Alabama roads face grim future

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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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Sessions a shoo-in

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
By Steve Flowers

It is definite, our Junior Senator, Jeff Sessions, is going to be President Donald Trump’s Attorney General, as well as his closest advisor.

Sessions will be confirmed by the Senate. He has been a respected member of the Senate for 20 years. He has an impeccably clean history of integrity. Even though he is and has been one of the Senate’s most ardent right wing conservatives, the Democratic senators on the left respect him. He has served on the Senate Judiciary Committee his entire tenure in the House of Lords and he has voted to confirm liberals to the high court even though he disagreed with them philosophically.
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