Brooks, Moore, Pittman attend candidate forum in Northport

July 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 17, 2017, three challengers to US Senator Luther Strange debated at Billy’s Grill in Northport before a full crowd of 150. Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R), Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and state Senator Trip Pittman (R-Montrose) all participated in the forum. The forum was co-sponsored by BamaCarry and the Alabama Republican Assembly.

Sen. Trip Pittman said, “I am a businessman.  I have a tractor and equipment business in Baldwin County.  My Grandfather, JD Pittman, had a tractor business here in the 50s.”
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Gerald Allen will seek re-election

June 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, April 28, 2017, State Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) announced his bid for re-election to the Alabama State Senate, District 21.

Sen. Allen said, “We’ve made a lot of progress in the last few years in cleaning up Montgomery. We’ve reduced the size of government and cut waste from our state budgets, but there is still more we can do to make Alabama’s government more accountable and responsive to the people. I’m proud that we have stabilized the Education Trust Fund Budget and enacted pro-business reforms that have helped Alabama get to its lowest unemployment rate since the great recession hit.”
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Judge Moore Interview

June 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, June 23, 2017, Republican US Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore took time to speak with The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) and answer a number of issues across a wide spectrum of issues likely to face the Senate.

APR: You recently expressed some concerns with the secret Senate healthcare bill released yesterday. What do you say to Republicans who say that the enemy of the good is the perfect bill that will never pass and that we should just craft a bill and get it passed as any healthcare bill would be better than Obamacare even if we have to come back and fix it next year and the year after that?
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Brooks wants to arm Congress

June 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Washington, DC has one of the most restrictive gun laws in the entire country. That infringement on the civil liberties of the Capitol’s citizens very nearly resulted in the slaughter of two dozen GOP congressmen, including Alabama’s own Representatives Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and Gary Palmer (R-Hoover).  Congressman Brooks was one of six congressmen whose names and office numbers were written on a sheet of paper in the attempted assassin’s pocket.
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Randy Brinson Interview

June 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, June 21, 2017, Dr. Randy Brinson talked with The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) about his campaign to be the GOP nominee for the US Senate seat vacated when Sen. Jeff Sessions became US Attorney General.

APR: Mo Brooks has introduced legislation allowing members of Congress to carry firearms in Washington DC. Do you support this legislation. Why or why not?

Dr. Brinson: A better policy would to have somebody on their staff APOST certified and fully trained and qualified as a marksman. While I support this, US attorneys and federal judges have asked for this for years. Prosecutors are going after terror groups, the mob, and the cartels. They are even more at risk than the Congressmen. This needs to be extended to the federal prosecutors and judges.
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The Session’s biggest loser

May 24, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The 2017 Legislative Session saw the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) fail to deliver on its stated agenda. The State’s so-called powerful business lobby is the Session’s biggest loser. Only Governor Kay Ivey can give them a win.

BCA’s push for an infrastructure package collapsed, as did the latest Triple-A education giveaway. Its team of lobbyists couldn’t stop the anti-gay adoption Legislation, or the Autism Bill from passage despite their best efforts (They did manage to kill the Gun Bill).
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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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Legislative Session is winding down

May 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are only six Legislative days left in the 2017 Alabama Legislative Session. There is still an awful lot of work to do however.

The primary purpose of even having Legislative Sessions is to pass the budgets. The State General Fund (SGF) budget was passed in the Senate on Thursday. The House passed the Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget on Wednesday. Both Houses have now passed both budgets. Both Houses however have to vote on whether or not to concur with changes made by the other house.
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Senate passes Gun Bill

April 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the Alabama Senate passed Senate Bill 24, which would allow Alabamians, who are lawfully allowed to possess a handgun to carry their weapon on them concealed without having to get a concealed carry permit (sometimes popularly called a “pistol permit) from their Sheriff’s Department.

SB24 is sponsored by Sen. Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa). Sen. Allen said in a statement, “Alabama leads the way on constitutional rights. More than ten states across the country already allow their citizens to carry guns without a permit. It’s time we allow our citizens to exercise their right to bear arms without first seeking the government’s permission. We already allow open carry without a permit, and there is no logical reason for continuing to require a permit for concealed carry.”
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House passes church security team bill

April 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Politcal Reporter

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives passed House Bill 36, which (in its present form) extends stand your ground protection to church security teams.

HB36 was sponsored by State Representative Lynn Greer (R-Rogersville). Greer said that he was asked to bring this bill by a number of church pastors.

Rep. Greer said, “I never thought in my lifetime we would be talking about guns in our church, but we live in a perilous world. There are a lot of terrorists in the world today.”
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