Gov. Ivey addresses state challenges, including prison construction

November 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey spoke to the Workforce Development Council meeting in Montgomery. Afterward, the governor spoke to the Capital Press.

Gov. Ivey said that since she was elevated to the governorship, unemployment has dropped from 5.4 percent to just 3.8 percent – the lowest number in the history of the state. Ivey said that it was a team effort.

Ivey reminded the council that government does not create jobs, it is private companies that do that.

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Judge Myron Thompson rules two Alabama abortion laws unconstitutional

October 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson has ruled that two Alabama abortion laws are unconstitutional. The ruling blocks the state from enforcing these laws.

The first law prohibits the licensing or renewal of a license of an abortion clinic within 2,000 feet of any K-8 public school. The second law banned an abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation. This is the most common method used in the second trimester.

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Trump nominates four Judges for Federal courts in Alabama

September 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, President Donald Trump made several judicial appointments for Alabama’s Federal courts.

  • Jeff Beaverstock on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.
  • Emily Marks on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.
  • Terry Moorer on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.
  • Brett Talley on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.
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AG candidate Sam McLure addresses Constitution Party

August 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, August 26, 2017, Alabama Attorney General candidate Sam McLure spoke to the Alabama Constitution Party at their summer meeting in Prattville’s Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant at Bass Pro Shop.

McLure said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer a German pastor and theologian who was killed in 1945 for opposing Nazi Germany).  If you are not willing to die for your political beliefs then get another hobby. Thievery and murder are the order of the day. Tyranny is not the greatest enemy of freedom, apathy is. I long for the day when Alabamians are more concerned about being on the wrong side of eternity rather than being on the wrong side of history.”

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Federal Judge Blocks Two Alabama Pro-Life Laws

October 31, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, October 27, 2016, Federal Judge Myron Thompson issued a preliminary injunction blocking two Pro-Life bills that were passed in the 2016 Regular Session regulating abortions in Alabama.

The first law would prohibit abortion from operating within 2,000ft of a K-8 school. That law would have closed two of Alabama’s five abortion clinics immediately.

The order also blocked a law that would ban have banned dismemberment abortions. Supporters claim that dismemberment abortions are a “very safe method of abortion that’s standard practice for physicians in the second trimester”.
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Court Decision Could Make Ballot Access Easier for Third Party Candidates

October 3, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are two major political parties and three significant minor political parties in this country. In theory, voters get to choose between the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, Green and Constitution Parties, plus Independent candidates when they vote. Alabama doesn’t really work that way. The way districts are gerrymandered based on race and political party preferences, there are a lot of districts where one of the two major political parties is so dominant they aren’t seriously going to be challenged by the other party and third parties don’t really have a realistic path to ballot access. Nowhere is this more true than in special elections, where independent and third party candidates only have a few weeks to get the signatures that the state requires for ballot access for a district no one knew was going to be vacant. That could be changing
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Alabama Joins Texas Law Suit on Abortion Doctors

February 8, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, February 3, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) announced that Alabama has joined an amicus brief in support of the right of States to require abortion clinic doctors to obtain local hospital admitting privileges.

On Wednesday, Alabama joined the 23-state amicus brief supporting Texas in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v Cole, which challenges that state’s legal right to require abortion clinic physicians to maintain hospital admission privileges.
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