Bipartisan bill would give retirees a one-time bonus

state-house

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Some Republicans in the Senate and at least one Democrat in the State House of Representatives believe certain retired educators should receive a one-time, lump sum payment.

Republican Senator Gerald Dial, who is leading the charge, is joined by Senate colleagues Jimmy Holley, Jim McClendon, Steve Livingston, Tom Whatley and Cam Ward to sponsor SB3. In the House, Rep. Craig Ford is carrying an identical

read more

The irony of righteous indignation

llee

Education Matters
By Larry Lee

When State Superintendent of Education Mike Sentance told the State School Board Dec. 8, that the Office of Inspector General of the US Department of Education had determined that the State’s high school graduation rate was inaccurate, reaction was swift and true to form.

Members of the Legislature who consistently oppose public education were quick to tell media that there should be consequences for deceiving

read more

Nixonian plots, half-wit schemes

bbritt

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The scheme to defame the State’s former top law enforcement officer, Spencer Collier, is very similar to the New Jersey “Bridgegate” trial that has seen two of Governor Chris Christies’s allies convicted of using state resources and personnel for political retribution.

Now, an investigation by Senators Gerald Dial and Quintin Ross has discovered that a “dirty tricks&#8221

read more

Political Deceit Laid Bare

gerald-dial

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The conversation in room 727 of the Alabama State House on Thursday afternoon had turned into something halfway between comedy and unchecked disbelief.

Standing before a Senate committee chaired by Sens. Gerald Dial and Quinton Ross, Hugh Evans, the longtime General Counsel for Alabama’s Ethics Commission, was attempting to explain why he and the Commission decided to publicly announce an investigation

read more

Ethics Commission Continues To Issue Opinions Contrary To Law

unethical

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It is almost laughable and tragically so to use the word “ethics” when referring to the commission charged with overseeing the State’s ethics laws. In a recent opinion concerning Rep. Randy Davis (R-Daphne), the ethics commission approved Davis’ request to take a job from a principal with business before the State. This is not the first time this so-called “ethics” commission

read more

Subpoenas Being Served for Hubbard Trial

HubbardJustice

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The beginnings of what will eventually become a very long list of potential witnesses in the Mike Hubbard felony trial began on Tuesday as subpoenas were being sent out. These first subpoenas we believe are for witnesses for the prosecution. Among those who may testify are State Senators, House members, mayors and others with state education ties. Thus far, those who received subpoenas

read more

Unwired, Rewired or Dead Wired?

school-kids-education

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—For years, Senators Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) and Jim McClendon (R-Springville) have worked tirelessly to bring twenty-first century technology to Alabama’s school children. With their goal in sight, Gov. Robert Bentley added an executive amendment to the bill passed by the House and Senate, potentially killing the bill altogether.

Dial said that he and McClendon are working hard

read more

Thanksgiving: a Time for Compassion

gdial

By Senator Gerald Dial

Thanksgiving is that time of the year we set aside to give thanks to God for all that we enjoy. In reality, we should give thanks every day, for we are truly blessed. Yes, we have room for improvement here in Alabama, but we are so fortunate compared to others around the world, and I encourage you to stop and give thanks for what you have this holiday season.
Read More

read more

Senators Question Ethics Opinions

ethics

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Recent opinions issued under the guidance of new Ethics Director Tom Albritton are increasingly facing criticism from the press and members of the State legislature.

Ethics opinions written for Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham), Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson, and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston), have all raised questions regarding the legitimacy and independence

read more

McClendon Weighs-In on 2015 Session

mclendon

 

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Serving in his first term in the State Senate, Sen. Dr. Jim McClendon has a unique perspective on how the mechanics of the process actually works. Elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2002, he has served in the minority and the supermajority. He has chaired some of the House’s most powerful committees and was directly responsible

read more

© Copyright 2016 Alabama Political Reporter