After Parkland shooting, Alabama lawmaker wants to arm teachers in the classroom

February 16, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

An Alabama lawmaker wants to arm teachers in classrooms across the state.

Guntersville Republican Rep. Will Ainsworth plans to drop a bill that would allow teachers to carry concealed guns at schools if they are trained to a state standard.

The introduction of the bill would come after a mass shooting at a school in Florida Wednesday claimed the lives of 17 students and teachers. Sixteen others were injured.

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State Board of Education races are set

February 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Half of the elected seats on the Alabama State School Board are up for re-election this year.  Qualifying for those seats ended on Friday.

In state Board of Education District 2 Melanie Hill, Sybil Little, John Taylor, and Tracie West are all running in the Republican Primary.  Incumbent Betty Peters is not seeking another term

Adam Jortner is running for the place 2 seat as a Democrat.

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St. Clair County rejects tax increases

January 31, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, St. Clair County voters went to the polls and sent a resounding message that they did not want to pay higher taxes.

Sixty-one percent of voters rejected the proposed 59 percent increase in property taxes for schools.

“Want to thank the folks in Moody, Springville, Leeds, and Margaret for supporting our school system that wanted more for their communities. However, the majority is satisfied with what we have at their schools. Thanks for all who voted,” St. Clair County School Board member Bill Morris Sr. said on social media.

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St. Clair County residents go to polls Tuesday to vote on tax increases

January 30, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Residents of St. Clair County vote today on a large property tax increase to benefit the school systems in the county. St. Clair County is served by the Trussville City School System, the St. Clair County School System, the Pell City School System, and the Leeds City School System.

The tax increase is very controversial in this overwhelmingly Republican County.  Republicans typically want to see lower taxes and smaller government; but school systems always want more money for more teachers, more buildings, more programs, etc.

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St. Clair voters vote on whether to raise taxes on Tuesday

January 29, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, St. Clair County voters go to the poll to decide whether or not to raise property taxes.  The large tax increase is to support the schools in St. Clair County.

St. Clair County School System Board Attorney John Rhea said in a statement that the board asked him to explain the vote to make sure that the voters of St. Clair County can make an informed decision. There will be two measures on the ballot: first a proposed county wide 5 mill tax increase.  If you support that then vote “yes.”  If you oppose it vote “no”.  50 percent of the voters plus one will decide that.  There is also a 3 mill district tax on the ballot.

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Standridge files “In God We Trust” Act

January 24, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, state Rep. David Standridge, R-Hayden, filed legislation that permits public buildings, classrooms, and law enforcement vehicles to display the national motto, “In God We Trust.”

“Political Correctness has gone too far when our national motto becomes unwelcome in public settings.” Standridge said. “This bill makes it clear that schools, courthouses, law enforcement vehicles, public officials and government bodies may proudly display ‘In God We Trust.’”

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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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Opinion | Rural prosperity: Key to Alabama’s future

January 10, 2018

By John McMillan
Agriculture and Industries Commissioner

“Rural Prosperity,” the title of a just-released report by the Trump Administration, comes at a most opportune time when more and more Americans and Alabamians are enjoying a rapidly growing economy. However, a segment of our nation and state are being left out of the rising economic tide, and that is many of our rural communities.

President Trump and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue deserve tremendous credit for launching the study and issuing this critical report that focuses with laser-like precision on how to build a lasting foundation of prosperity in areas long overlooked.

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A small holiday wish

December 22, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

While we are all in a nice, festive and warm mood from the holidays, it seems like a good time to ask an important question:

When did we become such jerks?

I’m willing to accept, if enough people tell me it’s true, that maybe I’m being naive with this question, that maybe we’ve always been a country that’s built on selfishness and greed and generally being a bunch of jackasses to each other.

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Ivey announces $1.5 million grant to help expand state pre-K to more schools

December 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded a $1.5 million grant to help expand the state’s Pre-K through Third Grade Integrated Approach to Early Learning program.

“I’m thrilled to announce the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education a $1.5 million grant that will go a long way in helping us to expand our Pre-3 program,” Ivey said. “Ensuring that our children receive a high-quality, early childhood education is a key component to my ‘Strong Start, Strong Finish’ initiative. I’m thankful the Kellogg Foundation is helping me to invest in the future of Alabama’s children.”

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