In shift from Bentley plan, Ivey calls for new investment in prisons, correctional officers

January 10, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey shifted further away from former Gov. Robert Bentley’s plan to build new mega-prison as a solution for overcrowding and prison conditions federal courts have repeatedly ruled as unconstitutional.

In her State of the State Tuesday, Ivey pushed for new investment in prisons and the Department of Corrections, funding which, if approved, ADOC Commissioner Jeff Dunn says can be used to hire new correctional officers, retain existing officers, improve mental health and health care delivery and finance a master plan to determine how to address the state’s outdated prison infrastructure.

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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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Things to look for in 2018

January 8, 2018
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne

Last week, we recapped major highlights from the past year, so this week I want to look ahead at some of the important things to watch for in 2018.

2018 is an election year, and the midterm elections for all House members and the one-third of the United States Senate will be held in November. I expect a very busy legislative session in the run-up to the midterms.

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Brinson promotes Zambia trade deal

June 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, US Senate Randy Brinson (R) spoke about the success of his African trade mission and the significant benefits it will bring to Alabama’s farmers, agribusiness and related industries.

Brinson said, “The response of the Zambian government and people has been amazing. They have agreed to set aside 300,000 acres of land to diversify and expand their agricultural industry. Cotton and corn are their primary crops, but we’ll be working with them to expand their crop base with soybeans, sweet potatoes, sorghum and millet, just to start. Zambian farmers will be able to produce both human and livestock feeds at higher levels than ever before, and Alabama farm know-how is the reason why.”
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House Passes Small Business Tax Credit

April 7, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, April 6, the House passed House Bill 224 sponsored by State Representative Danny Garrett (R-Trussville).

Garrett said that the purpose of creating the new tax credit is to expand and grow jobs. To become a qualified fund manager to use the tax credit, applicants must apply to the Alabama Department of Commerce and undergo a rigorous program to qualify. The Alabama Small Business Investment funds would be operated by Alabama banks and insurance companies. The fund managers must have some equity in the fund that they manage and they must have experience in Alabama.
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Is it Time to Make Changes at RSA?

January 25, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Investing money can be difficult. Investors need to diligently research individual stocks, bonds, stock mutual funds, bond mutual funds, commodity funds, managed money accounts, exchange traded funds (ETFs), real estate investment trusts (REITs), hedge funds, etc. before making decisions about what to buy more of and what to sell and when. Opinions often vary wildly on how to pick investment vehicles but there is one principle that virtually all professional investors agree on and that is periodically you have to review investment performance. In December Morningstar released a report on state pension funds showing what most of us already knew. The Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) has underperformed at managing assets over the last decade.
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Bentley Says Alabama Economic Development Projects Increased in 2011

March 31, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday Governor Robert Bentley issued a written statement announcing that new and expanding industry announcement totals rose to the highest capital investment levels in the past four years.

Governor Bentley said.  “Alabama’s economic development programs are working hand-in-hand with local development partners to create new jobs and new opportunities for people in this state.”

The Alabama Department of Commerce (formerly called the Alabama Development Office), announced that during 2011, the number of new jobs increased by 9.3% and capital investment by 87.7% compared to 2010.
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