Reaction to Oliver Robinson’s guilty plea

June 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 22, 2017, former State Representative Oliver Robinson (D-Birmingham) entered guilty pleas to Federal charges of fraud, bribery, corruption, and tax evasion.

Rep. Robinson resigned from the Alabama House of Representatives last year, claiming that there was a conflict of interest with his serving in the legislature and his daughter working for former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R).

On Thursday the US Attorney’s office, the FBI, and the IRS claim that Robinson accepted bribes from powerful Birmingham law firm, Balch and Bingham for Robinson to advocate against expansion of a massive EPA Superfund site in Birmingham. Balch & Bingham client, Drummond Coal and its affiliate ABC Coke, would have potentially had to pay $millions to cleanup more neighborhoods in Birmingham.
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Interstate 65: Alabama’s immediate infrastructure needs

June 19, 2017

By State Auditor Jim Zeigler

I do not need expensive studies and consultants to know that Alabama has immediate infrastructure needs. I experienced a major infrastructure problem Saturday afternoon.

While the inadequacy of Interstate 65 from Birmingham to Montgomery — and on all of the Beach route — may or may not be our most dangerous problem, it may well be the most immediate. It is a problem right NOW.
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Alabama Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Smokey and the Bandit

June 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

It has been 40 years since moviegoers were introduced to Bandit “Bo” Darville, Cledus “Snowman” Snow, Carrie “Frog”, and Sheriff Buford T. Justice in the classic southern themed movie ‘Smokey and the Bandit’. The movie is actually about a bet to transport an illegal load of Coors beer from Texarkana to Atlanta in 28 hours. Along the way, the duo of Bo and Snowman talk on the CB radio, find love, and wreck an awful lot of police and state trooper cars. Universal Studios recently celebrated what was the second largest grossing movie of 1977 by having a limited release of the movie at select theaters across the country.
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Brooks appoints Mooney as campaign chair

June 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 5, 2017, US Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) was at Alabama Republican Party Headquarters in Hoover for the Alabama Republican Party 150th anniversary celebration to announce his appointment of Rep. Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs) as Chairman of the Mo Brooks for US Senate campaign.

Congressman Brooks said, “I am honored to have the support of a legislator as well-respected as
Arnold Mooney. Representative Mooney represents portions of both Shelby and Jefferson
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Marsh to be featured guest at YR Convention

May 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Young Republican Federation of Alabama (YRFA) will hold their annual convention in Birmingham on Saturday, May 20. Alabama Senate President Del Marsh (R-Anniston) will join the Young Republicans at a YRFA Social at Regions Field for a Birmingham Barons game.

The YRs said in a statement, “We are so excited to close out the 2017 YRFA Convention with a Barons Game Social! And, we are even more excited to announce that Alabama Senate President Pro Tem will join us as our special featured guest! This year, we will enjoy the game and company of fun YRs from the Luxury Skyboxes (hooray for air conditioning and shelter from the rain!). Baseball ticket, full dinner, and adult beverages included with registration.”
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Charter Schools Bill defeated in the House

May 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, May 4, 2017, a bipartisan majority of the Alabama House of Representatives rejected changes to the State’s Charter Schools bill in House Bill 245.

HB245 was sponsored by State Representative Terri Collins (R-Decatur) who chairs the House Education Policy Committee.

The bill was passed out of the Education Policy Committee, but was soundly defeated on the Budget Isolation Resolution (BIR) so never even got to a vote for final passage.
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Something stinks in JeffCo DA indictment

May 2, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Something stinks in Birmingham, and for once the smell isn’t coming from the Water Works Board.

This time, it’s coming from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office. Which is quite the trick since there’s no DA working in there.

Charles Todd Henderson, the county’s first Democratic DA in decades, was indicted by the Alabama Attorney General’s Office four days before taking office and blocked from becoming the new DA.
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FBI investigating bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers

February 28, 2017

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

February 6, 2017

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

February 1, 2017

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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