There’s no law to prohibit cops from having sex with detainees in Alabama

February 9, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

When 18-year-old Anna was handcuffed and arrested by two on-duty undercover police officers, little did she realize that for the next few hours she would repeatedly be raped by the two men, according to her statements. The officers’ defense, for engaging in sex with a handcuffed detainee was, it was consensual.

Alabama is one of 35 states that allows on-duty police officers to engage in sex with a detainee as long as there is consent. According to an attorney for the state, there isn’t a specific statute that addresses the issue of detainee consent. Alabama does have a statute forbidding sex with inmates in state prisons.

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Congresswoman Terri Sewell critical of Republican tax plan

November 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 2, 2017, the Republican leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced their new tax reform plan unveiled The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which they claim will fundamentally reform the tax code for the first time since 1986.  U.S. Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Selma, said that the new plan is a, “Raw deal for Alabama.”

“After months of secret negotiations, it should come as no surprise that the tax plan revealed by Republican leaders today is a raw deal for Alabama and for working families,” Sewell said on social media. “The Republican tax bill will raise costs on families who can least afford it while providing wealthy individuals and special interests a windfall in tax breaks.”

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Palmer and Velázquez introduce Puerto Rico Humanitarian Relief Act

October 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Reps. Gary Palmer, R-Hoover, and Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., introduced HR3966, the Puerto Rico Humanitarian Relief Act, providing a five-year moratorium of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, more commonly known as the Jones Act.

The Jones Act requires any goods shipped to Puerto Rico from a U.S. port be carried in a U.S. owned, U.S. crewed, U.S. built and U.S. flagged vessel. According to a 2010 study at the University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico loses $537 million every year due to the Jones Act.

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Always remember that’s the American Spirit

September 11, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It’s been 16 years since 19 hijackers flew jet airliners into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. We are told to “Never Forget.”

In the years since 9/11, I’ve asked myself if I should never forget or always remember? There is, at least in my mind, a difference.

My wife, Susan, and I were living in New York City on Sep. 11, 2001, and heard the first airplane fly over on its path toward death and destruction in our adopted city. Much has happened to our nation and to us since that bright fall morning.

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Celebrating Labor Day in a Right-To-Work State

September 4, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Labor Day holiday has evolved over the years, according to the US Department of Labor. Honoring the Labor movement’s support of shorter hours, higher wages and to rally strikers grew organically throughout America during the 19th century. From Oregon to New York, workers and their families organized parades and picnics, celebrating the social and economic achievements of American workers.

The irony of memorializing Labor’s achievements in a right-to-work state is another example of human nature’s ability to forget the struggles of past generations, while enjoying, or in this case, ignoring their success.
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How Media Changes Elections

August 24, 2016

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

In 1960 television was a new medium. Most Americans did not have televisions in the early 1950’s. However, by 1960 the majority of the country had fallen in love with Lucy and TV.

Presidential races had been run by party bosses in urban enclaves like New York and Boston. Political parties and party conventions were extremely important. The parties were controlled by longtime political pols and insiders. Powerful governors and senators would control their state delegations at the nominating conventions and would yield inordinate power at a critical point in the process.
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Hillary Clinton Accepts Democratic Nomination

July 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 28, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton formally accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States.

Mrs. Clinton said, “America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. And just as with our founders, there are no guarantees. It truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we all will work together so we all can rise together. Our country’s motto is e pluribus unum: out of many, we are one. Will we stay true to that motto?”
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Trump and Clinton Win

April 20, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 20, after weeks in which state after state fell to challengers: US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) New York City businessman and billionaire Donald Trump and the former US Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York) came home to New York and much needed victories in the Empire State’s party primaries.

Sen. Ted Cruz had chastised Trump for his “New York values.” New York Republicans made the Texan pay for the remark. The Texas Senator never caught on there finishing a distant third, well behind Ohio Governor John Kasich.
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Sanders Takes Wyoming

April 11, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Saturday, April 9, US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) won the Wyoming Democratic Caucuses. Sanders has now won 8 of the last 9 Democratic contests but still trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) in delegates headed into the New York state Democratic Primary.

Sen. Sanders said in a statement to supporters, “We just got word that we won Wyoming’s caucus. This is huge. This momentum is just what we need in order to win New York’s crucial primary in 10 days. But we also must know that the billionaire class is more scared than ever, and they don’t want to see us win again. They want to stop us here and now.”
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Ruling by Justice Dept. Opens a Door on Online Gambling

December 26, 2011

Staff Report

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has reversed its long-held opposition to many forms of Internet gambling, removing a big legal obstacle for states that want to sanction online gambling to help fix their budget deficits.

The legal opinion, issued by the department’s office of legal counsel in September but made public on Friday, came in response to requests by New York and Illinois to clarify whether the Wire Act of 1961, which prohibits wagering over telecommunications systems that cross state or national borders, prevented those states from using the Internet to sell lottery tickets to adults within their own borders.
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