FBI investigating bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, February 27, 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that they are investigating the string of threats made against Jewish Community Centers across the country, including in Birmingham.

FBI Spokesman Paul E Daymond said in a statement, “The FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division are investigating possible civil rights violations in connection with threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country. The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence, and will ensure this matter is investigated in a fair, thorough, and impartial manner. As this matter is ongoing, we are not able to comment further at this time.”
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Jeffco GOP Condemns Birmingham Resolution Designating the City as a Sanctuary City

By Brandon Moseley

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 the Jefferson County Republican Party Executive Committee approved a resolution condemning the Birmingham City Council’s vote to designate Alabama’s largest city as a “Sanctuary City”.

Jefferson County Republican Party Chairman Sallie Bryant said in a statement, “Not only are the actions of the Birmingham City Council expressly against established state law, after speaking with several lawmakers and business leaders, it’s clear this move will have a negative effect on our county’s economic development efforts to recruit new businesses to the area,” Chairman Sallie Bryant said.
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Birmingham passes sanctuary city resolution to Bentley’s disapproval

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The Birmingham City Council on Tuesday passed a local resolution intended to designate Alabama’s largest city as its first and only “sanctuary city” to the disapproval of many Alabama Republicans, including the Governor.

The sanctuary city resolution passed the Council with a unanimous vote, defying President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration and joining dozens of other major US cities in providing a “sanctuary” to undocumented immigrants.

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Bentley says Alabama will not support Sanctuary Cities

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the Birmingham City Council voted to make Birmingham a Sanctuary City for illegal immigrants. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) responded to the action saying that the State of Alabama will not support Sanctuary Cities.

Governor Bentley said, “President Trump has already taken decisive and necessary action to enforce our nation’s immigration laws. Alabama will not support Sanctuary Cities or institutions that harbor or shelter illegal immigrants, and are in clear violation of the laws of the nation.” Read More

Speculation swirls around new Birmingham Water Works Board

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 the mess that is the Water Board,” said a lawmaker, speaking on background, while referencing multi-count indictments over the Jefferson County sewer construction scandal in 2005. Read More

Court rules against Birmingham Water Works Board

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 Judge Robert Vance Jr. rejected the board’s attempt to kill legislation to reform the board. I, along with Senator Jabo Waggoner drafted this legislation back in 2013 to pass much needed reforms to the water board. The board spent thousands of dollars on lobbyist to kill the effort to reform the board. Finally, after years of hard work Senator Waggoner along with Representatives Jim Carns and David Standridge got the bill passed through the Alabama Legislature. The fight for reform of the board is not over, but ratepayers prevailed today.”
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Bentley sets special election for House District 58

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 to be his legislative liaison. Robinson’s resignation was effective on Monday, following eighteen years of service.
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Sewell applauds UAB for America’s Promise Job Driven Grant

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 successful corporate, academic, and non-profit citizens in Alabama, all of whom realize that our national and global competitiveness is only as strong as our local workforce pipeline.”
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Trump Administration will go to others, not Bentley, on Alabama issues

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 hurt.
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Today is Veterans Day

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 to the men and women of our Armed Forces for their extraordinary service.”
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