Brinson endorsed by Veterans

July 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 13, 2017, Republican US Senate candidate Dr. Randy Brinson has received the endorsement by the Put Vets First! Political Action Committee.

Put Vets First! PAC cited Dr. Brinson’s commitment to reforming the Veterans Administration to ensure that veterans receive high-quality care they need and deserve.  Also cited in the endorsement was Dr. Brinson’s familiarity with healthcare as a practicing physician, and his being an Air Force veteran himself.
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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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Michael Hansen Interview

July 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 29, 2017, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) sat down with Senate candidate Michael Hansen (D) and discussed issues likely to face the Senate.

APR: If Syria attacks civilians with chemical weapons again, after both Presidents Trump and Obama have warned Assad not to do that, should the US mission in Syria change to removing Assad?

Hansen: I prefer coalition forces. I do not like the US unilaterally intervening and prefer to work with our allies, such as NATO; but yes if Assad uses chemical weapons there has to be consequences.
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Moore gives National Security speech

June 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore held a press conference at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery to announce the members of his national security coalition and to speak about his vision for protecting our nation and supporting the military if elected as the next US Senator from Alabama.

Flanked by veterans and supporters Judge Roy Moore said, “I’ve had the honor of wearing our uniform and am the only candidate who has served in a combat zone, but it is double honor that these men and women who also served are standing here today to help us launch our national security coalition. If we don’t commit ourselves to national security, no other issue will matter. The leaders of this coalition know this and will be helping us to organize our veterans support network in every county in Alabama.”
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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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Interview with US Senate candidate Dom Gentile

June 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, Republican US Senate candidate Dom Gentile spoke with The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) about a variety of policy issues likely to come before the Senate.

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

Gentile: Absolutely. 100 percent. They should have to follow the same rules and standards as an employee of a non-unionized company.
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Greater love: Honoring those who died in uniform

May 29, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Memorial Day is the day we as a nation set aside to remember those who died in service of our country.

Not to be confused with Veteran’s Day, a time we celebrate all those who served in our Armed Forces, Memorial Day is when we pay homage to those who paid the ultimate price for our peace and freedom.

The Prussian General and military theorist, Carl von Clausewitz said, “War is the continuation of politics by other means.”

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Memorial Day: History and Values

May 29, 2017

Sen. Gerald Dial

Memorial Day is a time for Americans to reconnect with their history and core values by honoring those who gave their lives for the ideals and freedom we cherish.

More than a million American service members have given their lives in wars and conflicts since the first Colonial soldier took up arms in 1775 to fight for Independence. Each soldier who died during those conflicts was a loved one cherished by family and friends, each was a loss to the community and the Nation.

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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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