The shape of things to come?

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Several decisions over the next few weeks and months could significantly affect Alabama’s future for generations. Among these are, the appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions’ replacement, the Special Supreme Court’s ruling in Chief Justice Roy Moore’s appeal and the findings of the Montgomery Grand Jury concerning Governor Robert Bentley.

Bentley is publicly holding casting-calls to find Sessions’ replacement upon his confirmation as US Attorney General. From a novice State representative to Chief Justice Moore himself, Bentley is parading potential candidates around like beauty pageant contestants. Each day the press publishes an ever-expanding list of hopeful nominees. It seems more like a charade than a selection process. Identifying the next junior Senator from Alabama is serious business, with little in common with the spectacle it now seems to have become. Perhaps, Bentley is using the Senate interviews to line up support for the billion dollar prison bill he plans to push in a special legislative session. Perhaps it is simply to hide his real intentions. With this Governor, the only thing you know for sure is that you don’t know.
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Shelby voted for passage of the Iran Sanctions Extension Act

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, December 1, 2016, the US Senate passed the Iran Sanctions Extension Act. US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) supported passage of the bipartisan bill which would continue US economic sanctions against the country which is ruled by an Islamic Revolutionary regime that has been very hostile towards the United States.

Sen. Shelby said in a statement, “The Iran Sanctions Extension Act underscores America’s commitment to holding the world’s leading state sponsor of terror accountable. Maintaining our sanctions policy is critical to keeping Americans and our allies safe, and I’m pleased that we are sending a strong message to Iran that there are consequences for its dangerous behavior.”
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Bradley Byrne Accuses Obama Administration of Paying Ransom to Iran

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, September 16, US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) commented on press reports that in addition to the plane load of cash the Obama Administration flew to Iran there were also two wire transfers of money to the Islamic Revolutionary nation.

Congressman Byrne said on social media, “The Obama Administration is having a hard time telling the truth about their ransom payment to Iran. President Obama said the reason the payment was made in cash was because they are prohibited from making wire transfers to Iran due to banking sanctions. Well, it turns out we have made wire transfers to Iran. Something doesn’t add up here.”
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Short Term Funding Bill that Fails to Defund Planned Parenthood Passes

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

President George W. Bush (R) was in office the last time the United States passed an actual budget.

Throughout President Barack H. Obama’s (D) presidency, neither he nor the Congress have made budgeting a priority.  The Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid controlled Congress kept the government running with a series of continuing resolutions (CRs) and the Republicans have followed suit even after taking control of the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014.  Even attaching Republican priorities like defunding Planned Parenthood or defunding illegal alien executive amnesty or defunding the Iran nuclear deal have gone undone because the President threatens to veto the CR if anything like that is attached to it forcing a government shutdown and since the GOP does not have the supermajority needed to overrule the President’s veto, both Houses cave to the President’s demands whenever he orders them to pass a CR or raise the debt ceiling.  This time was no different.  The House again passed the C.R. without any GOP planks as demanded by the President on the last day of the 2015 fiscal year.
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Palmer Opposes Iran Deal

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter 

Thursday, August 8, US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover), spoke to the Republican Women of Trussville about America’s pending deal with Iran, and the State of the Nation.

Congressman Palmer said that Secretary of State John Kerry, has the negotiating skills of Neville Chamberlain. For those of you too young to remember,  Neville Chamberlain was the British Prime Minister who negotiated a treaty with Adolph Hitler, requiring that Czechoslovakia hand over the Sudetenland to Germany promising, “Peace in our time.” A few months later, the Germans were invading the rest of Czechoslovakia. 
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Roby Suggests it’s Time to Walk Away From Iran Negotiations

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 6, Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) said that the President Barack H. Obama (D) and Secretary of State John Kerry (D), “…are so concerned with settling on a deal, any deal, that they are not willing to walk away from a bad one.”

US Representative Roby said, “With all that’s been going on lately, I’m not sure enough attention is being paid to what I believe is one of the most important issues facing our country right now: the Iran nuclear talks. We could see a proposed agreement emerge out of Switzerland as soon as the next few days….In my column this week, I laid out my concerns and key points that I believe must be included in any deal with Iran. But, Secretary of State John Kerry and his negotiators have already conceded so much on major points like uranium enrichment, economic sanctions relief and inspection access, that I’m not sure a good deal is even possible.”
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Roby Part of Delegation Discussing ISIS and Iranian Threat with Netanyahu

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 1 U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R from Montgomery) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R from Ohio) were part of a high-profile delegation that met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Representative Roby said, “Israel, our friend and close ally, is a critical foothold for democracy in a dangerous region that is, frankly, becoming less and less stable.”

Rep. Roby said, “We had a long, productive discussion with Prime Minister Netanyahu about our shared concerns relating to Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Under no circumstances can we allow Iran to build a nuclear weapon. It would threaten our allies, and it would cause a very serious ripple effect throughout the Middle East.”
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