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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The return of intelligence

November 28, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

It is time for intelligence to make a comeback.

Actually, let me rephrase that: It is time for America to again aspire to and value intelligence.

Somewhere along the way — and I think it was when Americans decided that “who’d you rather have a beer with” was a good way to choose a president — we lost our love and respect for intelligence and intelligent people.

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Remember the failed Daycare Regulation bill? Now a child has died

August 25, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

If Kamden Johnson lived in a better state, one governed by better people, he’d be alive today.

Unfortunately, in his five short years on earth, Kamden found himself in Alabama, where people like Senators Larry Stutts and Shay Shelnutt and Representatives Jim Carns and Randall Shedd hold some power.

And because of those men and their power, along with their greed and their stupidity, five-year-old Kamden was left locked in a day care van for hours on a hot day earlier this week. Police believe he died in the van.

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Town Halls are important, ducking them is cowardly

February 28, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Town Halls aren’t exactly a new thing.

Neither is anger at Town Halls.

In fact, both stretch back to before the founding of America, and helped to shape the country’s formation. Many have been quite contentious, even some of the earliest.

But they all also had one thing in common: they were viewed as a way for politicians to formally recognize that power in this country rests with people.
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Former State Parks Director: Vote “No” on Amendment 2

November 1, 2016

By Don Cooley
Former Director, Alabama State Parks Division Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

As a former State Parks director, nothing would have pleased me more than being able to vote for a constitutional amendment to protect State Park revenues from being raided by the politicians.

But I will vote “No” on Amendment 2 because it would do more harm than good. Under the guise of protecting State Park revenues, the politicians have embedded language in Amendment 2 that would allow privatization of Alabama’s most popular and profitable State Parks.
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Who Will Be McCutcheon’s Wise Counsel?

August 22, 2016

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, “I haven’t seen it this way in years, it’s like it was before people were afraid. People are laughing and enjoying being here again.”
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“McLottery” Details Expected Today

August 15, 2016

By Bill Britt and Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Legislation from Sen. Jim McClendon proposing a vote of the people on a constitutional amendment to approve or reject a statewide lottery is expected later today. A draft of the legislation obtained by the Alabama Political Reporter over the weekend provides some insight as to what the bill may contain.

“McLottery” is the nickname APR has given this legislation. The bill contains several major points which have already been subject to rumors, innuendo, and outright lies.
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Faithful to the Mission

July 19, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Over the past 24 hours, I have received criticism and “atta boys” for my article “Greene County’s Burden.” Perhaps, I deserve both or neither, but at least people are talking.

Before we published the first page on Alabama Political Reporter, we determined our mission would be to inform, educate and alert our readers to the hard truth about State politics. While I am certain we have fallen short, we have worked hard, and continue to work with great purpose to fulfill that promise.
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We Have No Choice Except a Special Session to Fund Medicaid 

May 17, 2016

By Rep. Darrio Melton

The 2016 regular session is in the books, but for many politicos on Goat Hill, session seemed more like a rush to get out of school for the summer so we can get to the “fun stuff” in the coming months.

Unfortunately for most Alabamians, the trials and investigations don’t impact their lives and communities the way the decisions made in the legislature do. For those people, the end of the legislative session meant they’re left without solutions to their problems and without answers to their questions.
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