Alabama Legislature Week 3: Take the gun, leave the backpack

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It’s hard to believe that we’re already through Week 3 in the 2017 Regular Session.

Actually, wait, no it’s not. It’s very believable, since these folks work like four hours per day. They showed up at 1 on Tuesday and bounced by early afternoon on Thursday. And somewhere in the middle they found time to criticize other people for taking state money and not doing enough work.
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Bentley, Strange scandal continues to dog new AG Marshall

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

New Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is in a difficult spot, thanks to the circumstances that landed him his new role.

No matter where he goes, questions about investigations into Gov. Robert Bentley, more questions about decisions made by the former AG, Luther Strange, and even more questions about his decision to recuse from the Bentley’s investigation continue to hound him. And that’s on top of the day-to-day operation of one of Alabama’s most important offices.
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The hypocrisy isn’t even surprising anymore

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

If you have dealt in politics for any length of time, you have come to expect hypocrisy.

It’s as natural as breathing.

You come to expect politicians to complain about certain groups out of one side of their mouths, then use the other side of their mouths to beg those same groups for money.

You expect righteous indignation from some politicians at the mere suggestion that they’re secretly in bed with certain groups, and you know full well that the louder the protest, the more likely it is that that politician is so deep in bed with that group, he’s underneath the fitted sheet.
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Bill allowing adoption agencies to discriminate is all that’s wrong with Alabama government

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

In order to prevent discrimination, we need to discriminate.

That seemed to be the message Wednesday morning in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee meeting, as Sen. Bill Hightower pushed a bill that would purportedly protect religiously-affiliated adoption agencies from discrimination by the State.

Or to put that another way – a way Hightower repeatedly refused to say out loud – the bill allows Christian adoption agencies that don’t want to place children with gay couples to do so without facing a loss of their State licenses for discrimination.
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Ticketmaster v. StubHub in a House committee meeting

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The fight for the secondary ticket market – between household names such as Ticketmaster and StubHub – has moved to Alabama’s Legislature.

At a House public hearing on Wednesday, attorneys and lobbyists representing both of those companies were on hand to make their pitches for and against a bill sponsored by Rep. Paul Lee. That bill would seemingly make one minor change in the way tickets to concerts, sporting events and other entertainment acts are sold – it would require the tickets be transferrable.
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Two more ASU trustees rejected by Senate

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Two more people nominated to serve on Alabama State University’s Board of Trustees have been rejected by the Alabama Senate.

Houston attorney Claudine James and Fred Frost, a vice president at LogiCore Corporation in Huntsville were nixed by the Senate last week. Both were supporters of former president Gwendolyn Boyd, and Frost advocated for Boyd during her termination hearing in December.

Montgomery County Circuit Clerk Tiffany McCord and Brenda Hunter, a high-level government consultant, were both approved and will continue to serve on the board.
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Lawmaker: Letter proves Governor knows he’s breaking the law

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Governor is breaking the law and he knows it.

That was the opinion of State Rep. Chris England, a former prosecutor, on social media Tuesday night, as he again challenged Gov. Robert Bentley’s plans to schedule an election to fill Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat during the General Election in 2018.

England was prompted to speak out again on Tuesday after the Governor’s legal advisors released a letter to members of the Legislature that essentially placed the blame for the long delay in holding the election on State lawmakers.
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Task force to explore removing grocery tax

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Want to repeal the tax on food in Alabama?

There’s a task force for that.

In what has quickly become Gov. Robert Bentley’s go-to move for dealing with complicated issues that are popular with voters, the Governor on Tuesday signed an executive order forming a committee to study the effects of removing the grocery sales tax.

“I’ve traveled the State, and I know that people not only want good jobs, they want to feed their families,” Bentley said. “I’d like to see this tax – this 4 percent – repealed and not replaced with any tax burdens on these working families.”
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“School choice” is an awful choice

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

“School choice” makes no sense.

At least, it doesn’t the way the conservatives currently push it, and it especially makes no sense the way Alabama lawmakers push it.

“School choice,” as it was originally intended, is not an alternative to fixing poor performing public schools. It was a choice between good schools which offered different educational focuses or unique teaching styles.

It was the offer of technical courses or advanced courses or a curriculum more focused on science and math or one based more on the arts or instruction designed to be more effective with learning disabled students or students who have a hard time focusing.
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Alabama Legislature week 2: Careful with those eyeglasses

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Week No. 2 has come and gone in the Alabama Legislature’s 2017 Regular Session, and we’re left with only the memories.

And the awful legislation.

Let’s get to the recap….

 

Rough Start

If the first real day of debate on the House floor sets the tone for the rest of the session, we’re in trouble. Because Tuesday’s opening was as bad as it gets without a fire involved.
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