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INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

While the presidential race played out this year, several things happened in Alabama politics that went under the radar.

First, a federal appeals court upheld the legislature’s banning PAC to PAC transfers. The new Republican legislative majority that marched into the Statehouse in 2011 set out to destroy and bury the last bastion of Democratic power in the state – the once omnipotent Alabama Education

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Bentley congratulates Sessions on nomination, asks GOP Executive Committee for recommendations

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, November 18, 2016, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) congratulated US Senator Jeff Sessions (R) on his appointment to a cabinet position with the Trump Administration as the next US Attorney General.

Governor Bentley said, “I wish to congratulate Senator Sessions on his appointment as United States Attorney General. I look forward to having conservative leadership in our Justice

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Zeigler opposes $800 million no-bid contract to build prisons

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Politcal Reporter

Thursday, November 17, 2016, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) said that he opposes Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s (R) plan to borrow $800 million or more to build new prisons in an anticipated January special session.

Auditor Zeigler said, “Gov. Bentley is threatening a $400,000 special session to push his $800 million no-bid contract for four mega-prisons at sites he selects. It would

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Justice Department Launches Investigation into Alabama Prison System

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, October 6, 2016, the US Justice Department opened an investigation into Alabama’s overcrowded and underfunded Department of Corrections. Governor Robert Bentley said that he welcomed the investigation.

Gov. Bentley said in a statement, “I welcome an investigation by the Department of Justice into Alabama’s prisons. We both share a common goal of wanting to improve

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Shelby Supports DOJ Decision to Cut Funding for Sanctuary Cities

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) released a statement supporting the new updated guidelines by the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding sanctuary cities receiving federal grant funding.

Senator Shelby wrote, “For more than a year I have urged Attorney General Lynch to put an end to funding for municipalities that deliberately obstruct policies to remove illegal

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Shelby Letter to Lynch Demanding Clinton be Held to Same Standards as Other Americans

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, July 5, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch after FBI Director James Comey’s press conference in which Director Comey announced that former Secretary of State and Democratic Party presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton would not be indicted for any crimes involving her private email server.

Senator Shelby wrote to AG Lynch, “The American

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Strange Announces Volkswagen and Audi Diesel Vehicle Settlement

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, June 28, Attorney General Luther Strange (R) announced that Alabama is participating in an interrelated series of settlements with Volkswagen AG and its Audi and Porsche affiliates arising from Volkswagen’s violations of state consumer protection laws and emissions standards.

In two related settlements, one with the United States and the State of California, and one with the US Federal

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Gerritson Endorsed by Rick Barber

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Monday, October 26 Rick Barber, a 2010 Republican candidate for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District, endorsed challenger Becky Gerritson in the 2016 Republican Primary.

Barber called Gerritson “an inspiration” to himself and to conservatives. Barber said, “In 2010, I rallied beside Martha Roby and asked those of you that supported me to help in ensuring Bobby Bright’s defeat

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Rep. Sewell Calls for DOJ Investigation into Alabama Driver’s License Closure Decisions

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, Oct 5, 2015 Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D) released a letter that she sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the closing of 31 driver’s license offices in Alabama.  Rep. Sewell claimed that the decision will disproportionately impact residents of Alabama’s 7th Congressional District.

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Shelby Calls for Cutting Federal Funding to Sanctuary Cities

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 9, 2015, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) sent an open letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch to End Funding for “Sanctuary Cities” Circumventing Immigration Removal Policies.

Kathryn Steinle was a typical American young woman with prospects of a good future ahead of her who was taking a stroll down San Francisco’s popular Pier 14 area with her father. That

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