Alabama Media Professionals host National Federation of Press Women in Birmingham

September 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Media Professionals will be hosting the National Federation of Press Women’s Annual Conference in Birmingham on September 7, 8 and 9, 2017.

AMP President Mary Wimberley said in a statement, “It’s time! The National Federation of Press Women’s Annual Conference comes to Birmingham September 7-9. A team of Alabama Media Professionals members has worked toward this event since about 2014, beginning with Elaine Hobson Miller’s vision for AMP to be a host affiliate.”

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“What can the Internet do for us?”

June 22, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Congratulations to Josh Moon, my colleague at The Alabama Political Reporter, for taking a couple of journalism awards from the Alabama Associated Press Managing Editors group. Those aren’t Moon’s first awards, and they likely won’t be his last.

Showing nothing but class, Moon put the awards in the correct perspective: We (journalists) do give awards to each other. I’ve won my share, including a Pulitzer Prize and five best editorial column awards from the Alabama Press Association over the years.
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Instructional videos an excellent example of leadership

June 12, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It would not be a stretch to say that under the direction of Secretary of State John Merrill, the once sleepy office is now a bustling hub of information, innovation, and efficiency.

Beginning this month, State law will require all office holders, principal campaign committees, and political action committees that file with the Probate Judge’s Office, other than candidates for municipal office, to file campaign disclosure reports electronically with the Secretary of State.
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Public hearing on broadband bill renews debate on government influence in private businesses

April 13, 2017

Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

A bill that would expand municipal governments’ reach into broadband and internet services renewed a debate on government expansion into private enterprise at a committee meeting on Wednesday, April 12.

The House Committee on Commerce and Small Business was a packed house on Wednesday with some people even forced to stand in the back.

The main attraction at the committee meeting was a public hearing on House Bill 375 which would allow certain municipalities to increase government services into broadband and internet.
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Senator proposes bill to expand city internet service

March 28, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA— Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, has proposed several bills to expand allow a public municipal utility provider, Opelika Power Services, to expand its internet service outside of the municipal jurisdiction of the city of Opelika.

Whatley has proposed three different bills this legislative session, one would allow the utility provider, owned and backed by the city of Opelika, to expand its services outside of Opelika. One version would allow it to expand into four counties surrounding Lee County. Current Alabama law doesn’t allow municipal service providers to expand beyond their municipal jurisdiction.

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Palmer Critical of FCC’s “Net Neutrality” Order

March 3, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, March 2, US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) released a statement in which he strongly disagrees with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “net neutrality” order and criticizes the rules as both an unnecessary and beyond the scope of power prescribed to the FCC by Congress.

Congressman Palmer said in a written statement, “The FCC’s ‘net neutrality’ erodes the authority of Congress. The FCC, an independent federal agency, does not have the authority to write laws, but in a 3-2 ruling has done just that. Moreover, as FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai pointed out in his dissenting statement, this order opens the door to taxing the internet, is likely to increase rates, and was previously rejected by the FCC, only to have it resurrected at the behest of the White House. Finally, by putting internet content under the thumb of federal bureaucrats, this ruling threatens free speech. This ruling cannot be allowed to stand.”
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Reynolds Warns Free Market Principles May Cease To Exist

February 26, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Republican National Committeeman Paul Reynolds has been a vocal opponent expansion of federal regulations that we have witnessed under the administration of President Barack H. Obama (D). Reynolds recently emailed his concerns to conservatives around the State of Alabama

RNC member Reynolds wrote, “More than ever, I believe private enterprise and the principles of the free market will soon cease to exist in this country. Right before our eyes, Barack Obama is employing thousands of unelected federal bureaucrats to implement a methodical government takeover of the economy. At the end of last year, the Obama Administration handed down more than 1200 new regulations, some of which from the EPA are the most expensive to taxpayers in our nation’s history. Undeterred, they promptly handed down another 206 regulations earlier this month. All of these laws were enacted without the approval of our elected Congress. This Soviet-style central planning is the exact approach to the economy taken by the now-defunct nations of Eastern Europe during much of the last century.”
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Aderholt Monitoring Net Neutrality

December 9, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt (R from Haleyville) said that he will continue to keep an eye on Net Neutrality legislation and will work with fellow legislators on a common sense solution.

Congressman Aderholt said in his November newsletter, “I’ve heard from many constituents of the Fourth District recently about net neutrality and welcome the opportunity to continue to examine the details of the mechanics of the issue. In 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a “net neutrality” rule that would, in effect, ensure that internet providers have to treat all websites the same and not charge any of them for special treatment, such as increased speed.”
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Tea Party Leaders Learn About Using Internet and Social Media

January 23, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Last week, leaders of Alabama’s diverse Tea Party Groups met to learn how they can be more effective at spreading their message and creating more effective organizations.  One of the topics discussed in the Star Wars Room of the Alabama Capital was how to use the internet and social media to advance political causes.

Stephen Gordon from Hartselle who is the President of Forward Focus Media spoke to the group of 80 Tea Party leaders.  Gordon’s clients include: Paul DeMarco, Mike Holmes, and Amie Beth Shaver.  In the past he has represented: Tim James, Scott Beason, Bob Barr, and Ron Paul.
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Editorial: Armistead Lost Battle on the Internet Long Before His Defeat At Republican Summer Meeting

August 26, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead actually said on the podium at the Alabama Republicans annual summer meeting,

“The blogs and websites are trash. Don’t get on them.”

In the days and weeks before the fiery showdown between Chairman Armistead’s old guard of social conservatives and a younger group of party activists the Alabama Republican Party Chairman actually followed his own bad advice.

Chairman Armistead and his faction on the steering committee were promoting new by-laws which would strip state steering committee members of their ability to speak out against any provision on the GOP platform and a second bylaw change which would prohibit elected officials from serving on their county or the state’s executive committees.
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