Bill to give veterans free, year-round admission to state parks passes House

January 17, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would provide free, year-round admission to all state parks for all active military personnel and veterans, including members of the National Guard and Reserves.

House Bill 58, the Parks for Patriots Act, is being sponsored by state Rep. Dickie Drake, R-Leeds.

Recently, the Department of Conservation commenced the Parks for Patriots initiative as an administrative pilot program at the suggestion of House Republicans.  This bill would permanently establish the program into state law.

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Tuesday is Military and Veterans Appreciation Day in the Alabama Legislature

January 16, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the Alabama House of Representatives will hold a “Military and Veterans Day” in the Alabama House chambers to honor Alabama’s veterans for their service.

Alabama Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon, R – Monrovia, announced that the House will have a work calendar that is stacked with bills designed to benefit those who have served or are currently serving in our nation’s armed forces.

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Hobson says he’s running for Congress to preserve a “safe, prosperous, and moral America”

January 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Roy Moore aide, Rich Hobson, said that he is running for Congress because we are in a crucial time in our history.

“I’m running because our nation is at a crucial time in history, and I want to make sure that we preserve a safe, prosperous, and moral America for our children and grandchildren,” Hobson said in a statement.

“As we have forgotten our Creator, millions of children have been aborted, our families are being ripped apart, and our children are growing up confused,” said Hobson. “There is a sense that all that America has stood for throughout our history doesn’t matter anymore. But America does matter, and I plan to work hard in this campaign to restore the values that made us great. Just like the Greatest Generation saved our country in World War II, I want to be part of the generation that fights to save our country from those who seek to destroy our values.”
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Rich Hobson, Moore campaign manager, announces run for Congress

January 5, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Rich Hobson, who recently served as the campaign manager for the Roy Moore for U.S. Senate campaign, will be running for Congress in Alabama’s Second Congressional District. Hobson made the announcement on Montgomery’s Capitol steps in a news conference.

Rich Hobson, age 56, is an attorney and a longtime aide to Roy Moore. Hobson was the head of the Administrative Office of Courts both times when Moore was chief justice. Hobson also was the director of the Foundation for Moral Law. Hobson said that he made the decision to run about a year ago.

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2018 Races to Watch

December 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The major party primaries are on June 5, 2018.  Formal major party candidate qualifying opens on January 9; but already politicos are looking ahead to these 2018 races.

In 2014 it was a question if Democrats were even going to find a candidate willing to run against the then very popular incumbent Governor, Robert Bentley; now the Republicans have a new incumbent and there are a host of Democrats who have already declared their candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Governor.  Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb is running.  So is former state Representative James Fields, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, LGBTQ activist Chris Countryman, and Center of Progress founder Jason Childs.

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Democrats claim that Roby votes to raise middle class taxes

November 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Republican Party

Thursday, the Democratic Congressional Committee charged that U.S. Rep. Martha Roby voted with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and “Establishment Republicans in Washington to hike taxes on the middle class so that they can hand out huge tax cuts to large corporations and the very wealthy. The Republican Tax Scam eliminates popular middle class deductions for state and local taxes, medical expenses, and student loans while slashing taxes for the wealthiest Americans.”

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Marsh joins growing list of Republican leaders endorsing Moore

October 16, 2017

 By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the Moore campaign announced the endorsement of Alabama Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh, (R-Anniston). Marsh’s endorsement comes following Moore’s successful runoff campaign victory where Moore won 63 of Alabama’s 67 counties despite being outspent 12 to one. The Moore campaign says that they are receiving mounting support coming from all corners of the Republican Party as the GOP unites to defeat the Democratic candidate, Doug Jones in December.

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Barry Moore campaign releases poll showing that Roby is vulnerable

August 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 31, 2017, State Representative Barry Moore’s, R-Enterprise, congressional campaign released results of a poll, by WPA Intelligence, outlining what they claim is the vulnerability of incumbent Representative Martha Roby, R-Montgomery.

According to the memo released to the Alabama Political Reporter (APR) incumbent Martha Roby is viewed favorably by only thirty-three percent of Republican voters, while forty-three percent have an unfavorable view of the four-term congresswoman.

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Holtzclaw will challenge Brooks in the Republican primary

August 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, State Senator Bill Holtzclaw (R-Madison) announced that he will run for Congress in the Fifth Congressional District in the 2018 Republican Primary.  Incumbent Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) has already announced that he will seek re-election to a fifth term.  This will set up a highly contested primary race between the two well known Republicans.

Sen. Holtzclaw said in a statement on social media, “I still believe in the American Dream, because I’m living it. I was orphaned at birth, and lived in a United Methodist Children Home until age 5 when I was taken in by a loving family that raised me as their own. I enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and served 20 years on active duty, including service in the Gulf War and Somalia. I married my high school sweetheart 32 years ago, and we’ve raised two wonderful daughters. After retiring from the Marine Corps I worked at NASA and served my community on the Madison City Council and later as a Senator in the Alabama State Legislature. Together we can rekindle the American Dream and make America great again. I’m asking you for another opportunity to serve; to serve as your Congressman for the 5th District.”
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Tommy Amason announces run for Congress

August 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 27, 2017, Tommy Amason, an Army Command Sergeant Major and two-tour Iraq War veteran, formally announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Congressional House seat in District 2. The announcement event was held at the Wetumpka Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1472.

Amason touted his experience as a war veteran and nearly thirty years of service in the US Army Reserves as qualifications for his serving in the United States House of Representatives.
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