Auburn Athletics may be about to fire Bruce Pearl

November 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 8, 2017, Auburn University fired assistant men’s basketball coach, Auburn/NBA basketball legend, Chuck Person.

Person was indicted by a federal criminal grand jury Tuesday on six counts fraud, bribery, and conspiracy.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation claims that a financial manager paid $91,500 worth of bribes to Person to refer clients to financial advisor Marty Blazer.  Former NBA referee, Rashan Michel, was allegedly the go-between between Blazer a shoe company and Person and the other coaches.  Person allegedly then gave $18,500 to the parents of two un-named Auburn players.  According to the FBI, Adidas, Auburn’s sponsoring shoe and apparel company, is named as being involved in this scandal.  Blazer is cooperating with federal authorities.

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Roby says Senate inaction has frustrated her too

October 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In 2016, the Republican Party had overwhelming control of the U.S. House of Representatives and a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate. President Barack Obama, however, was able to thwart the Republican Congress. On Nov. 4, 2016, the voters shocked Democrats and their mainstream media allies by electing billionaire businessman and reality TV star, Donald Trump, a Republican, to succeed Barack Obama.

Republicans across the country expected to see a unified Republican-controlled government that would repeal Obamacare, cut taxes, grow the military, downsize the federal government, build a border wall, enforce America’s immigration laws and take in fewer Muslim refugees.

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Breaking down the lottery process

September 19, 2017

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The following article is part of APR’s on-going series on gaming and the lottery:

Polling on both sides of the political aisle indicates that the voters in Alabama support the right to vote on a lottery and legalized gaming — and overwhelmingly support a lottery and legalized gaming. By participating in lotteries across state lines in Georgia, Tennessee and Florida, Alabamians have paid millions of dollars to educate the children of those states. While some questioned the continued viability of state lotteries, several recent large jackpots and the continued popularity of scratch-off tickets demonstrate that lotteries are still sources of significant revenue for lottery states. The lottery debate in Alabama has been historically broken down in the Legislature over four issues:

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Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and the American Ideal

January 16, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will,” said Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., speaking at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 3rd, 1968, the night before his assassination.

There are those who see Dr. King as a saint, others as a radical and even some still seek to delegitimize his work, because he was an alleged womanizer with Russian sympathies. Read More

A Brief Comparison of Medicaid Services in Four Southern States

September 20, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Alabama lawmakers often hear that the State’s Medicaid program only provides the most basic services to its people. Comparing the most recent data on Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee, collected by The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation for FYI 2012, three of these southern states are similar in their delivery of Medicaid services, with Tennessee being the exception. It is worth noting that none of these states have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
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At Best, Lottery is a Big Gamble for Alabama

August 18, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

The state doesn’t need a lottery to save Medicaid. Expanding the program under the Affordable Care Act would go a long way in doing that.

Sure, expanding Medicaid in itself won’t save Medicaid. That expansion will cover hundreds of thousands of the state’s working poor who don’t qualify for health insurance now.

But the tax revenues that result from the economic benefit of expanding Medicaid under the ACA will help the state’s beleaguered General Fund.
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