Bipartisan bill would give retirees a one-time bonus

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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

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Lottery Is Dead For November 8 Ballot and Foreseeable Future

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Senate debated the lottery for four days of this Special Session. On Tuesday, August 23, it took the Alabama House of Representatives just a few minutes to effectively kill the lottery, without ever even discussing it in a committee.

Freshly energized lottery opponents used the tight timeline and a rarely used parliamentary maneuver to kill the lottery bill for the November 8 ballot

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Senate Cloture Vote Kills Lottery Bill SB11

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By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Thursday, the lottery bill SB11 (including video lottery terminals) sponsored by Jim McClendon (R-Springville), was carried over after a cloture vote in the Senate.

“It is not usual for someone to cloture themselves,” said McClendon.

After explaining his bill and answering questions for two days, the Senate responded with a cloture, stopping all debate and calling on a vote, for

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McClendon, Dial Ask: Give The People The Right To Vote On Lottery

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By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The lottery bill, SB11, was carried over at the call of the chair late Wednesday, with few Republican senators present. It could resurface Thursday morning, should more lawmakers come onboard.

Jim McClendon (R-Springville) brought SB11 to the Senate Floor on Wednesday. It passed out of Tourism and Marketing Committee on Tuesday. He said he brought this bill to the attention of the Legislature

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Special Session August 15

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—“Not just about a lottery,” Gov. Bentley began, as he announced the August 15, 2016 Special Legislative Session, “This is about our people.”

In a short video, Bentley said he wanted the legislature to work together to solve the decades-old budget problems, to protect the “Most vulnerable and helpless” who need adequate healthcare.

Earlier in the week Senate President Pro Tem

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Update: Bentley May Doom Medicaid, Lottery Siegelman-Style

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Update: In what is being described as a bizarre video press release, Gov. Robert Bentley spoke for over five minutes about a Special Session without ever once mentioning the date of the call. Bentley says he will be traveling the State to gather support for a Lottery to feed the State’s ailing General Fund Budget but didn’t commit to a date certain.

MONTGOMERY—Soon, maybe even today

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The General Fund Needs Injection of New Money

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By State Senator Jim McClendon

Medicaid and the entire health delivery system for the State of Alabama is a House of cards, and one of the integral cards is Medicaid itself.  If Medicaid falters, the entire system falters. Without Medicaid, hospitals will close, and the entire system will be jeopardized. Thousands,  no, hundreds of thousands of  Alabamians will be denied access to healthcare.

The RCO model was adopted by this legislature

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Unwired, Rewired or Dead Wired?

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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

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Merrill Wants to Make it Real Easy to Vote, Real Hard to Cheat

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, September 17, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) spoke in Moody to the St. Clair County Republican Party after a catered barbecue dinner.

Merrill said that during the election there were only three counties in the State where he did better than in St. Clair County; and those where Tuscaloosa, where he and his wife live; Cleburne County where he is from and the county

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Foundation Wants Helen Keller’s Face on New $10

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A group of Alabamians, including the State Senate, want to see an Alabama native on the redesigned $10 bill.

Recently, Sen. Jim McClendon (R-Springville) sponsored a resolution to recommended Helen Keller as the face on the new $10 bill: 

“Helen Keller was a great inspiration to all Americans, handicapped, and otherwise, and a tremendous source of pride to all Alabamians,” said McClendon

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