Strange and Shelby vote for Pruitt to head EPA

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, February 17, 2017, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) was confirmed by the Senate as the Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). US Senators Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) and Luther Strange (R-Alabama) both voted for Pruitt.

Senator Shelby said, “Throughout the past eight years, the EPA became an out-of-control bureaucracy focused on advancing the political priorities of the Obama Administration instead of its intended purpose. After reviewing his credentials and meeting with him personally, I am confident that Scott Pruitt will put the agency on a new path. I look forward to working with Administrator Pruitt in my role on the EPW Committee to ensure that we protect our environment responsibly, but in a manner that will not unnecessarily stifle job creation and our economy.”
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Senate passes bill to crack down on Medicaid fraud

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Senate passed a bill Tuesday intended to crack down on Medicaid fraud and reduce the burden on Alabama taxpayers.

The legislation, Senate Bill 85, sponsored by Sen. Trip Pittman was included on the Senate Republican Caucus’ priority list. It strengthens penalties against those who knowingly commit Medicaid fraud and providers who fraudulently bill the State for their services or tests.

“We have phenomenal health care providers and hospitals in our state, but there are some bad actors who have cost taxpayers millions of dollars through fraud,” Pittman said today. “This Medicaid fraud reduction bill will close the loopholes criminals used to bilk taxpayers.”

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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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There’s a new Sheriff in town

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In the hidebound thinking of Montgomery’s political class, any appointment made by Gov. Robert Bentley is suspect, at best, most likely double-dealing. However, despite the initial unease with the appointment of Steve Marshall as Attorney General, there seems to be hope that he is the man for the job.

So, there’s a new Sheriff in town, and that could be a very good thing.
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The old AG has done the new AG no favors

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Steve Marshall might be a fine man.

He might be all of the things that his friends and his co-workers said he is during Marshall’s swearing-in ceremony as Alabama’s new Attorney General.

He might be.

But right now, most of the State and half of the big-time players around Montgomery believe he’s tainted.

He’s a patsy. He’s Gov. Robert Bentley’s get-out-of-jail-free card. He’s shady and crooked and part of the corruption.
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Bentley appoints Marshall County DA as new Attorney General

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall as the next attorney general of Alabama, according to the Governor’s Office Friday.

“It is a great honor to be named Attorney General, and I am thankful to Governor Bentley for the opportunity to serve the people of Alabama,” Marshall said. “The time spent working alongside law enforcement for the last 20 years has been a remarkable privilege. As Attorney General, we will continue to support their efforts to keep Alabamians safe and free from violent crime.”

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Did you not learn anything from Siegelman?

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

I’ve never hit the backspace key as many times when writing a column as I did while starting this one.

Anybody who knows me can testify that I’m never at a loss for words. Ever. I hardly shut up. Opinions? I have one on every topic ranging from health care policy to bread pudding.

But Luther Strange being appointed to the United States Senate? I’m at a loss for words. They aren’t even bothering to hide the corruption anymore. I’m so over it.
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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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Reaction to Strange’s appointment to Senate

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, February 9, 2017, the reaction to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) appointment of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to fill Alabama’s vacant US Senate seat has been mostly positive by Alabama’s leaders. Strange is taking the seat of newly confirmed US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement, “The Alabama Republican Party looks forward to working with our State’s new incoming United States Senator, Luther Strange. General Strange has done a tremendous job serving Alabama as our Attorney General. Strange has a strong record of standing on conservative principles as well as enforcing the laws of our State. We have no doubt he will continue his service to Alabama and our nation with the highest integrity.”
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Jeff Sessions is confirmed as Attorney General

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Jeff Sessions was confirmed as US Attorney General in a 52 to 47 vote of the US Senate after a rare marathon session. Elected leaders from across Alabama congratulated Sessions on his confirmation.

US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) said in a statement, “It is great news for the American people and the rule of law that Jeff Sessions was confirmed to be the Attorney General of the United States. He has served the people of Alabama with honor, which is undoubtedly how he will approach the job as our nation’s Chief Law Enforcement officer.”
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