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

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

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 forms of early voting in the State. The bills will be debated in the upcoming Regular Legislative Session, which will begin on Feb. 7 in Montgomery. Long lines and record turnout prompted Ford to file the bills, Ford said in an interview with APR.

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A sports complex would be big for our local economy

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 soccer like our state champion Lady Fusion team (soccer is the fastest growing sport in the country) or travel ball and little league baseball and softball teams, there is a significant need for a sports complex. Read More

Trump’s margin of victory in Alabama beats expectations

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 a wider margin than any GOP Presidential candidate in 44 years.
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Jesse Smith joins chorus demanding new leadership in Alabama Democratic Party

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 or decoys for the Alabama GOP. They must step aside and allow the party to grow into a functioning entity again.”
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Reaction to Bentley Slamming Alabama Schools

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 got but 50 states? That’s pretty sad. And it’s intolerable.”
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Some Advice For Alabama Democrats

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 hold of the party, and as the entrenched leadership at the top refuses to budge or change.
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Alabama Democratic Party Family Feud

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 Chair to elect the most qualified, well-prepared, working family-focused president of the United States, some individuals seem to be spending their time studying the sexist, racist tactics of the Republican nominee.”
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