Opinion | Steve Flowers: Shelby, Ivey can brush off Senate special election critiques

February 7, 2018

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

A few weeks back my column illuminated the career and influence attained by our senior U.S. Senator Richard Shelby. In the column and in my book, “Six Decades of Alabama Political Stories,” I reference the fact that our current senior senator will be regarded as one of Alabama’s greatest U.S. Senators. I consider Lister Hill, John Sparkman, and Richard Shelby in that triumvirate. However, history more than likely will reveal that Shelby is eclipsing Hill and Sparkman in the annals of senatorial lore.
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Senator Shelby has concerns with Export-Import Bank

November 2, 2017

Brandon Mosley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., voiced his strong concerns with the Export-Import Bank during a hearing to examine President Donald J Trump’s (R) six nominations to lead the bank.

“I believe the Export-Import Bank is now a body rampant with corporate cronyism, corruption, and unaccountability,” Shelby said.  “Latest estimates indicate that the Export-Import Bank finances only two percent of total U.S. exports. This means 98 percent of exports from the U.S. are generated without the Bank’s financing.”

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Report claims SPLC moved millions into foreign accounts

September 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, August, 31, 2017, the Washington Free Beacon’s Joe Schoffstall is reporting that the Montgomery based Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt “charitable” organization, has transferred millions of dollars in cash to foreign accounts in the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands and Bermuda.

According to the research done by Joe Schoffstall, the SPLC recorded more than $50 million in contributions and $328 million in net assets on its 2015 Form 990, the most recently available tax form from the nonprofit. SPLC’s Form 990-T, its 2015 business income tax return, shows that they have “financial interests” in the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Bermuda and 2014 forms reveal some of the SPLC’s transfers to foreign entities, including hundreds of thousands to an account in the Cayman Islands. SPLC also lists Tiger Global Management LLC, a New York-based private equity financial firm, as an agent. There is a foreign partnership between the SPLC and Tiger Global Private Investment Partners IX, L.P., a pooled investment fund in the Cayman Islands and SPLC transferred $960,000 in cash on Nov. 24, 2014 to the fund, along with additional cash transactions to offshore funds.

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Payday Loan Legislation gets favorable report

May 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee approve a plan to more closely regulate the Payday Loan business.

The Committee gave a favorable report to both Senate Bill 404 and House Bill 535. The two payday lender reform bills are the same plan, but SB404 was sponsored by state Senator Tom Whatley (R-Lee County) and HB535 by state Representative Danny Garrett (R-Trussville).
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Shelby Assigned to Environment and Public Works Committee

February 14, 2017

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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Shelby to Chair Senate Rules Committee

January 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R from Alabama) announced that he has been named the chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

Sen. Shelby said, “It is an honor to lead the Senate Rules Committee and to continue to serve on the Banking and Appropriations Committees in the 115th Congress. There is much work to be done, and I look forward to hitting the ground running in these committees to deliver the results that the American people expect and deserve.”
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Governor Bentley Appoints Mike Hill as the Superintendent of the State Banking Department

July 5, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday July 1, 2016, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) announced that he was appointing State Representative Mike Hill (R-Columbiana) as the Superintendent of the State Banking Department.

Representative Hill is replacing John D. Harrison who retired on Thursday after 11 years of service.

Gov. Bentley said in a statement, “I want to thank John for his dedication and commitment to the citizens of Alabama. His leadership in the areas of banking regulation and lending has provided stability to the industry and protected consumers while moving the Department forward.”
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Lawsuit Lending Bill Carried Over

March 4, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, March 3, the Alabama Senate carried over Senate Bill 67 sponsored by Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster). Senator Paul Bussman (R-Cullman) objected to the bill and said that it went too far. SB67 would effectively end the lawsuit loan industry in Alabama. This is when someone borrows money (normally at high interest rates) based on the likelihood that they will get a settlement from a lawsuit that is pending.
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Time to Lend the Poor a Hand by Shining a Light on Lawsuit Lending

January 21, 2016

By State Senator Cam Ward

For decades, Alabama was known as “tort hell.” The legal environment was tilted toward plaintiffs and businesses were taking it hard on the chin. This made some trial lawyers very wealthy, but it cost Alabama untold thousands of jobs as businesses and doctors went elsewhere.

During the 1990s, voters flipped the appellate and Supreme Court to Republican justices. In 2010, the people of Alabama elected a conservative, Republican majority to the Legislature. Common sense reforms since then have brought Alabama’s legal environment back to healthy balance.
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Shelby Speaks to MARC in Vestavia

January 11, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Saturday, January 9, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) told a packed house at the Mid Alabama Republican Club in Vestavia Hills that he always wanted to earn his way and that is what he wants to do.

Senator Richard Shelby said that he was elected to the Alabama legislature, four times was elected to the US House, and now is in his fifth term in the US Senate and always wanted to earn the people’s support.
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