Infrastructure bill makes brief appearance in the Senate

February 7, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A bill that would authorize a new state infrastructure building project made a brief appearance on the Senate floor Tuesday.

The legislation, sponsored by State Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, would establish the Alabama Road and Bridge Rehabilitation and Improvement Authority to finance improvement projects if the Legislature ever passes a gas tax increase to back the bond-based program.

Senators briefly debated the bill on the floor after it was added to the special order calendar for the Senate at the last minute. Several senators raised concerns that the bill wasn’t included in an advance copy of the special order calendar sent out to members on Monday.

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Ivey’s General Fund budget bill introduced in State Senate

January 17, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Kay Ivey’s proposed General Fund budget dropped in the Senate Tuesday.

The bill, which funds Alabama’s non-education agencies, is being carried by Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Montrose, who chairs the Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee.

Ivey’s proposal would bring a 9.5 percent increase for the General Fund budget from $1.88 billion last year to $2 billion this year. The State Medicaid Agency, the largest recipient of General Fund appropriations, would see a $53.8 million increase or 7.6 percent.

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Prosecutors say former Republican House Majority Leader Micky Hammon should turn over $50,000

December 28, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Federal prosecutors are asking a federal judge to order former Alabama Republican House Majority Leader Micky Hammon to turn over more than $50,000 as part of a guilty plea to a charge of mail fraud stemming from improper campaign finance practices.

In a motion filed Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama requested a hearing on a motion that Hammon be ordered to pay $50,647 in forfeiture money — the amount prosecutors believe he obtained, transferred or spent through illegal means.

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Senator Shelby has concerns with Export-Import Bank

November 2, 2017

Brandon Mosley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., voiced his strong concerns with the Export-Import Bank during a hearing to examine President Donald J Trump’s (R) six nominations to lead the bank.

“I believe the Export-Import Bank is now a body rampant with corporate cronyism, corruption, and unaccountability,” Shelby said.  “Latest estimates indicate that the Export-Import Bank finances only two percent of total U.S. exports. This means 98 percent of exports from the U.S. are generated without the Bank’s financing.”

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Dalton Dismukes hired as grassroots manager for American Cancer Society

January 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Well known GOP politico, Dalton Dismukes has been recently hired as the grassroots manager for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ASCAN).

The group announced on social media: “ACS CAN is excited to announce Alabama has a new grassroots manager, Dalton L Dismukes. Please welcome Dalton!”

Dismukes said in his own statement, “BIG NEWS: I am proud and extremely honored to announce that I will begin working with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network as the new Grassroots Manager!”
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Six Million Plus and Counting on Another Failed System

November 3, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Another one of Governor Robert Bentley’s bright ideas to help bring the State into the “digital-age” is crumbling, as the time and attendance software known as eSTART was abandoned by the Department of Human Resources (DHR).

A recent memo from the DHR alerted staff that, ‘the use of e-START, the Time and Attendance System effective November 1, 2016, is [prohibited] until further notice.’

DHR joins a long list of State Agencies that dumped the system or refused to implement it altogether.
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Law Enforcement Informs Ethics Commission Sen.Williams Under Criminal Investigation

January 15, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A high-ranking public official has informed the Alabama Political Reporter that State Law Enforcement has sent a letter to the State Ethics Commission confirming that State Senator Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) is under criminal investigation.

In a scathing, statewide press release, Williams accused this publication and me personally of “stepping over the line entering into the realm of ‘slander and defamation’” for reporting that a high-ranking government official said Williams was under investigation. This letter to the Commission confirms that our reporting was accurate and honest.
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Senate Passes Tax Increases: Budget Deal Appears In Sight

September 16, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, September 17, the Alabama Senate passed a tax increase on cigarettes as well as taxes on nursing home beds, and pharmacies.  Tax increases on car titles and auto rentals appear likely when the Senate convenes on Wednesday. The cigarette tax, HB3, was passed on a 21 to 13 vote.

Efforts by Senate Conservatives to filibuster the bills were ultimately crushed by their establishment foes.
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Dalton Dismukes Running for Chairman

January 22, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, January 20, Dalton Dismukes announced that he was seeking the office of Chairman of the College Republican Federation of Alabama (CRFA).

Dalton Dismukes is presently the State Political Director and Central Vice Chairman for the College Republican Federation of Alabama. Dismukes has announced that he is a candidate for the position of State Chairman of the College Republican Federation of Alabama.
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Alabama lawmakers to face financial challenges

December 19, 2011

Staff Report

MONTGOMERY- Despite months of fallout over controversial Republican-led changes to the state’s immigration and ethics laws, debate in the 2012 session of the Legislature is likely to focus on finances.

Legislators face significant challenges in trying to cobble together both state budgets for the 2012-13 fiscal year. That’s mostly because of a continued bad economy, the cost of providing state services and the end of a two-year infusion of federal stimulus money.
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