A positive note in prison debate

December 5, 2017

By Sen. Cam Ward and Rep. Matt Fridy

The news surrounding the Alabama corrections system seems to be one negative story after another with much of the focus on the need for reform and consolidation in the system as well as higher quality of service and better outcomes.  Much of this is true and is a result of inadequate funding, not because of poor leadership or management.  In fact, we would argue that ADOC has some of the best leadership under Commissioner Jeff Dunn and his team that we have had in some time.  They are tackling the bigger problems and looking for ways to solve them in the face of many challenges.

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Rogers supports President Trump’s orders on Healthcare; Sewell disagrees

October 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order affecting millions of Americans healthcare insurance. U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, issued a statement supporting the president.

“Obamacare is a very flawed law and I am glad President Trump signed an executive order today to help out hard-working families across East Alabama who are seeing their health care premiums rise and their coverage shrink,” Rogers wrote.

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A tax cut for working families

October 3, 2017
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By U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

A lot has changed in our country since 1986. Ronald Reagan was President, Top Gun was a hit at the box offices, and Matlock had just premiered on television.

One thing that hasn’t changed since then? The tax code.

1986 was the last time we had meaningful tax reform in this country, and that is a shame. The current tax code does not match the realities of today’s economy or the needs of modern Americans. Thankfully, a new tax code is on the horizon.

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US House votes to repeal and replace Obamacare

May 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, May 4, 2017, the Republican majority in the US House of Representatives kept their promise to the American people and voted to repeal the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, commonly known as Obamacare. They are replacing it with the equally controversial American Health Care Act of 2017. Most of the Alabama Congressional Delegation voted to repeal and replace Obamacare.
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2017 Legislative Session preview

February 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, February 7, the Alabama 2017 regular legislative session begins. Almost anything can happen when the Alabama legislature is in session and this session is no different. Here are a few of the issues facing our State Legislators.

1) Medicaid needs more money. Anybody who has been paying any attention at all the past five years knows that Alabama Medicaid has an unquenchable thirst for more and more State resources. Alabama Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar was in Montgomery recently reporting of yet another impending Medicaid crisis. The Bentley Administration is hoping that the Federal government will simply block grant the State their share of the Medicaid money with no pesky strings attached about who gets coverage, deductibles, etc. However, with US Senate Democrats filibustering and delaying even routine cabinet appointees, the idea that any meaningful entitlement reforms will pass out of Congress to even get to President Donald J. Trump’s desk seems unlikely. Unless US Senate Republicans can do this through the budget process it looks like the State may still have to offer the same minimum level of benefits, the RCO plan appears to be on the operating table in its death throes, and the State is likely to be facing yet another State General Fund crisis………but did anyone really expect any different from Alabama under the Bentley Administration. Read More

Top Democrats Continue Public Feud

November 1, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) has made waves in Alabama political circles by calling for the Chairwoman of the Alabama Democratic Party, Nancy Worley, and the head of the Alabama Democratic Conference, Joe Reed, to step down.

Thursday, October 27, 2016, the Chair of the Alabama Democratic Reform Caucus (ADRC), Sheila Degan Gilbert, wrote in a statement, “Recent comments by State Representative Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) have again brought forth the need for a more energetic Alabama Democratic Party. One cannot effectively defend the lack of action by our Party during the past several months. The Republican leader of each branch of government in Alabama has been under attack in the courts or in legislative impeachment committees. The Speaker of the State House of Representatives and the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court no longer hold office. The Governor is being investigated. Yet our State Democratic Party has been almost silent.”
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CEO of State’s Largest Medicaid Provider Strongly Opposes Current RCOs

September 28, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A letter to Alabama Medicaid Agency Commissioner, Stephanie Azar, dated September 21, of this year, renders a devastating point-by-point analysis of the much-hyped Regional Care Organizations (RCOs).

According to a letter obtained by the Alabama Political Reporter, the current RCO model will not save money, but will cost more than originally stated and deliver fewer services because it strayed far from the plan offered by the Governor’s Task Force on Medicaid Reform.
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Butler Says He Will Likely Vote for the Lottery

August 3, 2016


By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, August 1, 2016, State Representative Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City) joined the growing number of conservative Republicans who are tentatively backing a lottery proposal.

Rep. Butler said to constituents on social media, “Governor Bentley has called the Alabama legislature into a special session beginning August 15th to consider a lottery. I am already on record to vote to allow the people of our state to decide this matter by a vote of the people. The proceeds need to go to the general fund as that’s where the problems exist. Medicaid is basically cannibalizing every other state agency. We do need more revenue but we must bring that runway agency under control. What say you?
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Keep The Faith: Alabama’s Lending Reform Movement Will Win

August 1, 2016

By Stephen Stetson

It’s no secret that tremendous wealth can open doors, and you don’t have to look far to see the colossal power of money in the political process. Here in Alabama, the high-cost lending industries are throwing hefty sums of money around, merging affluence with influence and hoping to keep lawmakers and regulators from getting swept up in the rising sea of public outrage about how many Alabamians are caught in debt traps.
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State Medicaid Officials Announce that Doctors Rates Could Drop Back to Pre-Obamacare Levels as Soon As August 1

July 7, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Doctors who take Medicaid patients could see what they are paid by the government to treat Alabama Medicaid patients drop as early as August 1 in a plan outlined by state Medicaid officials on Wednesday.

The controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (popularly referred to as Obamacare) inflated the rates that doctors received for treating poor people under the enormously expensive entitlement program in order to encourage more doctors to take Medicaid patients as Obamacare expanded Medicaid enormously.
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