Knight complains about cuts to Alabama State University

November 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, state Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, issued a letter complaining about what he felt are excessive budget cuts to Montgomery’s Alabama State University.

“Alabama State University has come too far to allow the chairman of the Senate Education Committee to destroy our university. He has proposed ten times more cuts to Alabama State University than all the other universities in the state of Alabama combined,” Rep. Knight wrote.

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David Carrington addresses Etowah County Republicans

October 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington addressed the Etowah County Republican Party in Rainbow City, Alabama, at the Western Sizzlin.

Carrington had previously announced that he was running for governor; but after incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey announced that she would seek a term, he announced that he would not be a candidate.  He also is not running for county commissioner again.

Carrington said that on the first day he was elected, Jefferson County had $3.2 billion in defaulted sewer debt and $105 million in general obligation debt that was also in default.

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“Agenda 2: Masters of Deceit” blames Communists for most of America’s problems

October 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, documentary filmmaker, Curtis Bowers, held a showing of the sequel to his documentary on Communism and the rise of the American left: Agenda: Grinding America Down. This film won the $101,000 Jubilee Grand Prize at the 2010 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. Agenda 2: Masters of Deceit expounds on the themes presented by Bowers in his original work. Both of his films have been widely aired in the National Movie Night project at conservative Christian churches across the country.

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Brooks is founding member of new NASA Caucus

October 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, announced that he was a founding member of the establishment of the bipartisan House National Aeronautics and Space Administration Caucus led by Rep. Steve Knight, R-Calif., and Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Oh.

The stated mission of the caucus is to bring attention to NASA’s economic and national security importance and serve as a forum to educate policy-makers on current NASA initiatives.

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Montgomery judge orders mediation in Pouncey lawsuit

October 12, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Craig Pouncey lawsuit is headed for mediation.

Pouncey, the Jefferson County Schools superintendent, filed a lawsuit earlier this year alleging various Alabama State Department of Education employees and a State School Board member conspired to block him from becoming the state school superintendent.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Roman Shaul has now ordered the parties in that lawsuit into mediation and asked that they reach a settlement by Dec. 31.

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“Strong start, strong finish” is vital to Alabama’s future

October 12, 2017

By Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh

As I travel around our great state listening to thousands of Alabamians talk about the things near and dear to their hearts, I am filled with hope. Alabama is a wonderful state with so much potential. We have smart, hardworking, God-fearing people, and we can do anything when we put our minds to it.

A brighter Alabama is on the horizon. But we need to invest now in order to secure a better future. There are numerous steps we need to take, including fixing our run-down roads and bridges, maintaining our navigable waterways, and bringing broadband to all areas of our state, but we cannot achieve anything without drastic improvements in education.

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Our gun culture kills and kills again

October 12, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Once again, a mass shooting. A man using guns he shouldn’t have been able to legally obtain gunned down nearly 600 people at a music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 before taking his own life in his 32nd floor hotel room 300 yards away.

I’m already hearing the conspiracy theories – that no single person could fire that many hundreds – thousands? – of rounds by himself. That more people had to be involved. That no law would have prevented this individual from obtaining the semi-automatic weapons he acquired and turned into automatic weapons.

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Thank God And Greyhound — The Sentance Saga, Part 4

October 10, 2017

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

The Alabama Education Association has now filed suit against Sentance and Reggie Eggleston, who is in charge of the Montgomery takeover, contending that the state cannot deny the elected school board the right to hire a superintendent.

Under Sentance and his “leadership team,” the work environment at the state department was described as “toxic.” Too many necessary jobs went unfilled. State board members were inundated with complaints from their district school systems about the difficulty of getting calls and emails answered.

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Thank God And Greyhound — The Sentance Saga, Part 3

October 9, 2017

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

Why all the shenanigans?

There is little unity of purpose among board members and certainly was no consensus going into the selection process as to what the state’s top education priorities were and what kind of person and experience were needed to get us to that point.

Of the six finalists, three were local superintendents, one was a member of the governor’s cabinet and two were policy wonks from California and Massachusetts with no hands-on education experience.

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Thank God And Greyhound — The Sentance Saga, Part 2

October 6, 2017

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

Things really got funky at the state board meeting on July 12.

Each board member got an envelope with an unsigned “complaint” to the state Ethics Commission alleging that Pouncey plagiarized his 2009 doctoral dissertation for Samford University, as well as getting excessive help from department employees.

The Ethics Commission will not investigate unsigned complaints, so the info became a moot point. In fact, six of the eight board members testified that they paid no attention to this letter and discarded it.

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