House passes Legislation strengthening whistleblower protections

October 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, October 16, 2017, U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, wrote in an email to constituents that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill protecting federal whistleblowers from retaliation.

Congresswoman Roby wrote, “I’m proud to report that last week the House unanimously passed legislation that will strengthen penalties for those who retaliate against federal employee whistleblowers, add protections and opportunities for whistleblowers placed on probation, and ensure that all federal employees have a greater knowledge of whistleblower rights and protections.”
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Rogers supports President Trump’s orders on Healthcare; Sewell disagrees

October 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order affecting millions of Americans healthcare insurance. U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, issued a statement supporting the president.

“Obamacare is a very flawed law and I am glad President Trump signed an executive order today to help out hard-working families across East Alabama who are seeing their health care premiums rise and their coverage shrink,” Rogers wrote.

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Roby supports Whistleblower Protection Act

October 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of legislation that would secure greater protections for federal whistleblowers and increase penalties against those who retaliate against them.

S.585, the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act, strengthens penalties for those who retaliate against federal employee whistleblowers, adds protections and opportunities for whistleblowers placed on probation and ensures all federal employees have a greater knowledge of whistleblower rights and protections.

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Prison healthcare plan proposed

October 10, 2017

By Staff 
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, Quality Correctional Health Care and the University of Alabama at Birmingham will present to the Alabama Department of Corrections a comprehensive plan to provide enhanced healthcare services for the 21,000 inmates housed in the state prison system.

In June 2017, a federal judge ruled that the mental health services currently provided in Alabama’s prisons are so poor that they amount to unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. A still-pending portion of the same lawsuit alleges that the medical care in the state prisons is likewise inadequate. That claim will be tried in federal court soon.

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Doug Jones campaigns in Birmingham, calls Moore “extreme”

September 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones said  that there could not be more “contrast” between himself and Republican candidate Roy Moore.

Doug Jones is a Birmingham attorney and former U.S. attorney for North Alabama during the administration of President Bill Clinton.

Jones spoke to reporters at Niki’s West, a restaurant in Birmingham, on Wednesday following Moore’s stunning defeat of appointed U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., in Tuesday’s GOP primary.

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US Rep. Mike Rogers holds Town Hall meetings

August 17, 2017

By Staff Report
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, August 12, 2017, Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Saks) held a Town Hall meeting Thursday morning at the Southern Union campus in Opelika and another on Thursday afternoon at the Oxford Civic Center in Oxford. Attendance was estimated at about 200 at both events.

US Representative Mike Rogers said on social media afterward, “Since the media won’t do it, I was glad I had the opportunity to discuss firsthand how I strongly support President Trump’s America’s First agenda.”

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Brooks campaigns in Moody

August 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, August 4, 2017, US Representative and Senate Candidate Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) met with the St. Clair County Republican Executive Committee at Carpenetti’s Pizza in Moody.

Rep. Brooks said that he has just gotten the endorsement, along with Roy Moore, of Gun Owners of America.  Brooks said that more and more conservative groups are starting to figure out that this guy (Luther Strange) is not a principled conservative.
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Moore and Brooks share stage at Tea Party Forum in Wetumpka

August 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 31, 2013, the Wetumpka Tea Party held what they billed as a top three Republican candidates forum.  Based on polling that has been made public, they invited only the top three candidates out of the Republican field of nine: former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, Congressman Mo Brooks, and US Senator Luther Strange.

Wetumpka Tea Party founder and President Becky Gerritson said that Strange has a Senate confirmation vote Monday night, so only Moore and Brooks were actually on stage.
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Governor Ivey rejects RCO plan

July 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 27, 2017, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) announced that the long troubled State Medicaid Agency will pursue alternatives to Regional Care Organizations (RCOs).

Gov. Ivey said, “I support Medicaid’s shift in reform strategy, which has been fully shared with Legislative leadership and other key stakeholders.  I spoke with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, and he has assured me of the Trump administration’s desire to work with the states to allow more flexibility in Medicaid services moving forward.  This flexibility brought us to a crossroads where we reconsidered the risks and rewards of RCOs, and decided instead to pursue new reform options which bring less risks and similar outcomes.”
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GOP Senate candidates attend forum in Huntsville

June 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 19, 2017, some of the GOP US Senate candidates participated in a Republican Women of Huntsville candidates forum at Huntsville Botanical Gardens. North Alabama radio talk show host Dale Jackson moderated the forum.

Congressman Mo Brooks emphasized that the Senate needs to change the rules to keep the Democrats from blocking the Trump agenda. “I am going to do everything in my power to eliminate that filibuster rule. If we don’t change the process we have lost this historic opportunity.”
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