We Can Do Big Things If We Do Them Together

Darrio Melton

Rep. Darrio Melton

On June 4, 1968, California voters went to the polls and resoundingly supported a man who has been regarded as an icon of their generation: Robert F. Kennedy. Only four hours after the polls closed, Kennedy declared victory and addressed his supporters. As he made his way out of the ballroom, he was shot and fatally wounded.

On the anniversary of his death and the eve of the California primary, I can’t help but

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Republicans Aren’t Practicing What They Preach

Darrio Melton

By Rep. Darrio Melton

As a member of the clergy, “practice what you preach” has a very literal meaning in my life. When I deliver a sermon or lead a Bible study, I’m called not just to be a messenger, but a teacher and example of the lessons set forth on Sundays. That’s not to say I don’t fall short, because we all fall short. But it is to say that I have an obligation to my parishioners not to lead a Bible

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We Have No Choice Except a Special Session to Fund Medicaid 

Darrio Melton

By Rep. Darrio Melton

The 2016 regular session is in the books, but for many politicos on Goat Hill, session seemed more like a rush to get out of school for the summer so we can get to the “fun stuff” in the coming months.

Unfortunately for most Alabamians, the trials and investigations don’t impact their lives and communities the way the decisions made in the legislature do. For those people, the end of the legislative

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Poor Leadership Wastes Time, Costs Taxpayers With Countless Special Sessions

Darrio Melton

By Rep. Darrio Melton

I would start this piece by talking about how the Legislature finally adjourned for 2016, but the past few years have shown that adjourning from session is really more of an intermission in the legislative process.

Over the past few years, the “regular session” has simply been “part one” to the circus of Republican leadership, because we know we’re always coming back for at least one special

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The underlying message: Bentley believes prisons are the future of Alabama

Darrio Melton

By Rep. Darrio Melton

Last week, the legislature voted to issue a bond for $800 million to build new, super-max style prisons in Alabama.  When it’s all said and done, this prison plan will cost our children and grandchildren nearly $1.5 billion–and when, or if, it finally gets paid back, these prisons will be 100 years old and in need of another $1.5 billion upgrade.

Republicans try to paint themselves as fiscally conservative

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The Prison Bill is a Bad Investment

Darrio Melton

By Rep. Darrio Melton

As elected officials, looking for solutions to our state’s problems is often a delicate balancing act. We have to determine the best way to use the resources we have while maximizing the benefit per dollar to the taxpayers–in the business community, this is called Return on Investment.

It’s clear Governor Bentley didn’t go to business school, because his $1.5 prison bill would get laughed out

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Montgomery Republicans are Blind to the Problems Facing Alabama

Darrio Melton

By Rep. Darrio Melton

Each year when the Legislature starts discussing the budget, the first items on the chopping block are always social services for our neediest neighbors.  While legislators have turned a blind eye to $60,000 pay raises for staff and trips to Vegas in the state airplane, they’ve been quick to set their sights on these programs that they consider “wasteful spending.”

It’s no secret that

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This is a Rare Political Win-Win for Governor Bentley

Darrio Melton

By Representative Darrio Melton

With all the chaos coming out of the Governor’s Mansion in the past month, it’s been easy to overlook the chaos coming out of the State House.  While the Governor has been tied up in a scandal, the Legislature has continued to meet and vote on legislation, which has all subsequently made it to the Governor’s desk.

One such piece of legislation is the General Fund budget.  For the past

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Uncertainty Killing Growth, Hurting Our Communities

Darrio Melton

By Rep. Darrio Melton

Over the past 5 years, Alabama has invested millions to bring businesses to our state. We have sent representatives around the world to declare Alabama “open for business” to recruit top-tier corporations into Alabama.

But if there’s one thing any investor knows, it’s that uncertainty is bad for business.

In the past two weeks, our “family values” Governor has shocked the nation by

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This isn’t about an affair—It’s about trust

Darrio Melton

By Rep. Darrio Melton

As news of Governor Bentley’s inappropriate relationship with a senior advisor rocked Montgomery last week, it seemed that the major issues in this story took a back seat to gossip about recordings and scandals.

This entire story hinges around one major point: the governor has not been honest with the people of Alabama.

As I said last week, the Governor’s personal dealings are his personal business.  The

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