shoes to fill. I pledge to the people of Alabama to continue the same level of leadership as Jeff Sessions in consistently fighting to protect and advance the conservative values we all care about.”
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