State Sen. Tom Whatley qualifies for re-election

January 15, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Alabama state Sen. Tom Whatley announced that he will seek re-election for State Senate District 27 representing portions of Lee, Russell and Tallapoosa Counties.

“I am proud of the accomplishments we have made in my legislative career,” Whatley said. “We have the lowest unemployment rate ever and our housing prices are increasing for the third straight year along with our economy being the 12th healthiest in the nation. But there is still work that needs to be done. I will continue to help move our state’s economy forward by creating and supporting a pro-business environment, and I look forward to working with Governor Ivey and the Republican leadership to improve our roads, ensure that tax dollars are spent wisely, and protect our conservative values and morals.”

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Opinion | Alabama the state could learn a thing or two from Alabama the football team

January 9, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama won another college football title on Monday night.

We can quibble over how many total titles the Crimson Tide has won over the years, but I think we can all agree that it’s a lot. Auburn has been no slouch, either, especially lately.

And those facts have always bothered me.

How is it possible, in this state where we do so much wrong, that we can’t draw from the lessons of the one thing we do so right?

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Alabama beats Clemson, advances to National Championship

January 3, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, the University of Alabama football team won its playoff game, advancing to the National Championship Game.

This is the third year in a row that Alabama has faced the Clemson Tigers in the playoffs. Alabama defeated Clemson in the National Championship Game in 2015. In 2016, Clemson defeated Alabama in the National Championship Game. Both of those were close games. This year, Alabama dominated Clemson physically on both the offensive and defensive lines cruising to a 24 and six victory.

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Auburn Athletics may be about to fire Bruce Pearl

November 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 8, 2017, Auburn University fired assistant men’s basketball coach, Auburn/NBA basketball legend, Chuck Person.

Person was indicted by a federal criminal grand jury Tuesday on six counts fraud, bribery, and conspiracy.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation claims that a financial manager paid $91,500 worth of bribes to Person to refer clients to financial advisor Marty Blazer.  Former NBA referee, Rashan Michel, was allegedly the go-between between Blazer a shoe company and Person and the other coaches.  Person allegedly then gave $18,500 to the parents of two un-named Auburn players.  According to the FBI, Adidas, Auburn’s sponsoring shoe and apparel company, is named as being involved in this scandal.  Blazer is cooperating with federal authorities.

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An ill wind blows across the Auburn plains with Jacobs’ latest actions

October 30, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A recent brawl between two student-athletes at Auburn University is adding to calls for the embattled Athletic Director to step down, according to a well-placed source.

Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs’ attempt to intervene after two AU football players engaged in a raucous fistfight during a fraternity party over the third weekend in October is just the latest episode in a death spiral of controversy surrounding the beleaguered Jacobs.
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A villain still at large

October 30, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

October 21 of this year marked the third anniversary of former Republican Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard’s indictment on 23 counts of felony public corruption. The day passed without notice except to wonder about his legacy and to question, “Why is he not in jail?”

Hubbard was found guilty of 12 of the 23 indictments and was sentenced on July 8, 2016, to four years in state prison, eight years probation and ordered to pay a $210,000 fine.

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Using heart not head, major flaw in payday lending debate

October 23, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A report by Jonathan Lee, writing for the Mises Institute located in Auburn, lays bare the flawed economic thinking of those who oppose small, short-term consumer lenders, such as payday and title loans.

“[P]olicymakers are thinking with their hearts while sitting in their air-conditioned offices, away from the facts and any form of interaction with the real world of short-term loans,” Lee states.

Using words like “predatory lending” and “price-gouging,” left-leaning special interests, and even the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau founded under the guidance of Democrat United States Senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren, ignore economic realism while promoting a nanny-state wisdom that undercuts the basic understanding of market-based capitalism.

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New Socialist Party is chartered in Auburn

October 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Socialist Party of Eastern Alabama, a chapter of Socialist Party USA, announced that they were officially charted in Auburn on Friday.

The groups said that this is, “A collective effort to fight for equality against the rising tide of white supremacy we were seeing on campus at Auburn University.”

SPEA claims that they were, “Established by comrades from various walks of life – local activists, educators, students, engineers, artists, veterans and wage laborers – all interested in improving the lives of the disenfranchised, exploited and oppressed peoples of Alabama”

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Givhan running for State Senate in District 7

June 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, Alabama Republican Party Senior Vice Chairman Sam Givhan announced that he is running for Alabama State Senate, District 7.  Givhan made the decision after incumbent Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville) announced that he would not seek re-election.

Givhan said, “I have been living, working and active in the Madison County Community for more than two decades.  I know the issues that matter most to the families, businesses and residents of the greater Huntsville area and believe I have the leadership it takes to represent Madison County in the State Senate.”
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German-based company to invest $12 million to build plant in Auburn

June 20, 2017

By Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

German-based manufacturer Winkelmann Group announced on Monday they plan to invest $12 million to establish a metal forming operation in Auburn, Alabama.

The operation will create 50 jobs over the next 5 years and will be named Winkelmann Flowform Technology.

Governor Kay Ivey applauded the decision.

“As we declare to the world that Alabama is open for business, we welcome Winkelmann to our family of aerospace and defense-related companies in Alabama,” Ivey said. “The Winkelmann Group, with over a hundred years of industrial history, operates numerous manufacturing facilities globally, and we are extremely proud that they chose Auburn as the home of Winkelmann Flowform Technology.”
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