GOP Steering Committee flees meeting without announcing a decision about Moore

November 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Republican Party’s Steering Committee met for three hours in a closed meeting Wednesday night at the Embassy Suites Hotel to decide the fate of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been deluged by national criticism after allegations of misconduct in the late 1970s were first published by the Washington Post.

The 21 member ALGOP steering committee slipped out of the building in the night without addressing the gathered media or releasing a statement.  Reportedly the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee did not decertify Roy Moore as the Republican nominee.  Reportedly the Alabama Republican Party remains behind Roy Moore…for now.

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Sewell says Congress must hear from Manafort, Gates and Papadopoalos

November 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, it was announced that former Trump 2016 Campaign Manager Paul Manafort and his partner, Rick Gates, had both been indicted by charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller also announced that former Trump Campaign Foreign Policy Adviser George Papadopoulos had accepted a guilty plea.

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Selma, said that all three men should have to testify before the House Intelligence Committee, of which she is a member.

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Worley opposes the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson repeal bill

September 20, 2017

 By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the Alabama Democratic Party released a statement in which they said that, “The Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill would sabotage our health care system, gut Medicaid, increase costs, and strip health care away from millions of Americans.”

“Democrats believe health care is a right, not a privilege,” Nancy Worley, chairwoman of the Alabama Democratic Party, said in a statement. “And as Republicans try to take health care away from working families, Alabamians will suffer under the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill.  This harmful bill will end Medicaid as we know it, cancel tax credits that help families afford health insurance, and eliminate subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket costs for working families. Republicans need to listen to the Alabamians they represent and join Democrats in their efforts to improve our health care system.”

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Americans for Legal Immigration endorses Mo Brooks

August 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, the conservative group Americans for Legal Immigration announced its endorsement of Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) for United States Senate.

Congressman Brooks is an outspoken proponent of building President Trump’s border wall and strictly enforcing America’s immigration laws.

The President of ALIPAC, William Gheen said in a statement, “It is vital to the effort to save America from this socialist backed illegal immigration overthrow of our elections and republic that we elect a very strong voice that supports our existing immigration laws instead of amnesty. Mo Brooks clearly has the strongest record against illegal immigration.”
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Lindsey Graham threatens “there will be Holy Hell” if Trump fires Sessions

July 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 27, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Associated Press that he will continue to serve as Attorney General as long as President Trump wants him to.

AG Sessions told the AP in El Salvador that Trump has every right to find another Attorney General.  Sessions said, “I serve at the pleasure of the President. I’ve understood that from the day I took the job.”
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Sessions On Mission In Egypt With Sens. McCain, Graham, Hoeven, and Blumenthal

February 22, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter 

Senator Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama is in Egypt with fellow Senators John McCain (R) from Arizona, Lindsey Graham (R) from South Carolina, Richard Blumenthal (D) from Connecticut, and John Hoeven (R) from North Dakota.

The State Department said in a written statement where Sen. McCain made a public statement about the purpose of the Senators visit.  Sen. McCain said, “We traveled here to meet with newly elected members of the Parliament from across the political spectrum, with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, and with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces – and to participate in a conference with Egyptian and American businesses that seek to increase prosperity and development in both of our peoples. With all of these different groups, we have reaffirmed the support of the United States, and the Congress in particular, for the sovereignty and aspirations of the Egyptian people – and conveyed our strong desire to cooperate, as partners and friends, with the new democratic government.”

Sen. McCain said they had planned the trip before Egypt arrested several American members of international Non-Governmental Agencies (NGOs), including Sam Lahood the son of Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood.  Sen. McCain said that they were leaving the release of the hostages to the State Department and the Egyptian Government: “We had scheduled this visit prior to the recent increase in tensions related to the non-governmental organizations. So our goal in coming here is not to attempt to negotiate this very important and delicate matter. We leave that to the Government of Egypt, the U.S. Embassy, and the Embassies of other countries involved.

Sen. McCain acknowledged that the fate of the prisoners has come up in their meeting. “Of course, the issue of the NGOs came up in all of our meetings. And we are confident that people of good faith – in this country, our country, and many others – can and will find an acceptable resolution to the present situation.”

Sen. McCain said, “As we follow the debate here in Egypt, we hear it said that these NGOs are violating Egyptian sovereignty and meddling in this country’s internal affairs. Nothing could be further from the truth. Indeed, the majority of the people who work for these organizations here in Egypt are not foreigners, but Egyptians. And their work – which is done at the request of Egyptian democracy and civil society groups – seeks to support these Egyptian partners in pushing for the rule of law, free elections, a free media, respect for the human rights of all people, and other core principles of a democratic society. This assistance has been all the more important because of certain laws that have limited the freedom of Egyptian non-governmental organizations to work on behalf of their own civil society and democratic aspirations, both during the Mubarak era and still today.

According to Amnesty International, the Egyptian government arrested 44 persons, 14 of them Egyptians, as well as 16 Americans, Germans, and Serbians that worked for “five organizations – the US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI); the International Republican Institute (IRI); the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ); Freedom House (FH) and the Germany-based Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.”  A number of Egyptian NGOs were also raided the same day, including the Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and Legal Profession (ACIJLP) and the Budgetary and Human Rights Observatory (BHRO).”

The Egyptian government claims that the individuals are in violation of a Mubarek era statute that bans Egyptian organizations and associations from accepting money from international organizations.  Nationalist and Islamist groups have accused the NGOs of being part of some sort of international conspiracy to foment unrest in the nation.  Critics of the arrests say that they violate the basic freedom of association.

At least three of the 7 indicted Americans who are still in Egypt, including Sam Lahood, are staying with the American Ambassador to Egypt.  They may be arrested again.  They may attempt to leave Egypt or they may stand trial and face up to five years in an Egyptian prison.  Some member of Congress have questioned if we should continue to provide Egypt with $1.3 billion a year in military aid.

To read the press release:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201202211641.html

 

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