Quality journalism comes in many different forms

June 20, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

I won a couple of awards over the weekend.

The Alabama Associated Press Managing Editors doled out journalism awards to State media at its annual banquet, and I was fortunate enough to pick up two.

It’s nice, but I’ve never been big on awards. It always seemed silly to me to boil an entire year of hard work down to a couple of good stories. And without fail, the stories I liked the most – and the ones I felt were most meaningful – never won a thing.
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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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Hubbard to Meet with House Republican Caucus on Monday

January 15, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Two Republican House members have confirmed that Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) has called a caucus meeting for Monday at the Prattville Marriott.

Someone close to Hubbard has revealed that he will speak to the caucus regarding his criminal case, hoping to convince members to continue to rally to his side. Hubbard plans to tell the gathered House members that his trial will be postponed until after Session, and that, ultimately, his case will be dismissed by trial Judge Jacob Walker III.
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Some Important Dates to Mark Down in 2016

December 30, 2015

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Happy New Year. Tomorrow is the last day in a dreadful 2015. Good riddance, I say. But I’m looking forward to a momentous 2016. Can’t wait for it to get here.

My wife and I usually do very little on New Year’s Eve. We have too many dogs who are freaked out by fireworks. We diffuse some essential oils, put on the soothing music recorded especially for the animals, and just hang out at home.
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Sessions, Roby, and Bachus Respond to President’s Killing of Keystone Pipeline

January 19, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Martha Roby (R-Montgomery), and Congressman Spencer Bachus (R-Vestavia) all responded to President Obama’s decision to reject the permit to allow private oil companies from building the Keystone XL Pipeline which would have carried Canadian tar sands oil to American refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma where it would link with existing pipelines to carry oil to refineries in Texas and the Gulf Coast.  Rep. Bachus said, “This is a bad decision for America.”

Congresswoman Roby said on Facebook, “The President spends a great deal of his time talking about job creation, but today he blocked the Keystone XL  pipeline project that would have actually created tens of thousands of jobs. Additionally, the pipeline would increase energy supply in America, stabilize energy prices for all Americans, and decrease our dependence on Middle Eastern sources of oil.”

In his statement Senator Sessions wrote, “This is a stunning decision at a time when the need for economic growth and job creation could not be greater. It is a huge lost opportunity to create good-paying jobs for middle class Americans without adding to our nation’s enormous debt. President Obama is apparently interested in pursuing jobs only through government spending and not through private sector growth.”

Congressman Bachus wrote, “Anyone following events in the Middle East knows how important it is for America to reduce its dependence on oil from hostile regimes. The Keystone pipeline would bring up to a million barrels of oil a day into the U.S. from our faithful friend, Canada.”

Rep. Bachus criticized the decision further, “Affordable, reliable energy is critical to manufacturers in Alabama and to job creation across the country. President Obama and his Administration have put politics ahead of our energy needs and national security with this decision and increased the likelihood that the oil and jobs will go to China instead.”

Sen. Session said that the 1,700 mile long Keystone XL oil pipeline would have created 20,000 new private-sector construction jobs.

In his statement, President Barack H. Obama blamed Republicans for imposing a time deadline on his administration making a decision: “This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people. I’m disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision.”

Critics, including the Heritage Foundation, however, say that Transamerica applied for the permit in 2008 and that the State Department has already performed an exhaustive study of the proposed pipeline. 

The Heritage Foundation wrote: “Given the need for jobs and more oil on the global market to offset high prices, the permit application had been moving along positively with bipartisan support without much attention until environmental activists made blocking the Keystone XL pipeline their issue to rally around for 2011. Although President Obama and the Department of State (DOS) said they’d make a decision at the end of 2011, they ultimately catered to a narrow set of special interests, punting the decision until after the 2012 elections.”

Senator Jeff Sessions, Representative Roby, and Representative Bachus have all been vocal proponents of the Keystone Pipeline project.

Rep. Bachus is in his tenth term and represents Alabama’s Sixth District which comprises parts of Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, Coosa, Chilton, and Bibb Counties.

Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions is in his third term in the United States Senate. 

Rep. Martha Roby is in her first term representing Alabama Second district, which consists of Montgomery and the Wiregrass.

Read Jeff Sessions’ statement
Read Rep. Bachus’ statement on Keystone
Read President Obama’s full statement

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