Landslide Luther?

June 28, 2017

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

In Alabama politics many times appointments to political offices filled by an acting governor have an adverse effect on that appointee if and when they seek election to that office for a full term. Every time George Wallace appointed someone to a political post, even in the prime of his popularity and power, they invariably lost in the next election.

Well folks, ole Dr. Bentley ain’t George Wallace and his appointment of Luther Strange to the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions may come back to haunt Big Luther. His appointment is even more problematic due to the appearance of collusion surrounding the appointment. The taint of the Bentley appointment hovers over Big Luther’s tall head in Washington.
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Strange challenges Obama administration expansion of Endangered Species Act

December 1, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) led a coalition of 18 states in filing a complaint in a lawsuit challenging new federal rules that broadly expand the definition for “critical habitats” for endangered and threatened species.

AG Strange said in a statement, “Washington bureaucrats have gone beyond common sense by seeking to expand their control to private property adjoining the habitat of an endangered species solely on the basis that these areas might one day be home to a threatened species,” said Attorney General Strange. “If this rule is unchallenged, there could be no limit to their regulatory reach, potentially setting the stage for the federal government to designate entire states or even multiple states as habitat for a particular species. Today, I joined with Arkansas and 16 others states to challenge this outrageous overreach in federal court.”
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Please, Alabama, Don’t Trigger or Dildo Grade Inflation

August 25, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

In Texas this week, students on college campuses can now conceal carry guns. To class. In their dorms. Wherever.

That is crazy, but that’s how it is now.

I got an email from a Jacksonville State University student who is concerned the same could happen here in Alabama.

It could.

Full disclosure: I’m not only a journalist, but I’m a teacher, at UAB, in the English department. Ask me (or many of my colleagues) whether they want a student packing (concealed packing), and you’ll get the same answer: No. No. A thousand times no.
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Strange Urges Prayers for Law Enforcement in Wake of Attack on Police in Dallas

July 8, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, July 7, 2016, Black Lives Matter activists staged a protest in Dallas, following the police shooting of an armed suspect in Baton Rogue during a scuffle. Heavily armed militants then used the event to target the police officers providing security for the event. As of press time, five officers were confirmed dead.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) said in a statement, “We send out our prayers to the men and women of the Dallas Police Department and to all law enforcement personnel who labor in harm’s way to keep us safe. They are the Thin Blue Line protecting us every day.”
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Bentley Responds to Abortion Law Ruling

June 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 27, the United States Supreme Court ruled in “Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt” that a Texas law regulating abortion clinics goes too far. Alabama had a similar law. The Alabama law had already been ruled unconstitutional by Federal Judge Myron Thompson. After Monday’s ruling, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) commented on the decision.

Gov. Bentley said, “I am disappointed to see the US Supreme Court make a political decision in their ruling of the Texas abortion clinic regulation. As a physician, I am concerned about the medical condition of all women, especially when a woman is facing a serious health procedure. In this Texas case, the Supreme Court is making a medical ruling, without any sound medical expertise. Requiring a doctor to have admitting privileges at a local hospital protects the doctor and the patient. In 2013, I signed into law the Women’s Health and Safety Act that requires clinics that provide abortions to meet the same facility standards as ambulatory care centers, which include admitting privileges at local hospitals.”
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Reactions to Supreme Court Decision Against Regulating Abortion Clinics

June 28, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 27, the US Supreme Court struck down a Texas law regulating abortion clinics. The decision likely impacts a number of Alabama statutes that sought to regulate or limit abortion providers, including one that is almost identical to the Texas statute, which was overturned by the Supreme Court.

The Alabama Statute had already been overturned by federal Judge Myron Thompson in the case of ‘Planned Parenthood versus Strange;’ but was being appealed. A number of Alabama officials commented on the ruling which was viewed as yet another victory for Pro-Choice activists in the Supreme Court.
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President Obama’s Executive Amnesty Remains Blocked After Split Supreme Court Ruling

June 24, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 23, 2016, the US Supreme Court’s announced a 4 to 4 decision in United States v. Texas. The case dealt with a Texas lawsuit seeking to block President Obama’s executive amnesty opinion. Since the Supreme Court was unable to reach a decision then the lower court ruling remains in effect. That ruling blocked the President’s plan to issue amnesty and green cards to persons illegally in the United States by executive fiat without obtaining the consent of the Congress.
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Alabama Joins Texas Lawsuit To Thwart Obama’s Transgender Bathroom Policy

May 26, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 25, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) announced that Alabama has joined an 11-state legal challenge to the Obama administration’s recent order that schools must allow students access to restrooms and locker rooms of their gender “identity” rather than their biological sex, or lose federal funding.

Attorney General Strange said in a statement, “President Obama does not have legal grounds to rewrite the law. Congress was absolutely clear that federal law allows schools to have separate facilities based on the ‘sex’ of the individual, not their gender preference. This disturbing attempt to transform America’s classrooms into laboratories for the Obama administration’s social experiments will not stand up to the test of law.”
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Institute Will Promote Job Creation, Clean Reliable Energy

April 25, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The newly formed Energy Institute of Alabama (EIA) promises to promote reliable, affordable, and clean energy to help grow Alabama’s economy, create high-paying jobs, and build public support for Alabama’s energy industry.

“Our group intends to be a clearinghouse for strong research that will separate political fancy from reasonable policies that benefit the consumer and the industry,” said Alabama Speaker of the House Emeritus Seth Hammett, who has been elected to serve as the organization first chairperson.
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Bentley Files Amicus Brief Supporting Texas Immigration Lawsuit

April 6, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 4, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) announced that he has signed an Amicus Curiae, or friend of the court brief, to the United States Supreme Court along with six other governors to support the Texas lawsuit against the President’s executive amnesty order.

Gov. Bentley said, “The President’s executive amnesty order severely impacts states, and governors are on the front lines in protecting states’ rights from federal encroachment. Immigration is an important issue that our country must address, and Congress is the proper place for the debate. The President’s executive amnesty order disregards the role Congress plays in policy decisions. I support Governor Abbott and the State of Texas in challenging the Obama Administration.”
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