Sen. Doug Jones to embark on first statewide tour this week

February 19, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Sen. Doug Jones, Alabama’s first Democratic senator in a quarter-century, is set to embark on his first statewide tour this week, planning to hit locations in Mobile, Montgomery, Mobile, Birmingham and Selma.

Jones will visit military bases and installations, rural hospitals and clinics, infrastructure and military and military contractors.

“It’s been a privilege to represent Alabama in Washington, but there’s nothing like getting home and hearing from folks first-hand,” Jones said of the trip. “I’m eager to hit the road and visit with as many Alabamians across the state as I can next week. We’re going to focus on the issues that are most important to our communities, from healthcare to jobs to education.”

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Opinion | Legislators should not ignore infrastructure, education and jobs just because it is an election year

January 11, 2018

By Rep. Craig Ford

The legislative session began this week and, by all accounts, it’s expected to be an uneventful year. The only goal lawmakers seem to have is to pass the budgets and go home.

But there is a lot of work that can and ought to be done instead of just kicking the can down the road for the next legislature.

Beyond the typical budget issues, there’s a lot of unfinished business involving our infrastructure, healthcare, education and jobs that we need to address – and all of these issues go hand-in-hand.

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Opinion | Alabama the state could learn a thing or two from Alabama the football team

January 9, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama won another college football title on Monday night.

We can quibble over how many total titles the Crimson Tide has won over the years, but I think we can all agree that it’s a lot. Auburn has been no slouch, either, especially lately.

And those facts have always bothered me.

How is it possible, in this state where we do so much wrong, that we can’t draw from the lessons of the one thing we do so right?

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Will leaders lay fundamental groundwork for tomorrow or wimp out?

January 8, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Results from the Alabama Political Reporter’s first Influentials poll show that many of our state’s best thinkers see an urgent need to invest in infrastructure, encourage new industry and develop a 21st-century workforce. These are three big ideas that, if executed correctly, will have a profound effect on the state’s economy, quality of life and upward mobility of all citizens who wish to participate.

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Results are in: The top issues facing the state according to APR’s Influentials Poll

January 3, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Results from the Alabama Political Reporter‘s first Influentials Poll are in, and some of the state’s most prominent political minds believe the state needs to chart a course for growth that doesn’t neatly fit into either party’s public persona.

APR asked its exclusive list of lawmakers, public officials, consultants, association leaders, media analysts and lobbyists to rank the most important issues facing the state as it moves into 2018.

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Barry Moore says that the “Political Establishment” hates him

August 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, State Representative Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) is running for Congress and he is emphasizing his “outsider” credentials.

Rep. Moore said in a statement, “Well, it was no secret before, but it was made clear once again: the political Establishment hates me.  Last weekend, when one of our states largest lobbying entities invited politicians to come “wine and dine” at the beach, it was made abundantly clear that I would not be welcome.”
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An interview with Senate candidate Robert Kennedy

August 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, August 4, 2017, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) had an in depth conversation with US Senate Candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. (D).  Kennedy is running in the Democratic Party Special Election Primary for the Senate seat vacated when Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) was confirmed as Attorney General.

APR asked: The VA scandal exposed the fact that most federal employees can not be fired, even for incompetence. Should that change?

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Nicole Jones running for Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries

July 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, July 29, 2017, Nicole Jones (R) announced that she was dropping her run for the State Senate and will instead be running statewide for Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries.

Nicole Jones said in a statement, “Over the past several weeks I have prayerfully considered where to best leave a legacy in our State, and the Lord presented an opportunity that overwhelmed my heart. At this time, I would be honored to have your support as I run for Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries.”
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Public/Private partnerships can assist with infrastructure issues

July 25, 2017

By Johnny Kampis

As some are calling for upwards of a trillion dollars in federal spending to help fix the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, a public-private partnership in Alabama is proving that some of those roads and bridges can be improved without using loads of taxpayer dollars.

Officials in Baldwin County recently announced the expansion of the Beach Express, which will add a third lane at the Foley Beach Express bridge that will be reversible depending on traffic needs. The toll road is a partnership between Baldwin County, which includes the beach destinations of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and private operator American Roads.
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Interview with Bryan Peeples

July 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) sat down for a long discussion with Republican US Senate Candidate Bryan Peeples about the issues likely to face the US Senate.

Peeples said, “I am a Rand Paul Republican. I think differently than some of the other candidates.  I support actually fighting for the individual rights of the citizens. I was described on the campaign trail, As a blend of John F Kennedy and Rand Paul. I take that as a great honor.  It is very humbling to hear that.”
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