McLeod Software purchases new headquarters building in Hoover

December 5, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

McLeod Software has purchased a 140,000-square foot office building in Hoover for its new corporate headquarters. The company announced that it plans to move into it’s new facility in early summer 2018 at the completion of a major remodeling project.

“One of the most rewarding opportunities McLeod Software offers our region is new jobs being transplanted from other states,” said Hoover City Councilman Place 5 Derrick M. Murphy.  He is the Chairman of the Commerce & Development committee.

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Strange would make Sanctuary Cities pay for the wall

May 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, May 15, 2017, Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) and David Perdue (R-Georgia) introduced the Securing the Border and Protecting Our Communities Act. The bill would prohibit certain Federal Transportation Grant Funds from being made available to sanctuary jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with the Department of Justice in upholding immigration laws or who penalize local businesses for bidding to work on the border wall. Funds not directed to these cities would be reallocated for use under the Secure Fence Act of 2006 toward the completion of the wall.
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Legislative Session is winding down

May 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are only six Legislative days left in the 2017 Alabama Legislative Session. There is still an awful lot of work to do however.

The primary purpose of even having Legislative Sessions is to pass the budgets. The State General Fund (SGF) budget was passed in the Senate on Thursday. The House passed the Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget on Wednesday. Both Houses have now passed both budgets. Both Houses however have to vote on whether or not to concur with changes made by the other house.
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Byrne believes I-10 project will be on Trump infrastructure project list

January 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, January 27, 2017, sources within Trump Administration released a list of high priority transportation, energy, and infrastructure project which the new President is expected to ask Congress to fund in order to stimulate the economy and rapidly address national infrastructure shortcomings. No Alabama project was on the list, which is expected to cost $1 trillion. US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) said in a statement on social media that this was an oversight. Read More

Byrne Believes that I-10 Project will be on Final List of Trump Infrastructure Projects

January 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

On Wednesday, January 27, 2017 sources within Trump Administration released a list of high priority transportation, energy, and infrastructure project which the new President is expected to ask Congress to fund in order to stimulate the economy and rapidly address national infrastructure shortcomings. No Alabama project was on the list, which is expected to cost $1 trillion. U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R from Montrose) said in a statement on social media that this was an oversight. Read More

Mac McCutcheon is Selected as New Speaker

August 3, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, members of the Alabama House Republican Caucus met in Montgomery to decide which of them would replace disgraced former Representative Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) as the next Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives. The House Republican Caucus unanimously affirmed Rep. Mac McCutcheon (R-Madison) as the group’s nominee for Speaker of the House when lawmakers convene for a special session on August 15.
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I-10 Bridge Listed as a Top 5 Most Critical Infrastructure Improvements in the Nation

May 17, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, May 16, the I-10 Bridge over the Mobile River was listed as one of the most pressing transportation projects in the country in a news article in ‘The Hill’ by Melanie Zenona. Constructing a new bridge over the Mobile River and widening the I-10 Bayway was among the five most important infrastructure projects according to Zenona.

Zenona wrote, “The current I-10 Bridge has been afflicted by bottleneck traffic, fueled by congestion from the Wallace Tunnel. Advocates for a new bridge say the project would boost the area’s economic competitiveness, as well as provide a safe hurricane evacuation route for the Gulf Coast. The Alabama Department of Transportation is currently assessing whether it can use a toll to pay for portions of construction or add bike and walking paths. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has even highlighted the importance of the $850 million project, traveling to Mobile and visiting with local leaders last year.”
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Sine Die! – “with all deliberate speed”

May 13, 2016

By Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey

When I struck the gavel for the Senate to adjourn Sine Die at midnight on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, the Senate completed its 30th and final legislative day of the 2016 Regular Session. Sine Die is a Latin phrase meaning “without day” that is, without designating the next day the legislature will meet; it is the final adjournment of a legislative session.

On the last day of the Session, my day began at 8:30 a.m. when I participated in a Legislative Council meeting.  Nearly 16 hours later, “with all deliberate speed,” the Legislature had completed its statutory requirement to meet 30 legislative days during 105 calendar days.
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House Expected to Pass Education Budget with Four Percent Raise for Most Education Employees

March 7, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama House of Representatives is expected to pass an education budget this week that will increase teachers and education workers by four percent a year……double the two percent raise requested by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R). The education received a favorable report from the House Ways and Means Education Committee on Wednesday and could be passed by the full House as early as Tuesday.
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Jeremy Oden Appointed to National Transportation Task Force

January 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Public Service Commissioner Jeremy Oden (R) has been appointed to a new transportation task force created by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).

jeremy-odenCommissioner Oden said, “Emerging technologies and changes in how people and goods are transported in our modern economy have prompted a renewed interest in transportation issues and demonstrated a need to modernize transportation regulations. My goal will be to develop guidelines that will ensure a safe and efficient transportation system without creating burdensome regulations that will negatively impact the private sector. If done properly, we have a chance to modernize transportation regulations in a way that will keep the public safe and lead to greater economic growth.”
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