House Votes to Borrow $800 Million to Build New Prisons

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Politcal Reporter

On Thursday, April 28, the Alabama House of Representatives voted to pass Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) Great State 2019 plan to borrow $800 million to build four massive new prisons, each housing over four thousand inmates. SB287 would green light Bentley’s plan to build four massive new prisons at a cost of $50 million a year for thirty years.

State Representative Tim Wadsworth

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Henry’s Crusade to Impeach Bentley Has New Momentum after 23 Members Sign on Board

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, April 28, State Representative Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) successfully resurrected his effort to impeach embattled Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) when he announced that he had reached the 21 signatures necessary to reintroduce his impeachment resolutions against Bentley, who has been charged with misusing state resources while committing adultery with his top political aide and

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PEEHIP Board Raises Health Insurance Premiums on Education Employees

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 27, the PEEHIP (Public Education Employees Health Insurance Program) board voted 7 to 6 to increase the monthly health insurance premiums for education worker and retirees insured by the plan.

Beginning on October 1, 2016 single plans will see a $15 a month rate increase. Family plans will be increased by $30 each month. A vote to utilize up to 10 percent of the PEEHIP Trust

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State Seeks to Keep False Arguments Out of Hubbard Trial

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The State has filed a Supplemental Brief in support of its motions in limine in the felony public corruption trial of Speaker Mike Hubbard.

According to the Criminal Law Bulletin, Volume 46, Number 2. “Most commonly, motions in limine are used to strike at objectionable evidence

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The Artist Cher Nailed It Long Ago

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By Jack Campbell

When recording artist Cher released the hit “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” in 1971, she never envisioned that song would characterize the leadership of the GOP in Alabama some 45 years later. Even the people who are not historically tuned in to current affairs realize our state Party is headed for a disastrous future, plagued by public officials who are tainted by greed, extramarital sex, thievery, and

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The Myth About the Pension Crisis in Alabama

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By David G. Bronner

Much ado has been made recently about a public pension crisis in Alabama and the need for reform. The groups and legislators who are clamoring for reform always neglect to mention two critically important facts: the Legislature has already reformed Alabama’s public pensions and there is no pension crisis in Alabama.

First, major pension reforms have already been enacted. In 2011 and 2012, the Alabama Legislature

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Dr. Robert Bentley is Nobody

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By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Dr. Doctor Robert Bentley, governor of Alabama, is an embarrassment. He knows that, even as he combs his hair (what little there is) and gets ready every morning. He knows he’s a joke, even if he won’t admit it. And he won’t. He’s a joke.

But the good doctor governor could salvage part of his legacy if he’d do one thing: Expand Medicaid.

After months of groping Rebekah Mason, Bentley finds

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Lawyers for Chief Say Complaints Are Political, Others Disagree

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— At a media-packed press conference on Wednesday, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and his attorneys, called upon the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (“JIC”) to dismiss unfounded and politically motivated complaints filed against him by the Southern Poverty Law Center (“SPLC”), People for the American Way, the Human Rights Campaign, Ambrosia Starling, and

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Throwing Money At Prisons Won’t Solve The Problem

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By Minority Rep. Leader Craig Ford

This week, the state House of Representatives will be taking up the massive prison bond legislation that Gov. Bentley and state leaders have made the centerpiece of their legislative agenda.

There’s no doubt our prison system has serious problems and, in cases like Tutwiler women’s prison, some are so old and in such bad shape that they do need to be rebuilt.
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Masons Update Ethics Forms

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By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Jon and Rebekah Caldwell Mason have updated their Ethics filings to, what appears to be, a more accurate view of their household income, and their involvement in the business world.

Statements of Economic Interest (SEI) are filed by State employees annually, and made public. These ethics forms are designed to show all financial interests that any State employee, or spouse might have.

Jon

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