Roy Moore and I agree: Alabama’s prisons need help

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By Rep. Darrio Melton
When Judge Roy Moore and I are on common ground, you know there’s a big problem.

Last week, the Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice said something I agree with: we need to look at our sentencing and fix our prison system.

In the United States–the land of the free–we lock more people in prison than any other nation in the world. Alabama’s incarceration rate ranks third among the states.

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New Year Promises To Be Interesting

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Both Alabama and Auburn play in bowl games on Thursday to start the New Year off right…with football and more football.  That said, 2015 is already shaping up to be a huge year in Alabama politics and your Alabama Political Reporter is already hard at work covering the stories that shape your world.  With 2014 coming to a close, we are looking ahead to what we expect to

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What To Do About Alabama’s Overcrowded Prisons

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama houses a lot of dangerous criminals and it is struggling to come up with a plan to lower prison overcrowding without seeing a massive spike in crime.  In a perfect world, we would simply double our number of prison beds. But, with a projected $25 million gap in funding for the troubled State General Fund, it is impossible for the State to fund a $200 million bond issue to build modern

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Byrne: Year in Review

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By U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-1) 

When I was elected to Congress last December, I vowed to hit the ground running from day one to make Southwest Alabama a better place to live, work and raise a family. In honor of the New Year, I wanted to take this opportunity to look back at some of the highlights from my first year in Congress.

My first legislative action was to cosponsor H.R. 3121, the American Health Care Reform Act, which

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McClurkin Campaigns For ALGOP Chair

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The 2014 elections are over and the Presidential primaries are still over a year away, but Alabama politics never takes a holiday.  The ALGOP Chair race is already well underway.  Current Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead has announced that he will not seek another term.

Already, two candidates have come forward publicly seeking the position:  Mobile County Republican Party

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Education Matters: Elvis Has Now Left the Building

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Education Matters
By Larry Lee

It was near the end of last school year when the note on the corner of the principal’s desk caught my eye. I was at Elberta Elementary school in Baldwin County.  The writer said that he had enjoyed school that year and he had learned a lot about Elvis.

Whoa.  Since when did Elvis become part of the third-grade curriculum?

I immediately asked principal Hope Zeanah to tell me more.  This brought a big laugh

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Hubbard Files Yet Another Motion

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Monday, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard asked that the State provide a more “definite statement” of the 23 Felony charges against him.

Monday’s motion, added to the three that Hubbard filed last Friday, brings the new total to four filings with around 400 pages of motions and exhibits just days before the holidays.

In a motion filed on Monday before Lee County Circuit Judge

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Wallace Announces Candidacy For ALGOP Vice Chair

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Republican Party is selecting new officers to lead it forward and to build on the spectacular successes of the last 34 years that has seen the party rise from being a non-factor in State politics to the dominant party in the State.  Don Wallace, the President of the influential Alabama Republican Assembly, announced in an email to members of the Alabama Executive Committee, that

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GBYRs Select Jack Williams Favorite Elected Official

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, December 18, the Greater Birmingham Young Republicans (GBYRs) met at the Wine Loft in Birmingham for their annual Christmas Party. While feasting, networking, and fellowship were the primary focus of the evening, the GBYRs also voted on their favorite (Republican) elected official of the year by secret ballot.

GBYR Chair Jackie Curtis announced that State Representative Jack Williams

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