Daniel McCurdy to head Alabama Farm Service Agency, Chris Beeker to head Rural Development Office

November 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, November 3, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a slate of Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development (RD) State Directors.  All would be serving as appointees of President Donald Trump.

FSA State Directors help implement U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policies in planning, organizing, and administering FSA programs in their respective states. They are also responsible for running the day-to-day activities of the state FSA office.  Similarly, RD State Directors work to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural America.

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Republicans stink at governing

November 3, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Republicans are the greatest con men on Earth.

I am almost in awe of their skills and abilities to dupe the Republican voters into voting for them. At all. Much less to the point that they control Congress and the White House.

Because every hard statistic says they’re awful at governing.

Seriously, there’s not a single metric available that indicates the GOP’s ideas for governance are successful, particularly in the long term. They are horrible at foreign relations, downright atrocious at infrastructure, loudly wrong about policing and crime prevention and just God awful at unifying.

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Byrne, Roby and Aderholt comment on release of tax reform bill

November 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
AlabamaPolitical Reporter

Thursday, the U.S. House Republican caucus 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. Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, issued a statement in response to the introduction.

“Tax reform has the potential to make America boom again, and it starts with putting more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans,” Byrne said. “The current tax code is too complicated and confusing, benefiting the elite while making things harder for American families. It is time for a fairer and simpler tax code that supports new jobs right here in the United States. This is going to be a process, and the bill released today is just a starting point. I encourage everyone to visit FairAndSimple.gop to read the plan and then welcome your feedback and ideas.”

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Sewell says Congress must hear from Manafort, Gates and Papadopoalos

November 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, it was announced that former Trump 2016 Campaign Manager Paul Manafort and his partner, Rick Gates, had both been indicted by charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller also announced that former Trump Campaign Foreign Policy Adviser George Papadopoulos had accepted a guilty plea.

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Selma, said that all three men should have to testify before the House Intelligence Committee, of which she is a member.

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Senator Shelby has concerns with Export-Import Bank

November 2, 2017

Brandon Mosley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., voiced his strong concerns with the Export-Import Bank during a hearing to examine President Donald J Trump’s (R) six nominations to lead the bank.

“I believe the Export-Import Bank is now a body rampant with corporate cronyism, corruption, and unaccountability,” Shelby said.  “Latest estimates indicate that the Export-Import Bank finances only two percent of total U.S. exports. This means 98 percent of exports from the U.S. are generated without the Bank’s financing.”

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Moore campaign says Doug Jones would be a disaster for our armed forces

November 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, the Roy Moore for U.S. Senate Campaign Manager Bill Armistead said that Moore’s opponent, “Doug Jones would be a disaster for our armed forces.”

“In 2012, Doug Jones was a proud delegate to the national Democratic convention in Charlotte that nominated Barack Obama for a second term as president. During the Obama administration, the United States military was severely hollowed out with the support of people like Doug Jones,” the Moore campaign charged in a statement.

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Roby supports plan to expand the Child Tax Credit

October 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, joined Ivanka Trump and leaders from the House and Senate to promote a plan to expand the child tax credit to help working families.

“Expanding the child tax credit is the right thing to do,” Roby said at a news conference promoting the proposal. “For the people I represent, this can make a big difference. For that mom working a retail job or the dad driving the truck or the parent working two or three jobs so the other one can stay home – having a couple thousand dollars in your pocket is a big deal.  I promise you parents know how to spend that money better than the government does,” Congresswoman Roby said.

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Vestavia doctor charged with illegally prescribing opioids at Moody “pill mill”

October 30, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, federal prosecutors charged a Vestavia Hills doctor with illegally prescribing controlled substances, including opioid painkillers, at a pain clinic in Moody, Ala.

U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bret Hamilton announced the one-count indictment of conspiracy to illegally dispense and distribute class II controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose in U.S. District Court.

Steven Bruce Hefter, allegedly prescribed controlled substances, including oxycodone, methadone and hydrocodone, outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose between 2012 and December 2015. Hefter worked at a pain management clinic in Moody that closed after investigators began looking into the clinic’s prescribing practices.

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Jerry Falwell Jr. endorses Judge Roy Moore

October 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Jerry Falwell Jr. announced that he has endorsed Roy Moore in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race. Falwell said that  Moore is a “proven leader” who will support President Trump’s conservative agenda.

Jerry Falwell Jr. is the president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and the son of Jerry Falwell Sr. – deceased – a pastor who headed the group, the Moral Majority, that allied with Ronald W. Reagan in the 1980s. The senior Falwell founded Liberty University. Falwell called the Alabama Senate election a “pivotal moment” for President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” agenda.

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Shelby supports Trump’s opioid policy

October 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., announced that he supports President Donald Trump’s declaration of a public health emergency in regard to opioid addiction:

“I applaud the President and his Administration on their efforts to end the opioid epidemic,” Sen. Shelby said. “This is a real emergency, and it affects just about every community in our country. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and I have been working on our Appropriations Subcommittee to make sure that both law enforcement and the Justice Department have the tools they need to fight this epidemic. It is going to take a massive effort, and I fully support President Trump’s attention to this matter.”

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