Why Obamacare must go

March 20, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

“In a death spiral.” Those are the words Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, one of our nation’s largest insurance companies, used to describe the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

When I first ran for Congress in 2013, repealing and replacing Obamacare was a top priority. I introduced a bill to repeal the law, which passed the House but never reached the President’s desk. Unfortunately, with President Obama in the White House, our efforts never succeeded. Even when we finally got a repeal bill to the President’s desk, he vetoed it.
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Learning a new process to grieve

November 17, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Earlier this week, I visited my mental health counselor. Ever since last week’s election, I’ve been pretty depressed and, literally, sick to my stomach. And learning who Republican Donald Trump is choosing for his leadership team isn’t helping.

White nationalist Steve Bannon? Really?

But this is the process. Trump won the Electoral College, and in January he’ll be inaugurated president of the United States. As I’ve said before, we must respect the process. This is how government works in America.
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Nothing Affordable About the “Affordable Care Act”

November 2, 2016
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

In 2008, then Senator Barack Obama famously said, “In an Obama administration, we will lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year.”

You don’t have to be a health insurance expert to know that was a lie. All around the First District of Alabama, I talk to folks who are hurting because of the burdensome cost of health insurance under Obamacare.
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Latest Poll After Trump Tape Release

October 10, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—New polling data reveals that public support for Donald Trump has declined slightly since The Washington Post released a video showing Donald Trump making vulgar, sexual comments in 2005.

A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll is the first national survey to test voters’ opinions after the video became public last Friday afternoon. 74 percent of Republicans say the leaders of the GOP should stand by Trump. 41 percent of Republicans say they would be more likely to support a candidate who continues to back the real estate mogul. These numbers seem to reflect the general mood in Alabama, where Trump’s supporters have flooded social media sites in defense of the Republican nominee.
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Trump and His Supporters Live Outside Reality

July 28, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Oh, how I’d like to focus this column on the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. How Democrats, despite the Bernie Bros and others, came together pretty quickly.

I’d like to write about how marvelous First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech was on Monday night. Absolutely fantastic. And not plagiarized.

It’d be nice to talk about the home run Bill Clinton hit on Tuesday night, telling delegates about Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, his wife. His only wife, by the way. Yeah, they’ve had their troubles. So have Veronica and I. But the Clintons have remained married, as have we.
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Win Free Sex: Distraction

March 24, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary (ALEA), Spencer Collier, held a press conference on Wednesday, where he reiterated Gov. Robert Bentley’s order to lie to the State’s Attorney General, the firings at ALEA, the closing of ongoing criminal investigations into the Bentley Administration and a sitting State Senator. But if you read press reports from around the State about the presser, you would be led to believe it was all about an alleged affair between Gov. Bentley and his unpaid senior advisor, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.
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Redding Pitt Mourned by Alabama Democrats

February 9, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Sunday February 7 Redding Pitt, the current Vice Chair and former Chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party, died.

redding-pittCurrent Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley said in a statement, “Redding was an excellent Party Chairman and Vice Chairman, a scholar of history and politics, and a strong supporter of the Democratic Party’s core principles.”  “The State Democratic Executive Committee, its officers, as well as Democrats throughout Alabama, offer condolences to his son and extended family.  We will never forget his numerous contributions to the Party and to the people of our state.”
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Bonner Says that President is Trying to Undo Welfare Reform

September 28, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Representative Jo Bonner (R) from Mobile said in his weekly column that he voted for H.J. 118 that would restore the landmark welfare work requirements passed by President Clinton and a Republican Congress led by then Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Congressman Bonner said, “Sixteen years ago, a Democrat president and a Republican Congress did what, frankly, very few ever expected. They reached across the political gulf and worked together to tackle the thorny issue of welfare dependence. Faced with a flawed system that actually discouraged people from seeking a better life, politicians found a solution that most Americans agreed was the right path. Unfortunately, a decade and a half later, President Obama has chosen to reverse the progress of bipartisan welfare reform.”
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