Stacy George has a plan to turn Alabama around

June 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, June 24, 2017, The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) spoke at length with Republican candidate for Governor, Stacy George. George is a former Morgan County Commissioner, a 2014 GOP Gubernatorial candidate, and works for the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC).

APR: There is a possibility that the Congress may pass some part of President Donald J Trump’s infrastructure plan, but ALDOT claims not to have any ability to come up with matching dollars for Alabama to participate. What is your plan to increase funding for road repairs or will road improvement efforts simply have to be postponed?
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An answer to API

June 12, 2017

Education Matters
Larry Lee

According to its website, The Alabama Policy Institute “is a non-profit, non-partisan research and education organization dedicated to influencing public policy…We do this by providing fact-based, objective analysis of key issues.”

However, when you dissect the following op-ed written by Taylor Dawson about the recent defeat of an amendment to the Alabama Accountability Act, it is hard to figure out where the facts are:

“Parents with children trapped in failing schools did not have a real school-choice option in Alabama prior to 2013. With the passage of the Alabama Accountability Act (AAA), families zoned for Alabama’s worst-performing schools finally had better opportunities through scholarships and tax credits.”
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Terminally Ill Children’s Bill gets favorable report

May 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the Alabama Senate Health Committee gave a favorable report to a bill, House Bill 373, which gives legally binding authority to a child’s advanced directive when not in the hospital.

HB373 is sponsored by State Representative April Weaver (R-Alabaster) who chairs the House Health Committee. Weaver said that the bill requires that a terminally ill child’s advance directives be honored.
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Democrats announce 2017 Legislative Agenda

March 16, 2017

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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House approves warrantless trespass bill for schools

March 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 2, 2017, the Alabama House of Representatives voted in favor of House Bill 71 authorizing school principals and college administrators to call Law Enforcement to have people arrested for refusing an order by a school administrator to leave a school campus. HB71 was sponsored by State Representative Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa). This is the third year in a row that Representative Poole has carried this piece of legislation.
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Conservatives Rally Against Data Collection Bills

February 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

The legislature has returned for another session and some GOP legislators are once again pushing a longitudinal data collection scheme. Once again the primary opponents of this grand scheme are fellow Republicans. On Thursday, February 23 Alabama Eagle Forum led a conservative rally in opposition to the longitudinal data bills, House Bill 97 and Senate Bill 153.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) read a statement from his wife, state school board member Jackie Zeigler (R) vowing to oppose the data collection.
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Online Petition Demands Stop to Non-Educator Hiring

August 15, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A growing number of individuals are banding together to stop the hiring of a non-educator, who has been chosen to lead Alabama schools.

The online petition is a reaction to the August 11 decision, made by the Alabama Board of Education, to hire Michael Sentance, a former Massachusetts bureaucrat-turned education consultant, to head the Alabama Department of Education. According to the online petition, the Board’s action, “was a hard slap in the face to every educator and concerned public school parent in the State.”
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The Future of the Supreme Court at Stake

July 27, 2016

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE
by Steve Flowers

As we have watched and participated in the presidential foray this entire year, an equally important event occurred. The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in February is a very important event in American government.

Scalia’s unexpected death at 79 could affect the ideological tilt of the Supreme Court and could essentially have a profound impact on our nation’s public policy.

Our founding fathers created a three prong government triumvirate. The three branches, executive, legislative and judicial, are all designed to balance each other and work congruently to give us a functioning democracy.
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Bentley Extends Deadline for ESSA Plan

July 21, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 19, 2016 Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) amended his Executive Order Number 16 so that the Committee preparing the state’s plan to implement the controversial Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) would have more time to prepare their report.

Gov. Bentley said in the new order, “By virtue of the authority vested in me by law, I hereby amend Executive Order Number 16, executed March 14, 2016, and amended on May 5, 2016, to change the deadline for the State Plan to January 19, 2017, as follows: “BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that this Committee shall meet at the call of the chair and shall develop the state plan as outlined in Title 1, Part A, Section 1005 of the reauthorized ESSA (ESSA State Plan), in collaboration with the Alabama State Department of Education. By January 19, 2017, the Committee shall submit the ESSA State Plan to the Governor, the Alabama State Board of Education and the Alabama State Department of Education.”’
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