Opinion | Once again, we dare defend our wrongs

February 8, 2018

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

How many times is Alabama going to go down this well-traveled road? We’re like a Twilight Zone episode. Or many of them.

Our state is beautiful; the people generally are wonderful. We smile and say hi as we pass each other on the street.

Alabama is a great place to live, and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

But we’ve got a mean streak. Our state motto – “We Dare Defend Our Rights” – should, more accurately be: “We Dare Defend Our Wrongs.”

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Opinion: A Journalism License Would Cast Shadow Over Profession

December 11, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Senate President Del Marsh’s (R from Anniston) controversial proposal that the Alabama State legislature can limit access to only those reporters that meet his definition of what a journalist is would cast a shadow over how reporters do their job.

Most people have jobs, they have families, they have social obligations,…..they have a life. Their lives prevent them from coming to Washington or Montgomery to report on the highlights of what their government does or does not do. The esteemed founders of this great nation fully understood that when they wrote the bill of rights in the US Constitution.
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House Passes Gun Rights Amendment to Alabama Constitution

May 1, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

With just four days to go in the 2012 Alabama Legislative Session Alabama House Republicans passed the last plank in their “We Dare Defend our Rights” platform that the Caucus had promoted prior to the Session’s beginning. House Bill 8 would guarantee Alabama citizens a right to have guns under the Alabama Constitution.

The bill was sponsored by Representative Mike Jones (R) from Andalusia.
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Alabama Citizens for Life Focus on Women’s Health and Safety Act

March 11, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Citizens for Life is asking their members to contact members of the Senate Rules Committee urging them to vote “Yes” on the Women’s Health and Safety Act, HB 57, and place the bill on the Special Order Calendar for the full Senate. The Alabama Legislative Watchdogs have also repeated that message to their supporters on Facebook.
In a email to their members and supporters, the group thanked Senator Jabo Waggoner (R) from Vestavia for giving the bill a favorable report, out of the Sen. Health Committee . They also thanked Senate Health Committee Chairman Sen. Greg Reed (R) for taking swift action on the bill, Sen. Cam Ward (R) from Alabaster for moving attempts to amend be “laid on the table”, and Sen. Scott Beason (R) from Gardendale for carrying the bill in the Alabama Senate.
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Medicare Fraud Reduction Act Passes House

February 22, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, another plank of the Alabama House Republican Caucus’s “We Dare Defend Our Rights” Agenda passed in the Alabama House of Representatives. The Medicaid Fraud Reduction Act of 2013, HB 110, was sponsored by Alabama State Representative Jim McClendon (R) from Springville.

The ‘Alabama Political Reporter’ talked with Rep. McClendon on Thursday following the passage of the bill. McClendon said that after an hour and a half of debate, the bill passed 92 to 0. Rep. McClendon said, “I love bringing these nonpartisan bills to the legislature.”
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McClendon Says Medicaid Fraud Bill Would Increase Resources

February 18, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Sunday, ‘The Alabama Political Reporter’ talked with Alabama State Representative Jim McClendon (R) from Springville about his bill, The Medicaid Fraud Reduction Act of 2013, HB 110.  Rep. McClendon said that HB 110, “Is a very good bill.”

State Representative McClendon said that over the last five years the state legislature has allocated just $4.6 million to investigate Medicaid fraud.  That small investment has generated $96 million in savings for the state and the federal government in identified Medicaid fraud.  McClendon said the state, “Got a pretty good return,” off of the Medicaid Fraud investigations unit.  If passed, HB 110 will double the resource to that office.  McClendon said that the federal government is providing the state $750,000 in matching funds for every $250,000 that the state spends on investigating Medicaid Fraud.  McClendon said that Medicaid fraud is across the board and involves beneficiaries, providers, and even whole offices.  That is why the bill amends the powers of the Medicaid fraud investigations office to also investigate L.L.C.s and corporations.  Currently the state is able to go after the individuals involved, but not the corporation as a whole that is perpetuating the fraud.  This bill would change that.
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Senate Passes Plans To Repay Alabama Trust Fund

February 15, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, the Alabama Senate passed a bill to pay back the Alabama Trust Fund (ATF).  The Alabama House of Representatives have already passed their version of the ATF repayment plan, House Bill 94.

Senator Bryan Taylor (R) from Prattville who sponsored the bill in the Senate said on Facebook, “Proud of our Alabama Senate Republicans today for passing legislation (over the Democrats’ filibuster) to do the fiscally responsible thing for the future of Alabama and fully repay the $437 million being borrowed from the Alabama Trust Fund as a result of the Sep. 18 statewide amendment.”
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Informed Voter Act Passes House

February 12, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday the Informed Voter Act (House Bill 95) passed in the Alabama House of Representatives.  HB 95 was designed to remove voter confusion and uncertainty over the ballot language of any proposed statewide constitutional amendments

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Steve McMillan (R) from Bay Minette.  Rep. McMillan told the Dothan News, “When voters cast a ballot on a statewide constitutional amendment, they should not have to worry if they have somehow fallen victim to a bait-and-switch operation in the voting booth.  This bill will make sure that referendum ballot language is fair, easy-to-understand, and, most importantly, truthful in all aspects.  The fact that this bill didn’t tarry around the House and passed on just the third legislative day, shows that it is an important priority for the Republican legislative leadership, the GOP Caucus, and the citizens of Alabama.”
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McClendon Sponsors the Medicaid Fraud Reduction Act

February 5, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, Speaker of the Alabama House Mike Hubbard (R) from Auburn announced that Rep. Jim McClendon (R) from Springville would be sponsoring the Medicaid Fraud Reduction Act, House Bill 110.

Rep. McClendon said in a written statement, “Taxpayers need to know that the money they contribute to programs like Medicaid isn’t being wasted and abused, and any coffee shop poll you take will justifiably show that public confidence just isn’t there.  “It’s time we got tough on Medicaid fraud, root out those who take part in it, and punish every one of them to the fullest extent of the law, and this bill puts us firmly on that course.”
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Second Amendment Activists Gather in Montgomery Tuesday

February 4, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Hundreds of Second Amendment supporters are expected to rally in Montgomery on Tuesday to urge state legislators to pass the Alabama Firearm Freedoms Act in the 2013 legislative session.

Conservative activist Al Mickle wrote, “As our state legislators begin the 2013 session, we will stand together, to encourage them to PASS and if necessary DEFEND the Alabama Firearms Freedom Act. This is about our 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 10th Amendments. Wear a RED SHIRT and get 10 friends to join us. It is YOUR freedom, but do you have the guts to defend it? If you do only one meaningful thing all year, MAKE SURE THIS IS IT. This is the time to present our signed petition, directing our elected office holders to enact our Alabama motto: “WE DARE DEFEND OUR RIGHTS” (please share this with everyone you know & have them invite friends as well.”
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