Ivey has not ruled out running for Governor

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, February 13, 2017, new Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) addresses reporters for her first press conference as Alabama’s Governor.

When pressed by reporters, Gov. Ivey would not commit to whether she would run for the office in 2018 or not. Ivey told reporters that she had months to make that determination and her focus now was on the affairs of the State.
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Hypocrisy, injustice from the Alabama Legislature

By Rep. Craig Ford

State Legislatures and the US Congress typically have the lowest approval ratings of any government branch or agency, and last week the Alabama Legislature showed exactly why that is.

The same State Legislators who made their own pay raises part of the State Constitution, and are subsequently receiving more than a $2,000 pay raise this year for their part-time job, have decided our it isn’t a question of money. The budget passed by the House of Representatives is holding back $97 million “for future needs and uncertainties,” while the cost of a four percent pay increase would only be one-fifth of that (about $19 million).
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Is the Legislature about to pass a $250 million backdoor tax increase?

By Rep. Craig Ford

It doesn’t claim to be a $250 million tax increase, but that’s exactly what would happen if the State Legislature passes a proposed bill to privatize the state’s ABC stores.

Though it may seem like a reasonable, pro-private sector bill that would decrease government bureaucracy and expenses, in reality this bill would hurt small businesses, cost the taxpayers $250 million (or more) a year and worsen the “wild west” situation we already have with private liquor stores.
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Democrats announce 2017 Legislative Agenda

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama House Democrats are badly outnumbered in the State House of Representatives; but that does not mean that they don’t have ideas they want to push forward. The group announced their 2017 agenda on a Thursday, March 9, 2017 press conference in the State House.

New House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels (D-Huntsville) “All Alabama families want is a fair shot and level playing field – and, they deserve that. This is why we are focused on major investments in education, infrastructure, innovation and the Alabama worker.”
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Public leaders set the example, whether we like it or not

Rep. Craig Ford

Bullying and intimidation are nothing new to American politics. In 1856, Congressman Preston Brooks famously beat Senator Charles Sumner with a walking stick. Just ten years ago, State Senator Charles Bishop assaulted state Senator Lowell Barron on the floor of the Alabama Senate.

People can be passionate about their beliefs – especially their political beliefs. For the most part, these passions are not expressed in violent ways. But recently we have seen our country become more violent over politics, and part of that increase in violence is due to the example our leaders have set.
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Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter elected as House Majority Leader

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The House Republican Caucus has elected State Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville), a first-term legislator, as the new House Majority Leader.

Ledbetter, a former mayor and city council member in Rainsville, was first elected the House in 2014. According to the caucus, he is the first freshman House member elected as Majority Leader in modern time.

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and confidence that my Republican colleagues have placed in me, and I look forward to serving as their leader for the next few years,” Ledbetter said.  “My goal as House Majority Leader will be to ensure that the bills, measures and resolutions passed by the body reflect the conservative beliefs and values of our Republican members.”

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Democrats Rep. Merika Coleman is House Assistant Minority Leader

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama House Democratic Caucus on Wednesday accepted the appointment of Rep. Merika Coleman, D-Birmingham, as Assistant Minority Leader.

“I am honored to serve the members of the caucus and the State in this role,” Coleman said. “To truly make progress for the people of Alabama, we must work together, and I’m committed to doing everything I can to move good legislation and, in turn, the State, forward.”

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Monuments Bill part of House Republican Caucus’ “Alabama Proud” legislative agenda

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, February 02, 2017, the Alabama House Republican Caucus announced its official legislative agenda for the 2017 Regular Session, which convenes on February 7. The GOP Legislators have titled this their “Alabama Proud” legislative agenda.

Speaker of the Alabama House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) said on social media, “Today, the Alabama House Republican Caucus announced our 2017 ‘Alabama Proud’ Legislative Agenda.”

McCutcheon added, “We are proud to serve the people of our State and are equally proud to continue our efforts to uphold the rights, values, and beliefs that Alabamians hold dear. We have taken the time to listen to the people of Alabama and based on their feedback, I believe they will be proud to support the initiatives in this agenda.”
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Are Our Schools Really Failing?

House Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

A lot has been said about the state of Alabama’s public school system. And for the last six years, State leaders have been obsessed with defining public schools as failing, even going so far as to require by law that at least 6 percent of all schools must be labeled as failing.

Making the situation worse is that students and schools have seemingly been set up to fail. Read More

The Goal of Education

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 gets lost in the debate over education policy and reform. It certainly gets lost in our obsession with standardized test scores. Read More

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