Is the failure of GOP Healthcare Bill a victory for Democrats?

July 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

July 18, 2017, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) admitted that he did not have the votes to pass the Senate’s replacement for the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 0f 2010 (better known as Obamacare).

Now that the Better Care Reconciliation Act has apparently failed, the Senate is expected to vote to simply repeal the unpopular Affordable Care Act; however that measure is expected to fail as Republican moderates: Sen. Susan Collins (D-Maine), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have already announced that they will not vote for a repeal plan of Obamacare unless there is a replacement for the law.  No vote is expected on the bill that actually passed the House of Representatives, but was rejected by the Republican Senate leaders on arrival.
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Former Trump Advisor Roger Stone endorses Randy Brinson, denounces Luther Strange

July 18, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Trump Campaign Advisor Roger Stone endorsed Republican US Senate Candidate Randy Brinson  while also joining others in denouncing incumbent US Senator Luther Strange.

Stone called Brinson the “bright spot” in the Special Senate election. He cited his experience as former Chairman of Alabama Christian Coalition as a positive for him.

“Like Donald Trump, he’s an outsider; a medical doctor who has substantial experience as an entrepreneur, businessman and job creator,” Stone said.
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Healthcare vote delayed

July 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 14, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) delayed the Senate’s impending vote on repealing and replacing Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010).  There remains enormous division of opinion on what to do with the troubled Affordable Care Act.  The US Senate candidates in Alabama are similarly divided.

US Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) said on social media, “We’re going to do what’s necessary to take care of the most vulnerable in our society. It’s time to #repeal the burden of #Obamacare and deliver commonsense, conservative solutions.”
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Super PAC political ad attacks Mo Brooks on his Trump record

July 13, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

A new political ad attacked Alabama US Representative Mo Brooks as someone who did not support President Donald Trump during his run for the White House.

The ad, produced by the Super PAC Senate Leadership Fund, said Brooks refused to endorse Donald Trump during last year’s presidential election.

It shows clips of Brooks on various shows talking negatively about then-Republican Primary Candidate Trump.

“I don’t think you can trust Donald Trump with anything he says,” Brooks said on MSNBC last year.
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Judge Moore not bowed by threats from DC elites, says spokesperson

May 9, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A Washington, DC campaign consulting firm recently pulled out of its contract with Judge Roy Moore after the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) threatened to blackball any shop that worked against its handpicked candidate, Senator Luther Strange. Now, conservatives in Alabama can add elite Washington, DC Republicans to the long list of those who are working to stop Moore’s political career.

“The Beltway establishment is trying to sabotage Judge Moore’s campaign, but they will fail,” said Moore’s Communications Director, Dean Young. According to Young, a very dedicated Moore supporter and well known South Alabama conservative firebrand, “I count it as a good thing. Number one, because they have identified who their candidate [Strange] is and that’s not going to play well down here.” Young added, “They must have missed the 2016 Presidential election when Alabamians overwhelmingly voted for Donald Trump to drain the swamp they call home.”
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Republican leaders, opinion makers speak out against blackballing consultants

May 1, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Washington powerbrokers are trying to dictate to the people of Alabama who will be their next representative in the US Senate. The elite’s choice is Luther Strange who was appointed to fill the seat by disgraced former Governor Robert Bentley.

NRSC Communications Director Katie Martin was recently reported as having said, “We have made it very clear from the beginning that Sen. Luther Strange would be treated as an incumbent. It has also been a clear policy that we will not use vendors who work against our incumbents.”

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Does Luther Strange deserve a place on the Republican ballot?

May 1, 2017

By Thomas J. Scovill

Luther Strange is Alabama’s erstwhile Attorney General and new US Senator. He seems to like his job and says he wants to compete in the August special Republican primary so he can keep it.

Strange got the job in February after nearly two months of lobbying now disgraced former Governor Bentley who appointed him to fill the vacancy created by Jeff Sessions’ resignation from the Senate to join President Trump’s cabinet. The game of musical chairs was quickly finished when Bentley appointed Steve Marshall to succeed Strange as attorney general.
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Alabamians have the right to elect their Senators, not Bentley, Washington insiders

April 17, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Within 72 hours of taking the oath of office, Governor Kay Ivey met with the press fielding questions and expressing her determination to restore Alabama’s reputation and bring back a rule of law based government. It was obvious to those of us who’ve watched her over the years that she was confident, well prepared, ready and able to “right the ship of State” as she has promised to do.
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Trump signs bill repealing Obama Era coal regulations

February 20, 2017

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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The shape of things to come?

December 26, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Several decisions over the next few weeks and months could significantly affect Alabama’s future for generations. Among these are, the appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions’ replacement, the Special Supreme Court’s ruling in Chief Justice Roy Moore’s appeal and the findings of the Montgomery Grand Jury concerning Governor Robert Bentley.

Bentley is publicly holding casting-calls to find Sessions’ replacement upon his confirmation as US Attorney General. From a novice State representative to Chief Justice Moore himself, Bentley is parading potential candidates around like beauty pageant contestants. Each day the press publishes an ever-expanding list of hopeful nominees. It seems more like a charade than a selection process. Identifying the next junior Senator from Alabama is serious business, with little in common with the spectacle it now seems to have become. Perhaps, Bentley is using the Senate interviews to line up support for the billion dollar prison bill he plans to push in a special legislative session. Perhaps it is simply to hide his real intentions. With this Governor, the only thing you know for sure is that you don’t know.
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