Hansen calls for marijuana legalization

July 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 24, 2017, US Senate Candidate Michael Hansen released a statement calling for the legalization of marijuana.  This statement was in response to news reports that the Trump Administration plans to “crack down” on marijuana.

Hansen said in a statement, “The news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to ‘crack down’ on marijuana users is troubling. The fact of the matter is that the ‘War on Drugs’ is a failed Federal policy that for decades has unfairly targeted people of color. I am calling on Congress to decriminalize, legalize, and regulate marijuana to put an end to this racist social experiment. In addition, I am proposing an economic development zone in Alabama’s Black Belt where unemployment is near 10 percent and where poverty rates approach 40 percent. The Black Belt once lead agricultural production, and I believe it will again.”
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Roby tells Senators to get to work

July 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Alabama) reacted to the Senate’s failure to repeal and replace Obamacare and chastised the Senate, saying that despite differing opinions and solutions, the Senate needs to come together to deliver results for the American people.

Congresswoman Roby said in her videotaped message, “I am very disappointed to hear about the breakdown in the Senate over the health care bill, but I was pleased to hear the President is encouraging the Senate to stay and get their work done.  The House has done its job, and now it is time for the Senate to roll up their sleeves and get to work.”
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Strange will vote to repeal Obamacare without replacement

July 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

While the US House of Representatives was able to pass their bill to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (better known as Obamacare), the Senate rejected that bill and insisted on writing its own bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act.  By Monday night it had become obvious to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) that he did not have the votes to pass that bill.  McConnell says that the Senate will vote on a bill to simply repeal Obamacare with no replacement early next week.
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Is the failure of GOP Healthcare Bill a victory for Democrats?

July 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

July 18, 2017, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) admitted that he did not have the votes to pass the Senate’s replacement for the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 0f 2010 (better known as Obamacare).

Now that the Better Care Reconciliation Act has apparently failed, the Senate is expected to vote to simply repeal the unpopular Affordable Care Act; however that measure is expected to fail as Republican moderates: Sen. Susan Collins (D-Maine), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have already announced that they will not vote for a repeal plan of Obamacare unless there is a replacement for the law.  No vote is expected on the bill that actually passed the House of Representatives, but was rejected by the Republican Senate leaders on arrival.
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Brian McGee drops out, endorses Doug Jones

July 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 17, 2017, US Senate candidate Brian McGee (D) dropped his bid for US Senate and endorsed former US Attorney Doug Jones (D) for the position in the August 15, Special Democratic Primary.

Doug Jones said that he was proud to accept the endorsement of McGee in a joint press conference at Jones’ Birmingham campaign headquarters.

Jones said, “I have come to know and respect Brian on the campaign trail, and I am honored to have his support.”
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Healthcare vote delayed

July 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 14, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) delayed the Senate’s impending vote on repealing and replacing Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010).  There remains enormous division of opinion on what to do with the troubled Affordable Care Act.  The US Senate candidates in Alabama are similarly divided.

US Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) said on social media, “We’re going to do what’s necessary to take care of the most vulnerable in our society. It’s time to #repeal the burden of #Obamacare and deliver commonsense, conservative solutions.”
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Byrne: GOP on rescue mission to save Americans from Obamacare

July 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said that Obamacare has failed and the House has acted to save the American people from Obamacare’s failure and we are now waiting on the Senate to act.

Congressman Byrne (R-Montrose) said in a statement on social media, “We are on a rescue mission to save the American people from the failures of Obamacare. Despite what some may want you to believe, the law is falling apart. The whole intention of the law was to make health care more affordable, and that has failed. Now, some Americans will not have a single health care option on the Obamacare exchanges. The House has acted to address the issue, and now the Senate needs to do their part.”
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Republican Senate candidates campaign in Montgomery

July 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, July 8, 2017, the Montgomery Republican Party hosted a Senate candidates forum in Montgomery’s historic State Farmers Market Café.

Dr. Randy Brinson said that he came to Montgomery 30 years ago as an Air Force physician and then decided to stay. After his Air Force service, he went into private practice. He has been very involved in the community. He and his wife formed Redeem the Vote. 12 years ago he became President of the Alabama Christian Coalition. Brinson said that he was tired of having our elections being bought by liberal elites and was tired of professional politicians saying they are conservative and then voting like liberals. Brinson said that he is the only person here who has a plan to help President Trump replace Obamacare. “We need to get rid of Common Core. We need to put prayer back in public schools. Alabama does not need a rubber stamp for Mitch McConnell. Send someone from Alabama to Washington don’t not send Washington to Alabama.”
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Moore announces North Alabama campaign leadership team

July 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 6th, 2017, the Roy Moore for US Senate Campaign announced the Campaign Leadership Team for North Alabama. The North Alabama Leadership Team is led by Representative Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City), Allen Keller of Scottsboro, and Dr. Allen Long of Florence.

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) said, “I’m proud to work with this incredible Leadership Team in North Alabama. I’m confident in our battle plan, and I am looking forward to standing with President Trump to repeal Obamacare and rebuild our military.”
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Senate forum held in Huntsville

July 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 6, 2017, over half of the candidates for Senate were on hand for the Christian Citizen Task Force’s bipartisan US Senate forum at Huntsville’s Rock Worship Center. An enthusiastic crowd of over 350 were in attendance.

Afterwards there was a straw poll to gauge how the audience was planning to vote. Congressman Mo Brooks won the Republican straw poll, followed by former Chief Justice Roy Moore. Brian McGee won the Democratic straw poll, followed by Dr. Will Boyd.
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