McLure supports public prayer at high school football games

September 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Attorney General candidate Sam McLure called for solidarity with Lee County Board of Education officials and students after they were targeted by the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

The Lee County Board of Education banned their traditional public prayer before Football games after receiving a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

“For decades, radical activist atheists have been running-a-muck … bringing destruction on the very foundations of our liberty,” McLure said. “First, they took prayer out of the school day, then they advocated for the right to kill the unborn. Now, the lines are being drawn again in Lee County. They are coming after our youth once again by telling them they are no longer allowed to engage in student-led prayer before a football game.”
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Parker Asks That Judicial Canon Limiting Speech Be Declared Unconstitutional

October 26, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday October 25, 2016, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker (R) has asked the Federal court to rule on the merits of his constitutional challenge to Judicial Canon 3(A)(6) and the automatic removal provision requiring that any judge charged by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry.

The Alabama Political Reporter spoke with Justice Parker while he was campaigning for Donald Trump in Hoover.

APR asked Justice Parker if he was happy that the Judicial Inquiry Commission’s (JIC) dismissed the complaint against him on Friday. Parker said that he was, but added, “It should have happened six months ago.”
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JIC Dismisses Complaint Against Justice Parker

October 24, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, October 21, 2016 the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) dismissed the complaint filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) against Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker (R).

Parker is being represented by Liberty Counsel.

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “We are pleased that the complaint against Justice Tom Parker has been dismissed. The speech restrictive Judicial Canon clearly violates the First Amendment. The Canon is so broad that it prevents judges from commenting on any case pending anywhere in the county, even if they are teaching students in law school. Shame on the SPLC for filing this politically-motivated complaint against Justice Parker. I call upon the Alabama Supreme Court and the legislature to change this unconstitutional speech restriction and the automatic removal provision.”
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Court Upholds Ban on PAC-to-PAC Transfers

September 28, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Tuesday, a Federal appeals court upheld Alabama’s ban on PAC-to-PAC transfers.

The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling by the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in favor of the State in the case of The Alabama Democratic Conference v. Strange.

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By upholding the decision of the lower court, the court of appeals agrees that the ban of PAC-to-PAC transfers is necessary to prevent corruption, or the appearance of corruption, while not violating the First Amendment.
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Why is the First Amendment the Greatest Threat to Terrorism?

June 16, 2016

Deborah Love, Executive Director
Eagle Forum of Alabama

In the wake of the terror attack this weekend in Orlando, our hearts go out to the family and friends who lost their loved ones. Our prayers and thoughts will continue to remain with those injured as well as their family and friends. The facts show that this was an act of terrorism, an act of intolerance and an act of disgusting violence. What should unite all of us all no matter what our perspectives or backgrounds may be is our deep appreciation for freedom, and especially, our love and appreciation for the First Amendment. I believe the First Amendment is the greatest threat to terrorism – not force. The First Amendment protects the right of the Muslim to worship and the right of citizens to criticize the violence that has accompanied Islam. It protects an individual’s right to protest the treatment of those in LGBT community or the right of a Conservative to present their perspective on marriage and family. Many are calling for stricter measures on guns, hate crime laws or restrictions on civil liberties as a response to the attack. When emotions run high, there is a natural reaction to act boldly. However, the first hasty suggestions typically are ill-suited to either assuaging the pain at the loss of our fellow Americans, or ensuring that such an incident never happens again.
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Republicans Want to Limit Spending, Fundraising, Free Speech

March 31, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Twin bills in the Alabama House and Senate would severely limit the First Amendment and the spirit of Citizens United, by limiting funds raised or spent on campaigns and issues.

SB356 and HB404 Sponsored respectively by Sen. Arthur Orr and Rep. Mike Jones would, “regulate the disclosure, raising, and spending of money to influence elections and governmental actions.”

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Alabama’s own Shaun McCutcheon, a hero to many in the State and nation, fought the FEC over campaign giving and won in the 2014 US Supreme Court ruling “McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission,” believes full disclosure is right, but to limit how much money can be raised or spent is unacceptable.
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Planting Flag for Freedom Everywhere 

January 25, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The latest motion filed by Speaker Mike Hubbard’s attorney Lance Bell in Hubbard’s felony criminal case indicates he will attempt to have me take the stand in Lee County in an effort to force me to reveal confidential sources referenced in my reporting. Any reporter worth his salt knows the identity of an anonymous source must be guarded at all costs. This reporter would face jail and more before revealing the name of any confidential source.
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Have Gun, Will Travel. Sadly.

January 6, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

President Barack Obama, entering the final year of his presidency, likely knows the power he wields.

It’s a power that keeps Alabama’s U.S. Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions red in the face. It’s a power that has Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley making claims against the president that are simply untrue. Most of Alabama’s congressional delegation respond the same way – with negativity — to anything Obama does.
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McCutcheon Defends Private Money in the Political Process

December 3, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, November 30, the Reformers Caucus released a statement warning that, “The power of excessive money in our political system threatens the integrity of our democracy.” This message conflicts with those who oppose limits on money, which they view as limits on Free Speech. The Alabama Political Reporter spoke about this with Shaun McCutcheon who went all the way to the United States Supreme Court to fight limits on the number of congressional races he could contribute to (and won).
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Palmer Votes for Pro-Life Resolution Affecting Washington, DC

April 23, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, April 21, Congressman Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) voted for a resolution to reject a Washington DC directive which would limit the rights of Pro-Life groups and businesses in our Nation’s Capital City.

US Representative Palmer said in a statement: “The right to life and the right to free exercise of religion are fundamental to everything I believe. The Declaration of Independence says that we have certain unalienable rights, including the right to life.  The First Amendment to the Constitution enshrines the right to free exercise of religion.  Whenever these rights are threatened, Congress should take action.  H.J. Res. 43 would ensure that these rights are protected, and I am proud to support it.”
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