Will leaders lay fundamental groundwork for tomorrow or wimp out?

January 8, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Results from the Alabama Political Reporter’s first Influentials poll show that many of our state’s best thinkers see an urgent need to invest in infrastructure, encourage new industry and develop a 21st-century workforce. These are three big ideas that, if executed correctly, will have a profound effect on the state’s economy, quality of life and upward mobility of all citizens who wish to participate.

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A Christmas of light, hope and acceptance

December 25, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For Christians around the world, Christmas is a special day set aside to remember, honor and celebrate the birth of the Christ Child Jesus. It is also the season when we remember children, friends, family and neighbors. It is a time of giving when at least, for a moment, we wish peace on Earth and goodwill to all.

And here in Alabama as around the country we are all perhaps a little better because many not born here join us in the Christmas celebration even though they are Hindu, Buddhist or other faiths. They embrace Christmas not because they love Christ but because they want to be good Americans. It’s sad that some have let fear overtake our nation’s history of embracing immigrants. It seems, at times, that open arms have become clenched fists.

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Jackson County coroner switches to Republican Party

October 20, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

The Jackson County GOP recently welcomed former Democrat Coroner John David Jordan as a member of the Republican Party.

Jackson County Republican Party Chairman Allen Keller made the following statement regarding the new GOP member.

“The Jackson County Republican Party is pleased to announce that Coroner John David Jordan, former Democrat, was voted into the Republican Party during our meeting on September 21,” Keller said. “John David is a fine man and has an excellent reputation as coroner. We are so excited to have him on board as a Republican!”

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Always remember that’s the American Spirit

September 11, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It’s been 16 years since 19 hijackers flew jet airliners into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. We are told to “Never Forget.”

In the years since 9/11, I’ve asked myself if I should never forget or always remember? There is, at least in my mind, a difference.

My wife, Susan, and I were living in New York City on Sep. 11, 2001, and heard the first airplane fly over on its path toward death and destruction in our adopted city. Much has happened to our nation and to us since that bright fall morning.

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Martin brings experience of fighting for justice to Attorney General’s race

June 15, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

If Alabama is looking for an Attorney General who is tough on crime, smart as a whip, and fair, then the search is over. Former US Attorney Alice Martin, who announced this week, her intention to seek the office, is one to watch.

Recently, The Alabama Political Reporter spoke with Martin and asked about her history, ethics, and priorities if she becomes Attorney General.
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Pro-life policies in the spotlight

January 31, 2017
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Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

Last Friday, thousands of people arrived in Washington, DC to march for an important cause: pro-life policies. The annual March for Life brings together people from all different backgrounds: Democrats and Republicans, men and women, young and old, southerners and northerners.

This year’s march was especially notable as Vice President Mike Pence spoke, marking the highest ranking United States government official to ever address the March for Life. The crowd was really energized, and I was especially excited students and pro-life advocates from Southwest Alabama traveled to DC to take part in the march. Read More

God Speed Speaker McCutcheon

August 4, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The nomination of Representative Mac McCutcheon by the Republican Caucus assures that he will be the next Speaker of the House. We, at the Alabama Political Reporter, congratulate him and wish him great success in his new leadership role.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything,” wrote Irish playwright and great thinker, George Bernard Shaw.

I have been a fierce critic of Rep. McCutcheon since he appeared at the pep rally with Mike Hubbard following Hubbard’s indictment, and I expressed outrage when he tried to pass the Star Chamber bill last session. However, recently, he and I have had an opportunity to discuss several issues of importance to both the State and its people. His forthrightness, willingness to listen and desire to represent all of the people has given me hope and confidence in his leadership. We both agree on the need for change, change that must lead to a better State and Legislature.
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“We” Being The Operative Word

August 1, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Words are powerful. They can inspire hope or fear, pride or prejudice. Words can heal or destroy. As Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote, “Words—so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”

Alabama is not at a crossroad. We are at the edge of a cliff, where real leadership is desperately needed to keep the government from falling into the abyss.
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Alabama Leaders Eulogize Former First Lady Nancy Reagan

March 7, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Sunday, March 6, former First Lady Nancy Reagan died Former First Lady Nancy Reagan died at her home in Los Angeles. Alabama’s leaders remembered Mrs. Reagan fondly. She was 94.

nancy-reaganAlabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) released a statement: “I am saddened to hear of the passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan. President and Mrs. Reagan were dedicated public servants and always prioritized helping those in need. During her time in the White House, First Lady Reagan served with remarkable grace and class. She championed the cause of Alzheimer’s research and was completely devoted to President Reagan during his final years battling the disease. Nancy’s steady devotion to President Reagan is one of the things we admire most about her. I join Alabamians and Americans in remembering Nancy Reagan’s life and honoring her service to our great nation.”
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Rubio Campaigns in the Rocket City

February 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Saturday, February 27, US Senator Marco Rubio brought his presidential campaign to Huntsville for a get out the vote rally ahead of Tuesday’s Alabama Republican Primary.

Speaking in front of the space shuttle at NASA’s Space and Rocket Center, Senator Rubio said, “Thank you guys. I am so honored to be with you today. This setting is fantastic. America will be sending people into space whether it is Mars or an asteroid. Great nations do great things.”
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