US Rep. Bradley Byrne says that Democrats are holding military hostage over immigration

January 19, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, delivered a speech Thursday from the floor of the House of Representatives urging Congressional Democrats to stop holding military funding hostage to advance their immigration agenda.

The federal government could go into a partial shutdown unless both Houses pass a continuing resolution to raise the debt ceiling and keep the government funded. Democrats are opposing any government funding mechanism unless Republicans give immunity from deportation to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who claim that they were brought here as children. Republicans, including Byrne, object to giving so many illegals blanket immunity for violating our nation’s immigration laws.

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Today is Martin Luther King Day

January 15, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, January 15 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is set aside to remember his legacy and the Civil Rights Movement – much of which was played out in Alabama during the 1950s and 1960s.

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell, D-Selma, delivered the Democratic national radio address in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Rep. Sewell said, “Dr. King saw economic success for all Americans as a keystone of equality. He recognized that economic issues were civil rights issues. ‘The struggle for genuine equality means economic equality,’ Dr. King told a rally of sanitation workers in Memphis, barely two weeks before his death. He said, ‘For we know now that it’s not enough to integrate lunch counters. What does it profit a man to be able to integrate a lunch counter if he doesn’t have enough money to buy a hamburger?’”

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Gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson calls for Medicaid work requirement

January 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, January 11, 2018, the Donald Trump Administration granted waivers to ten states (Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin) from the federal government to implement work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients.  Medicaid is an enormously expensive entitlement that costs both the states and the federal government billions of dollars.  Republican Gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson asked:  “Why isn’t Alabama on this list?”

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Hobson says he’s running for Congress to preserve a “safe, prosperous, and moral America”

January 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Roy Moore aide, Rich Hobson, said that he is running for Congress because we are in a crucial time in our history.

“I’m running because our nation is at a crucial time in history, and I want to make sure that we preserve a safe, prosperous, and moral America for our children and grandchildren,” Hobson said in a statement.

“As we have forgotten our Creator, millions of children have been aborted, our families are being ripped apart, and our children are growing up confused,” said Hobson. “There is a sense that all that America has stood for throughout our history doesn’t matter anymore. But America does matter, and I plan to work hard in this campaign to restore the values that made us great. Just like the Greatest Generation saved our country in World War II, I want to be part of the generation that fights to save our country from those who seek to destroy our values.”
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Trump to attend National Championship Game

January 4, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Multiple media outlets reported that President Donald Trump will be in Atlanta Monday night for the College Football National Championship Game.

Trump is reportedly set to attend the game with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, First Lady Melania Trump and Nick Ayers, a Georgia native who is Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff. The game will be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium under stepped-up security. Perdue is a former governor of Georgia.

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Bannon calls Donald Trump Jr., Kushner “unpatriotic” and “treasonous”

January 4, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In a new book, former Trump Chief Strategist Steve Bannon describes Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort’s infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russians during the 2016 campaign as “unpatriotic” and “treasonous.”

In the new book by Michael Wolff called “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Bannon denounces a June 2016 meeting between Trump’s son, Donald Jr., White House Adviser Kushner, then campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York. The Trump team had been promised documents that would “incriminate” former Secretary of State and then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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Doug Jones to be sworn in Wednesday

January 3, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Senator-elect Doug Jones will be formally sworn in in Washington as Alabama’s new U.S. Senator by Vice President Mike Pence.

Traditionally a new senator is escorted by the senior Senator from the state; but Jones, a Democrat, has chosen to be accompanied by his long time friend, former Vice President Joe Biden.  Biden served in the Senate for decades beginning in 1972.  Jones is a former aide to then Sen. Howell Heflin and knew Biden from that era of his life.

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Trump comments on protests in Iran

January 2, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Iran has been rocked in the last weeks by protests demanding that the revolutionary Islamic regime adopt democratic and human rights reforms.

President Donald Trump has commented on the protests on Twitter.

“Looks like they will not take it any longer,” Trump said. “The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!”

On Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blasted for his tweets on the topic and called Trump a foreign policy newcomer. Rouhani said that Iranians have a right to demonstration, but the protests shouldn’t cause others to “feel concerned about their safety.”  Rouhani said that Trump has “forgotten that he had called the Iranian people ‘terrorists’ a few months ago.”

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Perspective | The Top Ten Alabama Politics Stories of 2017

December 29, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

1. The … Democrat from Alabama?:

The reddest of the red states turned purple on Dec. 12. Democrat Doug Jones pulled off one of the most stunning upsets in recent political history, beating Republican Roy Moore and taking over Jeff Sessions’ vacated U.S. Senate seat.

Yeah, sure, Moore was a polarizing candidate, who was disliked even within the Republican Party. And yes, Moore was dogged by claims of child molestation and dating teenagers when he was in his 30s. But none of that erases the historical significance of Jones’ win — the first statewide win for a Democrat in this state in more than 20 years.

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President Trump signs Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

December 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, December 22, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, HR1, into law.  Republicans almost universally applauded the plan.

“It has truly been a great week! Between passing pro-growth tax reform and learning that the 187th Fighter Wing in Montgomery landed the F-35 program, we have a lot to celebrate both in Alabama and across the country,” Congresswoman Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, said.  “I am so glad that my children, Margaret and George, had a holiday break from school and were able to experience the excitement in Washington this week. They were with me at the White House to celebrate passage of our tax reform plan, and I am so thankful they witnessed this historic moment firsthand. As 2017 comes to a close, we have a lot to be excited about!”

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