A Disquisition on Greed in Politics, Part 1: Diagnosing Greed in Politics

May 24, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Reporter

 

“One who is greedy stirs up strife . . .”

Solomon

 

“The World is One Big Whorehouse”

Greed in politics. Everyone knows it’s there. A reporter’s favorite hobby is exposing a politician’s hypocritical greed. Yet, tracing the ways of greed in politics is like tracking a snake in a boulder field. Its trail is elusive, and the more you hunt it, the more it seems to hunts you. In fact, greed, like lust, seeks to daily corrupt all of our motives and actions.
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Senate passes symbolic Legislation to declare Alabama a “Pro-Life State”

April 21, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The State Senate voted largely along party lines Thursday to pass three pieces of Legislation that would declare Alabama a “Pro-Life State” in its constitution, give an opt-out option to health care workers and officially outlaw assisted suicide.

The bills were passed in a marathon of pro-life legislation that was scheduled as part of the Senate Republicans’ “Pro-Life Legislation Day.”

With the Senate’s vote Thursday of 25-7, the constitutional amendment, co-sponsored by Sen. Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) moves a step closer to becoming law. It will need another round of approval from the House, then of voters statewide before it is added to the Alabama’s lengthy constitution.

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Alabamians have the right to elect their Senators, not Bentley, Washington insiders

April 17, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Within 72 hours of taking the oath of office, Governor Kay Ivey met with the press fielding questions and expressing her determination to restore Alabama’s reputation and bring back a rule of law based government. It was obvious to those of us who’ve watched her over the years that she was confident, well prepared, ready and able to “right the ship of State” as she has promised to do.
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Constitutional Amendment to Establish that Nothing in Alabama Law Creates a Right to an Abortion Gets Favorable Report

April 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, April 12, 2017 the Senate Health Committee gave a favorable report to House Bill 98 which would establish a Constitutional Amendment affirming Alabama’s commitment to the right to life of unborn children. HB98 was sponsored by state Representative Matt Fridy (R from Montevallo).

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Neil Gorsuch joins the Supreme Court

April 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, April 10, 2017, Judge Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as a US Supreme Court Justice.

US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) voted to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Sen. Shelby said, “I was proud to support and confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch has clearly demonstrated that he consistently applies the law, as it is written, fairly and equally to all. There is no doubt that Judge Gorsuch will use this position to serve the American people with unwavering commitment to the Constitution, and I am confident that he will preserve the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s legacy on the bench for years to come.”
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Horatio Bunce, GOP Freedom Caucus, and the Libertarian Cause

March 31, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Report

The political career of Tennessee militia colonel, David Crockett, has been ubiquitously overshadowed by his legendary defense of the Alamo in 1836. Before this heroic stand, Colonel Crockett was known as the “Lion of Washington,” serving three terms in the US House of Representatives between 1827 and 1835.

Halfway into Col. Crockett’s political career, he succumbed to a existential political conversion at the hands of a simple farmer named Horatio Bunce. Seeing the time of his re-election approaching, Col. Crockett took to riding through his district, mingling and speaking with his constituents, the way politicians still do today.
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Six person jury bill receives favorable report by Judiciary Committee

February 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee gave a favorable report to a bill that would allow many Alabama Court proceedingss to have just six person juries rather than the traditional 12 person jury trials.

Senate Bill 197 was sponsored by Senator Arthur Orr (R-Decatur). Orr said that the measure would save the state $252,000 per year. Sen. Orr said that his bill would allow the six person jury trials in misdemeanor and civil trials for matters below a certain amount. Orr said that this is done in a lot of states.
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The man who wears his underwear on his head

February 16, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Report

Have you met the man who wears his underwear on his head? This may sound too absurd for a political periodical, but please stay with me. Fred is 40 years old and lives in his mother’s basement. She washes his clothes, makes him breakfast, and keeps the pantry stocked with his favorite food. All Fred’s mother asks of him is that when he leaves the house, he wears his underwear on his head.
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Palmer and Senator Mike Lee Introduce Agency Accountability Act

February 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, February 3, 2017, US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) and conservative US Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced the Agency Accountability Act (AAA), requiring that all fines, fees, penalties, and other unappropriated funds collected by federal agencies to be transferred to the Treasury, and subject to the appropriations process.

Congressman Gary Palmer said in a statement, “For too long Congress has granted federal agencies the authority to collect fines, fees and other revenues outside of their appropriated funds with little to no Congressional oversight on how the monies are spent. Congress’ power of the purse is exclusive and absolute and we must begin reclaiming our Article I authority. I am proud to team up with my colleague Senator Mike Lee on this important piece of legislation in both the House and Senate.”
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The shape of things to come?

December 26, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Several decisions over the next few weeks and months could significantly affect Alabama’s future for generations. Among these are, the appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions’ replacement, the Special Supreme Court’s ruling in Chief Justice Roy Moore’s appeal and the findings of the Montgomery Grand Jury concerning Governor Robert Bentley.

Bentley is publicly holding casting-calls to find Sessions’ replacement upon his confirmation as US Attorney General. From a novice State representative to Chief Justice Moore himself, Bentley is parading potential candidates around like beauty pageant contestants. Each day the press publishes an ever-expanding list of hopeful nominees. It seems more like a charade than a selection process. Identifying the next junior Senator from Alabama is serious business, with little in common with the spectacle it now seems to have become. Perhaps, Bentley is using the Senate interviews to line up support for the billion dollar prison bill he plans to push in a special legislative session. Perhaps it is simply to hide his real intentions. With this Governor, the only thing you know for sure is that you don’t know.
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