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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Constitutional Amendment to Establish that Nothing in Alabama Law Creates a Right to an Abortion Gets Favorable Report

April 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, April 12, 2017 the Senate Health Committee gave a favorable report to House Bill 98 which would establish a Constitutional Amendment affirming Alabama’s commitment to the right to life of unborn children. HB98 was sponsored by state Representative Matt Fridy (R from Montevallo).

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Thursday will be Pro-Life Day

March 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 16th, 2017, will be Pro-Life Legislative Day in Montgomery.

Pro-family activist Hannah Ford said, “So glad to see that Speaker McCutcheon & the AL House Republicans have scheduled Pro-Life Legislative Day for this Thursday, March 16th! Please make the effort to come to Montgomery if at all possible!”

The bills on the House Agenda being debated include an ambitious list of legislation including:
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House passes Bill giving some Probate Judges more Judicial powers

March 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, the Alabama House of Representative during the first night session of 2017 voted to pass House Bill 86 giving judges of probate the power to fine or jail people that defy their orders. Only Probate Judges with law degrees will have these new powers. HB86 was sponsored by State Representative Matt Fridy.

Rep. Fridy said that those probate judges who are learned in the law will have the new civil contempt authority. Fridy said that the new powers are needed because probate judges presently can jail a person for just one day and/or fine them $20 for defying their orders. Probate judges dealing with large estates need the power to have their orders enforced. Probate judges deal with equity law and very large estates. “We have had situations where probate judges can not enforce their orders because they are limited to fines of $20.”
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Family Advocacy Day draws pro-family Legislators

March 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, an estimated one hundred people gathered in front of Alabama’s historic state Capital Building for Family Advocacy Day.

Rev. Tom Ford said we are here to thank God for his grace. Society is based on three pillars: the family, the church, and the State. When the family goes, the church follows, and then the State.

State Representative Matt Fridy (R-Montevallo) said they plan to bring pro-Life and pro-family legislation that we are bringing forward this session.
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Task force to explore removing grocery tax

February 22, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Want to repeal the tax on food in Alabama?

There’s a task force for that.

In what has quickly become Gov. Robert Bentley’s go-to move for dealing with complicated issues that are popular with voters, the Governor on Tuesday signed an executive order forming a committee to study the effects of removing the grocery sales tax.

“I’ve traveled the State, and I know that people not only want good jobs, they want to feed their families,” Bentley said. “I’d like to see this tax – this 4 percent – repealed and not replaced with any tax burdens on these working families.”
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Frances Taylor Addresses Shelby County Republican Women

October 10, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, October 8, the Republican Women of Shelby County held their anniversary celebration in Indian Springs. Frances Taylor, the President of the Alabama Federation of Republican Women, addressed the group.

President Taylor said that it was an honor to be Speaking to the Shelby Country group and said, “I want to thank you for all that you are doing.”

Taylor said that Republican women across the state put forth millions and millions of volunteer efforts to advance Republican candidates and causes. “Joan Reynolds is here. She is spearheading the effort to go into Florida and Ohio.” “You makes a huge difference.”
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Remembering Those Who “Like Mike” and Wanted To Protect Him

June 16, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Fifteen members of the State House of Representatives, one Senator and a US Congressman attended the pep rally for Mike Hubbard the day after he was indicted on 23 felony counts of public corruption.

In February of this year, 37 House members signed a letter to US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, asking her to investigation State’s Attorney General Luther Strange. There were ten accusations against General Strange of “misconduct…incompetence or willful neglect of office.”
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Henry’s Crusade to Impeach Bentley Has New Momentum after 23 Members Sign on Board

April 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, April 28, State Representative Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) successfully resurrected his effort to impeach embattled Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) when he announced that he had reached the 21 signatures necessary to reintroduce his impeachment resolutions against Bentley, who has been charged with misusing state resources while committing adultery with his top political aide and alleged misstress, Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason

In addition to Ed Henry, Representatives: Isaac Whorton (R-Valley), David Sessions (R-Grand Bay), Mike Ball (R-Madison), Jim Patterson (R-Meridianville), Tommy Hanes (R-Bryant), Ritchie Whorton (R-Owens Cross Roads), Mike Holmes (R-Wetumpka), David Standridge (R-Oneonta), Barry Moore (R-Elba), Danny Crawford (R-Athens), Allen Farley (R-Pleasant Grove), Jack W. Williams (R-Georgetown), Will Ainsworth (R-Guntersville), Craig Ford (D-Gadsden), Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham), Margie Wilcox (R-Mobile), Mack Butler (R-Gadsden), Becky Nordgren (R-Gadsden), Phil Williams (R-Harvest), Johnny Mack Morrow (D-Red Bay), Reed Ingram (R-Montgomery), and Arnold Mooney (R-Birmingham) have all signed the new impeachment resolution.
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Budgets Moving Forward

May 18, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, May 19, the 2016 fiscal year Alabama General Fund budget HR135 is expected to be on the floor of the House of Representatives.

State Representative Christopher John England (D-Tuscaloosa) wrote on Facebook, “Tuesday’s special order calendar. You will notice two things. The first thing you will notice is that the general fund budget is the first bill on the calendar. The second thing you will notice is that there are no revenue bills on the calendar.”
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