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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Public hearing on broadband bill renews debate on government influence in private businesses

April 13, 2017

Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

A bill that would expand municipal governments’ reach into broadband and internet services renewed a debate on government expansion into private enterprise at a committee meeting on Wednesday, April 12.

The House Committee on Commerce and Small Business was a packed house on Wednesday with some people even forced to stand in the back.

The main attraction at the committee meeting was a public hearing on House Bill 375 which would allow certain municipalities to increase government services into broadband and internet.
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General Hal Moore has died

February 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, February 11, 2017, Retired Lt. General Harold G. “Hal” Moore died in his sleep in his home in Auburn.

Moore’s book “We Were Soldiers Once….and Young” was made into a major motion picture by Mel Gibson, who played Moore in the movie.

Moore as a Lt. Colonel commanded the 1st Battalion of the 7th Cavalry during an American assault in the Drang Valley in 1965 during the Vietnam War. Air Cavalry was a new concept at the time and his command was quickly assaulted by elements of the North Vietnamese Army. The first major battle between the two armies during the Vietnam War. The Gibson movie recounts the events that happened there.
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The privilege of being a white college in Alabama

January 26, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There is some confusion over the term “white privilege.”

Apparently, quite a few white people are convinced that this term is hogwash, because upon birth they weren’t given a pot of gold and a new Firebird.

Simply because they’ve faced some hardships in life, they believe that that is clear and convincing proof that they have no more advantages in America than the average minority. Read More

Libertarian Hopes to Qualify in House District 79

September 19, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, September 13, Gage Fenwick announced, “Today we turned in over 300 signatures for ballot access! One step closer towards Liberty in Alabama! Help us by liking and sharing our page! Ask your friends to help support our cause!”

On Saturday, the Libertarian candidate for House District 79 told the Alabama Political Reporter that he still is waiting for the Secretary of State’s office to certify his candidacy.
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Joe Lovvorn Wins House District 79 Republican Primary

September 14, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Republican Primary Voters in House District 79 went to the polls to select whom they want to represent them in the Alabama House of Representatives. A narrow majority of 51 percent selected Joe Lovvorn out of a field of four in the heavily Republican Lee County District.

Lovvorn said in a statement, “”Thank you” doesn’t really seem adequate. My family and I are so humbled and so grateful.”
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Big PAC Money Flows to One Candidate in Race to Replace Hubbard

September 9, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Four candidates are vying for the seat once held by convicted felon, Mike Hubbard in the Republican primary on September 13. The voters of District 79 have yet to pick a candidate, but the well-heeled of Auburn and influential Montgomery PACs have already chosen theirs.

Jay Conner, Joe Lovvorn, Sandy Toomer and Brett Smith are all in the running, but only Lovvorn is winning the “dash for cash” contest.
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