All I want for Christmas is… for every child to have a good education

December 14, 2017

By Rep. Craig Ford

When my kids were growing up, I don’t know who was more excited on Christmas morning: the kids opening their presents or me and Gwen watching them!

Ever since God gave us the original and best Christmas gift, our lord and savior Jesus Christ, giving gifts has been a part of celebrating Christmas. But as I thought about what I wanted most this Christmas, it wasn’t anything material or even something for myself.

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The cost of a “cheap” Alabama worker

June 27, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Your wife looks cheap.

You drive a cheap car.

He was wearing a cheap suit.

Insults, right?

That’s usually the case when you refer to something or someone as “cheap.” You don’t mean it as a compliment.

Here’s one more people shouldn’t be taking as a compliment: Cheap Alabama labor.

For some reason, it has become acceptable practice in this State for politicians and State leaders to speak of Alabama’s “cheap labor” as if it is a good thing for that labor.
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Morrow running for State Senate

June 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow (D-Red Bay) announced that he is running for State Senate District 6.

Rep. Morrow said in a statement, “I am announcing today my candidacy for State Senate District 6. Morrow will likely be challenging incumbent Dr. Larry Stutts,” (R-Sheffield).

Rep. Morrow said in a statement, “I have received a great deal of encouragement from people all over the district who want me to run for the Senate. So many people have come to me and told me that they are disappointed with the way our area has been represented in the State Senate. I believe I can take my experience from the House of Representatives and my love for this area and do a better job in Senate District 6 that what is being done now.”
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It’s not about right wing and left wing, it’s about right and wrong

May 25, 2017

By Rep. Craig Ford

It would be easy to think nothing good has happened lately in the world of Alabama politics, and that Montgomery is so mired in corruption and bickering that nothing ever gets done.

After all, the Legislative Session that just ended began with one governor and ended with a different one; tensions over Legislative redistricting and a controversial email slowed its final days to a crawl; and important issues that were left unfinished will most likely lead to a costly Special Session.
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Takeaways from 2017 Legislative Session

May 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The 2017 Alabama Legislative Session is over, and these are some key points to take away.

The biggest loser, by far, was former Governor Robert Bentley.  The Legislature got an awful lot of help from this newer, stronger, bolder version of the Alabama Ethics Commission. But, it was evident that Bentley was going to be impeached and removed once Special Counsel Jack Sharman released his report.  Bentley resigned halfway through the first day of the House Judiciary Committee hearings.  If the House and Senate had to waste weeks on his impeachment, given the 30-day Legislative meeting limit, the Session would have been a disaster.
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Four days left in Legislative Session

May 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are four days left in the 2017 Legislative Session and this session has been made much clearer,.even though the week was dominated by a bizarre partisan filibuster where members of the House literally had to sit at their desks listening to a robot read for over 18 hours.

The General Fund Budget has been passed and sent to the Governor. The education budget has been sent to a conference committee. Both Houses will still have to agree to the terms of the conference committee compromise but that should happen easily.
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Charter Schools Bill defeated in the House

May 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, May 4, 2017, a bipartisan majority of the Alabama House of Representatives rejected changes to the State’s Charter Schools bill in House Bill 245.

HB245 was sponsored by State Representative Terri Collins (R-Decatur) who chairs the House Education Policy Committee.

The bill was passed out of the Education Policy Committee, but was soundly defeated on the Budget Isolation Resolution (BIR) so never even got to a vote for final passage.
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Accountability Act receives favorable report from Committee

April 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, the Alabama House Ways and Means Education Committee gave a favorable report to SB123. SB123 is sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston). This newest version of the Alabama Accountability Act has already passed the Alabama Senate and could move to the House floor as early as Thursday.

The Accountability Act allows a child in one of the State’s many failing public schools to accept a scholarship to attend a private school. The landmark school choice program has been a major Marsh initiative for years.
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Alabama Legislature week 2: Careful with those eyeglasses

February 17, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Week No. 2 has come and gone in the Alabama Legislature’s 2017 Regular Session, and we’re left with only the memories.

And the awful legislation.

Let’s get to the recap….

 

Rough Start

If the first real day of debate on the House floor sets the tone for the rest of the session, we’re in trouble. Because Tuesday’s opening was as bad as it gets without a fire involved.
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Fake news, alternative facts

February 17, 2017

Education Matters
By Larry Lee

Just to prove they understand “alternative facts,” the Alabama Federation for Children sent out a news release and a study proclaiming that the Alabama Accountability Act is saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

The report, done by Auburn University Montgomery, contends that every time we divert money from the Education Trust Fund and give it to a scholarship granting organization to give a voucher to a private school student we save money. As best I can tell, their “logic” is that private schools educate students at less expense than public schools, so paying for scholarships in less expensive that paying for that child to go to a public school.
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