New Socialist Party is chartered in Auburn

October 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Socialist Party of Eastern Alabama, a chapter of Socialist Party USA, announced that they were officially charted in Auburn on Friday.

The groups said that this is, “A collective effort to fight for equality against the rising tide of white supremacy we were seeing on campus at Auburn University.”

SPEA claims that they were, “Established by comrades from various walks of life – local activists, educators, students, engineers, artists, veterans and wage laborers – all interested in improving the lives of the disenfranchised, exploited and oppressed peoples of Alabama”

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An Interview with Chris Countryman on his campaign for Governor

June 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gubernatorial candidate Chris Countryman (D) recently took time to answer a series of written questions from The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) about his policy positions on a number of State issues.

APR: The State is considering borrowing $800 million to build new prisons. What is your stance on that?

Countryman: “I believe, at least at this point in time, that we need to avoid borrowing money at all costs. Then we need to focus on eliminating the excessive and wasteful spending in our government and apply those funds to specific projects. Once we have generated enough revenue we should look into renovation of our prisons, along with justice reform, and then go from there.”
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David Putman Challenges Gary Palmer

November 1, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, October 31, 2016, candidate for Congress David J. Putman (D) sat down for a lengthy interview with The Alabama Political Reporter (APR).

Putman is running in the November 8 General Election for Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District seat against incumbent Gary Palmer (R-Hoover).

Putman told APR that his four priorities in congress will be: fighting economic inequality; immigration reform; term limits; and gun safety, not gun control.
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Worley Says Clinton Fought For Working Families Her Entire Career

August 15, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, August 11, Democratic Presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton was in Warren, Michigan, where she delivered a major economic speech. Ms. Clinton spoke about her commitment to fight for working families and build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.

Alabama Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley said, “Secretary Clinton has been fighting for working families throughout this campaign and her entire career. Her economic plan will ensure a strong economy with millions of new jobs and better pay for American workers.”
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Housing Advocates Rally in Montgomery for HB341

March 11, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, March 9, over 100 supporter of affordable housing joined in a rally for the Low Income Housing Coalition of Alabama (LIHCA).

Matthew Tyson told the Alabama Political Reporter that the group was there to rally for passing House Bill 341, sponsored by State Representative Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham). In 2012 the legislature had passed a bill with broad bipartisan support, also sponsored by Rep. Todd, to create the Alabama Housing Trust Fund so that non-profit organizations like Habitat for Humanity can get grants to help build housing that low income Alabama families can actually afford. HB341 would actually fund that Alabama Housing Trust Fund.
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Legislature Passes Law Giving It Exclusive Authority to Set the Minimum Wage

February 26, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Birmingham City Council unilaterally raised the minimum wage inside the city leading to an outcry from business owners who were worried about the possibility that the state could have different wages from one limits to the next.

On Thursday, February 25, the Alabama Senate passed, the Alabama Uniform Minimum Wage and Right to Work Act, House Bill 174. HB174 was sponsored by State Representative David Faulkner (R-Mountain Brook) and State Senator Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills).
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HB174 Passes House

February 17, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, February 16, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill blocking Alabama cities from raising the minimum wage within city limits.

The legislative action is in response to the Birmingham City Council vote to raise the minimum wage beginning March 1.  The Birmingham council initiative would have gradually raised the minimum wage in Alabama’s largest city to $10.10 per hour in 2017.
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GOP Irony: Smaller government until we don’t get our way

February 16, 2016

By Representative Darrio Melton

“More jobs. Less government.” -Governor Robert Bentley

“Less regulation and a smaller government is better…” – Rep. David Faulkner

We’ve heard these lines before, time and time again, from Republican candidates promising smaller government and more local control when they’re elected.  Despite the campaign promises, the same Republicans whistle a different tune when they’re the ones wielding the power in Montgomery.  “Less regulation and a smaller government” quickly becomes “enough regulations and a big enough government to have it my way.”
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Job Growth Proves Higher in States with Increased Minimum Wage

July 21, 2014

By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A nationwide breakdown of job growth released last week by the US Department of Labor confirms that states which have increased their minimum wages this year have seen a greater hike in new jobs since January.

On average, states who lifted their minimum wage effective this year – thirteen in total – had about a fifth of a percent higher increase in the number of new jobs created in the last six months. States with an increased wage saw job numbers improve about .81 percent, as opposed to just .61 in states with no such legislation. Twelve of the thirteen higher minimum wage states saw positive job growth, with the other seeing no change in employment.
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Melton Pushes Minimum Wage Increase for Alabama

January 9, 2014

Staff Report

SELMA—Representative Darrio Melton (D-Selma) has filed legislation for a constitutional amendment to increase the minimum wage in Alabama. His bill would increase hourly wages to $9.80 over the next three years.

Currently, Alabama is one of five states that does not set its own minimum wage rate, instead relying on federal minimums. The current rate of $7.25 per hour was implemented in 2009.

“I want to protect the people of Alabama from policies that support businesses at the expense of our working families. I think there’s a way we can all agree on what’s fair without hurting the businesses or the workers,” Melton said.
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