Attorney General joins Nationwide coalition to fight opioid abuse

June 16, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorney General Steve Marshall announced plans Thursday to participate in a bipartisan group of attorneys general from across the US who are investigating whether opioid drug manufacturers are engaging in illegal marketing and sales practices.

Opioid overdoses — one of the nation’s fastest growing causes of deaths  —resulted in more than 33,000 deaths nationwide in 2015, which is more than four times the same statistic in 1999. The number now rivals deaths from car accidents and firearms.

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Martin brings experience of fighting for justice to Attorney General’s race

June 15, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

If Alabama is looking for an Attorney General who is tough on crime, smart as a whip, and fair, then the search is over. Former US Attorney Alice Martin, who announced this week, her intention to seek the office, is one to watch.

Recently, The Alabama Political Reporter spoke with Martin and asked about her history, ethics, and priorities if she becomes Attorney General.
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Alabama Republicans support Jeff Sessions

June 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding allegations that Donald J. Trump colluded with the Russian government to defeat Hillary R. Clinton (D) in the 2016 election. Most Alabama Republican leaders remain skeptical of the allegations and still support AG Jeff Sessions and President Trump.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement following US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions is an individual of the highest character and moral fiber. The public testimony he gave to the Senate Intelligence Committee today clearly proves this. He volunteered to testify openly so all of America could hear his truth.”
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Alice Martin announces candidacy for Attorney General

June 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 12, 2017, former US Attorney Alice H. Martin, announced that she is a Republican candidate for Alabama Attorney General in the 2018, GOP Primary.

Martin wrote in a statement, “After years of corruption in Alabama, public-trust in our institutions and government has been eroded. The people of our great State no longer believe that their elected representatives have their best interest in mind. Instead, they have seen countless examples of back room deals and perks for career politicians at their expense. Integrity must be brought back to Montgomery, and I am here to lead that charge. Today, I announce my candidacy for the office of Alabama Attorney General.”
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A year after his felony conviction Hubbard remains free, ethics laws in jeopardy

June 13, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As the word “guilty” rang out twelve times in a Lee County courtroom on the evening of June 10, 2016, Alabama’s political world was rendered breathless as if dropped to the canvas by a body blow to the liver.

The conviction of Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, who led Alabama’s Republican party from the backwoods of political power to an overwhelming supermajority in the State House and Senate, was a singularly dark moment in the State’s history. Yet, the date marking one year since he was found guilty of felony public corruption charges passed, seemly without notice.
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Government by default

June 12, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Currently, our State’s Governor, Chief Justice, and Attorney General were not elected to the positions they now hold.

These individuals obtained their current high status because of either scandal or corruption. Their ascendency by default is not meant to disparage these people in any way, but to highlight this unprecedented situation (As is the State’s junior U.S. Senator and an associate supreme court justice).
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Jeff Sessions has reportedly offered to resign

June 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In the 2016 Election Campaign, US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) was the first member of the Senate to endorse Trump. Sen. Sessions loaned aides to the Trump campaign, appeared on stage in Mobile with Trump, when virtually every other nationally known Republican was dismissing Trump as unqualified for the office. Sessions campaigned relentlessly and Trump was effusive in his praise for the popular US Senator from Alabama. Sessions reportedly had his pick of high level cabinet posts. Trump nominated him to be US Attorney General.
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Ivey signs new sex offense Legislation

June 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) and Barry Matson, Executive Director of the Alabama Office of Prosecution Services, thanked Governor Kay Ivey for signing Legislation, SB301, that strengthens Alabama’s sex offense laws. The legislation was a joint proposal of the Attorney General’s Office and the Office of Prosecution Services, the State agency that provides resources to District Attorneys’ offices throughout Alabama.
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NRA endorses Strange

May 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) announced that the group has endorsed Senator Luther Strange (R) in the upcoming special election for the Senate seat that was vacated when Sen. Jeff Sessions was confirmed as US Attorney General.

The NRA-PVG said in a statement that, “Strange’s leadership on Second Amendment issues as a US senator and Alabama Attorney General has earned him the highest attainable rating, an “A+” from the NRA-PVF in the Aug. 15 Republican special primary election. An “A+” is reserved for a legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.”
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Alabama Farmers Federation endorses Strange

May 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, May 22, 2017, The Alabama Farmers Federation announced that Senator Luther Strange (R) has received the endorsement of FarmPAC, their political action committee.

Farmer’s Federation President Jimmy Parnell said in a statement, “Sen. Strange has proven his commitment to Alabama farmers and forest owners by seeking and securing appointment to the Agriculture Committee and continuing the fight against regulatory overreach. Alabama farmers have enjoyed a close working relationship with Sen. Strange, and we look forward to helping him address the needs of rural Alabama as a US senator.”
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