President Barack Obama http://apr.org en Alabama Attorney General Likes Suing Obama http://apr.org/post/alabama-attorney-general-likes-suing-obama <p></p><p>Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he goes to work every day and thinks of a way to sue the Obama administration.</p><p>Al.com reports that Strange made the comment in a speech to the Republican Women of Huntsville. He told the group Tuesday that part of his oath of office compelled him in that pursuit. He described it as a full-time job that's the best job in Alabama politics. Strange has sued over the Affordable Care Act, opposed the Obama administration on environmental regulations and filed court briefs in several cases involving federal policy.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:48:11 +0000 The Associated Press 55105 at http://apr.org Alabama Attorney General Likes Suing Obama Roy Moore Issues Dissent in Obama Citizenship Case http://apr.org/post/roy-moore-issues-dissent-obama-citizenship-case <p>Chief Justice Roy Moore says Alabama's secretary of state should have been required to determine whether President Obama was born in the United States and qualified to be on the state ballot in 2012. The all-Republican Alabama Supreme Court on Friday upheld a lower court's dismissal of a case that sought to require the secretary of state to demand a birth certificate from presidential candidates. Moore and Justice Tom Parker dissented. Moore writes the secretary of state is a gatekeeper and has a duty to determine if candidates are natural-born U.S. citizens. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 06:54:08 +0000 Associated Press 48848 at http://apr.org Roy Moore Issues Dissent in Obama Citizenship Case Blue Cross Won't Reinstate Non-Compliant Policies http://apr.org/post/blue-cross-wont-reinstate-non-compliant-policies <p></p><p>Alabama's largest health insurance company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, says it won't reinstate health plans that don't comply with the federal health care law.</p><p>Blue Cross made the announcement Wednesday in response to the president's remarks last week that consumers should be allowed to renew individual plans slated to end under the federal law.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:11:56 +0000 The Associated Press 41937 at http://apr.org Blue Cross Won't Reinstate Non-Compliant Policies Alabama Insurers Have More Questions Than Answers http://apr.org/post/alabama-insurers-have-more-questions-answers <p>Alabama's largest health insurance company and the state Insurance Department had more questions than answers after the president said consumers should be allowed to renew individual plans slated to end under the federal health care law.</p><p>At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, spokeswoman Koko Mackin said the company is reviewing the president's statement and evaluating its impact on the requirements for implementing the federal law.</p><p>Blue Cross had 97,000 individual customers whose policies didn't meet the requirement of the new law and were being moved to new policies.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:44:17 +0000 The Associated Press 41588 at http://apr.org Alabama Insurers Have More Questions Than Answers Discussion Begins In Alabama House On Gun Bill http://apr.org/post/discussion-begins-alabama-house-gun-bill <P>The Alabama House has begun debate on a bill that allows gun owners to carry a pistol in their vehicle.</P> <P>Hartselle Republican Ed Henry says the bill's purpose is to protect the rights of citizens to carry arms.</P> <P>Some of the supporters expressed concern that President Obama is using recent shootings at schools and other public shootings as a reason to pass legislation reducing the rights of Americans to bear arms.</P> <P>Some opponents of the bill argue it changes the rules in midstream considering that most workers were hired under a law that prohibits employees from having Thu, 02 May 2013 22:14:02 +0000 The Associated Press 29641 at http://apr.org Discussion Begins In Alabama House On Gun Bill Ala.'s Lilly Ledbetter Signs Pact To Make Movie http://apr.org/post/alas-lilly-ledbetter-signs-pact-make-movie <P>An Alabama woman has struck a deal with a Hollywood filmmaker to make a movie about her long battle for women to receive equal pay as men.</P> <P>Lilly Ledbetter's long struggle to receive equal pay for the time she worked as a supervisor at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 23:29:18 +0000 The Associated Press & th 24773 at http://apr.org Ala.'s Lilly Ledbetter Signs Pact To Make Movie Republican Alabama House Members Propose Agenda http://apr.org/post/republican-alabama-house-members-propose-agenda <P>Alabama House Republicans have announced an agenda for the upcoming legislative session of items that could put the state at odds with the Obama administration.</P> <P>The agenda includes a measure aimed at slowing down Obama administration efforts to stiffen gun control regulations through federal laws or executive orders.</P> <P>House Speaker Mike Hubbard proposed an amendment that would put the right to gun ownership in the Alabama Constitution. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 23:17:10 +0000 The Associated Press 23369 at http://apr.org Republican Alabama House Members Propose Agenda Obama Congratulates Coach Saban On Championship http://apr.org/post/obama-congratulates-coach-saban-championship <P>President Barack Obama is congratulating University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban on another BCS championship, joking that "he and the Crimson Tide are beginning to make this a habit."</P> <P>Alabama won its third championship during Obama's presidency on Monday night, defeating Notre Dame 42-14 in Miami.</P> <P>Obama called Saban on Thursday afternoon and noted that it was the third time he'd made the congratulatory call to the coach.</P> <P>The White House says Obama commended Saban "on the incredible organization he has built" and said he looks forward to congratulating the t Fri, 11 Jan 2013 23:03:24 +0000 The Associated Press 23116 at http://apr.org Obama Congratulates Coach Saban On Championship Governor Bentley Stands By No Insurance Exchange http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-stands-no-insurance-exchange <P>Alabama's governor isn't changing his mind about not operating a health insurance exchange even though President Barack Obama's administration has given states an extra month to decide.</P> <P>Friday was supposed to the deadline for states to decide if they would run an exchange under the Affordable Care Act or let the federal government do it. The Obama administration announced Thursday night it was extending the deadline to Dec. 14. The extension came at the request of some Republican governors.</P> <P>Gov. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 22:13:57 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20829 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Stands By No Insurance Exchange Former Alabama Governor Reports To Federal Prison http://apr.org/post/former-alabama-governor-reports-federal-prison <P>Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has reported to a minimum security federal prison in southwest Louisiana.</P> <P>U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke said the 66-year-old Siegelman turned himself in at the federal prison at Oakdale, La. shortly before 2 p.m. on Tuesday.</P> <P>Siegelman previously served nine months at Oakdale before being released while his conviction on bribery and other charges was being appealed.</P> <P>The former Democratic governor has continued to maintain his innocence. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:49:39 +0000 The Associated Press 17690 at http://apr.org Former Alabama Governor Reports To Federal Prison Siegelman On Way To La. To Complete Prison Term http://apr.org/post/siegelman-way-la-complete-prison-term Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman said he was in "good spirits" as he prepared to enter prison to complete a 78-month sentence for his federal government corruption conviction. Siegelman has been ordered to report to federal prison in Oakdale, La., by 2 p.m. Tuesday. The man who has served in four of Alabama's top elected offices, said he is optimistic he will eventually be pardoned by President Obama. Siegelman was being driven across three states Monday by his grown children, Dana and Joseph, and his wife, Lori. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 22:36:17 +0000 The Associated Press 17635 at http://apr.org Siegelman On Way To La. To Complete Prison Term Siegelman Gets Permission To Go Democratic CVN http://apr.org/post/siegelman-gets-permission-go-democratic-cvn A federal judge has given former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman permission to travel to Charlotte, N.C., next week to attend the Democratic National Convention. The convention is a week before Siegelman is to report to a federal prison in Louisiana to finish his 78-month sentence. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller said Siegelman can travel to Charlotte Sept. 3-6. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 22:15:52 +0000 The Associated Press 17129 at http://apr.org Siegelman Gets Permission To Go Democratic CVN Siegelman Has Long Odds On Obama Commutation http://apr.org/post/siegelman-has-long-odds-obama-commutation Several thousand people have signed a petition asking President Barack Obama to keep former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman from spending the next few years in prison. But Siegelman realizes the odds of getting a presidential commutation are about the same as winning a state lottery. More than 5,700 people convicted of federal crimes have asked Obama for a commutation of their sentences. Siegelman says only one has been approved. Despite the long odds, Siegelman says he's proud of his daughter for starting an online petition to ask the president to commute his sentence. Sat, 18 Aug 2012 18:23:54 +0000 Associated Press 16473 at http://apr.org Siegelman Has Long Odds On Obama Commutation Former Democrat Davis To Address GOP Convention http://apr.org/post/former-democrat-davis-address-gop-convention <P>Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis will address the Republican National Convention in Tampa.</P> <P>Davis served as Barack Obama's Alabama campaign chairman four years ago and gave the seconding speech for Obama's nomination at the Democratic National Convention. But the Republican National Convention announced Thursday that Davis will speak later this month at the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla., to support Mitt Romney.</P> <P>Davis lost Alabama's Democratic primary for governor in 2010. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 22:15:52 +0000 Associated Press 16379 at http://apr.org Former Democrat Davis To Address GOP Convention Uzbek Man Gets More Than 15 years For Obama Threat http://apr.org/post/uzbek-man-gets-more-15-years-obama-threat <p><b><font face="Arial"><b><font face="Arial">A federal judge in Alabama has sentenced a man from Uzbekistan to more than 15 years in prison for plotting to kill President Barack Obama.</font></b></font></b></p><p><b><font face="Arial"><b><font face="Arial">U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon imposed the term Friday on Ulugbek Kodirov (OO&#39;-legh-bek KAH&#39;-duh-rahv). He faced up to 30 years in prison.</font></b></font></b></p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 22:21:31 +0000 Associated Press 14572 at http://apr.org Uzbek Man Gets More Than 15 years For Obama Threat