Medicaid Announces Delay in RCO Implementation

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By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Even after a lengthy Special Session dedicated to finding funds for Gov. Robert Bentley’s experimental Medicaid Regional Care Organizations, Alabama’s Medicaid Agency announced last week it has requested a delay in the implementation of the RCO plan.

The Alabama Medicaid Agency officials, in a news release on their

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Governor’s Emotional Appeals Aren’t Fooling Anyone

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By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

I usually follow the #ALpolitics hashtag on Twitter, and it’s usually good for up-to-date news and up-to-date laughs. Lately, those laughs have come from the Governor’s account–he’s taken to the Twittersphere multiple times in the last week to emphasize the growing need to fully fund Medicaid, highlighting faces of people–particularly children–whose coverage

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Bussman, Brewbaker Resign From Senate Caucus

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By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Senator Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery) and Senator Paul Bussman (R-Cullman) have resigned from the Alabama Senate Republican Caucus.

On Monday, Brewbaker confirmed the information with the Alabama Political Reporter by phone interview, Bussman confirmed via text message that they both had resigned from the Caucus.

“I am still a member of the GOP. I have not left the Party, just the

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Who Will Be McCutcheon’s Wise Counsel?

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Last week, intense debate over the lottery bill roiled the Senate Chamber. The State House, especially on the fifth floor, seemed to exude a new confidence; a possibility of change.

Speaker Mac McCutcheon set the tone when he said, “the days of the Imperial Speakership are over” and pledged to reclaim the House of Representatives as the people’s House.

One long-serving staffer observed

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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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