Conservatives Rally Against Data Collection Bills

By Brandon Moseley

The legislature has returned for another session and some GOP legislators are once again pushing a longitudinal data collection scheme. Once again the primary opponents of this grand scheme are fellow Republicans. On Thursday, February 23 Alabama Eagle Forum led a conservative rally in opposition to the longitudinal data bills, House Bill 97 and Senate Bill 153.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) read a statement from his wife, state school board member Jackie Zeigler (R) vowing to oppose the data collection.
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“What Are We Really Teaching Our Children”?

By Alan Farley

Is the Golden Rule still “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”?  Or, is it now “Those who have the most gold make the rules”?  Is it about power?  What would our children say?

Is the role of an elected official to “take care of the individuals living in his, or her, district”?  Or, is it to “take care of the individuals who can provide the financial resources needed to keep them in office”?  Is it about Power?  What would our children say?
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“Keeping Neighborhoods & Communities Safe”

By Alan Farley

I recently made a trip to the city of Clayton, Alabama in Barbour County. My reason for going was to tour the Ventress Correctional facility located there. As is the case with most correctional facilities, this place is in the middle of miles and miles of two lane country roads. Pastures, livestock, and chicken houses. Then, there it is. Another 200 acres with a lot of fencing. But, these fences are noticeably different. This fence is about 20 feet tall with rolls of razor wire separating it from another 20 foot inner fence. No livestock or chickens here. However, like most things behind fences in rural Alabama, this crop will grow.
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Rep Alan Farley: “Voice of the People”

By Alan Farley

In the Alabama House of Representatives there are 105 different districts represented.  When there is a vote, there are a total of 105 votes that can be cast.  Each elected member of the House has one vote.  As you press the button at your desk everyone can look up at one of three electronic boards and see how each member voted.  The totals are shown.  In less than one minute each House member has spoken for approximately 45,000 district constituents with one push of a button.  The “Voice of the People” is reduced to pushing a button on a desk. People’s lives are changed.  Do we really understand, or has technology allowed us to become dangerously disconnected?
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