Dial’s “laundry list” of who will appear in Pouncey smear investigation

July 18, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A “laundry list” of political figures and State employees received a letter on July 17, from Senator Gerald Dial requesting their appearance on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at 1:00 pm, to investigate the false ethics complaints filed against Dr. Craig Pouncey.

The letter states, “I write to you in my role as Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee to Investigate Confidentiality Issues Involving Complaints Filed with the State Ethics Commission which was created pursuant to Act 2016-456 (SJR 6).”
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Memorial Day: History and Values

May 29, 2017

Sen. Gerald Dial

Memorial Day is a time for Americans to reconnect with their history and core values by honoring those who gave their lives for the ideals and freedom we cherish.

More than a million American service members have given their lives in wars and conflicts since the first Colonial soldier took up arms in 1775 to fight for Independence. Each soldier who died during those conflicts was a loved one cherished by family and friends, each was a loss to the community and the Nation.

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Committee to Investigate “Dirty Tricks” Meets This Week

October 18, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A joint legislative committee will meet tomorrow at 11 AM to began an investigation into the events surrounding an anonymous ethics complaint against Dr. Craig Pouncey.

In early August, The Alabama Political Reporter was the first to reveal an anonymous complaint about Pouncey, who, at the time, was a contender for the position of State’s Superintendent of Education.

The unknown author accused Pouncey of using State resources and personnel to write his doctoral dissertation. Even though the claims were later debunked, it is widely believed that it cost Pouncey the appointment, handing it to Massachusetts lawyer, Michael Sentance.
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Senator Dial Takes Action

October 11, 2016

By Larry Lee
Education Matters

Unbelievable as it may seem, according to Alabama law, the requirements for someone to be the superintendent of a local school system are much tougher than those to be state superintendent, which is about like saying an operating room nurse needs more training than the surgeon she is assisting.

Alabama Code Section 16-9-2 spells out the requirements for a local superintendent. for example: The county superintendent of education shall be chosen for his general fitness and character and shall be a person of recognized ability as a school administrator. No person shall be eligible for appointment by any county board of education or for any political party nomination, or for election to the office of county superintendent of education unless such person:
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The Evolving Story Surrounding Superintendent’s Hiring

September 1, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The selection of Michael Sentance as Superintendent of Education is an evolving story with no end in sight.

Insiders believe Sentance is a useful stooge to give the powers that be an opening to abolish the elected Board of Education, fully implement common core and surrender the State’s education to private enterprise under an Accountability Act 2.0. The move is thought to be the product of a loose confederation between the Business Council of Alabama (BCA), ALFA and Riley Inc.
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Dial Asks BOE To Postpone Vote On Sentance

August 31, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— On Tuesday, Senator Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) asked the Alabama Board of Education, in an email, to postpone finalizing the hiring of Michael Sentance as Superintendent of Education.

“It has become public that he has had his law license suspended among other concerning issues,” said Dial.

He said that it would be in the best interest of the State not to proceed, in order to allow for more time for an “investigative process” to address some outstanding issues concerning educators and legislators.
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Senators Call For Investigative Body On Ethics Complaints

August 18, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Senators Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) and Quinton Ross (D-Montgomery) filed a joint resolution calling for joint a legislative committee, to investigate confidentiality issues related to complaints lodged with the State Ethics Commission.

SEE SJR6

The measure is, in part, a response to the recent imbroglio surrounding an anonymous complaint against State Superintendent of the Department of Education candidate, Dr. Craig Pouncey.

At the center of this controversy is an anonymous letter, coupled with emails from 2009, containing meager allegations against Pouncey. The letter was sent to the Ethics Commission by Juliana T. Dean, General Counsel for ASDE, at the urging of Board member Mary Scott Hunter, according to sources inside ASDE and others close to the situation.
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Don’t Use Education Funds to Fix Medicaid’s Temporary Crisis

August 11, 2016

By Senator Gerald Dial

Working to improve public education in Alabama for the last fifty years, has been one of the great challenges of my life. I believe in our public education system and the children it serves.

So, as we fast approach a special session of the Legislature called by Governor Bentley to address a funding shortfall for Medicaid, it is absolutely critical we seek a solution that doesn’t divert funds from our public school system. And if anyone tries, I will use all the rules and procedures at my disposal to protect our children’s futures.
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Away from the Spotlight, Commendable Work Is Being Done for Alabama

June 3, 2016

By Senator Gerald Dial

The people of east Alabama have elected me ten different times to serve in the Alabama Legislature. It has been a tremendous honor to serve as a citizen-legislator, first in the House of Representatives and now in the State Senate. I love this state, am proud to call it home, and believe Alabamians are some of the best folks in the entire country.
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Charles Dickens is Alive and Well in Alabama

December 16, 2015

 

By Senator Gerald Dial

Some have compared state government to the young orphan boy Oliver in the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist.

When gruel was finally being handed out at the workhouse, Oliver asked for more. More?

Of course he wanted more. Oliver was hungry…very hungry. With no family and no money he couldn’t get anything to eat on his own. Oliver had no choice but to beg for more and hope that someone would have enough compassion in their heart to help him. With no education, he would not be able to provide for himself in the future.
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