Moore says federal ruling on transgender soldiers in the military is “absolutely ridiculous”

November 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore called a ruling by a federal judge blocking President Donald Trump’s August executive order that banned transgender people from serving in the military “absolutely ridiculous.”

“The decision of a federal judge in the District of Columbia enjoining President Trump’s executive order on transgenderism in the military is absolutely ridiculous and is a perfect example of the outlandish doctrine of judicial supremacy whereby judges exalt themselves over the Constitution they are sworn to uphold,” former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Moore said. “As recently as 2013, the American Psychiatric Association considered transgenderism to be a mental disorder. And only in 2016 did the Obama administration attempt to impose that delusion upon our fighting forces. To say that President Trump cannot prohibit transgenderism in the military is a clear example of judicial activism. Even the United States Supreme Court has never declared transgenderism to be a right under the Constitution.”

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More corruption indictments expected Thursday

September 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama on Wednesday announced a noon press conference for Thursday.

According to his defense counsel, charges are expected tomorrow against Joel Gilbert, a partner at Birmingham law firm Balch & Bingham LLP, in connection legal services he provided his client the Drummond Company.

Former State Rep. Oliver Robinson, D-Birmingham, has pleaded guilty to bribery, corruption, fraud, and tax evasion in connection to his efforts to try to block the expansion of a North Birmingham EPA Superfund  site to include the neighborhoods of Tarrant and Inglenook.

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US Sen. Shelby endorses Sen. Strange

September 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., endorsed appointed Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., in the Republican primary runoff on Sept. 26.  The endorsement is being promulgated in a statewide direct mail campaign paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and their Alabama affiliate: the Business Council of Alabama (BCA).

“As has been reported, the U.S. Chamber is backing Luther Strange in the race for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat,” Megan Etten, a spokesperson for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said. “Today, the U.S. Chamber, in partnership with the Business Council of Alabama, will deliver a statewide mailer to Republican primary voters urging them to vote for Senator Luther Strange in the September 26 runoff election. The mailer features an endorsement from Senator Richard Shelby; it’s the first action he’s taken in this race.”

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Zeigler asks Trump to switch Senate endorsement to Roy Moore

September 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler sent a request to President Donald Trump asking the president to switch his endorsement in Alabama’s U.S. Senate Republican runoff from Luther Strange to Judge Roy Moore.

Trump endorsed the appointed U.S. Sen. Strange in the August 15 GOP primary, but Strange finished second to former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Moore by six percentage points.

The two meet in a Sept. 26, 2017, runoff for the Republican Senate nomination.

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Marcel Black will not seek another term in Alabama House

July 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 5, 2017 veteran State Legislator, Marcel Black (D-Tuscumbia), announced that he will not be running for his eighth term in the Alabama House of Representatives in 2018.

Representative said, “Serving the people of the Shoals as their representative in Montgomery has been a privilege and honor, and I will always be appreciative of the opportunity that they entrusted me with.”

Black said that he has considered his decision for a while and finally concluded that, “if you are beginning to seriously think about leaving Montgomery, it is probably time to do so. For me that time has come.”
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Brinson calls Strange “Mr. Corruption”

June 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday June 28, 2017, Republican US Senate candidate Dr. Randy Brinson called Senator Luther Strange (R) “Mr. Corruption” at a news conference in Montgomery.  Brinson claimed that Luther Strange’s actions, while Alabama Attorney General, delayed the impeachment proceeding against former Governor Robert Bentley (R) and prolonged the Bentley saga.  Brinson suggested that Strange did this in order to get the US Senate appointment from the embattled Governor of February 9, to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions who became US Attorney General.
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Rep. Jim Hill to Chair House Judiciary Committee

June 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, June 9, 2017, Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) on announced that State Representative Jim Hill (R-Odenville) will serve as chairman of the body’s Judiciary Committee for the remainder of the 2014 to 2018 quadrennium.

Speaker McCutcheon said, “Jim Hill had a two-decade career as a respected judge and has earned the reputation of being a distinguished legal scholar, so he possesses the ideal skill set for serving as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. In addition, Republican and Democrat House members alike know him to be an exceedingly fair-minded individual who is capable of impartially presiding over sometimes contentious debates, just as he did in the courtroom.”
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Jones appointed to chair House Rules Committee

June 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) announced that State Representative Mike Jones (R-Andalusia) will serve as chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee for the remainder of the 2014 – 2018 Quadrennium.

Jones has been Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. In 2016 his committee was tasked with investigation possible impeachment proceeding against Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R). It was an enormous task, that was made even more difficult because no one alive could remember the last time that the Legislature had seriously considered impeaching a State official.
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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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Zeigler ends lawsuit after Ivey sets Special Election

April 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, April 20, 2017, Alabama Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) announced that he and Tommy Chapman were dropping their lawsuit challenging the legality of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) dubious decision to delay the Special Election for US Senate for 21 months. Bentley has since departed the Governor’s mansion to avoid impeachment and prosecution, and Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has reversed Bentley’s order on the Special Election.
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