Trump Appoints Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture

By Brandon Moseley

Thursday, January 19, 2017 President-elect Donald J. Trump (R) nominated former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue (R) to be the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R from Montgomery) applauded President-elect Donald Trump’s selection saying that Perdue is an experienced leader who is very familiar with and dedicated to the interests of farmers.

Congresswoman Roby said, “Governor Perdue is an experienced leader who has represented a wide array of agriculture commodities ranging from peanuts to forestry. He’s been a longtime friend to farmers, and because farming is Alabama’s largest industry, a friend of farmers is a friend of mine.”
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Some are using a stalking horse to undermine ethics laws

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The greatest challenge before the Alabama State Legislature when it returns in February is not the budget, schools or Medicaid. It is the slight of hand chicanery used to undermine the State’s ethics laws.

Since the conviction of former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard on 12 felony ethics violations, a coordinated effort has been underway to weaken those laws, with particular focus on how they identify a “principal.” Read More

Rural Caucus Holds Meeting With ADEM, Ag Leaders to Discuss Fees on Poultry Farmers

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 16, the members of the House Rural Caucus held a lengthy meeting with top Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) officials and Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan (R), state Veterinarian Tommy Frazier as well as representatives of the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association and the Alabama Farmers Federation. At issue is how to fund continued inspections of Alabama’s numerous poultry farms.
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Newman Holds on to School Board Seat

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 12, north Alabama voters went to the polls and Incumbent Jeff Newman (R) held on to his State school board seat with 62.1 percent of the votes cast to Bonner’s 37.1 percent.

Turnout was terrible in District 7 where as of press time only 11,087 votes had been cast in the 12 county district.

In the week before the runoff the powerful Business Council of Alabama (BCA) pumped over $50,000 into Newman’s campaign, through their PROGRESS PAC. The Alabama Farmer’s Federation PAC contributed another $10,000.
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BCA and Allies Backing Brown and Newman in Tuesday’s School Board GOP Runoffs

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, April 12, Republican voters go to the polls in State School Board District 1 and District 7 to decide who the Republican Party wants on the state school board.

Very large sums of money are pouring into the campaigns of incumbents Matthew Brown and Jeffrey Newman: most of it from the powerful Business Council of Alabama (BCA) and the Alabama Farmer’s Federation.
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Farmers, Tea Party, and NRA All Endorse Shelby for Senate

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, December 11, 2015, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) announced that he had received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association for his reelection to a sixth term in the Senate.  The endorsement is the third major endorsement Shelby received last week.  He also was also endorsed by the Alabama Farmer’s Federation and the Alabama Patriots, one of Alabama’s oldest tea party groups.
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McMillan and Other State Leaders Celebrate Farm to School Success in Montgomery

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, December 8, satsuma farmer Jeremy Sessions joined Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Commissioner John McMillan (R); the Administrator of the Child Nutrition Program for the Alabama Department of Education, Frank Speed; the Director of the Farm to School Program, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Don Wambles; Alabama Farmers Federation Horticulture Division Director, Mac Higginbotham, Principal Michelle Harris; and the Executive Director of the Food Bank of North Alabama Kathryn Strickland at Dalraida Elementary School where students ate satsumas with their lunch and then had an opportunity to meet the farmer who grew those fruits.  The Tuesday event was part of the state’s Farm-To-School initiative.
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Legislators Visit St. Clair Farmers Federation

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, January 12, state Senator Phil Williams (R from Rainbow City) and State Representative Jim Hill (R from Odenville) both addressed the gathered members of the St. Clair Farmer’s Federation in Ashville.

Sen. Williams told the influential farmers’ group, “Thank you, it is my real honor to be here as your State Senator.”

Sen. Williams said that his race with former State Senator Larry Means (D from Attalla) was one of the most contested races in the state last year. Williams said, “We outspent everybody except for the Governor and the attorney general.” The career Army Officer and Rainbow City attorney unseated Sen. Means (then under indictment) in the historic Republican landslide election of 2010. Former Sen. Means (now the Mayor of Attalla) tried to get his seat back in 214. Williams thanked the farmers for helping him win.
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Brett King Wins Straw Poll

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Saturday, May 10, candidate for Alabama State Senate District 17 (SD 17) Brett King joined Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) and candidates from around the State when he spoke to Jefferson County Republicans at their 2014 meeting and Straw Poll event.

King ended the event with the most votes in the competitive straw poll.

Brett King told the gathered voters to look at his record and resume’ before they vote.  The Locust Fork attorney said that he has a small law practice dedicated to helping people and small businesses.
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Brett King Endorsed By Blount County Farmers Federation in District 17

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, March 27 members of the Blount County Chapter of the Alabama Farmers Federation voted unanimously to endorse Brett King (R) for Alabama State Senate representing District 17.

The farmers group cited his rural upbringing, his understanding of agricultural issues and fiscal conservative beliefs in their decision to endorse King.  The President of the Blount County Farmers Federation, Roger Brumbaloe, said that it was apparent that Brett King was the best choice to effectively represent and advocate for Blount County and District 17 as a replacement to outgoing State Senator Scott Beason (R) from Gardendale.  Brumbaloe said, “The board feels that a fellow “Blount Countian” will represent us well in Montgomery.”
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