Senator Dial Takes Action

October 11, 2016

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

Unbelievable as it may seem, according to Alabama law, the requirements for someone to be the superintendent of a local school system are much tougher than those to be state superintendent, which is about like saying an operating room nurse needs more training than the surgeon she is assisting.

Alabama Code Section 16-9-2 spells out the requirements for a local superintendent. for example: The county superintendent of education shall be chosen for his general fitness and character and shall be a person of recognized ability as a school administrator. No person shall be eligible for appointment by any county board of education or for any political party nomination, or for election to the office of county superintendent of education unless such person:
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News Reports On Former ALEA Chief Part Of War Issued By Bentley, Mason

October 5, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—-A high-ranking official in the Bentley administration says the Governor recently declared war on the former law enforcement chief, Spencer Collier.

The first salvo came in the form of a fabricated report released by Bentley’s press office to select reporters, meant to tarnish Collier’s reputation. The report compiled by the Integrity Unit of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) lists several allegedly against Collier, which he has denied. Even though reporters were warned that the documents were bogus, the Montgomery Advertiser and Decatur Daily published them anyway.
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A Failure of Leadership

December 17, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The State Department of Finance has been in full spin-mode since it was revealed that their $47 million dollar “failure-to-pay” STAARS software system is a disaster.

Director Bill Newton and his assistant Rex McDowell, who tried to hide the debacle by closing Open Alabama Checkbook, are culpable for the failure, which has caused State vendors, and State workers to suffer, due to their incompetence.
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Marsh’s Call To Define Journalist Causes Blow-Back from Conservatives

December 9, 2014

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In an opinion piece published by several newspapers throughout the State, the presumptive Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh wrote that, “Freedom of the press is not going anywhere in Alabama.”

(See article here.)

Marsh is responding to the negative attention he has received after saying he wanted to define who is a journalist.

Now, after the publication of his editorial, things are getting even more heated for the Senator, with the conservative Daily Caller and The Liberty Papers both taking issue with his proposed actions.
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Defining a Journalist

November 26, 2014

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—According to Reporters Without Boarders, there have been 59 Journalists killed, 12 media assistants killed, 21 “Netizens” and citizen journalists killed and 176 journalists imprisoned so far this year. Reporters Without Boarders notes that, “Journalists killed” includes only cases in which the organizations clearly established that “the victim was killed because of his/her activities as a journalist. It does not include cases in which the motives were not related to the victim’s work or in which a link has not yet been confirmed.”
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