We should hold law enforcement officers to a higher standard

September 15, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

On the video, the man is on his knees, his hands bound behind him, but he is calm, barely moving.

Suddenly, another person in the room walks over and hits the bound man. Hard. Unable to defend himself, he starts to slump forward, curling his body into a fetal position, trying to protect himself the best he can.

But the beating continues. Two, three, four swings.

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Rep. Mac Butler running for State Senate

September 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, State Representative Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City, announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to District 10 of the Alabama State Senate.

Rep. Butler said in a statement, “Our community has been blessed for the past seven years to have conservative leadership in the Alabama Senate, because I’ve been encouraged by so many people and there’s so much work to do in Montgomery, I have decided to enter this race to give the people of Etowah, Cherokee and DeKalb counties the small government, pro-liberty representation in Montgomery that they want.”

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Allegations of rape, details of a tragic night

August 21, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A young woman takes her life, a family suffers an unthinkable loss, and the media tells a story both sad and horrifyingly villainous.

But what are the facts?

Local, national and international reports of University of Alabama co-ed Megan Rondini’s alleged rape and suicide by hanging seven months after the events of July 2015 has cast a long shadow over the City of Tuscaloosa, law-enforcement, the University, local medical practitioners and the alleged rapist, 34-year-old Tuscaloosa-native T.J. Bunn.

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US Rep. Mike Rogers holds Town Hall meetings

August 17, 2017

By Staff Report
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, August 12, 2017, Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Saks) held a Town Hall meeting Thursday morning at the Southern Union campus in Opelika and another on Thursday afternoon at the Oxford Civic Center in Oxford. Attendance was estimated at about 200 at both events.

US Representative Mike Rogers said on social media afterward, “Since the media won’t do it, I was glad I had the opportunity to discuss firsthand how I strongly support President Trump’s America’s First agenda.”

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A curious case of Canarys

July 19, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It has become common to hear lawmakers say “BCA is the new AEA.” This statement refers to the fact that, under the leadership of convicted felon, former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, the Business Council of Alabama has risen to control the State’s Legislative agenda, much like the Alabama Education Association did in years past.

So egregious is BCA’s CEO Billy Canary’s latest behavior that he is receiving widespread criticism not only in Montgomery but in Washington DC, as well. High-level operatives and agents say Canary is no longer welcome in some Senate and Congressional offices. Lawmaker’s in the Nation’s Capital, as well as Montgomery, are set on isolating him until the BCA Board sees the light.
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State Representative Micky Hammon will not seek re-election

July 19, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

State Representative Micky Hammon (R-Decatur) announced Tuesday that he would not seek re-election in 2018 after more than decade in the Alabama Legislature.

“Now that Republicans have implemented the reforms necessary to take Alabama to the next level, I think it’s time to turn my seat over to the next generation of leaders, who will carry us into the future with fresh perspectives and new ideas,” Hammon said.
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Birmingham Realtors PAC held FCPA reports for four years

July 11, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In his ongoing effort to ensure adherence to the Fair Campaign Practice Act (FCPA), Secretary of State John Merrill continues to crackdown on those who fail to report according to State law’s required guidelines. One such group, put on notice by the Secretary of State’s Office, is the Birmingham Association of Realtors (BARPAC) Political Action Committee.

According to the Secretary of State’s records, BARPAC did not file annual reports for four years, as required from 2013 through 2016, and made over $37,000 in political contributions to candidates, lobbyists, and others during those years.
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Martin brings experience of fighting for justice to Attorney General’s race

June 15, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

If Alabama is looking for an Attorney General who is tough on crime, smart as a whip, and fair, then the search is over. Former US Attorney Alice Martin, who announced this week, her intention to seek the office, is one to watch.

Recently, The Alabama Political Reporter spoke with Martin and asked about her history, ethics, and priorities if she becomes Attorney General.
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Meet gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson

June 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Scott Dawson sat down with The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) to discuss his bid for the 2018 Republican Party nomination for Governor.

APR: Former Governor Bentley wanted to borrow $800 million to build four new mega prisons. Do you support Bentley’s prison plan?

Dawson: When was the last time we spent a large chunk of money on education, or on infrastructure? To me every crime must have a consequence, but ultimately prisons are bigger than buildings. It is about people. Reforming those prisoners so they don’t come back to prison should be discussed when we talk about prison reform. We need prisoner reform. Don’t be slack on crime, but moms are not praying for bigger prisons moms are praying that their sons to change.
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My gun dilemma solved…..for now

May 17, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

The good news, as reported by The Alabama Political Reporter’s Brandon Moseley Monday, is there are only four more days in this year’s Legislative Session. That down to three now.

Legislative sessions usually can’t end fast enough, especially with some of the proposals that turn up. The General Fund and education budgets – the Legislature’s primary responsibility – are basically in the can.

One issue I’ve been watching the whole Session with interest is SB24, the so-called Gun Bill. Sponsored by Sen. Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa), it would allow anybody qualified to have a gun to be able to carry it concealed without buying a gun permit from their local sheriff.
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