Rep. Pebblin Warren to refile day care bill next session

September 4, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

The bill which would regulate day care centers in Alabama will come back for the next Legislative session.

State Rep. Pebblin Warren, D-Tuskegee, told The Alabama Political Reporter in an email on Friday, that the bill would be filed next year at the beginning of the next Legislative session starting in January 2018. Warren sponsored the Legislation when it came through the Legislature earlier this year.

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Prison Plan Opponents Hold Hearing

May 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

Alabama Political Reporter
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 state Representative Johnny Mack Morrow (D from Red Bay) held a press conference where a bipartisan group of legislators and community groups expressed their opposition to former Governor Robert Bentley’s prison construction plan, SB302, which is sponsored by Senator Cam Ward (R from Alabaster).

Representative Morrow was joined by State Representative Mike Holmes (R from Wetumpka) and Allen Farley (R from McCalla) as well as citizens concerned about the prison bill.
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Senate Health Committee gives favorable report to Right of Conscience Act

April 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the Senate Health Committee gave a favorable report to House Bill 95 giving health care providers authority to decline to perform services that violate their consciences. The Health Care Rights of Conscience Act was sponsored by State Representative Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs).

Rep. Mooney said that most states already have a health care right of conscience act. There are not any lawsuits occurring in relation to this. This bill is very limited and not as broad as statutes in other states. The healthcare provider, that being an individual, can elect to opt out of participating in four specific areas if he or she objects in writing. This has to be on file with the personnel department. This does not apply to abortion clinics. They are exempt. Alabama is one of only three states that do not have some sort of conscience protection. Healthcare providers can opt to not participate in: abortions, human cloning, sterilizations
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Conservatives Rally Against Data Collection Bills

February 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

The legislature has returned for another session and some GOP legislators are once again pushing a longitudinal data collection scheme. Once again the primary opponents of this grand scheme are fellow Republicans. On Thursday, February 23 Alabama Eagle Forum led a conservative rally in opposition to the longitudinal data bills, House Bill 97 and Senate Bill 153.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) read a statement from his wife, state school board member Jackie Zeigler (R) vowing to oppose the data collection.
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Longitudinal Database Bill Before Senate

April 26, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

There are only five legislative days left in the 2016 Alabama Legislative Session, and the leadership plans on burning three of those this week.  Both of the constitutionally mandated budgets have passed, so all that is left is deciding what bills live, and what bills die, when legislators vote to sine die this session.

One of the most controversial pieces of legislation facing the Senate is HB125, sponsored by State Representative Terri Collins (R-Decatur), which would create a State longitudinal data system to track Alabama school students as they progress through schools, on to college, and into the work force.
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Betty Peters Opposes Both Virtual School Bill, PREP Bill

April 4, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

State School Board Member Betty Peters (R), is urging citizens to contact their legislators to oppose Senate Bills 229 and 316.

Peters wrote, “Legislators return Tuesday and need to hear from you to oppose two education bills.  Ask your House Representative to oppose allowing virtual schools a statewide read to pull local students and public funding. Urge a NO vote to S.229 (Brewbaker)…In the Senate, ask your Senator to oppose the legislature requiring its specific evaluation model for teachers. Let the state board do its job! Urge a NO vote to the PREP bill, S.316 (Marsh). Leave a message for your Senator at the Senate switchboard.”
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Gerritson Announces Endorsements

January 27, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, January 25, congressional candidate Becky Gerritson announced that popular conservative talk radio host Rev. Cleon Lewis “C.L.” Bryant had endorsed her candidacy in Alabama’s Second Congressional District.

Ms. Gerritson said in a statement, “We continue to build momentum and gain the support of conservatives all around the nation. It’s exciting to see how many are taking a stand.”

This follows an endorsement from Phyllis Schafly and her Eagle Forum PAC on Thursday, January 21.
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Pro-Life Forces Gather In Birmingham for Abortion Protest

August 21, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

While Planned Parenthood continues to enjoy official favor and millions of federal dollars, a series of undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress have shown the nation’s largest abortion provider in a negative light and re-energized Pro-Life groups and their decades old crusade to ultimately eliminate legal abortions in this country.

Alabama Citizens for Life Spokeswoman Cheryl Ciamarra announced that On Saturday, August 22nd, Birmingham will join over 280 cities in a nationwide protest of Planned Parenthood and its affiliates.  The groups will protest directly in front of Planned Parenthood (1211 27th Pl S), for one hour of prayer and peaceful, legal protest with leading voices from the pro-life community and hundreds of citizens from the around the state.
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Common Core Debate Will Not Go Away

April 10, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama is a Republican State. Conservative grassroots activists have engaged in relentless political organizing to grow the Republican Party from the depths of political irrelevancy to supermajorities in both House of the Alabama Legislature in just one generation. Many of those same conservative activists are now lobbying the legislature to support repeal of the controversial Common Core education standards.

On Wednesday, April 8, the conservative base of the Republican Party, led by the Eagle Forum of Alabama, turned out in Montgomery to support repeal legislation sponsored by retired school teacher State Senator Rusty Glover (R-Semmes). Activists and parents squared off versus Common Core supporters….most of them paid education bureaucrats led by state school Superintendent Tommy Bice. Five years into this debate nothing Bice and his corporate supporters have said has swayed Common Core opponents to abandon this crusade. For two hours on Wednesday, the two sides faced off in a public hearing that only illustrated the complete philosophical disconnect between the two sides.
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Alabamians United for Excellence in Education To Fight Common Core

February 26, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday afternoon, a joint public hearing by the House and Senate Education Policy Committees will be held on whether or not to overturn President Obama’s endorsed controversial new nationwide education standards, Common Core.
Two identical bills SB190 and HB254, would repeal Common Core over the objections of the Alabama State School Board which has twice voted to implement the measure, which are opposed by many conservatives. Alabamians United for Excellence in Education (AUEE) will hold a press conference on Wednesday, February 27th, at 1:00 pm., on the State House Steps in support of both SB190 and HB254.
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