Mike Sparks announces his candidacy in Senate District 13

September 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Michael “Mike” Sparks, the director of the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, announced that he will be a candidate for the Republican nomination for the Alabama state Senate District 13.

“I’m thrilled to be making this announcement,” Sparks said. “Our elected officials work for us, but I think some of them lose sight of that from time to time. I know how government works and I know how to make it work better. I can help make government smaller, more transparent and more accountable to the taxpayer. That’s why I’m running for the state senate.”

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Study: Number of unregulated child care centers to increase if law doesn’t change

September 19, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

A new study by the child-advocate group VOICES for Alabama Children puts the number of unregulated child care centers increasing in Alabama if laws remain the same.

The organization released their 2017 data book, “Alabama Kids Count,” which tracks changes in child welfare through the years. The data book is a compilation of data collected by the organization from various Alabama agencies.

The study looked at unregulated day care centers, which were a hot topic in the 2017 legislative session. The data book said Alabama is one of only seven states that still allow for “broad-based exemptions” for day care centers.

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Remember the failed Daycare Regulation bill? Now a child has died

August 25, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

If Kamden Johnson lived in a better state, one governed by better people, he’d be alive today.

Unfortunately, in his five short years on earth, Kamden found himself in Alabama, where people like Senators Larry Stutts and Shay Shelnutt and Representatives Jim Carns and Randall Shedd hold some power.

And because of those men and their power, along with their greed and their stupidity, five-year-old Kamden was left locked in a day care van for hours on a hot day earlier this week. Police believe he died in the van.

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Interview with Bryan Peeples

July 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) sat down for a long discussion with Republican US Senate Candidate Bryan Peeples about the issues likely to face the US Senate.

Peeples said, “I am a Rand Paul Republican. I think differently than some of the other candidates.  I support actually fighting for the individual rights of the citizens. I was described on the campaign trail, As a blend of John F Kennedy and Rand Paul. I take that as a great honor.  It is very humbling to hear that.”
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Strange, Byrne, Roby support Administration’s withdrawal from WOTUS rule

June 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the agency would begin the withdrawal of the Obama administration’s controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. US Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) and US Representatives Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) and Martha Roby praised the move to relieve Alabama farmers and ranchers from what they feel was a burdensome regulatory overreach.

Sen. Strange said in a statement, “When I visit rural Alabama, farmers and ranchers tell me that WOTUS is the biggest problem they face. Across the State, small family operations have been struggling to succeed under a wet blanket of federal government regulations. Today’s announcement brings new hope for Alabama’s producers, and I am proud to continue my work with an EPA that understands its role, and an administration that is committed to helping American small businesses thrive.”
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Will Barfoot running for State Senate

June 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Montgomery attorney, Charles Williamson “Will” Barfoot, announced that he is running for the Republican nomination for the District 25 seat in the Alabama State Senate.

Barfoot said in a statement, “We can’t continue to elect career politicians and then be surprised when our problems get worse, not better.  I am running to bring fresh ideas and a new approach to problem-solving to the Alabama Senate. Some people say my ideas are out of the box thinking but I think they are just a combination of good common sense and applying tried and true conservative business principles to the Legislature.”
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Strange and Shelby vote for Pruitt to head EPA

February 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, February 17, 2017, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) was confirmed by the Senate as the Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). US Senators Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) and Luther Strange (R-Alabama) both voted for Pruitt.

Senator Shelby said, “Throughout the past eight years, the EPA became an out-of-control bureaucracy focused on advancing the political priorities of the Obama Administration instead of its intended purpose. After reviewing his credentials and meeting with him personally, I am confident that Scott Pruitt will put the agency on a new path. I look forward to working with Administrator Pruitt in my role on the EPW Committee to ensure that we protect our environment responsibly, but in a manner that will not unnecessarily stifle job creation and our economy.”
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Byrne wants new joint employer rule changed

December 15, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, US Representative Bradley Byrne (R from Montrose) wrote an editorial in the “Hill” urging Congress to act to block potentially crippling new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regulations that potentially could hurt businesses using the franchise model.

Congressman Byrne said in a statement on social media, “What we learned after the 2016 election is that the working people of our country feel at best ignored and at worst forgotten by their government. Sadly, working families are drowning in government regulations and mandates that make life harder for them. This is certainly the case with the new “joint employer” standard from the National Labor Relations Board. The new “joint employer” standard directly threatens the livelihoods of thousands of American workers – the very people who feel the government is leaving them behind. According to FRANdata, an independent franchise-information firm, an estimated 600,000 American jobs, from more than 40,000 different businesses, could either be lost or not created within the franchise industry because of the joint employer ruling. Congress must act to get rid of this flawed standard that will make things harder for American workers.”
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Why I Strongly Support Trump

October 17, 2016

By Frances Taylor
President, Alabama Federation of Republican Women

As we race toward the conclusion of this presidential race, I am often asked my opinion of Donald Trump, especially in light of the revelation of a private conversation and the attacks from the left.

It is easy for me to discuss why I so strongly support him and his vision for a brighter future for America. His plan for America entails several key components that directly affect the prosperity and well-being of its citizens:
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Separation of Powers Restoration Act Passes House

July 14, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, July 12, the US House of Representatives passed HR4768, the Separation of Powers Restoration Act. Both US Representatives Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) and Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) released statements on social media supportive of the legislation.

Congresswoman Roby wrote, “Executive agencies have grown far too powerful the over the past few decades, eroding Constitutional order and the Separation of Powers. Today we voted to change that.”
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