June 26, 2011

Join the River Region Republican Club This Tuesday

Join the River Region Republican Club at noon this Tuesday, June 28th at the Farmer's Market Cafe Downtown. Incoming Montgomery County Republican Club President Chuck Carver will discuss current issues affecting the state. Lunch is optional. Reservations not required. Invite a friend!

June 15, 2011

Join the Capital City Young Republicans on June 22nd!

Please join the Capital City Young Republicans for our June Luncheon. Guest Speaker Commissioner Kim Thomas of the Alabama Department of Corrections, head of Alabama's prison system, will provide an overview of the current prison population and discuss the impact of the State's budget restraints.
The luncheon will be held Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from noon to1 p.m. at the Farmer's Market Cafe located at 315 North McDonough Street Montgomery, AL.  For further information, contact Lori Frazier, Chair, at 334-294-3676 or frazier_lori@hotmail.com.

June 13, 2011

Alabama Republican Legislators Complete Handshake with Alabama Bills


For Immediate Release

Birmingham, AL - Republican legislators in Alabama spent the final day of the 2011 legislative session delivering upon the promises they made during the election last year.  Earlier this year, the House passed bills fulfilling the Republican Handshake with Alabama, and as of Thursday the Senate has passed all of the companion bills out of their chamber, sending them to Governor Bentley for his signature.

In the special session last December, numerous ethics reform laws were passed by the new Republican majority and signed into law by former Governor Bob Riley.  These new ethics reform laws ban PAC to PAC transfers and strengthens the power of the state Ethics Commission. At the beginning of the 2011 session, Representative  Greg Canfield's (R-Vestavia), Responsible Budgeting and Spending Act was passed by both houses and was the first bill signed into law by Governor Bentley.  This common-sense measure mandates state revenue estimates be based upon a 15-year rolling average, enabling lawmakers to pass “proration-proof” budgets for the Education Fund. Freshman Representative April Weaver's (R-Shelby and Bibb Counties) Health Care Tax Incentives for Small Businesses Act soon followed, signed by Governor Bentley in mid-April.  This bill allows small business employers and employees to deduct 200% of the amounts they pay in health insurance premiums from their state income tax.

On Thursday, Governor Bentley signed into law the Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, an immigration reform bill sponsored by Senator Scott Beason (R-Gardendale) and Representative Mickey Hammon (R-Morgan), that will help protect Alabama taxpayers, small-business owners and job seekers from the negative effects of illegal immigration.

The rest of the Handshake bills were completed Thursday and include: Representative Kurt Wallace's (R-Chilton) HB 64, which ensures an individual's right to vote by secret ballot; Representative Mike Ball's (R-Madison) HB 58, which requires elected officials and their spouses to disclose their employment with the state or federal government; Representative Kerry Rich (R-Albertville) and Senator Gerald Allen's (R-Tuscaloosa) Voter ID bill, which requires for voters to show a photo ID before voting; and Representative Blaine Galliher's (R-Gadsden) constitutional amendment which will allow Alabamians to opt-out of the individual mandate contained in Obama's federal healthcare bill.

Also passed  on Thursday were the Education and General Fund budgets, along with companion bills necessary to make the budgets balance. A pro-life bill sponsored by Representative Kerry Rich, which would ban abortions after the 20th week of gestation, was also sent to Governor Bentley. Extensive tort reform law was also signed by the Governor. These laws will limit product liability, lower post judgment liability, and update the standard for admissibility for expert witness testimony.

"I've been involved in Alabama politics for decades now, and I can authoritatively say that this was the most productive legislative session in modern Alabama history," stated Bill Armistead, former Republican leader in the Alabama Senate and now the Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. "This session was a victory for voters in our state and for the conservative principles we all believe in.

"For years the Democrats promised that they would clean up Montgomery, but their "Covenant for the Future" never made it out of the starting gate," continued Armistead. "The last three months have shown that there is a clear difference between Alabama Republicans and Alabama Democrats. We have kept our promises. All of them.

"Montgomery is a different town and Alabama is a different state because of the new Republican majority. It is no longer controlled by special interests or ambitious, greedy politicians. Governance in Alabama has been returned to where it belongs: in the hands of the people. We promised bills that would give us more transparent and more efficient government and we have delivered.

"Governor Robert Bentley and Lt. Governor Kay Ivey have proven themselves to be just the leaders our state needed during this time of economic crisis. Speaker Mike Hubbard, Senate President Pro-Tem Del Marsh and our other legislative leaders have acted with courage, making bold decisions even in the face of tough opposition. I congratulate them all on a job well done," added Armistead.

Reed Ingram at MCRC - June 20th

County Commissioner Reed Ingram will speak at June's meeting of the Montgomery County Republican Club.  Come hear what he has to say about current issues facing District 5 and perhaps the upcoming city elections.

Officer elections for the 2011-2012 fiscal year will be held.  The slate of nominees presented at May's meeting will be voted on.  Members whose dues are up-to-date will be eligible to vote.

The meeting begins at 6:45 p.m., on Monday, June 20th at the Faulkner University Cafeteria.

Attendance is free, but all guests are encouraged to purchase a meal from the cafeteria to offset Faulkner's costs.

June 7, 2011

Roby to Host Prattville Town Hall June 9th

(PRATTVILLE, AL) – U.S. Representative Martha Roby will host a Town Hall in Prattville on
Thursday, June 9, 2011, from 3:30 to 4:30 PM CST inside the Council Chambers located inside City Hall (101 W. Main Street, Prattville, Alabama).

The public is encouraged to attend.

June 6, 2011

Guest Post

According to the Web site, Public Advocate of the United States, June is National Gay Pride Month and our tax dollars are funding festivities around the nation and even overseas.

The
U.S. embassy in Bulgaria is joining the French, Swiss, German, and British embassies to sponsor a gay film festival from June 1st – 29th. The U.S. will kick-off the party by screening Milk, a film about Harvey Milk, the first radical homosexual activist to be elected in California. The film will be followed by an after-show party at a local night club.

In 2009 the
U.S. embassy in Albania also screened Milk and held a media workshop for radical homosexual activists -- all paid for with our tax dollars. These U.S. embassies sponsored gay pride parties are not only offensive to many Americans here at home; they are even more offensive to our host countries overseas. Even in Iraq, the U.S. embassy in Baghdad threw a gay pride party encouraging everyone to “dress in drag or as a gay icon.”

These brazen sexual displays are considered by most host countries to be an example of the corrupt American culture. Yet, the Obama Administration and its radical homosexual allies continue to use taxpayer funds to embarrass our country and push the Homosexual Agenda world-wide. Last year, President Obama called on all Americans to honor Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders as special citizens.

I hope Americans take advantage of the 2012 elections to oppose this corruption. This should be ample inspiration to engage your friends and get them involved in the fight to take our country back from radicals before it's too late, if it's not already too late. 
Submitted by: Jeff Barganier