Flat Tax Boom for Rich, Bust for Poor, According to Report

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The idea of a flat tax is being championed by Sen. Bill Hightower (R-Mobile) and other senators as a measure to simplify the tax code and make the State more competitive without increasing the tax burden on the State’s working class. 

However, Carol Gundlach, policy analyst at Alabama Arise and her partner in this report, Chris Sanders, do not necessarily see it that way. In an

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Common Core Opponents Urge Senate Rules Committee to Debate Repeal Bill on Floor

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, April 29, the Senate Education Policy Committee narrowly gave a favorable report to Senate Bill 101 which would repeal Alabama’s controversial College and Career Ready Standard.  The controversial standards are aligned with Common Core and embrace unproven educational practices which critics claim are setting back a generation of our nation’s children.

The Alabama Foundation

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

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EDUCATION MATTERS
By Larry Lee 

It was just a little snippet of news.  Just a few hundred words.  And while few Alabamians  probably saw it, it should have made headlines on the front page of every state newspaper and been the lead story on every TV news cast.

Because it was another glaring example of how our legislative leadership practices, “do as I say, not as I do.”

The article explained that Senate majority leader Del

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Legislature Passes Innovator Liability Legislation

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 28, the Alabama House of Representatives passed SB 80, which has already been passed by the Alabama Senate.  SB80 was sponsored by State Senator Cam Ward (R-Alabaster).  The legislation overturns the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision in Weeks v. Wyeth, which Sen. Ward called an outlier. 

It costs an enormous amount of money to test a potential new drug.  To get FDA (US Food

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Will Medical Marijuana Be Debated By Alabama Senate?

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, April 22, the Alabama Medical Marijuana Patient Safe Access Act narrowly received a favorable report from a Senate committee.

Now the question is will the Rules Committee ever allow the bill to be debated on the Senate floor.  Powerful Rules Committee Chairman Senator J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner has said that he opposes the bill and would prevent it from getting to the Senate floor.<br

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Legislature Passes Fostering Hope Scholarship Act

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama House of Representatives passed the Fostering Hope Scholarship bill, SB157.  SB157 has already passed the Senate and is now headed to the Governor’s desk.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced in a statement that he supports the bill and will sign it.  Gov. Bentley wrote, “The Legislature has given final passage to SB157, establishing the Fostering Hope Scholarship. This

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Tax Sin or Tax Me: Is that the Question? (Opinion)

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) is expected to introduce a bill this week, that will offer the voters of Alabama an opportunity to decide on a lottery and the future of gaming in our State. 

Governor Bentley has been barnstorming the State, alerting voters on the dire budget crisis we face and presenting a revenue plan to plug the holes.

Both plans deserve serious consideration.<br

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Nice Guys Finish Last

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INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
By Steve Flowers

Recently, at a forum I was asked the question, “Which governor made a difference in Alabama politics?” The question caught me off guard because I really had not thought about that obvious inquiry. My knee-jerk reaction and answer to the insightful questioner was George Wallace and I gave a litany of reasons for my response. Later, after contemplation, I felt that my answer was probably correct

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US Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

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By Brandon Moseley
AlabamaPolitical Reporter

Tuesday, April 28, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments from attorneys on both sides of the gay marriage debate. At issue is whether or not it is constitutional for states, including Alabama, to issue marriage licenses only to heterosexual couples.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced on Facebook, “The US Supreme Court today hears arguments for and against state laws

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Military Construction Bill Will be Considered by House

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, April 27, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) announced that an appropriations bill that will fund upgrades to military bases in Alabama and improve veterans benefits has passed out of committee and comes before the full US House of Representatives this week.

Congresswoman Roby wrote to constituents, “This week the House will consider H.R. 2029, the Military Construction and

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