Ivey proclaims Small Business Saturday

November 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a proclamation formally declaring November 25 as Small Business Saturday in Alabama. Small Business Saturday is designed to celebrate and support small businesses and the impact it has on Alabama communities. The Friday after Thanksgiving, historically, is the largest shopping day of the year, but most of that business goes to big box stores.

“Small Business Saturday is a wonderful opportunity for Alabamians to support local businesses on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving,” Ivey said. “Small businesses have long been recognized as the economic engine for job growth, economic stability and preserving neighborhoods across Alabama and the nation.”

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday marks the Thanksgiving holiday.

In 1621, a group of religious dissenters left England aboard the Mayflower bound for the English colony in Virginia – founded in 1607. En route they diverted the ship towards the American wilderness and landed near modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts to set up their own colony separate and totally isolated from the Virginians, the then dominant Church of England, and theoretically separate from England. 45 of the 102 immigrants died during that first winter, and there was only one recorded birth. Unlike the Virginians, who quickly got into a decades-long war with the Indians of the Chesapeake Bay area, the pilgrims strived to have friendly relations with the Indians. With tremendous help from the Native Americans, the surviving Pilgrims celebrated a bountiful harvest that would sustain them for the next winter. Following the harvest, they invited their Wampanoag Indian friends to a celebration thanking God that they survived such a dangerous gamble, and the first Thanksgiving was born.

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Pause to count your blessings

November 20, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S Rep. Bradley Byrne

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to put the political debates of today aside and take time to reflect on the many blessings that we all-too-often take for granted. As I sat down to write this column, four very distinct blessings came to my mind.

The first blessing we all have is life.  I was reminded of that earlier this year when my granddaughter Ann-Roberts Byrne was born.  She was, like all of us at that point in our lives, small, weak and helpless.  But life radiated from her, shooting out like little rays. It reminded me of a line from a poem by the British poet, William Wordsworth:  “Heaven lies about us in our infancy!”

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Thanksgiving Day brings little to be thankful for in State government

November 24, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For those who honestly care about the future of our State, there are few bright spots this Thanksgiving. Even as we engage in polite conversation over turkey and dressing or pecan pie, the subject will naturally turn to the state of the State.

While, “Who will replace Senator Jeff Sessions and the political dominos to follow” is a fun parlor game, it’s the nagging reality that Governor Robert Bentley used the tools of government to destroy political enemies, carry on an affair and deceive the public, that is the “Sword of Damocles” hanging over our State.
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Alabama Leaders Release Thanksgiving Wishes to Constituents

November 27, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 26, Americans across the country celebrated Thanksgiving with Turkey, football, and family.  Many of Alabama’s leaders took to social media or email to share the holiday cheer with the people of Alabama.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) said on Twitter, “It is great to sit down and share a meal with some great citizens of Alabama on this Thanksgiving Day.”
Alabama Lt. Governor Kay Ivey said, “Wishing you and your family a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!”
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Thankful for Vision

November 26, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

There are many things for which I am thankful: my wife, my friends and my health are certainly at the top of any list.

I am thankful that this publication, as it begins its fifth year. I pray it has done some good.

I am also thankful that you are reading these words. It humbles me to think that I have anything to say, that is worthy of your time.
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Thanksgiving: a Time for Compassion

November 24, 2015

By Senator Gerald Dial

Thanksgiving is that time of the year we set aside to give thanks to God for all that we enjoy. In reality, we should give thanks every day, for we are truly blessed. Yes, we have room for improvement here in Alabama, but we are so fortunate compared to others around the world, and I encourage you to stop and give thanks for what you have this holiday season.
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Thanksgiving is a time to pause and reflect about the kind of America we want to be

November 24, 2015

Rep. Darrio Melton

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American tradition–a time to join together with friends and family to celebrate the gifts we’ve been given. As we move forward into the holiday season, I think it’s especially poignant that we stop and say thank you for our blessings.

Many of us know the story of the first Thanksgiving. Pilgrims came to America from Europe, struggling to survive in the New World. Some historians cite religious freedom as their major motive while others point to economic concerns, yet regardless of their motives, they made it to America and put down roots that would last for centuries.
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The Sound of Silence

November 24, 2015

By Graham L. Champion

One of songwriter Paul Simon’s greatest songs was The Sound of Silence. Through the years, there have been many different interpretations of what Simon might have had in mind as he penned this tune. As we approach the 2016 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature, I thought it might be interesting to take the various verses of this song and look at what we might face as the Legislature returns to Montgomery in just over 60 days. One thing will be sure and certain when the Legislature returns – Montgomery will be anything but silent.
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ACIJ Thanks Bachus for Supporting Immigrant Families in 2013: Will ask him to Support H.R. 15

November 26, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, members of the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ) will be gathering at the Birmingham office of Representative Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia on Tuesday to thank the Congressman for his support of immigrant families in 2013 and to encourage him to co-sponsor and support HR 15, a bill that would provides a path to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans.

The ACIJ wrote, “As we move into the holiday season, our focus is on family and being together. ACIJ appreciates the support Rep. Bachus has shown for keeping families together, but immigrant families in Alabama want to know that our families will be able to celebrate Thanksgiving together year after year in our home state of Alabama. On Tuesday, local children will present Rep. Bachus with letters and drawings, as well as a colorful turkey that says: “Thank you Rep. Bachus – Our Families Trust in You.”
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