Gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson calls for Medicaid work requirement

January 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, January 11, 2018, the Donald Trump Administration granted waivers to ten states (Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin) from the federal government to implement work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients.  Medicaid is an enormously expensive entitlement that costs both the states and the federal government billions of dollars.  Republican Gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson asked:  “Why isn’t Alabama on this list?”

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Level-funded $1.8 billion General Fund Budget heads to the Governor’s desk

May 12, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama House of Representatives late Thursday night concurred with the $1.8-billion General Fund Budget passed by the Senate last week. The House vote will send the bill on to Governor Kay Ivey for her signature.

The House voted 93-6 to agree with largely minor changes the Senate tacked on last week. Republicans quickly moved to cloture debate after a long day of delays leading up to a contentious vote on the House GOP’s redistricting plan.

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Alabamians have the right to elect their Senators, not Bentley, Washington insiders

April 17, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Within 72 hours of taking the oath of office, Governor Kay Ivey met with the press fielding questions and expressing her determination to restore Alabama’s reputation and bring back a rule of law based government. It was obvious to those of us who’ve watched her over the years that she was confident, well prepared, ready and able to “right the ship of State” as she has promised to do.
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No State employees raise in House General Fund Budget

March 9, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There is no raise, but the rest is about what you’d expect.

The 2018 General Fund budget dropped Wednesday, as the House Ways and Means committee briefly debated and then passed it along to the full House for consideration.

That budget contained few surprises, and it deviated only slightly from a proposed budget Gov. Robert Bentley sent the Legislature in February.

There were three notable differences: Bentley’s 4-percent raise for State employees was gone, there was less money for Medicaid and there was nearly $100 million left over.
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An optimist’s guide to reform for the Alabama Legislature

January 19, 2017

By Marshall Yates
Alabama Political Reporter

Optimism for the political process has swept across Alabama as our State prepares to make a big contribution toward Making America Great, Again.™ Back in Montgomery, the 2017 Legislative Session is about to begin. But, before the 2018 election cycle can officially begin, this session presents aspiring politicians with a unique opportunity to enact big-time reforms. By either blocking new “revenue enhancements” or standing for conservative principals, this presents legislators the opportunity to convince voters that they are ready for primetime. In keeping with that theme, here are a few big time policy recommendations to Make Alabama Greater. Read More

Hubbard Files Notice of Appeal on Felony Ethics Conviction

October 7, 2016

By Chip Brownlee
The Alabama Political Reporter

AUBURN — Mike Hubbard is fighting to avoid his four-year sentence in an over-crowded Alabama prison. Hubbard and his attorneys have filed a notice of appeal of his felony ethics conviction, ushering in another trial for the former Alabama House speaker.

Bill Baxley, Hubbard’s lead defense attorney, submitted the appeal with Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re very confident we’re going to prevail, and he’s going to be totally exonerated at the end of the day,” Baxley said.
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Gov. Bentley Truthin’ ‘Cause a Truther Gotta Truth

August 25, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Gov. Robert Bentley, this Wednesday, informed the press that reports of a compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians was “blatantly false.”

Bentley is a “truther.” He loves the truth. He values the truth. His reverence for the truth is so utterly consuming that he always uses it with great economy. Bentley would never tell a lie. That’s why we call him the “Truther.” When the Truther is truthin’, you know you can believe every word.
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“McLottery” Details Expected Today

August 15, 2016

By Bill Britt and Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Legislation from Sen. Jim McClendon proposing a vote of the people on a constitutional amendment to approve or reject a statewide lottery is expected later today. A draft of the legislation obtained by the Alabama Political Reporter over the weekend provides some insight as to what the bill may contain.

“McLottery” is the nickname APR has given this legislation. The bill contains several major points which have already been subject to rumors, innuendo, and outright lies.
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A Tale of Two Lotteries for Two Budgets

August 15, 2016

By Senator Jim McClendon

Let me start by clarifying I am married to only one thing in life – my beautiful wife, El. My relationship with her is nonnegotiable. “Until death do us part” is a promise between us, not just a sweet thing to say during a wedding.

I understand this is an odd way to start an editorial about the lottery. However, it is necessary because I am not married to one lottery proposal over the other considering I’m sponsoring two, including the Governor’s.
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The State Giveth, And The State Taketh Away

August 11, 2016

By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

When it comes to pay raises for our educators, the state giveth and the state taketh away.

This year was supposed to be the first time our public educators received a true raise since 2008. Before that, the legislature cut educators’ and state employees’ pay by 2.5 percent (by making them pay more for their benefits), and tried to make up for it a couple of years later by giving 2 percent back.
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