Ethics Commission could pull back veil on BCA conference donations

February 7, 2018

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Ethics Commission will vote on an opinion Wednesday morning that will change the way multiple-sponsor events report gifts to lawmakers and state employees, a ruling that would close a loophole in Alabama’s ethics laws that has benefited the Business Council of Alabama.

For years now, the BCA has held an annual summer retreat at Point Clear, at which lawmakers are wined and dined and provided free rooms for themselves and their spouses. To cover the costs, the BCA solicits donations from a number of sponsors.

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Winners and Losers of Special Election

December 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama garnered national and global attention from the U.S. Senate special election which vaulted Doug Jones into the U.S. Senate. There are a number of winners and losers from this election.

The foremost winner is of course Doug Jones himself.  Jones has had a stellar legal career.  He has been a U.S. Attorney, an assistant U.S. attorney, a former aide to U.S. Senator Howell Heflin (D), the successful prosecutor of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombers, and he is recognized as one of the foremost legal minds in the profession with a who’s who list of corporate and institutional clients.  He has had a stellar career; but now he is a Democrat rock star.  He walked into the heart of Trump country in the deep south and emerged victorious.  Nobody among Senate Democrats can match that accomplishment and the national press attention he has received gives him far wider popular name recognition than Senators who have served longer and have more political victories.

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Thank God and Greyhound — The Sentance Saga, Part 1

October 3, 2017

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

In 1970, country singer Roy Clark cranked out a little tune, Thank God and Greyhound. When I got the news on Sept. 13, that Alabama’s state school superintendent had resigned, this song came immediately to mind.

And why not?

Since he took office one year and one day from his resignation, the reign of Mike Sentance had been one misadventure after another. It involved two governors, a rogue state school board member, the state Ethics Commission, a legislative committee digging into a smear campaign and questionable contracts and hires.

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A look back at a busy August

September 4, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne
US House of Representatives

With the House of Representatives out of session during the month of August for a District Work Period, I used the time to travel all across Southwest Alabama listening to the people I represent and seeing the challenges and opportunities facing our area firsthand.

Despite what some may believe, the August District Work Period is an incredibly busy and important time. In fact, I held over 75 separate events and meetings over the course of the month. From Monroeville to Atmore to Citronelle to Bayou La Batre, my focus was to spend time in every corner of the First Congressional District.

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“Buy America” Policy is important for Alabama Jobs

August 31, 2017

By Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh
Lieutenant Governor Candidate

This Labor Day weekend, Alabamians will celebrate the end of summer and the start of another college football season. While we gather with family and friends, I hope we will also reflect on the importance of supporting Alabama jobs and the contributions American workers continue to make to our economy.

Since I first became active in public service, job creation and growth have been two of my primary objectives. As I continue to serve Alabama, my goal is to create a healthier economy and to facilitate job growth in all corners of the State. Jobs must be our primary focus, whether in farming, manufacturing, coal mining, the iron and steel trades or any other industry in our State.

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Will Chief Justice Roy Moore Be Denied Equal Justice?

October 24, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended for the rest of his term in office, which permanently removes him from the bench forever (Moore will be aged-out by a State statute that caps eligibility to run for a judgeship after 70).

The Alabama Supreme Court is refusing to unseal the records in his case, denying the public the right to know all the facts that led to his suspension.
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Attorney General’s Opinion Decides Round One in Technology Turf War

August 3, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—An Attorney General’s Opinion issued July 29, confirms the State Personnel Board (SPB) and the State Personnel Department (SPD) have the specific authority to “promulgate the manner by which State agencies are to maintain time and leave records.”

The legal definition of promulgating means, “to formally proclaim or declare a new statutory or administrative law as in effect, after it receives final approval.”
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Kay Ivey: New Job Figures Give Hope to Stimulating Economic Growth

December 16, 2011

December 2011 Op-Ed Column
By Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey

Henry Ford once said, “Obstacles are those frightful things you can see when you take your eyes off your goal.” Those words ring true in Alabama as your elected leaders continue to find bold ways to stimulate the state’s economy during what have been some rocky and uncertain times. And things are looking up. Figures released Friday by the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations show Alabama’s unemployment rate for November at 8.7 percent, down from 9.8 percent in September, which represents five consecutive months of job growth. The even better news is that 38,000 more people in the state have jobs today than in January of this year.
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