Things to look for in 2018

January 8, 2018
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne

Last week, we recapped major highlights from the past year, so this week I want to look ahead at some of the important things to watch for in 2018.

2018 is an election year, and the midterm elections for all House members and the one-third of the United States Senate will be held in November. I expect a very busy legislative session in the run-up to the midterms.

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154th Anniversary of Gettysburg and Vicksburg

June 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

One hundred and fifty-four years ago, one southern army was throwing its best troops at Union lines that would not buckle under the weight of the massed Confederate might. Meanwhile, another large Confederate Army was trapped in Vicksburg and was slowly starving. By the Fourth of July, Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was retreating back to Virginia in defeat and Lieutenant General John Pemberton’s broken force was surrendering to the siege of Vicksburg by rising Northern star General Ulysses S. Grant.
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Does the State know best?

March 7, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In a complex world where the government continues to play an increasingly larger role in the lives of its citizens, it is often necessary to step back and ask: when is it appropriate for the government to limit individual liberty?

The latest fight over decriminalizing midwifery is an example of how governments rules and regulations have permeated every aspect of our lives. Home birth was commonplace in Alabama until the passage of  which made 2006 Alabama Code Section 34-19-3 makes midwifery a crime. The code reads, “It shall be unlawful for any person other than a licensed professional nurse who has received a license from the State Board of Nursing and the Board of Medical Examiners to practice nurse-midwifery in this State. Any person violating this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.”
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Robert E. Lee Event on Saturday

January 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Sons of Confederate Veterans are honoring the life of General Robert E. Lee on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the State Archives building in Montgomery.

The group announced in a statement, “Come Celebrate ROBERT E. LEE DAY January 21st at the Archives auditorium we will celebrate Robert E. Lee Day. The event will begin at 9:15 am with music by the Tallassee String Band. Our featured speaker will be Rev. John Killian. After the program we will go to the Confederate monument at the capitol building or you can tour the flag conservation Building. 624 Washington Ave, Montgomery, Al.”
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Opposition to Bentley’s Confederate Flag Removal is Trying to Organize

June 25, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday June 24, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) ordered all Confederate flags to be removed from State grounds.  There was no vote of the people, no public hearings, no court case, no vote of the Alabama Legislature.  Gov. Bentley just gave the order and workers began immediately removing all the Confederate Flags, including their poles from Confederate Memorials in Montgomery.  There was no fanfare, no ceremony, no bugler, no reverence for history or moment of silence as the flags were taken down.
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