Opinion | Why doesn’t it hurt to be wrong anymore?

January 12, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Do conservatives never feel dumb?

Maybe “dumb” is too harsh. Embarrassed? Ashamed?

Any of those? Any feeling resembling some level of remorse for loudly holding a belief that is 100 percent wrong?

Because, I hate to be the bearer of tough news here, but you guys are wrong a lot.

A whole lot.

On some pretty basic things.

I suppose that happens when your every belief eschews facts in favor of feels. But still, I wonder if you feel badly when your long-held beliefs — particularly those that are hurtful to your fellow Americans — prove to be untrue?

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Ivey announces cyber technology and engineering school

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced in her first State of the State address that she plans to build a cyber technology and engineering secondary school in North Alabama.

“Education is especially effective when there is a concentration on particular subjects or skills,” Ivey said. “The Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, and the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science in Mobile, are special-focus schools which effectively prepare their students for rewarding careers. As workforce needs evolve, we must create educational opportunities that prepare our people to meet those needs. Tonight, I am announcing, the formation of the Alabama School of Cyber-Technology and Engineering, which will be based in Huntsville. This school will prepare some of our state’s highest-achieving students to enter the growing fields of cyber technology and engineering. Just as Huntsville has always been on the leading edge of the rocket and aerospace industries, the Alabama School of Cyber-Technology and Engineering will ensure that Alabama students are at the forefront of today’s emerging technologies.”

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Knight complains about cuts to Alabama State University

November 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, state Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, issued a letter complaining about what he felt are excessive budget cuts to Montgomery’s Alabama State University.

“Alabama State University has come too far to allow the chairman of the Senate Education Committee to destroy our university. He has proposed ten times more cuts to Alabama State University than all the other universities in the state of Alabama combined,” Rep. Knight wrote.

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Alabama House passes Education Budget

May 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, March 3, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a massive $6.417 billion Education Trust Fund Budget. The 72 page bill was sponsored by State Senator Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) and was carried in the House by Ways & Means Education Chairman Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa).

State Representative John Knight (D-Montgomery) said, “The main purpose of being a legislator is to pass our budgets. We are not going to have a filibuster of the education budget.”
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GOP lawmakers become “36 percenters”

April 5, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

President Reagan once ominously remarked, “The nine most dangerous words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Rep. Bob Fincher (R-Woodland) is sponsoring a Constitutional Amendment in the House that would cap “certain” loans at 36 percent interest, which reads in part, “No person should be subject to unconscionable interest rates authorized by government regulation. No church, charity, or community foundation should bear the burden of providing financial assistance because government-approved loan products are proven to be exploitive.”
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Insiders say Bentley has chosen Sessions’ replacement

December 19, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

During a Cabinet meeting last week, Gov. Robert Bentley said that well over one hundred individuals were seeking the US Senate seat, soon to be vacated by Sen. Jeff Sessions. Several present at the meeting believed Bentley slyly tipped his hand as to which individual currently holds the inside track for the appointment. Insiders say the die was cast weeks ago, and the interviews that began last week are a perfunctory charade.
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Pittman’s Primary Focus is Passing Budgets During Regular Session

February 3, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Sen. Trip Pittman (R-Daphne), Chairman of the General Fund Budget, said after the first legislative day of the 2016 Regular Session that his concentration will be primarily on the budgets being passed and signed by Governor Bentley during the Regular Session.

“We need to get the General Fund Budget passed so people will realize the reality of the amount of money we have and how far it is going to go so that people could act accordingly,” said Pittman.
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Senator Shelby Stands Up for Our Nation and Alabama Jobs

February 1, 2016

By Sen. Arthur Orr

With the growing threat of ISIS and other terrorist groups around the world who want to do us harm, it is important now more than ever that our leaders prioritize keeping us safe.  Alabama plays a key role in that goal by being the home to where our nation’s most secure, reliable, and advanced rockets are built.  In Decatur, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) builds the Atlas V and Delta IV rockets which launch our nation’s military, NASA, and commercial satellites into space. The ULA plant employs or directly contracts with close to 1,000 Alabamians across north Alabama.
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Handicapping the Race: Week Three

December 9, 2015

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

This week we will continue our analysis of the potential horses in the 2018 Alabama Gubernatorial Derby. So far, we have counted down from 18 to 8. In descending order the list includes, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (18), Supreme Court Justice Jim Main (17), Sen. Greg Reed (16), Sen. Arthur Orr (15), Mayor Vaughn Stewart (14), Mayor Walt Maddox (13), Mayor Sandy Stimpson (12), Congressman Bradley Byrne (11), Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey (10), Sen. Del Marsh (9), and State Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan (8). The next four horses will be revealed today and we will conclude the series next week when we reveal the top three horses.
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Representative David Standridge, House Rural Caucus Chairman, Comments on ADECA Surplus Property Division in Eva

November 10, 2015

Staff Report
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Recently, Jim Byard, Jr., Director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community affairs announced that ADECA’s Surplus Property Division would be consolidated into a single location in Montgomery. Such an action would have caused the closing of a surplus property location in rural Eva, Alabama. Last week, Director Byard announced that due to efforts made by himself, Governor Robert Bentley, State Representative Randall Shedd (R-Fairview) and Senator Arthur Orr (R-Decatur), the Eva location would not be closed.
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