Carrington Interview

July 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 29, 2017, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) had a lengthy interview with Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington (R) who is running for the Republican nomination for Governor of Alabama in next June’s major party primaries.

APR: A recent CNBC ranking of the states rated Alabama as the  number 46 economy.  What could you do as Governor to improve that?

Carrington:  “One of the issues that needs even more focus going forward is workforce development; it could become our state’s competitive advantage.  For example, Alabama has more than a half million working age adults who don’t have a high school degree.  Manufacturing employers have told me that they want workers who: one, have a high school degree; two, show up for work on time; and three, can pass a drug test.  Not a very high bar, but half a million working age Alabamians without a high school degree don’t qualify for these higher paying jobs.  As a result, the state has too many working age adults in minimum wage jobs, preventing many of our young people from getting needed work experiences.  This and other structural deficiencies, like economic development in rural areas, are solvable problems that don’t require any new taxes.  My goal is to embark on a path to move Alabama’s median family income from the bottom 10% to the top 50% in the next ten years.”
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Unlike bingo, Fanduel requires skill

May 11, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

You can’t win at Fanduel.

That’s not a generic “you.” I mean, you – the person reading this. The person who has never played a daily fantasy sports game.

If you and I competed against each other in a game, I would beat you 100 times out of 100. And barring some freak of nature, it wouldn’t be close.

Yet, some in our Legislature would have you believe that these daily fantasy contests are on the same level as all other gambling — that everyone who plays has the same tiny opportunity to win, the same giant opportunity to lose. Don’t fall for that nonsense.
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Luther Strange and a very bad choice

April 19, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday was not a good day for Luther Strange.

Alabama’s appointed US Senator found out by way of a phone call from Gov. Kay Ivey that she was reversing course and calling a Special Election to be held later this year for the seat Strange currently holds.

Strange, Alabama’s former Attorney General, is the only announced candidate for that seat. And he was banking on staying in it until Nov. 2018, when, if his plan worked, he would be officially elected to that seat.
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Taylor hire wrong for many reasons

April 18, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The biggest problem with Bryan Taylor serving as general counsel to the governor of Alabama – which he is as of Monday – isn’t so much that he’s tied to former Gov. Bob Riley and the spring from which so much political corruption in this State has flowed.

Don’t get me wrong. Taylor is absolutely connected to the Riley Machine – is one of the main cogs, in fact – but that’s not the biggest problem.
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The hypocrisy isn’t even surprising anymore

February 23, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

If you have dealt in politics for any length of time, you have come to expect hypocrisy.

It’s as natural as breathing.

You come to expect politicians to complain about certain groups out of one side of their mouths, then use the other side of their mouths to beg those same groups for money.

You expect righteous indignation from some politicians at the mere suggestion that they’re secretly in bed with certain groups, and you know full well that the louder the protest, the more likely it is that that politician is so deep in bed with that group, he’s underneath the fitted sheet.
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Alabama’s gambling fight, Part III: Confusion in the courts

February 3, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Standing just outside of his lobbying office in Birmingham, former Gov. Bob Riley is shaking his head at my question, and smiling as if to indicate what I’m asking is possibly the craziest thing in the world.

Except, what I’m asking isn’t the craziest thing in the world. What I’m asking is something that has been told to me by three different people – respectable, knowledgeable people who have no clear reason to lie to me – and something that many other people believe or strongly suspect.
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Gaming council delays report until summer

January 13, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Gov. Robert Bentley’s Advisory Council on Gaming isn’t going to meet its deadline.

Originally devised to offer guidance to the Governor and State lawmakers in time for the 2017 Regular Session, which begins Feb. 7, council members voted unanimously on Thursday to delay any report and set a new deadline of June 30 — well after the session has ended.

“It’s obvious that we’re not going to be able to meet this deadline (of January 31),” council chairman and State Finance Director Clinton Carter said. “I think it’s best if we push that back until June 30. It might not take us that long, but we’ll set that date.” Read More

Lottery Passes the House

August 26, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, August 25, the Alabama House of Representatives voted to amend Alabama’s state Constitution to allow a lottery. Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Senator Jim McClendon (R-Springville), has been sent back to the Senate to see if they concur with the many house amendments to the Senate bill.

State Representative Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) said of the Senate version of SB3, “The bill is flawed and needs a lot of work to secure the future of our conservative values, in a state where gambling interest are hungry to control us. Gambling lobbyist are working diligently to manipulate our constitution for their benefit. It is our responsibility to give the people of Alabama, who only get a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote, the cleanest proposal possible. Unfortunately that requires time and effort.”
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At Best, Lottery is a Big Gamble for Alabama

August 18, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

The state doesn’t need a lottery to save Medicaid. Expanding the program under the Affordable Care Act would go a long way in doing that.

Sure, expanding Medicaid in itself won’t save Medicaid. That expansion will cover hundreds of thousands of the state’s working poor who don’t qualify for health insurance now.

But the tax revenues that result from the economic benefit of expanding Medicaid under the ACA will help the state’s beleaguered General Fund.
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Sine Die! – “with all deliberate speed”

May 13, 2016

By Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey

When I struck the gavel for the Senate to adjourn Sine Die at midnight on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, the Senate completed its 30th and final legislative day of the 2016 Regular Session. Sine Die is a Latin phrase meaning “without day” that is, without designating the next day the legislature will meet; it is the final adjournment of a legislative session.

On the last day of the Session, my day began at 8:30 a.m. when I participated in a Legislative Council meeting.  Nearly 16 hours later, “with all deliberate speed,” the Legislature had completed its statutory requirement to meet 30 legislative days during 105 calendar days.
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