A sports complex would be big for our local economy

By House Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

Etowah County has produced a lot of great athletes over the years, including several NFL players like Dre Kirkpatrick and Carnell “Cadillac” Williams. In November, the “Lady Fusion 03” soccer team won the state championship in the U13 division.

We have a proud sports tradition here, and now more than ever we need a sports complex to accommodate these teams. Whether its you soccer like our state champion Lady Fusion team (soccer is the fastest growing sport in the country) or travel ball and little league baseball and softball teams, there is a significant need for a sports complex. Read More

Bi-Partisan Suit Filed Over “Bentley’s Pet Project”

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A bi-partisan civil lawsuit was filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Monday, to halt Gov. Robert Bentley’s “unconstitutionally and unlawfully” spending of State funds on the Gulf State Park Project.

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The complaint, filed on behalf of Democrat State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow (D-Red Bay) and Republican State Auditor Jim Zeigler, accuses the Governor of usurping legislative appropriations authority to allocate State funds.
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Military Construction Bill Will be Considered by House

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 27, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) announced that an appropriations bill that will fund upgrades to military bases in Alabama and improve veterans benefits has passed out of committee and comes before the full US House of Representatives this week.

Congresswoman Roby wrote to constituents, “This week the House will consider H.R. 2029, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. This bill, which we passed out of Committee last week, includes much-needed funding for projects on our own military installations in Alabama and also for veterans benefits and programs.”
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Sewell And Brooks Vote For Keystone Pipeline

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, January 10, Congresswoman Terri Sewell (R-Selma) and Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) both voted for H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, to approve the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Representative Sewell said in a written statement, “After much deliberation, I voted in favor of constructing the Keystone XL Pipeline to strengthen our economy and create more jobs in Alabama and across this nation.  Keystone XL will create thousands of construction jobs for welders, pipe fitters, and electricians during the pipeline’s construction and after its completion. As our economy continues to recover, I am confident that the hardworking men and women in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District and their families will enthusiastically welcome these skilled and well-paying construction and manufacturing jobs.”
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JobKeeper Alliance Tells Environmental Group Not To Use Lawsuit To Block Northern Beltline

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The construction of the Northern Beltline in Jefferson County is expected to enhance cross-region accessibility, create jobs and stimulate economic growth. Thousands of construction jobs will be created to build the new interstate connecting I-59 near Deerfoot in Trussville with I-59/I-20 near the I-459 junction west of Bessemer.

The project will bring new housing and businesses to northern Jefferson County and 41 governing bodies have passed resolutions supporting the Northern Beltline.
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Bentley Announces First Phase of Northern Beltline Can Begin

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama and the greater Hoover-Birmingham-Cullman metropolitan area is one of the largest MSAs in the country yet Birmingham lacks a beltway around the city center like most cities in the country of that size have had for decades. That is finally going to change. Gov. Bentley announced on Tuesday that construction on the northern beltline will begin in 2014.
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Governor Bentley Appoints Kay Ivey to Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Governor Robert Bentley has appointed Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey to the advisory committee of Gov. Bentley’s new Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP).

Lt. Gov. Ivey said, “Alabama’s economy rides and thrives on our infrastructure.  ATRIP is tasked with looking at the overall rehabilitation and improvement plan for state transportation, and I appreciate Governor Bentley appointing me to this crucial committee.  Whether in rural, urban or suburban Alabama, we must care for the roads and bridge we already have while we look at where we can grow and expand the system
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