Strange applauds President’s signing of Veterans Legislation

August 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, August 12, 2017, President Trump signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act S.114, sponsored by Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada).

According to the White House the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 authorizes and appropriates $2.1 billion to the Veterans Choice Fund, extends certain authorities as a partial offset for this appropriation, authorizes 28 major medical facilities leases, and changes a number of VA authorities related to personnel.

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Alabama politics: Setting new lows

August 16, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Maybe we’re expecting too much from our politicians.

On a day when the president of the country called a group of white supremacists “fine people,” a guy who has been twice booted from his chief justice job beat the Republican field and forced a runoff against a guy who sold out his attorney general office in order to get a political appointment from a governor he was investigating.

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Carns predicts Gov. Kay Ivey will run for second term

August 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, August 12, 2017: State Representative Jim Carns (R-Vestavia) told the Mid-Alabama Republican Club (MARC) that he expects Governor Kay Ivey (R) to run for the position in 2018.

Jim Carns was delivering his State Legislature report to the gathered Republican activists at the Vestavia Library.  Carns said that Senate President Del Marsh (R-Anniston) recently announced that he is running for another term in the State Senate.

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US Senate candidates prepare for the people to vote

August 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 15, 2017: The 16 remaining candidates for US Senate will make their final push to get voters to choose them at the polls today.

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) has been the Republican frontrunner through out this race.  On Tuesday morning, Roy Moore and his wife, Kayla, will participate in their traditional horse ride to the polls at the Gallant Fire Department.

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Alabama votes on Tuesday

August 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama voters go to the polls on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, to decide who they want to represent them in the US Senate seat vacated when Jeff Sessions (R) was confirmed as US Attorney General.

There are nine Republicans and seven Democrats vying for the position.

The seven Democratic candidates running in the US Senate Special Primary Election. are: Will Boyd, Vann Caldwell, Jason Fisher, Michael Hansen, Doug Jones, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and Charles Nana.

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Flowers says Bentley appointment is an albatross around Strange’s Neck

August 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, August 12, 2017, former State Representative and political columnist Steve Flowers (R) spoke to the Mid-Alabama Republican Club at the Vestavia Library.  Flowers discussed the current political situation particularly the Tuesday special election primary.  Flowers predicted that former State Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore and U.S. Senator Luther Strange would emerge as winners of the Republican Primary, though Strange is hurt by questions surrounding his appointment by then Governor Robert Bentley.  Flowers predicted a Doug Jones victory in the Democratic Primary but called Jones, “the weakest possible candidate.”

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New poll shows Moore leading Strange, Brooks in primary matchup

August 11, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A new poll of the US Senate special primary election set for next week shows former Chief Justice Roy Moore consistently leading the rest of the primary pack, trailed by incumbent Sen. Luther Strange and US Rep. Mo Brooks.

In a hypothetical runoff between Strange and Moore, the poll suggests Moore would lead there as well.

The poll, conducted by Montgomery polling firm Cygnal and released Thursday, showed Moore ahead of Strange with a more than 8-percentage point lead. Moore has polled consistently above 30 percent in recent public polls, including this new poll at 30.7 percent. Strange trails with 22.6 percent and Brooks has 18.1 percent — barely outside the poll’s margin of error of 4.37 percentage points.

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Former gubernatorial candidate Tim James endorses former Chief Justice Roy Moore

August 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 10, 2017, former Alabama gubernatorial candidates Tim James (R) endorsed Roy Moore for US Senate in a press conference in Montgomery’s RSA Center for Commerce Building.  Former Governor Fob James (R) also endorsed Roy Moore for the US Senate.

Businessman Tim James said in a statement, “Many good people are in this Senate race, I personally know several of them. However, I have made a decision to support Roy Moore for the following reasons: Judge Moore is a family man, a soldier, a judge, and a constitutional scholar.  His most important attribute is his character which matters the most in times like these.”

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Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh will seek re-election

August 10, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama’s most powerful State senator will seek re-election to the Legislature’s upper chamber next year.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, will seek re-election to the Senate, he announced Wednesday. The move comes after he considered running for both the US Senate and for Governor.

“Since Republicans took over the Legislature, we have been able to pass many key pieces of legislation,” Marsh said. “However, the work is not done and if I am fortunate enough to be sent back to Montgomery by the people of Senate District 12, I look forward to continuing conservative policies that make government more efficient and accountable to the taxpayers.”

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Prison healthcare provider steps forward to meet Alabama’s challenge

August 9, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Earlier this summer, US Federal District Judge Myron H. Thompson declared the mental health care system in Alabama prisons to be “horrendously inadequate.” It is likely Judge Thompson will soon rule that Alabama must improve all health care services for inmates at State Correctional facilities. His ruling already has State lawmakers scrambling to find a solution that both meets Judge Thompson’s orders while offering healthcare that is affordable. One company, Centurion, LLC, ready to accept the challenge.
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