Judge dismisses NAACP lawsuit challenging state’s photo ID law

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. District Judge L. Scott  Coogler issued a 69-page ruling Wednesday dismissing a lawsuit challenging Alabama’s Photo ID Law. This ruling came as a result of a lawsuit that was filed by the Alabama NAACP and the Greater Birmingham Ministries which charged that the Photo ID Law was created with a racially discriminatory purpose and violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution.

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Minority groups call on Sen.-elect Doug Jones to hire diverse staff

December 20, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A coalition of 16 minority groups has penned an open letter calling on Sen.-elect Doug Jones to hire a diverse staff as he begins his transition into office as Alabama’s next senator.

The letter, co-signed by the NAACP and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund, urges Jones to recognize the “profound lack of racial diversity that currently exists among staff in the U.S. Senate.”

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Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on Sessions confirmation Tuesday and Wednesday

January 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on whether or not US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) should be confirmed as the next US Attorney General on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 10th and 11th, 2017. Various civil rights groups are actively opposing Sessions’ confirmation.

On Friday, the witnesses before the Committee were announced who will be called to testify.

US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) will be the first witnesses called by Republicans on behalf of Sessions. Read More

Democrats prepare for bitter confirmation fight against Sen. Sessions

January 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

WASHINGTON—Tuesday, January 3, 2017, a number of protestors from the NAACP held a sit in in US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) Mobile offices.

Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) reported that the protestors were demanding that Sessions withdraw from consideration for US Senate. The NAACP occupiers were finally arrested in Sessions’ office after refusing a request by the property owner that they leave.

State Representative Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley) commented on the matter, stating, “In Mobile, Alabama, there is a sit in at Senator Sessions office. They have a right to conduct a sit down outside but not inside which results in disrupted government operations. Would the media let these sit ins by Trump supporters be allowed without negative press. I don’t think so. I firmly believe that America was at a cross roads on the direction of our country on November 8 when President Trump won the election. I believe our country is moving in a positive direction with or without the non supporters.” Read More

Alabama Not Affected By Court Ruling in Proof of Citizenship

September 13, 2016

By Brandon Moseley and Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

You have to be a US citizen in order to participate in the election process (either by birth or by completing the naturalization process). Everyone knows and understands this; but no one has been required to provide proof that they are actual citizens in order to participate.

That was about to change after the Executive Director Brian Newby of the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) had granted the requests of Alabama, Georgia, and Kansas to include documentary proof of citizenship requirements in the state-specific instructions to the federal voter registration form, used for mail-in registration. On Friday, September 9, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit narrowly reversed (2-1) a lower court ruling and issued an injunction against imposing the requirement.
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Confederate Monuments Bill Dies in the House

May 6, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 4, the Alabama Legislature was meeting for the last time of the 2016 legislative session. The House was passing Senate bills and the Senate House bills. One of the last issues before the legislature was the Alabama Monument and Heritage Act of 2016, SB13. The Monuments Bill was sponsored by Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa).

On that last day it was carried by State Representative Kyle South (R-Fayette). The House was bringing up bills, the Democrats attempted to filibuster to kill the bills (as midnight killed everything that had not passed both Houses), and the Republicans would bring a cloture resolution to shut off debate, the House would vote on the bill, and the next bill would then come up. SB13 did not come to the floor until after 11:00 pm. Everyone was expecting the compromise prisons bill that had come out of conference committee and had passed the Alabama Senate. Black legislative caucus began debating South on the bill. Rep. South apparently expected a cloture motion which no one brought. A clearly flustered Rep. South asked the Speaker of the House Representative Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) to carry over the bill. More bills were passed. SB13 was then brought back to the floor. Again it was debated. Again no one brought the expected cloture motion and again South asked that the bill be carried over effectively killing it with just moments left in the session.
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Will Monument Bill Get on the House Calendar?

May 3, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 3, is the next to last day in the 2016 legislative session and supporters of the Alabama Monument and Heritage Act of 2016, SB13, are still hoping that the House leadership will put the legislation on the House calendar.

Alabama Sons of Confederate Veterans Alabama Division Adjutant Mike Williams said in a statement, ”Let me remind you all that if the House adopts their calendar for Tuesday, the last day….whenever it may be, will still have 78 bills on the regular calendar to be disposed of including SB13, and that is if there are no AMENDMENTS that send it back to the House of origin!”
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Monument Bill Waiting For Action From House

April 5, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 5, the Alabama Legislature meets and one issue that the legislature could move on is the Alabama Monument and Heritage Act of 2016, SB13. The Monument Bill is sponsored by Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa).

Alabama Sons of Confederate Veterans Alabama Division Adjutant Mike Williams said in a statement, “My fellow southerners: This week the Legislature comes back into session for about a month. Don’t let the month (time) fool you that is merely 8 meeting days. Now they have 13 days they can meet according to the constitution. The Monument and Heritage Bill of 2016 is sitting on the main calendar having passed everything but the house. Yes it passed all committees and the entire senate. It will not move forward unless it gets out on the “daily calendar” which in a lot of cases is decided by the House Rules Committee. Pray that SB13 is passed. I am providing the members of the Rules committee for your use if need be.
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Monuments Bill Receives a Favorable Report

March 17, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, March 16, the Alabama Monument and Heritage Act of 2016, sponsored by Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) has been approved by the Alabama House State Government Committee in a 7 to 4 vote.

The Alabama Division Adjutant of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans Mike Williams said that the bill, SB13, “Will go to the House of Representatives floor hopefully when the legislature resumes after Spring Break.”
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Senate Passes Alabama Heritage Preservation Act

March 4, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 3, the Alabama Senate voted 22 to 9 in favor of Senate Bill 13, the Alabama Heritage Preservation Act – sometimes referred to as the “Monuments Bill.” SB13 is sponsored by Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa).

Sons of Confederate Veterans Adjutant Mike Williams said in a statement, “I am very happy that the State of Alabama is moving with other states in an effort to preserve Southern Heritage. Senate Bill 13 moving out of the senate is a good first step and I applaud the senators who voted for passage. I believe we have overwhelming support in the House of Representatives and look forward to the debate in the lower chamber next week.”
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