Longtime Opelika lawmaker Rep. George Bandy dies at 72

January 17, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Legislature announced that state Rep. George Bandy, D-Opelika, died in a Macon, Georgia, hospital Tuesday at the age of 72.

Bandy was first elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 1994 and represented House District 83, which includes parts of Lee and Russell counties.

The House of Representatives had a moment of silence for its fallen member.

Gov. Kay Ivey released a statement after Bandy passed away.

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House honors three Congressional Medal of Honor recipients

January 17, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday passed resolutions honoring Alabama’s three living Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

Lt. Colonel James “Mike” Sprayberry could not attend; but sent his regards to the Legislature, Captain Mike Rose and Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins were both in attendance.

Speaker of House Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia, thanked all of Alabama’s veterans for their service.

“Our country is better off because of people like you,” McCutcheon said. “Thank you so much for being with us today.”

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Tuesday is Military and Veterans Appreciation Day in the Alabama Legislature

January 16, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, the Alabama House of Representatives will hold a “Military and Veterans Day” in the Alabama House chambers to honor Alabama’s veterans for their service.

Alabama Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon, R – Monrovia, announced that the House will have a work calendar that is stacked with bills designed to benefit those who have served or are currently serving in our nation’s armed forces.

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AG candidate Alice Martin addresses conservative groups

January 10, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican candidate for Attorney General Alice Martin on Tuesday addressed conservative groups at their legislative session preview meeting in the Alabama Statehouse.

Martin is a former U.S. Attorney under President George W. Bush and is a former Alabama Deputy Attorney General under then Attorney General  Luther Strange.

Martin said that as U.S. Attorney she got over 140 federal convictions of elected and appointed public officials.  As Deputy Alabama Attorney General she was a part of over 20 state public corruption convictions.  Martin said that while she was state Deputy Attorney General they tried to pass ethics reform through the Alabama Legislature but could not because of then Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard.  Martin said that the three bills the AG wanted, “Passed quickly out of the Senate but in the House we could not even get a committee meeting.  We learned that the Committee Chairmen were told by Hubbard if they even had a hearing they would be stripped of their committee chair.”

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McCutcheon, Ward, Whatley, and Patterson awarded for autism bill efforts

January 2, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The National Autism Law Summit was held in San Diego, California.  Several members of the Alabama legislative delegation were awarded as legislative champions for their efforts to pass legislation requiring that insurers cover autism therapy.  State Representative Jim Patterson, R-Meridianville, Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia, state Senate Tom Whatley, R-Lee County, and Senate Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, shared in the group’s Legislator of the Year award for their efforts.

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2018 might be better … cautious warning aside

December 29, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

When we look back over 2017, it would seem there is little cause for celebration, and yet, there are signs of a better year to come. As we ponder the coming year, here are some things to keep in mind.

Happening in the House

Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon is showing that it is possible for now to lead the House of Representatives with the strength of conscience and not just political muscle or intimidation. The 2018 Regular Legislative Session should roll along without any great turmoil. Expect House members to enter the State House more united, but voters shouldn’t expect too much in the way of sweeping legislation as it is traditional to tamp down controversy before a general election. Instead, expect McCutcheon and his team to be teeing up the ball for 2019 with an emphasis on budgeting reform, infrastructure planning and a more inclusive agenda that doesn’t merely rely on National GOP talking points.

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Prosecutors say former Republican House Majority Leader Micky Hammon should turn over $50,000

December 28, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Federal prosecutors are asking a federal judge to order former Alabama Republican House Majority Leader Micky Hammon to turn over more than $50,000 as part of a guilty plea to a charge of mail fraud stemming from improper campaign finance practices.

In a motion filed Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama requested a hearing on a motion that Hammon be ordered to pay $50,647 in forfeiture money — the amount prosecutors believe he obtained, transferred or spent through illegal means.

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The F-35s are coming to Montgomery

December 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson announced that the Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th Fighter Wing has been chosen as the home for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Jet.

“I am thrilled and very pleased that the 187th Fighter Wing has been chosen as the home for the new F-35 fighter jet,” Gov. Kay Ivey said. “This announcement is huge for the River Region, it is huge for Alabama and is certainly a welcome gift for us as we approach Christmas. The decision to send the F-35 to Montgomery is a testament to the quality of our people and our workforce, and further cements Alabama’s reputation as the leading aerospace state in the nation.”

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Juvenile Justice Reform Task Force releases recommendations

December 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, the Alabama Juvenile Justice Task Force delivered a set of policy recommendations to Gov. Kay Ivey and other state leaders aimed at protecting public safety, holding youthful offenders accountable, controlling costs and improving outcomes for youth, families and communities.

The recommendations to help get troubled children back on track are expected to form the foundation for statutory and budgetary changes that will be considered in the 2018 Legislative Session.

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House Republican Caucus releases legislative agenda

December 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the Alabama House Republican Caucus released its 2018 “Flag, Family, and Country” legislative agenda.

House Republicans say that it is a package of nine measures designed to provide protections for Alabama families, extend benefits to active duty soldiers and military veterans and encourage respect for the U.S. Flag during the playing of the National Anthem and other patriotic displays.

The package also includes state budgeting reforms, efforts to address the opioid crisis in Alabama and a call for Congress to speed construction of a secure wall across the U.S. – Mexican border.

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