Marshall Said that Pardons and Paroles Board Made Right Decision in Reversing Pilati’s Pardons

By Brandon Moseley

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Alabama Attorney General Steven T. Marshall (R) announced in a statement that he is pleased with the State Pardons and Paroles Board decision to reverse 2012 and 2015 pardons for convicted former Franklin County District Attorney John Frederick Pilati and require he be placed back on the sex offender registry.

AG Marshall said, “I am pleased that the Board of Pardons and Paroles followed our recommendation to deny his pardons.” “John Pilati violated a solemn oath to protect and defend the people when he violated the civil rights through sexual contact with five different young men while he was district attorney.”
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Trump signs bill repealing Obama Era coal regulations

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, February 16, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed a resolution of disapproval rolling back a series of Obama-era regulations passed by administrative rule in the last hours of the Obama Administration. The bill was passed by the Senate and House of Representative using special powers under the Congressional Review Act to reverse regulations.

US Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) said on social media, “This is such great news for our Alabama coal miners. Thank you President Trump for keeping your promises.”
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Strange and Shelby vote for Pruitt to head EPA

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, February 17, 2017, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) was confirmed by the Senate as the Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). US Senators Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) and Luther Strange (R-Alabama) both voted for Pruitt.

Senator Shelby said, “Throughout the past eight years, the EPA became an out-of-control bureaucracy focused on advancing the political priorities of the Obama Administration instead of its intended purpose. After reviewing his credentials and meeting with him personally, I am confident that Scott Pruitt will put the agency on a new path. I look forward to working with Administrator Pruitt in my role on the EPW Committee to ensure that we protect our environment responsibly, but in a manner that will not unnecessarily stifle job creation and our economy.”
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Crumpton announces he will challenge Luther Strange

By Brandon Moseley

It has been 20 years since Alabama had a new U.S. Senator, that was until Friday when Governor Robert Bentley appointed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions (R) confirmation as U.S. Attorney General. Already one candidate has come forward to challenge Strange for the seat. Marijuana legalization activist, Ron Crumpton (D), who has already run for Senate in 2016, against Sen. Richard Shelby (R), has announced that he will run against Senator Strange.
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Senator Strange appoints former Chief Deputy as Chief of Staff

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Many questions surround the appointment of Luther Strange as US Senator, but Strange hiring Kevin Turner as his Chief of Staff is an unseen turn of events.

Turner served as Strange’s Chief Deputy until allegations of dubious actions in the criminal investigation of former Speaker Mike Hubbard surfaced. During the heat of the inquiry, sources from both within and outside of the Attorney General’s Office confirmed that Turner was orchestrating a plot to remove chief prosecutor Matt Hart from the Lee County Grand Jury investigation.
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Bentley Cites Third Party ballot access and cost as reasons why Special Election cannot be called this year

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A number of State officials are questioning the legality of Governor Robert Bentley’s decision to postpone the Special Election until 2018 for the US Senate seat.

On Saturday Gov. Bentley responded to the criticism claiming that it would be too expensive to hold a Special Election and there would not be enough time for independent and minor party candidates to get the necessary signaturs for ballot access.
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Strange receives committee appointments

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, February 10, 2017, new US Senator Luther Strange has received his committee assignments in the US Senate.

Senator Strange said in a statement, “It was a great privilege to be sworn into the United States Senate yesterday. As I took the oath of office, I reaffirmed my commitment to working every day to represent the people of Alabama with honor.”

Senator Strange will serve as a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Armed Services; Budget; and Energy and Natural Resources Committees.
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Alabama Legislature Week 1: Strange from the jump

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It was a nice, quiet opening week in the Alabama Legislature.

Ha. Just kidding. It was mass chaos, like usual, and right out of the gate. From the governor’s mistress weeping from her balcony seat over words she (likely) wrote, to arguments over Civil War monuments, to an only-in-Alabama Senate appointment, the 2017 Legislative Session started like all the grace of a roller derby.
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Did you not learn anything from Siegelman?

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

I’ve never hit the backspace key as many times when writing a column as I did while starting this one.

Anybody who knows me can testify that I’m never at a loss for words. Ever. I hardly shut up. Opinions? I have one on every topic ranging from health care policy to bread pudding.

But Luther Strange being appointed to the United States Senate? I’m at a loss for words. They aren’t even bothering to hide the corruption anymore. I’m so over it.
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Reaction to Strange’s appointment to Senate

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, February 9, 2017, the reaction to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) appointment of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to fill Alabama’s vacant US Senate seat has been mostly positive by Alabama’s leaders. Strange is taking the seat of newly confirmed US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement, “The Alabama Republican Party looks forward to working with our State’s new incoming United States Senator, Luther Strange. General Strange has done a tremendous job serving Alabama as our Attorney General. Strange has a strong record of standing on conservative principles as well as enforcing the laws of our State. We have no doubt he will continue his service to Alabama and our nation with the highest integrity.”
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