Senate passes defense spending bill

November 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed the NDAA after it came out of a conference committee report.

The FY18 NDAA conference report authorizes a $88.7 billion increase over FY 2017 national defense funding. It authorizes $634.2 billion for base budget requirements and $65.7 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding, for a record-high total of $699.9 billion.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said in a statement following Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 Conference Report:

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Alabama Forestry Association endorses Strange

September 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, the Alabama Forestry Association urged their membership to vote for U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala.

“The headline in the Montgomery Advertiser on October 6, 2014 read ‘U.S. Supreme Court rejects Alabama school-funding case.’ We can (and should) thank Luther Strange for this victory,” the group wrote in a release on their website.

“There have been several important landmark dates in the history of the Alabama Forestry Association; the election that defeated Bob Riley’s $1 billion tax hike (Amendment One) and the transfer of power in the Statehouse in 2010 come quickly to mind,” the AFA wrote “However, the final disposition of the Lynch v. State of Alabama lawsuit has to be the most important for Alabama’s landowners.”

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US Sen. Shelby endorses Sen. Strange

September 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., endorsed appointed Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., in the Republican primary runoff on Sept. 26.  The endorsement is being promulgated in a statewide direct mail campaign paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and their Alabama affiliate: the Business Council of Alabama (BCA).

“As has been reported, the U.S. Chamber is backing Luther Strange in the race for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat,” Megan Etten, a spokesperson for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said. “Today, the U.S. Chamber, in partnership with the Business Council of Alabama, will deliver a statewide mailer to Republican primary voters urging them to vote for Senator Luther Strange in the September 26 runoff election. The mailer features an endorsement from Senator Richard Shelby; it’s the first action he’s taken in this race.”

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Trump nominates four Judges for Federal courts in Alabama

September 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, President Donald Trump made several judicial appointments for Alabama’s Federal courts.

  • Jeff Beaverstock on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.
  • Emily Marks on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.
  • Terry Moorer on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.
  • Brett Talley on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.
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Louis Franklin, Richard Moore confirmed as US Attorneys

September 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed Louis Franklin and Richard Moore as U.S. attorneys in the state of Alabama.

“Today, the Senate confirmed Louis V. Franklin to be U.S. Attorney for Alabama’s Middle District and Richard W. Moore to be U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama,” U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby said on Facebook. “Congratulations to these two excellent choices by President Trump. This is great news for our state.”

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US Rep. Martha Roby promotes her Balanced Budget Amendment

August 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) says we need a Balanced Budget Amendment, and has written one herself.

Congresswoman Roby wrote to constituents and supporters, “Friends, with the end of the fiscal year approaching on September 30, Congress will soon begin finalizing appropriations Legislation to fund government operations. I’m proud of the work the House Appropriations Committee has done to approve Legislation to properly fund critical programs, while cutting wasteful spending and bending the Federal Budget curve down for a change.”

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Shelby: Trump’s NASA Budget would prevent Agency from reaching its goals

June 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 29, 2017, Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot testified before the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee. The Trump Administration is proposing cutting NASA 2.9 percent in fiscal 2018.  US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) said that the administration is “Projecting a lofty vision for space while providing a budget that keeps that vision from leaving Earth.”

Sen. Shelby is the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee.
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Shelby supports Trump’s picks for Alabama’s US Attorneys

June 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 15, 2017, President Trump nominated Jay E. Towns, Louis V. Franklin, Sr., and Richard W. Moore to be the three US Attorneys for Alabama.

Friday, June 16, 2017, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) released a statement supporting Trump’s picks for US Attorneys in Alabama.

Senator Shelby said in his statement, “Great news for Alabama! This week, President Trump announced his intention to nominate three Alabamians to serve as US Attorneys for the state’s Northern, Middle, and Southern districts.”
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Alabama leaders applaud Red Snapper announcement

June 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 13, 2017, The United States Department of Commerce announced an extension of the Federal Red Snapper season. Governor Ivey was notified Tuesday night yesterday of the decision.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) said in a statement, “I am proud to report that President Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross have granted my request to extend the Federal Red Snapper season. The announcement comes after twice last week, once through a letter and once in person while at the White House, I asked President Trump to add to the season.”
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Ronda Walker launches campaign for Alabama State Senate

June 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the Vice Chairman of the Montgomery County Commission, Ronda Walker (R), announced her candidacy for Alabama State Senate District 25.

Commissioner Walker said in a statement, “Voter trust has been shattered and confidence in State government is at an all-time low. The great State of Alabama is stuck in neutral because elected officials are more concerned about political expediency and keeping lobbyists happy than the good of the state. I am running for the Alabama Senate, because I believe Alabama can and must do better.”
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