Speculation swirls around new Birmingham Water Works Board

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For several years, lawmakers from Birmingham, Jefferson and surrounding counties have engaged in a turf war to reform the Birmingham Waterworks Board (BWWB). Even now, as the much sought after reforms have become law, as of January 1, 2017, the fight to maintain the status quo continues in backrooms and courtrooms. “Like the sewer debacle, it may require law-enforcement to finally clean up

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Court rules against Birmingham Water Works Board

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, December 19, 2016, Jefferson County Circuit Judges Robert Vance Jr. ruled that legislation sponsored by State Senator Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia) , SB89 to expand the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) was passed legally and can now be implemented.

Former State Representative Paul DeMarco (R-Homewood) said, “Great news for Birmingham Water Works Board ratepayers. Jefferson County Circuit

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Bentley sets special election for House District 58

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, December 5, 2016 Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) announced the timeline for a special election in House District 58.

Alabama House of Representatives District 58 was vacated when Representative Oliver Robinson (D from Birmingham) announced his resignation. Robinson resigned in order to avoid a potential conflict of interest with his daughter’s recent appointment by Governor Bentley

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Sewell applauds UAB for America’s Promise Job Driven Grant

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, US Representative Terri Sewell (D-Selma) congratulated UAB for receiving an America’s promise grant. The grant will fund the Innovate Birmingham Consortium, a regional workforce partnership to establish a sustainable pipeline of talent for Birmingham’s growing IT sector.

Congresswoman Sewell “Innovate Birmingham’s consortium partners are among the most

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Trump Administration will go to others, not Bentley, on Alabama issues

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By Jim Zeigler
Alabama State Auditor

There is one bit of good news: Gov. Robert’s Bentley’s refusal to support Donald Trump.

Bentley was an early endorser of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who also refused to support Trump. Notice that Trump carried both Ohio and Alabama despite the lack of support of either governor. Bentley’s support of Kasich did no good for Kasich. It may have hurt him with what little Alabama support Kasich had to

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Today is Veterans Day

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Today, Friday November 11, 2016, is Veterans Day.

US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) said in a statement, “Each year, friends and neighbors across the country pause to honor our nation’s military heroes who selflessly sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. Veterans Day is an important time to remember that freedom does not come free, and that we owe a great debt of gratitude

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Suit Claims Alabama Pays Higher Insurance Rates Due to “Anticompetitive Conduct” by BCBS

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A Federal class-action/anti-trust suit against Blue Cross BlueShield of Alabama and 37 others is being heard in Birmingham. The suit alleges that “The Individual Blue Plans’ anticompetitive conduct has also resulted in higher premiums for their enrollees for over a decade,” and this has led to, “inflated premiums (that) would not be possible if the market for health insurance

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Supporters Urge Yes Vote on Amendment 14

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 1 2016, the Birmingham City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing Amendment 14 and urging voters to vote “no” on the increasingly controversial amendment.

State Representative Jack Williams (R-Vestavia) said, “I was very disappointed by their actions.”

State Representative John Rogers (D-Birmingham) opposes Amendment 14 and urged the Birmingham City Council

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Regional Care Organizations Collapsing

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The promised dream of Regional Care Organizations (RCOs) saving the State’s underfunded and overburdened Medicaid system continues to unravel.

Just recently, the University of Birmingham Medical Systems and Viva Heath Inc., abandoned their programs indefinitely, citing the instability of State funding.

Last month, The Alabama Political Reporter obtained a letter

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Young Democrats Debate Watch

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By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

BIRMINGHAM—Young Democrats across Alabama hosted public watch parties for the last presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Wednesday night.

The Alabama Young Democrats, a statewide organization, along with members of their Birmingham, East Alabama and North-Central Alabama chapters, hosted a joint watch party with the Hillary Clinton campaign at the Historic Carver Theatre

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