Ross officially signs at ASU; Knight confirms Senate run

October 3, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

State Sen. Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery, is officially Alabama State University’s president, and state Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, is officially running for Ross’s vacated Senate seat.

Ross, who has served in the Alabama Senate for the past 15 years was named ASU’s 15th president two weeks ago and the university’s board of trustees approved his $300,000 contract on Friday. Before he could sign it, however, Ross had to officially resign from the Senate.

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Ending illegal immigration must be a top priority

September 26, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Congressman Bradly Byrne (AL-1)

One of President Donald Trump’s most popular positions on the campaign trail last year was a commitment to securing our nation’s borders. Since taking office, this has been a shared top priority between President Trump and the House of Representatives.

President Trump first demonstrated his commitment to restoring the rule of law and tackling illegal immigration when he appointed Jeff Sessions as his attorney general. Jeff Sessions was the leader on immigration issues in the Senate, and he understands how allowing illegal immigration to go unchecked makes our country less safe and hurts the overall economy.

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Byrne: GOP on rescue mission to save Americans from Obamacare

July 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said that Obamacare has failed and the House has acted to save the American people from Obamacare’s failure and we are now waiting on the Senate to act.

Congressman Byrne (R-Montrose) said in a statement on social media, “We are on a rescue mission to save the American people from the failures of Obamacare. Despite what some may want you to believe, the law is falling apart. The whole intention of the law was to make health care more affordable, and that has failed. Now, some Americans will not have a single health care option on the Obamacare exchanges. The House has acted to address the issue, and now the Senate needs to do their part.”
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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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House passes Sunset bills

February 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, February 16, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives met to consider a number of non-controversial pieces of legislation having to do with renewing state boards and agencies. Under Alabama law no board exists forever. They have to periodically be renewed by the Legislature or they will automatically “sunset”. This allows the legislature to review whether or not a board is performing its purpose or not and needs to be changed or allowed to disappear. Sun setting State boards and agencies is the responsibility of the House Sunset committees. They make recommendations to the full Legislature.
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Bentley narrows US Senate picks to six

February 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, The Decatur Times Daily’s, Mary Sell reported that Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has narrowed his list of potential picks to replace US Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) if Sen. Sessions is confirmed as the next US Attorney General, a vote that is expected today.

According to Sell’s reporting, Bentley’s office said the six candidates still under consideration are: Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville); Director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA); Donald Trump’s Alabama campaign co-chair former State representative Perry Hooper Jr. (R-Prattville); State Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh; State Representative Connie Rowe (R-Jasper); and Attorney General Luther Strange.
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Rural Caucus Holds Meeting With ADEM, Ag Leaders to Discuss Fees on Poultry Farmers

August 17, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 16, the members of the House Rural Caucus held a lengthy meeting with top Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) officials and Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan (R), state Veterinarian Tommy Frazier as well as representatives of the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association and the Alabama Farmers Federation. At issue is how to fund continued inspections of Alabama’s numerous poultry farms.
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Hubbard Found Guilty, State Leaders React

June 13, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Late Friday night, June 10, 2016, the Alabama Speaker of the House, State Representative Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) was guilty of twelve felony counts for ethics violations. The secret Grand Jury investigation that many politicos denied even existed turned into the 23 indictments they said would get thrown out of court, became the historical legacy of the first Republican to be the Speaker of the House in over 135 years. Hubbard, the author of Storming the Statehouse, ran the 2010 GOP campaign on a platform of historic ethics reforms. Ironically it was the ethics law reforms that were his first achievements as Speaker that ultimately brought him to ruin. Many state officials released statements following the announcement.
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Chambliss Bill Would Give People Power to Recall Bentley

April 4, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Any dream that the administration of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) could be effective moving forward has been dashed against the rocks, when tapes, secretly recorded by former Alabama First Lady, Dianne Bentley were released, indicating that the Governor was having an inappropriate relationship with a married aide, thirty years his junior.

The scandal has become national news, appearing in a segment on the NBC Nightly News on Thursday night.  CNN, the CBS Morning News, and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show have also addressed the Bentley affair allegations. The 73 year-old Bentley told reporters with the New York Times that he acted inappropriately, but denied having done anything illegal, and continues to resist the growing calls for him to resign his office.  The Governor’s top political advisor, and alleged mistress, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, resigned her position on Wednesday.
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Trump In Birmingham

November 23, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, November 21, thousands of Trump supporters packed Birmingham’s BJCC to see the New York City businessman, reality TV star, and Republican Presidential candidate in person.  Donald Trump did not disappoint those supporters.

The billionaire emphasized the wall he promises to build between the US and Mexico and referenced recent murders of Americans, including Kate Steinle, by illegal aliens.  Trump attacked the media, “They are just not good people,” he said.  He accused the media of misquoting him on the surveillance issue.  Trump clarified his position, “If you don’t mind, I want to be.  I want to surveil.  I want surveillance of these people coming in, the Trojan horse, I want to know who the hell they are.”
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