Conservative groups discuss issues facing Legislative Session

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, leaders of various conservative and Tea Party groups held a planning meeting at the Alabama State House an hour before the 2018 Regular Legislative Session began.

Dr. Lou Campomenosi with the Common Sense Campaign of Alabama emceed the event.  Campomenosi said, “I think it is important for people like us to meet to set the tone for the Legislature.”

Pastor John Killian praised the efforts of the Tea Party. “You folks, your work has paid off. Things are not perfect, but things are better than they were before 2010. Over a billion dollars has been cut, pro-life bills have passed, they sent us a constitutional amendment on pro-life that we should pass or they will never listen to us again.” Killian also praised the rolling reserve act and warned against legislation doing away with an elected school board. He also warned about a National Constitutional convention.

Read More

AG candidate Alice Martin addresses conservative groups

January 10, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican candidate for Attorney General Alice Martin on Tuesday addressed conservative groups at their legislative session preview meeting in the Alabama Statehouse.

Martin is a former U.S. Attorney under President George W. Bush and is a former Alabama Deputy Attorney General under then Attorney General  Luther Strange.

Martin said that as U.S. Attorney she got over 140 federal convictions of elected and appointed public officials.  As Deputy Alabama Attorney General she was a part of over 20 state public corruption convictions.  Martin said that while she was state Deputy Attorney General they tried to pass ethics reform through the Alabama Legislature but could not because of then Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard.  Martin said that the three bills the AG wanted, “Passed quickly out of the Senate but in the House we could not even get a committee meeting.  We learned that the Committee Chairmen were told by Hubbard if they even had a hearing they would be stripped of their committee chair.”

Read More

2018 might be better … cautious warning aside

December 29, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

When we look back over 2017, it would seem there is little cause for celebration, and yet, there are signs of a better year to come. As we ponder the coming year, here are some things to keep in mind.

Happening in the House

Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon is showing that it is possible for now to lead the House of Representatives with the strength of conscience and not just political muscle or intimidation. The 2018 Regular Legislative Session should roll along without any great turmoil. Expect House members to enter the State House more united, but voters shouldn’t expect too much in the way of sweeping legislation as it is traditional to tamp down controversy before a general election. Instead, expect McCutcheon and his team to be teeing up the ball for 2019 with an emphasis on budgeting reform, infrastructure planning and a more inclusive agenda that doesn’t merely rely on National GOP talking points.

Read More

Alabama government: It’s not about you

May 23, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It’s probably worth remembering that Alabama’s Legislators work for you.

The men and women who roam the halls of the State House, crafting legislation (or, more likely, copying it verbatim from some lobbyist) and running Alabama are representatives of us. All of us.

That means they’re supposed to be in Montgomery doing what we want, taking care of our needs.

I’ll pause while you recover from laughing hysterically.
Read More

© Copyright 2017 Alabama Political Reporter