ADC endorses attorney Fred Bell in Senate District 26 race

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Democratic Conference convened a screening committee in Montgomery and voted to endorse Attorney Fred Bell in the Democratic primary special election for Senate District 26 on Tuesday.

Bell is a Montgomery city councilman representing Council District 6 in southeast Montgomery.

Chairman of the ADC, Joe Reed, said that Bell has been an Alabama Education Association attorney and has an exemplary record as a public servant.

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Hillary Clinton Team Announces Two Events in Birmingham on Monday

February 22, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Saturday, February 20, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) defeated US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) in the closely contested Nevada Caucuses. Clinton won 52 percent to Sanders’ 48 percent. After a crushing loss in New Hampshire and a statistical tie in Iowa, the victory in Nevada gets the Clinton team on what they hope is a winning track.

Alabama is one of the early southern states where the Presidency will be won or lost. Hillary Clinton’s Alabama campaign has announced a number of activities to get out Clinton voters for the March 1 Alabama Primary.
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Hillary Clinton Has Support of Alabama Legislative Black Caucus

February 18, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for President of the United States ahead of Alabama’s March 1 primary.

The Chair of the Alabama Black Legislative Caucus, Senator Rodger Smitherman (D-Birmingham) said in a statement, “Hillary Clinton is the only candidate in this election who truly understands the struggles African American families face every day in Alabama, and the only candidate that has put forth a realistic plan to improve the quality of life for all Alabamians regardless of the color of their skin.”
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House Divided on Partisan Lines Over Taxpayer Advocate Bill

February 12, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, February 9, the Alabama House of Representatives passed House Bill 38 which would demand that the taxpayer advocate be appointed by the Governor and not be an employee of the Alabama Department of Revenue.

Republicans supported the legislation.

Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) said in a statement, “Proud of the Alabama House Republican Caucus’s efforts to ensure taxpayers have the strongest advocate possible.”
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House Cuts Medicaid by 23 Percent

August 6, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 5, the Republican controlled Alabama House of Representatives passed a controversial state General Fund (SGF) budget that if actually passed and implemented will have enormous impacts on both low income Alabama households and the Alabama healthcare industry.

The four biggest payers of medical bills in the state of Alabama are: Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the military’s Tricare for Life. A 23 percent cut to Medicaid affects an awful lot of people in Alabama.  An estimated million Alabamians get Medicaid benefits.
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All States to Recognize Same Sex Marriage

June 27, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In a controversial 5 to 4 ruling, the United States redefined marriage for all fifty states to mean two people of whatever gender.  Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) on Friday released a statement on the same- sex marriage ruling by the US Supreme Court:

“I have always believed in the Biblical definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman. That definition has been deeply rooted in our society for thousands of years. Regardless of today’s ruling by the Supreme Court, I still believe in a one man and one woman definition of marriage. The people of Alabama also voted to define marriage as between a man and woman.  I always respect the people’s vote, and I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has disregarded the choice made by the people of Alabama in its decision today.”

The Chairman of the House Black Caucus, state Representative John Knight (D-Montgomery) responded to the United States Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage:

“The US Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage is an important victory.  This landmark decision preserves citizens’ constitutional rights and our equal protection under the law — a win for all Americans.  It is also a fitting and well earned tribute to those who have fought so long and hard for fair treatment. The Black Caucus has a long-standing history of fighting against frivolous and oppressive legislation that threatens the rights of same-sex couples and promotes discrimination.  I am hopeful that with today’s decision, our Legislature will move away from this practice and move toward a commitment to stand together to protect civil rights in Alabama rather than enact legislation that destroys them.”

State Representative Will Ainsworth (R-Guntersville) said, “From its shameful Obamacare rulings to today’s anti-Christian gay marriage decision, this Supreme Court has proven to be the most liberal in decades. God has told us that marriage exists only between a man and a woman, and His ruling supersedes any ruling by nine appointed judges. As a legislator, I will do everything in my power to ensure that the constitutional religious freedoms of those who oppose gay marriage for biblical reasons are protected and secured.”

State Representative Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City) said, “Regardless of your opinion on same sex marriage the 10th Amendment died today and the 1st Amendment was greatly endangered. I will always be for states rights!”

Don’t expect to get any kind of a marriage license at the Pike County Probate Judge’s office.  There Judge Wes Allen said, “I am saddened that the United States Supreme Court ruled as they did but this ruling does not invalidate Alabama Code Section 30-1-9, which states ‘Marriage licenses may be issued by the judges of probate of the several counties.’”

Judge Allen continued, “The word ‘may’ provides probate judges with the option of whether or not to engage in the practice of issuing marriage licenses and I have chosen not to perform that function. My office discontinued issuing marriage licenses in February and I have no plans to put Pike County back into the marriage business. The policy of my office regarding marriage is no different today than it was yesterday.”

Interestingly a couple of years ago this same Supreme Court overturned the Clinton Administration’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on the grounds that setting rules for marriage was a state; not a federal area of jurisdiction, thus a federal law passed by Congress could not prevent a state from implementing same sex marriage.  On Friday the Court said that marriage is a fundamental right and that states did not have the authority to restrict marriage rights.

 

Alabama Leaders React to Church Slayings in South Carolina

June 19, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter 

Thursday, June 18, the nation was shocked by the terror attack on a predominately Black Church in Charleston, South Carolina pastored by South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney.

Reverend Pinckney’s slaying, apparently by a racist White youth, brought up memories of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by a racist White man.  The mass shooting at a prayer service at Emanuel AME Church also brought up memories of Sandy Hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech, and other instances where Americans were gunned down by homicidal maniacs.

Throughout Thursday, a number of state leaders issued statements about the events in South Carolina.   Some of these statements were made before the assassin, Dylann Storm Roof was captured near Shelby, North Carolina.

US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) said, “By now you’ve probably heard the news out of Charleston about the senseless, hate-filled murder that took place last night. I hope you’ll join me in praying that God bring special comfort to the families of those who were killed and His peace that passes all understanding to the Charleston community.”

US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) wrote in a statement, “The news out of Charleston, South Carolina, is truly heartbreaking. There is no place for that type of violence in our world today. Please join me in saying a prayer for all of those involved and ask that God may bring healing to the entire community.”

Alabama State Representative John Knight, Chairman of the House Black Caucus, issued a written statement in response to the deadly shootings in South Carolina: “The hearts of the members of the Black Caucus are heavy with sorrow, as we extend prayers to the family and friends of our colleague Sen. Clementa Pinckney and others whose lives were so tragically lost.  We mourn with the citizens of South Carolina, as our nation is again confronted with unimaginable violence bred and bolstered with hatred and intolerance.  This dastardly and heinous attack reminds us of the very real struggle of race in America.  Racism is as real today as it was fifty years ago.  We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the consequences of inaction.”

US Representative Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) wrote, “Places of worship should be places of peace and safety. My prayers for this congregation, the people of Charleston and South Carolina.”

US Representative Terri Sewell wrote, “My thoughts are with those impacted by the shooting, and I pray that the perpetrator is brought to justice soon.”

State Representative Merika Coleman-Evans (D-Midfield) said on Facebook, “Praying for the family of Pastor/State Senator Clementa Pinckney and all of the families of those killed in South Carolina’s historic Mother Emmanuel AME Church last night while they were in bible study! Senator Pinckney has been described as the moral conscience of the South Carolina legislature. Lord, give these families comfort during this tragic time, and allow the perpetrator of this heiness hate crime to be brought to justice swiftly.”

Former Georgia Young Republicans Chairwoman, Alabama native, and candidate for National Young Republican Chair Meagan Myers said in a statement on Facebook, “Awful, awful news out of Charleston this morning. Prayers for the victims’ families and the Charleston community. I simply cannot fathom the evil in the shooter’s heart to commit such a heinous crime. I pray that this man be caught, and justice served.”

Rep. Knight wrote, “The Black Caucus stands together with President Obama and our legislative peers across the nation, committed to honor the lives lost by bringing an end to gun violence and the loose laws that have allowed it escalate.”

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) said in a statement to reporters, “While we do not yet know all of the details, we do know that we’ll never understand what motivates anyone to enter one of our places of worship and take the life of another.”

Knight said in his statement that he also plans to introduce legislation during the Special Session of the Alabama Legislature to require public schools to teach racial tolerance and cultural sensitivity as part of primary, secondary and high school curricula. The Black Caucus also plans to work with legislators across the country to develop stronger state laws to protect citizens from gun violence.

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church is the First AME Church in the South and is often referred to as Mother Emanuel AME for it’s role in developing the denomination.  The Church was founded in 1816.

 

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