Opinion | Legislators should not ignore infrastructure, education and jobs just because it is an election year

January 11, 2018

By Rep. Craig Ford

The legislative session began this week and, by all accounts, it’s expected to be an uneventful year. The only goal lawmakers seem to have is to pass the budgets and go home.

But there is a lot of work that can and ought to be done instead of just kicking the can down the road for the next legislature.

Beyond the typical budget issues, there’s a lot of unfinished business involving our infrastructure, healthcare, education and jobs that we need to address – and all of these issues go hand-in-hand.

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Things to look for in 2018

January 8, 2018
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne

Last week, we recapped major highlights from the past year, so this week I want to look ahead at some of the important things to watch for in 2018.

2018 is an election year, and the midterm elections for all House members and the one-third of the United States Senate will be held in November. I expect a very busy legislative session in the run-up to the midterms.

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Some Thoughts on Political Analysts, Reporting

October 6, 2016

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

During this election year I have watched all the politics on television. In order to judge the coverage I have perused all the channels. Over the years political observers have bemoaned the fact that certain networks are biased. Folks, I am here to tell you they are. There is no doubt Fox is a Republican channel and MSNBC and CNN are Democratic networks.
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The Debt Bomb and Other Election Year Problems

February 17, 2014

By Katherine Robertson
Alabama Political Reporter

“If you want to tackle a tough issue, wait until after the election.”

This is one of the most understood ‘rules’ in politics. Unfortunately, elections never stop and oftentimes, the “tough issues” just get set aside in hopes that the problem will go away-at least until after the next election.

In the United States Congress, Senators gain a comfortable six years in office when they’re elected, while members of the House only serve for two years before they face re-election.  In Alabama, both senators and representatives serve for four years.  The problem is not the set terms of office; the problem is that most elected officials are forced at some point to choose between making an unpopular decision that is right and getting re-elected.
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Sessions Says Senate Democrats Refusal to Address Budget Is Willful and Knowing Defiance of the Law

April 30, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

United States Senator Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama said that Sunday, April 29th, will mark the three year anniversary of the last time the Democrat led Senate has passed any budget.  Sen. Sessions is the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee.

Sen. Sessions said, “This Sunday marks exactly three years since the last time the Senate’s Democrat majority adopted a budget. For three years, in the midst of fiscal crisis, the party running the Senate refused to even attempt to produce their financial plan in willful and knowing defiance of the law. They have proven themselves unworthy to lead.”
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