Leaving Paris Accord benefits American workers

June 5, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” Those were the words of President Donald Trump during a recent ceremony in the White House Rose Garden to announce he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.

The United States should have never entered into the agreement in the first place, and I applaud President Trump for getting us out of the rotten deal.
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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 “@real” would be “@shrill.” 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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Why Obamacare must go

March 20, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

“In a death spiral.” Those are the words Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, one of our nation’s largest insurance companies, used to describe the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

When I first ran for Congress in 2013, repealing and replacing Obamacare was a top priority. I introduced a bill to repeal the law, which passed the House but never reached the President’s desk. Unfortunately, with President Obama in the White House, our efforts never succeeded. Even when we finally got a repeal bill to the President’s desk, he vetoed it.
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Alabama: the final resting place for facts

January 10, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

President Obama has been an unmitigated disaster for America.

We don’t know much in Alabama, but we know the above statement is true. Or, I guess I should say, the majority of the voters in this State know that statement to be true.

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A translation of US Rep. Bradley Byrne’s “five priorities” column

January 5, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

I read an interesting guest column on Alabama Political Reporter Tuesday, one written by US Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Mobile). Titled “Five things to watch in 2017,” it listed the five top priorities of the Republicans once so-called Republican Donald Trump is inaugurated as President on Jan. 20.

Byrne was once fairly reasonable. I supported him for Governor when he ran in the Republican Primary against “boob-grabber” Robert Bentley in 2010. Byrne was a solid, moderate, Republican State Senator, and he did a fine job as Chancellor of the State’s two-year college system, riddled in corruption, before he resigned to run for Governor in 2009. Read More

How is America great? Again?

December 21, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

It’s Christmas week. Merry Christmas. This is the obligatory Christmas column.

OK, neither Bill nor Susan Britt told me to write a Christmas column. But I’m going to just the same.

I despise Christmas. I hate what it’s become. It’s like a Donald Trump holiday. Get everything you want, but don’t pay for it. Or pay for it later, if you’re not Donald Trump.

My favorite Christmas present ever came to me when I was 6 or 7 years old. My parents got me an army. The U.S. Army to be exact. A hundred or so little plastic soldiers, all green. Some were holding rifles. Some were lying down with machine guns. Some were posed throwing hand grenades. I loved that tiny army, and we tore through the enemy without a second thought.
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An apology for it all

November 17, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

I’m sorry.

That’s what I’m supposed to say here, it seems. A bunch of other media outlets and columnists have apologized after last Tuesday’s election results, after they were so wrong and after they so misjudged the country and its anger.

I guess I should offer an apology too.

So, I’m sorry … I’m sorry that so many people in America are so easily fooled.

I’m sorry that facts no longer matter.
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America is about to become one big Alabama

November 15, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

What will America look like under Donald Trump?

That seems to be the most pressing question on most people’s minds in the wake of Trump’s election last week.

Just what sort of president will Trump be? What will America look like during and after his presidency?

Let me help: Buckle up, America, and prepare for the Alabamization of the United States.

That’s right, prepare for America to be a gigantic version of Alabama when this whole thing is over.
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This is How Donald Trump Got Elected

November 9, 2016

donald-trumpBy Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

What happened?

I have been asked that question a lot since late Tuesday night, when Americans went to the polls and elected Archie Bunker president. I suppose people think I have a better idea of what could lead to such an embarrassment, but I don’t.

Oh, I have ideas. They’re just not much different from what you’ve heard, because truth be told, it’s fairly easy to figure out why Donald Trump was elected president.
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No More Ransom Payments to Iran

September 26, 2016
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

On June 24, 2015, President Obama stood in the Roosevelt Room of the White House and said “I am reaffirming that the United States government will not make concessions, such as paying ransom, to terrorist groups holding American hostages.”

This position shouldn’t have been too surprising because it has long been the position of the U.S. government to not pay ransoms to terrorist organizations or groups. The reasoning behind this is that paying ransoms just further encourages kidnappings and puts more Americans at risk.
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