Prison healthcare contract attracts suitors: cheap date or a lasting relationship?

October 26, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The state of Alabama is in the process of determining a new contract for providing medical care and mental health services to state inmates in the prison system.

Evaluating mental and general healthcare providers is a result of federal Judge Myron Thompson’s judgment that state-provided psychological healthcare services within the department of corrections were “horrendously inadequate.” Thompson’s ruling on prison mental health services is seen by many as an omen of what is coming when the Judge decides on general medical care in correctional facilities. Rather than wait for the next nail in the justice system coffin, Gov. Kay Ivey’s administration is in the process of selecting a provider that can meet the standards of care that Judge Thompson will deem adequate.

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Ivey Administration waylaid by privateers and scalawags

May 8, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Over the past 18 months, political upheaval in Alabama has ruined lives, shattered faith in our institutions and still the stench of corruption hangs around the neck of the body politic like a rotting corpse.

Russell Kirk, one of the founders of the traditional conservative movement in America in the late 20th Century believed, “A society in which men and women are governed by belief in an enduring moral order, by a strong sense of right and wrong, by personal convictions about justice and honor, will be a good society whatever political machinery it may utilize.” He also rightly surmised, “[A] society in which men and women are morally adrift, ignorant of norms, and intent chiefly upon gratification of appetites, will be a bad society.”
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The Steve Harvey-ASU contract seems fair

March 7, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

For the life of me, I can’t comprehend the trouble with the Steve Harvey contract at Alabama State University.

In case you don’t follow the daily happenings at Alabama’s oldest historically black college, last Friday, ASU’s board of trustees spent a significant portion of a meeting blasting Steve Harvey, the country’s biggest star, and his company, HarCal, for failing to pay the school what it’s allegedly owed from a promotions contract related to the Turkey Day Classic football game.
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Vote “No” on Amendment 2: State Park Privatization

October 24, 2016

By Charley Grimsley
Alabama Political Reporter

Amendment 2 on State Parks has been advertised as a way to protect State Park revenues. If that were all it did, it would be good. But like a Trojan horse, hidden inside is something you probably didn’t know. Amendment 2 would allow STATE PARK PRIVATIZATION, and turning our State Parks over to private corporations is something we should never do.

Look at the following description of Amendment 2 from the website Ballotpedia (the privatization language is highlighted):
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Auburn City Schools Signs Contract With Felon

August 8, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Auburn City Schools entered into a contract with convicted felon, Mike Hubbard, in July, giving him exclusive rights to broadcast Auburn school sports for free.

SEE CONTRACT

The school system rejected proposals from larger stations, who offered to pay for the rights. A comparison of the plans show Tiger Communications, with a broadcast signal of 25,000 watts, and the biggest coverage area in the county, offering $11,500 per year, for five years, for a total of $57,500.
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How STAARS Fell on Alabama

February 1, 2016

By Bill Britt and Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The revelation first reported by the Alabama Political Reporter, that a $47-million-dollar software package known as STAARS caused a meltdown in the State’s ability to pay its bills in a timely fashion, or properly process inter-agency payments, leaving hundreds of millions of dollars in a software limbo, has raised questions about how the contract was awarded.

Acting State Finance Director Bill Newton, and his Chief Legal counsel, Richard Cater, have stated STAARS, as supplied by the Canadian software giant, CGI.com, is simply an upgrade of software purchased in 1982. Therefore, they did not have to put it out for bid.
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How STAARS Fell on Alabama

January 31, 2016

By Bill Britt and Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The revelation first reported by the Alabama Political Reporter, that a $47-million-dollar software package known as STAARS caused a meltdown in the State’s ability to pay its bills in a timely fashion, or properly process inter-agency payments, leaving hundreds of millions of dollars in a software limbo, has raised questions about how the contract was awarded.

Acting State Finance Director Bill Newton, and his Chief Legal counsel, Richard Cater, have stated STAARS, as supplied by the Canadian software giant, CGI.com, is simply an upgrade of software purchased in 1982. Therefore, they did not have to put it out for bid.
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Questions Arise on No-Bid Software Contract

December 10, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The revelation that a no-bid software contract approved by Finance Director Bill Newton led to a meltdown in the State’s ability to pay its bills in a timely fashion has raised questions about how the contract was awarded.

Not only are thousands of vendors not being paid, but State employees are not receiving reimbursement for travel and other expenses. The botched implementation has led to a backlog of payments, spanning across every segment of State government.
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