Alabama leaders react to Toyota-Mazda announcement

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Mazda and Toyota announced Wednesday that they had selected the TVA mega site in Limestone County for their newest manufacturing plant.  The $1.6 billion joint venture in the city limits of Huntsville will employ up to 4,000 workers.  A number of Alabama elected leaders reacted to the good economic development news.

“Toyota and Mazda’s decision to locate in Limestone County is great news for Alabama and the Tennessee Valley! I’m thankful Alabama was selected despite fierce competition from other states vying for this plant,” said U.S. Representative Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville. “Toyota and Mazda’s decision validates what many of us in Alabama already know. Alabama is not only America’s #1 football state, we are also on a path to be America’s #1 automotive production state. That is a strong testament to the quality of the location, resources, people and government leadership that Alabama offers.”

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Walt Maddox: The picture Ivey painted of the state was fiction

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, January 9, 2017, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey gave her first state of the state address to a joint session of the Alabama Legislature.  Ivey presented an optimistic, forward-thinking picture of Alabama with improving budgets, record levels of employment, pay raises for state employees, more teachers, and reforms to make the state competitive moving forward.  On Wednesday, Democratic candidate for Governor Walter “Walt” Maddox said that, “The picture she painted of our state was fiction.”

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Governor pushes state employee pay raises, investment in education in first State of the State

January 10, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A year ago, former Gov. Robert Bentley delivered his last State of the State address, setting goals for a Legislative Session that not only would see many of his priorities fall short but encompass the end his political career.

Last night, Gov. Kay Ivey delivered her first — an annual address that set broad and wide-ranging priorities for a state government returning to Montgomery fatigued from scandal and ready for a fresh start.

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State of the State: Prisons, Pre-K and random Olympic tales

February 8, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Did you know that in the 1960 Summer Olympics, an underdog Ethiopian runner named Abebe Bikila overcame the ridicule of his peers for running marathons barefoot to win the 1960 marathon and set a new world record?

Why am I telling you this? No idea.

But using Olympic stories as cheap entry points into a conversation about Alabama’s issues seems to be a thing, so let’s all lift our tattooed hands and remember Abebe as we go through Gov. Robert Bentley’s State of the State address from Tuesday.
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Bentley Calls His Plan Our Moonshot

February 3, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, February 2, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) delivered his sixth State of the State Speech to a joint House of the Alabama Legislature in the historic Alabama Capital Building.

Gov. Bentley said that on the State’s 150th anniversary, a state man also first landed on the moon. That year was 1969, before many current Alabamians were even born. Bentley said, “With that first giant leap for mankind, America achieved the unthinkable, the incredible, the unbelievable. And it was Alabama that made the impossible, possible. The powerful Saturn V rocket that took man to space, to new heights, was imagined, engineered and built by a brilliant team of scientists right here in Alabama. It was Alabamians who dared to believe they could do the improbable.”
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Alabama Legislative Session Begins

March 4, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, March 3, both houses of the Alabama state legislature returned to Montgomery for the opening session of the 2015.

Speaker Mike Hubbard (R from Auburn) said in a statement on Facebook, “Proud to gavel in the 2015 Legislative Session in the Alabama House of Representatives. I look forward to working with my colleagues from across the state to continue to enact bold reforms and conservative solutions that will put Alabama First.” Some media outlets had joined a call by ‘Alabama Political Reporter’ Editor Bill Britt for Speaker Hubbard to resign while he faces his upcoming trial for 23 criminal charges of breaking Alabama election law. Hubbard appeared unmoved by his critics.
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Bentley Revenue Announcement

March 4, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, February 27 at 11:00 am Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) spoke to reporters about his plan to increase state revenues to deal with expected shortfalls in the state’s general fund.

Gov. Bentley began, “Good morning! As we begin the 2015 Legislative Session, the most serious issues we face is the funding of our state’s General Fund. We have spent the last four years climbing out of a financial hole. We’ve right-sized and saved taxpayers over $1.2 billion dollars annually by doing what people elected us to do. We have streamlined government to make it more efficient, consolidated agencies, refinanced bonds, and done more to make government function better with taxpayer dollars.”  
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