Jasper businessman Matthew Woods sworn in as state community colleges trustee

February 15, 2018

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees gained a new member on Wednesday.

Gov. Kay Ivey recently appointed Matthew Woods, a Bevill State Community College graduate and Jasper area businessman, to serve as a representative for District 4 in West Alabama.

Woods was sworn in on Wednesday after being confirmed by the Alabama Senate on Feb. 8. He’ll replace District 4 Trustee Frank Caldwell, who recently resigned his position on the board, which oversees Alabama’s 25 community and technical colleges.

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Opinion | Is HB317 a return to the orgy of greed and corruption? 

February 6, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

At least it seemed for a moment that the cancer eating away at Alabama’s state government was in remission.

The rise of Gov. Kay Ivey and Speaker Mac McCutcheon after the removal of Gov. Robert Bentley and Speaker Mike Hubbard appeared to herald a new day in state politics. But in the State House, bills are offered that would reintroduce the same type of mischief that poisoned the system when Hubbard and Bentley were in office.

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Jones hits Moore for non-support of program that provides 80,000 kids with health coverage

November 2, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones is hitting Republican Roy Moore for refusing to answer questions on his non-support for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

“Sadly, Roy Moore’s refusal to support the CHIP heath care program, which provides health insurance coverage to more than 150,000 Alabama children, further demonstrates that he simply does not care about the people of this state,” Jones said. “He wants the government out of the health care business, which means endangering Medicare for our seniors. Now, he wants to hurt children too.”

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Prison bill could be defining moment

December 7, 2016

By House Minority Leader Craig Ford

Prisons could be the issue that defines the Alabama Legislature in 2017. Gov. Bentley has said he may call a special session to address the issue, and has indicated that he will revive the prison construction bill he first proposed in his 2016 State of the State address.

In recent years, numerous lawsuits have been filed relating to the conditions in our prisons. Violence and riots have increased as the number of corrections officers has decreased, and even the federal government has begun an investigation of violence, rape and overcrowding in our prisons.
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Montgomery officer indicted for murder; victim’s family relieved

November 19, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Franklin Gunn was driving through Washington D.C. when he got the news that the Montgomery Police officer who shot and killed his unarmed brother has been indicted for murder.

“Oh, man, I really appreciate you calling me and telling me this – it really does restore my faith some in the system and the county down there,” Gunn said. “I’ve got to make a bunch of phone calls now.”
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Regional Care Organizations Collapsing

October 27, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The promised dream of Regional Care Organizations (RCOs) saving the State’s underfunded and overburdened Medicaid system continues to unravel.

Just recently, the University of Birmingham Medical Systems and Viva Heath Inc., abandoned their programs indefinitely, citing the instability of State funding.

Last month, The Alabama Political Reporter obtained a letter from Mike Warren, President and CEO of Children of Alabama, to Medicaid Agency Commissioner Stephanie Azar in which he detailed the failure of the RCO plan adopted by Gov. Robert Bentley (which was approved by the State Legislature). In it, Warren offers a withering critique of the programs including the false promise of cost savings under the RCO model. “The numbers are frightening,” Warren writes. “RCOs will actually cost the State’s General Fund a substantial amount more than keeping the current program funded.”
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Is eSTART the New STAARS?

July 19, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Even though the shoddily implemented STAARS accounting software is still causing major headaches for agencies and vendors, the Department of Finances is doubling down on a troubled new time and attendance system named eSTART.

All agencies, major and minor, are reporting unanimously: eSTART doesn’t lives up to the hype.

eSTART is the State’s name for the Kronos time and attendance program that, according to the company’s website, “makes easy work of the tedious tasks involved with monitoring employee time and attendance… simplified time-tracking software — working in tandem with our data collection devices — helps you control labor costs, minimize compliance risk, and improve workforce productivity … without breaking a sweat.”
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