Bentley Asks Legislature for $310 Million and a Hotel by the Beach

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The legislature returns from its recess to consider a package of bills designed to greatly expand what Alabamians pay for State government, move money currently for education to the State’s troubled general fund (SGF), and authorizes borrowing $50 million to build a luxury hotel and conference center at Gulf State Park.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has been pushing for these massive tax increases since his reelection on a “no new taxes and smaller State government” platform since November.
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Robbing Our Children Is Not The Answer

 

By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford 

The crisis in the General Fund budget has dominated lawmakers’ focus this year, and for good reason. But one proposed solution that continues to come up, and it would be devastating for Alabama. 

State Sen. Paul Bussman (R-Cullman) has introduced a bill to combine the General Fund and Education Trust Fund budgets. In the past, I argued that all that would do is spread the General Fund’s problems to our public schools. And while that is still very true, there’s another important reason why we don’t need to combine the budgets.
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Promises to Keep

By John Rice
President, Alabama Foundation for Limited Government

Gov. Robert Bentley and scores of lawmakers promised not to raise taxes throughout election season just last year.

Now, Governor Bentley is breaking his promise, and he says he has been meeting with most lawmakers in an attempt to get them to break their promises, too.

Governor Bentley spent millions of dollars on his race for re-election, and the centerpiece advertising used the slogan, “More Jobs. Less Government. No New Taxes.”
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Abortion Opponents Respond to More Undercover Videos

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, July 30, a third video was released by abortion opponents about allegations of unethical, and possibly, illegal marketing of body parts from aborted fetuses.

Planned Parenthood went to a judge to get a restraining order to stop the release of more of these videos.  A judge granted the request, but a fourth video was released apparently suggesting that some infants may have been aborted alive and then dispatched. 
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Planned Parenthood Defends Record

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, July 30, a fourth undercover video by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) was shown alleging that Planned Parenthood doctors and staff may have performed unethical procedures in order to extract body parts from aborted fetuses for profit.  Planned Parenthood denies that anything illegal or improper has occurred and defends its record.

The President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast, Staci Fox released the following statement:
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66 Percent of Alabama Voters Oppose Higher Taxes to Deal with Budget Crisis

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Six months of gloom and doom by the Governor and his media allies has not swayed voters to support new taxes to deal with the supposed “crisis” in the General Fund. New polling commissioned by the Alabama Jobs Foundation was released on Wednesday showing that voters do not support higher taxes and this is true across all demographics: Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Whites, and Blacks.
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Governor Offering Great Deals on Arizona Oceanfront Property: Opinion

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A new poll released by Gov. Robert Bentley’s non-profit, Alabama Council for Excellent Government claims, that Alabama Republicans would rather have their taxes increased than see government services cut. 

This fits the actual definition of incredible, in other words, the poll results are not credible.

Here’s a good test: if you are a Republican, call up 5 of your friends, and ask which they preferred: pay more taxes or cut Medicaid spending? If 68 percent said that would rather have their taxes raised, then you should believe the Governor’s poll.
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AEA’s Former Leaders Chafing Under NEA Control

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The powerful Alabama Education Association (AEA) dominated Alabama politics for decades. Most state legislature candidates needed AEA support to win their Democratic Primary and AEA money and influence kept those Democratic incumbents in office in increasingly Republican leaning districts far longer than they probably deserved.

At its heart, Alabama is a very conservative State. But, popular Democratic incumbents, AEA money, brilliant local party ground games, and partisan gerrymandering had kept much of the State more or less under the control of AEA, the Democratic Party, and the tag team of AEA leaders Paul Hubbert and Joe Reed probably for 16 to 20 years longer than it should have, given the demographics of the Alabama electorate.
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VictoryLand Hearing Set for August 4

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter 

MONTGOMERY— Circuit Court Judge William A. Shashy will hold a hearing on Tuesday, August 4, at 2:00 pm, that may settle the fate of VictoryLand Casino.

“We don’t anticipate any evidence. It will strictly be—we anticipate—oral arguments on the record that was made in September,” said VictoryLand attorney Joe Espy.

Attorney’s for the shuttered casino have asked the trial judge to make a declaration, that games used at VictoryLand are legal, and to determine the intent of the voters when they passed Amendment 744 to the State’s 1901 Constitution.
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Worley Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

 

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

nancy-worley2Alabama Democratic Party Chairperson Nancy Worley released a statement to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of legislation by President Lyndon B Johnson (D) establishing the two Great Society programs, Medicare and Medicaid.

Chairperson Worley said, “The chances are good that everyone reading or hearing this either has Medicare or Medicaid, or knows someone who has benefitted from these programs. Nearly 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day – that’s more than a quarter million each month who benefit from Medicare and Medicaid.  Fifty years later, we sometimes take these programs for granted which provide preventive services such as flu shots and diabetes screenings, or coverage for hospital stays, lab tests, wheelchairs, prescription drugs and more.”
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