Stop letting GOP off the hook for rise of hate

August 14, 2017

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By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Why is everyone so worried about whether a politician publicly denounces racism?

After Saturday’s horrific actions in Charlottesville, Va., — and the generally awful image of thousands of privileged white people marching with tiki torches and pretending that they’re oppressed because a black guy got served before them at Starbucks – there has been a public outcry demanding that Republicans across the country denounce the actions of the Nazis, white nationalists and racists.
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President Donald Trump endorses Luther Strange

August 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, Senator Luther Strange (R) finally got that big moment he had been hoping for when President Donald J. Trump (R) endorsed him in the Special Republican Primary for US Senate.

President Trump said on his Twitter account: “Senator Luther Strange has done a great job representing the people of the Great State of Alabama. He has my complete and total endorsement.”
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Americans for Legal Immigration endorses Mo Brooks

August 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, the conservative group Americans for Legal Immigration announced its endorsement of Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) for United States Senate.

Congressman Brooks is an outspoken proponent of building President Trump’s border wall and strictly enforcing America’s immigration laws.

The President of ALIPAC, William Gheen said in a statement, “It is vital to the effort to save America from this socialist backed illegal immigration overthrow of our elections and republic that we elect a very strong voice that supports our existing immigration laws instead of amnesty. Mo Brooks clearly has the strongest record against illegal immigration.”
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Hansen says he’s an “unapologetic progressive”

August 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 1: Democratic Candidate for US Senate Michael Hansen told The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) that he is the candidate in the Democratic Primary with real energy and shared polling data with APR showing the Democratic race to be very competitive.

Hansen said, “Democrats in Alabama have a clear choice this election. They can select a centrist that’s indistinguishable from the pack, or rally behind a candidate with real energy. As an unapologetic progressive, I’m talking about pocketbook issues that cross party lines. Healthcare, wages, and the environment resonate with real voters and that’s how I’m winning.”
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Alabama Democratic Conference endorses Doug Jones for Senate

August 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, July 29, 2017, the Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC) met in a Special Session on Saturday and screened all the candidates for US Senate in the August 15, Democratic Primary.  The ADC announced that they are endorsing former US Attorney Doug Jones.

The ADC said in their statement that all the candidates were allowed to make their presentation to persuade the committee why they should be endorsed.
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Shelby and Strange statements on Obamacare repeal vote

July 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 28, 2017, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) today released a statement following the failure of the Senate to pass a repeal of the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Obamacare).  Sen. Shelby said that the healthcare repeal measure would have given Americans relief from Obamacare and that he is disappointed that it failed.  Senator Luther Strange also expressed disappointment that the key GOP promise was not kept.
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Bryan Peeples addresses North Jefferson County Republicans

July 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 24. 2017, US Senate Candidate Bryan Peeples (R) addressed the North Jefferson County Republican Club at their monthly meeting at Jim and Nick’s Barbecue in Gardendale.

Peeples warned that, “Our country faces very serious problems right now.”  The drip, drip, drip of alleged Trump – Russian collusion scandal news from the media is preventing us from focus on our problems.  “This election is not about me it is about you.  It is not about Judge Moore.  It is not about Luther Strange.  It is not about Mo Brooks.”
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Hansen calls for marijuana legalization

July 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 24, 2017, US Senate Candidate Michael Hansen released a statement calling for the legalization of marijuana.  This statement was in response to news reports that the Trump Administration plans to “crack down” on marijuana.

Hansen said in a statement, “The news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to ‘crack down’ on marijuana users is troubling. The fact of the matter is that the ‘War on Drugs’ is a failed Federal policy that for decades has unfairly targeted people of color. I am calling on Congress to decriminalize, legalize, and regulate marijuana to put an end to this racist social experiment. In addition, I am proposing an economic development zone in Alabama’s Black Belt where unemployment is near 10 percent and where poverty rates approach 40 percent. The Black Belt once lead agricultural production, and I believe it will again.”
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Roby tells Senators to get to work

July 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Alabama) reacted to the Senate’s failure to repeal and replace Obamacare and chastised the Senate, saying that despite differing opinions and solutions, the Senate needs to come together to deliver results for the American people.

Congresswoman Roby said in her videotaped message, “I am very disappointed to hear about the breakdown in the Senate over the health care bill, but I was pleased to hear the President is encouraging the Senate to stay and get their work done.  The House has done its job, and now it is time for the Senate to roll up their sleeves and get to work.”
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Is the failure of GOP Healthcare Bill a victory for Democrats?

July 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

July 18, 2017, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) admitted that he did not have the votes to pass the Senate’s replacement for the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 0f 2010 (better known as Obamacare).

Now that the Better Care Reconciliation Act has apparently failed, the Senate is expected to vote to simply repeal the unpopular Affordable Care Act; however that measure is expected to fail as Republican moderates: Sen. Susan Collins (D-Maine), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have already announced that they will not vote for a repeal plan of Obamacare unless there is a replacement for the law.  No vote is expected on the bill that actually passed the House of Representatives, but was rejected by the Republican Senate leaders on arrival.
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