Candidate running to replace Mickey Hammon promises to sponsor lottery legislation “on day one”

December 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

District 4 Alabama House of Representatives candidate Tom Willis has promised to sponsor legislation that would authorize a lottery “on day one.” His legislation, he says, would allow the people of Alabama to vote for or against a lottery.

“This issue has dominated conversation and controversy in this state for nearly twenty years and it’s time that the people of Alabama had a chance to vote or against an Alabama lottery,” Willis said. “As I have traveled throughout this district I have heard people who are both pro-lottery and anti-lottery tell me that they want this debate to end and to see the lottery on a ballot. I promise that if I am elected, I will file a bill on my first day in office that will allow Alabamians to vote for or against a lottery in this state.”

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Power of the pen to fill the vacuum left by a Congress that can’t get its act together

October 17, 2017

By Stefano de Stefano

Earlier this year, I asked a group of conservatives to imagine how the Republican-controlled Congress would respond if President Trump signed an executive order repealing Obamacare. My question was met with an ominous silence.

Last week, the president signed an executive order he described as the opening stages of Obamacare repeal. Though his order doesn’t cross the line into outright legislation, he makes no bones about his intention to use “the power of the pen” to fill the vacuum left by a Congress that “can’t get its act together.”

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Breaking down the lottery process

September 19, 2017

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The following article is part of APR’s on-going series on gaming and the lottery:

Polling on both sides of the political aisle indicates that the voters in Alabama support the right to vote on a lottery and legalized gaming — and overwhelmingly support a lottery and legalized gaming. By participating in lotteries across state lines in Georgia, Tennessee and Florida, Alabamians have paid millions of dollars to educate the children of those states. While some questioned the continued viability of state lotteries, several recent large jackpots and the continued popularity of scratch-off tickets demonstrate that lotteries are still sources of significant revenue for lottery states. The lottery debate in Alabama has been historically broken down in the Legislature over four issues:

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State Representative prefiles bill to repeal Monument Preservation Act

August 28, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — State Representative Juandalynn Givan, D-Birmingham, filed a bill last week to repeal the Monument Preservation Act that passed the Legislature earlier this year.

The controversial bill passed out of the Legislature at the last minute and was host to multiple re-writes and committee meetings. It prohibits any monument older than 40 years from being altered in any way.

For any monument that is between 20-40 years old, they would need to be changed through a committee established by the act.

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Tankersley Exit Interview: Final 

August 7, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

“Somebody should do something.”

After nearly five years of being rebuffed for his common-sense stance on the Ethics Commission, Dr. Stewart Hill Tankersley is doing something significant: Exposing institutional corruption and the particular failings of the Commission, sworn to hold every public official to the letter of the law.

Tankersley’s interview with APR confirms what close observers of the Commission have seen over the years.  By peeling back the ugly mechanisms of an almost lawless Commission, Tankersley has exposed  members who routinely entertain ex parte meetings with those seeking favorable outcomes on advisory opinions. Will it stop?  Will these revelations curtail the practice of granting sweetheart rulings for lawyers, lobbyists and their well-heeled clients? Will the Legislature step in and follow through on the ethics reform package prepared by the Attorney General’s Office for last session?

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Reformers doomed Payday Lending Bill

June 1, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The sponsor of a Payday Lending Reform Bill was shocked to watch as those reformers he was trying to help sabotaged the Legislation. For the past several Legislative Sessions, State Rep. Danny Garrett (R-Trussville) has worked to bring about, what he considered, meaningful reform to Payday Lending. Garrett joined with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Alabama Arise, and others to push further lending reform. But, rather than accept the compromise bill that Garrett worked so diligently to pass, the SPLC and Alabama Arise backed a filibuster in the Senate and doomed all of his efforts.
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Poor ol’ Mike Hubbard

May 25, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Poor Mike Hubbard.

         That unlucky fella just couldn’t catch a break, had the whole world turn on him by mistake. There he was, just trying to make a living and be a good public servant, when, BAM!, out of nowhere came this overzealous prosecutor totally misreading the law and trying to make Hubbard out to be some kind of criminal.

         It’s outrageous, egregious, audacious what the attorney general’s office has done to poor ol’ Hubbard – a man who only wanted to earn a private living while doing public work. Have mercy, Alabama Appellate Court, have mercy.
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Senate passes symbolic Legislation to declare Alabama a “Pro-Life State”

April 21, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The State Senate voted largely along party lines Thursday to pass three pieces of Legislation that would declare Alabama a “Pro-Life State” in its constitution, give an opt-out option to health care workers and officially outlaw assisted suicide.

The bills were passed in a marathon of pro-life legislation that was scheduled as part of the Senate Republicans’ “Pro-Life Legislation Day.”

With the Senate’s vote Thursday of 25-7, the constitutional amendment, co-sponsored by Sen. Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) moves a step closer to becoming law. It will need another round of approval from the House, then of voters statewide before it is added to the Alabama’s lengthy constitution.

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Republican Caucus to hold Pro-Life Day in Alabama Senate today

April 20, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Alabama’s Senate Republicans are designating Thursday as “Pro-Life Legislation Day” in the Alabama Senate. They plan to consider several bills that would affect assisted suicide and declare Alabama a Pro-Life State.

Three bills are on the Senate schedule for tomorrow: The first would ban assisted suicide in Alabama, the second proposes a constitutional amendment to officially declare Alabama a Pro-Life State and the third would allow healthcare workers to opt out of participating in abortions, according to the bills’ sponsors.

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Roby, Brooks join President’s bill signing ceremony for reauthorizing NASA

March 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed into law bi-partisan legislation reauthorizing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with $19.5 billion in funding and key policy provisions supporting the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The President was joined by a bipartisan set of legislators and dignitaries including US Representatives Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) and Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville).

Congresswoman Roby serves on the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee that is responsible for NASA funding.
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