A yes vote on S122 is a vote against fair and accountable government

February 28, 2013

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The votes of a legislator are not generally ones that make them heroes or coward, but taken on whole we see the character of the individual lawmaker. SB122, is one of those votes that will show who stands for good government. A yes vote on SB122 is a vote to place fear and party politics before what is good for the State.

SB122 will be before the senate today its passage will cast a very long shadow on the legislator who votes for it and the future of honest government in the state.
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House Abortion Clinic Regulation Bill Goes Before Senate Health Committee

February 28, 2013

by Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, the Women’s Health and Safety Act. HB57, was open to a public hearing in the Senate Health Committee. The room was overflowing with both proponent and opponents of the bill.
Sponsored by Representative Mary Sue McClurkin (R-Indian Springs) presented her bill to the committee and a public hearing immediately followed. At the end of the meeting, Chairman Greg Reed (R-Jasper) announce that he had initially intended to take a vote on the bill during the meeting but that since there had been so many question from committee members he changed his mind and carried the bill over to the next meeting for vote.
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Reaction to Common Core Hearing

February 28, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday a joint public hearing of the Alabama House and Senate Education Policy Committees was held on whether or not to overturn President Obama’s endorsed controversial new nationwide education standards, the Common Core Curriculum.

The joint public hearing by the House and Senate Education Policy Committees was held at 3:00 pm in the House Chambers.

Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R) from Auburn said on Facebook, “I spoke today to the Joint Hearing on Common Core Standards, these were my remarks: To continue our success in job creation and economic development, we must have strict and aggressive academic standards, but those public education guidelines should be determined by Alabamians, not by federal bureaucrats and certainly not by Barack Obama.”
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Foundation for Moral Law Files Brief Defending Religious Liberty in California

February 28, 2013

Staff Report

(MONTGOMERY, AL) – Today Foundation for Moral Law President Kayla Moore announced that the Foundation had filed a friend of the court brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the case of Donald Welch v. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. The brief argues that a California statute, which makes it illegal for a counselor to suggest to a homosexual minor that homosexual activity is wrong, is an unconstitutional infringement on the First Amendment rights of the counselor as well as the patient and his/her parents.
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Senator Roger Bedford honored as “Legislator of the Year” by the Alabama Association of Health Plans

February 28, 2013

Staff Report

From the Office of Senator Roger Bedford

Montgomery, AL – Senator Roger Bedford (D-Russellville) was recently honored as “Legislator of the Year” by the Alabama Association of Health Plans.  The Alabama Association of Health Plans is a trade association that represents the health insurance industry.  Senator Bedford received the award not based on a voting record but in recognition of his ability to consistently make educated voting decisions in the Senate time and time again.
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House Demands More Accountability From Jefferson County

February 28, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday the Alabama House of Representatives passed House Bill 134.  HB 134 requires that the Jefferson County Commission must submit quarterly reports on the collections and disbursements of the indigent care funds.

The bill was sponsored by Alabama State Representative John Rogers (D) from Birmingham. HB 134 was cosponsored by Representatives Mary Moore (D) and Rod Scott (D).

House Bill 134 is a Jefferson County local bill. It would require the Jefferson County Commission submit the quarterly accounting of the collections and disbursement of the proceeds from the Indigent Health Care Fund for Jefferson County to each member of the Jefferson County Legislative Delegation.
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Alabama Federation of Republican Women Speak Out on Predatory Lenders

February 27, 2013

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—They are everywhere, especially in poorer neighborhood, quick money, easy loans, title pawn and payday leaners.
According to a study by the Pew Charitable Trust, twelve million Americans take out payday loans each year.
Nationally, around 20,000 storefronts and hundreds of websites haul-in approximately $7.4 billion annually.
Just this week The Alabama Federation of Republican Women, issued a statement  asking for the Alabama State Legislature to “supports a review of the outrageous practice of exorbitant interest rates by lenders of automobile title and payday loans.”
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Shelby Instrumental in Hagel Confirmation

February 27, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Constitution gives the President the power to appoint his own cabinet; but those appointments must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. President Barack H. Obama appointed former Senator Chuck Hagel (R) from Nebraska to be his next Secretary of Defense.

Despite his being a Republican, Republicans were not pleased with the appointment. Hagel had opposed the Iraq war, has been critical of Israel, and even has spoken to pro-Arab rallies about his dissatisfaction with Israeli treatment of the Palestinian people and the American special relationship with Israel.
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Democrats Adline Clarke and Karlos Finley Will Face Off in Democratic Party Runoff


February 27, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Seven Candidates entered the day with ambitions to succeed Yvonne Kennedy in Alabama House District 97. Voters in the Democratic Special Primary narrowed that down to just two: businesswoman Adline Clarke and attorney Karlos Finley.

Adline Clarke received 40.4 percent of the vote and Karlos Finley received 24.4 percent of the vote. The two will face off in the Democratic Party runoff on April 9. The winner of the Democratic Party runoff will be the next representative because no Republican even qualified to run in the majority Black House District which is considered a safe Democratic seat. Only 9.6% of eligible voters took the time to vote in the special election.
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Alabama Legislative Watch Dog Opposes Common Core

February 27, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday the conservative group, Alabama Legislative Watchdog is car pooling to Montgomery to oppose what they call the “Common Obama-Core” in Alabama.

The new Common Core Curriculum is opposed by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) and many conservatives because it traps Alabama’s school students in a federal government approved school curriculum. Under the U.S. Constitution the states control education. Education is not a defined federal power; but the income tax, and the ability to create hundreds of $billions in new paper money every year allows the federal government to wield enormous power to coerce and co-opt the states toward whatever the federal government desires at any moment.
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