Sen. Doug Jones to embark on first statewide tour this week

February 19, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Sen. Doug Jones, Alabama’s first Democratic senator in a quarter-century, is set to embark on his first statewide tour this week, planning to hit locations in Mobile, Montgomery, Mobile, Birmingham and Selma.

Jones will visit military bases and installations, rural hospitals and clinics, infrastructure and military and military contractors.

“It’s been a privilege to represent Alabama in Washington, but there’s nothing like getting home and hearing from folks first-hand,” Jones said of the trip. “I’m eager to hit the road and visit with as many Alabamians across the state as I can next week. We’re going to focus on the issues that are most important to our communities, from healthcare to jobs to education.”

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House Democrats call on Gov. Ivey to expand Medicaid

February 8, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama House Democratic Caucus on Wednesday passed a resolution calling for Gov. Kay Ivey to expand the state’s Medicaid program.

“We have seen — and continue to see — the enormous negative impact not expanding Medicaid has already had on our state,” said Rep. Mary Moore, D-Birmingham. “It’s time to stop the bleeding. It’s time to shore up our rural hospitals and rural healthcare providers instead of contributing to the further decimation of these communities and it’s time to strengthen this program which is so vital to so many of our most vulnerable citizens – from young children to seniors.”

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Opinion | Back on the Road in Southwest Alabama

January 30, 2018
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne

I always appreciate the opportunity to get out of Washington, D.C. and spend time with the people I represent in Congress. Our most recent District Work Week was unfortunately cut short by the frivolous government shutdown, but thankfully I was still able to get back to Southwest Alabama for a number of town hall meetings and other important events.

It was a real treat to be able to celebrate my 100th in-person town hall meeting by holding a “100th Town Hall Tour” with stops in Chatom, Grove Hill, Jackson, Creola, East Brewton, and Frisco City. These town hall meetings are always a fantastic opportunity to hear directly from the people I represent in Congress.

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Opinion | Rural prosperity: Key to Alabama’s future

January 10, 2018

By John McMillan
Agriculture and Industries Commissioner

“Rural Prosperity,” the title of a just-released report by the Trump Administration, comes at a most opportune time when more and more Americans and Alabamians are enjoying a rapidly growing economy. However, a segment of our nation and state are being left out of the rising economic tide, and that is many of our rural communities.

President Trump and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue deserve tremendous credit for launching the study and issuing this critical report that focuses with laser-like precision on how to build a lasting foundation of prosperity in areas long overlooked.

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Chilton County Hospital to Close

October 30, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Rural hospitals have really felt the impact of the economic downturn that has hit the state of Alabama (and the country as a whole) since early 2008.  Many rural hospitals are struggling to retain doctors and stay open.  The latest casualty is the Chilton County Hospital which announced its closing on Monday.

Rep. Kurt Wallace (R) from Maplesville wrote on Facebook, “Many of you know this by now…but this is a really sad day for Chilton County. The notice went out today that the Chilton County hospital is being closed. There have been literally dozens of people working night and day to keep the doors open. Senator Cam Ward and myself have been working with the Governor’s staff to do anything we could to keep it open. The Chilton County Hospital Board has worked tirelessly to keep it open. But, unfortunately our efforts were not enough. I had conversations with the Director of Alabama Department of Public Health, the Director of the C.O.N. board, and the Governor’s staff today. I am confident that in the near future we will be re-opening the hospital. Sometimes things just don’t turn out the way we want them to. Please keep the hospital staff in your prayers. Many families will be adversely affected by the events of this day.”
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