Siegelman Says: Not This Lottery

August 3, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Seventeen years ago, one Alabama Governor proposed a lottery amendment to the Constitution. It sailed through the Alabama Legislature and went to the people of Alabama who decisively rejected the proposal. Now a new Alabama Governor, Robert Bentley (R), is proposing a new lottery amendment; but that former Governor, Don Siegelman (D), is urging that this new lottery proposal be rejected.

Gov. Siegelman said, “I had been asking the people of Alabama to establish a lottery since 1989. Over and over I pleaded “Every child, regardless of where they are born or to whom, deserve the right to quality education and every child should have the hope and dream of knowing that if they make their grades and stay out of trouble, they’ll be able to go to college free. In 1998 I was elected Governor again calling for an “Education Lottery”. A Georgia style lottery with 100% of the proceeds going into the “Alabama Education Trust Fund”.
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Sessions Says Immigration Reform Advocates Want Cheap Labor

November 20, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Following last week’s announcement that Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner (R) from Ohio would not call a conference committee with the Senate to resolve differences between the House and the Senate, corporate lobbyists supporting increasing legal immigration have launched an ad campaign to put pressure on the Republican House to bring back immigration reform from the dead.

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama said that the group is simply interested in cheap labor and Congress should resist the pressure from these special interests.
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Sessions Urges Congress to Ignore Special Interests on Immigration

August 8, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama addressed the Senate to encourage lawmakers to ignore calls from business interests including Republican donors to pass the President’s immigration reform proposal.

Sen. Sessions said, “This week Congress received two letters: one from GOP donors and the other from CEOs, urging Congress to act on immigration. The Washington Times reports: ‘Nearly a hundred top Republican donors and Bush administration officials sent a letter to the House GOP on Tuesday urging lawmakers to pass a bill that legalizes illegal immigrants… The donor letter came the same day that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and 400 other businesses and umbrella groups fired off a letter to House leaders of both parties, urging them to pass something.’”
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