The Crimson White receives national award

November 20, 2017

By Chandler Walker
Alabama Political Reporter

Last week, the college newspaper of the University of Alabama, The Crimson White, received another award to add to its extensive list garnered over the paper’s 124 year history. The College Media Association named The Crimson White the national Four-Year Weekly Newspaper of the Year recently at the Pinnacle Awards competition in Dallas, TX.

According to its website, The Pinnacle Awards honors the best college media organizations and individual work in the country.

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CAIR holds banquet in Birmingham

November 6, 2017

 By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, the Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations hosted its 2nd annual banquet featuring Linda Sarsour, a national Muslim Human rights activist and a key organizer of the Women’s March on Washington.

Ms. Sarsour praised the Birmingham chapter of CAIR for the work that it has done organizing and working on fundraising.

The Alabama Political Reporter asked if she was concerned about President Donald Trump further expanding his ban on specific countries after an Uzbekistan national attacked people in New York City.

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Shelby opposed disaster relief because of the flood insurance bailout

October 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., voted against ending debate on HR 2266, the “Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act of 2017.”

Sen. Shelby opposed the $36.5 billion disaster aid package because it includes $16 billion for National Flood Insurance Program debt forgiveness.

“While I support emergency relief funding, I have consistently opposed bailouts and have openly voiced my concerns with the state of the National Flood Insurance Program,” Shelby said in a statement.

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Ted Cruz endorses Judge Roy Moore for US Senate

October 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced that he has endorsed Republican candidate Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate.

Cruz said in a statement that he needed more principled conservatives like Moore as allies in Washington.

“This December, the People of Alabama have a clear choice,” Cruz said. “They can choose a liberal Democrat, who will stand with Chuck Schumer to raise taxes, weaken our military, open our border, and undermine our constitutional rights. Or, they can choose to elect Judge Roy Moore, a conservative who will proudly defend Alabama values.”

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David Carrington addresses Etowah County Republicans

October 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington addressed the Etowah County Republican Party in Rainbow City, Alabama, at the Western Sizzlin.

Carrington had previously announced that he was running for governor; but after incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey announced that she would seek a term, he announced that he would not be a candidate.  He also is not running for county commissioner again.

Carrington said that on the first day he was elected, Jefferson County had $3.2 billion in defaulted sewer debt and $105 million in general obligation debt that was also in default.

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Gov. Ivey asks Alabamians to help and pray for victims of Harvey in Texas

August 30, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — As one of the most devastating storms in US history continues to sweep across Texas and heads for Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey is asking Alabamians to reach out and help those victims affected by the storm.

“I am urging all Alabamians to join me in praying for those affected by this tragedy and in considering ways to help with recovery efforts,” Ivey said. “In addition to supporting worthy causes like the Red Cross and faith-based groups, I encourage everyone to help meet the urgent needs caused by this storm.”

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Alabama offers assistance to Texas in Hurricane Harvey efforts

August 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, August 28, 2017, Alabamians and their leaders respond to the crisis in Texas following the flooding created by Hurricane Harvey.

Alabama Governor Ivey authorized the Alabama National Guard to Assist in Hurricane Harvey efforts.  Upon a request from the National Guard Bureau, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has authorized Alabama Adjutant General Sheryl Gordon to send two CH-47 Chinook Helicopters and two UH-60M medical aircraft, along with their respective crews, to assist in recovery efforts in Texas as a response to Hurricane Harvey.

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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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