The Goal of Education

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House Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

When it comes to education policy, I don’t often agree with my colleague, Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur). But this year she plans to bring legislation that would set education goals for our state, and I like this idea.

I like this idea because it finally forces us to address the most important and fundamental question concerning education: What is the goal?

It’s a question that I’m afraid too often

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House bill would allow up to 6 days of early voting in Alabama

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By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—During the 2016 General Election, 37 states and the District of Columbia allowed for some type of early voting, giving voters the opportunity to cast their votes up to a month before Election Day arrived on Nov. 9.

House Minority Leader Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, wants Alabama to become an Early Vote state.

Ford has prefiled two bills that would allow two different

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A sports complex would be big for our local economy

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By House Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

Etowah County has produced a lot of great athletes over the years, including several NFL players like Dre Kirkpatrick and Carnell “Cadillac” Williams. In November, the “Lady Fusion 03” soccer team won the state championship in the U13 division.

We have a proud sports tradition here, and now more than ever we need a sports complex to accommodate these teams. Whether its you

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Trump’s margin of victory in Alabama beats expectations

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

No Democrat has carried the State of Alabama in a Presidential election since Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter (D) bested incumbent President Gerald Ford (R). As expected former Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton (D) was not competitive in Alabama. Republican Presidential nominee, New York City billionaire and reality TV star Donald J. Trump not only won the State but beat the Democrats by

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Jesse Smith joins chorus demanding new leadership in Alabama Democratic Party

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Jesse Smith ran as a democrat for Congress in the Third Congressional District in 2014 and 2016, losing both times to incumbent Representative Mike Rogers (R-Saks). Smith has joined the democrats who think new leadership at the Alabama Democratic Party is needed to reverse the party’s struggling fortunes.

Smith said in a statement, “Nancy Worley and Joe Reed are nothing more than shills

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Reaction to Bentley Slamming Alabama Schools

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, WSFA reported that Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) told the Alabama Association of Regional Councils Conference (AARC), “Our education system in this State sucks.”   “I don’t use that term very much, but let me tell you. I wanna tell you this: When we are 51st on our NAEP scores in 4th grade math in this State…51st? And we ain’t

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Some Advice For Alabama Democrats

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By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Oh, Alabama Democrats.

I have watched from afar over the past several years as your beloved party – the party that controlled Alabama for more than 100 years – deteriorated into a murky concoction of incompetence and incoherence.

The result is a second party in the state that is utterly inconsequential today.

It’s a sad sight, particularly as we watch the infighting and bickering that has taken

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Alabama Democratic Party Family Feud

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Alabama Democratic Party Chair Woman Nancy Worley responded strongly to calls from House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) that she and Alabama Democratic Conference Chairman Joe Reed both step down for the good of the Democratic Party in Alabama.

Democratic Party Chair Woman Worley said in a statement, “While I am working hard each day as Democratic Party

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Want To Save The State Money? Stop Wasting Tax Dollars On Expensive, Unwinnable Lawsuits

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By House Minority Leader Craig Ford

Our State government has money problems.

It’s the reason we keep calling the Legislature back into special legislative sessions year after year to fix problems that should have been fixed during the regular legislative sessions.

It’s the reason we have racked up almost a billion dollars in debt.

It’s the reason we keep hearing about tax increases, the lottery and calls to close state parks and drivers

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Bentley’s “Great Victory” Cause For Worry, Warning, Broken Promises

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Shortly after passage of legislation to raid BP settlement funds to cover Medicaid funding, Governor Robert Bentley, who has largely been absent from the process, praised it as a bipartisan “victory.”

Obviously, the Governor failed to hear the Democrat’s pleading for more Medicaid funding and to expand its availability under the Affordable Care Act.

Alabama Arise State Coordinator

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