Alabama offers assistance to Texas in Hurricane Harvey efforts

August 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, August 28, 2017, Alabamians and their leaders respond to the crisis in Texas following the flooding created by Hurricane Harvey.

Alabama Governor Ivey authorized the Alabama National Guard to Assist in Hurricane Harvey efforts.  Upon a request from the National Guard Bureau, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has authorized Alabama Adjutant General Sheryl Gordon to send two CH-47 Chinook Helicopters and two UH-60M medical aircraft, along with their respective crews, to assist in recovery efforts in Texas as a response to Hurricane Harvey.

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Former State Parks Director: Vote “No” on Amendment 2

November 1, 2016

By Don Cooley
Former Director, Alabama State Parks Division Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

As a former State Parks director, nothing would have pleased me more than being able to vote for a constitutional amendment to protect State Park revenues from being raided by the politicians.

But I will vote “No” on Amendment 2 because it would do more harm than good. Under the guise of protecting State Park revenues, the politicians have embedded language in Amendment 2 that would allow privatization of Alabama’s most popular and profitable State Parks.
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Alabama Drought is a Growing Disaster

October 25, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

As of October 20, 2016, 32 counties in Alabama have been designated as primary natural disaster areas and 15 additional counties are classified as contiguous counties by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) because of the ongoing drought.

The terrible drought conditions have led the US Department of Agriculture to make several drought assistance programs available to farmers in the affected counties.

Several programs are being offered by USDA-FSA.
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Republican Party Gathering Aid For Louisiana

August 22, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In the past two weeks, floods have ravaged Louisiana, leaving over 40,000 homes destroyed and thousands displaced in shelters. The Alabama Republican Party is accepting donations to help with the recovery effort.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement: “In Alabama, we know what it is like to have weather devastation destroy and ruin lives. From tornadoes to hurricanes and flooding, we have seen the havoc this type of destruction can cause…Our friends in Louisiana need our help. I am asking that we pitch in together to help our Louisiana friends. With over 40,000 homes destroyed, we can let them know we care and love them.”
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Attorney General’s Opinion Decides Round One in Technology Turf War

August 3, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—An Attorney General’s Opinion issued July 29, confirms the State Personnel Board (SPB) and the State Personnel Department (SPD) have the specific authority to “promulgate the manner by which State agencies are to maintain time and leave records.”

The legal definition of promulgating means, “to formally proclaim or declare a new statutory or administrative law as in effect, after it receives final approval.”
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Alabama Remembers 2011 Tornados That Killed More than 250

April 28, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The lives of thousands of Alabamians changed five years ago when tornados and severe weather ripped with more than half of Alabama’s counties on April 27, 2011. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) remembered that day on Wednesday. Gov. Bentley visited one of the hardest hit areas to assess the progress five years later and highlight the State’s response.

Gov. Bentley said, “Alabama will never forget the more than 250 people who lost their lives on April 27, 2011. Today, five years later, Alabama is better prepared to face the next natural disaster due to the lessons learned in how we prepare and respond. I am proud of the efforts state agencies made to help communities recover.”
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State Recovering from Week of Severe Weather

December 29, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday brought more rain to the State of Alabama and more locally heavy flash flooding.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) said on Monday afternoon that 32 counties still had roads closed.

The Governor said that in, “Situations like these we, as elected officials, have to work together to provide for the needs of our residents who have lost so much.”

State Senator Paul Bussman (R-Cullman) said on Monday, “I have just finished 2 meetings regarding the flooding and tornado issues, one with State EMA director Art Faulkner and a conference call with Gov. Bentley. Fortunately, from the many natural disasters over the last few years, the system has ramped up very quickly. Life safety issues have had the most attention over the last few days. That portion is ramping down. Now, as the water recedes, property damage is being evaluated. This includes roads washed out, bridges damaged or destroyed and infrastructure damage to water systems, etc. Your local officials, mayors, county commissioners are working extremely hard to assess the damage and in many cases temporarily fixing the damage. Property owners need to document damage to homes, etc with pictures and then report that damage to the Red Cross or the local EMA so an assessment can be made of that damage. All of the damage estimates will be combined to determine what sources of aid are available. We will continue to stay on top of the problem and I want to thank all of those who have helped thus far. Again, we have seen neighbors helping neighbors. It is an honor to represent you.”
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Byrne Says Entitlement Programs The True Drivers of Debt

July 29, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

bradley-byrneTuesday, July 28, US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) spoke on out-of-control spending on entitlements and how those programs needed to be reformed to remain solvent.

Congressman Byrne said in a statement: “We are already over $18 trillion in debt, and little has been done to rein in our out-of-control spending…Our nation’s means based entitlement programs must be reformed. These programs are the true drivers of our national debt, and they are slowly becoming insolvent. For example, last week a report revealed that the Social Security disability fund will run out of money as early as next year. Congress must get serious about reforming these programs.”
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Today is Fourth Anniversary of April 2011 Mega Tornado Event

April 27, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On April 27th, 2011 253 Alabama residents lost their lives when 62 long track tornadoes swept across Alabama striking 43 of Alabama’s 67 counties. 

Cordova, Moody, Shoal Creek, Pell City, Birmingham’s Pratt City neighborhood, Tuscaloosa, Hackleburg, Phil Campbell, Rainsville, Cullman, Harvest, Hueytown, Pleasant Grove, Tanner, Concord, Eoline, and Holly Pond were just some of the Alabama communities impacted that day. 

The storm event impacted 21 states and produced over $11 billion in damages and 348 deaths between April 25 and 28.  The strongest winds in the entire front were recorded in Phil Campbell and Hackleburg where they reached an incredible 210 miles per hour.
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Alabama House Passes Legislation to Fully Insure Schools

February 19, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, the Alabama House of Representatives passed legislation which would insure all of Alabama K-12 schools so that in case of devastating loss the school could be replaced.

House Bill 362 was sponsored by Alabama State Representative Roderick “Rod” Scott.  Rep. Scott said that the bill gives the Alabama Department of Insurance the authority to sell insurance that would allow that an old school building be replaced with a new building.
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