Brooks amendment would end federal subsidies for Amtrak

September 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, September 7, 2017, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, urged the U.S. House to adopt his amendment to eliminate federal government operating subsidies of Amtrak.

The economy has recovered from the Great Recession; but the federal government, which shouldered most of the burden of back stopping the banks and the mortgage business in the downturn is still spending far more money than it takes in.  The Brooks amendment would cut Amtrak subsidies propping up the passenger rail monopoly.

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Constitution Party meets in Prattville

August 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, August 26, 2017, Alabama Constitution Party activists and supporters from across the State gathered for a summer meeting at the Islamorada Fish Company in Prattville, inside Bass Pro Shop.

David King announced that he and his family and Constitution Party volunteers had already gathered enough signatures of valid voters within the district to qualify to run in State House District 55 in 2018.

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Walker County has no easy answers for financial mess

August 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, August 21, 2017, State Senator Greg Reed (R-Jasper) and State Representative Connie Rowe (R-Jasper) met with the Walker County Commission six days after voters went to the polls and rejected a sales tax that the Commission had billed as Walker County’s only way to avoid bankruptcy.  The voters said. “No” and now the Commission is looking for alternatives.

Sen. Reed said that he has been looking at several possibilities. Reed thanked the Commission for working with them in a collaborative manner.  The sales tax, “Was the best option.”  “We have spent the last 15 months working toward that option. That opportunity has come and gone.”

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Moore and Brooks share stage at Tea Party Forum in Wetumpka

August 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 31, 2013, the Wetumpka Tea Party held what they billed as a top three Republican candidates forum.  Based on polling that has been made public, they invited only the top three candidates out of the Republican field of nine: former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, Congressman Mo Brooks, and US Senator Luther Strange.

Wetumpka Tea Party founder and President Becky Gerritson said that Strange has a Senate confirmation vote Monday night, so only Moore and Brooks were actually on stage.
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Calhoun County GOP hosts forum for Senate Republican candidates

June 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, June 10, 2017, the Calhoun County Republican Party hosted a forum for Republican Senate candidates.

The county party only invited five of the ten candidates running. Former State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, former Christian Coalition President Dr. Randy Brinson, and State Senator Trip Pittman (R-Montrose) all attended. US Senator Luther Strange (R) had a scheduling conflict thus could not attend. Luther also was unable to attend the Huntsville Republican Women forum on Monday.
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Prison Bill to be on floor of House today

May 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, it was announced that the controversial prison construction plan as well as Senate redistricting will be before the House today as time runs out on the 2017, Legislative Session.

The prison plan, SB59, is sponsored by state Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster). Sen. Ward insists that borrowing $845 million to build four new mega prisons is the best option for the troubled Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC). Alabama has the most overcrowded prison system in the country.
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Budget Reform Task Force to vote Tuesday on interim report

May 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, the Alabama Joint Legislative Task Force on Budget Reform will meet on Tuesday morning at the Statehouse and vote on an interim report, which will be sent to Governor Kay Ivey (R) and the entire State Legislature.

Committee Co-Chair Senator Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) said in a statement, “The fourteen members of the budget task force have been working diligently over the past six months to craft a sustainable path forward for Alabama’s State budgets. This interim report recommends specific reforms on everything from tax credits and exemptions to un-earmarking. I am grateful that Governor Ivey has indicated broad support for many of the report’s recommendations.”
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Prison Plan Opponents Hold Hearing

May 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

Alabama Political Reporter
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 state Representative Johnny Mack Morrow (D from Red Bay) held a press conference where a bipartisan group of legislators and community groups expressed their opposition to former Governor Robert Bentley’s prison construction plan, SB302, which is sponsored by Senator Cam Ward (R from Alabaster).

Representative Morrow was joined by State Representative Mike Holmes (R from Wetumpka) and Allen Farley (R from McCalla) as well as citizens concerned about the prison bill.
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Strange meets with steel workers

April 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 17, 2017, US Senator Luther Strange (R) was in Tuscaloosa following the Trump Administration’s $1 billion proposal to revitalize ailing infrastructure nationwide.  Senator Strange met with steel workers at the Nucor Plate facility in Tuscaloosa.

Sen. Strange said, “The President’s infrastructure plan has enormous potential to infuse fresh investment and job growth into Alabama manufacturing, and the steel produced here in Tuscaloosa and across the state will be the steel that builds a new generation of bridges and roads across America.  I am proud of the hard work being done here in Tuscaloosa, and I am committed to putting domestic producers at the head of the line as we break ground on this exciting new era.”
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The Return of the Gas Tax Bill

April 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, April 13, 2017, the controversial massive $2.4 billion bond issue to be paid for by three gas tax increases to total 9 cents per gallon on gasoline and diesel fuel faced an onslaught of bipartisan criticism on the floor of the Alabama House of Representatives.

House Bill 487 was sponsored by State Representative Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa).

Before the Budget Isolation Resolution could even be passed, House Bill 487 was carried over. Most legislators thought then that it would come back to the floor of the House for more debate, amendments, and changes.
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