Governor Ivey rejects RCO plan

July 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 27, 2017, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) announced that the long troubled State Medicaid Agency will pursue alternatives to Regional Care Organizations (RCOs).

Gov. Ivey said, “I support Medicaid’s shift in reform strategy, which has been fully shared with Legislative leadership and other key stakeholders.  I spoke with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, and he has assured me of the Trump administration’s desire to work with the states to allow more flexibility in Medicaid services moving forward.  This flexibility brought us to a crossroads where we reconsidered the risks and rewards of RCOs, and decided instead to pursue new reform options which bring less risks and similar outcomes.”
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Roby introduces Balanced Budget Amendment

July 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 27, 2017, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) filed a bill to introduce a new amendment to the United States Constitution requiring that the United States balance the Federal Budget.

H.J.Res. 114, would amend the US Constitution that, if passed and ratified, would require Congress to annually pass a balanced budget. Roby has introduced similar Legislation each Congress since being elected.

Congresswoman Roby said, “For far too long our Federal government has operated far beyond its means. It is irresponsible and dangerous to continue down this fiscal path.”
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Roby tells Senators to get to work

July 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Alabama) reacted to the Senate’s failure to repeal and replace Obamacare and chastised the Senate, saying that despite differing opinions and solutions, the Senate needs to come together to deliver results for the American people.

Congresswoman Roby said in her videotaped message, “I am very disappointed to hear about the breakdown in the Senate over the health care bill, but I was pleased to hear the President is encouraging the Senate to stay and get their work done.  The House has done its job, and now it is time for the Senate to roll up their sleeves and get to work.”
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Doug Jones Interview

July 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, June 30 The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) spoke at length with former US Attorney Doug Jones who is running for Senate in the Democratic Party Primary. Jones was a US Attorney during the President Bill Clinton (D) Administration.

APR: If Syria attacks civilians with chemical weapons again, after both Presidents Trump and Obama have warned Assad not to do that, should the US mission in Syria change to removing Assad?
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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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Alabama government: It’s not about you

May 23, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It’s probably worth remembering that Alabama’s Legislators work for you.

The men and women who roam the halls of the State House, crafting legislation (or, more likely, copying it verbatim from some lobbyist) and running Alabama are representatives of us. All of us.

That means they’re supposed to be in Montgomery doing what we want, taking care of our needs.

I’ll pause while you recover from laughing hysterically.
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Takeaways from 2017 Legislative Session

May 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The 2017 Alabama Legislative Session is over, and these are some key points to take away.

The biggest loser, by far, was former Governor Robert Bentley.  The Legislature got an awful lot of help from this newer, stronger, bolder version of the Alabama Ethics Commission. But, it was evident that Bentley was going to be impeached and removed once Special Counsel Jack Sharman released his report.  Bentley resigned halfway through the first day of the House Judiciary Committee hearings.  If the House and Senate had to waste weeks on his impeachment, given the 30-day Legislative meeting limit, the Session would have been a disaster.
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Medical Parole Bill passes

May 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives passed SB87 which would allow Alabama’s oldest prisoners to apply for medical paroles.

State Representative Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City) said on social media, “SB87 dealing with medical parole for prisoners has passed. We are now adjourned for the night. We come back in tomorrow morning at 9am. Have a blessed night!”

State Representative Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley) said on social media, “SB87 Modification of Medical Parole Bill – eligibility for release of certain prisoners after they have served certain time if suffering chronic life-threatening illnesses.”
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Lack of Autism Therapy coverage another reason for companies not to pick Alabama

May 11, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

As I stood along the wall in room 727, listening to the Senate’s finance committee kick around the idea of mandating insurance for Autism Therapy, it struck me that the proponents of this bill were going about it all wrong.

For hours upon hours, parents and grandparents, friends, neighbors and the regular ol’ decent human beings have tried to pitch this bill – HB284 – by leaning heavy on the compassion and the humanity of it.
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