Candidates appeal to St. Clair County Farmers

January 16, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, January 15, 2018, the St. Clair County Farmer’s Federation held a political forum in Ashville, Alabama.  Candidates spoke to the farmers about the issues facing St. Clair County and the state of Alabama.

“I have served one term in the Senate and three terms in the House,” state Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, said. “I am going to do it one more time. I look forward to your support.  I don’t think I have ever taken a stand against a Farmer’s Federation position.”

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Chris McCool, Criminal Appeals candidate, addresses St. Clair County Republicans

May 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, May 18, 2017, Court of Criminal Appeals candidate Chris McCool (R) was in St. Clair County making his appeal to the Republican Party for their support in his bid to become an appeals judge.

St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor (R) introduced McCool. Minor said that McCool is the District 24 District Attorney (DA) serving Fayette, Pickens, and Lamar Counties. “Chris is a man of God” and a preacher with his own Church. He has a wonderful family and he also has cattle and chickens. “He is the one to vote for.”
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Alabama House passes Education Budget

May 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, March 3, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a massive $6.417 billion Education Trust Fund Budget. The 72 page bill was sponsored by State Senator Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) and was carried in the House by Ways & Means Education Chairman Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa).

State Representative John Knight (D-Montgomery) said, “The main purpose of being a legislator is to pass our budgets. We are not going to have a filibuster of the education budget.”
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Steve Marshall addresses St. Clair County Republican Party

March 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 16, 2017, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) spoke to the St. Clair County Republican Party in Moody.

Marshall is the newly appointed Attorney General, whom Governor Robert Bentley (R) appointed to the post after appointing AG Luther Strange (R) to the United States Senate creating the vacancy.

St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor (R) said that Steve Marshall is one of my best friends. “Of all the prosecutors in the state of Alabama Gov. Bentley chose the best prosecutor in the State of Alabama,” to be Attorney General.
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“School choice” is an awful choice

February 21, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

“School choice” makes no sense.

At least, it doesn’t the way the conservatives currently push it, and it especially makes no sense the way Alabama lawmakers push it.

“School choice,” as it was originally intended, is not an alternative to fixing poor performing public schools. It was a choice between good schools which offered different educational focuses or unique teaching styles.

It was the offer of technical courses or advanced courses or a curriculum more focused on science and math or one based more on the arts or instruction designed to be more effective with learning disabled students or students who have a hard time focusing.
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Accountability Act Transfers Over $73 Million for 4000 Students

August 3, 2016

By Larry Lee

The most recent quarterly reports from scholarship granting organizations participating in the Alabama Accountability Act are now posted on the web site of the Alabama Department of Revenue. These cover the period from April 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016.

While there are currently six SGOs approved to operate in the state, only four submitted reports. These were Rocket City SGO from Owens Cross Roads with 37 scholarships; AAA Scholarship Foundation from Prattville with 38 participants; Scholarships for Kids of Birmingham with 1,883 scholarships and Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund of Birmingham with 2,059 students.
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Rep. Phil Williams Open to Voting For Lottery

August 1, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 29, State Representative Phil Williams said that he would support the Governor’s lottery proposal, if certain conditions are met.
Rep. Phil Williams wrote, “A Special Session of the Legislature will begin August 15th.”

Rep. Williams said that, “Only the Governor can call a Special Session. Governor Bentley has stated the purpose of his session is to deal with a lottery vote. Any legislator can introduce other bills in a Special Session and that is common practice but again this is Governor Bentley’s rodeo.” Rep. Williams said that the State constitution of 1901 prohibits lotteries, so the only way that can change is if the people vote to change the constitution.
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Legislators Skeptical of Bentley’s General Fund Lottery Proposal

July 28, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 27, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) released a videotape in which he announced plans for a Special Session to pass a lottery to be used as a new State General Fund (SGF) revenue stream. Gov. Bentley urged the people of Alabama to contact their State legislators and demand that they give the people the right to vote on his proposal.

Bentley’s five minute tape, however, did not actually have many of the necessary details, such as, when this vote would occur and when will legislators return to Montgomery for the Special Session. Many legislators and State leaders expressed skepticism about the Governor’s proposals.
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Why The Lottery Must Go To Scholarships, And Won’t Save Medicaid Or The General Fund Budget

July 27, 2016

By Minority Leader Rep. Craig Ford

Over the last year or so, the lottery has been getting more and more attention and support from state legislators. The lottery is extremely popular, getting over 60 percent favorable support in all the public opinion polls that I’ve seen. The debate these days isn’t so much over whether we should have a lottery, but how we should spend the revenue the lottery will create.
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Bentley Calls His Plan Our Moonshot

February 3, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, February 2, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) delivered his sixth State of the State Speech to a joint House of the Alabama Legislature in the historic Alabama Capital Building.

Gov. Bentley said that on the State’s 150th anniversary, a state man also first landed on the moon. That year was 1969, before many current Alabamians were even born. Bentley said, “With that first giant leap for mankind, America achieved the unthinkable, the incredible, the unbelievable. And it was Alabama that made the impossible, possible. The powerful Saturn V rocket that took man to space, to new heights, was imagined, engineered and built by a brilliant team of scientists right here in Alabama. It was Alabamians who dared to believe they could do the improbable.”
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