Many House members to participate in testing drive for Black HIV/AIDs Awareness Day Wednesday

February 7, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Dozens of Alabama lawmakers are expected to take part in a testing drive on Wednesday to raise HIV and AIDs awareness.

The lawmakers will get tested at an event at the Alabama State House for Black HIV/AIDs Awareness Day, Feb. 7. Many of the lawmakers are black but some white members signalled on the House floor Tuesday that they would also take part in the event to help raise awareness.

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House Republican Caucus releases legislative agenda

December 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the Alabama House Republican Caucus released its 2018 “Flag, Family, and Country” legislative agenda.

House Republicans say that it is a package of nine measures designed to provide protections for Alabama families, extend benefits to active duty soldiers and military veterans and encourage respect for the U.S. Flag during the playing of the National Anthem and other patriotic displays.

The package also includes state budgeting reforms, efforts to address the opioid crisis in Alabama and a call for Congress to speed construction of a secure wall across the U.S. – Mexican border.

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Republican leaders say Hammon guilty plea is evidence laws are working

September 27, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, and Alabama Republican Party Chairwoman Terry Lathan said Rep. Micky Hammon’s guilty plea on Tuesday is evidence the laws are working as they should.

“We must not tolerate elected officials who abuse their offices for personal gain, but the guilty pleas that have been entered by Oliver Robinson and Micky Hammon in recent weeks indicate that laws on our books are working, and violations of the public’s trust will be punished when they occur,” Ledbetter said Tuesday.

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Reaction to Hammon guilty plea

September 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, former House Majority Leader Mickey Hammon, R-Decatur, pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud charges.  Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan denounced Hammon saying that the former number two man in the House leadership had failed to honor his oath.

“The people of Alabama expect our elected officials to uphold high standards and make ethical decisions as they follow the laws of our state. It is a great disappointment that now former State Representative Mickey Hammon let his constituents down by failing to honor his oath of office in choosing to defy the law,” Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement.

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Rep. Connie Rowe will chair House Republican Platform Committee

September 19, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. Connie Rowe, R-Jasper, vice chair of the House Republican Caucus, will chair this year’s Caucus Platform Committee, the influential committee that sets Republican priorities for the legislative session.

House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, announced the appointment Monday in a release.

“Because of the judgment and leadership she has shown since taking office, Rep. Rowe has quickly earned the trust and respect of her fellow Republicans in the Alabama House of Representatives,” Ledbetter said.  “That is why she was elected to serve as vice chair of the House Republican Caucus, which made her the first woman to hold a caucus leadership post, and it is why she has been chosen to chair the platform committee and shoulder this important task.”

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House Majority Leader Ledbetter will seek re-election

August 30, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, announced on Tuesday that he will seek his second term as a Representative in the Legislature.

Ledbetter said he already began the process of changing State government to restore “honesty” and “integrity” but said it will “take time to complete.”

“I have worked to provide the men, women, and children of my district with better schools, more jobs and opportunities, and a state government that reflects their own morals and values, and I’ll continue that effort if given a new term in office,” Ledbetter said.

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Governor declares State of Emergency

December 1, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on Wednesday issued a State of Emergency following deadly storms on Tuesday night. Alabama has experienced severe thunderstorms, hail, straight line winds, and tornadoes causing damage in 12 counties including: Colbert, Cullman, Dekalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Pickens, and Winston. Three people died in Jackson County where 20 homes were destroyed and 46 homes were damaged.
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