2018 Legislative Session just 92 days away

October 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Halloween is not here yet, and most people are just beginning their Christmas shopping list. That said, it is time to begin preparing for the 2018 Legislative Session. The 2018 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature begins early this year so that the members can go out and campaign ahead of the June 5, 2018 major party primaries.

This Session begins on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, and must end no later than Monday, April 23, 2018 at midnight. If both Houses pass both the Education (ETF) and State General Fund budgets, they can leave earlier than that.

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BCA home sold to Association of County Commissions’ fund

October 3, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Located at 2 North Jackson St. in Montgomery, The Business Center of Alabama is home to the Business Council of Alabama, which figuratively and literally enjoys a commanding view of the Alabama State House. Given the swagger with which BCA Chairman Billy Canary comports himself, it would be easy to think BCA owns all its surveys, when in fact, it doesn’t even own the building it calls home.
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Does a pariah deserve even a Pyrrhic victory?

September 19, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A recent issue of “The Business Advocate,” a publication which is a part of the Business Council of Alabama, features a full-page photo of Chairman Billy Canary with a headline proclaiming, “Business Council Governmental Affairs Conference Best Ever.” The commanding picture with its fraudulent headline is an example of how a once important business organization has been co-opted for personal gain.

Canary has gained considerable wealth and power as BCA’s chieftain, but today, he finds himself under fire.
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Alabama Forestry Association endorses Strange

September 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, the Alabama Forestry Association urged their membership to vote for U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala.

“The headline in the Montgomery Advertiser on October 6, 2014 read ‘U.S. Supreme Court rejects Alabama school-funding case.’ We can (and should) thank Luther Strange for this victory,” the group wrote in a release on their website.

“There have been several important landmark dates in the history of the Alabama Forestry Association; the election that defeated Bob Riley’s $1 billion tax hike (Amendment One) and the transfer of power in the Statehouse in 2010 come quickly to mind,” the AFA wrote “However, the final disposition of the Lynch v. State of Alabama lawsuit has to be the most important for Alabama’s landowners.”

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US Sen. Shelby endorses Sen. Strange

September 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., endorsed appointed Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., in the Republican primary runoff on Sept. 26.  The endorsement is being promulgated in a statewide direct mail campaign paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and their Alabama affiliate: the Business Council of Alabama (BCA).

“As has been reported, the U.S. Chamber is backing Luther Strange in the race for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat,” Megan Etten, a spokesperson for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said. “Today, the U.S. Chamber, in partnership with the Business Council of Alabama, will deliver a statewide mailer to Republican primary voters urging them to vote for Senator Luther Strange in the September 26 runoff election. The mailer features an endorsement from Senator Richard Shelby; it’s the first action he’s taken in this race.”

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Realtors PAC endorses Senator Luther Strange

September 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2017, the National Association of Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC) announced their endorsement of appointed Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., in the Republican Runoff for U.S. Senate.  The endorsement was made following a recommendation from the RPAC Committee.

“Alabama REALTORS® recognize Senator Strange for his demonstrated record of standing up for homeownership and private property rights, and look forward to his leadership on key real estate issues,” Jeremy Walker, CEO of the Alabama Association of Realtors, said in a statement.

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Time for BCA’s Canary to go

September 13, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

As I mentioned last week, we will have a plethora of political contests to follow next year, and the field is beginning to formulate.

The governor’s race is always the marquee event. However, the most important races will be for the 35 State Senate and 105 House of Representatives seats. These legislative races will be where most of the special interest money will gravitate.

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Business Council of Alabama endorses Luther Strange ahead of primary

September 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, the Board of Directors of the Business Council of Alabama announced that they have endorsed U.S. Sen. Luther Strange in the special primary election runoff for U.S. Senate.

BCA Chairman Jeff Coleman said in a statement, “The Business Council of Alabama is proud to endorse U.S. Sen. Luther Strange in his bid to continue to serve the people of Alabama in the United States Senate. Sen. Strange has built his reputation on being a tireless advocate for the growth and progress of the state of Alabama. The Business Council of Alabama believes Luther Strange has the experience and proven leadership needed in the halls of Congress.”

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Barry Moore says that the “Political Establishment” hates him

August 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, State Representative Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) is running for Congress and he is emphasizing his “outsider” credentials.

Rep. Moore said in a statement, “Well, it was no secret before, but it was made clear once again: the political Establishment hates me.  Last weekend, when one of our states largest lobbying entities invited politicians to come “wine and dine” at the beach, it was made abundantly clear that I would not be welcome.”
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Breaking: Alabama Power pulls support from BCA Governmental Affairs Conference

August 9, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Political Reporter has confirmed Alabama Power Company executives notified Bill Canary, CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, that the power giant would not support the upcoming BCA Governmental Affairs Conference in Point Clear and that its employees would not attend the event, according to sources with high level access.

Those with knowledge of the incident say Canary was stunned by the call, querying why Alabama Power was abandoning the conference. He was informed that there were a number of reasons but chief among them was his leadership style, which has led to many Legislative failures. Insiders say the company sees Canary as a liability that it can no longer ignore.

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