Opinion | Alabama “corrupt?” Well, it does add up

January 25, 2018

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Hello, from one of the most corrupt states in the nation. That’s according to a variety of studies – Harvard University among them — on both illegal corruption and legal corruption. Like the University of Alabama in college football, the state Alabama is a national Top 10 in corruption; Top 5 in some studies.

That sort of adds up, doesn’t it?

We’ve seen, in just the last few years, the state’s former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard convicted on 12 felony ethics charges. We saw Republican Chief Justice Roy Moore booted off the Supreme Court for the second time in his career, then Moore outed as a molester in his U.S. Senate race against Democrat Doug Jones, who beat Moore in a December special election. There’s Dr. Robert Bentley, the “Luv Guv,” who had some sort of relationship with a top aide, then got bogged down in other nefarious stuff and was forced to resign.

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Standridge files “In God We Trust” Act

January 24, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, state Rep. David Standridge, R-Hayden, filed legislation that permits public buildings, classrooms, and law enforcement vehicles to display the national motto, “In God We Trust.”

“Political Correctness has gone too far when our national motto becomes unwelcome in public settings.” Standridge said. “This bill makes it clear that schools, courthouses, law enforcement vehicles, public officials and government bodies may proudly display ‘In God We Trust.’”

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Ivey presents $2.3 million to Wallace State’s Oneonta Campus

October 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, October 19, 2017 Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) was the keynote speaker at the ground-breaking ceremony celebrating the construction of Wallace State-Oneonta’s new technical training facility. The governor announced her support for this initiative, which she said could be a model for all of rural Alabama. Ivey presented the project a $2.3 million grant.

The project includes the construction of 20,000 square feet, which will house academic and workforce development space as well as economic development offices for both Oneonta and Blount County. There is currently an 18,000 square foot technical training facility in use with approximately 450 students enrolled.

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Governor Ivey to attend Wallace State-Oneonta Facility groundbreaking

October 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, October 19, 2017, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on will attend the ground-breaking ceremony celebrating construction of Wallace State-Oneonta’s new technical training facility. The governor will make an announcement of her support for this initiative.

The project includes the addition of 20,000 square feet which will house academic and workforce development space as well as economic development offices for Oneonta and Blount County. There is currently an 18,000 square foot technical training facility in use with approximately 450 students enrolled.
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Speculation swirls around new Birmingham Water Works Board

January 3, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For several years, lawmakers from Birmingham, Jefferson and surrounding counties have engaged in a turf war to reform the Birmingham Waterworks Board (BWWB). Even now, as the much sought after reforms have become law, as of January 1, 2017, the fight to maintain the status quo continues in backrooms and courtrooms. “Like the sewer debacle, it may require law-enforcement to finally clean up the mess that is the Water Board,” said a lawmaker, speaking on background, while referencing multi-count indictments over the Jefferson County sewer construction scandal in 2005. Read More

Driver’s license committee continues work as USDOT reaches settlement

December 30, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Montgomery—An Alabama House Committee has been reviewing the process and procedure of obtaining a driver’s license in Alabama. The committee said in a statement that the agreement announced on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 between the State of Alabama and the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) underscores the important work undertaken by the House Interim Committee on Driver’s License Review. The committee is tasked with finding ways to reduce wait times and find methods for making driver’s license offices more accessible to all Alabamians. The committee has held meetings across the state since it was established by a House Resolution co-sponsored by 56 Republican members. Read More

Rural Caucus Holds Meeting With ADEM, Ag Leaders to Discuss Fees on Poultry Farmers

August 17, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 16, the members of the House Rural Caucus held a lengthy meeting with top Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) officials and Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan (R), state Veterinarian Tommy Frazier as well as representatives of the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association and the Alabama Farmers Federation. At issue is how to fund continued inspections of Alabama’s numerous poultry farms.
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Jockeying for Speaker

June 15, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Before Mike Hubbard’s political body was even cold, Business Council of Alabama (BCA) Chairman Billy Canary and former Gov. Bob Riley were jockeying to place their “next guy” in the Speaker’s chair.

Reps. Mac McCutcheon, Mike Jones, Victor Gaston, Bill Poole, Lynn Greer, Phil Williams and David Standridge are the names most often mentioned. With the exception of Poole, all these men are contemplating a run for the spot previously held by Mike Hubbard.
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Bill Calls for Indicted Leaders Suspension

February 15, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A group of 10 State Representatives have sponsored House Bill 220, which would, “automatically suspend a member of the Legislature who holds a leadership position from serving in that leadership position if the member is indicted for a crime that is a felony.”

The bill clarifies that the legislator would retain their position in the body as a member, but would forfeit any leadership roles. This is similar to the rules of the US House of Representatives, and other legislative bodies.
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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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