House passes Legislation strengthening whistleblower protections

October 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, October 16, 2017, U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, wrote in an email to constituents that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill protecting federal whistleblowers from retaliation.

Congresswoman Roby wrote, “I’m proud to report that last week the House unanimously passed legislation that will strengthen penalties for those who retaliate against federal employee whistleblowers, add protections and opportunities for whistleblowers placed on probation, and ensure that all federal employees have a greater knowledge of whistleblower rights and protections.”
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Roby supports Whistleblower Protection Act

October 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of legislation that would secure greater protections for federal whistleblowers and increase penalties against those who retaliate against them.

S.585, the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act, strengthens penalties for those who retaliate against federal employee whistleblowers, adds protections and opportunities for whistleblowers placed on probation and ensures all federal employees have a greater knowledge of whistleblower rights and protections.

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Sewell will hold Veterans Resource Fair Thursday

October 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Selma, will hold her 2017 Veterans Resource Fair in Birmingham on Thursday.

“Meeting the needs of our veterans is one of my top priorities, and as a Representative of Alabama’s 7th District, I’m proud to offer a free opportunity for our veterans and military families to connect with the support they’ve earned,” Sewell said in a statement.

The 2017 Veterans Resource Fair is free and open to the public, although they request that you RSVP so that they can have an accurate count of how many people to anticipate.

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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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