Alabama politicos react to Moore-Strange debate

September 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Republican Senate candidates Roy Moore and Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., debated a number of issues in a Lincoln-Douglas style debate in Montgomery. Afterwards, supporters of both campaigns declared victory.

Former state Rep. Perry Hooper Jr., who is also chair of Trump’s Victory Committee in Alabama, endorsed Strange.

“The Debate tonight proved one important fact: Senator Luther Strange is s better fit to serve as Alabama’s Junior US Senator,” Hooper said. “Senator Strange was spot on discussing important issues. He was very knowledgeable, confident and looked Senatorial. Chief Justice Moore seemed confused at times and he had a hard time pronouncing words. The best line of the night was when Moore told the audience that God was in charge of his election, Strange replied by saying in all due respect, God is in charge of the election for both Moore and Luther, but one thing is for Sure President Trump is for Me. That was the best line of the night!”

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2,787 donors fund Roy Moore campaign

July 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 14, 2017, the Roy Moore for US Senate campaign ​announced their fundraising numbers for the second quarter.

During the second quarter, the Moore campaign raised $305,612.60 from 2,787 donors. The vast majority of these donations came from small dollar donors, with 91 percent of donations received being under $100.00.

Chief Justice Moore said, “This race isn’t going to be decided by a Washington lobbyists cutting big checks. It is going to be decided by the retired veteran sending in $50 from his Social Security check. By the single mom who wants to see Alabama’s economy grow so she can her children a better life and goes online to give $25. This is going to be won by the people of Alabama. NOT the swamp dwellers of Washington.”
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Roy Moore has a real shot at the US Senate, but so does a Democrat

April 27, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Roy Moore is running for US Senate.

Moore announced his plans to run for the seat vacated by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the steps of the Alabama Capitol building, an audience of a few dozen supporters cheering him on.

And because Roy Moore is Roy Moore, he didn’t disappoint the group.

He bemoaned the State of the God-denying country, promised to fight the Federal government’s attempts to force education on our Alabama children and told everyone that in order to make America great again, we have to first make it good again.
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Gas tax increase bill is effectively dead

April 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, April 13, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives rejected a bill supported by House leadership that would have raised fuel taxes on the people of Alabama by nine cents per gallon in three phases between September 1, 2017 and 2024.

Special interests including: the road builders, the trucking association, the County Commissioners Association, and BCA (the Business Council of Alabama) have been pushing massive new spending on road projects for months. Those efforts finally produced a much delayed bill on Thursday, April 6 in House Bill 487, sponsored by state Representative Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa). House Leadership rushed the controversial bill through the Transportation, Utilities, and Infrastructure Committee before the press or the public had a chance to review the legislation. Instead of dealing with the Education Trust Fund budget, the leadership insisted on spending Thursday on this bill. It faced a buzz saw of opposition once on the floor of the House. Eventually it was carried over on the request of the sponsor before the BIR was even voted on.
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Gas tax bill expected on floor of House today

April 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

House Bill 487 sponsored by Representative Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa) raises taxes on fuel in three phases across Alabama over the next seven years. HB487 is on the calendar to be voted on in the Alabama House of Representatives today. The money would be used to pay down a massive $2.4 billion new bond debt.

State Representative Isaac Whorton (R-Valley) asked Facebook followers and constituents, “Please take a look at the gas tax bill below. Short version is that this bill would provide for a 4 cent tax increase in 2017, 2 cent in 2019, and 3 cent automatic increase in 2024 unless there is a joint resolution to remove the 3 cent increase. The bill would authorize the issuance of a total of $2.4 Billion dollars in a bond or a series of bonds to be paid over the next 20 years. Bond rates are about 4.25 percent at this time. The debt service at that rate would be approximately $179 million annually if issued as one bond…if the rates were to increase to 5 percent, the debt service climbs to $191 million. Of course, there are always costs involved in borrowing money and a fair estimate of that cost is around 1 percent of the bond amount. Half of the borrowed amount would be divided between counties and municipalities and half would go to ALDOT. The percentage division between counties and cities is currently being negotiated (started at 20 percent to cities bit I think it may be 30 percent now).”
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Bill to break up ALEA gets favorable report

April 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the Alabama House State Government Committee gave a favorable report to House bill 425, which would undo a key Bentley Administration policy and break up the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA). This on the same day that ALEA Secretary Stan Stabler retired under pressure from new Governor Kay Ivey (R).

HB425 was sponsored by Representative Phillip Pettus (R-Killen). Rep. Pettus said that ALEA was created in 2013. This bill would undo those changes and would bring everything back to where it was before ALEA.
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More Calls for Bentley to Resign

April 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

Sunday, April 9, 2017 the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee called upon Governor Robert Bentley, “To immediately resign.” The ongoing investigation into corruption, ethics violations, and campaign finance law violation is centered around Bentley’s relationship with alleged mistress Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

The ALGOP Steering Committee also passed the following resolution: “The ALGOP Steering Committee commends the Alabama House of Representatives, the Alabama Senate and the Alabama Supreme Court for their courage and their diligence in the impeachment process while putting partisan politics aside for the people of the state of Alabama.”
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Marsh Says: “This has gone on long enough” and urges Bentley to resign

April 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 6, 2017, US Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) called on embattled Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) to resign in the aftermath of a damning finding by the Alabama Ethics Commission on Wednesday that Bentley probably committed four class B felonies consisting of one ethics violation and three violations of campaign finance laws. On Friday, Bentley faces the likelihood that even more sordid details of his relationship with former top political advisor and alleged mistress, Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason, will be released with the lengthy report by special counsel Jack Sharman.
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Despite rumors, the Governor’s Office says Bentley has no plans to resign

March 21, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The Governor’s Office on Monday pushed back against rumors that Gov. Robert Bentley will resign in April before any impeachment vote can happen in the Alabama House of Representatives.

A spokesperson from the Governor’s Office said Bentley has no plans to resign.

“Governor Bentley takes very seriously his call to serve as Alabama’s 53rd Governor, and considers it the greatest honor of his life,” his spokesperson, Yasamie August, said. “He has plans only to continue to serve the people of this state, and as he stated so clearly in his 2017 State of the State address, to ‘Finish the Race.'”

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Legislators float an alternative to Bentley’s $800 million prison construction plan

February 22, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — A bipartisan group of North Alabama legislators want an alternate considered to Gov. Robert Bentley’s plan to build four new “mega” prisons with an $800 million bond issue.

Rep. Johhny Mack Morrow, D-Rebay, Rep. Ed Henry, R-Decatur, and Rep. Danny Crawford, R-Athens, on Tuesday discussed a tentative plan that would call for the State to contract with county and municipal jails to house State inmates.

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