Brooks is founding member of new NASA Caucus

October 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, announced that he was a founding member of the establishment of the bipartisan House National Aeronautics and Space Administration Caucus led by Rep. Steve Knight, R-Calif., and Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Oh.

The stated mission of the caucus is to bring attention to NASA’s economic and national security importance and serve as a forum to educate policy-makers on current NASA initiatives.

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Main Super PAC that backed Strange won’t wade into Senate race for Moore just yet

October 11, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The main Republican Super PAC that bolstered Sen. Luther Strange’s primary bid won’t be wading into the competition between Chief Justice Roy Moore and his Democratic challenger, Doug Jones — at least, not just yet.

The Senate Leadership Fund — a PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel, R-Ky., and Republican leadership in the Senate — is believed to have spent between $8 – 9 million in the Alabama primary over the past few months in an attempt to prop up Strange and his campaign.

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Arrangements for Rep. Jim Patterson

October 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The final arrangements for state Rep. Jim Patterson, R-Meridianville, were announced on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017.

Visitation will be on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Meridianville First Baptist Church in Meridianville, Alabama.

A Celebration of Life will follow on Friday at 2 p.m. at Hazel Green High School Gymnasium in Hazel Green, Alabama.

“The Alabama Republican Party is deeply saddened to hear of Representative Jim Patterson’s sudden passing,”  Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan remembered Alabama GOP House member Jim Patterson in a statement. “A public servant, father, husband, colleague and friend, Representative Patterson was dearly loved. His presence will be sorely missed throughout our state and in the halls of the state house.”

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Brooks: NFL protests are “unpatriotic and deplorable”

September 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, drafted a letter urging President Donald J. Trump to honor the American flag and anthem by stopping all Department of Defense and federal government support for professional sporting leagues or teams that display disrespect for our flag and national anthem.  Brooks circulated the letter to House colleagues for support.

In the letter, Congressman Brooks stated, “Federal law about the American flag and National anthem is clear.  4 U.S.C. § 8 states, ‘the flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing’ and adds that ‘no disrespect should be shown to the flag.’  Further, 36 U.S.C. § 301 states, ‘During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart.’  The National Football League (NFL) is disrespecting America’s flag and national anthem.  The NFL’s conduct is not only unpatriotic and deplorable, it also conflicts with federal law.”

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Former state Senate Majority Leader Tom Butler to run for state Senate

September 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Former state Sen. Tom Butler announced that he will run for Alabama state Senate District 2 in the June Republican Primary.  The seat is currently held by state Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, who is leaving his seat to run for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional seat.

Butler served in the Senate from 1994 to 2010 as a Democrat.  In the 2010 general election he was defeated by Holtzclaw 33,050-23,060.

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Moore endorsed by primary opponents

September 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Roy Moore’s campaign picked up several endorsements from former Republican primary challengers as the election draws closer.

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, endorsed Moore for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions on Saturday.

Brooks finished third in the Aug. 15, Republican primary for U.S. Senate with 19.7 percent of the vote. Moore has also been endorsed by state Sen. Trip Pittman, R-Montrose, and former Alabama Christian Coalition President Randy Brinson who finished fourth and fifth respectively.

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Moore rejects Alabama Policy Institute involvement in debate

September 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Roy Moore announced that he would not be participating in the scheduled Alabama Policy Institute Senate debate at Samford University in Homewood, Alabama.

Former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Moore said in a statement, “I have declined to participate in the Alabama Policy Institute (API) & Samford University US Senate Debate scheduled September 21st, because it was not disclosed to me or my campaign at the time the invitation was accepted, that the President of API, Caleb Crosby, also serves as the Treasurer for the Senate Leadership Fund.”

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Holtzclaw joins Alabama Wheelmen to fight Human Trafficking

September 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Alabama Wheelmen will present a check to Lynn Caffery, the director of the Tennessee Valley Family Services, for the “Race to Stop Human Trafficking” which was organized by Alabama Wheelmen and held on Aug. 12 to 13.

State Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, is attending to help bring the spotlight to the problem of Human Trafficking.  Holtzclaw is running for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District in 2018 against incumbent U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville.

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Alabama’s leaders remember Sept. 11

September 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

On Sept. 11, 2001, a team of Muslim terrorist operatives led by Muhammed Atta with the al Qaeda organizations launched a series of attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol.  Three of the four attacks were successful.  The passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 however made a valiant attempt to retake their airplane.  The terrorists crashed the plane into farmland in Pennsylvania to prevent the passengers from succeeding in that effort.  The passengers of flight 93 likely saved the lives of hundreds of Americans on the ground.  When the WTC towers collapsed nearly 3,000 Americans lay dead, including over 200 New York City Firemen and 77 police officers.  The nation was shocked by that day’s events and many remember this day every year.

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Debt ceiling increase passes Congress

September 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, Congress passed a bill to raise the debt ceiling without making any budget cuts.  President Donald Trump brokered a deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.  GOP conservatives, including most of the Alabama Delegation, who had been pushing for spending restraints opposed the bipartisan deal.

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