How Congress is creating a national citizen database and what you can do to stop it

November 15, 2017

By Deborah Love
Executive Director Eagle Forum of Alabama

It seems like every day we hear of another data breach or privacy violation impacting our personal information whether its Equifax, IRS, or the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. But breaches are just one small part of privacy issues facing Americans today. Instead of increasing protections, Democrats and Republicans in Congress are working together not to protect your privacy rights but to build a national database on citizens. Such a database has always been prohibited by federal law. Even though a clear majority of Americans from all political perspectives oppose a national citizen database and are concerned about their personal privacy especially digital privacy and data collection, Congress is moving quickly to create this new massive warehouse system of personal data. A bill introduced by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) and Senator Patty Murray(D), The Foundation for Evidence Based Policymaking Act (FEPA), HR4174/S. 2046 would be the first step in creating this national database and is assumed to pass under the radar and with little opposition.

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Sessions settles lawsuit, admits that IRS targeted the Tea Party during Obama administration

October 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice has entered into settlements, pending approval by the district courts, in two cases brought by groups whose tax-exempt status was significantly delayed by the Internal Revenue Service based on inappropriate criteria.

The first case, Linchpins of Liberty v. United States, comprised claims brought by 41 plaintiffs, and the second case, NorCal Tea Party Patriots v. Internal Revenue Service, was a class action suit that included 428 members. Attorney General Sessions released the following statement about the cases:

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Moore campaign calls on Washington Post to issue retraction

October 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, the Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate Campaign called on the Washington Post (WAPO) to issue a correction regarding its recent reporting on Moore, which Campaign Chairman Bill Armistead called inaccurate.

Chairman Armistead said in a statement,“The Washington Post recently published a number of hit pieces on Judge Moore and how he was compensated by the Foundation for Moral Law for work performed on their behalf. The stories have contained misrepresentations and inconsistencies designed, not to tell the truth, but to hurt Judge Moore politically.”

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Sessions moves to protect religious liberties

October 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, the Trump administration reversed Obama-era policies with new legal guidance issued to the Department of Justice by Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding religious liberty.

Sessions issued guidance to all administrative agencies and executive departments regarding religious liberty protections in federal law.

“Our freedom as citizens has always been inextricably linked with our religious freedom as a people,” Sessions said. “It has protected both the freedom to worship and the freedom not to believe. Every American has a right to believe, worship, and exercise their faith. The protections for this right, enshrined in our Constitution and laws, serve to declare and protect this important part of our heritage.”
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Campaign Legal Center requests investigation of US Senate candidate Roy Moore

October 3, 2017

 By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) wrote to the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., requesting an immediate investigation into whether U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore failed to declare honoraria earned, liabilities owed, and compensation received on his financial disclosure statement, in violation of federal law and Senate rules.

The CLC is the non-profit “watch dog” that the Daily Beast cited as experts for their Thursday, September 28 story charging that Moore had violated campaign reporting requirements when his June Senate disclosure form appeared to have discrepancies with his filing with the Alabama Ethics Commission two months earlier.

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Roby: Tax reform represents a “tremendous opportunity to move this country ahead”

October 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, September 28, 2017, Congressional Republicans unveiled their highly-anticipated tax reform plan. U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, attended the House GOP summit to discuss the joint House, Senate, and White House plan to overhaul the nation’s complicated tax code. Roby explained the basics of the tax reform legislation set to be considered in the House over the next few weeks.  Roby said that tax reform represents a tremendous opportunity to move this country ahead and will allow you to keep more of your money.

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Oliver Robinson shouldn’t go to jail alone

June 23, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Oliver Robinson is going to jail.

Quite a few others should be going with him.

If Robinson, a former State Representative, wants to redeem himself and maybe help the constituents he’s sold out, he’ll spend the next few weeks and months working to make sure the jail cells around him are filled with other suit-wearing, fast-talking, greased-palm hustlers who have hijacked our State political system.
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Strange joins effort to kill Death Tax

March 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Alabama Senator Luther Strange (R) announced that he is co-sponsoring repealing the Death Tax.

The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017 would permanently repeal the Federal estate tax, more commonly known as the death tax. The bill is sponsored by Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) would also repeal the generation-skipping transfer tax. Both provisions of the bill would provide much-needed relief to farm families across Alabama, who currently endure disproportionate taxation on the value of the inherited land when it passes from one generation to the next.
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Scammers Claim they are from the Attorney General’s Office

September 14, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

No one wants to go to jail. To avoid incarceration, most of us are willing to pay a hefty fine. Con Men know this too. Beware of anyone phoning and claiming to be with law enforcement demanding payment to avoid arrest.

On Thursday, September 8, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) warned that scammers are phoning Alabama residents claiming to be from the AG’s office and are demanding payments from people or law enforcement will arrest them.
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CARES: Ripe for Fraud and Identity Theft

September 13, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Due to gross mismanagement of the CARES system, not only are Alabama’s most needy citizens in danger of identity theft, but the system’s many failures also open a gaping door to unchecked, fraudulent claims for CHIPs and Medicaid.

After publication of APR’s article, “CARES: A Massive Technology Failure Costing Taxpayers Tens of Millions,” the Alabama Political Reporter received numerous emails revealing the system’s vulnerabilities.
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