Three new laws Governor Ivey says will improve Alabama business

June 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) recently signed into law Senate Bill 316, House Bill 242 and House Bill 390. The Governor said that all three bills are designed to improve Alabama’s business climate by reducing regulation and by making it easier for small businesses to operate in the state.

Governor Ivey said, “From day one, my quest has been to ensure the world knows Alabama is open for business. By removing burdensome regulations on small businesses we are sending that signal loud and clear. When businesses spend less on overhead and government regulation, they can invest more in hiring; that’s good for all Alabamians.”
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Does the State know best?

March 7, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In a complex world where the government continues to play an increasingly larger role in the lives of its citizens, it is often necessary to step back and ask: when is it appropriate for the government to limit individual liberty?

The latest fight over decriminalizing midwifery is an example of how governments rules and regulations have permeated every aspect of our lives. Home birth was commonplace in Alabama until the passage of  which made 2006 Alabama Code Section 34-19-3 makes midwifery a crime. The code reads, “It shall be unlawful for any person other than a licensed professional nurse who has received a license from the State Board of Nursing and the Board of Medical Examiners to practice nurse-midwifery in this State. Any person violating this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.”
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Thanksgiving Day brings little to be thankful for in State government

November 24, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For those who honestly care about the future of our State, there are few bright spots this Thanksgiving. Even as we engage in polite conversation over turkey and dressing or pecan pie, the subject will naturally turn to the state of the State.

While, “Who will replace Senator Jeff Sessions and the political dominos to follow” is a fun parlor game, it’s the nagging reality that Governor Robert Bentley used the tools of government to destroy political enemies, carry on an affair and deceive the public, that is the “Sword of Damocles” hanging over our State.
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More bailing on failed software

November 15, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For over a year, Governor Robert Bentley repeatedly received warnings concerning the many technological and systematic failures under the leadership of Acting Finance Director, Bill Newton, and his assistant, Rex McDowell.

The time and attendance management system eSTART is just one of several software solutions to fail so badly; it had to be abandoned. A recent letter from State Health Officer Thomas M. Miller, M.D., informed the staff of the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), that eSTART would no longer be used to report time and attendance.
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Britt Puts Another Crack in the Glass Ceiling as Chief of Staff

September 13, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—At a time when Democrats are trumpeting the cracks made in the glass ceiling separating women from the highest positions in government, Alabama’s Republican Senior Senator Richard Shelby, quietly opened a new fissure by hiring Katie Boyd Britt as his new Chief of Staff.

“Katie is a talented and hardworking professional, whose energy and knowledge of the State will be an asset to my office,” said Sen. Shelby of her hiring. “I am excited to have her rejoin our team as my new Chief of Staff, and I look forward to her work to help me serve the people of Alabama.”
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“We” Being The Operative Word

August 1, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Words are powerful. They can inspire hope or fear, pride or prejudice. Words can heal or destroy. As Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote, “Words—so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”

Alabama is not at a crossroad. We are at the edge of a cliff, where real leadership is desperately needed to keep the government from falling into the abyss.
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Us or Them?

July 25, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The government has a role in the lives of its citizens, but it should be a government of the people, by the people, for the people, as Abraham Lincoln memorialized at Gettysburg.

Of the many lessons learned from Mike Hubbard’s time as Speaker, the failure of his strict mode of divisive leadership, is the most important one for us to remember. Hubbard embodied and advanced the paranoid politics of “us” against “them,” a foreboding trend growing stronger throughout our nation.
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Hubbard: Defiant and Unrepentant

July 11, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Politcal Reporter

Michael G. Hubbard received a sentence of 96 years for his crimes.

However, because he was convicted under State ethics laws, Judge Jacob Walker, III, with advice from the State’s prosecution, gave him a split sentence of 4 years behind bars, with no “good time” or chance of parole, and 16 years probation.

There has been a cry of outrage over what is perceived as a light sentence for such a corrupt politician. But, this is actually a harsh sentence and a reasonable measure due to overcrowding in our State prison system. The State’s prosecution had recommended 5 years in prison and 12 years probation; very close to what Hubbard received.
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Representative Moore Wants to Replace His Former Boss

July 7, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Another candidate has thrown his hat into the ring to replace disgraced former Speaker, Mike Hubbard. The new contender is none other than Hubbard’s faithful lieutenant, Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise).

In an email to fellow House Republicans, Moore says his priorities as Speaker would include, tax cuts, challenging federal gun laws, more cuts in government, protect farming, coal and the unborn.

Named as one of the most conservative lawmakers in the House by Yellowhammer News, Moore says, “I believe we need leadership who will embrace and advance a conservative agenda that unapologetically puts working Alabamians first.”
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State Receives Falling Grade on Small Business Friendliness

June 23, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—According to the Fifth Annual Small Business Friendliness Survey, Alabama received a D+ for its overall business friendliness, dropping from its B grade just a year ago.

The survey conducted between April 13, 2016 and May 6, 2016, polled 12,169 skilled professionals from across the United States, operating across hundreds of categories, including as electricians, music teachers, wedding planners, wellness professionals, and more. The study asked business owners about the policies of toward small business, in each state, as well as the overall level of support in their community.
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