Opinion | President Trump, where is the winning?

February 6, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

I have a question.

I’m sitting here admiring my extra $1.50 and my new Costco membership, as the stock market makes that slide-whistle sound effect it used to make when ol’ W was in charge, and I just can’t help but wonder …

The winning, when does it start?

You know what I’m talking about. The winning we were promised. There was not only going to be some winning, there was going to be so much winning we were going to get tired of it.

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Opinion | The Medicaid work requirement isn’t what it seems

January 18, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Kay Ivey should be ashamed.

She’s probably not, because there’s very little chance that someone could do what she did this week and still be affected by feelings such as shame and empathy. But she should be.

In an announcement Tuesday, Ivey said that she had directed the state’s Medicaid director to implement work requirements and higher copays for Medicaid recipients.

Let me explain why this is terrible. And why Ivey certainly knows this is terrible.

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A Christmas of light, hope and acceptance

December 25, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For Christians around the world, Christmas is a special day set aside to remember, honor and celebrate the birth of the Christ Child Jesus. It is also the season when we remember children, friends, family and neighbors. It is a time of giving when at least, for a moment, we wish peace on Earth and goodwill to all.

And here in Alabama as around the country we are all perhaps a little better because many not born here join us in the Christmas celebration even though they are Hindu, Buddhist or other faiths. They embrace Christmas not because they love Christ but because they want to be good Americans. It’s sad that some have let fear overtake our nation’s history of embracing immigrants. It seems, at times, that open arms have become clenched fists.

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Federal funding for CHIP program still up in the air ahead of Christmas break

December 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Both political parties say that funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a priority; however, the two parties have not reached any sort of agreement on how to actually pay for the costly program.

“Congressman Robert Aderholt called me early this morning and they are working to get the CHIPS funding passed,” state Rep. Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City, said on social media. “They have added it to the government funding bill which should be up for a vote today. Basically the issue is the democrats keep trying to add items to the bill as they know this bill will pass. He said he would update me ASAP on this very serious issue. Mack.”

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Gov. Ivey playing politics with Sentance

August 13, 2017

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

Unfortunately, Governor Kay Ivey is now playing politics with our children.  Three weeks ago she said she did not know enough about the performance of State School Chief Mike Sentance to join State Board members in evaluating him  (By virtue of her office, she is President of the State Board).

However, she issued a statement on August 10 supporting Sentance and urging the board to give him more time.

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An answer to API

June 12, 2017

Education Matters
Larry Lee

According to its website, The Alabama Policy Institute “is a non-profit, non-partisan research and education organization dedicated to influencing public policy…We do this by providing fact-based, objective analysis of key issues.”

However, when you dissect the following op-ed written by Taylor Dawson about the recent defeat of an amendment to the Alabama Accountability Act, it is hard to figure out where the facts are:

“Parents with children trapped in failing schools did not have a real school-choice option in Alabama prior to 2013. With the passage of the Alabama Accountability Act (AAA), families zoned for Alabama’s worst-performing schools finally had better opportunities through scholarships and tax credits.”
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Bill to regulate troubled youth camps in danger of dying on Governor’s desk

May 24, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

On the phone last week, Charles Kennedy, a retired police captain who served more than 20 years, was near tears and he wasn’t hiding it.

“I’m just so proud I could cry – I think I’m going to, actually,” Kennedy said.

The emotional swell for Kennedy came just after Rep. Steve McMillan called with news that Legislation Kennedy had been pushing for years had quietly passed both Houses and was on the way to Gov. Kay Ivey to be signed into law.
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What happens when politicians forget about children

April 26, 2017

By Larry Lee

At best, it was a shotgun wedding. A contrived affair with reason thrown to the wind and political outcome the only thing that mattered. A crudely manipulated process with ethics casually tossed aside. A shameless example of blind ambition being the one constant.

The result was the installation of Mike Sentance as the Grand Poobah of all of k-12 public education in Alabama. A decision that months later still leaves Alabama educators shaking their heads in dismay and became so sordid five people have been called forth by a law suit to defend their actions.
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Ivey orders changes to Amber Alert guidelines

April 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, one hour and forty minutes after an incident in which a vehicle was stolen with a child inside, Bessemer police requested the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to issue an AMBER Alert for the child. Based on the criteria in place at that time, the incident did not meet the previously adopted requirements for an AMBER Alert to be issued.
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Don’t have to “Beware the Ides of March” in Alabama

March 16, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Beware the Ides of March! That was Wednesday, and while Julius Caesar may have needed to be more careful than he was back then, when the Alabama Legislature is in session, there’s really no reason to worry much. Not much is going to happen.

Not on the Ides of March, or the 16th of March or the 30th of September or in 2018 or 2019 or 2020. Nothing is likely to happen that’ll truly surprise us.
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