A Christmas of light, hope and acceptance

December 25, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For Christians around the world, Christmas is a special day set aside to remember, honor and celebrate the birth of the Christ Child Jesus. It is also the season when we remember children, friends, family and neighbors. It is a time of giving when at least, for a moment, we wish peace on Earth and goodwill to all.

And here in Alabama as around the country we are all perhaps a little better because many not born here join us in the Christmas celebration even though they are Hindu, Buddhist or other faiths. They embrace Christmas not because they love Christ but because they want to be good Americans. It’s sad that some have let fear overtake our nation’s history of embracing immigrants. It seems, at times, that open arms have become clenched fists.

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Congress funds Children’s Health Insurance Program through March

December 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, both Houses of Congress have passed a temporary government funding continuing resolution to keep the government funded and avoid a government shutdown. Included in that is funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program through March. Without the infusion of federal dollars, the state of Alabama was prepared to mail out letters on Tuesday to 84,000 families who get health insurance through the All Kids government subsidized insurance program announcing that their children’s health insurance coverage would be cancelled on the first of February.

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Monday is Christmas Day

December 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, December 25 is Christmas. It is a state and federal holiday, so banks, schools, courthouses and other government buildings will be closed, as well as many private businesses.

The holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth over 2,000 years ago. Most Christians believe that Jesus is God made flesh. “For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.” (John 3:16)

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A tax cut for Christmas

December 22, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne

This Christmas, the American people received a gift that isn’t found underneath the tree but will be found in your pocketbook and paychecks over the coming years. I’m talking about passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act represents the first major overhaul of our nation’s tax code since 1986. The ultimate goal is to grow the American economy and put more money in your pockets. I firmly believe the money is better off in the hands of the American people instead of in the coffers of a bloated federal government.

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Live in hope this Christmas

December 19, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

It’s that time of the year again. It’s the time we hurry from store to store looking for that perfect gift for our loved ones. It’s the time when many travel around the country to spend time with their families. It’s the time where we dust off the cookbooks to prepare the perfect dish for the Christmas lunch or dinner.

If you are like me, Christmas is a time when you can feel overwhelmed. There is so much to do and so little time to get everything done. Between balancing work, family, and the holidays, it seems like there is not enough time in the day.

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All I want for Christmas is… for every child to have a good education

December 14, 2017

By Rep. Craig Ford

When my kids were growing up, I don’t know who was more excited on Christmas morning: the kids opening their presents or me and Gwen watching them!

Ever since God gave us the original and best Christmas gift, our lord and savior Jesus Christ, giving gifts has been a part of celebrating Christmas. But as I thought about what I wanted most this Christmas, it wasn’t anything material or even something for myself.

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Internet tax, roads need attention

March 15, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

My tradition for over two decades has been to give my children money for Christmas. Under this system there is no returning of items. They get what they want or need. There is no way that I would know what style of clothing, color or size they like. It works well.

The most illuminating thing that occurred to me this year is that both of my daughters and my granddaughter bought all of their Christmas gifts from me online. Without question, our country and state have changed dramatically technologically in my lifetime. Therefore, Alabama and other states have to change the way that sales tax is collected. States have to find a solution and the will to derive sales tax from online purchases.
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Wadsworth warns about new Obama regulations

December 26, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

President Barack H. Obama will leave the office of the presidency on January 20, 2017, but until then his administration continues to write executive orders and new regulations. No industry has been hit harder by the Obama Administration than has America’s coal miners, and again the industry is being rocked by another far reaching order by President Obama.

State Representative Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley) “This is not a good Christmas present for coal miners and the coal industry. President Obama is set on Monday to execute an Executive Order imposing further restrictions on Coal Mining. Look forward to new administration that will eliminate these restrictions. Coal Industry means jobs in Walker, Winston and Jefferson Counties.”
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Alabama leaders offer Christmas greetings

December 24, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A number of Alabama elected officials shared Christmas greetings with constituents via social media in the days leading up to our culture’s biggest holiday.

US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) wrote, “As we gather with friends, family and loved ones for Christmas celebrations, I want to share with you a passage of scripture that is part of what I read to my family every Christmas morning:
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Remembering Christmas

December 22, 2016

By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford 

What does Christmas mean to you? It’s a question that will probably get a different answer from every person you ask. Every family has their own traditions and customs that make Christmas unique to them.

Of course, certain things about Christmas are universal. For every Christian, Christmas is a time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. He is literally the reason for the season; the “Christ” in “Christmas.”
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