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INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

While the presidential race played out this year, several things happened in Alabama politics that went under the radar.

First, a federal appeals court upheld the legislature’s banning PAC to PAC transfers. The new Republican legislative majority that marched into the Statehouse in 2011 set out to destroy and bury the last bastion of Democratic power in the state – the once omnipotent Alabama Education

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Dues Checks-Off Back On

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Now that the Republican supermajority has successfully brought the once powerful Alabama Education Association (AEA) to heel, it appears the organization will, once again, be allowed to deduct membership dues directly from employees paychecks. According to insiders AEA can still lobby and promote public education, but must “certify” that it won’t run “specific candidates”

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Sponsored Content, Gray Area Articles

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Sponsored content on internet blogs and publications is a growing source of revenue and a cause for concern. Big players like The New York Times and Forbes’ Brand Voice are offering sponsored content as is al.com. The sponsored material is clearly labeled so that the reader should not be confused as to what is news and what is paid editorial.

But there are many websites that offer

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Merrill Threatens Legal Actions Against Political Action Committees

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By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, October 21, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) issued a warning to groups who may attempt to use out of state Political Action Committees (PACs) to hide the source of their funds.

Secretary of State Merrill said, “It has been brought to the attention of the Secretary of State’s Office that there may be current plans to circumvent the reporting requirements of the

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Bentley Comments on AEA Ruling

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Once, the most powerful political entity in the state of Alabama, the Alabama Education Association (AEA) has had a string of defeats and down moments, since that fateful election of 2010, when then Alabama Republican Party Chairman State Representative Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) led a GOP tidal wave against 130 years of Democratic Party rule and 35+ years of AEA domination.

Wednesday’s ruling

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Legislative Republican Leadership Stands In Agreement with Obama

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Few Republicans in legislative leadership admit sharing common cause with President Barack Obama, but when it comes to charter schools and Common Core they are in full agreement.

It might come as a surprise to many conservatives that Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) and House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) agree with the President when it comes to Common Core and charter

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Charter Schools Are Coming

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—For years, State Republicans have touted Charter schools as the cure all for education. But, is it really the silver bullet that will fix the system, just another way for the elites to make money, or a mixed bag of both?

In a press release announcing legislation to create charter schools in the State, Republican Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh admits it is not a cure all or a

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Mabry Says his Fate is an Internal Matter

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Despite the attack by his predecessor, Secretary Mabry insists that former AEA Executive Secretary Hubbert is still his friend and mentor. Marby insisted that the AEA will handle its business internally and not in the press. Sec. Mabry said in a written statement, “The issues raised in that letter are matters internal to our association and we have policies and procedures in

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Gov. Bentley Sets the Record Straight

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Last week, State media created a firestorm after publishing statements attributed to Gov. Robert Bentley. It appeared as if the Governor planned to call a special session of the Legislature to raid the Education Trust Fund (ETF) in order to pay for economic incentives to lure out-of-state businesses.

Later in the week, the Alabama Political Reporter spoke with Gov. Bentley

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Hubbard Suffers Defeat with Harbison Win

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Speaker Mike Hubbard and former Gov. Bob Riley poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the House race in District 12, only to come up embarrassed and empty-handed.

Hubbard even employed a large force of current legislators to descend on Cullman County, in a vain attempt to recuse his handpicked man from disaster.

However, Good Hope Mayor, Republican Corey Harbison, soundly defeated

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