Alabama Legislature Week 1: Strange from the jump

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It was a nice, quiet opening week in the Alabama Legislature.

Ha. Just kidding. It was mass chaos, like usual, and right out of the gate. From the governor’s mistress weeping from her balcony seat over words she (likely) wrote, to arguments over Civil War monuments, to an only-in-Alabama Senate appointment, the 2017 Legislative Session started like all the grace of a roller derby.
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Permit-less carry is on a fast-track to passage

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, the Alabama Senate Republican Caucus released its “Strengthen Alabama” Legislative agenda for the 2017 Regular Session. Senate Republicans are promising to provide tax cuts for Alabama’s working families, reform State government to save taxpayer dollars, protect Alabamians’ Second Amendment rights, and uphold the sanctity of human life.

On gun rights, the caucus wrote: “Protect Second Amendment Rights:

“Permit-less Carry? Ten states across the country allow their citizens to carry guns without a permit, and Senate Republicans believe Alabamians should have a similarly unimpeded right to protect their families and property.
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Please Bill Britt, don’t fire me.

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Today is my 37th wedding anniversary. Yes, even I have been married to the same woman for 37 years. Never another woman. Just Veronica. We were married on Ground Hog Day 1980. I always joke that if I see my shadow on Feb. 2, we’ll be married another year. I always see my shadow. I’m afraid not to.

I’ve been married to Veronica much longer than I was single. I never married anybody before her. Just her. Read More

Unpacking Black Districts May have Little Effect on Legislature

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, January 20, 2017 a three judge federal court panel ruled that the state of Alabama violated the U.S. Constitution when it drew three Alabama Senate Districts and nine House Districts following the 2010 census and are barred by the court from using those districts as presently drawn in future elections. This means redistricting now become a major task for the legislature during this 2017 session. The current House and Senate were elected using these districts. All of the 12 districts are held by Democrats. Read More

Jeff Sessions and the War on White People

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There’s a war on white people in America.

I know this because Rep. Mo Brooks, the whitest man in all of Alabama, has proclaimed it. Several times.

That’s what’s tripping up Jeff Sessions at his confirmation hearing for US Attorney General. Not Sessions’ past comments. Not his deplorable track record on voting rights. Not his past history as Attorney General in Alabama.

Nope, it’s white people getting the shaft, man. Read More

A translation of US Rep. Bradley Byrne’s “five priorities” column

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

I read an interesting guest column on Alabama Political Reporter Tuesday, one written by US Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Mobile). Titled “Five things to watch in 2017,” it listed the five top priorities of the Republicans once so-called Republican Donald Trump is inaugurated as President on Jan. 20.

Byrne was once fairly reasonable. I supported him for Governor when he ran in the Republican Primary against “boob-grabber” Robert Bentley in 2010. Byrne was a solid, moderate, Republican State Senator, and he did a fine job as Chancellor of the State’s two-year college system, riddled in corruption, before he resigned to run for Governor in 2009. Read More

The shape of things to come?

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Several decisions over the next few weeks and months could significantly affect Alabama’s future for generations. Among these are, the appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions’ replacement, the Special Supreme Court’s ruling in Chief Justice Roy Moore’s appeal and the findings of the Montgomery Grand Jury concerning Governor Robert Bentley.

Bentley is publicly holding casting-calls to find Sessions’ replacement upon his confirmation as US Attorney General. From a novice State representative to Chief Justice Moore himself, Bentley is parading potential candidates around like beauty pageant contestants. Each day the press publishes an ever-expanding list of hopeful nominees. It seems more like a charade than a selection process. Identifying the next junior Senator from Alabama is serious business, with little in common with the spectacle it now seems to have become. Perhaps, Bentley is using the Senate interviews to line up support for the billion dollar prison bill he plans to push in a special legislative session. Perhaps it is simply to hide his real intentions. With this Governor, the only thing you know for sure is that you don’t know.
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Ain’t Alabama politics fun?

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE

By Steve Flowers

Historically speaking, Alabamians have been more interested in the governor’s race than presidential politics.

For years, from 1876 to 1964, we were a totally Democratic state, more so out of tradition than philosophically. The hatred for the radical Republican Reconstruction shackles invoked on the South made an indelible mark on white southern voters. It was so instilled, that there are a good many stories told throughout the South where a dying grandfather would gather his children and grandchildren around his deathbed and gaspingly admonish them, “Two things I’m gonna tell y’all before I die – don’t ever sell the family farm and don’t ever vote for a damn Republican.”
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Thursday is the Last Day to Sign up for Obamacare

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On March 23, 2010, President Barack H. Obama (D) signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (also known as Obamacare), mandating that all Americans purchase healthcare insurance and setting up a complicated regulatory scheme giving the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) massive new powers to regulate healthcare providers and insurers.

Under the terms of Obamacare, the uninsured can only purchase an approved healthcare plan during the annual enrollment period, unless they experience a qualifying event granting a special exception such as getting married or losing your coverage. The annual enrollment period ends on Thursday, December 15. If you have no coverage or want to change your current plan you must sign up by Thursday in order to get coverage for 2017. Citizens who fail to purchase or otherwise obtain coverage will owe a penalty on their income taxes for defying the Affordable Care Act’s coverage mandate.
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State Legislature receives high marks from the American Conservative Union

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The 2016 Session of the Alabama Legislature received high marks for fiscal and social conservatism from the American Conservative Union on their conservatism report card this year.

The ACU praised the Alabama House and Senate for enacting more conservative legislation during their session this year. The ACU scores ever House and Senate member based on their votes on a selection of bills picked for their adherence to conservative principles. The House and Senate are then given an overall average scored based on their membership’s votes.

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