Hansen calls for marijuana legalization

July 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 24, 2017, US Senate Candidate Michael Hansen released a statement calling for the legalization of marijuana.  This statement was in response to news reports that the Trump Administration plans to “crack down” on marijuana.

Hansen said in a statement, “The news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to ‘crack down’ on marijuana users is troubling. The fact of the matter is that the ‘War on Drugs’ is a failed Federal policy that for decades has unfairly targeted people of color. I am calling on Congress to decriminalize, legalize, and regulate marijuana to put an end to this racist social experiment. In addition, I am proposing an economic development zone in Alabama’s Black Belt where unemployment is near 10 percent and where poverty rates approach 40 percent. The Black Belt once lead agricultural production, and I believe it will again.”
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Strange and Sonny Perdue meet with Farmers

July 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 21, 2017, US Senator Luther Strange (R) hosted US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue  in Alabama in order to listen to concerns from farmers regarding the 2018 Farm Bill.

Secretary Perdue addressed a packed room of farmers and agriculture industry leaders from across the State.

Sen. Strange said. “We don’t need a translator for Sonny (Purdue is a former governor from Georgia), he speaks our language, he’s our neighbor and he understands the needs represented in this room. He has a strong background in farming and President Trump could not have picked a better person to lead the USDA during a time that farmers are hurting across the country. I’m proud to the voice for Alabama farmers on the Ag Committee, especially as we work hard with Secretary Perdue and other Trump administration officials on this Farm Bill so that is so critical for our State.”
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Peeples says that he will fight for education

July 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 2017, US Senate candidate Bryan Peeples (R) said on social media, “If you want someone to fight for you, your children, and their children, and all the rights of all the citizens, then get behind a frustrated citizen who will fight the hard fight for the people.”

Peeples said in his statement, “I believe I bring a modern perspective to educational needs. I was a transient child due to my father being a part of corporate America in the 80’s and 90’s economic boom. I can with out a doubt describe the differences in needs between the states and can attest to the poor options this State has. I am a firm believer of the 10th Amendment but there needs to be standards and regulations in place to protect the services rendered, bought, or used. Not all counties or cities have the funds necessary to provide quality education to it’s youth and as you mentioned they can find funds for their coaches but not the healthcare or curriculum needs. Our State constantly pulls from the education fund in order to resupply the general fund. The laws we have in this state do not promote growth at any level and only seek to keep those in power in power. It is frustrating to me that we have this conversation over and over and Alabama constantly ranks in the bottom 5 nationally. We can do better and have to do better for our youth.”
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Congressman Lamar Smith endorses Brooks for Senate

July 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 21, 2017, US Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas) endorsed Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) for United States Senate.  Congressman Smith has known Congressman Brooks since 2010, and the two have worked closely as members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee and as staunch opponents of illegal immigration.

Congressman Smith said, “I have known Congressman Mo Brooks since he was elected in 2010. Congressman Brooks is smart, honest and conservative. That is a powerful combination. Congressman Mo Brooks is a straight shooter. When he gives his word, you can bank on it. Congressman Mo Brooks’ ethics are above reproach. He puts America’s interests above his own.”
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Citizens for Trump endorses Brinson

July 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Citizens for Trump endorsed Dr. Randy Brinson for US Senate.

Dr. Brinson accepted the endorsement at a rally which featured Colonel Mike McCalister (USA, Ret.) as guest speaker.

Col. McCalister is a University Professor, former candidate for the US Senate from Florida, and a National Spokesman for Citizens For Trump. Col. McCalister said, “Dr. Randy Brinson is Alabama’s clear Pro-Trump choice for the US Senate.  Randy was an early staunch supporter of Donald Trump for President.  Dr. Brinson is fully committed to supporting President Trump’s “AMERICA FIRST” Agenda, and we are confident that he will do the same as the next US Senator from Alabama.”
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Doug Jones says Sessions did the right thing

July 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 20, 2017, Democratic candidate for US Senate Doug Jones said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) did the right thing and the President was wrong; in his criticism of both the person and the office.

Former US Attorney and Democratic US Senate Candidate Doug Jones calls on all candidates to put Country over Party.  Following President Donald Trump’s statements criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the ongoing Russia investigation, Jones said in a statement, “As a former US Attorney and Prosecutor, I know how important it is to put politics aside and do the right thing no matter the consequences. While I did not support the appointment of Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General, and continue to disagree with his actions on many issues, Jeff Sessions did the right thing both ethically and legally when he recused himself from the investigation in to Russians actions.”
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Brooks, Moore, Pittman attend candidate forum in Northport

July 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 17, 2017, three challengers to US Senator Luther Strange debated at Billy’s Grill in Northport before a full crowd of 150. Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R), Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and state Senator Trip Pittman (R-Montrose) all participated in the forum. The forum was co-sponsored by BamaCarry and the Alabama Republican Assembly.

Sen. Trip Pittman said, “I am a businessman.  I have a tractor and equipment business in Baldwin County.  My Grandfather, JD Pittman, had a tractor business here in the 50s.”
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Strange will vote to repeal Obamacare without replacement

July 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

While the US House of Representatives was able to pass their bill to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (better known as Obamacare), the Senate rejected that bill and insisted on writing its own bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act.  By Monday night it had become obvious to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) that he did not have the votes to pass that bill.  McConnell says that the Senate will vote on a bill to simply repeal Obamacare with no replacement early next week.
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Is the failure of GOP Healthcare Bill a victory for Democrats?

July 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

July 18, 2017, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) admitted that he did not have the votes to pass the Senate’s replacement for the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 0f 2010 (better known as Obamacare).

Now that the Better Care Reconciliation Act has apparently failed, the Senate is expected to vote to simply repeal the unpopular Affordable Care Act; however that measure is expected to fail as Republican moderates: Sen. Susan Collins (D-Maine), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have already announced that they will not vote for a repeal plan of Obamacare unless there is a replacement for the law.  No vote is expected on the bill that actually passed the House of Representatives, but was rejected by the Republican Senate leaders on arrival.
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Brian McGee drops out, endorses Doug Jones

July 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, July 17, 2017, US Senate candidate Brian McGee (D) dropped his bid for US Senate and endorsed former US Attorney Doug Jones (D) for the position in the August 15, Special Democratic Primary.

Doug Jones said that he was proud to accept the endorsement of McGee in a joint press conference at Jones’ Birmingham campaign headquarters.

Jones said, “I have come to know and respect Brian on the campaign trail, and I am honored to have his support.”
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