Ivey urges Congress to pass tax reform

December 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced she has joined fellow Republican governors in sending a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urging Congress to pass tax reform legislation.

“President Trump is proposing the largest tax cut for American families and businesses in decades,” Ivey said. “The current tax structure is oppressive to families and businesses alike, and it simply sets us up for failure in today’s global economy. We’ve proven in Alabama, with the lowest unemployment rate in history, lower taxes and less government regulation produces jobs – it’s time Washington joins us in our efforts.”

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Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act passes US House

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.  Several members of the Alabama Congressional delegation shared their opinions on the bill with the Alabama Political Reporter.

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, said in a statement that this bill aims to protect the Second Amendment right to bear arms by ensuring that individuals qualified to carry a concealed handgun in their home state can also carry a firearm across state lines. Brooks is an original cosponsor of the act, which passed the House by a vote of 231-198.

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House passes Defense Authorization bill

November 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The NDAA sets policy and authorizes spending for the entire U.S. military, and the bill must be passed each year.  The bill passed by a vote of 356 to 70.

Following negotiations between the House and the Senate, this year’s NDAA includes authorization for three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), which are built in-part by Austal USA in Mobile.

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Alabama’s gun law debate has left reality

October 25, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There are times when I wonder if this is real life, or if, instead, there’s a fairly significant portion of the country that’s pulling a prank on the rest of us.

You know, just to see what we’ll do, and then laugh at our reactions to the absurdity.

One of those moments occurred this morning. In a place where many other such moments have occurred – the Alabama State House.

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Captain Gary Rose awarded Medal of Honor

October 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, President Donald Trump awarded Huntsville veteran Army Captain Gary Michael Rose – retired – with the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The Medal of Honor is the most prestigious military award a service member can receive. Rose was awarded his medal for extraordinary heroism in action while serving as a medic with the secret Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group that conducted classified missions in Vietnam and Laos. Typically, the Medal of Honor must be awarded to a service member within 5 years of the heroic act, but the requirement was waived due to the special circumstances surrounding Rose’s actions.

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Alabama GOP congress members endorse Roy Moore

October 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, October 19, 2017 all six House Republicans in Alabama’s Congressional Delegation  affirmed their support of Judge Roy Moore in the special election to the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Representatives Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose), Martha Roby, (R-Montgomery), Mike Rogers (R-Saks), Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville), Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville), and Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) all endorsed Judge Moore in a joint statement:

“Alabama Congressional Republicans have a long history of working together on issues that matter to our state,” the statement read. “We support the Republican nominee for Senate, Judge Roy Moore, and are confident his election will help us deliver conservative results. The House has passed bills repealing Obamacare, repealing Dodd-Frank, funding border wall construction, rebuilding the military, defunding Planned Parenthood, and we are working on pro-growth tax reform right now.

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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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