Peeples says that he will fight for education

July 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 2017, US Senate candidate Bryan Peeples (R) said on social media, “If you want someone to fight for you, your children, and their children, and all the rights of all the citizens, then get behind a frustrated citizen who will fight the hard fight for the people.”

Peeples said in his statement, “I believe I bring a modern perspective to educational needs. I was a transient child due to my father being a part of corporate America in the 80’s and 90’s economic boom. I can with out a doubt describe the differences in needs between the states and can attest to the poor options this State has. I am a firm believer of the 10th Amendment but there needs to be standards and regulations in place to protect the services rendered, bought, or used. Not all counties or cities have the funds necessary to provide quality education to it’s youth and as you mentioned they can find funds for their coaches but not the healthcare or curriculum needs. Our State constantly pulls from the education fund in order to resupply the general fund. The laws we have in this state do not promote growth at any level and only seek to keep those in power in power. It is frustrating to me that we have this conversation over and over and Alabama constantly ranks in the bottom 5 nationally. We can do better and have to do better for our youth.”
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Replacing ACT Aspire with the actual ACT is as dumb as it gets

July 20, 2017

By Rep. Craig Ford

Last week, our State Superintendent of Education announced a decision that is so spectacularly stupid you almost have to assume the intention is to hurt our schools.

That decision is to replace the ACT preparation exam, called the ACT Aspire, with the actual ACT as a measure of school accountability.

Think about that for a second. Replacing the preparation exam with the actual exam is like sending a minor league baseball player who has a low batting average up to the major league and expecting him to start knocking balls out of the park.
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Doug Jones Interview

July 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, June 30 The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) spoke at length with former US Attorney Doug Jones who is running for Senate in the Democratic Party Primary. Jones was a US Attorney during the President Bill Clinton (D) Administration.

APR: If Syria attacks civilians with chemical weapons again, after both Presidents Trump and Obama have warned Assad not to do that, should the US mission in Syria change to removing Assad?
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Carrington Interview

July 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 29, 2017, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) had a lengthy interview with Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington (R) who is running for the Republican nomination for Governor of Alabama in next June’s major party primaries.

APR: A recent CNBC ranking of the states rated Alabama as the  number 46 economy.  What could you do as Governor to improve that?

Carrington:  “One of the issues that needs even more focus going forward is workforce development; it could become our state’s competitive advantage.  For example, Alabama has more than a half million working age adults who don’t have a high school degree.  Manufacturing employers have told me that they want workers who: one, have a high school degree; two, show up for work on time; and three, can pass a drug test.  Not a very high bar, but half a million working age Alabamians without a high school degree don’t qualify for these higher paying jobs.  As a result, the state has too many working age adults in minimum wage jobs, preventing many of our young people from getting needed work experiences.  This and other structural deficiencies, like economic development in rural areas, are solvable problems that don’t require any new taxes.  My goal is to embark on a path to move Alabama’s median family income from the bottom 10% to the top 50% in the next ten years.”
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Stacy George has a plan to turn Alabama around

June 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, June 24, 2017, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) spoke at length with Republican candidate for Governor, Stacy George. George is a former Morgan County Commissioner, a 2014 GOP Gubernatorial candidate, and works for the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC).

APR: There is a possibility that the Congress may pass some part of President Donald J Trump’s infrastructure plan, but ALDOT claims not to have any ability to come up with matching dollars for Alabama to participate. What is your plan to increase funding for road repairs or will road improvement efforts simply have to be postponed?
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Judge Moore Interview

June 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, June 23, 2017, Republican US Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore took time to speak with The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) and answer a number of issues across a wide spectrum of issues likely to face the Senate.

APR: You recently expressed some concerns with the secret Senate healthcare bill released yesterday. What do you say to Republicans who say that the enemy of the good is the perfect bill that will never pass and that we should just craft a bill and get it passed as any healthcare bill would be better than Obamacare even if we have to come back and fix it next year and the year after that?
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Sentance feeling the heat as subpoena seeks findings of ALSDE investigation

June 20, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A subpoena was filed in Montgomery Circuit Court on Monday demanding State Superintendent of the Department of Education Michael Sentance handover the internal investigation into the scheme to derail the candidacy of Dr. Craig Pouncey in 2016.

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Pouncey has a lawsuit pending against several individuals he believes were party to a “dirty tricks” campaign against his candidacy for Superintendent.

Pouncey’s Montgomery-based attorney, Kenny Mendelsohn, on Monday also filed a reply to defendants: Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), Board member Mary Scott Hunter, interim Superintendent Philip Cleveland, and ALSDE attorneys Juliana Teixeira Dean, James R Ward III, and Susan Tudor Crowther motion to dismiss.
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Dial receives CLAS award

June 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday., June 13, 2017, State Senator Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) has been awarded the prestigious CLAS Legislative Leadership Award. Sonja Hines, 2016-2017 CLAS president, presented Dial with a plaque and an award at the 2017 CLAS Annual Summer Convention in the Mobile Convention Center during the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

The Legislative Leadership Award is presented by the CLAS board of directors to an Alabama legislator for outstanding support of school administrators and for dedication to the State’s school children. This honor is not awarded annually, but rather to recognize legislator(s) when CLAS feels there is an outstanding individual who exemplifies the criteria.
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Meet gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson

June 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Scott Dawson sat down with The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) to discuss his bid for the 2018 Republican Party nomination for Governor.

APR: Former Governor Bentley wanted to borrow $800 million to build four new mega prisons. Do you support Bentley’s prison plan?

Dawson: When was the last time we spent a large chunk of money on education, or on infrastructure? To me every crime must have a consequence, but ultimately prisons are bigger than buildings. It is about people. Reforming those prisoners so they don’t come back to prison should be discussed when we talk about prison reform. We need prisoner reform. Don’t be slack on crime, but moms are not praying for bigger prisons moms are praying that their sons to change.
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State expands Pre-K by 122 classrooms for 2017-2018 school year

June 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education today announced that the State’s First Class Pre-K program will add 122 new classrooms this fall. The new classrooms will increase the size of Alabama’s high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten program for the 2017-2018 school year to 938 classrooms enrolling approximately 16,884 four-year-olds (28 percent of all four-year-olds) statewide.
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