Palmer votes to pass 2018 Fiscal Year Budget in committee

July 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the House Budget Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget. US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) voted in favor of the budget in Committee while admitting it was far from perfect.

Congressman Palmer said, “The budget passed by the House Budget Committee is far from perfect, but it begins to address the nation’s financial crisis.  I voted in favor of advancing the budget for a few reasons. According to GAO, the government made more than $140 billion in improper payments in 2016 alone. With this budget, we will save over $700 billion through common sense, stopping improper payments. The budget provides the Department of Defense robust funding to be used for troop training, equipment, and improved readiness in the wake of unprecedented national security threats. The Department of Homeland Security will also be fully funded allowing us to protect our borders and keep America safe from outside threats. While there are more steps and additions necessary to improve this budget and our country’s fiscal health, we have taken the first step to building a better America and a better economy for future generations.”
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Senate forum held in Huntsville

July 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 6, 2017, over half of the candidates for Senate were on hand for the Christian Citizen Task Force’s bipartisan US Senate forum at Huntsville’s Rock Worship Center. An enthusiastic crowd of over 350 were in attendance.

Afterwards there was a straw poll to gauge how the audience was planning to vote. Congressman Mo Brooks won the Republican straw poll, followed by former Chief Justice Roy Moore. Brian McGee won the Democratic straw poll, followed by Dr. Will Boyd.
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Carrington Interview

July 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 29, 2017, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) had a lengthy interview with Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington (R) who is running for the Republican nomination for Governor of Alabama in next June’s major party primaries.

APR: A recent CNBC ranking of the states rated Alabama as the  number 46 economy.  What could you do as Governor to improve that?

Carrington:  “One of the issues that needs even more focus going forward is workforce development; it could become our state’s competitive advantage.  For example, Alabama has more than a half million working age adults who don’t have a high school degree.  Manufacturing employers have told me that they want workers who: one, have a high school degree; two, show up for work on time; and three, can pass a drug test.  Not a very high bar, but half a million working age Alabamians without a high school degree don’t qualify for these higher paying jobs.  As a result, the state has too many working age adults in minimum wage jobs, preventing many of our young people from getting needed work experiences.  This and other structural deficiencies, like economic development in rural areas, are solvable problems that don’t require any new taxes.  My goal is to embark on a path to move Alabama’s median family income from the bottom 10% to the top 50% in the next ten years.”
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An Interview with Chris Countryman on his campaign for Governor

June 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gubernatorial candidate Chris Countryman (D) recently took time to answer a series of written questions from The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) about his policy positions on a number of State issues.

APR: The State is considering borrowing $800 million to build new prisons. What is your stance on that?

Countryman: “I believe, at least at this point in time, that we need to avoid borrowing money at all costs. Then we need to focus on eliminating the excessive and wasteful spending in our government and apply those funds to specific projects. Once we have generated enough revenue we should look into renovation of our prisons, along with justice reform, and then go from there.”
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Alabama: the final resting place for facts

January 10, 2017

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

November 2, 2016

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

June 27, 2016
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

July 3, 2015

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

June 2, 2015

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!”

May 12, 2015

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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