Winners and Losers of Special Election

December 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama garnered national and global attention from the U.S. Senate special election which vaulted Doug Jones into the U.S. Senate. There are a number of winners and losers from this election.

The foremost winner is of course Doug Jones himself.  Jones has had a stellar legal career.  He has been a U.S. Attorney, an assistant U.S. attorney, a former aide to U.S. Senator Howell Heflin (D), the successful prosecutor of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombers, and he is recognized as one of the foremost legal minds in the profession with a who’s who list of corporate and institutional clients.  He has had a stellar career; but now he is a Democrat rock star.  He walked into the heart of Trump country in the deep south and emerged victorious.  Nobody among Senate Democrats can match that accomplishment and the national press attention he has received gives him far wider popular name recognition than Senators who have served longer and have more political victories.

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I believe Judge Roy Moore

November 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

I prefer the grind of every day reporting to sharing my opinions with the readers. I let Bill, Josh and Joey focus on the opinion writing, which they do so well. This time I will make an exception. We are now in the start of the third day of a carefully orchestrated character assassination of the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, Judge Roy Moore.

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ALGOP Reacts to Trump’s withdrawal from Paris Agreement

June 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, June 1, 2017, President Donald J. Trump (R) announced that the United States would leave the controversial Paris Agreement, a deal that opponents say would have cost the American economy billions of dollars.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan supports President Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Agreement. Chairman Lathan said, “Today President Trump delivered on another one of his campaign promises as he pulled our nation out of the 2015 Paris Agreement. In doing so, this in no way means that we do not love our beloved country and world by stepping away from this arrangement. In fact, the Paris Agreement is voluntary with absolutely no consequences for a nation who signed the accord. It is an ineffective trillion-dollar toothless tiger that President Trump clearly recognizes is not in our best interest.”
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Zeigler: “Unable to do the job” because of budget cuts

May 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, May 26, 2017, State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) said that three consecutive years of budget cuts have left his office with less appropriations than they need to do the job.

Zeigler says the amount appropriated, $762,575.00, is 2.78 less than the amount received during the fiscal year 2007, and below the minimum level needed to run his office.

Zeigler said, “This marks the third year in a row that our budget has been cut. We are $368,400.00 below sea level. With the severe cuts the previous two years, we cannot do our constitutional job of property inventories with this latest cut. We had already cut everything we could after the last two budget cuts, so there is nothing left to cut.”

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My gun dilemma solved…..for now

May 17, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

The good news, as reported by The Alabama Political Reporter’s Brandon Moseley Monday, is there are only four more days in this year’s Legislative Session. That down to three now.

Legislative sessions usually can’t end fast enough, especially with some of the proposals that turn up. The General Fund and education budgets – the Legislature’s primary responsibility – are basically in the can.

One issue I’ve been watching the whole Session with interest is SB24, the so-called Gun Bill. Sponsored by Sen. Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa), it would allow anybody qualified to have a gun to be able to carry it concealed without buying a gun permit from their local sheriff.
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Bill to save Sheriffs money on inmate Healthcare costs

March 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 9, 2017, the Alabama House of Representative passed a bill to allow sheriffs in Alabama to pass some of their healthcare costs to Medicaid. Under current law the county Sheriff’s office is responsible for all of the costs of the healthcare of the prisoners in the county jail. Since Obamacare has greatly increased the cost of healthcare, providing prisoner healthcare has become a burden on Sheriff’s Departments across Alabama.
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Jefferson County cemetery bill passes

March 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 2, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill, HB34, which established a cemetery board to oversee the numerous cemeteries in Jefferson Couty.

HB34 was sponsored by Rep. Juandalynn Givan (D-Birmingham). The bill establishes a board funded by some of the money from the Jefferson County Legislative Office funds. That account is generated by the sale of concealed carry permits by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s department.
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Support growing for Midwives bill

March 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama is currently fortieth in the nation in doctors per capita and this shortage is acutely felt in rural areas. An increasing number of Alabama women do not have convenient access to a hospital where babies are delivered. Between that and women who would prefer a more natural at home birth experience there is a growing demand for midwives in Alabama, unfortunately Alabama is one of the few states where midwives are actually illegal. The Alabama Birth Coalition seeks to change that. Recently they announces the filing of The Childbirth Freedom Act, House Bill 316. HB 316 is sponsored by Representative Ken Johnson (R-Moulton).
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House approves warrantless trespass bill for schools

March 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 2, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives voted in favor of House Bill 71 authorizing school principals and college administrators to call Law Enforcement to have people arrested for refusing an order by a school administrator to leave a school campus. HB71 was sponsored by State Representative Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa). This is the third year in a row that Representative Poole has carried this piece of legislation.
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Buy Alabama’s Best campaign kick-off event

March 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Grocers launched the Alabama’s Best kickoff campaign to promote Alabama food products at the State Capital.

Governor Robert Bentley said, “We are here today to honor some of the many companies from around the State that produce the food we eat.” The Governor also praised the companies for the work that they are doing raising money to treat pediatric cancer.
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