Bipartisan bill would give retirees a one-time bonus

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Some Republicans in the Senate and at least one Democrat in the State House of Representatives believe certain retired educators should receive a one-time, lump sum payment.

Republican Senator Gerald Dial, who is leading the charge, is joined by Senate colleagues Jimmy Holley, Jim McClendon, Steve Livingston, Tom Whatley and Cam Ward to sponsor SB3. In the House, Rep. Craig Ford is carrying an identical

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Craig Ford Calls on Joe Reed and Nancy Worley to Resign

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, October 18, Alabama House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) called on powerful Democratic Party boss Joe Reed and Chairwoman Nancy Worley both to step down as the leaders of the Alabama Democratic Party.

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Reaction to Senate’s Killing of Lottery Bill

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, August 25, as the debate in the Alabama House of Representatives raged on, about what their version of lottery bill SB3 should look like, and as more amendments were added, it became increasingly doubtful that the House and the Senate would be able to bridge the chasm between the two and concur.

The Senate appointed a conference committee just after midnight, when the House finally

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The Next Speaker of the House Should Not Be Chosen Behind Closed Doors

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By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

When former Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, was convicted on 12 felony counts of corruption, he was immediately removed from office. Now, the state House of Representatives must elect a new speaker.

The state constitution requires legislators to hold a public vote to elect the next speaker, but the reality is that, unless there is a public outcry, the next speaker of the House will have already been

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Ford Says that Bentley May Have Obstructed Justice

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

“In the Criminal Justice System, the people are represented by two separate, yet equally important groups. The police who investigate crime and the District Attorneys who prosecute the offenders.”

Anyone who has watched the long running crime drama, “Law and Order,” understands how this works. Police respond to and investigate crimes and the prosecutors work with them to build and prove

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Educators Deserve A Raise, But The Proposed Merit Pay Bill Has Serious Flaws

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By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

When the state Legislature returns to Montgomery in two weeks, one of the top issues will be a cost-of-living pay raise for educators. Both parties agree that the money is there, and now is the time. But there are some major differences between what both party’s are proposing.

House Democrats will propose a 5 percent pay raise for all teachers, support personnel and retirees. The bill some Republicans

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Ace In Your Face

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By Amy Elizabeth McGhee

As budget woes continue to cripple the State of Alabama, one thing remains consistent: The slow moving, stinky sludge that continues to clog the pipes in the Alabama State legislature when it comes to Alabama lottery and gaming legislation.  As lawmakers scramble around the immediate, viable economic solutions that a lottery and gaming expansion offers, the people of this State are left to suffer. It is time for

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Alabamians Want A Lottery, But Not A Blank Check Lottery

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By Rep. Craig Ford

As droves of Alabamians flooded into Tennessee, Georgia and Florida for a chance to win the $1.6 billion Powerball, it’s obvious the people of Alabama want to play the lottery.

People in 44 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands are all allowed to purchase lottery tickets. Alabama is one of just six states that don’t have a lottery.

Instead, every year, Alabama sends hundreds-of-millions

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Republicans Should Leave Teachers’ Retirement Alone

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By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford 

It’s been a rough year for the powers that be in Montgomery.

There have been more than a few bad headlines this year, and we only avoided a government shutdown after three costly legislative sessions that led to an $80 million raid on public education and $86 million in new taxes.

The wheels have clearly come off the bus in Montgomery, and that can only mean one thing: time to distract the taxpayers.<br

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Remembering Our Educators This Thanksgiving

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By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

In our house at Thanksgiving, our family likes to sit around the table and name the things we are thankful for in our life. Of course, everyone always names the big things like family, our freedom and so on. But the things that I’m most thankful for are the people in my life who have made a difference: the people I work with, those serving in the church and the military just to name a few. But this

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