Shelby opposed disaster relief because of the flood insurance bailout

October 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., voted against ending debate on HR 2266, the “Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act of 2017.”

Sen. Shelby opposed the $36.5 billion disaster aid package because it includes $16 billion for National Flood Insurance Program debt forgiveness.

“While I support emergency relief funding, I have consistently opposed bailouts and have openly voiced my concerns with the state of the National Flood Insurance Program,” Shelby said in a statement.

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Gov. Ivey declares state of emergency for Nate, expected to hit Alabama this weekend

October 6, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared a statewide state of emergency for Tropical Storm Nate, whose projected path has it hitting Alabama by Sunday.

The state of emergency order also authorizes the State Emergency Operations Center in Clanton, Alabama, to monitor the storm. Ivey said in a statement that the order will free up resources for “’storm related activity.”

“State and local leaders are ready to respond if needed, but our people need to stay weather-aware and heed any directions given by local officials,” Ivey said in a release.
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Breaking down the lottery process

September 19, 2017

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The following article is part of APR’s on-going series on gaming and the lottery:

Polling on both sides of the political aisle indicates that the voters in Alabama support the right to vote on a lottery and legalized gaming — and overwhelmingly support a lottery and legalized gaming. By participating in lotteries across state lines in Georgia, Tennessee and Florida, Alabamians have paid millions of dollars to educate the children of those states. While some questioned the continued viability of state lotteries, several recent large jackpots and the continued popularity of scratch-off tickets demonstrate that lotteries are still sources of significant revenue for lottery states. The lottery debate in Alabama has been historically broken down in the Legislature over four issues:

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Irma’s Wake: Power outages across Alabama, evacuees’ futures uncertain

September 12, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

As Tropical Depression Irma exits Alabama, it leaves behind a bruised state with power outages, downed trees and Florida evacuees uncertain of their future.

The storm caused tropical-like winds across Eastern Alabama Monday as it moved northwestward from its landfall in Southern Florida Sunday morning.

It made landfall as a category 4 hurricane and weakened until it was a tropical storm in the panhandle of Florida. As the center of the storm crossed into Alabama around the Phenix City area, it was downgraded again to a tropical depression.

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Ivey urges everyone to have a plan for Hurricane Irma

September 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey stressed the importance of everyone getting prepared for hurricane season, especially as we approach the peak of the season, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Wednesday, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency conducted its first coordinating group call as they continue to monitor the path of Hurricane Irma. The following agencies joined the call and provided updates: Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Alabama Department of Transportation, Alabama National Guard, Alabama Department of Human Resource, Alabama Forestry Commission and Alabama Department of Public Health.

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A hurricane season gone bad

September 7, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

What had been a fairly quiet hurricane season is no more.

With Category 5 Hurricane Irma churning in the Atlantic and heading for Florida, along with the recent Category 4 Hurricane Harvey that devastated southeastern Texas, our hurricane season is likely to be one for the records.

I grew up with hurricanes. I was born near Houston and lived in southeastern Texas until I was eleven years old. My family then moved to Terrebonne Parish in deep south Louisiana. It wasn’t until I came to north central Alabama in 1977 that I got away from hurricanes, or at least, the direct path of them.

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ACLU’s Susan Watson has died

December 6, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, December 2, 2016 the Executive Director of the ACLU of Alabama, Susan Watson passed away from a short illness.

On Friday, ACLU Alabama announced in a statement:

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Executive Director, Susan Watson. Words are not enough under these circumstances to express our grief. We are thankful for your support during this difficult time. We remain committed to Susan’s vision of the advancement of civil liberties in Alabama.”
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Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the Electoral College

November 9, 2016

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

You know the outcome of the election. Unfortunately I had to go to press with the column prior to Tuesday. We will analyze the results for you next week. There should be very few surprises.

The Electoral College System of selecting our President favors a Democrat winning the White House. Under this archaic and undemocratic system, it is a winner take all electoral vote contest. For example, if Hillary Clinton carries New York by one vote, she gets all 29 electoral votes. If Donald Trump gets one more vote than Clinton in Kansas, he gets all 6 electoral votes.
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Republicans Gather for Debate Watch Party

October 20, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

An estimated 90 Birmingham area Republicans gathered to support Donald J. Trump at a debate watch party at Superior Grill in Northern Shelby County. The event was sponsored by the Greater Birmingham Republican Women, the Alabama Constitutional Conservatives, the Jefferson County Republican Party, the Alabama Minority GOP.

As expected, Trump got many enthusiastic rounds of applause and cheers from the conservative groups in his debate with former Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton.
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RNC Says Alabamians Play “Essential Role” To Help Trump Win Florida

October 14, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Republican National Committee (RNC) says that efforts by Alabamians volunteering in Florida are essential for Donald Trump’s campaign in Florida.

The RNC National State Party Director, Matt Pinnell, wrote those comments in a memo to Joan Reynolds who Chairs the Mighty Alabama Strike Force (Florida).

Pinnell wrote, “First, let me thank you for agreeing to take on the additional Florida areas that we outlined during our recent conference call. Your state’s volunteer efforts are becoming more and more critical to a vital Trump win in Florida. In fact, RNC internals point to a major Alabama involvement in the Florida ground game being essential for that state’s victory on November 8.”
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