Ending illegal immigration must be a top priority

September 26, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Congressman Bradly Byrne (AL-1)

One of President Donald Trump’s most popular positions on the campaign trail last year was a commitment to securing our nation’s borders. Since taking office, this has been a shared top priority between President Trump and the House of Representatives.

President Trump first demonstrated his commitment to restoring the rule of law and tackling illegal immigration when he appointed Jeff Sessions as his attorney general. Jeff Sessions was the leader on immigration issues in the Senate, and he understands how allowing illegal immigration to go unchecked makes our country less safe and hurts the overall economy.

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Thanksgiving Day brings little to be thankful for in State government

November 24, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For those who honestly care about the future of our State, there are few bright spots this Thanksgiving. Even as we engage in polite conversation over turkey and dressing or pecan pie, the subject will naturally turn to the state of the State.

While, “Who will replace Senator Jeff Sessions and the political dominos to follow” is a fun parlor game, it’s the nagging reality that Governor Robert Bentley used the tools of government to destroy political enemies, carry on an affair and deceive the public, that is the “Sword of Damocles” hanging over our State.
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What is the Status of Gaming in Alabama?

October 21, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

A couple of weeks ago, to the surprise of many, Governor Robert Bentley announced at a press conference the formation of a gambling committee to explore the benefits and costs of legalizing some forms of gaming in Alabama.

While the move was met mostly with indifference from the majority of the State – a government committee doesn’t exactly inspire great excitement – it also seemed like a curious move from a Governor, who, along with Attorney General Luther Strange, had two weeks earlier signed off on a letter to district attorneys and sheriffs around the State, reminding them that electronic bingo is illegal in Alabama.
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Greene County’s Burden

July 18, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—What began as a war on bingo by former Gov. Bob Riley, was rooted in power, politics and greed, with both sides claiming legal and even moral authority over what constitutes legal or illegal bingo in the Alabama.

The latest episode in this much-sordid affair is the State Supreme Court’s intervention in a lower court’s ruling, concerning the legality of machines played at Greenetrack in Greene County.
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Hubbard Trial Day Five: Sumner Fries Hubbard

June 1, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—Former Alabama Ethics Commission Director, Jim Sumner, testified authoritatively and effectively with devastating consequences for the defense on Day Five of the criminal trial of Speaker Mike Hubbard.

In spite of Hubbard’s attorney, Bill Baxley, attempting to marginalize Sumner’s testimony, Judge Jacob Walker, III sided with the State and certified him as an expert on Alabama’s Ethics Laws.

Sumner’s twenty years as director proved invaluable in making the case that Hubbard had, in fact, violated the Ethics Laws for which he has been charged. Under direct examination by Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart, Sumner gave testimony to the various charges against Hubbard. Court observers agreed that it was the most devastating day for Hubbard since his former chief of staff, Josh Blades, took the stand. One defense attorney said Sumner’s detailed testimony was “damning” to Hubbard’s cause.
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Hey Everybody Let’s Have A Trial!

May 2, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Last week, Judge Jacob Walker, III, finally said enough is enough, and with that, Speaker Mike Hubbard is fated to stand trial on 23 felony counts of public corruption in May. This will be some 577 days after being indicted. Jury selection will begin the week of May 16, with opening statements projected for May 24 or 25.

Despite Hubbard’s attorneys Bill Baxley and Lance Bell whining like a pair of 13-year-old girls begging daddy for tickets to a Justin Bieber concert, and David McKnight threatening to upend the trial opening, the Judge said, “No.”
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Davis Approved To Work For Arc Terminals

April 14, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The Alabama Ethics Commission has issued an opinion that would allow Rep. Randy Davis (R-Daphne) to accept a position with Arc Terminals, a principal with business before the State. State law makes in illegal for a legislator to receive a thing of value from a principal, in this case: a paycheck. Some have questioned why a oil and gas storage facility would hire a music teacher/law maker to be its Information Officer.
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US Attorney Asks Bingo or Slots?

April 7, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Politcal Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A letter obtained by alreporter.com from the US Attorney for the middle district, George Beck, to Gov. Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange raises serious questions about the State’s inconsistency on the legality of bingo machines.

While the letter seeks clarification on what might appear to be a complex issue, it can be distilled down to a question: How can the machines played at VictoryLand be slot machines and the ones played at facilities owned by Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) not be slots? Or even more simply put, how can one be illegal and the other not?
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Byrne Says Obama Immigration Action Sets Dangerous Precedent

December 11, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congress writes the laws. Courts interpret the laws. Presidents enforce the laws. This simplistic mantra has been memorized by school kids since the U.S. Constitution was written in the late 18th Century. It never has exactly worked like that. Presidents, like your local police officer, have always had some discretion in what laws are enforced and how strictly the laws are enforced. President Obama has pushed that envelope substantially with his executive decrees ordering that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security not enforce dozens of laws on the books pertaining to millions of illegal aliens in this country.
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