State House corruption demands a dose of preventative medicine

By State Rep. Will Ainsworth (R – Guntersville)

The Alabama Capitol Building and State House is currently suffering an epidemic of corruption, and rather than continuing to address the problem only after wrongdoing occurs, I believe it is time we implement a strong dose of preventative medicine.

That is why I have filed strict, no-nonsense term limit legislation in the Alabama House.

Consider for a moment some of the elected officials who have been convicted for abusing their offices in recent years:
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Why I fight for school choice

By Senate President Pro Tem. Sen. Del Marsh

With the election of President Donald Trump, school choice has been at the front of every discussion affecting education policy in the United States. I am pleased to say that the Alabama Legislature has been opening up choice for students and parents long before it was part of the national discussion. I am proud to have introduced sweeping legislation that allows the creation of public charter schools and the Alabama Accountability Act (AAA), which makes it easier for parents to send their children to different schools when they have no option.
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Alabama Legislature week 2: Careful with those eyeglasses

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Week No. 2 has come and gone in the Alabama Legislature’s 2017 Regular Session, and we’re left with only the memories.

And the awful legislation.

Let’s get to the recap….

 

Rough Start

If the first real day of debate on the House floor sets the tone for the rest of the session, we’re in trouble. Because Tuesday’s opening was as bad as it gets without a fire involved.
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Unleashing the Dogs of Journalism

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Some may think the recent assaults on the Press are new, or unprecedented, but they’re not. From President John Adams to President Donald Trump excoriating the Press is always the first refuge for politicians who want to keep their secrets, failings and even their misrepresentations of facts from public scrutiny.

Is the Press left-leaning? Perhaps disproportionately so, but whether leaning right or left, evidence-based reporting and thoughtful opinions are necessary to ensure our freedom; a word that has seemed to have slipped out of vogue lately.
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Robert Bentley: The Magician

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Robert Bentley has a career waiting on him when this governor deal wraps up.

Magician.

Because the guy is making more stuff disappear than David Blaine lately.

$300,000 in campaign cash? Abracadabra, poof, gone!

The committee to impeach him? Vanished!

Luther Strange’s integrity? Zipped!

A 50-year marriage? Gone!

The awkwardness of taking your mistress and her husband, along with a new “lady friend,” on a DC vacation? Yeah, that’s still there. But nice try, Luv Guv. Read More

Please Bill Britt, don’t fire me.

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Today is my 37th wedding anniversary. Yes, even I have been married to the same woman for 37 years. Never another woman. Just Veronica. We were married on Ground Hog Day 1980. I always joke that if I see my shadow on Feb. 2, we’ll be married another year. I always see my shadow. I’m afraid not to.

I’ve been married to Veronica much longer than I was single. I never married anybody before her. Just her. Read More

Birmingham passes sanctuary city resolution to Bentley’s disapproval

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The Birmingham City Council on Tuesday passed a local resolution intended to designate Alabama’s largest city as its first and only “sanctuary city” to the disapproval of many Alabama Republicans, including the Governor.

The sanctuary city resolution passed the Council with a unanimous vote, defying President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration and joining dozens of other major US cities in providing a “sanctuary” to undocumented immigrants.

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The coward’s way

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Know a sentence you never hear anyone say?

“Boy, that discrimination really worked out for us.”

Think about it. Thousands of years of discrimination based on race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation and heritage, but no one ever looks back on any of it and thinks about how great it all was.

That’s especially true in the US.

No one ever fondly remembers the time we turned away Jewish refugees trying to escape Hitler. Or happily brings up the days when whites used to not drink from the same fountain as blacks. Or tells their kids bedtime stories about the days of locking up Japanese-Americans in camps.

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Left off Trump plan, the State is close to “infrastructure crisis”

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

AUBURN—House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, speaking at a forum in Auburn on Thursday, warned that the State could be close to an infrastructure “crisis” if it doesn’t reform funding mechanisms.

“It is a major, major issue that is so vital to the growth of this State,” McCutcheon said, speaking to a group of Auburn students at an SGA-sponsored forum. “We’re almost to the point where we are going to be at a crisis situation in a few years.”

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Living in a world of alternative facts

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It doesn’t matter how many people attended Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony.

Really, it makes no difference at all. It won’t dictate the support he receives over the next four years. It won’t determine whether he’s a successful president. By next week, we will have likely forgotten all about this insane argument and moved on to the next one.

However, while the attendance numbers make no difference, the debate over the attendance numbers matters a lot. Read More

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