Roby declares, “The war on coal is over”

October 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, announced in an email to constituents that, “The war on coal is over.”  Roby was referencing orders given by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt rolling back controversial Obama era rules.

Congresswoman Roby said, “Great news! This morning Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt announced that the Trump Administration is formally withdrawing the so-called “clean power plant” rule that sought to force states into unrealistic carbon emission standards.”

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Palmer and Velázquez introduce Puerto Rico Humanitarian Relief Act

October 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Reps. Gary Palmer, R-Hoover, and Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., introduced HR3966, the Puerto Rico Humanitarian Relief Act, providing a five-year moratorium of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, more commonly known as the Jones Act.

The Jones Act requires any goods shipped to Puerto Rico from a U.S. port be carried in a U.S. owned, U.S. crewed, U.S. built and U.S. flagged vessel. According to a 2010 study at the University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico loses $537 million every year due to the Jones Act.

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Tax reform will grow the American economy

October 10, 2017
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By U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

Last week, the House took a big step toward long overdue tax reform when we passed our budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The budget is important because it opens up the process by which we can bypass a Democrat filibuster and pass tax reform with 51 votes in the Senate.

If you read last week’s column, you know that the unified Republican tax plan will benefit working families by lowering tax rates, increasing the standard deduction, expanding the child tax credit, and simplifying the entire tax code. Under our plan, most Americans would be able to do their taxes on a single, small postcard.

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Roby: Tax reform represents a “tremendous opportunity to move this country ahead”

October 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, September 28, 2017, Congressional Republicans unveiled their highly-anticipated tax reform plan. U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, attended the House GOP summit to discuss the joint House, Senate, and White House plan to overhaul the nation’s complicated tax code. Roby explained the basics of the tax reform legislation set to be considered in the House over the next few weeks.  Roby said that tax reform represents a tremendous opportunity to move this country ahead and will allow you to keep more of your money.

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Brooks amendment would end federal subsidies for Amtrak

September 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, September 7, 2017, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, urged the U.S. House to adopt his amendment to eliminate federal government operating subsidies of Amtrak.

The economy has recovered from the Great Recession; but the federal government, which shouldered most of the burden of back stopping the banks and the mortgage business in the downturn is still spending far more money than it takes in.  The Brooks amendment would cut Amtrak subsidies propping up the passenger rail monopoly.

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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.

Flip on a conservative talk radio show. Scroll through the Facebook timeline of your conservative Alabama friend. Engage the average Alabamian in a political conversation. Read More

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