2018 might be better … cautious warning aside

December 29, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

When we look back over 2017, it would seem there is little cause for celebration, and yet, there are signs of a better year to come. As we ponder the coming year, here are some things to keep in mind.

Happening in the House

Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon is showing that it is possible for now to lead the House of Representatives with the strength of conscience and not just political muscle or intimidation. The 2018 Regular Legislative Session should roll along without any great turmoil. Expect House members to enter the State House more united, but voters shouldn’t expect too much in the way of sweeping legislation as it is traditional to tamp down controversy before a general election. Instead, expect McCutcheon and his team to be teeing up the ball for 2019 with an emphasis on budgeting reform, infrastructure planning and a more inclusive agenda that doesn’t merely rely on National GOP talking points.

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Moore addresses Madison County Republicans

October 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore addressed the Madison County Republican Party Freedom Gala at the Jackson Center in Research Park.  Moore discussed the Senate race and his views on God.

“I have always admired this part of the state,” Moore said.  “It is so innovative.  I got to go through the Remington factory.  I saw more guns today than I saw in the military.”

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Chief Justice Lyn Stuart celebrates Constitution Day at AUM

September 20, 2017

By Chandler Walker
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Chief Justice Lyn Stuart paid a visit to Auburn University at Montgomery’s campus to celebrate the 228th anniversary of Constitution Day, which was actually this past Sunday, Sep. 17. Stuart, among others, engaged in a panel to discuss this year’s Constitution Day theme, “Freedom of Speech in our Democracy.” Other panel members present included: Dr. Nicholas Howard, an assistant professor in the political science and public administration Department; Dr. Linda Dennard, another professor in the same department; and David Hughes, also a professor in political science department, who acted as mediator.

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Roy Moore campaigns in Gardendale

July 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 24, 2017, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore (R) spoke to a packed crowd of the North Jefferson County Republican Club at Jim and Nick’s Barbecue.

Chief Justice Moore thanked, “Bill Armistead my Chairman who has done such a great job and my campaign manager Rich Hobson and my wife, Kayla.”

Quoting Thomas Paine, Judge Moore said, ““These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.”
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Palmer introduces APPEAL Act intended to stop “judge shopping”

May 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) introduced the APPEAL Act to prevent people objecting to an executive action from picking which court they want to hear their challenge.  Under Congressman Palmer’s Legislation all challenges of Executive Actions would have to be filed in federal courts in the District of Columbia rather than shopping for an anti-Trump judge in California or going to Texas or Atlanta when Obama and the Democrats controlled the Whitehouse.

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Moore Defense asserts JIC exceeded authority

December 15, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, lawyers for suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) filed a 95-page brief with the specially selected panel of judges at the Alabama Supreme Court.

Moore is represented by Liberty Counsel. The Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel Mat Staver said, “The brief dismantles the trumped up charges against Chief Justice Roy Moore. The JIC did not have the authority to review the Administrative Order. That authority belongs only to the Alabama Supreme Court and that court did not modify or overrule that order. Any objective review of this case must conclude that Chief Justice Moore did nothing wrong and should have never been charged. The JIC violated the rule of law and the COJ shamefully violated clear law when it de facto removed Chief Justice Moore when the order admits the court did not have the required unanimous vote to remove.”
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Judge Shashy Orders Merrill to put BIR Amendment on November 8 Ballot

August 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, August 26, Judge William Shashy ruled in favor of the Chilton County Healthcare Authority and Sibley Reynolds who asked the court to make Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) put the BIR amendment on the November 8 ballot.

Shashy wrote: this court order and decrees that the Secretary is directed to submit and required to take any other necessary action to include the proposed constitutional amendment passed by the legislature in SB7, as amended, on or before the seventy fourth legislative day before the November 8, 2016 General Election for inclusion on the ballot for that general election.”
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Contract Review Thursday

August 3, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Alabama’s Medicaid agency is asking contract review to approve a $1,199,750.00 increase with Optumas an Arizona-based health care reform consulting group. The contract would total $3,199,250.00.

Optumas reform proposals in 2013 led to 23 words which would have given American Pharmacy Cooperative Inc. (APCI) a monopoly over Alabama’s Medicaid pharmacy benefit management program.

In 2013 Optumas’ analysis showed Medicaid would achieve a significant saving under a pharmacy benefit management program.
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Sine Die! – “with all deliberate speed”

May 13, 2016

By Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey

When I struck the gavel for the Senate to adjourn Sine Die at midnight on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, the Senate completed its 30th and final legislative day of the 2016 Regular Session. Sine Die is a Latin phrase meaning “without day” that is, without designating the next day the legislature will meet; it is the final adjournment of a legislative session.

On the last day of the Session, my day began at 8:30 a.m. when I participated in a Legislative Council meeting.  Nearly 16 hours later, “with all deliberate speed,” the Legislature had completed its statutory requirement to meet 30 legislative days during 105 calendar days.
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McClendon Explains Budget Negotiations

September 18, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, September 17, Alabama State Senator Jim McClendon (R-Springville) spoke to the St. Clair County Republican Party at Moody City Hall less than 24 hours after the state legislature finally passed a State General Fund Budget (SGF) after months of debate and political gamesmanship.

Sen. McClendon said, “I guess the third time is the charm.  In the regular session nobody was giving an inch.  In the Senate we have got a nucleus of folks that say no new taxes probably ever again. There is a group over on this side that want to make every penny of education money sacrosanct.”
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