Bentley leads team to Washington to lobby for new Healthcare law

March 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, March 20, 2017, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) was joined by Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia), State Senator Trip Pittman (R-Montrose), Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper), State Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar, and key aides in Washington DC. The team is in Washington hoping to influence the effort to repeal and replace the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, better known as Obamacare.
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Prison fellowship changes lives

February 13, 2017

By Sen. Cam Ward

Life has its ups and downs. Sometimes only when we get outside of our own little bubble and experience something different can we truly appreciate all the challenges the world can offer. If we choose to hide our faces from uncomfortable subjects, it can lead to a much more narrow view of the world.

As a member of the National Faith and Justice Fellowship of the Prison Fellowship, I recently attended our Board of Directors meeting in Washington, D.C. This diverse group of United States Senators, Congressmen, Governors, and State Legislators gathered to discuss new ideas about how to help bring more Christian-based principles into our criminal justice system. The meeting was timely, as it coincided with the annual National Day of Prayer.
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Pro-life policies in the spotlight

January 31, 2017
Bradley Byrne

Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

Last Friday, thousands of people arrived in Washington, DC to march for an important cause: pro-life policies. The annual March for Life brings together people from all different backgrounds: Democrats and Republicans, men and women, young and old, southerners and northerners.

This year’s march was especially notable as Vice President Mike Pence spoke, marking the highest ranking United States government official to ever address the March for Life. The crowd was really energized, and I was especially excited students and pro-life advocates from Southwest Alabama traveled to DC to take part in the march. Read More

The shape of things to come?

December 26, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Several decisions over the next few weeks and months could significantly affect Alabama’s future for generations. Among these are, the appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions’ replacement, the Special Supreme Court’s ruling in Chief Justice Roy Moore’s appeal and the findings of the Montgomery Grand Jury concerning Governor Robert Bentley.

Bentley is publicly holding casting-calls to find Sessions’ replacement upon his confirmation as US Attorney General. From a novice State representative to Chief Justice Moore himself, Bentley is parading potential candidates around like beauty pageant contestants. Each day the press publishes an ever-expanding list of hopeful nominees. It seems more like a charade than a selection process. Identifying the next junior Senator from Alabama is serious business, with little in common with the spectacle it now seems to have become. Perhaps, Bentley is using the Senate interviews to line up support for the billion dollar prison bill he plans to push in a special legislative session. Perhaps it is simply to hide his real intentions. With this Governor, the only thing you know for sure is that you don’t know.
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1978: Gov. Wallace appoints Mrs. Allen to US Senate

December 5, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The last time a Governor of Alabama made an appointment to the US Senate was after the death of James Allen in 1978. Allen suffered a fatal heart attack on June 1, 1978, while vacationing with his wife, Maryon. A few days later Gov. George Wallace phoned Allen’s young Chief of Staff, Tom Coker, to ask who he thought the Senator would want to take his seat in Washington. “I was still at the condo when Gov. Wallace called,” said Coker. “He wanted to know who I thought Senator Allen would want to take his place in the Senate.”
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“Silent Cal” Said A Lot

October 13, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Ninety years ago, President Calvin Coolidge addressed many of the problems we face today, from widespread fear and intolerance to the threats against free speech, freedom of the press and equal protection under the law.

For a man whose nickname was “Silent Cal,” he wrote volumes about our great Nation and how best to live in it with dignity, honor and service.

Coolidge, an intellectual Republican leader, was a champion of smaller government and laissez-faire economics. He foresaw the consequences of radical disunion and the intolerance that so easily leaves countries in tatters.
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Working Together to Solve Problems

July 11, 2016
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

Is it really as bad as it seems? That is a question I get all the time. People want to know if the partisanship and gridlock in Washington is actually like what they see on television.

The short answer is no. The reality is Republicans and Democrats often work together on bipartisan legislation to address serious issues, but it just doesn’t always make the front page of the newspaper or the evening news because it isn’t “exciting” enough.
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AP Declares that Trump has Delegates Needed to Win the Nomination

May 27, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, May 26, the Associated Press (AP) reported that in their polling of the unbound Republican delegates the AP found that enough supported New York City billionaire businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump that he already has the 1237 delegates needed to win the Republican Presidential nomination on the first ballot at their convention in Cleveland. Trump’s remaining GOP opponents, US Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich, both dropped out after Trump won the Indiana Primary.
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Washington Gets Trump Almost to 1200 Delegates

May 25, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 24 Republican voters in Washington state went to the polls and gave Donald Trump 27 more delegates in his bid to win the Republican nomination. Trump now has 1196 delegates and is certain to pick up many more than the 41 that he needs to secure the Republican nomination when the last states (New Mexico, California, South Dakota, New Jersey, and Montana all vote on June 7.
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What Prison Reform Means in Alabama

April 12, 2016

By Stephen Cooper

Working as an Assistant Federal Defender in Alabama for three years, I visited many state prisons.  More often than not, the conditions I observed my incarcerated clients in were deplorable.  Sadly, when I raised red flags of concern with officials, shoulders shrugged — folks just did not care.  Instead, at each turn I was met with an attitude — an attitude that I submit needs dramatic adjustment — especially as Alabamians consider whether investing $800 million dollars to build new prisons is a good idea or not.  The attitude goes a little something like this:
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