Finance Director: “We are really excited about this budget”

January 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, Alabama Finance Director Clinton Carter met with journalists at the Capitol to discuss the state’s budgets.  Carter briefed the press on Gov. Kay Ivey’s General Fund and Education Trust Fund budget proposals.

Carter said, “We are really excited about this budget.”  Carter said that state revenues, “Are historically great by all measures.”  “The economy really is booming.”  Carter said that state income tax revenues and sales tax revenues, which are earmarked for the education trust fund (ETF), are at all-time highs.  The revenues funding the general fund, primarily insurance premium taxes,

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AEA settlement gives some control back to Montgomery school board

January 5, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Montgomery County School Board wrestled some control of its school system away from the Alabama State Department of Education on Thursday, by way of a settlement agreement reached in a lawsuit filed by the Alabama Education Association.

AEA sued the ALSDE on behalf of several employees who work within the Montgomery Public Schools system, alleging the state had violated its own rules when it took over the MPS system without a written plan and without outlining a shared system of governance that included the county board.

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The ADC Convention is Oct. 13 and 14

October 5, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter 

The 2017 Alabama Democratic Conference convention will be held on Oct. 13 and 14 in Hoover at the Hyatt Wynfrey Hotel at the Galleria.

“Conceding red outvoted blue two-to-one in their respective U.S. Senate primaries in August, the Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC) convenes October 13-14th at the Hyatt Wynfrey in Birmingham to prepare members to prove to Alabama voters that Democratic candidates are their best choice for making affordable quality healthcare, good paying jobs, safe neighborhoods, superior public education and accountable public servants are stables in their political diet,” the ADC said in a statement.

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Worley opposes the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson repeal bill

September 20, 2017

 By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the Alabama Democratic Party released a statement in which they said that, “The Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill would sabotage our health care system, gut Medicaid, increase costs, and strip health care away from millions of Americans.”

“Democrats believe health care is a right, not a privilege,” Nancy Worley, chairwoman of the Alabama Democratic Party, said in a statement. “And as Republicans try to take health care away from working families, Alabamians will suffer under the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill.  This harmful bill will end Medicaid as we know it, cancel tax credits that help families afford health insurance, and eliminate subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket costs for working families. Republicans need to listen to the Alabamians they represent and join Democrats in their efforts to improve our health care system.”

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Alabama Supreme Court halts refunds to public education employees

September 13, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Supreme Court has put a hold on the return of millions of dollars to state educators while the justices consider an appeal of a ruling that deemed Public Education Employees Health Insurance Plan premium increases illegal.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Johnny Hardwick ruled in August that a meeting of the PEEHIP board in April 2016, at which members voted to raise premiums, was held illegally. That meant that the premium increases paid in by all PEEHIP members – some $60 million – would have to be returned.

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A curious case of Canarys

July 19, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It has become common to hear lawmakers say “BCA is the new AEA.” This statement refers to the fact that, under the leadership of convicted felon, former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, the Business Council of Alabama has risen to control the State’s Legislative agenda, much like the Alabama Education Association did in years past.

So egregious is BCA’s CEO Billy Canary’s latest behavior that he is receiving widespread criticism not only in Montgomery but in Washington DC, as well. High-level operatives and agents say Canary is no longer welcome in some Senate and Congressional offices. Lawmaker’s in the Nation’s Capital, as well as Montgomery, are set on isolating him until the BCA Board sees the light.
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Craig Ford Calls on Joe Reed and Nancy Worley to Resign

October 19, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, October 18, Alabama House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) called on powerful Democratic Party boss Joe Reed and Chairwoman Nancy Worley both to step down as the leaders of the Alabama Democratic Party.

State Representative Ford said in a statement on Facebook, “I appreciate the service of our party’s leaders, but it’s time for Joe Reed and Nancy Worley to step down.”

There is a lot of discussion about Ford being the Democratic Party’s candidate for Governor in the 2018 election. Ford is the most powerful Democratic legislator in the Alabama House of Representatives; but given the Republican super majority, being the most powerful Democrat has a lot of limitations.
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Lovvorn Avoided Runoff By Just 13 Votes

September 15, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, September 14, 2016, a pitiful 4008 people showed up to vote in the Alabama House District 79 Republican Primary. Those voters elected realtor Joseph “Joe” Lovvorn to the Alabama House of Representatives. Lovvorn narrowly won without a runoff between himself and businessman Sandy Toomer by just 13 votes.

On Tuesday, according to original reporting by WSFA Channel 12 in Montgomery, Lovvorn had just a 50.8 percent lead (we and WSFA reported that yesterday as 51 percent after rounding up. The final numbers provided by the Alabama Republican Party on Wednesday showed a distinct tightening.
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BCA Today: Damaged Goods?

June 23, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—“Making a sweet home for business,” is the tagline for the Business Council of Alabama, commonly referred to as BCA around the State House and the Lee County Court House, during the trial of Mike Hubbard, who was found guilty of 12 felony counts of public corruption, with two counts related to the activities of BCA’s Board Chair, Will Brooke.

BCA has arguably become the most powerful lobbying group in the State giving around $2.5 million in the 2014 election cycle to elect pro-business candidates. However, on the witness stand in the Hubbard case, its President and Chief Executive Officer, Billy Canary, found it difficult to admit to Lead Prosecutor, Matt Hart, that the group was one of the most powerful players in Montgomery politics.
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Arrangements For Dr. Gregory T. Graves

May 5, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, April 29, Alabama lost one of its most influential young leaders when Alabama Education Association (AEA) associate executive director Dr. Gregory T. Graves was killed Friday night in an automobile accident in Russell County.

Gregory Graves was 41.

AEA said in a statement, “With a heavy heart, AEA President Sheila Remington deeply regrets to announce the untimely passing of AEA Associate Executive Director Dr. Gregory Graves. This is a tremendous loss for the AEA family. Please join us in extending our thoughts and prayers to Dr. Graves’ loved ones during this difficult time.”
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