Opinion | Once again, we dare defend our wrongs

February 8, 2018

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

How many times is Alabama going to go down this well-traveled road? We’re like a Twilight Zone episode. Or many of them.

Our state is beautiful; the people generally are wonderful. We smile and say hi as we pass each other on the street.

Alabama is a great place to live, and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

But we’ve got a mean streak. Our state motto – “We Dare Defend Our Rights” – should, more accurately be: “We Dare Defend Our Wrongs.”

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Who benefits when small cities separate to form new school system?

February 2, 2018

By Sen. Linda Coleman Madison

Alabama has 67 counties with 138 separate school systems. Currently, Alabama law states that a city with a population of 5,000 may form its own school system.

Most of Alabama’s schools are countywide and educational resources distributed equally so that all children have access to the same educational opportunities.

The Alabama Educational Trust Fund is the stable source of funding for all Alabama public school systems. Many cities, however, do subsidize their schools through local funding.

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House committee approves bill to regulate exempt religious day cares

January 31, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A bill that would revoke the exemption status of non-profit religious day cares and bring them under the oversight of Department of Human Resources health and safety regulations passed out of committee Tuesday.

The move marks the legislation’s first approval in the sometimes lengthy process. It’ll need to be approved by the House, a Senate committee and the full Senate before making its way to the governor’s desk.

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Democrat or Republican for Jefferson County DA?

October 24, 2017

By Bill Britt 
Alabama Political Reporter

Jefferson County voters elected Democrat Charles Todd Henderson District Attorney over incumbent Republican Brandon Falls to become the first Democrat to hold the office in nearly a generation. However, Henderson will never serve as District Attorney after being convicted of felony perjury charges, which stem from him lying to a judge. Now it falls to Gov. Kay Ivey to appoint a district attorney for the state’s most populous county.

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Secretary of State turns over names of 674 people for illegal crossover voting

October 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, October 20, 2017, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that he was handing over the names of 674 voters who broke the state’s new law banning crossover voting to prosecutors.

Under the new law, it is a felony to vote in the runoff of the party other than the one that you voted for in the primary.  According to the Secretary of State’s office, 674 people voted in the August 15 Democratic Party primary for U.S. Senate and then voted in the September 26 Republican Party primary runoff.

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Abortion is legal; Jones, Moore can’t change that

October 23, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

I am against abortion.

That’s a bit of an odd statement coming from me, given my rather extensive record of progressive beliefs. Around these parts, I’m a “lib’rul” on the political scale, and I make no apologies for such.

But I also don’t like the idea of abortion. I hate the idea of it, actually.

I hate more, however, the idea of forcing my feelings upon someone whose circumstances and perspectives, of whom, I have no comprehension.

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Republican leaders say Hammon guilty plea is evidence laws are working

September 27, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Republican House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, and Alabama Republican Party Chairwoman Terry Lathan said Rep. Micky Hammon’s guilty plea on Tuesday is evidence the laws are working as they should.

“We must not tolerate elected officials who abuse their offices for personal gain, but the guilty pleas that have been entered by Oliver Robinson and Micky Hammon in recent weeks indicate that laws on our books are working, and violations of the public’s trust will be punished when they occur,” Ledbetter said Tuesday.

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Attorneys General coalition seeking documents from opioid manufacturers, distributors

September 20, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A bipartisan coalition of 41 state attorneys general including Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, is seeking documents and information from opioid manufacturers and distributions as part of an investigation into the opioid epidemic.

Marshall on Tuesday announced the subpoenas, which are being sent to manufacturers Endo, Jannsen, Teva, Cephalon and Allergan. Other demands are being sent to Purdue Pharma and distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson. The subpoenas, called Civil Investigative Demands, request documents and information about their opioid production and distribution practices, which the coalition believes could be criminal or negligent.

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Roy Moore campaigns in Pell City

August 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, Senate candidate and former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore (R), was in Pell City speaking to the St. Clair County Republican Executive Committee, plus dozens of guests.

Former Chief Justice Moore said that the people of America voted for change in November.  Moore said that they have not gotten that change because of the establishment in both the Democratic and Republican parties. The Senate does not even take up half of the bills coming from the House.
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Attorney General Steve Marshall praises new sex offender law

June 1, 2017

Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall praised a new law regarding sex offenders on Thursday after Governor Kay Ivey signed the law last Friday.

Marshall said the law would help prosecutors across the state to protect children and the people of Alabama in a statement by the Attorney General’s Office.

“This legislation gives Alabama prosecutors one more tool to protect our children and other vulnerable persons from the devastating effects of sexual misconduct,” Marshall said.
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