Alabama Society of CPAs endorses Justice Sellers for Supreme Court

December 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants endorsed Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Will Sellers ahead of the 2018 Republican primary.

“I’m overwhelmed with the endorsement from the Alabama Society of CPAs,” Sellers said. “Accountants know first-hand of the need for a stable legal and regulatory environment for business to prosper and expand. I’m honored by their endorsement and gratified by the support of so many of their members.”

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ADC endorses attorney Fred Bell in Senate District 26 race

December 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Democratic Conference convened a screening committee in Montgomery and voted to endorse Attorney Fred Bell in the Democratic primary special election for Senate District 26 on Tuesday.

Bell is a Montgomery city councilman representing Council District 6 in southeast Montgomery.

Chairman of the ADC, Joe Reed, said that Bell has been an Alabama Education Association attorney and has an exemplary record as a public servant.

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Tommy Bryan to seek another term on the Alabama Supreme Court

November 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Tommy Bryan announced his bid for re-election to the Alabama Supreme Court.

Justice Bryan has served on the Alabama Supreme Court since 2013 and said in a statement that he has stood firm in his mission of protecting Alabama’s conservative values.

“I want to continue to bring leadership and judgment that the people of Alabama can trust,” Bryan said. “I want to ensure for the people of Alabama a judicial system that is fair and balanced.”

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Montez Butler gets 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm

November 17, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 16, 2017 U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin Sr. announced that Keyon Montez Butler (24) of Montgomery, Alabama was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Federal law prohibits a person convicted of a felony from possessing firearms or ammunition. Butler was found guilty of the charge after a trial that took place in June 2017.

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Montgomery wants state to pay for uncertified hires

October 27, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Who’s picking up the tab?

That question is being asked a lot in the Montgomery Public Schools system these days, as the district searches for cash to fill a budget deficit and attempts to dig out from a disastrous state takeover.

One way that Montgomery officials hoped to trim down was by ridding itself of superfluous hires made by former state superintendent Michael Sentance and his team.

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Zeigler warns that witness assassination in Montgomery could frighten other witnesses

October 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, a man was gunned down in Montgomery.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler warned that this was worse because the victim appears to have been murdered for cooperating with authorities.

Zeigler, in a statement, said the victim was killed while leaving the courthouse. He called the situation “extremely concerning.”

“Many witnesses are already reluctant to talk to investigators and to appear in court,” Zeigler said. “With the killing of a witness leaving the courthouse, that reluctance could increase, especially if the defendant and friends are known to be violent, which is often the case.
It may be that protection is needed for witnesses. Even that protection will not keep witnesses from being afraid to become involved.
Investigating and prosecuting crime depends on witnesses willing to come forward and tell what they saw. If good citizens become even more reluctant to testify, criminals will be emboldened and prosecution will become even more difficult.  The courthouse-area killing was much worse that just one more murder in Montgomery.”
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Birmingham, Montgomery have some of the highest combined sales tax rates in the country, report says

October 24, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A new report out this week shows that Montgomery and Birmingham have some of the highest combined sales tax rates in the country.

The non-partisan group, the Tax Foundation, which typically favors low taxes and tax cuts, published the report, which says only Long Beach, California, and Chicago, Illinois, have higher combined state and local sales tax rates than Birmingham and Montgomery.

Birmingham and Montgomery join Memphis and Nashville, Tennesee, in imposing a 10.0 combined sales tax rate.

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House passes Legislation strengthening whistleblower protections

October 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, October 16, 2017, U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, wrote in an email to constituents that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill protecting federal whistleblowers from retaliation.

Congresswoman Roby wrote, “I’m proud to report that last week the House unanimously passed legislation that will strengthen penalties for those who retaliate against federal employee whistleblowers, add protections and opportunities for whistleblowers placed on probation, and ensure that all federal employees have a greater knowledge of whistleblower rights and protections.”
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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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Roby supports Whistleblower Protection Act

October 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of legislation that would secure greater protections for federal whistleblowers and increase penalties against those who retaliate against them.

S.585, the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act, strengthens penalties for those who retaliate against federal employee whistleblowers, adds protections and opportunities for whistleblowers placed on probation and ensures all federal employees have a greater knowledge of whistleblower rights and protections.

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