Opinion | Fixing the leak

February 12, 2018

By U.S Rep. Martha Roby

The congressional calendar has been extremely busy lately! This is great for getting important work accomplished in Washington, but unfortunately it prevents me from being able to travel throughout the Second District and catch up with those I represent as often as I’d like. During these times when I’m required to be in Washington for votes, I try to find different ways to connect with my constituents, so I recently held two telephone town hall events to hear directly from individuals throughout our district.

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Opinion | The politics of deflection, distraction

February 2, 2018

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

With everything going on in Washington, D.C., it’s difficult to predict the result of the midterm 2018 elections.

All indications are that Democrats will have a good year, perhaps even taking over the House of Representatives or the Senate or both.

Let’s learn our lesson, though. Predictions during this Donald Trump era are not certain. Few people thought so-called Republican Trump would defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

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Alabamians join March For Life held in Washington

January 23, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Hundreds of thousands of Pro-Life advocates marched on Washington January 19 pleading with the country to protect the lives of the pre-born.  President Donald Trump addressed the Pro-Life marchers.

On Saturday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey released a statement supporting the March. “As a teenager, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior,” Ivey said.  “My faith has taught me to love life, love one another and that God, our Creator, values each individual person.  That’s why I’m strongly pro-life and believe life begins at conception.  If you believe that life begins at conception, stand with me.

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A look back at 2017

January 1, 2018
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne

As we head into 2018, I want to take a minute to look back at some of the highlights from a very busy and productive 2017.

2017 marked the start of a new era in Washington, D.C. as President Donald Trump was sworn in. With the House and the Senate both in Republican hands, this led to the rare occurrence of a totally unified federal government.

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Tax cuts for the New Year

January 1, 2018

By U.S. Rep. Martha Roby

This time around, the new year offers something extra exciting for the American people. I’m pleased to report that Congress has finally passed our historic, pro-growth tax reform and Americans will soon begin experiencing the benefits.

After months of work, we have delivered on our promise to cut taxes, bring balance to the tax code, and jump start job growth. While the House passed its version of tax reform months ago, differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill had to be worked out in a conference committee. I was proud to support the final product and vote alongside my colleagues to send the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to the President’s desk.

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Roy Moore still not making friends with Senate leadership

October 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore is in Washington D.C., but he has ruffled some feathers by not meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, Alabama’s senior Senator Richard Shelby (R), anyone at the White House or with the powerful National Republican Senate Committee. He even skipped the customary lunch with Senate Republican leaders.

Moore has met with ousted White House Chief Strategist Steven Bannon, Congressman Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas, Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky, and Sen. Mike Lee, Utah.

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War of words between ACCA and Republican Party Chairperson Terry Lathan

August 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the Alabama County Commission Association (ACCA) Board of Directors passed a resolution admonishing Alabama Republican Party Chairperson, Terry Lathan, and demanding an apology or retraction about statements she made about the Association’s longtime Executive Director, Sonny Brasfield, and ACCA’s efforts to defeat SB108, a bill that ended crossover voting in primary runoff elections.

The issue came up when the ACCA opposed Legislation during the 2017 Legislative Session banning crossover voting in party primary runoffs.  The Alabama Republican Party and Chairperson, Terry Lathan, were strongly in support of that Legislation, sponsored by State Senator Tom Whatley (R-Lee County) and carried in the House by state Representative Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs).  Lathan sent an enail to Republican County Commissioners explaining why the Party supported the Legislation and why she felt the ACCA was wrong in opposing it and claimed that ACCA staff were misrepresenting the facts about the Legislation.  Many in the ACCA disliked the tone of the letter and disputed the assertion that ACCA staff and Director Brasfield misrepresented the facts of the bill.

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State Auditor Jim Zeigler endorses Roy Moore

August 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, August 25, 2017, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) announced that he is endorsing Judge Roy Moore in the US Senate race for the seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions (R).

Auditor Zeigler said, “The contrast is clear between Bentley-appointed Senator Strange and future Senator Roy Moore. Strange is in lock-step with the Washington Insiders who own his campaign funding. Roy Moore will be committed to Alabama citizens, the Constitution, and the values on which America was founded.”

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Cutting through the noise

July 31, 2017
Bradley Byrne

US Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

There has been a lot of noise coming out of Washington and in the national news media. If you listen to all the noise, you would think the only thing happening in our nation’s capital is staffing drama at the White House and an ongoing Russia investigation.

Those topics consume the national headlines day in and day out. Sadly, that narrative does not match the reality of what is happening in the House of Representatives. In fact, we are getting our work done and following through on our promises.
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What’s the going rate?

July 27, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

What are we to make of an Attorney General who takes campaign donations from a lawyer/lobbyist who would gut the State’s Ethics laws?

In the political world, friends give campaign donations, but political action committees, lawyers, lobbyists, and businesses invest; and they expect a return on their investment.

So, it is with our State’s Attorney General Steve Marshall. He has taken campaign contributions that can be linked to people and industries with a special interest in matters before the Attorney General’s Office. And now, he has taken two contributions from a PAC led by Edward “Ted” Hosp who has aggressively lobbied to roll back Ethics reform. Marshall received two contributions from Hosp’s GoodPac: one for $2,500 on June 12, and another one for $2500 on June 13.
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