Reaction to shooting at Congressional baseball practice

June 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, the entire nation was shocked when a lone gunman opened fire on US Congress members practicing for a charity baseball game. Five people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) were shot. The shooter was killed by police. A number of leaders expressed their shock and outrage at the senseless attack on American Democracy.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement, “An attack on members of Congress, their staff, and Capitol Police is an attack on the fabric of our nation. This cowardly, senseless shooting should drive us to our knees in prayer for those injured and justice for the offender. As Alabamians, we should be united in our quest to protect our freedoms at all costs.”
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Tuesday committee vote to decide future of prison construction plan

May 16, 2017

 By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — An up-or-down vote in committee Tuesday will decide the future of the Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative, an $845-million plan two years in the making that would authorize the construction of three new regional men’s prisons and a new women’s prison.

The House Judiciary Committee will meet Tuesday morning to take up Senate Bill 302, which would authorize the plan. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Cam Ward, said Monday he gives the bill a 50-50 chance of passing.

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Budget Reform Task Force to vote Tuesday on interim report

May 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, the Alabama Joint Legislative Task Force on Budget Reform will meet on Tuesday morning at the Statehouse and vote on an interim report, which will be sent to Governor Kay Ivey (R) and the entire State Legislature.

Committee Co-Chair Senator Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) said in a statement, “The fourteen members of the budget task force have been working diligently over the past six months to craft a sustainable path forward for Alabama’s State budgets. This interim report recommends specific reforms on everything from tax credits and exemptions to un-earmarking. I am grateful that Governor Ivey has indicated broad support for many of the report’s recommendations.”
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Prison Plan Opponents Hold Hearing

May 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

Alabama Political Reporter
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 state Representative Johnny Mack Morrow (D from Red Bay) held a press conference where a bipartisan group of legislators and community groups expressed their opposition to former Governor Robert Bentley’s prison construction plan, SB302, which is sponsored by Senator Cam Ward (R from Alabaster).

Representative Morrow was joined by State Representative Mike Holmes (R from Wetumpka) and Allen Farley (R from McCalla) as well as citizens concerned about the prison bill.
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Alabama House passes Education Budget

May 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, March 3, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a massive $6.417 billion Education Trust Fund Budget. The 72 page bill was sponsored by State Senator Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) and was carried in the House by Ways & Means Education Chairman Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa).

State Representative John Knight (D-Montgomery) said, “The main purpose of being a legislator is to pass our budgets. We are not going to have a filibuster of the education budget.”
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Legislators call for resumed impeachment investigation after Bentley appoints Strange to Senate

February 10, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Before hopping on a plane to head to Washington, Gov. Robert Bentley and newly appointed US Sen. Luther Strange attempted to assuage concerns over possible conflicts of interest related to Strange’s appointment.

Bentley announced Thursday that Strange would replace former Sen. Jeff Sessions as Alabama’s next senator after Sessions was confirmed Wednesday night by the US Senate as President Donald Trump’s attorney general.

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Committee Approves Special Counsel for Bentley Investigation

July 19, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 15, the Alabama Judiciary Committee met in Montgomery at the State House to hire attorney Jack Sharman to be the special counsel to investigate the possible impeachment of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R).

Jack Sharman was the choice of the special counsel subcommittee, chaired by Judiciary Committee Vice-Chair Jim Hill (R-Odenville). The other members were Rep. Christopher John England (D-Tuscaloosa) and Rep. David Faulkner (R-Mountain Brook).
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Farley Says He Can’t Support McCutcheon for Speaker

July 15, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 14, State Representative Allen Farley (R-McCalla) spoke to the Greater Birmingham Young Republicans at their regular monthly meeting at Sidebar on Birmingham’s Southside. When asked about the Speaker of the House race to replace disgraced former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, Rep. Farley said, “I cannot vote for Mac McCutcheon.”

Rep. Farley said that Rep. McCutcheon (R-Capshaw) was Mike Hubbard’s Rules Committee Chairman. Farey said that there needs to be change in the legislature and there won’t be if McCutcheon is Speaker. He will keep all the same committee chairman and nothing will change.
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Who Will be the Next Speaker of the House? Will Bentley Call Medicaid Special Session? Lottery?

July 1, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Former State Representative Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) has only been removed as the Speaker of the House for 20 days and the legislature doesn’t meet for a regular session for seven months, but already factions (both legislators and lobbyists) have been forming in a frenzy over who will be elected the next Speaker.

Rep. Victor Gaston (R-Mobile) became the Speaker of the House automatically by virtue of his position as Speaker pro tem, when a Lee County jury found former Speaker Hubbard guilty of twelve felony ethics violations. Gaston has since announced that he does not want the job long-term.
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Judiciary Committee Sets Rules for Impeachment

June 16, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 15, the House Judiciary Committee met in Montgomery to study how their impeachment investigation into alleged misconduct by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) will operate.

State Representative Tim Wadsworth (R-Arley) is an attorney. Rep. Wadsworth said in a statement, “The committee was assigned by the Legislature with the task of investigating possible if any violations of a executive branch public official – Gov. Bentley. This committee hearing and process must be taken seriously and with due diligence. Voters of Alabama have elected Gov. Bentley and their Will should not be taken away without proper legal evidence. The process must be deliberate, non political, fair and with due process. Gov. Bentley and the voters deserve and demand a fair, open and respectful process. Lapses in personal matters are not an impeachable offense. Evidence if any of other wrongdoing may. The Judiciary Committee acts to determine if there is probable cause.”
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