Marsh substitute a bow to Payday lenders

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporters

MONTGOMERY—Senate Bill 449 was a bill introduced by President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) was promoted as reforming payday lending in Alabama.

However, it is believed that Marsh is set to introduce a substitute to SB449 that favors the payday lenders and guts Marsh’s promised reforms.

Marsh, had said that SB449, would prohibit borrowers from taking out more than six loans per year. The

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Education Legislation Coming Up This Week

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Time is running out on the 2013 legislative session and several bills affecting education employees are on the calendar for the closing days of this session. The Alabama Education Association (AEA) addressed some of these issues in the Monday’s ‘Alabama School Journal.’ The biggest of these is of course the education budget. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) proposed

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New political director at ALGOP

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

BIRMINGHAM—The Republican Party of Alabama has a new political director, a young man with talent and ability to help Chairman Bill Armistead move forward with the ALGOP agenda. Shreveport, Louisiana native John Kay has taken on the position after the successful tenure of TJ Malone. Building on the momentum of the past several years, Kay looks to be a part of the ALGOP’s ever-expanding horizons.<br

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HB 56 Critic: Vargas Goes to Work for White House

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama drew national attention following the passage of House Bill 56, the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act. One of the many pro-immigrant groups which focused on the Alabama Law has been the National Immigration Forum. Their Director of Communications, Katherine Vargas sent numerous statements to ‘The Alabama Political Reporter’ and other members of the

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Aviation Opens New Facility in Auburn

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday GE Aviation opened its new Auburn facility creating 100s of new jobs for people in East Alabama.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) said on Facebook, “It was exciting to be in Auburn today for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the GE Aviation Factory. We worked with GE Aviation on the state and local levels, and the end result is that more people will be able to find good

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Attempts to “Fix” Accountability Act Only Make Bad Law Worse

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By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford 

This week, the Alabama House of Representatives once again has to vote on legislation that is meant to “fix” a bill that was rushed through the process and not thought-out before it became law.

If there has been a theme for the past three years since the Republican Supermajority took control of the state legislature, it has been unintended consequences.

Unintended consequences that have lead to long

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The Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Protection of Spring Pygmy Sunfish

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)has extended the public comment period on their plan to preserve the Spring Pygmy Sunfish.

According to a written statement by the USFWS, the Spring Pygmy Sunfish is threatened with extinction in the foreseeable future. The fish currently exists only in Beaverdam Spring/Creek in Limestone County. The fish used to live in two other creeks, but according

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Alabama’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program Leads Nation in Quality Once Again

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Staff Report

From the office of Governor Robert Bentley
Governor Bentley Working to Expand Access to Voluntary Program

MONTGOMERY – A new study released Monday shows Alabama’s First Class Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program continues to lead the nation in quality.  Alabama is one of only four states in the country to meet all 10 quality benchmarks established by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).

The quality

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Are Barron-Johnson Indictments a Foreshadow of Things to Come?

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Last week’s surprise gave way to worry and confusion as the details of Lowell Barron’s indictment were revealed. The grounds on which Barron and Johnson were charged could potentially cast a wide net over many in state politics.

Former State Senator Barron and his longtime assistant Jill Johnson were charged with six total counts of Ethics law violations and violations of the

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Medicaid Reform Bill Passes Senate

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday the Alabama Senate passed Senate Bill 340, which is a comprehensive reform of the Alabama Medicaid program, by a margin of 27 to 3.

Rep. Mac McCutcheon (R) from Capshaw said on Facebook, “A major victory in the Senate was the passage of Sen. Greg Reed’s Medicaid overhaul bill. He offered a substitute (SB 340) Thursday and it passed overwhelmingly with bipartisan support. This

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