Ivey announces $1.5 million in Homeland Security grants

November 22, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter 

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that first responders from across the state will receive Homeland Security grants totaling $1.5 million.

“Homeland Security is hometown security,” Ivey said Monday. “Our first responders are the first line of defense for Alabama. As such recent events as hurricanes that swept through the Southeast to the terrorist attack in New York City demonstrated, first responders must be trained and ready to respond to natural disasters and man-made events.”

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Ivey names Brian Hastings as EMA Director

September 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that she has named Brian Hastings as director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.  Director Hastings is a recently retired colonel from the U.S. Air Force.

Ivey said, “The recent events in Texas remind us of the importance of having a well-run and effective Emergency Management Agency. Colonel Hastings has extensive military experience and is a proven leader. He will bring an unmatched work-ethic, determination, and unparalleled experience of leading under extreme circumstances – all of which are essential attributes of an effective EMA Director.”

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Palmer votes to pass 2018 Fiscal Year Budget in committee

July 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the House Budget Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget. US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) voted in favor of the budget in Committee while admitting it was far from perfect.

Congressman Palmer said, “The budget passed by the House Budget Committee is far from perfect, but it begins to address the nation’s financial crisis.  I voted in favor of advancing the budget for a few reasons. According to GAO, the government made more than $140 billion in improper payments in 2016 alone. With this budget, we will save over $700 billion through common sense, stopping improper payments. The budget provides the Department of Defense robust funding to be used for troop training, equipment, and improved readiness in the wake of unprecedented national security threats. The Department of Homeland Security will also be fully funded allowing us to protect our borders and keep America safe from outside threats. While there are more steps and additions necessary to improve this budget and our country’s fiscal health, we have taken the first step to building a better America and a better economy for future generations.”
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Jefferson County GOP Chairwoman calls for action on Chinese steel dumping

July 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 13, 2017, Jefferson County Republican Party Chairman Sallie Bryant sent a letter to US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urging the Secretary to act on what she calls “unfair” Chinese trade practices that allow that country’s steel to be dumped on the American marketplace, impacting residents and business owners all across Jefferson County.

Chairman Bryant said in a statement, “It is no secret Birmingham has a rich history in steel manufacturing. Birmingham was once one of the nation’s leading iron and steel producers. The proximity of our natural resources provided the nation’s lowest raw-material assembly cost of its time resulting in the nickname, ‘Pittsburgh of the South.’”
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Rogers reacts to Supreme Court decision on President’s travel ban

June 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 26, 2017, the United States Supreme Court struck down, in part, the preliminary injunction against President Trump’s Terrorist Travel Ban. US Representative Mike Rogers (R-Saks) supports the decision.

Congressman Rogers wrote in a statement, “Today the Supreme Court rightly allowed most of President Trump’s plan to secure America from Islamic extremists to go into effect. I am confident President Trump will prevail on the merits of the case when it is heard in the high court’s October term.”
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Rogers proposes tax on wire transfers to pay for the Border Wall

March 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 30, 2017, US Representatives Mike Rogers (R-Saks) introduced HR1813, the Border Wall Funding Act of 2017. This bill, which is supported and endorsed by FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, would impose a 2 percent fee on all remittances headed south of the US border.

Congressman Rogers said in a statement, “President Trump has made it very clear that he intends to complete a wall along our Southern border. As a senior member of the Homeland Security committee, I have long supported the border wall, which will protect Americans.”
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Byrne supports Trump budget proposals

March 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 16, 2017, US Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montorse) issued a statement in support of President Donald J. Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018.

Congressman Byrne said: “I applaud President Trump and his administration for their commitment to scaling back the Federal government. It is critical that we roll back the Federal bureaucracy and ensure taxpayer money is being used in an efficient and effective manner. I am also pleased to see the President focus on increasing funding for our nation’s military.”
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McCutcheon announces new committee chairmen

December 20, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, December 19, 2016, the Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) announced the members who will chair the body’s Rules, Internal Affairs, Public Safety and Homeland Security, Commerce and Small Business, and Insurance committees when the Legislature convenes for its 2017 Regular Session in February.

Speaker McCutcheon said in a statement, “Each of these legislators is a proven leader and possesses a skill set that makes them uniquely qualified to chair their committees.”
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Rogers Looking to Protect the Homeland

September 27, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, US Representative Mike Rogers (R-Saks) emailed residents of the Third District with his thoughts about the growing threat from ISIS-inspired terror attacks in our country.

Congressman Rogers wrote, “Here in the United States, this past weekend, the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City was rattled by a bomb that sent 29 people to the hospital and undetonated bombs were found by a train stop in New Jersey.”
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Morrow Files Ethics Complaint Against Rebekah Caldwell Mason

April 6, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—An ethics complaint has been filed against Gov. Robert Bentley’s former senior advisor, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, by State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow (D-Red Bay), stating she improperly influenced legislative actions.

Morrow says this animosity Mason has shown towards him began 25 years ago when, as a student in his economics class, she was unhappy with the grades she received.

In the complaint, Morrow recounts actions surrounding a local bill that applied only to Franklin County, a bill that Gov. Bentley had publicly and privately said he would sign. When speaking to alreporter.com, Morrow said, “She was pillow-talk lobbying…that’s caused the problem.”
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