Alabama: the final resting place for facts

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

President Obama has been an unmitigated disaster for America.

We don’t know much in Alabama, but we know the above statement is true. Or, I guess I should say, the majority of the voters in this State know that statement to be true.

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Prison bill could be defining moment

By House Minority Leader Craig Ford

Prisons could be the issue that defines the Alabama Legislature in 2017. Gov. Bentley has said he may call a special session to address the issue, and has indicated that he will revive the prison construction bill he first proposed in his 2016 State of the State address.

In recent years, numerous lawsuits have been filed relating to the conditions in our prisons. Violence and riots have increased as the number of corrections officers has decreased, and even the federal government has begun an investigation of violence, rape and overcrowding in our prisons.
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Melton Wins Selma Mayoral Election

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, State Representative Darrio Melton (D-Selma) won the run-off election to be the next Mayor of Selma. Melton said that his election shows that the people of Selma prefer progress over stagnation.

Rep. Melton said in a statement, “I am both honored and humbled that the people of Selma have expressed faith in me to be their next mayor. I want to congratulate my opponent on a well-run campaign, and I want to thank everyone who has worked to get our message out to make this victory possible. I would be remiss if I did not especially thank my wife, Christi, for her support and steadfast partnership.”
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Felon Hubbard Seeks Friends and Cash

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Earlier this month, convicted felon and former Alabama Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, sent an email to “business leader(s)” encouraging then to read his latest motion.

Hubbard writes, “…it very clearly lays out multiple reasons a new trial should be held, explains why the verdict on each charge was incorrect and how it negatively impacts business moving forward.”

Hubbard’s latest email appears to be a continuation of his public relations campaign to influence the public, remain relevant and raise much need cash for his criminal defense.
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Republican Convention Concludes

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, July 22, the Republican convention in Cleveland finally concluded. Donald Trump made his pitch to the Republican Party to unite behind him and Mike Pence. It will take time to find out if the people will unite behind him; but many party leaders have not.

Trump said, “Together, we will lead our party back to the White House, and we will lead our country back to safety, prosperity, and peace. We will be a country of generosity and warmth. But we will also be a country of law and order.”
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State May Come After Hubbard’s Assets

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Under the 2014 Forfeiture Act, the State can seize Mike Hubbard’s assets, because they were used in the commission of a crime. Hubbard, on June 10, was found guilty of twelve felony counts of public corruption for which he faces up to twenty years in State prison, and $30,000 in fines for each count.

The Criminal Proceeds Forfeiture Act provides that “any property, proceeds, or instrumentality of every kind, used or intended for use in the course of, derived from, or realized through the commission of a felony offense, as defined in this act, or as inducement or attempt or conspiracy to commit such offenses, is subject to civil forfeiture.”
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Mike Hale Addresses Young Republicans

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, April 14, Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale (R) addressed the Greater Birmingham Young Republicans (GBYRs).

Sheriff Hale told the GBYRs “I appreciate the influence you give the county. This group carries a lot of weight it really does.”

Hale said, “I never looked at the Churches or Republican Clubs as to the place to raise money. My dad worked at CIPCO and my mother worked at Continental Gin so I have always had to raise money to run for office. At first it was tough but over time I became more comfortable with it. It takes money to buy radio time. You have got to have money to buy TV time. People judge us as politicians by the campaigns we run. We can put together some cheap looking stuff with a lot of heart in our garage, but the voters likely won’t respond well if our campaign is seen as shoddy.”
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Alabama Human Trafficking Summit is Today

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Human Trafficking is the most common form of modern day slavery worldwide and is a growing problem in the United States.  It is estimated that 300,000 American youth are vulnerable to becoming sex trafficking victims.  Pimps target runaways, homeless, and abused and/or neglected children. Child sex trafficking alone is estimated to be a growing $9.8 billion industry in the US 

The Alabama Human Trafficking Summit brings together law enforcement, district attorneys, social services, and charities that work in this field with experts.
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Sessions Accuses Obama of Limiting Law-Abiding Americans of their Gun Rights While Releasing Dangerous Criminals

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday January 5 President Barack H. Obama (D) addressed the nation to announce executive action which will vastly expand the government’s power to deny Americans their gun rights. Afterwards U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R from Alabama) released a statement on the President’s new executive action and policies relating to crime in America.

Senator Sessions said, “While President Obama lectures the nation on gun violence, and seeks to limit law-abiding Americans’ exercise of their constitutional rights, his Administration’s policies have let loose thousands of dangerous criminals onto America’s streets.”
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Man Sentenced for Dealing Firearms

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, November 24, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama George L. Beck, Jr,  announced that Michael Albert Focia, age 48, of Montgomery, Alabama was sentenced on Monday to 51 months in prison for dealing in firearms without a license and two counts of selling guns to people who were outside the State of Alabama.

Prosecutors presented evidence at trial and at his sentencing hearing that Focia was selling firearms on the non-publicly accessible portions of the internet, commonly referred to as the “dark web” or “deep web.”  During the investigation, law enforcement agents determined that Focia had unlawfully sold and shipped at least 32 firearms to people all over the world including Australia and Sweden.
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