Separating fact from fiction about “Gun Bill”

April 25, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Senate passed Senate Bill 24, which would allow Alabamians, who are lawfully permitted to own a firearm, to carry them concealed on their person without having to purchase a concealed carry permit (sometimes popularly called a “pistol permit”) from their Sheriff’s Office. However, the Alabama Sheriff’s Association is fighting hard against this bill claiming it will jeopardize the public’s safety.

Anyone who has attended public hearings or has heard arguments from lobbyists knows that separating fact from fiction can be a challenging task that requires doing research on the legislation.
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Lawmaker wants House to condemn Rebekah Mason

April 19, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow wants to make sure that Rebekah Mason – the alleged mistress of former Gov. Robert Bentley – doesn’t escape punishment for her role in the year-long scandal that’s engulfed this State.

Morrow on Wednesday introduced a resolution that he wants the House to consider that would encourage the Attorney General’s office to investigate Mason for potential criminal activity, apologize to those hurt by her actions, condemn those actions and applaud Bentley’s ex-wife, Diane, for her strength and integrity.
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Cohen, Ziegler Comment on Moore Trial

September 29, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Following the Court of the Judiciary Trial of Chief Justice Roy Moore, an eager press waited for commentary outside the Heflin-Tolbert Judicial Building on Wednesday.

Neither Chief Justice Moore, his attorneys nor the Judicial Inquiry Commission’s (JIC) attorneys spoke to the media. Justice Moore is not anticipated to comment on the trial until the court reaches a decision.
Dueling protests, both in support and against Moore, raged on the Courthouse steps, replete with signs and sound systems.
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God Speed Speaker McCutcheon

August 4, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The nomination of Representative Mac McCutcheon by the Republican Caucus assures that he will be the next Speaker of the House. We, at the Alabama Political Reporter, congratulate him and wish him great success in his new leadership role.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything,” wrote Irish playwright and great thinker, George Bernard Shaw.

I have been a fierce critic of Rep. McCutcheon since he appeared at the pep rally with Mike Hubbard following Hubbard’s indictment, and I expressed outrage when he tried to pass the Star Chamber bill last session. However, recently, he and I have had an opportunity to discuss several issues of importance to both the State and its people. His forthrightness, willingness to listen and desire to represent all of the people has given me hope and confidence in his leadership. We both agree on the need for change, change that must lead to a better State and Legislature.
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Faithful to the Mission

July 19, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Over the past 24 hours, I have received criticism and “atta boys” for my article “Greene County’s Burden.” Perhaps, I deserve both or neither, but at least people are talking.

Before we published the first page on Alabama Political Reporter, we determined our mission would be to inform, educate and alert our readers to the hard truth about State politics. While I am certain we have fallen short, we have worked hard, and continue to work with great purpose to fulfill that promise.
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We Are Not All Alike

April 25, 2016

By Terry Lathan
Chairman, Alabama Republican Party
 
Remember that time the Republicans in the Alabama Legislature accomplished these reforms?

• Saved $1 billion annually by slashing government employment, consolidating agencies and deleting duplicate services while also passing strong economic incentives

• Implemented historic school choice and charter schools

• Enacted a rolling reserve fund for education funding stability

• Terminated private union dues being processed by government employees
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Recall Power for Voters? Gov. Bentley Has a Better Shot at Getting Some

April 13, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Imagine if Alabama allowed voters to recall elected officials, like the governor, House speaker and state Supreme Court chief justice because they’re doing bad stuff.

We’d probably be preparing for a pretty big election right now.

But Alabama lawmakers (and state officials) have never been too anxious to give Alabama voters that kind of authority.

Because they’re cowards. Just like they won’t let voters have the power of lawmaking, through initiative and referendum.
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