Annual PDK poll shows public opinions on education

December 6, 2017

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

The PDK poll of public attitudes about public schools has been a steady reflection of U.S. opinion since 1969.  It is the most trusted source of public opinion about K-12 education because of its rigor, depth and commitment to capturing all voices and viewpoints.

And once again, the 2017 poll shows the ideas that lawmakers often tout as being just what education needs — vouchers, public money for private schools, increased standardized testing, etc. — are not supported by the public.

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When politicians perpetuate the death penalty against the will of the people

December 6, 2017
By Stephen Cooper and Rory Fleming
 
Progressive Alabamians faced an election night last year that was by turns terrifying and soul-crushing, but also, when it comes to criminal justice reform, vaguely hopeful. While many were unsurprised by Trump’s victory in the presidential contest, there were, nevertheless, several heartening changes in the selection of the state’s powerful district attorneys. Sadly, however, stand-in Governor Kay Ivey’s recent appointment of Mike Anderton as Jefferson County District Attorney – an appointment that smacks of politics trumping the expressed will of the people – may undo much of the momentum reformists had worked to build.

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Sex and fitness for office

December 6, 2017

By Jane M. Orient, M.D.

Self-righteous, virtue-signaling predators are attacking Judge Roy Moore in force. Even some Republicans are saying that he must prove his innocence, or step aside.

Democrats are applying a presumption of innocence—but only with respect to their own “icons,” even after they admit guilt. Their “mistakes” have to be weighed, it is said, against all the good they do—in advancing the radical leftist agenda.

Moore, after all, has been accused of being a “child molester,” surely the most heinous of crimes. And what does this mean, in his case?

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A positive note in prison debate

December 5, 2017

By Sen. Cam Ward and Rep. Matt Fridy

The news surrounding the Alabama corrections system seems to be one negative story after another with much of the focus on the need for reform and consolidation in the system as well as higher quality of service and better outcomes.  Much of this is true and is a result of inadequate funding, not because of poor leadership or management.  In fact, we would argue that ADOC has some of the best leadership under Commissioner Jeff Dunn and his team that we have had in some time.  They are tackling the bigger problems and looking for ways to solve them in the face of many challenges.

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Energy in Alabama

December 4, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S Rep. Bradley Byrne

In Alabama, we have a lot to be proud of. From our best-in-the-nation Pre-K programs to our championship caliber football teams to our booming economy, there is no shortage of things for our residents to take pride in.

One thing we often forget is our outstanding natural resources. From our forests to our waters, Alabama is blessed with an abundance of natural resources that provide a diverse base from which we can produce energy. It is very easy to take for granted our easy access to and the reliability of energy in Alabama.

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Doug Jones: Abortion Zealot

December 1, 2017

By Martin Wishnatsky

In an interview with Chuck Todd on MSNBC, Doug Jones, the Democratic Party’s nominee for U.S Senate, stated that he is “a firm believer” in unrestricted abortion for the entire nine months of pregnancy. Jones wholehearted embrace of the abortion holocaust is truly horrifying. According to his ideology, a mother’s womb is a free-fire zone from conception to the moment of birth. Jones’s candidacy is a stark reminder of how ungodly the Democratic Party has become.
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Growing up in the “Home o’ Gomer” Sylacauga​.

December 1, 2017

By Jim Zeigler

Sylacauga, Alabama’s own Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle) has died at 87.

People who hear that I grew up in Sylacauga sometimes ask if I knew Jim Nabors growing up. For you yutes too young to remember, Jim Nabors was a nightclub singer who then became famous as Gomer Pyle on the Andy Griffith Show and, later on his own show, Gomer Pyle, USMC. He can sing like the voice of God in a deep, operatic presentation that is just the opposite of his high-pitched Gomer Pyle voice. “Shame, shame, shame.” “Surprise, surprise, surprise.” “Judy, Judy, Judy.” “Citizen’s arayest. Citizen’s arayest.” “Well, goooooooool-lee.”

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State leaders have lost their credibility on prisons

November 29, 2017

By Rep. Craig Ford

With all the attention being given to the special election for the U.S. Senate, you may not have seen what has been happening in Montgomery with the prison crisis.

Last year, Gov. Bentley proposed a plan to build four new “super prisons” at a cost of about $800 million. At the time, a lawsuit had been filed claiming that the state’s prisons were overcrowded and did not provide adequate safety and healthcare services, which is a violation of the 8th Amendment that prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment.”

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Two big things you may have missed

November 27, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

I understand why people are so frustrated with politics these days. The American people want action, and it may not seem like much is actually getting accomplished. I share those concerns, but my frustration is not connected to my work in the House of Representatives. Despite the media’s infatuation with relitigating the 2016 election, there are very substantive bills that pass out of the House almost every week.

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We have a lot to be thankful for in Alabama

November 23, 2017

By Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh

This is always one of my favorite weeks of the year.  As we gather to give thanks for and with our loved ones, 396 years since the first Thanksgiving, this week also marks the 62nd annual National Farm-City Week.

It is only fitting that we celebrate both of these occasions at the same time.  After all, the early settlers came together to rejoice over a successful harvest that would sustain their colony.  The Thanksgiving experience certainly has changed over the years, but Farm-City week gets us back to our traditional roots.  We can sometimes lose sight of this in modern times, but farmers work diligently year-round to put food on our tables.  We owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.  Without them, we could not enjoy our American way of life.

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