Is a former ALEA executive running afoul of revolving door statute?

October 5, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Recently, the Alabama First Responders Wireless Commission voted to recommend that Alabama opt-in to a first responders’ wireless network provided by AT&T. But there may be a problem. AT&T’s man on the ground in Alabama is the former executive director of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Former ALEA Executive Director, Ryan Burchnell – after leaving the law enforcement agency in May of this year – took a position with AT&T as lead Market Development manager for AT&T’s FirstNet.

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Alabama politicos react to Moore-Strange debate

September 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Republican Senate candidates Roy Moore and Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., debated a number of issues in a Lincoln-Douglas style debate in Montgomery. Afterwards, supporters of both campaigns declared victory.

Former state Rep. Perry Hooper Jr., who is also chair of Trump’s Victory Committee in Alabama, endorsed Strange.

“The Debate tonight proved one important fact: Senator Luther Strange is s better fit to serve as Alabama’s Junior US Senator,” Hooper said. “Senator Strange was spot on discussing important issues. He was very knowledgeable, confident and looked Senatorial. Chief Justice Moore seemed confused at times and he had a hard time pronouncing words. The best line of the night was when Moore told the audience that God was in charge of his election, Strange replied by saying in all due respect, God is in charge of the election for both Moore and Luther, but one thing is for Sure President Trump is for Me. That was the best line of the night!”

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Strange faces off against Moore in first and only debate

September 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, Roy Moore and Luther Strange finally faced in a debate in Montgomery.

The Lincoln-Douglas style debate had no actual moderator and did not really have much disagreement on the actual issues.  The two Republican Senate candidates both enthusiastically support President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” agenda; but the two men clearly do not like each other.

Sen. Strange, R-Ala., stated early in the debate, “The President supports me,” and reiterated that point throughout his performance.  Strange said that the president will be at a rally with him in Huntsville on Friday and that Vice President Mike Pence also supports him and will be in Alabama on Monday before the election.

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Moore endorsed by primary opponents

September 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Roy Moore’s campaign picked up several endorsements from former Republican primary challengers as the election draws closer.

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, endorsed Moore for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions on Saturday.

Brooks finished third in the Aug. 15, Republican primary for U.S. Senate with 19.7 percent of the vote. Moore has also been endorsed by state Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Montrose, and former Alabama Christian Coalition President Randy Brinson who finished fourth and fifth respectively.

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Realtors PAC endorses Senator Luther Strange

September 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2017, the National Association of Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC) announced their endorsement of appointed Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., in the Republican Runoff for U.S. Senate.  The endorsement was made following a recommendation from the RPAC Committee.

“Alabama REALTORS® recognize Senator Strange for his demonstrated record of standing up for homeownership and private property rights, and look forward to his leadership on key real estate issues,” Jeremy Walker, CEO of the Alabama Association of Realtors, said in a statement.

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Former Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn endorses Roy Moore

September 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, former Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn announced his endorsement of Roy Moore for U.S. Senate.

Coburn said, “Men with a backbone of steel are hard to find these days, and even harder to find in the US Senate. I proudly endorse Judge Moore because we need him to be a conservative voice in the senate. He is a man who can’t be bought, who won’t fall in line with the Washington establishment and who will stand up for what he believes in. Judge Moore has served his country in Vietnam, and now he is answering the call again to serve his country in Washington.”

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Business Council of Alabama endorses Luther Strange ahead of primary

September 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, the Board of Directors of the Business Council of Alabama announced that they have endorsed U.S. Sen. Luther Strange in the special primary election runoff for U.S. Senate.

BCA Chairman Jeff Coleman said in a statement, “The Business Council of Alabama is proud to endorse U.S. Sen. Luther Strange in his bid to continue to serve the people of Alabama in the United States Senate. Sen. Strange has built his reputation on being a tireless advocate for the growth and progress of the state of Alabama. The Business Council of Alabama believes Luther Strange has the experience and proven leadership needed in the halls of Congress.”

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Barry Moore says that the “Political Establishment” hates him

August 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, State Representative Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) is running for Congress and he is emphasizing his “outsider” credentials.

Rep. Moore said in a statement, “Well, it was no secret before, but it was made clear once again: the political Establishment hates me.  Last weekend, when one of our states largest lobbying entities invited politicians to come “wine and dine” at the beach, it was made abundantly clear that I would not be welcome.”
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Troubling questions land at Real Estate Commission doorstep

August 22, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

When regulatory boards start acting like trade associations and trade associations have to fight to keep a commission on task, that signals real trouble, according to sources close to the Alabama Real Estate Commission (AREC) and the Alabama Association of Realtors (AAR).

“The Realtors Association is in a terrible place because the Real Estate Commission is acting like a quasi-association,” said an individual with knowledge of the situation who agreed to be a source of background information so he might speak freely.

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What’s the going rate?

July 27, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

What are we to make of an Attorney General who takes campaign donations from a lawyer/lobbyist who would gut the State’s Ethics laws?

In the political world, friends give campaign donations, but political action committees, lawyers, lobbyists, and businesses invest; and they expect a return on their investment.

So, it is with our State’s Attorney General Steve Marshall. He has taken campaign contributions that can be linked to people and industries with a special interest in matters before the Attorney General’s Office. And now, he has taken two contributions from a PAC led by Edward “Ted” Hosp who has aggressively lobbied to roll back Ethics reform. Marshall received two contributions from Hosp’s GoodPac: one for $2,500 on June 12, and another one for $2500 on June 13.
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