Rep. Jim Hill to Chair House Judiciary Committee

June 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, June 9, 2017, Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) on announced that State Representative Jim Hill (R-Odenville) will serve as chairman of the body’s Judiciary Committee for the remainder of the 2014 to 2018 quadrennium.

Speaker McCutcheon said, “Jim Hill had a two-decade career as a respected judge and has earned the reputation of being a distinguished legal scholar, so he possesses the ideal skill set for serving as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. In addition, Republican and Democrat House members alike know him to be an exceedingly fair-minded individual who is capable of impartially presiding over sometimes contentious debates, just as he did in the courtroom.”
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Jones appointed to chair House Rules Committee

June 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) announced that State Representative Mike Jones (R-Andalusia) will serve as chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee for the remainder of the 2014 – 2018 Quadrennium.

Jones has been Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. In 2016 his committee was tasked with investigation possible impeachment proceeding against Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R). It was an enormous task, that was made even more difficult because no one alive could remember the last time that the Legislature had seriously considered impeaching a State official.
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Zeigler says budget cuts require him to perform audits himself

June 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 1, 2017, State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) announced that he will have to become a “field auditor” to keep his office operating after the Legislature cut his budget for the third year in a row.

Zeigler said, “This marks the third year in a row that our budget has been cut. We are $368,400 below sea level. With the severe cuts the previous two years, we cannot do our constitutional job of property inventories with this latest cut. We had already cut everything we could after the last two budget cuts, so there is nothing left to cut.”
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Five Corrections workers arrested

May 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) announced that a task force investigation had led to the arrest of five prison employees at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore County for conspiracy to smuggle in contraband.

Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn said in a statement, “After months of investigating this case, our corruption and fraud task force uncovered the bribery scheme involving correctional officers who are sworn to protect the public, but instead chose to use their position to illegally further their self-interest.”
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NRA endorses Strange

May 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) announced that the group has endorsed Senator Luther Strange (R) in the upcoming special election for the Senate seat that was vacated when Sen. Jeff Sessions was confirmed as US Attorney General.

The NRA-PVG said in a statement that, “Strange’s leadership on Second Amendment issues as a US senator and Alabama Attorney General has earned him the highest attainable rating, an “A+” from the NRA-PVF in the Aug. 15 Republican special primary election. An “A+” is reserved for a legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.”
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Strange co-sponsors Veteran Overmedication Prevention Act

May 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, US Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) announced that he was co-sponsoring the Veteran Overmedication Prevention Act of 2017, S 992, which is sponsored by Senator John McCain (R-Arizona).

Sen. Strange said, “The men and women of our nation’s armed forces deserve the recognition of a grateful nation, and our commitment to honor their sacrifices must continue after they hang up their uniforms. The VA system is the front line of medical care for those dealing with the after-effects of combat, and it is critical that facilities are equipped with the latest clinical data to aid the recovery process, prevent over-prescription and avoid tragedy. I am proud to stand with Chairman McCain and my colleagues as we work to stem the tide of these preventable deaths.”
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Alabama Farmers Federation endorses Strange

May 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, May 22, 2017, The Alabama Farmers Federation announced that Senator Luther Strange (R) has received the endorsement of FarmPAC, their political action committee.

Farmer’s Federation President Jimmy Parnell said in a statement, “Sen. Strange has proven his commitment to Alabama farmers and forest owners by seeking and securing appointment to the Agriculture Committee and continuing the fight against regulatory overreach. Alabama farmers have enjoyed a close working relationship with Sen. Strange, and we look forward to helping him address the needs of rural Alabama as a US senator.”
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Brinson on African trade mission

May 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, May 22, 2017, US Senate candidate Randy Brinson spoke from Africa about his current trade mission and the benefits it will bring to Alabama farmers, agribusiness and related industries.

Brinson left Alabama May 19, on a 10-day trade mission to Zambia as part of his Alabama Agribusiness Renaissance initiative. This is Brinson’s 7th International Trade Mission, and his 4th to Africa, in cooperation with Alabama’s Agriculture Commissioner, John McMillian.
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Takeaways from 2017 Legislative Session

May 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The 2017 Alabama Legislative Session is over, and these are some key points to take away.

The biggest loser, by far, was former Governor Robert Bentley.  The Legislature got an awful lot of help from this newer, stronger, bolder version of the Alabama Ethics Commission. But, it was evident that Bentley was going to be impeached and removed once Special Counsel Jack Sharman released his report.  Bentley resigned halfway through the first day of the House Judiciary Committee hearings.  If the House and Senate had to waste weeks on his impeachment, given the 30-day Legislative meeting limit, the Session would have been a disaster.
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Prison Bill to be on floor of House today

May 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, it was announced that the controversial prison construction plan as well as Senate redistricting will be before the House today as time runs out on the 2017, Legislative Session.

The prison plan, SB59, is sponsored by state Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster). Sen. Ward insists that borrowing $845 million to build four new mega prisons is the best option for the troubled Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC). Alabama has the most overcrowded prison system in the country.
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