Political fortunes come and go

October 18, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the State House

Now that the dust has settled from the Republican Senate primary, we can focus on the much-anticipated 2018 elections.

Kay Ivey is definitely running for governor. She raised over one million dollars in a few short weeks in August with an exploratory committee. As of the last reporting period, she has raised $1.2 million followed closely by Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, who is at $1.1 million.

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Nice times are over in gun debate

October 3, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

This will not be nice.

We’ve tried nice. I’ve tried nice.

Nice doesn’t work. Neither does common sense or facts.

I’ve tried all of those too. A bunch of us have.

And still, 59 people were slaughtered, nearly 600 shot or otherwise severely injured by a man using weapons that are stone cold legal for him to carry around the Vegas strip any day of the week.
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Byrne warns that time is running out for health care rescue

September 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, said the Senate must act on health care before the end of the month to pass a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“We have now seen the Democrat’s alternative to Obamacare: Senator Sander’s single-payer healthcare bill,” Bryne said. “The American people overwhelmingly rejected increased government involvement in the last election, yet the Democrats have doubled down, putting forward a multi-trillion dollar government takeover of our entire health care system.”

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Offering “Real News Now” takes money

September 20, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It seems every few hours someone yells, “fake news!” So in an effort to counter so-called fake news, political operatives, associations and a host of others are creating websites that have the look and feel of a legitimate news outlet without disclosing who is actually driving the content or agenda.

Alabama’s Republican Party has stopped just short of producing a full-blown news site, but it is distributing a newsie email called “ALGOP Real News Now,” which is said to be, “Fighting back against the liberal media with real news.”

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Alabama’s fear problem

September 20, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The first step in correcting a problem is recognizing that you have one.

And it’s time we did that, Alabama.

Because we have a big one.

We’re the most intolerant people in the country. And I mean that as the collective “we,” because I’d love to not be included in this broad grouping. But I am.

I live here, have lived here for my entire life. My family is here. My home is here.

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Rep. Connie Rowe will chair House Republican Platform Committee

September 19, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. Connie Rowe, R-Jasper, vice chair of the House Republican Caucus, will chair this year’s Caucus Platform Committee, the influential committee that sets Republican priorities for the legislative session.

House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, announced the appointment Monday in a release.

“Because of the judgment and leadership she has shown since taking office, Rep. Rowe has quickly earned the trust and respect of her fellow Republicans in the Alabama House of Representatives,” Ledbetter said.  “That is why she was elected to serve as vice chair of the House Republican Caucus, which made her the first woman to hold a caucus leadership post, and it is why she has been chosen to chair the platform committee and shoulder this important task.”

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ALGOP Steering Committee calls for Bentley’s resignation

April 10, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Republican Party’s Steering Committee has joined the chorus of state leaders calling for Gov. Robert Bentley’s immediate resignation over the fallout from his relationship with a former top political adviser.

The party’s 21-member main governing body passed a resolution Sunday night calling for Bentley to step down from his office. The party’s call follows similar demands from State Republican leaders last week, including House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, R-Madison, and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston.

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GOP lawmakers become “36 percenters”

April 5, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

President Reagan once ominously remarked, “The nine most dangerous words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Rep. Bob Fincher (R-Woodland) is sponsoring a Constitutional Amendment in the House that would cap “certain” loans at 36 percent interest, which reads in part, “No person should be subject to unconscionable interest rates authorized by government regulation. No church, charity, or community foundation should bear the burden of providing financial assistance because government-approved loan products are proven to be exploitive.”
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Alabama: the final resting place for facts

January 10, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

President Obama has been an unmitigated disaster for America.

We don’t know much in Alabama, but we know the above statement is true. Or, I guess I should say, the majority of the voters in this State know that statement to be true.

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Latest Poll After Trump Tape Release

October 10, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—New polling data reveals that public support for Donald Trump has declined slightly since The Washington Post released a video showing Donald Trump making vulgar, sexual comments in 2005.

A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll is the first national survey to test voters’ opinions after the video became public last Friday afternoon. 74 percent of Republicans say the leaders of the GOP should stand by Trump. 41 percent of Republicans say they would be more likely to support a candidate who continues to back the real estate mogul. These numbers seem to reflect the general mood in Alabama, where Trump’s supporters have flooded social media sites in defense of the Republican nominee.
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