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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Alabama Power Launches New Farmers Web Page

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, October 31, the Alabama Power Company launched a new website to help Alabama’s farmers learn about their energy options.

Alabama Power is also promoting switching to electric powered irrigation systems from the old diesel engine powered systems, which most farms that irrigate have used for decades.

Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh (R) praised Alabama Power for the move. Pres. Cavanaugh said, “Agriculture is Alabama’s largest industry and farmers constantly ask me what energy options they have to help them grow and become more cost efficient.”
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A Better Way Forward

Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

From health care to national security, people are worried about the direction our country is headed. That is certainly what I hear at my town hall meetings in Southwest Alabama, but the same is true all around the United States. According to Real Clear Politics, 65 percent of Americans believe our country is headed in the wrong direction.

When you are frustrated, it is simple to spend all your time complaining about what is wrong. In other words, it is easy to be against something.
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Global Economy Starting to Show Cracks

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The last four days have seen lots of troubling economic news.  On Thursday, July 2, new job numbers are out showing that unemployment has decreased to 2008 levels. Normally this would be good news but much of the improvement is actually attributable to people dropping out of the work force. The number of Americans who are actually working dropped by 432,000.

US Representative Bradley Byrne said in a statement, “Today’s job numbers are not a good sign. Too many people are leaving the labor force and giving up on looking for work. Even worse, wages are rising at a rate too low to help workers get ahead. President Obama’s regulatory actions, along with Obamacare, are depressing our economy and hurting young Americans the most.”

All of that is overshadowed in the financial community by concerns over Greece. On Tuesday June 30, the Director of Communications at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Gerry Rice made a written statement regarding Greece’s financial obligations to the IMF that are now past due: “I confirm that the SDR 1.2 billion repayment (about EUR 1.5 billion) due by Greece to the IMF today has not been received. We have informed our Executive Board that Greece is now in arrears and can only receive IMF financing once the arrears are cleared.”

Director Rice said, “I can also confirm that the IMF received a request today from the Greek authorities for an extension of Greece’s repayment obligation that fell due today, which will go to the IMF’s Executive Board in due course.”

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Monday, June 28, “I have briefed the IMF Executive Board on the inconclusive outcome of recent discussions on Greece in Brussels. I shared my disappointment and underscored our commitment to continue to engage with the Greek authorities.

Ms. Lagarde said, “The coming days will clearly be important. I welcome the statements of the Eurogroup and the European Central Bank to make full use of all available instruments to preserve the integrity and stability of the euro area. These statements underscore that the euro area today is in a strong position to respond to developments in a timely and effective manner, as needed.”

Lagarde promised, “The IMF also will continue to carefully monitor developments in Greece and other countries in the vicinity and stands ready to provide assistance as needed. I continue to believe that a balanced approach is required to help restore economic stability and growth in Greece, with appropriate structural and fiscal reforms supported by appropriate financing and debt sustainability measures. The IMF is prepared to continue to pursue that approach with the Greek authorities and our European partners.”

Closer to home, Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro García Padilla announced on Monday, June 28 that the island territory is insolvent and will not pay back its $72 billion in debt. Not on time and in full, in any case.

The US territory has watched wages stagnate, the work force decline, people move away at an alarming rate.

 

House Renews Magnuson-Stevens, Includes Some Reforms

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 1, US Representatives Gary Palmer (R-Hoover), Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose), and Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) voted for HR1335, “The Strengthening Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act” (the Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization) and issued statements saying that the changes will benefit Alabama fishermen.

Congressman Byrne said: “Tonight was a big win for Red Snapper fishermen in the Gulf and fishermen all across the country. These provisions were designed to give the Gulf states control over the science and data collection as it relates to Red Snapper, and I believe that with better data and more flexibility for fisheries managers, we can get back to having a real Red Snapper season in the Gulf.”
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Omnibus Gaming Bill: “It’s the economy, stupid!”

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Last Tuesday, Birmingham Mayor William Bell offered his support to the omnibus gaming bill sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh. 

Standing at the podium on the third floor of the State House Bell said,  “I see this not as a gaming issue, but as an economic development issue.”

As if ripped from the best political play book, Bell, in so many words said, “It’s the economy, stupid.” Under Marsh’s plan, the State could experience a $1.28 billion economic impact, while creating at least 11,000 new jobs, and much of that could go to Birmingham.
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Palmer Votes for House Budget Resolution

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, April 30, the US House of Representatives passed the 2016 budget resolution 226 to 197. US Representative Gary Palmer, a member of the House Budget Committee, voted for the budget resolution that resulted from the House/Senate Budget conference.

Congressman Palmer said in a written statement, “As I have repeatedly stressed, we face a fiscal crisis in America. Righting our fiscal ship is one of my top priorities. The Conference Budget is substantially the same as the House Budget resolution I previously supported. This budget creates a framework for reducing the size and scope of government by repealing Obamacare, and by strengthening Medicare by providing market incentives for both better and less expensive care and creating work requirements for welfare.”
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Palmer Welcomes Obama, Disagrees on Economy

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, March 26, President Barack H. Obama visited Birmingham where he delivered a speech on “Middleclass Economics.”  US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) issued a statement on the President’s visit.

Congressman Palmer wrote, “As an Alabamian, I want to welcome President Obama to my State. Alabama is a diverse state, famous for its wonderful people, thriving industries, top-flight institutions of higher education, and world-class sports.  I hope President Obama enjoys our Southern hospitality.”
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Bentley Asks Legislature to Give him His Tax Increases

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republicans run for office promising limited government and lower taxes.  Alabama is a State government run almost entirely by Republicans.  The state has a Republican Governor, Lt. Governor, State Supreme Court, and overwhelming Republican Supermajority in both houses of the State legislature.  But instead of downsizing Alabama government and lowering everyone’s taxes, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is actually demanding that Republican legislators raise taxes on the people of Alabama by hundreds of millions of dollars.
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Palmer Says We Must End Era of Relentless Deficits

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, March 17, US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) released a statement following the release of a House GOP proposed FY 2016 budget. Congressman Palmer serves on the House Budget Committee. 

Representative Palmer said in a statement, “One of my first priorities as a member of Congress is getting the country’s fiscal house in order. We must end the era of endless deficits and debt that is spiraling out of control. The national debt has risen by almost 50 percent in the past six years alone, and while the deficit has been temporarily reduced, it has not been eliminated and all projections indicate that it will resume a steep and continuous rise unless serious reforms are made as to how Washington spends the taxpayer’s hard-earned dollars.”
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