Byrne says final NDAA authorizes three Littoral Combat ships

November 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, announced that he helped secure authorization for the construction of three Littoral Combat Ships in the final version of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA was released today.

“Securing the authorization for three more Littoral Combat Ships is a big win for Southwest Alabama and the thousands of people who work at the Austal shipyard in Mobile. Just as important, it is good news for the U.S. Navy because it means we will have more highly-capable ships added to the fleet,” Congressman Byrne said in a statement.

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Rusty Glover endorses US Senate candidate Roy Moore

November 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, November 6, 2017, state Senator Rusty Glover, R-Semmes, announced that he has endorsed Roy Moore in the Alabama special election for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions.

“Judge Roy Moore is a principled leader who will be a strong supporter of President Trump’s America First agenda,” Glover said. “The American economy is slowly recovering from the Obama malaise, unemployment is ticking downwards, and more and more job opportunities are opening up for workers. We need a senator in Washington who will support tax reform for American businesses and families, and keep up the forward-momentum of our economy.”

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Moore campaign asks if Jones favors cutting Navy’s LCS fleet built in Mobile

November 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, the Moore for Senate campaign suggested that Doug Jones would not be a reliable vote for the littoral combat ships that Austal builds for the U.S. Navy in Mobile.

The Moore campaign said in a release: “Doug Jones is scary for Alabama’s defense industry; would turn Mobile shipyard into a ghost town.”

The Moore campaign said that, “The Obama presidency was often a frightening time for Alabama’s defense companies and military installations.  In his 2017 defense budget proposal, President Barack Obama wanted to cut the total number of Littoral Combat Ships in the Navy from 50 down to 42. Austal USA Shipyard near downtown Mobile is one of only two sites in the nation that builds the Littoral Combat Ships. According to a report by al.com, President Obama’s proposed cuts to the Littoral Combat Ships fleet would have put ‘thousands of jobs in Mobile at risk.’”

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State Sen. Rusty Glover kicks off campaign for Lieutenant Governor

October 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, state Sen. Rusty Glover, R-Semmes, held an official Kicks Off Campaign rally for the Republican nomination for Alabama lieutenant governor.

“I’ve been serving the people of my district, and now I want to serve all the people of Alabama,” Glover said.

Glover said that his focus will be on accountability and transparency in state government, and bringing good-paying jobs to the state.

“I want to make the Legislature open to all people, looking out for all Alabamians and not just the select few,” Glover said.

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SSAB Americas to move division head office to Mobile

October 23, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, America’s division of global steelmaker SSAB announced that they plan to relocate the division’s head office from suburban Chicago to Mobile, bringing 60 jobs to Alabama.

Since 2001, the company has operated a steel mill in nearby Axis, which employs nearly 600 workers and produces more than 1 million tons of high-quality steel plates each year.

“Mobile is a growing community with a booming economy; we are excited to expand our presence in the area as a trusted employer and community partner,” SSAB Americas’ President Chuck Schmitt said. “Moving our team to Mobile will ensure that our senior leaders and support staff work in closer proximity to our front-line operations, where key decisions are made for our business and customers.”

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Airbus announces second line in Mobile

October 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, Airbus announced that it has acquired a 50.01 percent stake in the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership with Bombardier. While the headquarters and main assembly plant for the Bombardier aircraft, Airbus will move some Bombardier C Series aircraft production to its plant in Mobile.

“This acquisition by Airbus and promise of new investments in Alabama show that our aerospace sector is strong and that our workforce can support an additional assembly line. Alabamians take pride in their work and that is showing on Airbus aircraft around the world. We look forward to adding the C Series aircraft as another product proudly made in Sweet Home Alabama,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement.

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New poll has Moore leading Jones Senate race by eight points

October 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The special general election is now 60 days away, and Republican former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore appears to have a solid eight point lead over Democrat Clinton-era U.S. Attorney Doug Jones. Moore is leading in the poll by eight percentage points.

This poll was performed jointly by Montgomery-based Cygnal and L2, a national nonpartisan voter data and analytics provider.

“This race between Moore and Jones looks a lot like the Moore-Strange competition of the past few months. At this point, the data shows the result will be the same for Judge Moore come December,” Cygnal President Brent Buchanan said.

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Byrne to serve as negotiator for annual Defense Bill

October 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, was appointed to serve as a member of the House conference committee for the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

The NDAA is passed annually and sets policy and authorizes funding for the military.

A conference committee of House and Senate members has been formed because the two bodies passed different versions of the Fiscal Year 2018 NDAA. Byrne will serve on the conference committee as a representative from the Education and the Workforce Committee.

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Governor Ivey applauds Austal announcement of new US Navy ship order

October 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, Austal USA announced it has been tasked by the U.S. Navy to build an additional Littoral Combat Ship, the 15th such ship in the class.

After the announcement, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement, “When Alabama’s businesses succeed, Alabamians succeed. Austal USA is a 21st-Century, technology-driven, employer which provides good wages and good opportunities for its employees. Austal is critical to our state’s high-tech military and aerospace manufacturing sector.”

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Trump to rally in Huntsville to help Strange’s Campaign

September 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, Sept, 16, 2017, Sen. Luther Strange’s, R-Ala., campaign got a huge boost when President Donald Trump went on Twitter to announce that he is coming to Huntsville next Saturday to campaign on behalf of Strange.

“I will be in Huntsville, Alabama, on Saturday night to support Luther Strange for Senate,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “‘Big Luther’ is a great guy who gets things done!”

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