Strange applauds President’s signing of Veterans Legislation

August 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, August 12, 2017, President Trump signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act S.114, sponsored by Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada).

According to the White House the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 authorizes and appropriates $2.1 billion to the Veterans Choice Fund, extends certain authorities as a partial offset for this appropriation, authorizes 28 major medical facilities leases, and changes a number of VA authorities related to personnel.

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Stop letting GOP off the hook for rise of hate

August 14, 2017

Photo: Vox.com

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Why is everyone so worried about whether a politician publicly denounces racism?

After Saturday’s horrific actions in Charlottesville, Va., — and the generally awful image of thousands of privileged white people marching with tiki torches and pretending that they’re oppressed because a black guy got served before them at Starbucks – there has been a public outcry demanding that Republicans across the country denounce the actions of the Nazis, white nationalists and racists.
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An interview with Senate candidate Robert Kennedy

August 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, August 4, 2017, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) had an in depth conversation with US Senate Candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. (D).  Kennedy is running in the Democratic Party Special Election Primary for the Senate seat vacated when Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) was confirmed as Attorney General.

APR asked: The VA scandal exposed the fact that most federal employees can not be fired, even for incompetence. Should that change?

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Senate forum held in Huntsville

July 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 6, 2017, over half of the candidates for Senate were on hand for the Christian Citizen Task Force’s bipartisan US Senate forum at Huntsville’s Rock Worship Center. An enthusiastic crowd of over 350 were in attendance.

Afterwards there was a straw poll to gauge how the audience was planning to vote. Congressman Mo Brooks won the Republican straw poll, followed by former Chief Justice Roy Moore. Brian McGee won the Democratic straw poll, followed by Dr. Will Boyd.
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Judge Moore Interview

June 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, June 23, 2017, Republican US Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore took time to speak with The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) and answer a number of issues across a wide spectrum of issues likely to face the Senate.

APR: You recently expressed some concerns with the secret Senate healthcare bill released yesterday. What do you say to Republicans who say that the enemy of the good is the perfect bill that will never pass and that we should just craft a bill and get it passed as any healthcare bill would be better than Obamacare even if we have to come back and fix it next year and the year after that?
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Controversial hire James Talton has been removed

June 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 8, 2017, former Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) Director James Talton no longer works for the Alabama Department of Public Health. Talton was recently appointed Public Health Administrative Officer; but on Thursday a spokesman for the Department said that Talton no longer works there.

“Effective today, Mr. James Talton is no longer employed with the Alabama Department of Public Health. The Department wishes him well in his future endeavors.”
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Rutledge Mayor objects to Talton hiring

June 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, US Navy veteran and Mayor of Rutledge Steven Phillips expressed his displeasure at the State of Alabama for hiring former Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System chief administrator James Talton after he was fired by the Veterans Administration. Talton has been hired by the Alabama Department of Health.

Phillips told The Alabama Political Reporter, “I was watching the news on Friday 2 June 2017 when I was shocked to see that the Public Health Department of Alabama had lost their mind. Why would anyone hire someone like James Talton that had been fired ‘poor performance and misconduct?’”
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Strange co-sponsors Veteran Overmedication Prevention Act

May 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, US Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) announced that he was co-sponsoring the Veteran Overmedication Prevention Act of 2017, S 992, which is sponsored by Senator John McCain (R-Arizona).

Sen. Strange said, “The men and women of our nation’s armed forces deserve the recognition of a grateful nation, and our commitment to honor their sacrifices must continue after they hang up their uniforms. The VA system is the front line of medical care for those dealing with the after-effects of combat, and it is critical that facilities are equipped with the latest clinical data to aid the recovery process, prevent over-prescription and avoid tragedy. I am proud to stand with Chairman McCain and my colleagues as we work to stem the tide of these preventable deaths.”
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Roby: HR1712 a step in the right direction for Veterans healthcare

April 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) introduced HR1712, the Protection and Advocacy for Veterans Act, which would empower state and local Protection and Advocacy agencies to directly investigate the quality of mental health care and substance abuse treatment provided to veterans at the VA and allow these agencies to advocate for patients found to be receiving inadequate care.

Congresswoman Roby said, “For 40 years, Protection and Advocacy agencies in Alabama and around the country have provided a critical service by monitoring the quality of care in state-operated hospitals, clinics, and other facilities. I believe bringing this degree of expertise in patient advocacy to the VA would greatly benefit veterans, particularly those in need of mental health care or substance abuse treatment. In recent years, Congress has boosted funding for mental health care services and enacted legislation making it easier for the VA to attract mental health care professionals. This is a step in the right direction, but I believe we can do better. We owe it to our veterans to bring all available resources to bear to ensure access to proper treatment.”
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Taking better care of our veterans

February 28, 2017
Bradley Byrne

Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

I’ve held over 75 town hall meetings since being elected to Congress, and these meetings allow me to get a feel for what issues are most important to the people I represent. At every single town hall meeting, I get at least one question about problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

We have all read different stories about the VA in the newspapers – stories about secret wait lists, VA employees stealing drugs, veterans dying while waiting for care, and doctors overprescribing pain medication.
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