The red hot mess politicians have heaped on our schools

February 2, 2018

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

While I will never claim that I don’t cuss, I work hard to refrain from doing so on my blog.  But in this case, it’s damn hard not to.

Politicians, particularly Senate majority leader Del Marsh and Rep. Terri Collins, seem to have gone out of their way to tear down our public schools and paint a picture that is no where close to accurate.

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Alabama deserves Roy Moore

November 15, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Apparently, this needs to be said again: Alabama does not deserve better than Roy Moore.

Back when former Gov. Robert Bentley was first rumored to have misused taxpayer money to facilitate an affair with his top advisor, there was this crazy idea among many around the state that somehow Alabamians deserved better than Robert Bentley.

He was an embarrassment to the state, they said.

He was making us look foolish, they said.

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Something fishy about “failing schools” list

January 17, 2017

By Larry Lee

The State Department of Education just released the latest “failing schools” list, an annual ranking is required by the infamous Alabama Accountability Act. The Legislature decreed that the bottom six percent of all public schools are “failing” and should be identified annually.

So lists were distributed in June 2013 and January 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

This always causes an outcry from educators they think some schools that face great challenges are being unfairly labeled (The list tells us each year is what we already know, schools with high poverty levels and high minority populations face an uphill battle). Read More

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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Fact Checking State School Board Member

October 28, 2016

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

“Hyperbole” should be the middle name of most all politicians. They are masters of embellishment, of overstatement, of stretching the truth and tall tales both big and small.

As we’ve all be told from birth, “take it with a grain of salt” is super advice when listening to a politician pontificate. I was reminded of this a couple days ago when I read an article in the Gadsden Times titled: “State board member addresses superintendent hire, other issues.”
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Trump Can’t Win Over This Woman

May 10, 2016

By Elizabeth BeShears

Much to do has been made over the last several days in the wake of Donald Trump’s evident coronation as the GOP’s 2016 nominee about how he has a lot of ground to make up with certain groups.

Hispanics, Latinos, and African Americans are deemed unreachable due to his previous statements on race and the perception, fair or not, of the Republican party’s recent history with minority groups.
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Beverage Tax Opponents Fear Governor’s Special Session Call

July 10, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, July 9, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced that he was calling the State Legislature into Special Session on July 13, to address the troubled 2016 State General Fund (SGF) budget. The Governor did not address what exactly his proposals would be for the special session call, though the Governor has previously been asking for as much as $531 million in new taxes on the people and businesses of Alabama.
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Senate Health Committee Passes Pro-Life Bills

April 3, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, April 2 the Alabama Senate Health Committee, chaired by Senator Greg Reed (R) from Jasper, held a public hearing on a package of bills related to abortion.

Predictably, Pro-Life advocates and abortion advocates were both on hand to state their cases for and against the proposed legislation.  The Senate Health Committee gave favorable reports to HB 490, HB 493, and HB 494.
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House Health Committee to Vote On Pro-Life Legislation

February 25, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama House Republican Caucus announced in a written statement that four bills aimed at defending the Right to Life in Alabama will be undertaken by the Alabama House of Representatives Health Committee.

Chairman of the House Health Committee, Jim McClendon (R) from Springville told ‘The Alabama Political Reporter’ that the House Health Committee will vote on four Pro-Life bills debated in the House last week.  The package of bills include: the Fetal Heartbeat Act, HB 490; the Woman’s Right to Know Act, HB 489; HB 494 which strengthens Alabama’s parental consent law, and the Perinatal Hospice Information Act, HB493.
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House Considers Pro-Life Bills

February 20, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday the Alabama House Health Committee, chaired by Representative Jim McClendon (R) from Springville, held a public hearing on four bills related to abortion.  Predictably, Pro-Life advocates and Pro-Choice advocates were both on hand to state their cases for and against the proposed legislation.

Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin (R) from Indian Springs is the sponsor of the Heartbeat bill, HB490, which bans performing abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
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