Merrill says Alabama still won’t send voter info to Feds as Commission postpones data request

July 11, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

WASHINGTON —  The Federal Commission created by President Donald Trump to audit the nation’s election system has postponed a controversial request to states seeking voter roles and personal voter data.

But it doesn’t look like it will change Alabama’s response.

The Commission vice chair, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, said in a Federal court filing Monday that the Commission has sent letters to all 50 secretaries of state directing them not to submit any sensitive voter data to the Commission.

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Combatting illegal immigration

July 11, 2017
Bradley Byrne

Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

Kate Steinle became a household name in 2015 after the 32-year old was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco. It was a horrific event that shined light on some serious flaws in our Nation’s immigration system.

The man who killed her, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, was in our country illegally. Making matters worse, he had already been deported five times and had been convicted of seven felonies. He had no business being in the United States.
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Shelby supports Trump’s picks for Alabama’s US Attorneys

June 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 15, 2017, President Trump nominated Jay E. Towns, Louis V. Franklin, Sr., and Richard W. Moore to be the three US Attorneys for Alabama.

Friday, June 16, 2017, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) released a statement supporting Trump’s picks for US Attorneys in Alabama.

Senator Shelby said in his statement, “Great news for Alabama! This week, President Trump announced his intention to nominate three Alabamians to serve as US Attorneys for the state’s Northern, Middle, and Southern districts.”
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NPR audience boos Jim Zeigler

June 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, June 10, 2017, NPR broadcast its “Weekend Edition Saturday” from Birmingham’s Lyric Theater. State Auditor Jim Zeigler was the only Republican invited on the show. Zeigler said afterwards that he was also the only guest interrupted and booed by the largely Democratic live audience.

Show host Scott Simon asked Zeigler if Donald Trump was good for the brand?

Zeigler replied, “Yes, he is. His base is still with him. And those that were against him are still against him. They’re a lot louder against him, but on Friday, the President proved that he is able to move forward with his agenda. He went into his infrastructure agenda and his plan to cut out some of the regulation and new projects going forward. And this can be huge for America, both businesswise and getting our infrastructure repaired. So the President’s going forward and is not going to be distracted by this issue or any other.”
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Alabama roads face grim future

March 29, 2017

Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama drivers spent $4.2 billion in unnecessary costs due to poor road quality according to a new report.

The report was compiled by TRIP, a non-profit research organization, in February 2017. They classify these costs as vehicle operating costs, congestion-related costs and traffic accidents. TRIP attributed these costs to the “deficient roads” in Alabama.

It also said that 19 percent of major urban roads in Alabama are in poor condition and 41 percent are in fair to mediocre condition.
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Donald Trump and his bitter Twitter

March 22, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

President Donald Trump knows how to make news, and he very often does that through Twitter.

It appears, though, he knows more about making “fake news” than the real stuff, even though his Twitter handle is @realDonaldTrump. Better than [email protected] would be [email protected] The President loves the “ALL CAPS!”

The United States is regularly embarrassed by Trump’s Tweets. When you see the reception Germany’s Angela Merkel received while visiting Trump last week, compared to the reception she enjoyed from Canada’s Justin Trudeau the same week, that’s embarrassing to our country. Trump could at least show some grace. He didn’t.
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Republican Trump supporters upset over alleged Democrat appointees (even though one is not an appointee)

March 14, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican reaction to a story reprinted by The Montgomery Independent from an original story in Inside Alabama Politics (IAP), has resulted in a petition letter to President Donald Trump asking him not to appoint Democrats to Federal positions in the Middle Judicial District of Alabama.

The petition arose from an IAP report that suggested the Trump administration is considering Louis V. Franklin Sr., for United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama and Circuit Judge Greg Griffin as United States Federal Court Judge to replace Judge Myron V. Thompson. While there is no official announcement concerning either position, speculation about Franklin’s appointment as US Attorney for the Middle District appears to be accurate.
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Official State Republican women’s group denies support for small lending legislation

March 1, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Recently the word has gone out that the “Republican women” are supporting legislation to further regulate small lenders and place a 36 percent cap on all loans.

In the political arena, there are often strange alliances created to accomplish a given task. Shay Farley, representing the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), accompanied by Alabama Arise and other progressive advocacy groups has been joined by former Republican Representative-turned lobbyist Jay Love, representing the Community Action Association of Alabama, to limit or eliminate payday lenders, title lenders and others small loans. But what seems to be moving conservative lawmakers away from free enterprise toward a nanny-state legislation is the idea that Republican women have found common cause with these progressives under the banner of capping usury.
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As Trump gives one trillion to states for aging infrastructure, please someone other than Bentley serve as the Alabama conduit

January 26, 2017

By State Auditor Jim Zeigler

President Donald Trump is rapidly moving to release one trillion dollars to the states to refurbish aging infrastructure. There will be some competition. The states must submit proposals. The plans for how to spend the money are up to each state to devise, subject to light approval by the Trump administration.

Please, please some Alabama leader other than Gov. Robert Bentley step forward as the contact for Alabama’s share. Read More

Brooks staffer Peter White moves to White House

January 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, January 23, 2017, US Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) congratulated his Legislative Counsel, Peter J. White, on joining President Donald Trump’s White House Domestic Policy Council as Senior Policy Analyst.

Congressman Mo Brooks said in a statement, “Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District’s loss is President Donald Trump’s gain. President Trump is immensely fortunate to gain the expertise of Peter J. White as a member of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Peter hails from Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District and is a fellow graduate of Grissom High School (Class of 2001). Read More

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