Opinion | Shelby’s leadership demands recognition

February 21, 2018

By George Clark
President, Manufacture Alabama

Alabama is experiencing an unprecedented era of growth and progress as major industrial and manufacturing interests recognize the value of locating in our beautiful state. Recent announcements from the automotive, aerospace, and other industries herald a new day for Alabama.

In the past year alone, about $5 billion in new investments in the state and 12,000 new jobs have been announced by international firms on their way to Alabama. While this is fantastic news for the industrial and business communities, it is also great news for the working families of Alabama. The state unemployment rate in December was 3.5%, matching the record low set this past November.

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Opinion | The “Other” Duties of a Congressman

February 20, 2018
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne

If someone asked you what a Congressman does on a daily basis, I can imagine what would come to your mind: voting on bills, attending committee hearings, holding meetings with others in Washington, and lots of time debating and arguing.

Those are in fact major parts of the job, but there is so much more that goes into serving the people of Southwest Alabama. I want to highlight some of the “other” duties of a Member of Congress and explain how they might impact you.

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Opinion | Supporting our space programs

February 19, 2018

By U.S. Rep. Martha Roby

The week of February 18th is Alabama Aerospace Week in Montgomery. NASA and other organizations will be in town to discuss our state’s role in the space industry and to inspire the next generation of scientists and explorers to consider careers in the aerospace field. One of the events is NASA Day at Alabama State University, and I am excited to be attending. NASA’s top level administrators and an astronaut will be present to share with students the many opportunities as well as great things taking place within the organization.

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Column | SB15 equals taxation without representation

February 16, 2018

By Sen. Linda Coleman-Madison 

Sen. Rusty Glover (R-Semmes) wants to take away the right of the people to elect their own representatives to serve in the Alabama State House.

He has introduced Senate Bill 15 a constitutional amendment that would allow the Governor of Alabama to appoint someone to fill any vacant seat with less than two years remaining on the term.

This was the case in Jefferson County, when Gov. Kay Ivey appointed Mike Anderton, a Republican, to fill the position of Jefferson County District Attorney, a position which voters elected a Democrat.

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Opinion | Transparency and accountability in Congress

February 13, 2018
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne

Last year, the country was shocked to learn terrible stories of sexual harassment taking place in the halls of Congress. The stories themselves were horrific, but even worse was the fact that some Members of Congress used taxpayer money to pay settlements.

Prior to coming to Congress, I worked for thirty years as a labor and employment attorney in Alabama, so I have a background in these issues. I advised clients on how to prevent sexual harassment and how to navigate the process if a harassment claim was made.

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Opinion | Fixing the leak

February 12, 2018

By U.S Rep. Martha Roby

The congressional calendar has been extremely busy lately! This is great for getting important work accomplished in Washington, but unfortunately it prevents me from being able to travel throughout the Second District and catch up with those I represent as often as I’d like. During these times when I’m required to be in Washington for votes, I try to find different ways to connect with my constituents, so I recently held two telephone town hall events to hear directly from individuals throughout our district.

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Opinion | The importance of civil asset forfeiture

February 12, 2018

By Brian McVeigh and Dave Sutton

The Alabama Legislature is considering legislation that would change the way civil asset forfeitures are handled in Alabama. While well-meaning, some of the proposed changes would essentially gut what is an effective crime-fighting tool while making it easier for drug dealers and other criminals to hang on to their ill-gotten gains. The result would be more crime.

Unfortunately, several special interest groups have pushed a narrative that law enforcement – police, sheriffs and other authorities – are using civil asset forfeiture to unfairly take money and property from innocent Alabamians.

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Opinion | Educators, retirees deserve a pay raise

February 9, 2018

By Rep. Craig Ford

Eleven years is a long time to go without a pay raise. But for educators, state employees and retirees in Alabama, that’s how long it has been. And for retirees and many state employees, they have actually had their pay cut during those eleven years.

You may be thinking that educators, state employees and retirees had received raises in recent years. But that isn’t exactly true.

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Opinion | Protect the sanctity of marriage from government intrusion

February 7, 2018

By State Sen. Greg Albritton

Like most Alabamians, I believe that God established the institution of marriage for the benefit of mankind. Indeed, His purpose was to begin the human family within His bonds of marriage, as a holy union.

Then government stole marriage, for its own purposes.

A classic example is Henry VIII, who established his own church in order to achieve the destruction of his marriage. Henry is not the only example of government overreach into marriage. Throughout history, the government has used marriage as a tool to effect its ends, to protect government power, to maintain control of property and estates, and even to keep a “pure” race. In 2015, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage at the federal level with the Obergefell v. Hodges decision.

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Opinion | Four reasons why parents want the Alabama State Board of Education to remain elected

February 7, 2018

By Deborah Love

Two similar proposed bills, SB24 and SB25, make the State Board of Education (SBOE) appointed by a Director of Education. There will no longer be a Superintendent of Education but a Director of Education selected by the Governor. These bills are making their way through the Alabama Senate now. Their primary objective is to remove your constitutional right to elect your State Board of Education member and to dissolve the entire SBOE. These are four reasons why parents will oppose SB24 and SB25.

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