Thank you, Roy Moore

December 11, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

From the bottom of my heart, Roy Moore, thank you.

Sometimes, in America — and especially in the South — we tend to get a little complacent, a little too comfortable, almost in a daze-like state, where we’re simply walking through life accepting the world we inhabit every day for the way it is.

It’s sort of like … have you ever encountered a wild animal that suffered an injury — a broken limb or some sort of deformity — and to compensate for it, the animal learned to walk, stand and run in an oddly-contorted way? But because it’s been living that way for so long, it doesn’t realize now that something is wrong — it’s just regular life for the animal?

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State leaders have lost their credibility on prisons

November 29, 2017

By Rep. Craig Ford

With all the attention being given to the special election for the U.S. Senate, you may not have seen what has been happening in Montgomery with the prison crisis.

Last year, Gov. Bentley proposed a plan to build four new “super prisons” at a cost of about $800 million. At the time, a lawsuit had been filed claiming that the state’s prisons were overcrowded and did not provide adequate safety and healthcare services, which is a violation of the 8th Amendment that prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment.”

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Montgomery wants state to pay for uncertified hires

October 27, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Who’s picking up the tab?

That question is being asked a lot in the Montgomery Public Schools system these days, as the district searches for cash to fill a budget deficit and attempts to dig out from a disastrous state takeover.

One way that Montgomery officials hoped to trim down was by ridding itself of superfluous hires made by former state superintendent Michael Sentance and his team.

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“Agenda 2: Masters of Deceit” blames Communists for most of America’s problems

October 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, documentary filmmaker, Curtis Bowers, held a showing of the sequel to his documentary on Communism and the rise of the American left: Agenda: Grinding America Down. This film won the $101,000 Jubilee Grand Prize at the 2010 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. Agenda 2: Masters of Deceit expounds on the themes presented by Bowers in his original work. Both of his films have been widely aired in the National Movie Night project at conservative Christian churches across the country.

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Richardson takes control: changes coming to ALSDE, Montgomery intervention

September 28, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There are changes coming to the Alabama Department of Education – starting with the Montgomery intervention.

Interim state superintendent Ed Richardson said during an Alabama Board of Education meeting on Wednesday that he is in the process of examining the takeover of the state’s third largest school system and will be implementing some changes.

Richardson, whose three-month contract was approved during Wednesday’s meeting, said he plans to meet with Montgomery County Board of Education members on Thursday evening to go over his proposed changes.

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Analysis: Montgomery intervention failing despite local support

September 17, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There is a misconception with the state takeover of Montgomery Public Schools.

Everyone seems to think that MPS officials don’t want it.

That’s untrue.

Board members made it clear this week that even those who are currently actively engaged in an ongoing AEA lawsuit against the intervention are open to it continuing after the resignation last week of Michael Sentance.

And that fact, probably more than any other, is a perfect example of the complicated chore an intervention – especially one in a large district – is, and how poorly Sentance managed the one in Montgomery.
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Executive Order prohibits taxpayer funded lobbyists

August 28, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

After Governor Ivey signed Executive Order 706 on July 13, preventing all officials of the executive branch from appointing a registered lobbyist to any related agency, The Alabama Political Reporter asked the Ivey Administration about Governor Fob James’ Executive Order forbidding any State entity from hiring lobbyists.

Governor James, on January 18, 1995, signed Executive Order 1 which prohibits the hiring or contracting lobbyists with State funds. Governor James explained in his Executive Order that agencies hiring lobbyists caused interagency fighting over scarce public resources, causing public money to be wasted.

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Remember the failed Daycare Regulation bill? Now a child has died

August 25, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

If Kamden Johnson lived in a better state, one governed by better people, he’d be alive today.

Unfortunately, in his five short years on earth, Kamden found himself in Alabama, where people like Senators Larry Stutts and Shay Shelnutt and Representatives Jim Carns and Randall Shedd hold some power.

And because of those men and their power, along with their greed and their stupidity, five-year-old Kamden was left locked in a day care van for hours on a hot day earlier this week. Police believe he died in the van.

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UPDATE: Sources say Gov. Kay Ivey to seek full-term next year

August 15, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Several high ranking lawmakers have confirmed to the Alabama Political Reporter that Gov. Kay Ivey will run for Governor in 2018. Ivey, who ascended to the Governor’s office after Robert Bentley fled the position under a cloud of scandal, is now poised to win the job in her own right.

Over the past few weeks, Ivey has reached out to influential lawmakers to inform them of her decision to run. She has received widespread support from Republican Legislators, especially Senators who have worked with her over the last six years. “She doing an excellent job as Governor and she has my support; which is what I told her,” said a long serving Senator who spoke with Ivey last week.

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“Buy America” policies are good for Alabama

July 24, 2017
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By U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

President Trump recently devoted a week to celebrating the importance of “Made in America” products with special events at the White House. I was pleased to see the President shining a spotlight on the many first-class items produced here in the United States.

I often meet with manufacturing leaders from across Alabama during their visits to Washington, DC or during visits to their facilities back in Alabama. We discuss issues affecting our state’s manufacturing industry, the importance of infrastructure investments, as well as policy ideas that will spur industry growth, create jobs, and boost our local economy.
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