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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The shame of Memorial Day

May 30, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The number at the official close of the operation was 4,424.

That’s the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

You remember that war, right? I ask because, despite the large number of casualties and staggering number of wounded (31,952), it seems as if the Iraq War has been forgotten by many.

Hell, it was basically forgotten as it was happening.

The same can be said for the war in Afghanistan. That war has claimed the lives of more than 2,300 American soldiers and sent more than 20,000 back to the US with injuries.
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US House votes to repeal and replace Obamacare

May 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, May 4, 2017, the Republican majority in the US House of Representatives kept their promise to the American people and voted to repeal the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, commonly known as Obamacare. They are replacing it with the equally controversial American Health Care Act of 2017. Most of the Alabama Congressional Delegation voted to repeal and replace Obamacare.
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Senate Health Committee gives favorable report to Right of Conscience Act

April 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the Senate Health Committee gave a favorable report to House Bill 95 giving health care providers authority to decline to perform services that violate their consciences. The Health Care Rights of Conscience Act was sponsored by State Representative Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs).

Rep. Mooney said that most states already have a health care right of conscience act. There are not any lawsuits occurring in relation to this. This bill is very limited and not as broad as statutes in other states. The healthcare provider, that being an individual, can elect to opt out of participating in four specific areas if he or she objects in writing. This has to be on file with the personnel department. This does not apply to abortion clinics. They are exempt. Alabama is one of only three states that do not have some sort of conscience protection. Healthcare providers can opt to not participate in: abortions, human cloning, sterilizations
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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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Roby says that Central Alabama VA is improving

December 13, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, December 12, 2016, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) wrote in an email newsletter to constituents that the long troubled Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) is showing improvement.

Congresswoman Roby wrote, “I’m pleased to report that the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS), once ranked the worst in the nation for delays in patient care, has made marked improvements in quality ratings, according to a USA Today/Montgomery Advertiser report. These improvements were brought to light after sources obtained internal documents detailing secret VA quality ratings.”
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Roby Says that VA Accountability Act Increases Accountability and Protects Whistleblowers

September 15, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, September 14, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) expressed her support for HR5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act, which the Congresswoman says will give greater accountability for Veterans Affairs (VA) employees and stronger protections for whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing. The major VA (Veteran Affairs) reform legislation passed the US House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Congresswoman Roby, who co-sponsored the bill, said that the legislation will make a difference in improving care for veterans. After the systems of keeping two sets of books was exposed after a number of veterans in Arizona died while on the secret waiting lists, a subsequent investigation revealed that the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) was one of the worst actors in the entire country.
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Bentley’s “Great Victory” Cause For Worry, Warning, Broken Promises

September 8, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Shortly after passage of legislation to raid BP settlement funds to cover Medicaid funding, Governor Robert Bentley, who has largely been absent from the process, praised it as a bipartisan “victory.”

Obviously, the Governor failed to hear the Democrat’s pleading for more Medicaid funding and to expand its availability under the Affordable Care Act.

Alabama Arise State Coordinator, Kimble Forrister, sees a different victory: “Expanding Medicaid would be a victory for Alabama’s economy, budgets and families.” He praised the bill’s passage, but echoed the concerns expressed by both Republican’s and Democrats: “Still, the bottom line is that we got yet another temporary solution. Vulnerable Alabamians’ access to health care shouldn’t be left up to stopgaps or one-time money.”
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Will Legislature Address Medicaid’s 2017 Appropriation During Special Session

August 11, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, August 15, the Alabama Legislature will meet in Special Session to consider Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s proposal that the State pass a constitutional amendment, authorizing the Legislature to institute a lottery, to increase funding for the State General Fund (SGF). Gov. Bentley claims that his lottery will generate $225 million a year in new revenues for the SGF, if the voters ratify the amendment.
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Reed: State Must Raise Medicaid Funding $85M or Lose Federal Matching Dollars

August 1, 2016


By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 29, Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) said that the State must radically increase funding for the troubled Alabama Medicaid program, or it will lose promised Federal matching dollars to implement the Regional Care Organizations (RCOs).

Sen. Reed said, “The Regional Care Organizations (RCO) reform, set up by legislation I sponsored in 2013, is projected to save the State hundreds of millions of dollars over the coming years. The Federal government has even recommended Alabama’s Medicaid RCO reform to other states as an innovative pilot program.”
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